20 Questions with Comic Artists: Mike Wilke of Watermelon Bones

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   Once again we are here at the vast Root Beer Party estates, overlooking the sassafras fields as the dedicated Root Beer Monks go about their duties in brewing the elixir of life that is Root Beer.  We are sitting on the upper deck of the dedicated Root Beer bar wing of the main house shaded from the sun with an ice cold mug of root beer between us.  

     Today we have with us a legend in the comics community, A man who made webcomic before there was even a web to put them on.  The esteemed Mike Wilke of Watermelon Bones.  He does countless other comics as well, each with a theme linking them all together. 

     But the True Believers have not gathered here today to hear me talk, they want to hear from the man himself, so Let us begin:

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Question 1: What got you started in doing a comic series?

My editor from one of my newspapers said ” Let’s do a book of your cartoons!” That was over 30 years ago, so that’s when I created “Watermelon Bones!” Since then I’ve self published a total of 8 books.

Question 2: Who was you greatest influence?

Schulz, Hart, etc., etc., etc…!

Question 3: What is your favorite root beer and why?

A&W……..I grew up with it.
Question 4: What do you hope to accomplish with your comic?

To bring more laughter into the world amidst all the crap going on nowadays.

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Question 5: Do you have any other artistic interests outside of comics?

Painting, magic and theater.

Question 6: Do you see yourself as a professional cartoonist, or is this just something you do for yourself?

I get paid for what I do, so yes, professional

Question 7: What type of subject or humor do you consider out of bounds for your strips and why?

Political, sexual, profane…..all for obvious reasons.

Question 8: What kind of equiptment or style of drawing do you use?

Everything I do is old school, start to finish.

Question 9: what sort of training or academic program did you pursue to become a cartoonist?

No schooling, just doing.

Question 10: What has been the highlight of your cartooning career?

Winning several awards from newspaper contests, becoming a member of the NCS, being syndicated by “Comx Box Comics Syndicate”, my ongoing political toons for newspapers, drawing toons for an international magic magazine, being invited to ComiCons, etc.

Question 11: What has been the lowest point in your cartooning career?

Not too many low points.

Question 12: Are collections of your work available beyond the web? If So where?

Not to my knowledge.

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(Books are available from Mike Wilke himself.  -Editor)
Question 13: Are there any other web comic artists that you really admire?

Way too many to mention.

Question 14: What kind of impact has cartooning had on your life and could you ever see yourself not doing it?

I’ll always do this!

Question 15: Do you have any advice for the Trolls out there who harass content creators? (no need to keep this answer clean.)

Trolls….stay out of my face!!!!

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Question 16: Do you set yourself any deadlines or other tricks to keep yourself motivated?

Nope, just do it!

Question 17: Apart from root beer, what is your favorite drink?

Coffee, and Chai Tea!

Question 18: Are you already a member of the root beer party and if not, what is the matter with you?

Yep!

Question 19: What is the most challenging aspect of cartooning for you?

Good question!

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Question 20: What are your future plans involving web comics or anything else going on in your life?

I’ll just keep on doing what I’m doing…..and let the chips fall!!!!

And there you have it True Believers another interview with the artists who make all your favorite comics happen.  Mike is a man of few words and just like his comics, he gets right to the point and so shall we.  So until next time True Believers, may your mug always be frosted and your Root Beer always foamy.