Kilika, a webcomic creator, has started the first surfing comic on the net. He’s an awesome guy, so I tried to get an interview with him. Check out his comic, at BlueandBlond.com
Pat: interview start... NAO!
Pat: alright, I'm Pat Doyle, here with one of the newer webcomics on the net, blue and blond, perhaps the only surfing comic out there.
Pat:A lot of people are curious dude... are blue and blond based on people?
Kilika: well, blue and blond are both based off of myself. I split my personality in half, and gave bits and pieces to each character. Then I let their other half develop with the story
phyically, the new blue is based off of my looks
Pat: you have blue hair?
Kilika: except for the hair color
more like the nose and chin…which readers HATED when i changed his look to look more like me...
Pat: heh. Yeah, A lot of people seemed to think it was blasphemous for the guys to have noses. Any particularly funny emails you got in regard to it?
Kilika: let me pull one up
Pat: sounds good. *editors note*
while kilika was gone, we stole all of his surfboards. cuz that's how we roll
Kilika: this is from a reader named koby:
“dribble, drip, sniff, snort, make a mess on exam study guides, get stuffed, smell the fat kid farting, make an unnecessary thing to draw.
I think Blue's haircut and nose make him look like a dork but everyone else looks better though.”
Pat: that...is frigging brilliant
Kilika: that wasn't nice lol. stealing my boards like that
Pat: you have NO video proof. Thus, it didn't happen. *ninja vanish*
Pat: damn straight. alright, next question....favorite webcomic
15 seconds on the clock
Kilika: gunnerkrigg court, by tom siddell
Pat: sounds solid
Kilika: have you heard of it?
Pat: yuh-no. well, now I have
Pat: I'll be sure to check it out
Kilika:there you go
Pat: thankya kindly
Pat: so, recently, a few people have gotten pissed at tim buckley. of Ctrl-alt-del for having so much pay-stuff. any thoughts?
Kilika: well, i would love for his stuff to be free, but i understand why he requires the fee. the quality of the cartoon is really nice, and it's very similar to the comic, but i don't think that a cartoonist can afford to keep putting out such nice quality cartoons from his own wallet. personally, i would like for him to do what red vs blue does with their donators, where the donators get the cartoon early, and it's given to the non donators some time later
Pat: well then, this next question, you did not see coming
waffles or french toast
Kilika: french toast, because you can put powdered sugar on it
Pat: hellz yeah. Now, let us discuss the newest characters, green, and orange.
I'm gonna guess...the girls name...is velvet?
Kilika: lily actually
Pat:That's a sugar coated lie good sir, and we both know it
Kilika: no actually! lol
Pat: oooh I gotcha... lily it is *wink wink nudge nudge*
Kilika: in that book that i just created, "Off the Map", the girl from that is a purple haired girl named lily. this girl in blue and blond is just the older version of her
Kilika: don't throw out the posibility of a velvet named character though
Pat: Touché kilika.
Pat: so, E3, biggest gamers event. any games that struck you? As amazing that is, not physically
Kilika: well, i'm a huge DS whore...
Kilika: and i LOVE the SNES starfox, so starfox DS is my pick of the show
Pat: I should have guessed from your comic
Pat: now on a scale of 1-10, how excited are you for the desperate housewives game. and if you say any number above a 5, we cannot be friends…ever
Kilika: my God... well, personally I would give it a 2. BUT my girlfriend hates video games, but watches desperate housewives, so I might have to rent it to give her an incentive to play Nintendo's new system with me this fall
Pat: good but don't buy it. that evil in your house
Kilika: never. the cool thing about working at gamestop is that i can check out used games, so DH will be one of those
Pat: assuming someone buys it
Kilika: considering that someone will buy it to trade in of course...
Pat: who would buy it though? that's a question better left unsaid
Kilika: some ghettoed out urban child from the streets of richmond
Pat:...who watches desperate housewives?
Kilika: well, my girlfriend and her roomate for two
Pat: touché. alright, let's talk about. "the first wave"
this is a collection of the first... 70 strips?
Kilika: actually, the first 122 strips
Pat: dizzamn. that's not a small number
Kilika: i put two comics on each page
Pat: that is a BIG number. so, 61 pages? no wait...theres gonna be commentary..70 pages!
Kilika: i also threw in some artwork too, as well as the original comic from high school
Pat: sounds sweet
Kilika:well, there's commentary on each page, by either myself or the characters
Pat: ah. does the commentary by the "you" character have a nose?
Kilika: i'm the only character in there with a nose lol
Pat:*gasp*. well, at least we'll recognize you
Kilika: now i'm no longer special...
Pat: you lost your unique factor, eh?
Kilika: i'll find some other way to make my character look different
for volume 2
Pat: good call. I'd go with an afro
Kilika: nah, that'll cover up the comic too much
Pat: heh. alright, some more broad questions. webcomics as a whole, going up
Kilika: well, as we all know, there are thousands of webcomics out there. Most of the popular ones have had their foots in the door since the creation of webcomics
so the popularity of them has been going up. But since some comics are ending soon (Like punks and Nerds), webcomics will be going
down a bit
Pat: Well josh mirman… the creator of punks and nerds, who *cheap pop* I'm also interviewing, is working on some new projects
Kilika: that's what i hear, and i'm really excited for what he comes out with
Pat: I'll let ya know when I talk to him
Kilika: personally i would like for him to finish stubble
tell him aloha for me
Pat: can do. Alright, so blue and blond. what's the thought process behind making a comic? do you sit at a desk thinking? or do you have a really cool answer, like you save babies from communist ninjas?
Kilika: well, i wish that i could say that i have a bunch of brains consisting of surfers, writers and commedians hooked up to a supercomputer, collaborating together to create the comic, but no, i don't have one of those
Pat:... so no ninjas?
Kilika: sadly, no ninjas. that would be cool though. but what i actually do is i plan out each chapter in B&B, come up with some significant plot points, and think up of everything in between whenever i get around to it
i'm only at my desk just to draw up the comic. the thought process takes place during my normal day
Pat: ah, gotcha. so, blueandblond is here to stay right?
Kilika: damn straight
Pat: we're not gonna be seeing in a newspost..."I have lost my interest, KTHXBAI" are we?
Kilika: lol well, if i ever lose the internet (which i have before), I'll just look until i find a spot
on time i just drove around my neighborhood looking for someone's internet to leech off of just to post the comic
Pat: that's crazy. your like that kid in the mighty ducks...
Pat: from now on…I'm calling you ducks and you'll like it
Kilika: well, you wouldn't be the first actually
Kilika: i have a webbed hand, no joke
Pat: …are you serious?
Kilika: like a duck's. seriously
Pat: so, surfing was a natural choice?
Kilika: and swimming too. i have a glove that i wear on my left hand with webbing inbetween the fingers. just for the water though
Pat: that's crazy... your badass level just went up by 10
Kilika: i would creep people out if i wore it on a daily basis
Pat: you'd look like some superhero
Kilika: i'll try to post a picture in wednesday's blog for you
Pat: kickass hombre. Kickass. favorite band
Kilika: crazy about Eve 6. they broke up though back in 2004. But one of the band members is now in a new band named "Monsters are Waiting", and the other two members are working on something secret to come out later this fall
Pat: that's pretty cool. you hear guns and roses got back together?
Pat: neat indeed
Kilika: i never really listened to them much before they broke up. i'll have to check out their new stuff then
Pat: sounds like a plan. Alright favorite... surfer
Kilika: well, i really like Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, and Tom Curan. But I always play as Rob Machado in Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer, so let's go with him
At this point, Kilika’s internet freaked out, and logged him off. He quickly logged back on.
Pat: That was a net seizure, to all our readers
Kilika: yeah, the connection at my folk's house sucks
Pat: Kilika was attacked by the man….man.... they came to corporatize his works, but he fought 'em off with his... rebel with a cause gun'chuck
Kilika: kids, don't sign up with Comcast. Ever.
Pat: and now you know
Kilika: gun'chuck has a nice ring to it
Pat: yeah it does. alright
Kilika: back on track
Pat: next question. What's been the general feedback the fans give you?
Kilika: at the end of chapter 2, I was actually recieving a lot of fan mail, all positive. except for Blue's nose, but they got over that. The only really negative email that i got happened to be my very first one, where somebody told me that Josh Mirman and I were going straight to hell
Pat: ...what the heeeeell?
Kilika: i linked to his comic on a day the he did a comic about doug raping patti
Pat: ... *snicker* bwaahahaha
Kilika: without even knowing what comic he put up that day lol
Pat: if you watched the show doug, you'd get why that's hilarious
Kilika: i always thought that he had a thing for skeeter
Pat: yeah, some people seriously need to chill
Kilika, duck, buddy…NEVER utter that phrase near me again
Kilika: duck... i like that
Kilika: got it lol
Pat: so many bad images. so, what's the downside to webcomics? (if there is one)
Kilika: i'll make sure not to mention that again
Kilika: well, the only real downside to webcomics is how seriously they're taken. A lot of the professional cartoonists don't think highly of them at all. At least the ones who know about them. Like the animator for the Cramp Twins? yeah, he really didn't care at all about my "little webcomic", he was only interested in "real" stuff
Pat: woah. wait. the cramp twins?
Kilika: he dropped by my school to review everybody's work, that's how i met up with him
Pat: and he ditched you?
Kilika: i kind of lost some respect for the guy after that
Pat: understandable. if it's any consolation, I'm pretty sure blond could take on both of the cramp twins
Kilika: he didn't ditch me, he just didn't have anything nice to say about the comic
Kilika: maybe i can do a Blond/Cramp Twins crossover as a nude beach
Pat: hah. and have your cast just tear 'em apart. or better yet
pit the cramp twins..against this!
*real editors note. The image is for an upcoming comic creation, by yours truly, and my faithful artist friend. *
Kilika: i'll pay to see that
Pat: Yep. alright, final question. You have any words for an aspiring webcomic creator?
Kilika: Do what you feel like doing. If you want to do a comic about college or video games, good for you. But try to mix it in with something else that you find dear to you that hasn't been done in a webcomic before. There are too many comics out there just about video games and college. Also, please, please, please don't put up a button asking for donations. those are just shameless if you're new to creating webcomics. if you want to go anywhere with the comic, you have to be willing to make sacrifices.
Pat: alright, well duck, thanks for your time
Kilika: anytime, thanks for the interview. guess i'll end it with an Aloha too
Well that’s the end of the interview. Tune in next time, for my escapades with josh mirman. Same webcomic list time, same webcomic list channel.