Ask @katiejrice:

If you could do work for any live action production, which would it be? Television and movie separately. Which anime/manga (current or past)? What is best in life?

Brian Jackson
Haha, oh man, this is a tough one. I'm gonna just not overthink it too much. Working on something I really liked would be mean I didn't get to watch it as a fan...so I think I'd choose to be like, a PA on some crazy eccentric's creative project. I'd love to watch Derek Savage direct one of his nutty movies from the sidelines. Imagine how weird and great that would be. I'd have so many stories that no one but me and like ten other people would care about. And let's see...there are a lot of mangas I love, but one that really inspired me was Happy Mania, so I'll go with that one. I haven't been able to find a single other person who's read it. It's really cool though, imo. And crushing my enemies is, and will always be, best in life.

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I'd love to know how well the chances are at the moment for that other idea/project you mentioned a while back, the one about the waitress if I remember correctly. I also seem to remember you tweeting you might not get to it at all or something, maybe I'm mistaken?

William Malaise
I don't think I'll be able to have another comic like Camp W or Skadi for a long time, but I am planning to start a more casual webcomic in the near future. I might explore some of the ideas I had for the waitress comic idea there. This next webcomic I'm planning to do will be a lot looser, and will serve more as a way for me to get ideas out and experiment with ideas and style, instead of continuing a fictional storyline with the same look and feel every week. So some auto-bio stuff, some explorations of other ideas I'd like to do, etc.
I think if I had more time to develop my ideas that are on the back burner, I'd do my comic about hill folk first. It's been the hardest to write for, but it's the closest to my heart I think.

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Other than your comics, where is the best place to look at your art? Your tumblr/twitter don't feature it much lately. :(

copperkat
Twitter and Tumblr are still the best places, it's just been impossible to find real time to draw for fun/do studies/etc. Honestly I've been spread pretty thin lately, and finding time in between the comics, freelance work, attempting to plan a wedding, and other projects I can't talk about yet has been really hard. Sometimes I'll sketch while eating a meal or while on the phone or something, but that's really it. I've got a couple of big projects that need to get squared away, and once that happens I'll hopefully have more time for myself to draw.

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Have you seen draw with jazza on you tube? He streams to twitch while making his videos and has the twitch audience make suggestions and vote of what to draw. I thought it might be way of getting over a drawing funk. Crowd source the basic idea for some silly drawings :)

Stephan Jolly
No, I haven't heard of him but I'll definitely look him up! I'm afraid I'm not sure if taking drawing suggestions is the best way for me to loosen up, at least not how I am currently. I stopped taking drawing commissions at conventions because the pressure gets to me and I tense up, and it becomes even harder to draw! I admire people who are able to just freely draw anything, but I'm not there yet. :)

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Hi Katie! Do YOU have a favorite Sailor Scout!?

Jamie Dillion
Haha, you pretty much answered how I would...Jupiter's just the best. I also have a soft spot for Venus, mostly for nostalgic reasons. My group of friends in high school couldn't watch an anime (or anything, for that matter) without matching a character to each friend, and I always got picked for whatever character had long blonde hair, regardless of personality. -___-

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Big fan of yours from Strip Search! What was the most pivotal thing in your life to get you doing what you do now, other than SS?

Chad M Walber
Probably failing to get into art school. I wanted to go to Cal Arts but couldn't get in, and even if I had there was no way I could afford it. So instead I left home at 18 and started pursuing a career in animation. It was incredibly difficult, and I failed utterly the first time, and I spent a lot of time in the early years eating rice and top ramen, but it changed me for better in a lot of ways. It was humbling, but also exciting trying to make it on my own. I was able to educate myself by starting from the very bottom of the art job ladder and eventually working my way up.

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Two separate questions: 1. Do you find any of your characters difficult to draw? Lumpy seems difficult do to his "tattoo" and interesting cranium. Made me wonder. 2. What's the best worst song? The song you know is terrible but you can't help but like.

Brian Jackson
Purdy is one of the most fun characters to draw, but she's the hardest to ink I think. There's something about her design that is really easy to make too alien, or too cute, or not cute enough if I don't get the lines just so. Most the other characters are pretty simple to draw and ink. For some reason I have an aversion to drawing Malachi's shoes, though. They aren't difficult, they just aren't fun for some reason.
As for songs...hmm...I can think of plenty of songs that might not be considered popular, but I don't think any of them are terrible. I've heard a couple people say that song "The Promise" by When in Rome is terrible, but they are wrong. That song is awesome.

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Have you been watching Fargo season 2? What do you think?

Brian Jackson
Yes, and I think it's a work of art, as was the first season. I don't think I've ever enjoyed watching a show more, or felt more invested in a story on TV. So, so good.

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This is a Sophie's choice question. The Internet is on fire. You have just enough to grab either Skadi or Camp Weedonwantcha. The one you grab will survive and go on to live a full life, the one you left behind with burn and there be nary a memory of it. Which do you choose to save?

