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I had a mixture, my father was a career army man and my mother was a writer.
– Bill Griffith
My first character was Mr. Toad.
If something is going on in my life, it winds up getting into my strip.
I guess if you take yourself seriously as an artist there starts either the problem or the beauty of doing good artwork.
Jazz, rock and roll, movies and comics are the culture of America.
Zippy accepts chaos as what it is, which is the real order of everything.
I just became one with my browser software.
Are we having fun yet?
Well, I’ve done a lot of strips since I’ve been here about Zippy and me being in Connecticut.
Their scrambled attention spans struck me as a metaphor for the way we get our doses of reality these days.
When I was an art student in the early 60’s before the acid scene began I was smoking pot just like anyone else who was an artist.
The down side of Americans being obsessed with pop culture is that they kind of like it light.
A full, rich drawing style is a drawback.
Everybody that loves Nancy loves it in a slightly condescending way. Nancy is comics reduced to their most elemental level.
Comics is a language. It’s a language most people understand intuitively.
Unfortunately what came out of it was also kind of an imitation community with a lot of mindless conformity.
Zippy is living in the moment.
I think Zippy is part of me, but I’m not Zippy.
Frivolity is a stern taskmaster.
Everyone says how Calvin and Hobbes is about a real kid, to me there’s nothing real about it; it’s an adult using a kid’s body as a mouthpiece.
I had a very diametrically opposite set of parents.
But now with technology I could sit down and do a bunch of character drawings and scan them into a computer, and the computer using my exact style could bring it into life, where it would have been edited by various human beings before.
Looking back Little Lulu was an early feminist, but at the time I just thought she was a really feisty developed comic strip character.
She encouraged any artistic impulse I had, and my father discouraged any artistic impulse I had. They took out their problems with each other on me and my sister.
I hate Calvin and Hobbes. I think its a big re-hash of formula kid strips.
I always thought of Levittown as a joke.