Welcome back True Believers, Today we are broadcasting live from the vast Root Beer Party Estates, located in a undisclosed location in a unknown region of an undiscovered country. Fall means that the dedicated Root Beer Monks are hard at work harvesting and brewing up next years bounty of the Elixir of Life that is Root Beer and we welcome one of our own members and world renowned comic creator Kevin Fagan of Drabble here to the Broadcast Booth for another of our world famous 20 questions interviews! You can find Kevin’s work daily over at GoComics here:
Or in your local newspaper for the last 40 years. Drabble has been a mainstay in the comics industry and ha brought a lighthearted suburban family humor to generations of comic lovers all over the world. My own personal favorite character is Wally the Wiener Dog. But Let us get to the man of the hour, our good friend Kevin Fagan.
Question 1: What got you started in doing a comic series?
I’m pretty old school. I draw with speedball pens and India ink on heavy paper
Question 2: Who was you greatest influence?
Schulz was my greatest influence. I also loved Bil Keane, Jim Unger, and Hank Ketcham.
Question 3: What is your favorite root beer and why?
Diet A&W. That’s what my wife buys!
Question 4: What do you hope to accomplish with your comic?
I hope DRABBLE brings people a smile every day or at least as often as possible.
Question 5: Do you have any other artistic interests outside of comics?
I like jazz music and art museums.
Question 6: Do you see yourself as a professional cartoonist, or is this just something you do for yourself?
After 40 years, I guess I’m a professional now.
Question 7: What type of subject or humor do you consider out of bounds for your strips and why?
No politics. I like to bring people together if possible.
Question 8: What kind of equipment or style of drawing do you use?
Question 9: what sort of training or academic program did you pursue to become a cartoonist?
Dumb luck. No training. I volunteered to draw cartoons for my college newspaper.
Question 10: What has been the highlight of your cartooning career?
Highlight: When Charles M. Schulz called to tell me that the Halloween cartoon I had done one year was the best Halloween strip he’d ever seen.
Question 11: What has been the lowest point in your cartooning career?
Low Point: When Schulz died.
Question 12: Are collections of your work available beyond the web? If So where?
I’ve done a dozen or so DRABBLE books. Latest is “ALL WALLY.” Next one is “Family Calamities’.
(You can find Drabble Collections on Amazon Here: https://www.amazon.com/All-Wally-Kevin-Fagan/dp/1976050928/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537849476&sr=1-1 ) -Editor
Question 13: Are there any other web comic artists that you really admire?
I like “Amanda The Great.” I haven’t seen a lot of the others, since I’m not really a computer guy.
Question 14: What kind of impact has cartooning had on your life and could you ever see yourself not doing it?
Hard for me to imagine not doing the strip every day, unless some other project took over. No interest in retiring.
Question 15: Do you have any advice for the Trolls out there who harass content creators? (no need to keep this answer clean.)
No. But it is increasingly evident that lots of people do not have a sense of humor.
Question 16: Do you set yourself any deadlines or other tricks to keep yourself motivated?
I have deadlines set by my syndicate.
Question 17: Apart from root beer, what is your favorite drink?
Question 18: Are you already a member of the root beer party and if not, what is the matter with you?
Question 19: What is the most challenging aspect of cartooning for you?
Most challenging aspect: Keeping the strip fresh. I hope I do.
Question 20: What are your future plans involving comics or anything else going on in your life?
I’m collaborating with David Benoit on a musical comedy based of DRABBLE. Fingers crossed.
So there you have it True Believers, Another interview with Root Beer Party Members and a peek behind the scenes of how your favorite comics are made and what the future holds in store for them. Since the cave painting from the caves at Lascaux in France sequential art has been one of the most influential forms of art in history and here at the Root Beer Party we celebrate the modern day cave painters who bring us all the humor, joy and even sorrow and pain that are the essential experiences of life. So we say so long again from the vast Root Beer Party Estates and hope that you will join us next week for another frosty mug of root beer and another interview with your favorite comic creators. Thanks again to Kevin Fagan and until next time True Believers, may your mug always be frosted and your Root Beer Always Foamy. Now here is some comics about my favorite character Wally the Wiener Dog: