How do you draw the strip?
The oldest strips are hand-drawn with good old-fashioned pencil and paper, inked over with black Sharpie, and scanned in. Strips past April 8th have also been at least partially colored in Photoshop. The strips that look like they’re done in vectors are — I love Illustrator, and I draw with my fingertip on my laptop’s touchpad. I’ve gotten pretty quick with it over the years. Come see me at a convention for a demo!
Is Enjuhneer supposed to be a satirical work? Does the artist have a negative perception of engineers? We’re people too.
Enjuhneer is part satire, part slice-of-life. There are plenty of aspects of tech school I’ll be poking fun at, but I also want to highlight the positive aspects as well. This culture fascinates me because it’s the first I’ve found that I feel I belong to, and it thrives despite most societal views against it. As for me? I *love* engineers. They’re very high on my Favorite People list. I want to show that engineers are people too.
What got you into webcomics?
When I was very little, I wanted to grow up to be Charles Schulz, Bill Watterson, or Jeff Smith of “Bone” fame. I began drawing comic strips in third grade about the goings-on of my third grade class — and everyone was a dinosaur. (Hey, I was bored. It was a better alternative than slacking off.) That continued up through high school, and along the way I drew strips for the middle school newspaper and editorials for the high school paper. When I got older and went to college, my friends exposed me to the wide world of webcomics. I became immediately swept up in xkcd, Penny Arcade, Ctrl+Alt+Del, Bunny… my bookmarked webcomics folder is huge. The internet’s power made me realize just how possible it was for me to show my comics to a wider audience. It’s a fantastic opportunity to keep doing what I love to do.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Ben & Jerry’s Sweet Cream & Cookies. It makes quite the delicious milkshake too.
Why am I so awkward?
You, like me, are most likely a nerd or geek, whichever terminology you prefer. We typically don’t follow the same societal rules and guidelines as the mainstream population, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Be proud, fellow geek. Stand tall, be proud, and don’t avoid the Day Star!
In your opinion, does the tree falling in a forest with no one around to hear it, make a sound?
Yes. There are still little animals in the forest, and a lot of them have ears. Besides, even if the woods are devoid of audio-sensitive life, the tree’s crash would still emanate sound waves — there just wouldn’t be anything around that could be affected.
Was your roommate’s name really Hippolyta? And was the character kidding about that?
No, none of my roommates were ever named Hippolyta. I just like weird names. As for the character, she wasn’t kidding. I named Lyta after the Amazon queen as a clue to her strong female personality. In fact, everybody’s name means something relevant to the character. I’m big on etymology.
What’s the reference behind Holofoil Dining Hall?
Aha! You’ve caught on to one of the many very subtle references in Enjuhneer. They don’t affect the plot — a lot of them are just names of buildings — but they’re there as a little reward for the kind of geek that overanalyzes comics. Anyway, the RPI main dining hall is named “Commons” and I decided to pay homage to it by using the other end of the trading card game rarity scale, “Holofoil.” It’s subtle and silly and not really important, it’s just how I chose to name it.
Feel free to ask me more questions! I’ll put some of the answers up here.