Friday, August 24, 2007

Guy and Rod of Brevity on Post chat UPDATED
Friday, Aug. 24, 1 p.m. ET
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Guy and Rodd
Cartoonists -- "Brevity"
Friday, August 24, 2007; 1:00 PM

Join Washington Post Comics page editor Suzanne Tobin on Friday, Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. ET for a discussion with "Brevity" cartoonists Guy and Rodd.

From the cartoonists' official site:
Guy and Rodd make movies by day and create the single panel comic "Brevity" any chance they get. They met as producers at The Ant Farm, where they worked on campaigns for films such as "Sin City," "Anchorman," "The Lord or the Rings" trilogy, "King Kong" and "The Chronicles of Narnia."


I got a few questions in, while watching a researcher flip through WW1 newspapers.

IJOCA, VA: Since this was a webcomic, is it drawn electronically? Or old-style and then scanned in?

Guy and Rodd: Rodd: I create the comic in a 3D application called Maya from a rotating cast of pre-built human characters, chickens and such. I then create a vector map and down-res the image to 2-D which, unfortunately for now, is all that newspapers can handle.

Webcomics are lame.


IJOCA, VA: Do you pitch cartoons anywhere else? BEK and Duffy have panels in the NY'r while still doing their strips, while Bliss has gone the other way w/a panel in the paper.

Guy and Rodd: Yes.

We pitch our cartoons to BEK who never writes his own stuff anymore.

Suzanne Tobin: For those who are not New Yorker readers, BEK is Bruce Eric Kaplan, a cartoonist who is also a screenwriter. He did an episode for "Seinfeld" about Elaine's obsession with a New Yorker cartoon. He also wrote for HBO's "Six Feet Under" and served as the Executive Producer during its final season.

Duffy is J.C. Duffy, also a New Yorker cartoonist, as well as creator of the comic strips, "The Fusco Brothers" and "Go Fish."


IJOCA, VA: How many papers are you in? What did you start with?

Guy and Rodd: We started with 54. We have a little over 500 now.


My last question - "Do you have any plans to continue the panel post-humously?" didn't make it in before the session ended.

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