Posts Tagged ‘blog: interviews’.

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Thank you very much to everyone who voted for me in the “Tweet Me a Story” contest last week! Yesterday I received word that I made it to the FINAL ROUND. Exciting! For the finals, I had to write another story (based on the provided word “tear”) and we shall soon see HOW I FARED.

This coming Monday is the final day to vote for Eisner nominees! If you’re a comics professional, including a webcomic creator, you are eligible to vote, which you can do right here.

This coming Wednesday is my Clever Tricks to Stave Off Death release party in Beverly Hills! Here’s the info and here’s a Facebook invite page with all the same info. Come get free sketches, free high-fives, and hugs that cost a dollar. But I pay you for any groping that might occur!

Finally! A kind chap named John Kenyon asked me some interesting questions, and I answered them. It is called an “interview” and you can read it right here! I like this one, because I asked John to ask me some new questions that I hadn’t been asked before, and he sportingly complied. Representative quote from the exchange: “So what I am saying is that who knew that angry-looking soldier in an 1887 engraving was actually mad at a tiny mischievous triceratops that only he could see?”

Guest comic! Interview! Photos! Oh my.

it's the cool neww thing!

If you missed the New England Webcomics Weekend, mark your calendar now for March 2010, when it’ll be back bigger, better and (hopefully) just as awesome. If you were there, I hope you had just as much fun as I did! However, I believe this to be impossible, as I had the maximum amount of fun. I am in the one hundredth percentile of fun had. Gary does a pretty good job of doing it justice.

NEWW made for a wonderful kickoff to the convention season, and heaps of thanks and praise are due to Meredith, Rich, the TopatoCo and Dumbrella crews, the diligent volunteers and the building management at Eastworks. Here are some photos that some of the approximately 8 zillion attendees took at the show!

After the show wrapped on Sunday, new best-pal KC Green and I made a guest comic for Meredith! We thought it would save her some time, but I don’t think it did because she stayed up while we did it. We made her promise to post it blind, but really it didn’t matter because it’s not, like, dirty or anything. We didn’t go anywhere weird with it like some people might have.

Also over the weekend, a very nice profile of me appeared in the North Adams (MA) Transcript, which I think is an actual, ink-on-newsprint newspaper? I am almost certain that it is. Representative quote: “‘If I was just drawing a cartoon strip, I would one millionth-best cartoonist in the world,’ Malki said.” Thanks to John Mitchell for his dogged drive to make me known to everyone in North Adams!

Finally, I should probably mention the other places I’ll be lugging my charm to over the next few months: in just two weeks I’ll be in Seattle for the Emerald City ComiCon, one of my favorites; after that it’s Stumptown in Portland (April 18-19); the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (May 9-10); then MoCCA in Manhattan (June 6-7) before hitting San Diego in July. There’ll also be a Clever Tricks to Stave Off Death release party in Los Angeles somewhere in the middle there, and of course every state has their own Arbor Day. The list of “Upcoming Appearances” on the site’s sidebar (just there on the right, if you’re on the site now) can be your friend once this post has vanished into the Ozymandian dustbin of history!

Extra-finally, it should be reiterated that if you encounter me in person at one of these events or any other, the whispered word “huckleberry” will get you an immediate high-five in front of anybody, I don’t even care.

New interview; Live sketching Fri. noon PST

Greylock Arts will lock you up with the arts

I’m pleased to announce that Wondermark is currently part of an art-gallery exhibit on online comics, on display at Greylock Arts in Adams, Massachusetts. The exhibit, called .Comics, includes excerpts from a bunch of cool comics and interviews with their creators, including a new interview with me which can be read online.

Representative quote: “Then I’ll start noticing pieces that could combine, Voltron-style, into whatever I need — this face could go with this body, this table is at the same angle as this chair, etc. — and so I’ll end up building the scene that way.”

Also, I’ll be live-streaming again on Friday the 30th, drawing goofy sketches in quite a few Artist Edition books. It’s always a fun time chatting, answering questions, and coming up with weird things to draw. Tune in right here, starting at noon Pacific! Or watch my Twitter for the announcement.

Interview: The Sound of Young America

The Sound of Young America

New today: I’m interviewed by Jesse Thorn on the Public Radio International program “The Sound of Young America,” a show featuring notables from the world of entertainment. Don’t know how I got on there, but nobody say anything.

