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Call For Questions: R.K. Milholland of Something Positive

Randy Milholland of SOMETHING POSITIVE may not be strictly New Blood, but he's hardly Old Guard, either. In the incredible span of just two and a half years, the humorously black S*P has become one of the most popular comics on the web, and his fans have gone as far as supporting him to the tune of a year's worth of wages, allowing him to quit his job and devote himself full-time to cartooning.

Now you can ask him all those questions that have been burning in your craw through our latest community interview. Simply ask your questions by posting a comment to this very article; we'll pick the ten best brain-grillers, and fire them off to Randy's dark and disturbed head for immediate prostitu- processing.

But make fast with the questions -- we'll only accept them until August 17th.

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Sorry I didn't get a chance to say hi at Otakon (I was the guy in the Charlie Brown shirt.)

Anyway, I came across a game engine called Adventure Game Studio which allows you to create a graphic adventure with little programming skills. Why not create a game of your own and sell it for about five or ten bucks? That way, you can likely come up with enough revenue to get through the next year.

Bill Adams
Lexington KY

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Your cartooning is very stipped down, and very unlike anyone else's work out there. Who are your artistic influences, and how would you like to see your artwork evolve?

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Randy,

You have a very unique and consistent style of drawing. I was wondering what sort of art background you have. Is it all something you just picked up naturally, or did you have any formal training? Also, how long does it take you to create a strip from idea to posting?

Keep up the excellent work.

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Right now, you are considered the gateway webcomic for all webcomic newbies. How difficult was it for you to initially break onto the webcomic scene? And what advice can you give to new people who want to start their own webcomic?

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As a role-player yourself, what gaming system or style do you best enjoy? Or, conversely, what gaming system or style do you find most awful, ludricrous, or offensive?

Hida Jiremi
(Jeremy Puckett)

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well i just recently came across this site and have read every archive from this year and i must say this comic is probably the most realistic i've ever read..lol i very much enjoy it..now to the question at hand..i'm sure you get this alot but here goes..Are your characters based on people you actually know? and if so do they know how you personally view their personalities/character flaws? and how do they feel about this? lol.its something i've been pretty curious about so i hope i get an answer ..thanks..

PoisonedMind

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Looking to the future, if you had a goal for SP in say, 5 years (or even 10), what direction would you see it going in? Coffe table compilation book? Animated series? Weekly comic publication? What would you like SP to be in 5 - 10 years, IOW?

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Seeing as Peejee just got her fathers permission to marry Kyle the lying cheating #$@&*+!!! sucking bastard (Although if he really is #$@&*+!!! sucking then she must be head over heels), will she, and will she ever find out if he is cheating on her?

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Hey Randy just wondering...In Guilt by association pt. 7 (March 30 2004) Branwen knows that Eva has blonde hair and it's never really come up how she knows what Eva looks like again. Is that just supposed to be out there? Supposed to show that Branwen is checing up on Davan's past? Or maybe I'm dense and missed the explination.

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Would you post the real Mike's contact information? Would you post it if he pissed you off enough?

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the way i see it Davan and Brawnen should stay together....Jim should go straight and get together with peejee.....ahahahahhahahahahahahh! but i very much doubt what ever we want won't happen....so let opinions rule the world...whooooo!

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yeah i was wondering...since Somethingpositive is one kick ass comic and all, why you haven't updated new gold dream......i found that quite entertaining as well.

~lydia

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In your comic, you find humor in suicide, religion, politics, homeless people, violence, alcohol abuse, rape, abortion, cancer and sex slave midgets. Is there a topic to you that is sacred?

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Or, the opposite of whoriental's question:

If you could have anyone vomit on YOU, who would it be and why?

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Randy

If you could date one of your female characters, not the person you've based them on but the character herself, who would it be? I promise to protect you from PeeJee.

If you were gay, which of the guys would you be hot for, be they gay or not?

By the way, I pretty much hate Taxachusetts too. Kinda stuck here for a few more years, 'tho.
Thanks for the strip, amigo.

Bryce Platt

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I know you make most of your comics off of events in your life, or the lives of your friends and famiey. As far as your familey is conserned, do they get offended by any of the strips showing them?

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Do you feel your comic strip will ever evolve to become a mass-produced cookie-cutter strip, that looses it's identity & specialness?
(Think Cathy or Sally worth..)

A Question

You manage to produce a comic that is both very, very funny and very moving at the same time. Do you have any of "serious" sub-plots that you were afraid were going to fall flat or any that you haven't had the courage to do?

