Welcome back True Believers, we are here once again with another of our world famous segments, 20 Questions with comic artists. We are coming to you from the world renowned Root Beer Party estates from an undisclosed location in an unexplored region of an unknown land. We are here today with Dee Parson of Pen & Ink comics which you can find here: https://www.penandinkworkshop.com/, or on twitter https://twitter.com/pennyandinkara
or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/penandinkstagram/
So without further ado, let us get to the star of the show.
Question 1: What got you started in doing a comic series?
Reading a lot of comic strips in grade school and trying to mimic them. There was never a time when I wasn’t making cartoons or comics. So I guess I knew what I wanted to do from the get go.
There’s four: Jim Davis, Pat Brady, Dav Pilkey, and pop singer Rachel Platten.
The thing I want to set out to accomplish with the rest of who I am: Make people smile.
I love to do animations, and whenever I get free time, I love doing mini ones for the heck of it. I also play lots of video games.
It recently ended October 28th to focus full time on “Pen & Ink”, which these two have only been around for 5 months and are really picking up traction.
Question 7: What type of subject or humor do you consider out of bounds for your strips and why?
Anything that would provoke controversy or give people negative feelings. My only goal is to give people a smile or warm-hearted feelings, and I can’t do that if my work has them thinking about some political party or the recent publicity scandal.
Question 8: What kind of equipment or style of drawing do you use?
I do both digital and traditional work. A lot of my stuff I sketch out first, but then I draw it out digitally using a Wacom Cintiq 13HD.
Question 9: what sort of training or academic program did you pursue to become a cartoonist?
I have zero to none. I barely have any college education on me, either. All my training literally came from reading lots and lots and LOTS of Garfield/Rose is Rose comics. Reading up interviews from the industry giants of yesteryear and just overall practicing constantly. My “Life With Kurami” comic strip went into publication when I was 19. From then on, everything I learn about art and writing and the comic/animation industry came from my exposure to doing that daily comic strip everyday.
Question 10: What has been the highlight of your cartooning career?
The second time was just this past October. We spent almost an hour in the conference room at PAWS talking about the end of “Life With Kurami”, what worked, what didn’t work, and the stuff I can look back on as experience. The big majority of the time was mostly spent on talking about “Pen & Ink”, sharing comics and getting more informative advice from him. He had really nice and supportive things to say, and can’t wait to see where they go next. He has even drawn Pen & Ink for me, too!
The greatest thing about these two visits is that I got to spend time with and have support from one of the people who have shaped me to be the person I am today.
Question 11: What has been the lowest point in your cartooning career?
Question 12: Are collections of your work available beyond the web? If So where?
For “Life With Kurami”, unfortunately not. At least not yet. I’d love to make a book compilation for them including all of their strips from its run. But that won’t be from the far future.
The point of “Pen & Ink” is that they are sisters that make autobiographical comics together about their life and the residents they’re around in their hometown Matte, Canvatia. Everything you see related to Pen & Ink is about them made by them, which is also why Pen & Ink comics are signed by them and are the authors of their books.
Question 13: Are there any other web comic artists that you really admire?
I admire just about anyone who is passionate about their work. I try to be as supportive to everyone as possible.
Question 14: What kind of impact has cartooning had on your life and could you ever see yourself not doing it?
It’s affected my life in ways I never would have imagined. It’s become who I am. I don’t know who or what I’d be if I wasn’t doing this.
Question 15: Do you have any advice for the Trolls out there who harass content creators? (no need to keep this answer clean.)
Question 16: Do you set yourself any deadlines or other tricks to keep yourself motivated?
I sit down and do work until I get done with what I want. I don’t do anything until the main objective is complete.
Question 17: Apart from root beer, what is your favorite drink?
I really like Pepsi and Sprite!
Question 18: Are you already a member of the root beer party and if not, what is the matter with you?
Of course! I don’t remember how I became one because I’m sure someone bonked me in the head to become one. (Dee was inducted into the Root Beer Party by Co-President Kim Belding of Picpak Dog Comics – Editor)
Question 19: What is the most challenging aspect of cartooning for you?
Question 20: What are your future plans involving web comics or anything else going on in your life?