Nutshell quote: “If I’ve done my job right, it looks like a Victorian engraving of a ninja on a unicycle.” (in reference to)

The show’s available as a direct MP3 download, or stream it right now:

For more info, or to subscribe to the podcast (which I highly recommend), visit

My interview with Nicholas Gurewitch

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Nicholas Gurewitch, the creator of The Perry Bible Fellowship, about all manner of things — creativity, pursuing one’s passion, his withdrawal of PBF from newspaper syndication, and Piet Mondrian, to name a few.

With Nick’s permission, I’m pleased to share an excerpt of the interview with you below. The entire piece (several times this length) will appear in the upcoming Dark Horse book The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack.

David Malki !: Something that I’ve always been interested in getting people’s perspectives on is the idea of becoming a specialist at something — it seems like especially now, in the era of everyone being on the Internet, everyone generating different types of content, there are a lot of people that are trying to become the best at one really specific niche, or even inventing a niche for themselves that allows them to stand out from the crowd — which, I think that it could be argued that’s something that you’ve done with your work as well, and as you’ve found, that seems to come at the expense of developing more of a breadth of work or of experiences —

Nicholas Gurewitch: Or of your own spirit; what’s to say that you don’t have a heck of a lot of growing to do. It’s kind of like getting married far too young. Or setting the sights on your telescope to one certain galaxy, neglecting the rest of the universe.

DM: It seems like there’s always going to be some sort of compromise; either you’re going to miss out on the breadth of other experiences, or you’re going to miss out on the depth of the one. Maybe that’s not the case with the comic, since you’ve explored that in such a rich fashion, but as we know there’s Charles Schulz who did comics for fifty years.

NG: Right.

DM: Coming away from something you’ve done for a long time in favor of starting something new, whatever that’ll be, do you think it’ll be hard having to start lower on the ladder and work through all the growing pains and everything again?

NG: I would love to start low on the ladder. There’s a part of me that wants to endure something a little bit more difficult. I’ve always wanted to be a waiter. I just need a new experience. And I think I definitely am excited about climbing down from the ladder, and approaching an audience — maybe even anonymously — but approaching an audience from a fresh angle.

DM: It seems like that’s something you might have the luxury to do, if sales of the book and of the strips and so forth can help support you economically. As opposed to someone who gets into a lifestyle to which they become accustomed, and then they’re trapped in a certain rut that they can’t escape because they can’t afford to, they can’t afford to take a job that doesn’t pay them.

NG: Well, you always have time at the end of the day. I’m never certain how I feel about people who complain about not having time after their day job. If you really want to do something you’ll do it at night. You know, Bruce Wayne had a day job. He was Batman at night. If you really want to get something done you’ll just do it.

I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes, but I just know if you’ve really got something to say, you’ll find a way to say it, eventually.

NG: You know, you’ve got a lot of people out there who need money, and time, and encouragement, and women to do things — you should be able to put all that away and just go do your thing because you have to do it. It’s more valuable than gold, to have something that you really want to do, that you would do in your sleep if you could. It really doesn’t matter if it shows up to others.

Preserving that gold is probably the most important thing that you can do. I guess I’m just trying to keep an eye out and make sure that I’m not pushing that golden ambition into a corner.

DM: What would you say to people who feel like they want to be creative, or feel like they want to share something, but they’re still searching for that burning wellspring within them that’s going to take over everything else? How would you advise someone who wants to try and find what that passion might be?

NG: I would recommend they push their life into a direction where they have to create. And I don’t mean that in the obligatory sense, I mean that they should probably put themselves in a position where they’re forced to express themselves. Make the act of making work an act of relief, rather than an act of work. If there’s nothing to express, then they should always be open to the fact that they probably shouldn’t be expressing themselves creatively.

But the human psyche can only undergo so many challenges before it starts to do something really interesting that other people can enjoy. I think I’m a firm believer that if you go through enough agony, you’ll be able to provide enough ecstasy. I love it when people challenge themselves, and reflect on that, and then make art from that. There’s no shortage of brilliance to be had from reflecting upon life experience, and there’s no shortage of life experience to be had from failing. It’s a win-win situation, really. If you need more life experience, just hop in! Get miserable. Explore life more. I think a lot of people want to write a novel without having any life experience, and the easy solution to that is to have more experience.

The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack will be released in February 2009.