It's a hard thing to age a character because you can't really suddenly give someone gray hair.
Sometimes I wish the writing and drawing were more integrated.
Writing this book feels like a completely different activity from writing my comic strip because it's about real life. I feel like I'm using a part of my brain that's been dormant until now.
And partly, the worst thing you could do in my family was need something from someone. So physical strength represented an avenue of self-sufficiency to me.
The satiric ethos of Mad was a much bigger childhood influence.