CCC 244 – The Jamie Smart Interview

Jamie Smart  joins Joel Duggan and Matthew Ducharme to talk about Moose Kid Comics and Whubble!

Jamie Smart - Bunny vs monkey

About the Comic:

Moose Kid Comics
http://www.moosekidcomics.com
MOOSE KID COMICS IS A GLORIOUS 36-PAGE, FREE TO READ, DIGITAL CHILDREN’S COMIC. IT FEATURES OVER 40 OF THE BEST COMIC ARTISTS WORKING TODAY, FROM WELL-ESTABLISHED HEROES TO NEWER TALENTS FROM THE INDIE AND WEB SCENES. EACH CONTRIBUTING THEIR OWN ENTIRELY ORIGINAL CHARACTERS, EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR COMIC.
WE CREATED MOOSE KIDS COMICS FOR THREE MAIN REASONS:
TO ENTERTAIN COMIC READERS AND WIN NEW AUDIENCES.
TO SHOW HOW FANTASTIC A CHILDREN’S COMIC CAN BE WHEN ARTISTS CREATE IT THEMSELVES.
TO OPEN UP THE DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW WE CAN MAKE CHILDREN’S COMICS GREAT AGAIN.
HERE IN THE U.K, MAINSTREAM CHILDREN’S COMICS HAVE BEEN DYING OUT, ESPECIALLY ONES FEATURING ORIGINAL CONTENT. THE PHOENIX AND THE BEANO ARE THE ONLY COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE WEEKLY TITLES STILL PRODUCING ENTIRELY ORIGINAL CHARACTERS, BUT THEY ARE COMPETING AGAINST BIG-NAME LICENSED TITLES BASED ON TV SHOWS OR MERCHANDISING.
WE WANT TO HELP CHANGE THINGS. WE WANT TO BE CREATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF LOVEABLE CHARACTERS FOR THE WORLD TO EMBRACE, ALL CREATED BY ARTISTS WHO RETAIN THEIR COPYRIGHTS AND PUT ALL THEIR HEART INTO THEIR CREATIONS.
WE WANT TO REMIND BOTH CHILDREN AND ADULTS ALIKE HOW FANTASTICAL AND IMAGINATIVE COMICS CAN BE, AND TO HELP BRING CHILDREN’S COMICS BACK INTO THE PUBLIC CONSCIOUSNESS.
 Jamie Smart Moose Kid
Whubble
http://www.whubble.net
Pity poor Pete (Whubble), the reluctant hero of our tales. The indignity of having such a menial job would be bad enough, but to make things worse he is surrounded by incompetents. Chances are Pete single-handedly keeps his department afloat. Were he to be absent for just a couple of days, the business would crash, the office would burn down and somehow nuclear war would have begun. But his work goes unrecognised, and so he is reduced to endless filing and correcting other people’s spelling mistakes. Single, yearns for excitement, likes tuna. Source: Whubble.net

About Artist:

Source: Fumboo.com
My name is Jamie Smart and I draw comics. I’ve been fortunate enough to do this as a full-time job for nearly fifteen years now, for a variety of children’s comics, books and TV. What excites me most about what I do is creating characters – cute, silly, idiotic characters, and then creating worlds for them to live in, and stories for them to bluster through.
I’ve created and drawn for such great comics as The Dandy (pretty much constantly for nine years, before its closure in print form, but now continuing on in digital) and The Beano, as well as Toxic, The DFC, and The Phoenix. I’ve also worked on Doctor Who magazines.
I created TV shows and worked in development with Cartoon Network for about six years, as well as other TV networks (still ongoing), even doing some character design for Disney.
I’ve had a few books out for children, a few books out for more grown-up audiences, and I enjoy being able to work on both. I also draw a ton of different webcomics, and whatever is in my brain at that time. Problem is there aren’t enough hours in the day, this job is still as exciting as it was when I started, and it’s going to take forever to get all these ideas down on paper.
I live in Kent, England, listening to loud videogame music and eating too many sweets. If you’re visiting my website for the first time, thank you, please click through all the characters, and I hope you enjoy it. If you’ve been here before, I will be trying to update it with new characters and comics as much as possible, so please do keep coming back. Or just keep in touch by twitter or email, y’know, how we do.

Show Notes

We should start with Moose Kid Comics with it’s immidiate release following the interview. Joel
Moose Kid Comics
Can you tell us a bit about why you started Moose Kid Comics? Joel
For the benefit of our listeners, can you explain what Moose Kid Comics is? Joel
How are you able to keep Moose Kid Comics FREE? Joel
What have been some of the challenges – some of the lessons learned – making Moose Kid Comics? Joel
How do you choose who to include in Moose Kid Comics? Joel
What sort of stories do you want people to contribute? Joel
I know “Where do you get your ideas?” is an incredibly cliche question, but I have to say, Moose Kid Comics are so insanely, zaney and weird, what writing exercies do you (and perhaps other crators) do to really push the silly to the max? Joel
What’s your “Pie in the sky.” hope for the future of Moose Kid Comics? Joel
Reading Moose Kid, I was strongly reminded of my childhood reading MAD magazine. Any influence there? Matt
Can any of the stories in Moose Kid be found continuing elsewhere, or are they all one-offs? Matt
What were some of the requirements for Moose Kid submissions? Matt
Other Stuff
Jamie, you started off with some small press work. Can you tell our listeners a bit about that? … Joel
My small press work was a quarterly comic book series called ‘Bear’, in 2003, (another called ‘Ubu Bubu’), both by SLG Publishing, which was my real in to the world of comics and gained a good audience, so might be of interest to your listeners. Jamie
Also I work a lot now for The Phoenix comic, which is a weekly children’s comic, with spin-off books. Jamie
Lastly I did a webcomic called ‘Corporate Skull’, which definitely wasn’t child-friendly, but again did well with the Bear audience, I just need to finish it (only 425 pages left to go!) Jamie
Whubble
Whubble strickes me as a cat that has spent many a day working in an office. Have you? Joel
The writing on Whubble is very susinct. What’s your process for drilling down a gag to it’s simplest points? Joel
Your artowrk is bright, whimsical. Have you always drawn this way? Joel
Is there an inner manical detail loving artist just waiting to burst out? Joel follow up
Whubble 128
http://www.whubble.net/?p=186
I used to work as a production manage in animation and this used to drive me CRAZY! Joel
(Misnammed files.)
Have you (or will you) ever animated Whubble? Joel
Mentioned on the show…
Oink
http://ukcomics.wikia.com/wiki/Oink!
Milk And Cheese
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_%26_Cheese
Phoenix Comic
https://www.thephoenixcomic.co.uk