Welcome to talking with the artists, in the first edition of the new web-column where we review and interview web-comic artists, writers, and creators from all around the web. Today we start with Applegeeks.
Applegeeks, with a name like that you’d think it was a web forum for only the elitist of Apple enthusiasts. But no, that is not what the site is about. It’s a comic on the internet, a web-comic and one that is getting a lot of attention. Recently the two responsible for the gem artist Mohammad F. Haque, and writer Ananth Panagariya signed a deal with Dark Horse publishing to print their comic. Applegeeks now one of two titles to make a trasition from web based media to web and print, join their friend Fred Gallagher artist and writer of Megatokyo. And they will also have their comic featured on the Myspace Dark Horse Presents in issue 17 to be released December 3rd.
Applegeeks is a story that follows the lives of Hawk, an inventor and avid Apple enthusiast
Applegeeks is a story that follows the lives of Hawk, an inventor and avid Apple enthusiast, Jayce, his friend who is a stark contrast to Hawk and is prone to assuming the title of leader sometimes against his will, Alice, Jayce’s girlfriend who is the most normal of the bunch, Gina, Alice’s roommate and friend she is a free spirit and slightly irresponsible, and Eve, an android built by Hawk from Apple technology and hardware, she has the mind of a child and is learning quickly. I was able to catch the artist of Applegeeks and ask him a few questions about his comic.
With comic book movies quickly rising as the next best thing to watch at theaters, do you think Applegeeks will be optioned?
Hawk: Anything is possible. They did turn Garfield into a movie.
There's a lot of crazy things happening if you keep your eyes open.
Having on of the longest running web-comics has to be a lot of work, what do you do to stay fresh?
Hawk: So far, keeping up with the news and pay attention what is happening around us. There's a lot of crazy things happening if you keep your eyes open.
When you are traveling the globe from convention to convention is it humbling to know that so many people look to your work not only for inspiration but for the great story you have woven?
Hawk: Sometimes, it is hard to believe. When we first started, I thought we would last only a few months and just move on.
What is a typical day at the studio like? Any gut-busting memories?
Hawk: Well, since I work full time as a flash developer for a design studio. I'm at my desk programming most of the time.
What inspired you to draw?
Hawk: I would say comics. I started to collect comics when I was very young.
What was the inspiration behind Applegeeks?
Hawk: It was our college life.
When working on the deal with Dark Horse, was there ever a moment where you were both struck with the near paralyzing geek amazement?
Hawk: I thought someone was pulling our legs.
If you can share with us what other projects have the both of you been involved in?
Hawk: I really don't have any other projects but what I have to do at my job.
When walking on the streets or waiting at the airport, are the ever random fans who recognize you just walk up for a quick handshake?
Hawk: Yes, that has happened to me a few times. I ran into a few fans on the street, metro, and yes airport.
Do you think we'll see an Applegeeks video game sometime in the future?
Hawk: It is possible.
Finally do you have anything that you want to say to everyone fans and future fans?
Hawk: Thanks for believing in us!
Once again thank you for the chance to get to interview you.
Hawk: No, thank you =)
Check out his comic Applegeeks at www.Applegeeks.com the comic updates twice a week with a main comic and a comic titled Applegeeks Lite and be sure to be on the lookout for Myspace Dark Horse Presents December 3 at www.myspace.com/darkhorsepresents