In-House Artist Interview with Eddie Jensen, Artist for digital hobo
Tony: You’re from Norway. For our American fans, give us a sense of the world of comic books and webcomics in Norway? What’s the most popular Norwegian comic book? Do they read Batman in Norway? What’s the most popular American comic there? Do they have comic book stores like the ones in America? How do they differ? Do they have comic book conventions in Norway? How are webcomics perceived in Norway?
Tony: Tell us about your background. What’s your family life like outside of work?
Tony: What other comic projects have you worked on? Is there a comic book you’ve always wanted to draw?
Tony: Do you think webcomics will supplant print comics completely?
Eddie: I personally kind of hate reading long archives of Webcomics. I’ll do it if the comic is good enough, but that’s rare to never. So for long stories, I definitely think print is here to stay. I don’t really see any way webcomics could improve this problem either. As for strips, if they catch my eye and I don’t have to read through billions of pages of archive yeah. I think that could wipe out strips in paper format, but honestly I’m the kind of guy that when he wanted to see if PVP was a good comic, I went and bought the “best off” book instead of reading random strips online. Granted I pay attention to it online now, but I really had no interest reading through the archives as I find it an exhausting experience. Biggest problem with webcomics I feel is that you never feel like you can just put it away and read the rest later, you feel a need to finish t from start to finish and usually you end up giving up and never revisiting the comic.
Tony: Interesting perspective on the webcomic archive. Do you think creators could achieve the same sort of feeling of print by splitting up their archive? I’ve seen some webcomics that have chapters and stories.
Eddie: Well, more so but still no, I’d say splitting it into self contained stories certainly helps but you still feel that urge to catch up because you WANT TO like this comic, but you’re not caught up so you have to know everything before next update. And I personally just don’t have that kind of dedication in me. It becomes more of a chore than anything else.
Tony: So in the case of PVP, do you think you would’ve become a fan had it not been for the print comics?
Eddie: If I had come at the right time sure. Like if that day’s strip was a self contained one that was just funny and showed me what kind of humor the comic had to offer I might have checked out that same link the next time I was reading Penny Arcade and then slowly built up reading strip by strip. But that was not the case for when I got on the site, it’s in the middle of this storyline, and I don’t know where it starts and I don’t care enough to browse through strips backwards to find out. So if it hadn’t been for the best of book I’d probably have given it up then and there.
Tony: Thanks for your time today. We’ll keep an eye out for your new stuff and more digital hobo!
Eddie’s Mojo Jojo pinup