1. Why “space coyote”?
My online penname was inspired by a Season 8 episode of The Simpsons in which Homer hallucinates after eating too many hot peppers and then meets his spirit guide, a talking coyote voiced by Johnny Cash. Homer refers to it as a “space coyote.” I thought it sounded cool so I decided to make that my name online.
2. What tools do you use?
Digital: Adobe Photoshop, Manga Studio. Natural: Copic Markers, Rapidograph pens, watercolour paints, india ink, Japanese calligraphy brush.
3. How would you describe your art style?
Some people call it “American manga,” and many of my biggest influences have manga artists. However, I also owe a lot to many other art styles.
4. What are your main influences?
I’ve been influenced by a whole bunch of people but my biggest are probably:
- The Simpsons (of course!): Watched it even when I was too young to understand the jokes. My sense of humour basically comes from here.
- Osamu Tezuka: The “father of manga.”
- Doraemon: One of the biggest influences on my career choice. The first manga I drew was Doraemon fan fiction!
- Yuusuke Murata – Eyeshield 21 artist: Helped improve my marker art and my drive to have diversity in character design.
- Ryuu Fujisaki: Manga creator who has done Houshin Engi, Shiki, Waq Waq, and others. Anyone who knows his work can see his influences in my comicking style, inking, and character designs.
- Naoki Urasawa: One of the greatest manga creators living today. Wrote and drew Monster, 20th Century Boys, and Pluto, and currently doing Billy Bat.
- Ukiyo-e Art: Japanese woodblock prints. In particular, the art of Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, with his macabre subject matter.
- Monkey Island series: I grew up on PC games — especially point-and-click adventure games like this. LucasArts’ best.
5. Do you do commissions?
I can only accept commercial commissions at this time. This means work for a business as opposed to drawing a sketch of your character. If you are a company that wishes to use my services, my Contact page gives you all the information you need.
6. Do you attend conventions?
I will gladly guest appear at your convention or speak at your event if I can fit it into my schedule/budget. Please e-mail me to discuss details.
7. May I use your art online?
Generally yes, but please ask me first; I like to know where and how my work is being used. Feel free to use my art for online icons and avatars, though I appreciate getting credit for any of the images. I don’t allow anyone to make money off my art in any way (unless they’ve paid me first, of course), use my art in an inappropriate context, or claim my work as their own.
8. Do you sell prints of your Simpsons art?
I do not sell prints of my Simpsons, Futurama, or Calvin & Hobbes art, due to personal reasons.
9. When will [insert T-shirt here] go back in stock?
I do not print the shirts, so I can’t answer that for you. Please contact the appropriate shirt company.
10. Are you going to continue Yokaiden?
Maybe. I definitely want to see it continued. Hopefully I’ll have a little more free time in the near future, which would allow me to tell more of Hamachi’s story.
11. Are you going to continue Saturnalia?
Unlikely. I’m always flattered when people tell me how much they enjoyed the webcomic I created so many years ago. Sadly, I likely don’t have the time to continue Saturnalia in the foreseeable future. Besides, the comic was done such a long time ago and my art style has really progressed since.
12. Speaking of Saturnalia, where did it go?
It’s still available to read here. I took it down from my comics page because it’s extremely old (it was conceived when I was in high school) and by no means represents my current style of work. As embarrassing as it is for me, I’m keeping it online — former readers still like to look through it once in a while, and it shows how far I’ve grown as an artist and writer.