Todd and Penguin Link

When did you first know that you wanted to be an artist?

In first grade when I was drawing spaceships all the time. I became profitable at it at age 8, selling my drawings of Spiderman to the neighborhood kids. Shh, don't tell Marvel comics!

How long have you been drawing?

Since I could hold a crayon with my nose.

What's your usual schedule when it comes to creating your strip? What programs do you use to finally get it up on the web?

I draw the comics each night, sometimes two a night, if I have time, and color them in the mornings, using photoshop. Each comic takes about two hours total, I think. I'm not sure if that's good time. I am still unfamiliar with the software.

Did your comic exist before it was on Keenspace / Keenspot?

briefly in an undeground publication aimed at revolutionaries in Columbia. It is also popular in new Zealand among the penguin populations there.

What do you do aside from your online comic? Do you have a full-time job?

I am a writer, and work full time, as a life sized paper weight for Bill Gates.

What are your favorite comics to read during the week (In no particular order)?

In very particular order... Chopping Block, BoxJam's Doodle, Karva Komix, and a few others I have linked to on my site. I am so busy, I don't have as much time to read them all as I would like, but every now and then, I find a new one I like, and pour through their archives. Non-Keen comics I read (or have read) inclue Calvin and Hobbes, Bloom County, Non-Sequitor, Far Side, Zits, Rose is Rose, and Peanuts of course.

Describe your comic, and feel free to be verbose!:

um...it has a Penguin in it, and...um...like it has colors in it, ...and stuff....is that too verbose?

When do you most enjoy doing your comic? Pencils? Inking? Coloring? When do you most hate it?

I enjoy thinking of it most, and secondly pencils, cause it's wide open at that point, and the sky (or my limited drawing ability) is the limit. I enjoy scanning and coloring the least, cause it takes so long! But when it looks good, it's worth the work.

Who are your inspirations for your comic?

Calvin and Hobbes, for the feeling I got when reading it. How it transported me into another world, and made me feel young again. When C&H ended, I was sad, and wanted to recreate that feeling again. I don't know that I have succeeded in that aim, but perhaps someday, with lots of work, I can make people feel the same way. I'd like to create that warm fuzzy feeling in other people. Kinda the way Karva Komix does :)

What do you honestly think of Rationale? (feel free to bash here, I hoenstly love critique!):

Well, I hadn't read it in a week, cause I have been so busy. Then I went back and a few of the archives were loading all blurred and undone...maybe this is a temporary thing? From what I read, I like some better than others. I like when the characters address the audience, and I would try and play on that strength. Some of the ones with the guys hanging out I didn't enjoy as much. Kinda felt like "you had to be there" but overall, I think the comic has potential, and some of them have displayed real wit, and made me laugh.

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