O'ReillyNet.com: An Interview With IlliadFeb 11, 2001, 23:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Coleman)
"Chris: How did you get started drawing User Friendly?"
"Illiad: By accident. I have been cartooning since I was 12. One day while working at an ISP, I drew a few cartoons and my co-workers enjoyed them. I drew one month's worth of cartoons and posted them online. After that I quit; it was all I had planned to do. Apparently people had been following the cartoon online, because I quickly got e-mail from readers, one who said that if I didn't keep drawing, he would hunt me down and kill me. I took it as a jest (I hope it was one...), but went back to drawing anyway."
"I had actually tried to get into cartooning before that. I started drawing a cartoon, Dust Puppies, and sent it in to the six major syndicates and received six rejection letters. I didn't think I would ever be a cartoonist."
"Chris: What is your inspiration?"