Now that you're doing just Sunday comics, are you able to spend more quality time with your editor?
Hmm. I hadn't really thought of it that way. Can I go back to doing dailies?
Did you ever consider letting newspapers run reruns of the dailies?
Not really. I owed a lot of FoxTrot's newspaper success to the retirements
over the years of Bloom County, The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes. Seemed
appropriate to return the space to the cartooning pool once I was done with
it. Books and the web are great for rereading old material. Newspapers
should be for new stuff.
What's your theory of comedy? Do you think comedy is always subjective like a lot of idjits say?
It's only subjective when you say I'm not funny.
Do you think the current college bowl system is a joke like I do?
I went to a Division 3 school. What is this "college bowl system" you speak
Yes, you famously went to Amherst College. Could you not get into UMass?
The UMass newspaper came out every day. The Amherst one was just twice a
week. An easy choice for a lazy cartoonist.
Give us one rule you won't break in the Foxtrot world:
I'll probably never show Jason's eyes.
How hard was it to narrow down 20+ years of Foxtrots into a book?
The hardest part was the logistics and keeping track of the massive piles of
pages covered with post-it notes. Deciding which strips to use/not use was
pretty easy in comparison. Originally this was going to be a single volume,
300-page book and trying to winnow down the strips for that was really
painful. Fortunately, we switched to two volumes, which made things much
You've been speaking regularly at PAX and wOOTstock. Which crowd is better looking?
Everyone at PAX and the W00tstocks I've attended have been awesome. You were in the audience at PAX East last year, so I'll give that crowd the win on
Both personally and from your comics content standpoint, you seem to move between the old comics guard and the comic upstarts easily. Where do you fall on the print vs. webcomics debate?
I really like some webcomics and really like some print comics. What I like
tends to be the content of the comics, not the business or distribution
model they use. I think a lot of the bickering you see between some
web/print guys tends to be sniping about business models, which
unfortunately often gets interpreted as a personal attack and things devolve
pretty quickly from there. My view is that the more business models that
work for cartoonists, the more options we'll have, and that's a good thing.
Why won't the NCS let Web comics cartoonists in?
I believe they've started to accept some web guys, but it's been a painfully
slow process. Part of the problem (I think) is establishing what constitutes
"professional," since the NCS is meant to be a somewhat elite membership and
web cartoonists cover a rather wide range of incomes and art styles. I'm
hopeful web cartoonists will continue to apply. I think the fresh ideas
they'd bring to the organization would be awesome.
You know a lot of famous people: author Harlan Cobin, Stephan Pastis, Toby (Paul Lieberstein) from The Office, Pixar's Pete Doctor, Darby Conley. Would it be awkward if I asked you to get the seven of us get together for crepes?
You left the little hat off the "e" in "crêpes." And you call yourself an
Any truth to the rumor that you once saved a school bus from plummeting over a cliff by using the mental power you developed with your degree in Physics?
No, but I could probably calculate the bus's expected trajectory pretty
Would you let your son or daughter take over Foxtrot?
They won't even clean up their rooms when I ask. You really think they'd do
my strip for me?
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