Good morning everybody! Remember the awesome Cyanide and Happiness' month we had one year ago? Well, this November we're going crazy again and we're welcoming the guys behind Toonhole. Wait, what, you don't know this amazing website? Don't waste a minute more and go check it out. For now you get the chance to know Chris Allison, one of the artists behind this amazing website, so let's talk to him!
(After this optimist touch, let's start the interview)
-Hello Chris ! It's great to have you for this Toon Hole month, so first of all present yourself.
-I'm Toonhole Chris. I'm 26 years young and I'm currently trying to survive in Los Angeles.
-"Trying to survive"? In a beautiful city full of sunshine, amazing 'haute-couture' stores, milkshake and homeless people? Why is that?
-Well, I work in animation at Nickelodeon as my day job. I can't complain, I draw furiously all day, and then come home and draw all night. It's exhausting, but totally worth it. That and traffic.
-How did you became an animator for Nickelodeon? Were you a Rugrats fan?
-I was a handful as a kid and got grounded a lot. I would get sent to my room and to occupy myself, I would draw. I've been drawing back for as long as I can remember, whether it was on the walls with crayons, or on the sides of my notes in school. There's no clear path of how I became a cartoonist for Nickelodeon, but somewhere along the lines I must've tricked them into thinking I'm actually a competent artist. I was more of a Ren and Stimpy and Looney Tunes fan.
-Basically you were a terrible kid, roger that. What's the hardest thing about being a cartoonist?
-Getting your father's approval. My parents are actually pretty supportive and that was actually the hurdle. I wanted to go to life drawing when I was 13, and my mother reluctantly asked "Well, can't the models just wear clothes?"
-She must be relieved that you're working for Nickelodeon now. It's not like you've got draw naked people... Right?
-Not during the day. That's what Toonhole is for : )
-Okaaaay, let's talk about Toonhole I can see from 20 000 miles away that you're dying to talk about it. And me too actually, we don't make a special artist months for just anybody, the last time we did it it was for the Cyanide and Happiness crew, do you know their website ?
-Yeah, the Cyanide and Happiness guys were the first webcomic I was really into. I haven't met them in real life, but if I get to, I'd like to drink a beer or seven with them.
-Acually, they live separate to each other too, is this the same about you and the other guys from Toonhole?
-No, us Toonhole guys are actually living in a house together, except for Ryan Kramer. He's a nomad. It's great to be in a house surrounded by cartoonist. It's like Animal House, except with more drinking and fun.
-It sounds like "America's next top model" to me.
-Probably more like RuPaul's Drag Race, in reality.
-Isn't it too hard to live with the people you're working with (or inversely)?
-No, before we were making Toonhole, we were all friends. And despite Toonhole, we're still friends. I feel lucky to have found the greatest group of guys to work with because we're constantly joking around and working hard. We're all not bad lookers, either.
-How did you create Toonhole?
-We didn't do much. On the 8th day, God created Toonhole. We just had to register the domain. We all met in college at Cal State Fullerton, and each of us were making comics/films. We figured we could update things more often if we all pooled our content together. Plus, we have a pretty similar sense of humor, but our own individual styles. It just seemed to make sense that we work together.
-How would you like to see Toonhole evolve?
-I'd like to follow the path of Cyanide and Happiness and other webcomics guys that make a living solely doing their own content. I'd like to sell merch and be able to leave day jobs behind. If I could spend more time doing Toonhole stuff, I could make more films and update comics daily. We have some plans to do some live action shorts in the near future, and we have some longer projects written, but the main thing is finding the time. If I could generate an income from Toonhole, I spend more time on these projects. Oh, and I'd like to see 257% more butt gags.
-Of course. It goes without saying.
-I'm glad we can at least agree on something.
-Last question Chris, and after you'll have to go work to that terrible, awful place, why did you choose this story?
-Because I'm the guy that got the girl. This is the best interview I've ever had. Not that I've had many. But you were much more pleasant than the police interrogator.
-And we got way more answers than the FBI.
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Toonhole website : http://www.toonhole.com/
If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DA. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with me, and I'll tell you what you have to do!