Are you Skinny Panda?
No, I am not Skinny Panda. His head is just a tad larger.
How do you create the strip?
In terms of materials, I use a steel tip nib pen, Hunt #102 nib for drawing,
Hunt #512 nib for lettering, Speedball Super Black India ink and Canson two-ply vellum bristol board.
When the drawing’s ready, I scan it at 600dpi in black & white mode into Photoshop and
use the paintbrush tool for touch-ups. Then I save this file as a BMP file for possible use in printed
material (black & white bitmap images print nice and clean). Then, to create the online image, I
switch to grayscale mode, reduce the comic to 750 pixels wide, use the “levels” feature to lighten-up
the lines and then export it to GIF format.
Why was the strip gone for most of 2001?
Initially, it was only supposed to be a short vacation while I was living in temporary
housing and all of my computer equipment and art supplies were in storage.
But then after I found a new apartment and settled in, I decided that I had a
responsibility to come back with some sort of “improved” version of Skinny Panda. Well, the accumulating
pressure slowly paralyzed me. Soon days begat weeks, and weeks begat months.
Finally, I just bit the bullet and decided to just go ahead and continue what I was
doing before. I’m hoping any sort of evolution and “improvement” come during the actual process.
We shall see.
I can’t thank enough all the people who emailed me during those dubious 12 months.
Skinny Panda probably wouldn’t have returned without you.
Confidence issue. Still working on it. *ahem* Next question...
*cough* *ack* *cough* Water, please...
Are you trying to get Skinny Panda published in newspapers?
Not actively. I go back and forth on it all the time. While it’s nice to
have the freedom the publish pretty much anything I want, it’s difficult to make a living without the sales
and marketing support a syndicate provides. I don’t know. It hurts my head thinking about it.
Next question, please...
Can I post one of your strips on my site?
If it’s for your personal site, then sure, go ahead and take it. Just please
make sure to
the URL so I can fuel my ego by seeing it. If it’s for a commercial site,
or other commercial use, then please
Where are the Skinny Panda t-shirts?!?
Gah! I’ve been meaning to get down to making some for, oh, several years now.
Maybe this year, I hope. I’ve been deterred by the fact that whenever I’ve designed a t-shirt
for anyone in the past (6 or 7 occurences, I believe), at least one thing has gone terribly wrong.
This time, I’ll try to get it right. Any suggestions, feel free to send them to me.
For even more info...
Wanna know how the Skinny Panda character was birthed? Or why the strip’s in
black and white? Check out
my interview on Comixpedia
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