"That’s when I start to know when I’m off to the races—when I’m in love again. And it’s not in love with an idea. I’m in love with a character. A character just did something on a page that made me sit up and go, “Now you’re becoming a dimensional human being to me, and I’m interested.”"
"I get interested in the forms, and I sculpt what I’m thinking about to see how objects are formed. I don’t let the details go by. I want everything defined that is out there. Some people say to me, don’t worry about that stuff, it’s the overall effect that counts. But to my way of thinking, the overall effect is the result of all those details."
"It’s surprising how hard we’ll work when the work is done just for ourselves. And with all due respect to John Stuart Mill, maybe utilitarianism is overrated. If I’ve learned one thing from being a cartoonist, it’s how important playing is to creativity and happiness. […] I still haven’t drawn the strip as long as it took me to get the job. To endure five years of rejection to get a job requires either a faith in oneself that borders on delusion, or a love of the work. I loved the work."