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Bill Griffith quotes (33)

A full, rich drawing style is a drawback.
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All life is a blur of Republicans and meat.
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Are we having fun yet?
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But now with technology I could sit down and do a bunch of character drawings and scan them into a computer, and the computer using my exact style could bring it into life, where it would have been edited by various human beings before.
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Comics is a language. It's a language most people understand intuitively.
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Everybody that loves Nancy loves it in a slightly condescending way. Nancy is comics reduced to their most elemental level.
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Everyone says how Calvin and Hobbes is about a real kid, to me there's nothing real about it; it's an adult using a kid's body as a mouthpiece.
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Frivolity is a stern taskmaster.
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I always thought of Levittown as a joke.
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I guess if you take yourself seriously as an artist there starts either the problem or the beauty of doing good artwork.
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I had a mixture, my father was a career army man and my mother was a writer.
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I had a very diametrically opposite set of parents.
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I hate Calvin and Hobbes. I think its a big re-hash of formula kid strips.
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I just became one with my browser software.
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I think Zippy is part of me, but I'm not Zippy.
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I went to an art school in Brooklyn and painted Fine Art, if that's what you'd call it for eight years in New York, until I saw the first underground comics in the East Village Other.
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If something is going on in my life, it winds up getting into my strip.
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Jazz, rock and roll, movies and comics are the culture of America.
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Looking back Little Lulu was an early feminist, but at the time I just thought she was a really feisty developed comic strip character.
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Mike Judge, who I've become friends with over the years never took himself seriously as an artist.
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My first character was Mr. Toad.
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She encouraged any artistic impulse I had, and my father discouraged any artistic impulse I had. They took out their problems with each other on me and my sister.
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The down side of Americans being obsessed with pop culture is that they kind of like it light.
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Their scrambled attention spans struck me as a metaphor for the way we get our doses of reality these days.
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Then I abandoned comics for fine art because I had some romantic vision of being like Vincent Van Gogh Jr.
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Unfortunately what came out of it was also kind of an imitation community with a lot of mindless conformity.
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Well, I've done a lot of strips since I've been here about Zippy and me being in Connecticut.
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What I do is draw but if you make an animated feature obviously it takes a whole team of people, and Zippy is my work. I felt that turning it over to a team of people would be wrong.
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When drugs came around I sampled them just like anybody else but I never became dependent creatively on drugs; like various cartoonists in the underground never did anything if they weren't stoned, That was the prerequisite for sitting down and drawing.
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When I was an art student in the early 60's before the acid scene began I was smoking pot just like anyone else who was an artist.
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Yes, but personally I was never a big acid head.
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Zippy accepts chaos as what it is, which is the real order of everything.
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Zippy is living in the moment.
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