Brian Jackson
HAHAHA
This is a funny question. I would definitely save Camp W though. I've got a bit of a love/hate relationship with Skadi (though mostly love). I love drawing her and the other characters, and this last storyline has been one of the funnest personal projects I've ever done (mainly cause it's just a bunch of flawed girls interacting with each other). But I was a pretty different person when Skadi was created, and I don't really look back on that time of my life with fondness. So while I love Skadi, doing the comic always sorta reminds me of the person I used to be, and that's someone I don't care for much.
I feel like Camp W is still growing into itself, which is exciting. And there's so much more that can be explored in it as far as writing characters and stuff. So...yeah, I'd have to save it for sure.
I have another comic idea that's been on the back burner for years now, and while I love it, I'd probably leave it to die in the fire too since I'll likely never get around to it.

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I have two questions: If given complete and full creative control would you want your comics to be animated series or do you think they work better as comics?

Brian Jackson
I think it'd be really rad to have it as a series, especially if we were able to keep the overall tone the same, and tell the same sorts of stories. I like fantasizing about what it would be like to work with artists who are way better than me with colors and background design and imagining how neat it could look. UuU
Concentrating on comics has been incredibly fun and a learning experience for me as an artist and storyteller (especially working with Adam who's strengths are very different from my own), but I do miss animation sometimes, so yeah, it's something I do think about! :]

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Forgive me if you have already addressed this, will you be going to PAX south this year? I would love to awkwardly mumble a hi to you.

Yep, and I'm very happy that I'm able to go! I really liked South last year. When it gets a little closer to the date I'll be posting more about my whereabouts and all that. I'm awkward myself, but friendly too, so please do say hello. :]

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I thought I'd send a question since you said you're working and needed a break. Trapped on a desert island what book, movie, and cd would you bring? Yes, for some reason this island has power and the appropriate machines to play them.

Brian Jackson
Oof. This is really tough. I'm gonna answer instinctually and not overthink. Book: Sirens of Titan. Movie: uh...uh...The Princess Bride. No! Robin Hood. No...uh...shit. Conan the Barbarian. CD: Doolittle or Aeroplane Over the Sea. Nevermind, Aeroplane Over the Sea for sure. I can sing along better and no one will care because I'm dying alone on an island! :D

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Do you still work at the penny arcade office? If not, do you still hang out with the people you got to know there?

Yep, I still have an office there that I go to most days. But I still haven't decorated... :<

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Big fan of your work! How far along do you plot out your stories? Notice a lot of "breadcrumbs" that show up early on that play out much later.

Brian Jackson
Thanks! Adam and I have lot of future stories figured out, so it makes it easier to put in little details that add a little interest. Then again some storylines we start without totally knowing where it's gonna go, ha. But when you know a lot about your characters and their backgrounds, it's easy to write in weird little things that may not mean much in one comic, but mean a lot more in a later one. Adam is especially good at thinking far ahead.

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Do you have a background story for every CW Camper? Coz I'm gonna tell you right now, all of them have my interest. Also, do you have an overview on all their names like the one compilation picture you had once; I want to know them all. Also, do you actually know that you and your work are awesome?

Thank you! They all have at least a little bit of a backstory, though some are way more detailed/thought out than others. Most of them are named too, though a lot of their names haven't come up in the comics yet. One day I'd love to have a page on the site with every character! :]

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I enjoy your drawings of people. Do you think there's a certain look that is "beautiful"? For example, symmetrical features are often associated with beauty. Is that what you consider beautiful and do you try to draw that when you draw faces/people?

Thank you! Hm...this is weirdly hard to answer! Ten years ago I would have a clear idea of what a beautiful face is, and what an interesting face is, but these days they're sort of the same thing to me. I think my favorite thing is finding a face that isn't "conventionally" beautiful, and trying to draw it in a way that illustrates what I find beautiful about it.
I definitely don't think about symmetry when I'm drawing a face...at least, not like "oh, one eye is lower than the other, that's not beautiful." More like "oops, my drawing is completely wonky and asymmetrical on accident." :]

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I just realized I saw you years ago in a special features part of a Ren and Stimpy CD. What was it like working with John K.? Were you a fan of Ren and Stimpy before working with him?

Trevor Mitsch
Yep, I was a big fan of R&S as a kid. Honestly the experience was very difficult, and I'm glad it's over. My drawing improved pretty quickly during that time, however.

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How have the two of you found Seattle so far ? Would you recommend it to someone looking to move there ? If so where in Seattle ?

It's beautiful here. We moved to the East side of the lake, and it's very green and very pretty and only a 30 minute drive from the city. Some people complain about the grey days and cool weather, but I think it's great. If you like being driving distance from some really interesting cities and also some really beautiful nature, this is a good place to be. *thumbs up emoticon*

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The Strip Search prize was a year embedded with Penny Arcade. Do you now have a permanent contract/agreement with PA?

Nope, no contract. But I'm generally quiet and I don't eat much of their food so they've allowed me to continue coming in and using office space to work and draw, which has been pretty sweet. :]

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have you done anymore live streams since the kick starter? I liked watching you work.

No, I've only ever done the one, but I would like to do more maybe. I glad someone liked it!

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I wasn't around when the Kickstarter happened and I missed the whole thing. Are you going to sell books later on? :(

Yep, we'll have them in the store when we've got 'em printed.

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What's your personality type?

According to the last couple Facebook quizzes/personality tests I took, I'm like if Hagrid and The Hulk had a baby.

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