The Neckcracker

I love a good neck cracking. It’s very satisfying. Sometimes it’s the biggest (and loudest) thing I accomplish all day.

Hey, it’s time to begin my interview with the artist whose comic is so nice she named it twice: Jules Faulkner.

Jules and I met at Niagara Falls. We immediately found that we had something in common: I didn’t want to be in Canada, and Jules didn’t want me to be in Canada either. Remaining on our own sides, we held the interview by yelling questions and answers at each other over the roar of a massive pool of water constantly falling over the edge of a cliff. It was a difficult interview, and the tourists really didn’t appreciate what we were doing. Our respective countries banned both of us from ever returning.

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

JF: Nothing particularly noteworthy that I can recall.

I’ve always dabbled in comics on some level, in grade school I did a history report-comic just because I was bored with the material (New France social structure) which ironically, took four times as long, but at least I had a teacher who appreciated the effort. In college and at work we’d doodle up little situational/observational comics and pass them around for laughs. That’s one of the great advantages of working with creative people, even complaining about your boss becomes entertaining.

The year I started Promises Promises, my friend Brian did the 24 hour comic challenge for the first time, I’d never heard of it until then and he really impressed me. We worked together so maybe it was being around another comics junkie that spurred/inspired me, but I wanted to do something of my own and just put it out there.

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

JF: I’d actually have to go with “none”. Most of my stuff comes out of observation and efforts to distract myself from boredom and/or frustration.

More of my interview with Jules on Friday.

– Ben