September 30, 2010 5:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

A good friend on mine (who had already bought me Bacon Bandages cuz she’s AWESOME) recently sent me this mini-comic book called, Is It Bacon? by Matt Wiegle.

It’s a delightful little read and made me giggle. So please enjoy my interview with the author:

ME: Hi, Matt! Let’s dig right in. How long have you been a cartoonist? How did you get started?

MATT: I’ve been drawing cartoons since I was little, but I didn’t do it regularly until college, when I did a weekly strip for a student paper. I’ve been earning a living as a cartoonist and illustrator since about 2006, although I’ve occasionally had part-time and day jobs since then, too.

I love your comic book titled, Is it Bacon? Explain your comic book for those who haven’t read it, because I can’t possibly do it justice.

MATT: It’s a 16-page educational pamphlet designed to help the reader tell whether the stripey thing in front of them is a piece of bacon, as opposed to a piece of tree bark or a lock of hair.

ME: Very important topic. I’d hate to get an order of bark and eggs. So is it safe to say you a bacon enthusiast?

MATT: Oh my, yes. Bacon is high on my list of “Things That Are Excellent.”

ME: You are a good person.

MATT: I’m not sure if it’d make my list of “Things I’d Want On A Desert Island,” though, because it’s salty, and I’m practical, and I’d rather survive my time on the island than leave behind a dehydrated, bacon-filled corpse.

ME: You are both smart and practical. So how did you come upon the topic of helping people distinguish what is and isn’t bacon?

MATT: I was thinking about how bacon usually gets drawn in a comic—generally it’s a sort of wobbly rectangle with parallel lines inside it—and then I started comparing it to the way other things get drawn in comics. Like I mentioned before, tree bark and hair and a few other things look pretty much the same if you’re taking a magnifying glass to the drawing and you don’t have helpful identifying captions like “CHECK OUT THIS HAIR” or “THIS IS THE TREE I WANT TO MARRY.” So then I imagined a sort of quiz where you’re looking at a close-up of some linework and asking yourself “is this bacon?”

MATT: I’ve been drawing a lot of short fake-instructional books lately (another is about monsters, and what condiment to use if you’re trying to eat them), and this one sort of wrote itself after that first idea.

ME: I really enjoyed the humor in this comic book. When is part 2 coming out?

MATT: Oh, yeah, there’s a tagline at the end of the first book that promises a sequel in which a frying pan, an oven and a microwave have a free-for-all about which is best at cooking bacon. I was joking at first, but enough people have asked me that I’ll probably do it eventually.

ME: Oh good!

MATT: I need to decide on a back story for the microwave first, though: orphan, or corrupt apprentice wizard?

ME: HA! How can our readers get themselves a copy?

MATT: It should be available here, which is a website I share with two other cartoonists. I should also have it in person at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest this December.

ME: I will try to stop by! Anything else you’d like to say or mention?

MATT: I guess I’d like to thank bacon for being the perfect cartoonist’s food: delicious and easy to draw, with a comedy “K” sound in its name. I should also mention Snake & Bacon’s Cartoon Cabaret by Michael Kupperman, which beat me to bacon cartooning by several years and is one of the funniest books ever.

ME: Thanks so much for taking time to talk to me and our readers at Bacon Today!

– Jennifer Eolin

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