Best Friends For Never

Greetings from Seattle. The rumors are true, it’s actually raining here.

Paul and I would like express our gratitude to Tim Lai for allowing Andy and Jeff from Lemon Inc. to be guests in our comic. Tim stepped up when we needed him to and we greatly appreciated it. He brought some wonderful ideas, art and dialogue to the table, and together we created some terrific strips. We couldn’t have asked for a better collaboration.

Here is the final installment of my interview with Tim. Now, in case you’ve forgotten, Tim is from Canada, and Canadians are difficult to understand because they’re always got Celine Dion playing in the background at really high volume. So, after each response I have translated what he said into American.

WAH: What area of your webcomic do you think needs to be improved upon?

TL: I think the only honest answer I can give is everything. I’m always trying to figure out how I can improve every aspect of the comic to make it a better overall experience. I guess I could come off as having a low self esteem but I don’t really. I just think it’s generally a good idea to always be looking to improve my art in every way and to be aware of where I need improvement. I suppose I could get specific about what aspect of every element of my comic needs improvement but that probably wouldn’t be very interesting. 🙂

I guess the one area that stands out the most though is the speed at which I produce it. I’m an incredibly slow artist, as I’m sure you and Paul have discovered. It usually takes me a full day of work to finish one comic. And lately I’ve had to stay up overnight to finish the colouring. Of course, that day includes occasional distractions, but still.

Translation: You should really come up and visit Niagara Falls. It’s much better than your Mt. Rushmore or your Disney places.

WAH: What are you doing when you’re not working on your webcomic?

TL: Mostly normal boring things. In terms of other art related projects, I occasionally attempt to do some digital painting and have a couple of ideas for potential graphic novels that I’m still conceptualizing. In my spare time I like to read comics and graphic novels, browse the internet, go see movies etc. I have a family like most people and I spend some time doing things with them. I also have a ridiculous number of pets. I have five cats, three dogs, two ferrets, and a rabbit so I spend some of the time hanging out with each of them too.

Translation: It was a mildly pleasing to work with you Americans. Don’t ever bother me again, eh?

– Ben