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Right about now I feel like a person born to do some sort of specific task, but plunked into a world where I'm totaly out of step with everyone else. I could go on but it would probably sound like blah blah blah after a while. I guess what I am getting at is...how does someone know if their life was worth it all?

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Any chance the Cast Section can be completed? Only the main characters are actually working.
Great Comic!

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Will you still marry me?

Scott Kurtz and Syndication

Randy, now that Scott Kurtz has sounded (as one comic artist put it) "the shot fired at Lexington in the war between print and online comics", what's your take on Syndication? Have you ever considered trying to get your comic syndicated? Because of the strong language and subject matter in Something Positive, would you prefer to target "alternative" magazines?

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So seriously -- is there a snowball's chance in hell of Mike ever wising up/maturing enough to have a chance with PeeGee?

Call For Questions: R.K. Milholland of Something Positive

The characters of S*P play a large variety of RPGs and often are playing different campaigns everytime. How often do you get to game? And what different systems do you play?

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So would Aubrey and PeeJee be up for an asian threeway? If so, I'm available!

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Based on what's happened within the last two days on the comic, my question is this.

When (assuming this happens) it's revealed that Kyle's a cheating bastich and needs his testicles removed....will PeeJee and her dad reconcile? Or will it be an "I told you so." match from his end, thus further impressing the wedge between them?

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Ok so I have to know, even tho I will probably regret it, just what inspired Choo-Choo Bear, Pepito and Nailed? Nightmares? Cute fluffy anime gone wrong? Too much alcohol? A dare? Just because you could? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Considering that you put up a comic seemingly every day for two years without any guarantee of getting anything back from it, save for a lack of sleep and an ulcer, what kept you going for so long?

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I've been enjoying what you have done with Davan and Branwen. It has been good for him to be in a mostly stable relationship.

However, have you any thoughts as to what you are going to do with Mike having the knowledge that Kyle is cheating on Peejee? It seems to be an interesting choice to have Mike be the one that first found out about Kyla. What made you decide to do it that way?

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Congratulations on becoming self-employed.

Since you have 1 year, do you have a "business plan" to continue beyond that point. Are you just going to do pledge drives like NPR or what? Not that there is anything wrong with that. It seems to have been very effective.

Also a suggestion. You should contact Scott McCloud (The Understanding Comics guy.) He is particularly interested how the internet will effect the future of comics and getting people to pay for content. Plus, he runs in the Neil Gaiman/Will Eisner type circle. So, not a bad guy to know. FYI his site is: http://www.scottmccloud.com/

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You mentioned a week or so ago in the news that you were sick of Boston, and maybe thinking of moving? Would Davan also choose a new location to live? Also, I noticed the character Kestrel from Queen of Wands just got an interview in Boston... Are you two planning many more fun cross overs?

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Is there a story behind Mr. Fishface that you would be willing to share with the class?

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Hello Mr. Milholland just want to say first of all I am a big fan of your comic and admire how you blend comedy and drama with dirty jokes and still keep it from seeming fake or cartoonish.:) It's got a realism I love to read when I need to be cheered up or need a good laugh and you never fail to deliver so Thank You sir Thank You,I don't know how I would have survived My first Semester of College without you comic.:) It is truely great and it inspires me so much as an aspireing artist and writer so again Thank You for the bright spot of cheer in my otherwise boring day.:) Well I better ask the question that logged in to ask so here goes-Mr. Milholland how would I go about setting up my own comic and what equipment would I need to do so also how much does it cost to set-up and run a comic site? :)

Re: Where are the nipples?

Seriously? OK; think about it: if your two best friends were anywhere near as creatively violent (I prefer the term "imaginative") as PEEJEE or AUBREY (or really, just about any of the women in the cast), would YOU draw nipples on characters based on your best friends/siblings?? (After all, friends are the family we choose.)
Now: What was your question again?

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Are you getting your questions out of a 1980's "Teen Beat" magazine? Just curious; I seem to recall a similar "reader's submission" addressed to A-Ha.
Ooh! Maybe it was your wacky Creative Writing teacher in highschool! Am I right? Yes? (I should know-- she got transferred to my school. I made a point of failing her class.)

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Damnit, this site doesn't automatically log you in. But the above is mine.

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You obviously haven't read the entire collection. Try taking the time to do more than skim to the punchline, and you may discover that these characters actually do care about each other. This isn't "Seinfeld," you know. (Yes, I actually did like that show when it first started, but when the writers stopped caring about it, so did the characters stop caring about each other.) As for shockingly stupid people; either you're blessed with never having had to work in retail, or, you could be nominated as my own personal guru.

