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The whole schizophrenia angle interested me. When I first started working on it, I thought I would play up that angle more than I ended up doing. The religious aspect of the story was also a draw.
We’re not very accepting of people who act strangely.
I’m planning on finishing the Gospels at some point.
PENTHOUSE didn’t seem to concentrate as much on the girls’ faces, and I really wanted to see the girls’ faces. It seems like through the 1980’s, they almost went out of their way to obscure the girls’ faces.
There’s a bit of debate about that; some say it was really Matthew, but the popular consensus is that Mark was the first one, so that’s why I did that one first. And I was planning on doing all four.
That’s the thing. in medicine, you’re used to saying there’s a problem within the person, and saying there’s a problem within the culture, that’s not a medical answer. Medicine has to look in one direction, so there’s only one type of answer that they can find.
The counter-argument would be, so what if my sexual relationships are superficial, one can still have satisfying and rewarding relationships with friends, or parents, or siblings, or whatever.
You kind of hope that the events themselves are interesting. I think that’s what you have to hope for, that on a broad level it’s an interesting story.
I’d begun reading Crumb shortly before that, and other underground stuff, so that was an influence to some degree. Of course the Marvel and DC comics, they had been my main interests in my teenage years.
When I was a teenager, ‘Playboy’ was the most interesting magazine in the world, and not just for the playmates. I liked the interviews and the stories, and all that, but nowadays most of the stuff in there doesn’t interest me.
It’s not so much that I got that idea at some point, it came up naturally because of the improvisational nature of the story I was telling.
We couldn’t be making as much money, if we had to deal with stranger behaviour. And right now, anybody who slows down our economic productivity, off they go. We have a place for them, the psychiatric institution. That’s the main thing, they slow things down.
They thought they were identifying a set of behaviours, but yeah, they just wanted to have an answer.
The director is planning on titling the film ‘Yummy Fur’ so we are probably planning on changing the title of the book to ‘Yummy Fur’ to match the film.
There I was limited to what happened the same way I am with Riel. It doesn’t feel like a great burden to have your story, to some degree, set. I am enjoying figuring out what I think is the most dramatic way of telling this set of historical facts.
The main problem was a pacing problem. I had wanted the project to be about 20-30 issues, and I should have written it out as a full script beforehand.
The scientists at the end of the 19th century had people coming to them with this weird behaviour, and they didn’t know what was going on but there seemed to be a similarity. They needed an answer, so they made up one.
With each of those projects I wasn’t thinking about how the layout would really affect the story I was working on – it wasn’t the content that was affecting the layout, it was, how I wanted to draw at that point in time.
Almost every scene, I re-think as I’m about to start drawing it, and at least half of the time I’m changing dialogue or whatever, or adding scenes or different things.
People should be allowed the freedom to make their own choices. They should be able to buy or not buy porn and be monogamous or promiscuous as they see fit.
I was looking to do something non-fiction because I had done a strip, ‘My Mom Was a Schizophrenic.’ I really enjoyed the process of doing that strip, despite its subject matter. To do it I’d had to do a lot of research and reading and I figured I’d like to do that again.
Alan Moore does have a sheen of class. He’s a smart guy, and I’m sure there was a metaphoric level, I’m not denying that, but let’s face it. the main reason he was doing a super-hero comic was because he was working for a super-hero comic book company.
I consider myself a right-winger and Gray was certainly one.
I Never Liked You. I think that’s my best book. I think it works the best as a story, and I like the drawing. It works on both levels, for me at least.
I think people should have the legal right to hurt themselves without fearing that they’re going to get locked up for doing so. But on a personal level, if someone I loved was hurting himself or herself in front of me, I would, of course, try to restrain them.
I think politics is important. It’s how we run our society. I think it should be natural to have an interest in the subject, and I almost don’t understand why some people don’t.
I think the thinking is, in the comic books, I should pack as much onto a page as possible, because, you know, it’s kind of the cheaper format, and you want to give readers as much as you can for their dollar.