Cluck cluck FML
Cock-a-doodle-do everybody! We're pretty excited because today we're welcoming a big beaked artist who sure knows how to please us with chickens, without grilling them or pulling their wings off. You must have once come across one of his comics: a yellow background, simple black lines depicting talking chickens that actually make you laugh. Well, the author is here with us today, and we're enjoying it so much we got to interview him.
What's your name and surname?
Where do you live?
Doug Savage : Vancouver, BC
What do you do for a living?
Doug Savage : By day, I'm an editor for a giant software corporation. By night, I'm a cartoonist. At parties, I introduce myself as a cartoonist because it leads to more interesting conversations.
What's your story? (school, job..)
Doug Savage : When I was a kid, I wanted to be a cartoonist. And then somehow I ended up working in an office. I forgot about my cartooning dream. I even forgot how to draw. And then years later, the lack of creativity really started to get to me; I started getting migraines with increasing frequency -- big nasty migraines with what they call "aura" side-effects, which basically means that your vision goes all wobbly. I knew something had to change. And then I started doodling chickens on sticky notes, and having a creative outlet made life so much better. Haven't had a migraine in three years! (Knock wood)??.
What are your projects?
Doug Savage : I draw Savage Chickens, a cartoon drawn entirely on sticky notes. I'm working on a book of the chickens for Perigee Books, which is due out in March 2011. I also do occasional stop-motion animation projects, such as the "July Flame" music video I created for Portland musician Laura Veirs.
Can you tell us about your blog/website? (How did it started, etc..)
Doug Savage : I started putting my cartoons online in January 2005 and I've been posting a cartoon every weekday since. Almost 1500 cartoons so far! The site really started to take off when I got featured on MyYahoo and Blogger.
Doug Savage : By the time I started drawing again, I had basically forgotten everything I ever knew about cartooning. The only thing I remembered how to draw was chickens. So I drew chickens!
What inspires you (artists, movies, etc..)?
Doug Savage : Like most cartoonists, my work is inspired by everything around me: pop culture, life experiences, overheard conversations, etc. But to be more specific, I'm personally inspired by creative people doing what they love. People like Wes Anderson, Brandon Bird, Tina Fey, Frank Gehry, Ricky Gervais, Andy Goldsworthy, Jim Henson, James Hill, Geddy Lee, Steve Martin, and so on. Creative people doing creative things and having a blast.
How can you be that funny?
Doug Savage : I don't know any other way to be! I think a lot of humor comes from being able to mentally step outside of the world and look at it from an outsider perspective, because then you can see how ridiculous it is. Humor is really a way of perceiving and deconstructing the world around us. Some people react to the world by throwing up their arms and saying "Augh! It's a cruel world!"; I prefer to say "OMG! This place is hilarious!"
What makes you laugh the most?
Doug Savage : Absurdity. Things that don't belong together being mashed together, or things that are bizarre and completely unexpected. Or fart jokes. Everybody laughs at fart jokes even if they don't like to admit it.
Why did you choose this FML?
Doug Savage : I read through a whole heap of them and this one caught my eye because it took place in Denmark, which immediately made me think of Hamlet and I started thinking how he might be involved in this person's bad day.
Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
Doug Savage : Heheh yeah I fell asleep in a meeting once. I know, that happens to a lot of people, but this particular meeting was just me and one other guy. Pretty embarrassing.
You're unique Doug, that's why we love you. Let's eat birseeds in the poultry-yard to celebrate our love.
Doug's website full of chickens HOW COOL IS THAT : http://www.savagechickens.com/
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