Cyanide & Happiness' month: part four
No intro today. Why? Bee-cause.
-What's your name and surname?
-I bear the unfortunate moniker of David McElfatrick. My second name is such because the English couldn't be bothered to pronounce the Irish version of my name when they came over to Ireland hundreds of years ago, so instead called my family this instead. Kinda like calling a T-Rex a T-Rex instead of Tyrannosaurus Rex, except a lot more stupid.
-How old are you?
-As of the date I write this, 25 years of age.
-Where do you live?
-I am currently hovering between the green pastures of north Ireland and Dallas Texas, like a sort of mayfly. I think if you were to point out an approximate 50/50 location, I'd be on some iceberg in the mid-Atlantic. Basically, I was born and raised in the small town of Coleraine, Ireland, where I resided for 22 years of my life before moving to the city of Belfast. However, in the last couple of years the call of the USA has been far too great for me to ignore and I have spent a lot of time in Texas working with Rob on Cyanide & Happiness stuff. As of the time of writing this, I am planning on expanding my horizons and stomach girth a lot more in Texas.
-What do you do for a living?
-Cyanide & Happiness, of course! I both write and draw comics for C&H along with the other guys, as well as help write and produce the C&H animated cartoons. We get to go to conventions and shake people's hands. I wouldn't trade it for the world. Except maybe a Klondike bar.
-What is your story?
-I've spent nearly all my life living in the emerald island, where I learnt to dislike people enough to want to sit on the internet all day and draw bitterly twisted comics instead of do normal things. By the time college came I'd met Rob, Matt and Kris and before you know it we were making C&H! I was in college when C&H became immensely popular, so by the time I left I was able to make a living from working on the franchise. Isn't that nuts? I'm very grateful.
-What are your projects?
-Well aside from stuff like the C&H books (the second we've just completed) and the comics, most of my input comes from the creation of the C&H animated shorts. We've got a lot more for you on the way! I'm also in the early stages of working on a brand new, more traditional-style comic with the talented head of Ross Nover (writer of "The System"). With that I'm looking to spread my artistic wings a lot more. Kinda like a dragon with a pen.
-Can you tell us about your role in Cyanide&Happiness?
-I'm one of the four writers and artists for the comics. I started drawing comics soon after the other guys did way back in 2005, although it wasn't until early 2006 that I started drawing as many as the other guys. I also draw a good 80% of what you look at in the C&H animated cartoons, providing most of the background art and set-pieces you see in them.
-What inspires you?
-A lot of the influence behind my drawing style comes from old UK children's comics such as The Beano, The Dandy and The Topper. A particular favourite of mine was a strip called The Bash Street Kids. A lot of the characters in those comics were just non-apologetically absurd looking, and I think it has translated into my work.
-What makes you laugh the most?
-Birds. Anything that can have a beak and still pull a ridiculous face is noteworthy in my opinion. Fat people falling. Also, the screaming the old man performs in this particular video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEAh77W_1jE . The most well told joke on the planet isn't as funny as something like this.
-Why did you choose this FML?
-This one brought immediately mind the disappointment I felt when a friend set me up on a date last year, claiming my would-be suitor was "gorgeous, funny and fantastic." She ended up eating most of my steak as well her own with her mouth wide open, which of course I had to pay for. She then spent the following month texting me upwards of eight times a day, getting angry if I didn't reply within 2 minutes. I think a golden retriever would've been more desirable, to be honest.
-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Too many. One time at a comic convention, I thought to myself "being a popular webcomic author sure is glamorous." Then I looked up from the table I was sitting at to find a 400lb ginger kid in a bee costume dripping sweat on me. FML.
I agree, your life sucks. Thanks for your participation Dave !
Next week it's.. Chase's turn!