For this Pick of the Week, I thought I’d do something a little different and give the artist a chance to chime in. Stephen Beals does a comic called “Cheesebo”. You can find Mr. Beals on Twitter HERE and view his daily comic HERE. So, without further ado, here’s what Stephen said about his comic:
What’s your “elevator pitch” when people ask you about your comic?
Cheesebo is a site where I post some of my creative attempts for the day. It can be my recurring characters, just a gag with nameless characters, or even a strip with a different theme. You can do whatever you want on the web, so I try to take advantage of that.
The comic with recurring characters is called Adult Children (reruns can be seen under that title at http://www.gocomics.com/adult-children). It’s changed over the years and considering my wife hates this title I reserve the right to change it in the future.
I essentially took my personality and separated it into a Freudian Id, Ego, and Superego. Berle is the Id, Harvey is the Ego and the Superego slot is supposed to be Sally, but I haven’t written as much for her as I should. Superego is kind of boring anyway, isn’t it? Claremont, the dog, contains whatever purity I have along with every fear that I have.
When I was a kid, I moved to a different city. I missed my friends and decided to start drawing about them after reading an article on Cathy Guisewite.
I first drew Harvey (who is named after my grandfather) in 1979. I was a month old. Or nine. One of those two. I’ve made many different strips over the years, with different themes, but I keep returning to this one because I have fun with it.
I learned how to make a comic a day in high school. That made me a chick magnet. No, wait. What’s the opposite of magnet? Anyway, I have the luxury of working in advertising and work from home two days a week. I can work on a comic between projects or while waiting on phone calls. I also have a very odd sleeping schedule, which is to say that the word “schedule” can’t exactly be applied to my sleeping habits.
Definitely a bum. I have a B.F.A. I studied at the Herron School of Art on weekends from the seventh grade until college. Then my focus was on animation at the California Institute of the Arts. After escaping L.A., I became a graphic artist. I’m described by clients as a designer/cartoonist, so I think I’ll take their word for it.