Good morning lovely readers, I swear that today I'll write an introduction (I already used the SOPA excuse, so now I'm out of good ones). Today we're welcoming the author of a webcomic that's all about the joys of parenthood, and he knows what he's talking about as he's a young dad. Forget everything you thought you knew about kids, diapers and social services (my bad, that was last week) and let's start this interview:
-Dustin hello, it's great to welcome you onto the FML boat, where do you live?
-I live in Portland, Oregon. Been living here for about 1 1/2 years now and loving it. I actually grew up in Portland, moved away for a bit and came back when my daughter was born.
-What's your job?
-I am a freelance graphic designer and a full time stay-at-home dad. Which means I generally work when my daughter is sleeping, when Momma gets home or in the whee hours of the mourning.
-Tell us more about your webcomic.
-I do a webcomic called Plus One, which is the adventure of two friends and un-planned pregnancy. It's a progressive story, so it starts out with the woman saying "I think I'm pregnant" and includes the pregnancy, dirty diapers, telling family, moving to a new home and so forth. Right now, the daughter, Anna, is about 1 1/2 and is walking and learning to talk. It's a humorous story about being a parent (even when you aren't expecting it) and all the fun things that come with that.
-So, this story is inspired by your life?
-Loosely based on my life. I do have a daughter (that wasn't planned) with my best friend. There are details here and there that are different that I added for the sack of telling a good story.
-What (or who) are your inspirations?
-Growing up I read a lot of Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield and Far Side strips. I also read X men and Sonic the hedgehog comics. I remember learning how to draw from my older brother though. When we were little, we'd sit at the kitchen table and I'd imitate his drawings. Nowadays I love reading Kazu Kibushi work, my favorite being "Daisy Kutter". I also enjoy Jan Elliot's "Stone Soup" and pretty much any art from Mike Maihack.
-What is the future of "Plus One"?
-Plus One is an ongoing story, so I'll just keep making it until I run out of ideas. Since I'm using my life as a loose base for the story, I don't really see stopping it anytime soon. I do have an overall arc that will bring the story to a close when Anna turns 18. So by that calculations, I have about 16 or so years of left. Roughly speaking of course.
-What's better, being a graphic designer or a webcomic artist?
-Right now, graphic design simply because it's paying the bills and gives me enough free time to draw comics. My goal is to eventually make a living on comics and slow down on the graphic design part.
-Why did you choose this FML story?
-I chose this one because it made me laugh. I don't get to write too many boner jokes in Plus One, so this was a nice step outside of my normal joke realm. Not that I have anything against penis jokes, it's just that normally the boner comes first, then the baby comes second. And after that, you don't really have a lot of time for more boners. Sigh... the life of a busy parent.
-Ah boners, it's hard not to make a joke about them. Thank you very much Dustin for taking part!
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