We are back once again True Believers, at the vast estates of The Root Beer Party Headquarters in an undisclosed location of a uncharted region of an undiscovered land and we bring to you another of our world famous segments 20 Questions with comic artists!
Today we have with us Per Hedman who does the comic strip The Far Dark Side. It is a combination of the Far Side by Gary Larson and everyone’s favorite Sith Lord Darth Vader. You can find his comic Here: https://www.facebook.com/the.far.dark.side
So what has led to this unholy alliance between the Sith Lord and the anthropomorphic Gary Larson? Why has he turned to the Dark Side? Let find out.
Question 1: What got you started in doing a comic series?
My friends and family who saw my little doodles and said that I should do a book, they were all crazy, but I thought I would focus on my little doodles and see how good I could get. So in 2015 I started a facebook page: facebook.com/The.Far.Dark.Side and slowly the followers started to trickle in.
Question 2: Who was you greatest influence?
There is a number of famous Swedish cartoonist that I see my drawings looking like, but since its the name of the comic I’ll say Gary Larson, and I do love Star Wars and I should mention that too…
Question 3: What is your favorite root beer and why?
What’s root beer? In Sweden that’s not a thing. (We need to get root beer to Sweden As soon as possible, it’s an international crisis! Call the U.N. immediately! -Editor)
Question 4: What do you hope to accomplish with your comic?
I draw my comics for making me happy, and if other people like them fine, and if they don’t like them that’s fine by me too. Humor and art is subjective.
Question 5: Do you have any other artistic interests outside of comics?
I’ve been mostly a consumer of art, movies, books, and tv, but I don’t produce anything in those fields.
Question 6: Do you see yourself as a professional cartoonist, or is this just something you do for yourself?
I see myself a highly productive hobby cartoonist, but mostly it’s for myself.
Question 7: What type of subject or humor do you consider out of bounds for your strips and why?
My cartoon is very clean, and I like to make fun of people in power and rarely try to make hurtful jokes.
Question 8: What kind of equipment or style of drawing do you use?
I draw in ink on A5 copy paper. Having three kinds of pens. A thin, a thick and a more brushy pen.
Question 9: what sort of training or academic program did you pursue to become a cartoonist?
I started too late in life for any training and/or academic program. Now I’m on my 10.000 hours plan.
Question 10: What has been the highlight of your cartooning career?
When I got my first likes on twitter from THE STAR WARS PEOPLE, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, and a far second when I sold out of my first issue of The Best of The Far Dark Side, that I self-published.
Question 11: What has been the lowest point in your cartooning career?
I got a request to re-create my 1000th drawing, it took 8 hours and I was kind of happy with the result.
I showed the result to the person who ordered it, and they said that it wasn’t as good as the original and didn’t want to pay the 50 USD for the drawing.
I got caught not knowing what I’m doing and that didn’t feel good.
Question 12: Are collections of your work available beyond the web? If So where?
I have produced four collections of my favorite cartoons that I send out to my fans for the printing and shipping costs.
Since I don’t have that much time I only use Paypal and send directly to the client.
Question 13: Are there any other web comic artists that you really admire?
I admire those who really know how to draw and can do it effortless, but since I don’t have that much time I don’t really have gotten into the webcomics out there…
Question 14: What kind of impact has cartooning had on your life and could you ever see yourself not doing it?
It relaxes me doing cartooning and it’s my way of venting, and I’ll keep doing it as long as I still find joy in doing it.
Question 15: Do you have any advice for the Trolls out there who harass content creators? (no need to keep this answer clean.)
I haven’t experienced any Trolling, but my style is naïve and humoristic, so no one takes it too seriously.
Question 16: Do you set yourself any deadlines or other tricks to keep yourself motivated?
My deadline is that I do two strips everyday, so I need to produce, and I have a family, friends and a full-time job (in another field), so I draw my two strips every day during a dedicated 30-minute block.
Question 17: Apart from root beer, what is your favorite drink?
What’s root beer? My favorite drink is Strawberry Daiquiri. (This poor individual, lost in an undeveloped third world country. To never know the sweet elixir of life that is root beer is a crime against humanity. -Editor)
Question 18: Are you already a member of the root beer party and if not, what is the matter with you?
Since I didn’t know of the Root beer party, I’ll play the ignorance card. (Per is now a member in good standing and has been accepted into the hallowed ranks of the Root Beer Party. – Editor)
Question 19: What is the most challenging aspect of cartooning for you?
That I can’t draw. Man, I wish I could draw…
Question 20: What are your future plans involving web comics or anything else going on in your life?
This spring I have played with sequential art, I finished four of the sequential comics, hopefully I can publish these somewhere,
So there you have it True Believers, another great interview with one of our many great members of the Root Beer Party. Let’s get Sweden on board and get them some root beer, no one should have to live a life without the elixir of life that is root beer. Until next time True Believers, may your mug always be frosted and your Root Beer always foamy.