POTM Interview: Pol Desmarais and Adam Volk

For the month of April we’ve had the great pleasure of putting the spotlight on another fun webcomic, Human/Nature by the very talented Pol Desmarais and Adam Volk. Adam and Pol started their collaboration together back in April 2012 on Human/Nature, and it’s been an amazing run. I really enjoy these collaboration pieces where you see two brains come together and build something amazing.  Happy First Birthday by the way Human/Nature!

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 Adam and Pol as they tackle our “10 Questions”.

Thinking back, what is the first comic you recall reading as a child?

POL: Probably Bazooka Joe off a gum wrapper.

ADAM: I loved Garfield. It’s the first book I can remember borrowing from the school library. I also remember in the first grade I got a copy of the collected Spider-Man black and white newspaper strips. It blew my little pea-sized brain in half.

Who is your greatest influence(s) as an artist/creator?

POL: There are many but lately I’ve been particularly influenced by Franco-Belgian comics such as Asterix, Spirou, Tintin, etc… I’m not really into “superheroes” so my influences lean more towards either classic strips or stuff along the lines of Daniel Clowes and Michael Kupperman.

ADAM: Junot Díaz and Michael Chabon are my two writing heroes. Both are Pulitzer-prize winning authors, yet they both just happen to be huge comic book geeks. Put that in your pipes and smoke it, elitist literary snotbags!

 What would you consider required drawing equipment or writing necessities?
POL: My Jack Hamm drawing books, some old Archie digests, mechanical pencil, fat Sharpie marker, and a 0.3mm pen.

ADAM: I tend to write without any pants on. Free and easy is the only way to go, even if it does terrify my neighbors.

Where did you go to school and what was your major?

POL: I attended Algonquin College in Ottawa and studied Animation for Television. I worked in animation for quite a few years and worked with some amazing artists.

ADAM: I studied English Literature at the University of Calgary. It provided me with the training and keen literary insight needed to become a Starbucks barista. Later on, I worked as a book editor, a video game screenwriter, a journalist and an advertising copywriter.

Three adjectives to describe yourself that has NOTHING to do with comics?

POL: Tall, dark, and handsome.

ADAM: Bearded. Nerdy. Gassy.

We all have favorite places, scenarios we feel more creative in.  What is your favorite environment in which to create? 

POL: Alone, listening to jazz, late at night

ADAM: I like to keep my office as dark, dank and quiet as possible. It’s basically the kind of environment Gollum would enjoy working in.

Embarrassing childhood memory you wish to reveal? (or Most exciting if you don’t want to reveal embarrassing)

POL: I had a mullet when I was a kid. If that’s not bad enough, my hair is really curly so no matter how long I grew my hair, it just rolled up into a tight frizzy ball. I thought it was pretty rad though.

ADAM: When I was younger I enjoyed wearing my underwear on my head and running around pretending I was Spider-Man. I’d even make the “THWIP!” noises and sing the theme song to the cartoon. I eventually stopped when I turned 17… Okay, fine, I still occasionally do it

If a movie of your life were made who would you pick to play you?

POL: I’d have to go with John Turturro. Haven’t seen him in ages though…I hope he’s up to it

ADAM: It’s a toss up between Barbra Streisand and Steven Seagal. One has an amazing voice, the other has an amazing pony tail.

What other information would you like share about your comic?  Books? Kickstarter?

POL: We haven’t been at this too long so we’re still learning a lot. We talk a lot about ways we can explore HUMAN/NATURE further and where we’d like it to go but nothing concrete just yet. We talked about dressing up like Phil and Rusty in a local Christmas parade this past year but we ran out of time.

ADAM: You should check us out on the interwebs at: humannaturecomic.com, and you can follow us on Twitter at: @humannatureweb where we try and make with the funny in 140 characters or less. We also have a few other super duper, top secret projects in the works. We’ll be making an announcement pretty soon, so keep your ear and eye holes open!

What is the meaning of life?

POL: I have no idea. I’m a Cleveland Browns fan so I obviously haven’t figured things out very well.

ADAM: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their women. Either that or be nice to others and don’t sweat the small stuff. I forget which.

We would like to thank Adam and Pol for spending some time with us and letting all us readers know a little bit more about them.  We hope this has helped you to feel a little more connected to the creator and be sure to go check out our Pick of the Month Write up on Human/Nature, and head on over and check out Adam and Pol’s great webcomic Human/Nature.




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