Who are you?
I’m a 25 year old native Newfoundlander. I was born in Port-aux-Basques and raised in the small nearby town of Burnt Islands. I’ve always been interested in drawing cartoons, so I decided I might like to study art and try to pursue a career in the field, so I signed up for the CONA Visual Arts program offered in Stephenville. Since then I’ve painted a few murals back home in Burnt Islands, and a few smaller paintings on the side.
Currently I live in St.John’s and have been living here for about 3 years.
What is From Earth?
From Earth is simply about a regular earth cat in space sent on a mission to find planets that are able to support life. The cat is accompanied by the ships computer who does all the talking. Cat sports a standard bubble style space helmet and a collar thats linked to the ships computer.
Oh, and there are poop jokes.
What’s your inspiration for this strip?
I have always loved comics and recently became more interested in comic strips. I always liked the common newspaper comic strips, like B.C. and Garfield, but more recently I started reading a lot of Maakies and Liberty Meadows. Naturally the great work of other people is always an inspiration, and makes me want to work harder.
The idea for the strip itself came to me while watching the new Planet of the Apes movie and owning a cat.
Was there a moment in your history when you knew you wanted to drawcomics?
I can’t think of any specific moment in history when I thought ‘I want to draw comics,’ but I’ve always liked drawing cartoons and have always wanted to do that in some form or another. As far back as I can remember I’ve been making up characters and stories and putting them in my own comics. Making comics and drawing in general are among the few things that, to me, don’t feel like work but still make me feel like I’m being productive. That and I can do it while sitting, that’s always a plus.
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID:
Zach: This will really appeal to people whose two passions in life are cats and outer space. …The artwork is quite nicely done.
Lesley: Who doesn’t love animals in outer space? I kinda think this one kicks ass!
Rodney: The more I look at this the more I like it. It’s cute and bizarre. This one will be getting my vote… In fact, this is my number one pick.