The first draft of the screenplay is done! I heard my mom laughing a lot as she read it, which is a good sign. It’s been sent off to the Film Industry Professional whom Derrick knows.

I have 2-3 days more of coloring “As the World Burns” until that’s done as well. 15 more pages out of 220. This week I also want to get at least two weeks ahead in Minimum Security, and draw 4-5 comics for a new project I’ll talk about later (if it works). Then… on to Seattle for the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists Convention. I can’t wait to see my cartoonist friends.

Here’s more for the interview:

14. What are your favorite books, TV shows, songs and films? (Yes, that counts as one question.)

I won’t say all of these are absolute favorites, but ones I love and can think of right now.

Books:
Derrick Jensen’s “Endgame,” “A Language Older Than Words” and “Culture of Make-Believe.”
“How the Steel Was Tempered,” Nikolai Ostrovosky
“Mother,” Maxim Gorky

TV shows:
“Everybody Loves Raymond” — (no, I’m totally kidding, that belongs at the top of my “most despised” list)
“Family Guy”
“The Sopranos”
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

Songs:
“Paris Match,” The Style Council
“Nothing Can Stop Us Now,” St. Etienne
“Steppin’ Out,” Kaskade
“One More Time,” Daft Punk
“Simply Beautiful,” Queen Latifah and Al Green

Films:
“Fun with Dick and Jane”
“Asoka”
“Lal Salaam”

15. What are your tools of the trade?

I draw on smooth Bristol board, starting with a non-photo blue pencil. I use a cut-out paper template to draw the strip’s outline. The size is 9.5 x 3, so I can fit two on a sheet of 9×12 board (I draw kind of small so I can take my materials anywhere without a lot of hassle). I use a varying combination of pens that include Gelly Roll (medium for lettering and drawing), Micron (05 for boxes, 005 for details), Faber-Castell brush (for filling in black), and random ones like Le Pen. I’ve tried so many kinds and they are all flawed. For example, the tips of Microns bend too much, brush pens only look good if you draw huge, and Gelly Rolls skip over pencil. I’m never satisfied with pens.

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Next:
16. What’s the best part about being a cartoonist?
17. Have you met any of your cartoonist idols? Under what circumstances?