Even Dr. Phil Passed On This One

A good buddy of mine suggested that I should interview the artists behind the characters that are guests on Woody After Hours. Since it required little effort on my part I concluded that it was a great idea. Here is the beginning of my interview with George Ford, the artist behind Addanac City.

WAH: What was going on in your life professionally and personally when you initially decided that you wanted to create and publish a webcomic?

GF: I had just met the girl of my dreams (whom I later married) and was doing some freelance custom artwork at the time. I have always had dreams of producing a comic strip series, and I experienced moderate success on a local level, but I wanted to do something that the entire world could see.

Like nearly every cartoonist, I had drawers filled with comics and sketches that no one ever saw. Everybody told me that I needed to get published, but they don’t realize the difficulty that is involved with getting a large publishing house to “endorse” you. I felt that the time was right (with technology being as advanced as it was in 2006) to launch a strip series doing it the way I saw best via the internet.

I didn’t know anything about webcomics at the time. I didn’t know who was hot, who was terrible, or who had been doing it the longest. I just decided to pitch my hat in the ring and do it the way I wanted to.

My wife was very instrumental in making me believe that I had a chance. If it wasn’t for her, I would still be drawing cute pictures and stuffing them in a file drawer, continually saying “should’a, would’a, could’a”.

WAH: What pop culture influences helped you to construct your theme and characters?

GF: I was an only child reared in a rural setting so I was always reading and drawing as means of entertainment. We had three channels on tv and my parents commandeered that most of the time. I started out reading Archie, Richie Rich, those Whitman Disney comics that came three for a dollar, and the funnies in the state newspaper (my local paper was too small to carry comics). I was enthralled by the pictures, the fantasy settings, and the wondrous colors that I encountered. I knew from the time that I was 3 years old that I wanted to be a part of that world.

More of my interview with George on Wednesday.

– Ben