Identity Crisis

Woody is good at many things. He’s a terrific lover, he can ride his RN One Trillion without getting into an accident and he recognizes math when he sees it. If he’s got a bunch of “1”’s lying around, he’s gonna add those puppies up. Plus, he watches a lot of Elementary, so he’s learnt some mad deduction skillz.

When characters from other comics are featured in Woody After Hours I like to ask the artists that created them deep and probing questions. Here’s my interview with Dumbing of Age’s David Willis:

David and I live in the same city. You would think, then, that it would have been pretty quick and easy for me to meet him somewhere convenient and conduct this interview. Unfortunately, I didn’t schedule a time to talk with David until after he had skipped town and boarded a boat. Fortunately, however, he and I both know Morse code, so we were able to still chat. I sat in my cold, moldy basement, one solitary light above my head, while David, drinks in hand, commandeered the ship’s communication room. David is so talented that he even coded the background noise of the captain and his crew banging on the door asking him what he was doing in there and to unlock the door immediately.

Ben: What was going on in your life professionally and personally when you initially decided that you wanted to create and publish this comic on the web?

David: Why did I want to create this particular comic? Not any of the other dozen? Um, I guess I was at San Diego Comic-Con 2010, boozing it up with Joel Watson, and he told me to quit my terrible comic about a toy store and instead draw a comic he called “Dumbing of Age” and he immediately began writing down character and plot ideas for me and then drawing all the strips himself.

Ben: What cultural influences helped you to construct your theme and characters?

David: Well, I went to college, and also I lived in a very fundamentalist Christian home, and so I guess it makes sense for me to write about a fundamentalist Christian going to college. Joel thought so, anyway.

Ben: What is the main goal you’d like to achieve for yourself with your webcomic?

David: “Goals” sounds like something to maybe do far off in the future, but I think I’ve already achieved pretty much everything I want, in perpetuity. I’m in that sweet spot. I’m okay with everything staying the same forever.   I mean, I draw a comic that satisfies me and makes me happy, and enough people read it, who either directly or indirectly throw money at me, that I get to not have to do a real job. What else is there?

Ben: What is the main goal you’d like to achieve for your fans with your webcomic?

David: I’d like them to stop asking me how Dina is pronounced.

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

David: My webcomic’s only weakness is that it just cares too much and tries too hard.

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

David: I don’t ever not work on my webcomic. That’s why my buffer is out to May.

– Ben