Posts Tagged ‘blog: interviews’.

The World’s Foremost Beard Expert

You are going to love the results of yesterday’s Beard Portrait Booth experiment! The photos will be posted a bit later — I’ll be sure to keep you wildly updated. My initial reaction is that there is no reason that this shouldn’t be a constant presence at every event I ever organize, for the rest of my life, forever and ever. Thanks so much to the fine folks who came out to make the event so much fun!

In the meantime, here’s a treat for beard fans everywhere. Earlier this spring, I spoke at length with Dr. Christopher Oldstone-Moore (pictured above), a history professor at Wright State University in Ohio and quite likely the world’s foremost beard expert. Dr. Oldstone-Moore is currently working on a book about the history of the beard in Western civilization, and in our conversation, we discuss the origins of shaving, the various ups and downs the fashionable beard has suffered throughout the ages, and of course, the current beard renaissance. Enjoy!

Download the MP3 (24 minutes; 27.5 MB)


UPDATE: I have transcribed the audio! Here is the full text of the interview. (more…)

Updates! Reminders! Links! THE INTERNET


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