166-Contact With the Enemy

First off I want to say thanks to everyone who took the time to write in. There were plenty of very creative questions and lots of commentary that made me laugh. So without further ado…

Where did you learn to draw?

I appreciate this question as it assumes that I do, in fact, know how to draw. The truth is that I can’t stand the way I draw, but that’s not really such a bad thing since I am constantly driven to improve. (Take a second and go back to the first couple of strips and compare. It’s pretty funny.) The answer to your question is that I have never received any real training in art and have merely picked up what I know here and there — stealing things I like from other, better artists. However, my drawing has been immeasurably improved by having Lena around. She is a much better artist than I, and is always willing to help me when I’m doing something wrong.

I noticed you have ads on your site now. Are you raking in the big bucks now, you sellout?

Oh yeah! The ads rock! I have had those ads up for about six weeks now and have made $22.68. (Though they only send you a check when you get up to a hundred dollars.) That totally makes up for having a non-paying, full-time job!

Previous blogs make it look like you have problems with your family. Do you?

Gee, what would make you say that…?

But really, who doesn’t? It’s pretty pedestrian these days. Abusive father, mother in denial, blah blah blah. Lots of kids have had it way worse than I ever did. I had a pair of very loving and supportive grandparents who tried to protect me as much as they were able.

You write about religion and stuff a lot. Are you religious?

Er… that’s a tricky question to answer. I am fascinated by religion, but I think it’s mostly because I am fascinated by human morality. I try to be moral, but I don’t think that makes me “religious” in and of itself. For the most part I believe that Religion, as it is commonly offered up to people, as institution and code, is really just shared make-believe. Now I do think it brings some folks peace, and gives them a reason to do good works… but how that stacks up against all the hatreds and bigotries it has fostered throughout history is anybody’s guess.

As I’ve said before, I do believe that there’s a lot more to reality than what we know, and I believe that the universe is a wondrous and magnificent place. But am I religious? Guess it depends who you ask.

Have you ever thought of moving to Arkansas? We have great fishing here.

Weirdly enough, I have. (Which is why I included this bizarre question, Kirby!) My father-in-law, who is a totally terrific guy, lives there with his very cool wife in Hot Springs Village. Every time Lena and I visit there we come back talking about how awesome it would be to live there some day.

Are you gonna be at (my favorite)-con?

I love doing cons, but I historically haven’t attended very many. I suppose that I would jump on any con that actually invited me as a guest, but that hasn’t happened yet. (Hint, hint!)

Have you read/did you like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows?

I bought our books at 7:00 A.M. Saturday morning from the grocery store on the corner and finished reading it around noon Sunday and I was totally engrossed the entire time. The answer is yes, I did enjoy it very much, and I thought it was the perfect way to end the series. I am not going to go into any detail here on why I liked it, not wanting to give anything away, but if you’re looking for an endorsement, then consider this a yes, and go pick up the book.

Harry Potter related Wondermark.

That looks good for now. You guys keep them coming and we’ll do this again! This is fun!

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