Call For Questions to Jeff Rowland

Jeff Rowland is the creator of not one but two of the most beloved webcomics, When I Grow Up and WIGU. He also does the regularly updated journal comic Over Compensated and has made noises about starting another daily webcomic now that he has finished with WIGU.

All that and he’s part of the Dumbrella crew as well. Post your questions for Rowland, one to a post and we’ll send the top ten moderated questions on for answers. We’ll take questions until January 21st.


Xaviar Xerexes

Wandering webcomic ronin. Created Comixpedia (2002-2005) and ComixTalk (2006-2012; 2016-?). Made a lot of unfinished comics and novels.


  1. How far in advance did you plan the wigu strips – or did you really just make it all up as you went along?
    How long does it take you to create a strip from coming up with the idea to the finished thing? What media do you use?
    Do you really have torso like quincy?

  2. Do you ever restrict yourself when doing a journal comic? Ever feel like something is too personal, or maybe that “people will think I’m full of myself if I put this in there?”

  3. I know you own, but what other interesting and potentially offensive domain names do you own?

  4. Are you making your living from the webcomics now? How is that going so far?

  5. How did you meet the other Dumbrella guys and how did it come together as a group? Was there a secret initiation ritual?

  6. Part of the fun of reading WIGU was watching everything suddenly get thrown out of balance by implication. For instance, learning that Topato and Co. existed outside the MAIS show had sudden, major repercussions on what was permitted within the strip’s reality; this seemed to pave the way for more elaborate distortions such as the Googel Maverick.

    But I make it sound as if you planned it that way, and any reader of the WIGU messageboard knows you put these things together pretty much on the fly.

    So I ask, is the TV-show metaphor for the new set of comics a deliberate attempt to keep your story worlds from colliding and contaminating each other? So that Science Cop doesn’t have to acknowledge a world with, say, talking animals or faster-than-light travel, and the MAIS crew can live happily in BD^4 without bothering with conventional physics at all?

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