For the month of March we’ve had the great pleasure of putting the spotlight on another fun webcomic, Tales of the Brothers Three by the very talented Joshua Hauke. Joshua first launched Tales of the Brothers Three back in 2009 so he’s been hanging out on the Webcomics block for a little while now. Some of you have followed his work and some of you may be new to it.
So what we like to do here at the Webcomic Alliance as part of our Pick of the Month process is not only share the comic with you but share a little bit about the creator. So let’s take some time and meet Joshua as he tackles our “10 Questions”.
Thinking back, what is the first comic you recall reading as a child?
Joshua: I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it was probably something from the Sunday funnies, possibly Peanuts or Garfield. My Dad would read the paper every morning and he always set stuff aside for us. To this day he still does whenever I visit.
Who is your greatest influence(s) as an artist/creator?
Joshua: This is an easy one. When it comes to artist, I’d say Bill Watterson. The work he did on Calvin and Hobbs still blows the buttons off my shirt. When it comes to writing, I’d say John Hughes. Nobody captures family dynamics quite like him.
What would you consider required drawing equipment or writing necessities?
Joshua: My writing must haves are: Long showers, absorbent towels, water resistant keyboards, and nimble fingers.My drawing what have you’s: Photoshop, Wacom Bamboo Tablet, whatever candy is hiding under my drawing table, lots of downtime, and something to watch or listen to.
Where did you go to school and what was your major?
Joshua: I went to Columbia College (no not that Columbia, the one in Chicago). I studied film with a concentration in screen writing.
Three adjectives to describe yourself that has NOTHING to do with comics?
Joshua: Witty, arthritic, and extremely charming.
We all have favorite places, scenarios we feel more creative in. What is your favorite environment in which to create?
Joshua: I find that I work the best when there is something on to distract me. Movies and Podcasts are often too short. When they end, it makes me feel like I should be finished. So I prefer a good TV series, something with a lot of episodes. Then I’ll just put my head down and work all through the day.
Embarrassing childhood memory you wish to reveal? (or Most exciting if you don’t want to reveal embarrassing)
Joshua: Back in the day when I was in kindergarten, I was playing on an indoor jungle gym with a girl that I just happened to have a big crush on. As I went down the slide I heard a rip. Arriving at the bottom of the slide I was mortified. I looked to see what had happened only to find that my Underoos were in plain sight. I had ripped the crotch right out of my pants. Luckily the girl hadn’t noticed. No one had.
Using my wits I devised a plan so that no one would ever know. I hightailed it across the room to where my coat and winter clothing was being stored. I pulled out my snow pants and tugged those bad boys on as fast as I could. I wore my snow pants around for the rest of the day. When the teacher and said girl asked me why I was wearing them, I just said that I was cold. To this day they probably still think I really was cold, but I know the truth. Now so do you. I had gotten away scott-free.
If a movie of your life were made who would you pick to play you?
Joshua: A young John Stamos with a killer beard.
What other information would you like share about your comic? Books? Kickstarter?
Joshua: The big news for The Brothers Three is that my first printed collection has just recently come out. The book is called, “Mustaches, Monster, and Other Hairy Situations”. It collects the entire first year of Tales of The Brothers Three as well as an origin story for Monster Mook called, “Dr. Waynenstien’s Monster!”
Also, in a few short months The Brothers Three will hit it’s fifth anniversary. If memory serves me right, it’s the “Wood” anniversary. So keep that in mind if any of you are planning on sending a gift.
What is the meaning of life?
Joshua: I’ll tell you what my father told me, “The meaning of life is having matching socks”.