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From Low Jinx #3
gg: And that was No-Fie?
kw: No, that was like one-shot
weirdo things that were not...
They were no good. Sometimes
they were just drawings, pictures,
whatever, do these little 'zines and
stuff with other people. Around
No-Fie I moved back to New Jersey
and moved in with the woman who
became my wife, and we led this
somewhat isolated existence, so I
would sit and draw. When my children
were born, strangely enough,
that's when I really got into making
comics. [Laughter.] Seriously. But
what was really neat about it was,
when you have kids, I started doing
No-Fie just prior to my kids being
born, but you learn — do you have
kw: You learn how to budget your
time in this amazing way. It used to
be, I would draw, I had to feel in
the mood and have a pot of coffee
on and the fucking moons had to
align before you would actually sit
down and do it when you've got all
the time in the world. When suddenly
your time is budgeted so
tightly, because my two sons are a
year apart, so I had two kids in diapers
at the same time and you have
to do things like, "OK, I have six
minutes here, I can ink that line."
And instead of dismissing it, "Oh,
I won't get anything done in those
six minutes," you just fill up those
gg: You really value every goddamn
kw: Right, right. You can turn it
on and turn it off. There was a fast
rate of improvement [laughs] in
everything I did in a three-year period
where I just was spending so
much time drawing. I also had the
benefit of, I had a night-shift job
where I could just draw for hours
at a time.
gg: I was going to ask what you did,
because you must have had a job.
kw: Yeah, I had a full-time job,
I worked the night shift for five
years. In fact, I drew just about, I
would say, 70 percent of Where
Hats Go, let's fast forward a bit, that
was drawn at work. I used to draw
much smaller, too, so I would just
take the top of a cardboard box,
have it there, my supervisor would
come by, I would just cover it up
to hide what I was doing, because
I was at work.
gg: What were you ostensibly hired
kw: [Laughs.] I was running digital
printers then. Like big huge industrial
gg: At a printing company?
kw: At the printing division of an
insurance company, [which] did
all their printing. So I had access
to state-of-the-art copy machines.
You can imagine what happened
[laughter] when I had that. There
was a three-year period where I was
probably personally responsible for
printing most of the minicomics in
the world, because I could print
anything for any of my friends for
small window of time. We took
great advantage of that.
From Low Jinx #2
gg: That sounds like the perfect job.
kw: It was nice.
gg: Not for your employer, but...
kw: No, no. And this is not a rationalization,
by no means a justification,
but what I printed, what we
print in a day, you know, millions
and millions of images, so for me
to run off a thousand copies of Low
Jinx or something is hardly a drop
in the bucket.
gg: My impression of No-Fie was
basically that it was just a proving
ground where you could rant and
rave for a while.
kw: Right, exactly.