Hey all, I've been feverishly working on a brand spankin' new interview for your eyeballs, and after weeks of emailing and instant messaging back and forth, here it is! Okay....actually I just emailed the questions and got the responses back in about a day, but it still took a few minutes to type. It's all for you, people! Quirky webcomic duo Bear and Kitten took the time to spill their brainmatter all over these questions, so please take a second to check out their answers. Read on!
1.Thanks for doing the interview. Okay, so first of all tell us what inspired you to create the characters of Bear and Kitten.
Kitten's original idea was to make a comic about an immortal bear that worked in an office. But that's been done so many times we opted to add a kitten and just wing it.
2. So there are two of you who do this comic. I was wondering, do the main characters represent you? And if so, which represents who and why?
I (the writer) am Bear and Kitten (the artist) is Kitten. We pretty much model the characters after ourselves. It's safe to say theres a little kitten in bear and bear in kitten from time to time. If you follow. Cause we date. Sexually.
The online personas are really only there cause thats how we started and now it seems weird to give our real names. I promise you we are normal people and are not furries. Honest.
3. How do you get the ideas for your comics, your writing style, etc.
The writing process involves a little moleskin notebook, a box of wine and 2-3 hours of prep time. We drink the wine, kitten holds the book and takes dictation as I spout nonsense at the television or cats or at her. Most of the jokes come from random nonsense I have spoken aloud. Other times I am just walking around or driving a car and I think of something funny and write it in the book.
The second step involves us lying sober in bed reading over the nonsense I shouted throughout the week. I then try to work it all together into some sort of coherency and then kitten says it isn't funny and then I rewrite it.
After about 5 to 6 minutes of rewrites I tell her it is good enough and she can kiss my ass.
4. Who does the drawing and what or who influences your style?
Kitten is the artist. She went to school for graphic design and not sequential art or animation, so she tends to draw it more like a poster than a comic. A lot of the inspiration comes from movies, and you'll probably see some life drawing and art history sometimes.
This is all I could get from her. She is super shy and won't respond to things.
5. Is this a hobby or are you two in it for the fame, glory, drugs, and loose men/women?
It's more of a way for us to continue using our creative sides whilst working dead end, brainless jobs. We'd love to see it take off and make us internet famous and whatnot, but we're fine with just having something to do twice a week.
6. If you could do a webcomic with any other webcomic creator, whom would it be and why?
We want to do a photo-comic featuring Chris Onstadt. Actually, if you've ever worked on a comic (or any other creative project) with another person you realize how important it is to have the right partner. I personally wouldnt want to work with anyone else but Kitten.
7. Thanks for the short but sweet interview. One last question: why should people check out Bear and Kitten?
We can't tell anyone they should read our comic. There's some people who probably shouldn't read our comic as it wouldn't be for them. However, if they don't give it a shot they'll never know.