Friends of the Fiend 10: Peter Bagge.
PB. What a fiendish question!
CF. Okay, what are your current projects, anything exciting in the pipeline - that you can tell us about?
PB. A new issue of my mini-series APOCALYPSE NERD is due out very soon,as well as a new HATE ANNUAL shortly after that.
CF. Did you always want to be a cartoonist, and set out to become one, or was it a gradual process?
PB. That was always one of my pipe dreams when I was a lazy kid, along with being a rock star or baseball star. As it turns out it was the only dream that was remotely do-able.
CF. The work you do at the moment, can you tell us something about the process?
PB. Sheesh! Just the usual: I write my stories out in script form first, then rough it out, then pencil, ink, etc.
CF. I know you've been asked this a million times, but what tools do you use, and what format do you work to?
PB. I use brushes and technical pens on smooth bristol paper.
The Cartoon Fiend had to get a Bat Boy strip in here. The Fiend tried to buy an early piece of original Bat Boy art but couldn't work Paypal. Bat Boy, by Peter Bagge, was as funny as Heck. You can find original Peter Bagge art at the Comic Art Collective.
CF. Is the cartoonist a proper artist? I mean, does cartooning have the same cultural impact as some other artforms, in your opinion?
PB. It has more of a cultural impact than so called highh art or "real" art, precisely because its so ephemeral, and part of the ebb and flow of everyday life.
CF. Is there any other area of cartooning you'd like to work in, if you can find the time?
PB. Other than having my own animated TV show, no.
CF. Who were your major artistic influences?
PB. Charles Schulz, Robert Crumb, Richard Scary, many of the MAD artists from the 1960s and early 70s.
CF. Who was/is your favourite cartoonist/writer, of all time?
PB. Robert Crumb.
CF. There's a lot of talk about a new 'paper-less future' and 'new digital reading habits', do you think this will affect cartooning, at some point?
PB. It already has, since people read comics on line more and more often, and there's no reason that trend won't continue.
CF. If you had the time, and you were helicoptered in to work on anything you chose, any publication, strip, panel, character, book, show, what would you like to work on?
PB. See the answer I gave 4 questions ago!
CF. Is there anything you'd rather be?
PB. Not really.
CF. Thank you for visiting with us.
PB. Thank you!