The FML Puppet
Hello everyone! I'm Keermy and I'm Alice's puppet! Today I'm soooooo happy-happy because there are puppets involved in the illustrated FML! Readers, you should try this at home, put your hand in something, move your fingers and make it talk, you'll see, it's the most exciting feeling in the world. That's exactly what Alice did, and thanks to her, I can now freely talk to you, dear FML audience, about anything I want. So can I have a moment of your time? To talk about our Lord Jesus Christ?
Damned. I thought being a ventriloquist would be more fun. I guess Keermy wasn't that interesting after all. Never mind, let's start the interview.
-Ryan Hudson, hello, welcome onto the FML boat, how old are you?
-I see, let's not mention the big 3-0 then, where are you from?
-I'm from the misunderstood land of Salt Lake City, Utah.
-(Come on don't blame us, you had the Olympic games, there's nothing else to talk about) What's your job?
-Ha, yeah. The only Olympic event I was able to attend was the Foo Fighters concert that opened one of the medal ceremonies. Great show. Anyway, drawing comics and posting on the internet is my job. It's a fun one. I enjoy it immensely.
-It's pretty rare to see artists doing webcomics as their full-time jobs, how do you manage an "internet career"?
-I have been really lucky to have a lot of my comics spread virally and I think that is why I've been able to manage it. At the moment all of my income is from ad revenue. I know that isn't the best thing to rely on and I plan to sell merch soon, but it's been working so far. I really have to thank Stumbleupon, Reddit and bookmarking sites like them for making it possible for my comics to spread like they have.
-So are you planning on publishing everything on the internet? No book?
-I'm actually in the process of compiling my book right now. I'm going to be exhibiting at the Emerald City Comicon in March and I want to have the book ready in time for that. I also released a book back in 09' that covered my first year of strips. When I ran out of them I didn't get any more printed.
-Due to the internet, has publishing a book got easier or harder? On one hand, it's really easy for any one to publish something, on the other hand, everybody can do it, so I bet it's hard to earn the public's interest? How do you feel about that? ("How do you feel about that" I feel like I'm an Elle journalist interviewing some diva about her break-up.)
-Well I honestly don't know if it's easier or harder in general. My only concern is having something available for my specific audience. I'm pretty sure anyone who buys my book online will already be a reader of my comic. I'm not really targeting the general population. I'm treating the book like I would any other bit of merch, like a t-shirt or buttons or something. I'm not going to claim that it's the smart approach, but it's what I'm going to do for now. I think with self publishing, you just have know if you will have an audience there to buy your stuff. I wouldn't have a book printed if I didn't have any readers.
-I understand. So, tell us more about Channelate, for those who don't know about it yet!
-Well, it's a comic strip in the "gag-a-day" category, but it doesn't come out daily. I've been drawing it since February of 2008 and did it as a side project until last September, when I finally started doing it full time. Occasionally, my wife Vee will write jokes for the strip. She has a sense of humor almost identical to my own. The jokes range from zany to cynical.
-What are your inspirations?
-I've been really inspired by the humor in South Park and shows on Adult Swim. I remember when I first saw South Park in Jr. High I thought I had finally found a cartoon that was making jokes like the ones my friends and I would make together. A lot of times the humor in my comic comes from the thoughts on a subject that I would normally keep to myself in a public setting.
-And now last question Ryan! Why did you choose this FML story?
-It stood out to me because I actually experienced a similar situation! I was in a bathroom at my college and the dude next to me started talking. I didn't respond like the girl in the FML, but I just sat there thinking "why the hell would he be talking to me???". It only awkward for a second, then I realized he was talking to his wife. But seriously, who does that? Anyway, that's why I picked it.
-And that's how you rocked it. Thank you Ryan, that was fun to do!