Interviewer Kristin Farr: Do you have any crazy fan mail stories?
Dan Clowes: Back in the old days, when I actually used to get mail, I got all kinds of crazy stuff. people would get pissed off at my comics. One time a guy ripped up all my comics and sent them to me. People would write and draw twenty-page stories about coming to my house and killing me.
Clowes: Yeah, in fact that guy David Choe did a story about coming to my house and beating me up. After he got all his Facebook money, I was trying to figure out if I could sue him for like, eight million dollars, retroactively. [laughs].
KF: Was it a joke about envying your skills or something?
Clowes: I don't know. At the time I'd never heard of him. He was just some art student.
[sadly nothing remotely this interesting ever made it into Clowes and Terry Zwigoff's DOA film Art School Confidential which was a fictional ripoff of many themes and philosophies shared by R. Crumb in the Zwigoff biography of Crumb.But of course dumbed down, unfunny, and with no characters even close to as interesting as Crumb himself.]
But if anyone has any doubt about whether Choe is actually a fan of Clowes, he in fact listed him among his many influences nearly a decade ago.
PopImage: On the flipside, what influence have more traditional comics had on your work?
Choe: Comic guys like: Dan Clowes, Peter Kuper, Al Colombia, Bill Sienkiewicz, Dave Cooper, Todd McFarlane (Hulk and Spider-Man days), Rob Liefeld (New Mutants days), Frank Miller, the Preacher guys are rad, Alan Moore is rad. All the Highwater guys, Brian Ralph and Jordan Crane.
Both David Choe (top) and Dan CLowes (bottom) support our righteous President Barack Obama.
Let's just hope he's still our President two weeks from now. (Nov. 6, 2012)