Jason Pultz is a 28 year old Vancouver based comic artist whose works include “Comic Strip” which has been syndicated in Canada’s daily newspaper “The Metro”. ( Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver editions) In addition to “Comic Strip”, Jason has also done compository work for the likes of the Discovery Channel and Cartoon Network. Jason’s illustration talents have been put to use in children’s learning sites such as “The Brain Factory”, and the official “Polkaroo” website.
Jason has successfully self-published his first book “Comic Strip Volume 1: Scarey Bear and Friends” which contains the first 3 years of “Comic Strip” and was one of the featured artists in Ted Rall’s upcoming book “Attitude 3: The New Subversive Online Cartoonists”.
I had the opportunity to chat with Jason about “Comic Strip”, self publishing, influences, and animation.
Veronika Fevers: “What was your original inspiration for Scary Bear? Is the character based on anyone in your life?”
Jason Pultz: “I think all the characters are loosly based on different aspects of myself. Cowboy Rick is kind of the crass jerk side of me, Doggy is the more articulate, polite part of my personality and Scarybear has the child like naivety that I think we all sometimes feel.”
Veronika Fevers: “As far as versatility is concerned, what do you feel are the benefits of animation versus still drawing? ( as with Comic Strip)”
Jason Pultz: “Animation is definitely the way to go to reach a bigger market I think. Less and less people crack open a book to read vs flopping down on the sofa and turning on the T.V. Animation you have a whole other level to work with – Voices, sound, music, pacing. You don’t get any of that with still comics.”
Veronika Fevers: ” With the rising popularity in animated television sitcoms, which do you appreciate personally and why?”
Jason Pultz: “I like Aqua Teen Hunger Force a lot. It’s short and cheaply made but still hilarious. ATHF depends on the writing as well as the voice acting. I love the randomness of the episodes. The Simpsons and South Park are both really good, well written and pretty consistant. Family Guy is ok, but the writing style isn’t good. They use the cut away scene as a crutch for the entire show.”
Veronika Fevers: “Any plans to maybe animate Scary Bear for a series? If not, why?”
Jason Pultz: “I have some ideas for a T.V. Series but it would not be with the Comic Strip Crew. All new characters, all new premise. One day! I’m not going to use the Comic Strip gang – mostly cause they don’t have EYE BALLS! You know how hard it is to do animation without EYES? Answer: Hard.”
Veronika Fevers: “What exactly is Smiletimeclub? Is it similar to Brain Factory and Polkaroo in the child education aspect?”
Jason Pultz: “Smile Time Club was suppose to just be a big wacky site – kinda like a kids site only with weirder stuff going on. The idea was an island with different areas and each location had a character that lived there. I had decided I wanted a mountain with a little cave in it and inside lived a cowboy. I thought that was completely random and hilarious. When I think of that cowboy, I picture Cowboy Rick. That’s how he came to be.”
Jason also makes t-shirts, buttons, and stickers with slogans like “I’ll Race You To Your Vagina”, and also does commission pieces of pets.