Rob DenBleyker is one of the artistic geniuses behind the internet comic Cyanide & Happiness. After months of carefully analyzing his erection and murder filled comics, The Leaky Wiki managed to track down his hideout and Seal Team Sixed our way inside. The following is an enhanced interrogation of Rob.
TLW: What does the term ‘internet famous’ mean to you?
RD: Not much, actually. I don't think of myself as famous, I think of myself as someone who writes famous things. When I think "famous" I think getting recognized in the street.
TLW: When did you first start making comics
RD: I've been drawing comics since I was in 4th grade. My parents used to buy me legal sized paper which I'd fold in half and and staple to create full comic books. Since it was folded, it helped to plan where the story was going since you had a set number of pages. I never did this. All of my stories had crappy abrupt endings.
TLW: If you could change the law to make one thing illegal and one thing legal, what would they be?
RD: Marijuana should probably be decriminalized and posting "first" on the Internet should be made a felony.
TLW: Did you see yourself where you're at now before you started?
RD: Not at all. I'm still blown away that I get to do this as a full time job. I'd always secretly hoped, but I'm still surprised that it happened.
TLW: What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
RD: Entertain yourself and your friends. Don't try to guess or calculate what's funny to a certain group. It sounds cliche, but you have to just be yourself when you write or it won't feel right to the reader.
TLW: Do you read satire? How about watching any shows?
RD: I'm currently really into The Walking Dead.
TLW: Give us a little laugh, What's the funniest moment you've experienced?
RD: We were all in Los Angeles working on animated content for a TV pitch in our hotel room at 3 in the morning, and I kinda got sidetracked on "The Man Who Could Sit Anywhere" and created an alternate cut of it that made all of us cry laughing. Look it up, it's on YouTube. [Link to video here]
TLW: After a bloody, decade-long bloodless coup you become the iron-fisted dictator of your own country. What do you do?
RD: Two chicks at the same time.
TLW: Where do you see yourself in five years time? D: Still doing things online.
RD: If not Cyanide & Happiness, then the next big thing.
You can see Rob’s comics at explosm.net.