We’ve had a lot of fun this month hanging out with Bob the Squirrel. When Frank’s not trying to keep his inspirational character happy with peanut butter cups, he’s creating and being inspired. So what makes Frank tick, not the nervous tick Bob gives him, but the inspirational tick? We’ll find out a little bit of that as Frank Page takes on our “10 Questions for the Pick of the Month.”
Thinking back, what is the first comic you recall reading as a child?
Frank: I think nearly everyone started with Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts”. I was a kid… so when I found out that “Peanuts” was way more than just a Christmas special, I wanted to read them all.
Who is your greatest influence(s) as an artist/creator?
Frank: I have a ton of influences…but I think the greatest influence on my work, both in the look and the writing would have to be R. Crumb. I admire his line work and often brutal honesty in his material. Bill Watterson, Charles Schulz, Jeff MacNelly have also been huge influences.
What would you consider required drawing equipment or writing necessities?
Frank: Prismacolor Col-Erase Light Blue pencils, Sharpies, Hunt 107 crow quills and Speedball Speedball Super Black India ink. But, the pen I have on me AT ALL TIMES is the Pilot Precise V5 RT..In my nearly 20 years of professional drawing, I have yet to find a more perfect all-around pen than the V5.
Where did you go to school and what was your major?
Frank: Started out at the State University of New York at Albany as a Philosophy major. After two years at SUNY Albany, I transferred to Cazenovia College, Cazenovia NY where I graduated with my BFA in Illustration. I earned my MFA in Visual Art (with a concentration on Sequential Art) from the Vermont College of Fine Art, Montpelier, VT.
Three adjectives to describe yourself that has NOTHING to do with comics?
Frank: Caffeinated. Quick Witted. Disciplined.
We all have favorite places, scenarios we feel more creative in. What is your favorite environment in which to create?
Frank: Early morning hours…between 4am and 8am. It is the one time of day I know I can interruption free (because almost everyone I know is asleep). I have myself disciplined to wake up early every day of the week to take full advantage of that time…
Embarrassing childhood memory you wish to reveal? (or Most exciting if you don’t want to reveal embarrassing)
Frank: I think I’ve pretty much revealed every embarrassing childhood (and adulthood for that matter) memory in my comic strip… where else would I use that great material?
If a movie of your life were made who would you pick to play you?
Frank: Meryl Streep. If she wasn’t available, my second choice would be Morgan Freeman. Third choice? Bill Murray.
What other information would you like share about your comic? Books? Kickstarter?
Frank: 99.9% of what happens to me in real life makes it into the strip. I think if you can’t be brave enough to be honest then there’s no point to being a cartoonist. I have a ton of Bob the Squirrel books available on my site and the Squirrelosophy site in addition to the graphic novels I produced during my Graduate studies.
What is the meaning of life?
Frank: Laugh…it equalizes the greatest opposites. Oh yeah… also: 42.
There you have it ladies a gentleman, a bit more of a glimpse into Frank Pages life, well beyond that huge glimpse we get from his comic. We would like to thank Frank for taking the time to answer these questions and remember to check out the Pick of the Month post at the Webcomic Alliance, as well as Bob the Squirrel at http://www.bobthesquirrel.com/.