Hare-Raising Rebellion

There’s something happening hare
What it is makes a rabbit flare
Steve’s sitting on a couch over there
Tucker doesn’t think that’s exactly fair
He thinks it’s time to stop, Woody, you’re a clown
He’ll take over this show, rule this town

My attempt at a little protest song humor. Forgive me, I haven’t had my Diet Coke yet this morning.

When we have a guest on WAH I like to interview the artist. Here is the first of the three-part interview with Mike Witmer, the man behind Pinkerton Park:

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

MW: Pinkerton isn’t my first foray into the world of comic strips.  My first strip was called 44 Union Avenue.  Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a great love affair with comic strips and I spent most of my life drawing or doodling in some shape or form.  I submitted 44 Union Avenue to a number of newspapers and syndicates back in 2004.  To my shock and surprise, it was picked up by a couple local papers and I was off and running.  I felt like the web was a good tool to get my strip out to more and more readers.  But I never thought of it as the “webcomics route.”

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

MW: I would say that comic strips such as Bloom County, Peanuts, and FoxTrot really inspired me from a humor and spirit standpoint. I’m not sure that they had anything to do with the theme so much.  I find inspiration in lots of different sources. I think it’s just a matter of changing the way you look at things to find the humor.

More next week. Until then, have a great weekend.

– Ben