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02:00 pm: Interview questions I wish I would be asked, but no one ever asks them.
Sometimes, when I get asked to do interviews about my comics, I wish people would ask me the sort of questions I want to answer. Everyone has asked me how I started making comics, what advice do I have to give someone else starting in comics, blah blah blah. Honestly, I don't feel that those are productive questions anymore. My answers are already on the Internet. Do I we really need to hear them repeated over and over again?

So here are the questions I wish, I wish, people would ask me.

1. You main character, Rachel the Great, is a virgin. Are you?
No.

2. Doesn't that make you a hypocrite?
Yes, if you want to hold me to a character I created when I was fifteen. My ideals have changed greatly as I've grown older.

3. Isn't that misleading, having a character based on you, even named after yourself who espouses ideals that you don't live up to?
Key words there, based on. I've always stated that Rachel in the comics is more like me when I was fifteen. Part of it is that the comics have been online so long. I've changed faster than she has.

Unfortunately, I was in the middle of a coming of age story arc when I went on hiatus, but I don't think I'll ever get to finish it, at least not on gURL.com. It's sad because the last impression we had of the characters was right before Things Began to Happen. It's not flattering to any of them.

4. What do you think of students who are thinking of majoring in sequential art?
Speaking from within the realm of comics, illustration and the like, it's a waste of money, at least at this point. You should major in graphic design and study comics on the side. The pay will be better in the long run, and your art will look better for it, I feel. Sequential art is best learned through creative writing, design, and animation courses. At least, that's my opinion. Also I don't know anyone who's making a living with a degree in sequential art other than Jennie Breeden, and not everyone can be Jennie Breeden. You don't actually need that degree to make comics or get paid to make them.

5. Do you really have an inflatable Trent Reznor doll?
Unfortunately, no.

6. How is Tuna?
Tuna died when I was sixteen. I miss him very much. That's why he's still in the comics.

7. Rachel and Bob.
No and no.

8. If the story kept going, would Rachel ever have gotten off her high horse?
Yes, first love(r)s have ways of knocking people off their pedestals.

9. Will you ever finish that story?
I would like to.

10. Why did you build rubifruit.com?
Because after all these years doing comics, I really love the community and the people. I wanted to give something back. They rallied behind me over my busted jaw. They've given me an award. I wanted a way to say thanks. That, and it makes me feel closer to everyone to help them get their work out there and seen by more people. I feel, I dunno, involved instead of a bystander. This way, if a member of Rubifruit makes a big splash in the world, I can think, wow, in a small way, I assisted them. In fact, because of the nature of the site's banner exchange, we all will have assisted them.

11. What plans do you have for rubifruit.com?
A facebook app and webcomics hosting, then who knows. It's my pet. Possibly paid advertising to help pay for the high bandwidth the exchange sucks up. But I would only want to sell impressions to other Rubifruit people, not to commercial businesses that have no place in the exchange.


And that's all. SO, what questions do you wish people would ask you? Posty post!

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From:violetjimjams
Date:August 12th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
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Does Rachel dye her hair?
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From:crowhen
Date:August 12th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Nope. She is naturally auburn, but I color it bright red so it stands out against black. Check my gallery for the picture of her and Tuna in the bathtub. That's more her "real" color.
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From:lexelby
Date:August 12th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
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I briefly wondered about #1 at one point, but then I figured it out when you wrote that Rachel the Great is based on you as a teenager.

As to questions I wish people would ask me... I don't know. There are a lot of questions I wish people wouldn't ask me, but that's another thing entirely ;) I'll have to think on it.
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From:kimonos_house
Date:August 12th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
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1. You main character, Rachel the Great, is a virgin. Are you?
No.


Jigga-what? When did that happen?!
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From:crowhen
Date:August 12th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
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What? You didn't think I would blog about something like that, did you?
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From:kimonos_house
Date:August 12th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
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Well, you blogged about abstinence and other people's sex lives. So... you know. :P I assumed this was still the case!
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From:crowhen
Date:August 12th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Eh? I don't follow.
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From:kimonos_house
Date:August 12th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
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"There will be sacrifices, but not of the virginal kind, thankfully!" That's the last sex life "update" I can remember. ~_^

Which isn't to say I'm not happy for you! I think it's fantastic that you've had all these positive changes in your life and that you found a true partner. Everyone should be so lucky! It was just the sudden news... if I'd been wearing a hat, it would have flown off my head. XD
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From:crowhen
Date:August 12th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that is so totally not how I meant that to come out! Holy cow, I had no idea it would be interpreted that way. I just meant that although the changes were big, they weren't deadly.
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From:kimonos_house
Date:August 12th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
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LOL!
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From:ieatedyourcooki
Date:August 12th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure what I would want people to ask me.
Rubifruit sounds rockin' though!
My friend and I are putting together a 1/2 doujin, 1/2 artbook for new years and attempting to distribute it. Hopefully it won't flop. I guess if anything, i'd want people to ask about that.
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From:the_s_guy
Date:August 12th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
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what questions do you wish people would ask you?

"Could you please take up this massively overpaid job which requires lazing about thinking up cool stuff all day?"
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From:lucy_76
Date:August 12th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
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The #1 question I wish people WOULD NOT ask:

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

If an ambitious person were to answer that question, the correct reply: Being your boss.

Me personally? I don't want to be in the work force in 5 years. I'd like to be retired. Realistic? Probably not, but that's where I see myself.
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From:crowhen
Date:August 12th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
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I just can't project myself that far into the future. I'm too flexible?
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From:the_s_guy
Date:August 14th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
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"Doing something gob-smackingly profitable, possibly involving manipulation of at least one global market. You want in?"
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From:crowhen
Date:August 14th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
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Eh?
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From:the_s_guy
Date:August 15th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
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Sorry, should have been a reply to lucy's post re "Where do you see yourself in five years?". Flippancy, I has it :)
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From:davidsfoley
Date:August 13th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
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The first three questions I sort of put together from various comics, your insistent assertion that the character is more like your fifteen year-old self, the fact that you have since been in more than one relationship, and the specific comic "Always Pack Protection."

I figured that somewhere along the way, the comic would deal with some more nuances of sexuality, chastity, and responsibility. It's a shame that you've been interrupted, but I look forward to reading the later adventures of Rachel the Great. (I haven't gone through the archives in some time, since there haven't been updates, but I'm glad I just did. They still have their initial magic—I'd forgotten how much I miss your comic.)

As for the reason for your doing Rubifruit, I just figured it was you continuing along the lines of MangaPunk and the Subculture Webcomic Clique. I just never thought to ask.
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From:kimonos_house
Date:August 13th, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
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Okay, I thought of a question! Which artists influence you? What one skill would you most like to achieve, and is there an artist you think does that one thing particularly well?

You're lucky to have been interviewed! I hope I am interviewed someday. ^_^
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From:crowhen
Date:August 13th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
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I've been asked that first question many times, which is horrible because II'm not that influenced anymore! Hint: make some minicomics ;)
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From:kimonos_house
Date:August 14th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
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Who, me?
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From:crowhen
Date:August 14th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
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YES
From:starplacetower
Date:August 13th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
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Good questions.

-Thorn
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