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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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kjc's picture

You tend to generate a goodly amount of controversy... how do you feel about it? (Any publicity is good publicity? You don't care? Poison all critics? None of the above?)

Kelly J. Cooper
Comixpedia Features Editor

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Also, did you account for Sales Tax? Alternative Minimum Tax? Bribes for unruly pimps? Chainsaw Wax price increases?

These are important things to consider, even for a young man such as yourself. It is never too early to save for the day when you will be too weak to wield an unwaxed chainsaw.

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Have you ever decided not to draw a strip idea, because it was just too wrong, even by Something Positive standards?

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Have any women ever actually said that you're not nearly as hot as Davan? Have any men?

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goonigoogoo's picture

How often do you get the inevitable Davan = Randy comparison from readers, and just how accurate is it?

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Now that you achieved the dream of making a living off your work, do you have any more plans for the future? Where do you expect to be, say, five years from now?

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scarfman's picture

When you put out the request to your readers for a year's salary so you could quit your day job, did your target figure include a fudge factor to compensate for the loss of employment benefits such as health insurance and retirement planning? If you didn't think of that, how old are you?

Paul Gadzikowski, paul@arthurkingoftimeandspace.com
Arthur, King of Time and Space New cartoons daily.

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What made you decide to do a comic that was strongly based the somewhat "off-color" and humourous aspects of life, rather than say, a gamer or anime comic or a more homogenized version, so that it would be more "family" friendly?

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Sorry, I didn't mean for this to be anonymous.

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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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What are the qualities that draw you to other web comics? Good art, good plotting, good characters, subversive humor, etc?

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...and, follow up question: have the lambs stopped screaming?

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what, in the name of all that is un-holy.....inspired choo-choo bear?!

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I've just recently wondered - what is PeeJee's other job? It is speculated that she's got two jobs, one of them being at the bar, but what is her other job? Does it have anything to do with her computer science degree, or her love of writing? I've checked the FAQ, but no such thing is mentioned, not to my knowledge. We all know that Davan works as a popular web comic artist medicaid billing, and Aubrey now has her phone sex tech support line, but nothing for PeeJee's mysterious first job.

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

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First, I'll say that I love your comic, Randy, and hope you have better luck with that new apartment than you're having right now.

My question: Where did you come up with some of the characters with smaller roles, like Choo Choo Bear and Pepito? I think he's absolutely adorable, and I sometimes wish that cats like him were real.. I'd own one as a pet! A shame that Choo Choo Bear can't be shown more often, but I understand your reasons for it.

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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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What's the strangest thing that's ever happened when meeting fans/ protestors? Have you ever been stalked?

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Randy,

I know that you've stated in the past that PeeJee comes from someone you know (a friend, if I remember correctly, but I'm too lazy to search through the Archives to find it), and pretty much everyone has told me that Davan is you. I'm curious, though, as to where your other characters have come from. Even from the beginning, they were all very well-developed (at least to me), and I'm wondering if they were based on real people, or just the fruits of your deranged and demented fruitful imagination.- Jason

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Are there any plans to release some (or all) of the comics in book form?

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In your faq you say some of your characters are based off your real life friends. When portraying them in the comics, do you ever have to adjust things for particular characters? I.E. Make things they do and say a little more extreme, ease up on them for your readers (though after having read your comic for a few months, I can't see you easing up on anything.) Or do the real life "PeeJee" and "Aubrey" pretty much inspire you the way they are?

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If you could vomit on any person in the world, who would it be?

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What exactly happened with the whole Monette-baby thing, first she's pregnant and then she lost it? You didn't go into much detail and I re-read the Monette strips, but it kinda just seemed to miss a middle part.

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Hey Randy,

I am just wondering...after the "Cat fantasies" comic posted at the end of March, are we ever going to see Twitchy Hug again?

Amber

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How is the panty business going for Davan? It hasn't been mentioned since he spoke to Kestrel on the phone, however Choo Choo Bear was clearly set on revenge due to her feeding forgetful-ness. At Branwen's request, has he simply let the panties pile up by not selling them? Has he thrown them away? If he stopped the business, he and Bran should be swimming through a sea of pink and lacy just to reach the phone or door! WHERE HAVE ALL THE PANTIES GONE?!??!? (And how much would a pony-car cost?!)

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What is a masshole?

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Did you name the comic ~Something Positive~ because you were told to do "something positive with your time" growing up?

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So Randy.... How biographic is the strip? At what point does it diverge from "real life"? Are you beginning to have some problems with fans thinking they know you simply from reading your strip?
Also Boston is re-known for having an infamously tight "fen" scene with a lot of crossover from one sub-genre to another, how does this help or hurt your writing, or does it affect it at all?

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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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Hey Randy,
I was just wondering if you could name ten things you draw inspiration from for creating Something Positive. (music? tv? books? Doritos and Bawls? whatever...) Please take this as a serious question. You are wonderfully, itelligently creative and it might help others to be so in knowing what helps you to create.
Thanks,
Mike

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

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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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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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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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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?