Chris Hallbeck's illustration: second round!
-All right let's do this! Hey Chris, we're glad to have you back on FML!
-You're officially our first "second round" artist, how does it feel?
-I feel pretty special, like everybody got their slice of cake at the party and there is one left and I get to eat it.
-How the first part tasted according to you?
-I'm excited for my second slice.
-And here it is, second interview, second illustration, second time we're welcoming Biff to FML, how does he feel about that? According to the comments, he made a huge impression on FML's audience, maybe as huge as his eyebrows.
-Biff isn't aware that he exists in a comic strip, and seems pretty oblivious to the outside world.
- It's a shame, being the hero of a 4 year old webcomic is pretty exciting. It's even so exciting you're publishing your 4th book "The Book of Biff: Squid Tank", can you tell us how your webcomic ended up in a book?
- When I first drew Biff comics back in college I would make little photocopied collections of them to send to people. They were called "The Book of Biff."When I started drawing them again as a webcomic thebookofbiff.com seemed the obvious domain name. Chris: So right from the start since I had the word "book" in the name of the website people were asking me when the real book would be available. So I learned how to put a book together and deal with printing companies and such. And now I make books! And people smile. It's a pretty good system.
- You provide us happiness
- It feels good.
- It feels good both way, how great is that?! Okay, sexual innuendo time is over. Two of your webcomic's particularities are the fact that every day, each webcomic is a success, plus, you're even capable of creating a funny image where the main humoristic action isn't even shown, and yet, it works, it makes us laugh! The second particularity being: Biff's eyebrows. Seriously, what, how, why, those eyebrows?
-Eyebrows - It's possible that Biff is part alien, or he may be part cockroach. We're not quite sure. When I'm writing the comic I see all of the action in my head. In a way most of them are like 3 or 4 panel strips where I'm only showing you the first or last panel. A lot of the humor comes from what I leave out between the image and caption. When your brain fills in the gap is where the laugh comes from.
- Ok, clever move. Let's talk about "Squid Tank", give us 3 adjectives, 2 verbs and 1 quote to describe it
- 3 adjectives: absurd, surreal, ridiculous.
2 verbs: smack, crunch.
1 quote: "Do not read this book too closely, you will get paper cuts on your eyeballs."
- Mh it works, if we didn't already have your book in your hands, we would be buying right now, right here. Are you a fervent reader of other webcomics?
-There are a few that I follow daily and others that I like to read in book collections. A great thing about going to conventions is being able to meet other creators and buy their books directly from them.
- Can you give us some names or webcomic addresses?
- A few of my many favorites are:
- And of course, our last question: why did you choose this particular story?
- I spent a few hours browsing the most recent entries and made note of the ones that sparked an image in my head. Of the 10 that I got from the first round this was the one that had the funniest image/caption combo. It's a fun exercise since it's so different to my normal working process.
Once again Chris, thanks for your illustration!
Once again, don't forget to visit: http://www.thebookofbiff.com/
If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to [email protected] including a link to your website/blog. If you don't have one, attach some of your drawings. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice in 3D Wonderland, who will tell you what you have to do!