Hey guys, we're glad to be back! Today we're welcoming another member of the awesome Cyanide and Happiness team. Stop what you're doing right now, turn off that Miley Cyrus' "song" you're listening to, stop being boringly nice and be prepared to once again enter a wonderful world of unique (and cruel) humor.
- Hey mister, can you present yourself to the FML world?
- Rob DenBleyker. My stage name is Wobblez DenBonkers.
- How old are you?
- I'm 24! But it might be better to say I was born in 1986, since this article will be up forever and people reading it 10 years from now might get the wrong idea! Not that being perpetually 24 is so bad.
- Clever move. Where is your computer (a.k.a: where are your bed, fridge and television; a.k.a: where do you live)?
- I live in Dallas, TX. It's pretty alright.
-What is your job?
-Full time "cartoonist" and more recently, animator. Sometimes I answer interviews.
- Brilliant interviews, you can say that. What is your story?
- I've been drawing comics for as long as I can remember. I used to draw full comic books in 4th grade and get my parents to take them to Kinko's, and then I'd sell/give copies to my classmates. I eventually went to college to study animation, but luckily Cyanide & Happiness took off before I graduated so I didn't have to find a job as an animator (which is apparently pretty hard these days!)
- Do you have any projects?
- Right now I'm one of the four dudes who writes/draws Cyanide & Happiness, and I play a large part in producing the animated shorts. Apart from Explosm, I'm starting a new site dedicated to something I call "Interactive Stories", where the reading audience guides the narrative by yelling at me in all caps. The new site is StoryDump.com and will be up fairly soon. I'll also be writing a new occasional comic at StoryDump.
- Cyanide&Happiness, thanks to which you and the guys are our special guests. Can you tell more about your role in all of it?
- It all started with Kris in late 2004 (he can tell you more about that when it's his turn). He started doing them for fun, and then I started making tributes to them. When we created Explosm in 2005, Kris and I decided to keep the comics going daily for as long as we could. Shortly thereafter, Matt and Dave (two of our long time collaborators) joined the team. We kept at it even though there were just a few dozen people reading it. Eventually a lot of people started reading it, for some reason. And that's where we are now.
- And now, what inspires you?
- When it comes to writing, being silly with friends is more inspiring to me than watching or reading anything comedic. When I watch good comedy I just feel jealous instead of creative. I think the funniest stuff comes from everyday life and how people treat each other. I'm definitely inspired by other cartoonists though. Right now some of my favorites are Amazing Super Powers, Antics, Chainsawsuit and Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. There are many, many more though.
- What makes you laugh the most?
- Dogs. Animals in general, really. They're always pulling stupid faces and have no clue what's going on around them. That's funny to me. I don't know why.
- Why did you choose this FML?
- I'm just hoping the author sees this comic and feels terrible all over again.
- Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
- Nope. My life is awesome.
.... Right, of course. Anyway, thank you Rob, this cyanide shot was just perfect.
Et voilà. Kris will be here with us next week, you don't want to miss it!
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