Kisses!
Somewhere in Canada

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It seems that many people have a particular fondness for Davan (perhaps "fondness" isn't the right word...) or an affinity for him. I know I feel a certain affinity with him, in some respects.
Why do you think this is? What do you think it is about Davan's nature that attracts readers (other than the fact he is hilarious)?

--RAF
'ultimately, it is irrelevent'

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Hi Randy! I was wondering all the time while I've read your comic, what inspired you to start drawing Something Positive? I love the sarcasm and witty-ness that you put into Something Positive, How do you keep it up?

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Hey Anonymous[and tactless as well as gutless]why are getting in the man's face with that proper grammer B.S. when you should know that the way people really talk is not always grammatically correct but still how "REAL" people choose to speak and he writes that way to keep the realism of the comic intact and anal butt heads like you should stop being so dam fussy and learn to just get out of other peoples business,so just chill poindexter.:) And I "AM" "College" educated with a 189 I.Q. and have taken an English course in College Writing and have one of my Poems being published by www.Poetry.com and so I know all about the MLA and proper English Formats so I am well aware of how your "supposed" to write but that is "NOT" the "ONLY" "ONE" "TRUE" "WAY" to write so simmer down and relax plus it couldn't hurt to wash that filthy disrespectful mouth out with some soap.:) My god where did you learn to talk like that,did you not have good parents or what.:) Nice Young Ladies and Gentlemen do not swear at people in polite socity and it shows bad manners plus a lack of good upbringing to swear like that so watch you tongue because the Lord is always watching and listening and He doesn't care for pottymouths.:)

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Hey those are still good comic strips and are moving as well as funny.:) Just like S*P*.:)

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Well don't think your alone my friend I for one feel that way and let me tell you something I know for a fact and that is God doesn't make mistakes and if you keep your head up and keep the faith that He has a plan for you with time He will show you that you're not alone and that you life is totally worth it.:) So stay positive and everything will work out,you'll see I promise you that.:) And if you wanna talk to a fellow out of step person write me at benduchaine@juno.com I'll welcome the company.:)

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Wow, this is an interesting comment, anonymous... you realize you're telling somebody who got his readers to donate a year's wages in two weeks that nobody cares about his comic? You do realize that? As long as you do realize that...

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He does not forget His children even if they try to forget Him,so I say you should remember Him even though He has never forgotten or stopped caring about you.:) Peace be with you my friend and God Bless.:)

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Here's a question about Choo-Choo Bear:

Just how many cats or other living creatures has Choo-Choo Bear eaten alive, and how long does it usually take him to do it?

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Well Mr Millholland,

since this is the first time i send anything to you let me start of with saying that i absolutely adore your comic. i've been introduced to it by an american friend who submitted a mediocre tribute flash on NG. and thanx to your comic i've found some other comics i like a lot as well (e.g.: queen of wands, scandal sheet). and there have been quite a few crossovers with those strips (allways to my pleasant surprise). On this moment Kestrel is going to move for a job interview to err boston it is i guess. and she's gonna live with Davan's girlfriend.
so right now i'm looking forward to this new crossover between two of my favourite comics and i can't help but wonder
is this gonna be a long crossover. and if so how are you and aeire gonna manage that? and if not why not?

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A masshole is your average, Massachusetts-born asshole. Trust me, I live in Massachusetts. I'm surrounded constantly by Massholes.

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Has the real Aubrey, Jason, PeeJee (etc) ever reacted violently to a comic you've put up?

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Your comic for 8/14/2004 was amazingly impressive with respect to dialogue. My husband and I would both kill for the ability to stand in someone's face and flawlessly deliver a line such as "I'm sure whatever sad slab of humanity that lost Russian Roulette with life and had to bite down on the bullet chamber housing marriage to you is very proud of your progress" without twenty minutes of rehearsal time beforehand. =)

With that said: How long does it take you to come up with the finished dialogue for a given strip, and how do you do it? Do you start at the beginning and work forward until you reach a good stopping point (being a webcomic, you don't have any real space limitations), or do you prefer to figure out the stopping point and work backwards? Somewhat related to that, do you consciously try to write dialogues that are one strip long, or is it something that just seems to come naturally in the course of determining what your characters would say?

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When you posted the infamous challenge, it seemed as though it were a joke; something I'd never heard of from any comic author before, not as such. At the time, I assumed it was, like many of your statements, a jest to put your update situation in perspective. But people came through, and I don't need to tell you joyously how that went. You know better than I.
Well, okay, I figured it might happen eventually, but not within a month...
So my question is, did you know this could happen? That you might actually get an opportunity to ditch that job, and to devote yourself full time to Something*Positive? Or did the level of response blow your mind as much as it did mine?