RWT: What made you decide to start drawing stoner-related comics?
TH: One of the best things about making comics about smoking weed is that it lends itself so well to exaggeration and playfulness. Going on a snack run or losing your lighter aren’t particularly exciting in and of themselves, but when you’re there and you’re completely buttered, it feels like some great adventure. Mundane scenarios have so much more gravitas when you’re high and trying to illustrate the difference is what makes them fun. Most of my comic ideas are the product of falling down that rabbit hole of high thoughts; I usually work sober though, I get too distracted otherwise!
RWT: Who are your artistic influences?
TH: I’ve always liked John Kricfalusi, the creator of Ren & Stimpy, and Alex Pardee. They both have this great ability to illustrate characters that are somehow both adorable and disturbing. You look at it and you think, “Wow! That’s kind of cute. Please get it away from me.” A lot of the humor in shows like Ren & Stimpy is visual gags, and I try to do the same in a lot of my comics; sometimes there isn’t a punchline so much as just a (hopefully) funny picture in the last frame (Ed: hyperlink is mine).
RWT: What’s it take to make it these days as an artist?
TH: That’s a good question, and I’d love to know the answer myself! Seriously though, I guess like every other art medium you just have to be dedicated. There’s a million ways to entertain yourself these days and trying to rise above a billion other creative people is rough going sometimes. Did you know they don’t just start mailing you checks as soon as you start a webcomic? But I like to think if you are really proud of what you make, it shows, and people can’t help but take notice of art that’s made with love.
RWT: From talking with your collaborators @ChronicComics, you’re moving into the big time. Can you give a little explanation of the new project?
RWT: Indica, sativa, or hybrids?
TH: Indica! There’s nothing better than settling down after a long day and melting into your couch like it’s that spaghetti monster from the first Harry Potter.
That’s it for the interview with Tyler. Dude is a great sport, and is definitely going places. I was going to include more screencaps of his comics, but they are just too good to rip off like that. You can find him at http://tumbledrycomics.com/