Kicking off Heeby Jeeby Comix week here at the blog is the first part of our three-part interview with the fab four behind the first issue: David DeGrand, Bob Flynn, Chris Houghton and Dan Moynihan. One of the most exciting projects to come out of the indie/ small-press scene this year, it's a very welcome reminder of the comic book at its purest. Fun, hyper-animate, and sometimes even a little strange, it's the kind of work that's sure to appeal to a wide variety of readers, young or old. We love it.
Today, the Heeby Jeeby gang detail the origins of the project, discuss the merits and influence of Nickelodeon Magazine, the challenges of producing comics for both children and adults, and how they might still be big kids at heart.
What's the secret origin story of Heeby Jeeby Comix? What were your aims when planning to publish your own "all ages" comic?
Houghton: I never did work for Nick Mag, but would have loved to. I read the magazine a bit when I was younger but it really wasn't until recently did I discover how great the magazine was and how much they were doing. I wish I would've gotten a subscription years ago and learned much earlier what a huge impact they had in comics and giving cartoonists an outlet for their work.
DeGrand: Oddly enough, it's easier for me to come up with ideas for kids than for an audience closer to my age (I'm 31). I went through a phase where I drew more "adult fare" that included really gory images and more taboo material, and I got to where that sort of humor wasn't rewarding to do after awhile. The type of humor that makes me laugh is more on the silly side, just plain having goofy fun with one of the few mediums that lets you do anything. I find it rewarding to come up with funny ideas without relying on profanity or adult subject matter.
Heeby Jeeby Comix #1 is available over on the team's official blog (via ComiXpress) now for $5 (plus shipping). It's absolutely worth every penny, and we wholeheartedly suggest buying copies for your friends, family and pets too. Please join us again on Wednesday for even more Heeby Jeebie Comix goodness, where the creators offer their valuable insight onto one of the most conflicting terms in comics today - the much-maligned "all ages" label. We can't wait!