No questions are asked of me frequently. But if any were, this is what I might imagine them to be.
Who am you?
My name is Jim, but most people call me Jim.
How long has MCH been around?
I started sharing comics on the web in July 2012.
Where did you come from?
I grew up in a small house surrounded by books, TV, newspapers, magazines, Safari Cards of Knowledge, shag carpet, and older brothers. My first foray into cartooning (and most successful to date) was in seventh grade when he made roughly 11 dollars drawing cartoons and monsters on classmates’ book-covers.
Through high school and college I dabbled in artistic stuff, but decided to be responsible and pick up a few degrees in computer science instead. But the creative bug wouldn’t die; apparently it was some sort of cockroach. Around 2002, as an experiment, I put together a comic strip called Zoo Illogical. Those comics went nowhere other than, many years later, into my kids’ lunch boxes. Recently I decided to take up some creative activity as a counterbalance to busy work and family life, and decided that single-panel gag comics were the medium that best fit my tiny bits of free time and tiny attention span.
Where have you been published?
As a freelance cartoonist, my work has appeared nowhere. Magazines not publishing my work include Reader’s Digest, Highlights, Yoga Journal, Guns and Ammo, and National Review. I have written and illustrated little so far, and have not recently won significant awards for cartooning work or for any other reason. I did not contribute to several New York Times best-sellers nor have I recently completed my third fantasy novel for the young adult market.
What if I like/love/hate your work?
I’d love to hear it, either way.
What is the philosophy behind MCH?
I like absurd scenarios. I like wordplay. I want my comics to be viewable by pretty much any age and sensibility (thereby providing an alternative to the “foul-mouthed stick figures” genre). I aspire to think of my comics as ‘episodes’ or snapshots of a skit, not just as quick gags. I know full well that sometimes I am the only person in the world who thinks certain things are funny (case in point) .
Can these comics be used, shared, or bought?
They are copyrighted, but Yes. Please let me know if you have an interest.
Do you do wedding receptions?
No, not since the McCloskey/Horowitz fiasco.
Who is your favorite literary character?
Max from “Where the Wild Things Are”. It was my favorite book as a child, and I have not read much fiction since then. Close second: The Hardy Boys’ stout friend Chet, who regularly falls into holes and gets tied up by bad guys.
If you could make a cameo appearance in a show, what show would it be?
Space Ghost Coast to Coast
What is your greatest fear?
That my wife figures out how far out of my league she is.
One thing you could eat for the rest of your life?
Favorite movie? Worst movie?
Favorite: My two favorite movies are probably “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, so I would say a combination of the two would be the ultimate. Least favorite: any Quentin Tarantino.
If you could be born again into any era, which would you choose?
The Mesozoic. I’d quickly be eaten, but it would be worth it to see dinosaurs.
Last text message I sent…..
“I can handle the cake.”
What is your motto?
“I can handle the cake.”
What song do you have on repeat?
The 1951 Stax recording of Friedrich Baumfelder conducting the Leipzig Philharmonic’s performance of “Hot Blooded” by Foreigner, in G minor.
I’ll take a summer month with my family in a fully staffed European castle, thank you very much.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being a good dad.
What is your favorite cartoon/comic character?
Linus Van Pelt
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
Laundry, most likely.
My biggest pet peeve is …
Zeus. He’s an Andalusian Red, over 150 pounds, but still afraid of the cat.
One thing you couldn’t live without?
My family. And coffee. I guess that is two things. But watch me put parenthesis around them and turn them into one thing: (my family and coffee). See the magic of computer programming applied to real life.
Embezzling from great public institutions.
What is your greatest extravagance?
I generally buy only the brand-name, more expensive breakfast cereals.
The best advice you’ve ever gotten?
“Be Good.” (from my mom)
I know it’s weird but I think…
Play-doh smells better than anything else in the world.