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" A book sometimes seems to impose a through-line to life that real life doesn't actually have. "
" I have a preponderance to look smug in photos; something to do with the way my mouth turns up at the corners. "
" I don't think of myself as an illustrator. I think of myself as a cartoonist. I write the story with pictures - I don't illustrate the story with the pictures. "
" Lately, I can't shake the feeling that I've been living a dream for the last 10 years or so; I can't account for most of my 20s, and I have to continually remind myself that certain people are dead now and many of my friends have children. "
" Drawing on a computer doesn't make any sense to me. It's not intuitive. "
" I believe that the development of language - of naming, categorization, conceptualization - destroys our ability to see as we age. "
" Cartoons are not real drawings, because they are drawings intended to be read. "
" Mostly, I was only interested in television as a kid, and the majority of reading material I collected was an adjunct to that central concern, comic books and magazines included. "
" Comics, at least in periodical form, exist almost entirely free of any pretense; the critical world of art hardly touches them, and they're 100% personal. "
" My mother was always encouraging about my wanting to be an artist. "
" I think it has most to do with the way in which a story is told, whether it feels real either via the music of the telling or the 'honesty' of the story. "
" My grandmother was an unparalleled storyteller who gave me a preview of how life might turn out, and also fortified my empathy. "
" My head looks like an uncooked ham with glasses. "
" The thing I don't understand is why so often one hears discussion of the fruits of human labor as if it's all the creation of some alien race. "
" I guess I just don't like being physically in front of people I don't know very well, because I expect to be 'seen through,' or, even worse, instantly hated. "
" I don't think there's any independent cartoonist whose stuff I don't like or respect in at least some way or another. We're all marginal laborers - we're practically medical oddities - so I don't see why we can't all be nice to each other. "
" Sometimes I get worried I'm getting too caught up in the nauseatingly oily smoothness of my own line, when all I'm trying to do is make it as clear as possible. "
" One of the things that appealed to me most about comics was that you can pick the ones you like and build your own personal pantheon. "
" The thing I like most about books is that anybody can afford them. They have an innate valuelessness. "
" There seems to be such a laziness in - and I hate to use this phrase - the modern world. Everything is pumped out so quickly so that you can read it while passing by, like billboards or those flashcards before movie shows. "
" During my Austin years, I was drawing a regular strip for the University Of Texas newspaper, going to school, delivering blood, and trying to change my approach and 'style' as much as I could, since I knew that I'd calcify as I got older. "
" Well, there are better cartoonists now than there ever have been. I firmly believe that. There's some amazing work being done. "
" No one blames themselves if they don't understand a cartoon, as they might with a painting or 'real' art; they simply think it's a bad cartoon. "
" As I've gotten older I've occasionally found myself nostalgic for earlier periods of solitude, though I realize that's also likely a false nostalgia, as I know there was nothing I wanted more during those periods than to not be alone, whatever that means. "
" I had a messy signature as a child, and my grandmother said this suggested I had no regard for other people. She was right. "