9 Questions with Joe Foo
One of the most influential figures in the Detroit-area comics scene is Mr. Joe Foo. He’s the creator of Desmond’s Comic, an instructor at the the prestigious Center for Creative Studies and ringleader of the Draw Sucka! Draw! drink-n-draw group.
Who is better equipped, then, to help us tell a tale of Master Ichirou, the Shaolin cat, who is tasked with relating life’s lessons to a band of uppity kittens. In our story, Ichi instructs by telling the young kits of his encounter with the armored bear Gangtie Jutou.
Joe juggled his busy schedule to field nine zen questions from team Scratch…
Scratch9: What made you want to become an artist?
Joe Foo: I have no idea. Honestly, I don’t even remember when I started drawing; it was just something I always did. What made me want to become an artist? I think it was just something I was born to do. I have always wanted to draw and create.
Scratch9: Your story involves a Ichirou’s struggle with a bear. Have you ever struggled with a bear and, if so, what was the outcome?
Joe Foo: I guess if you want to speak metaphorically, the “bear” that I struggle with constantly is the fear that people won’t like my artwork. This fear leaves me paralyzed and immobile at times. It gets so bad that sometimes I don’t even want to start new projects.
However, if I let the fear take over me, I would never get to experience the great joy of being an artist. Like Gangtie Jutou had to remove his immobilizing armor, I had to shed the fear that people wouldn’t like my art and just take the chance. I had to face the fact that some people may not like my art, but there was a good chance that other people would. That is always a chance worth taking.
If you are not speaking metaphorically, then there was one time where I actually wrestled a black bear. If you think I look bad, you should see the bear.
Scratch9: Which of your behaviors is most catlike?
Joe Foo: I love sleeping. If I could sleep for 19 hours a day, I would.
Scratch9: What is the first thing kids should do if they want to become an artist?
Joe Foo: Draw every day. I would love to give a million tip and pieces of advice about life-drawing, gesturing, perspective, etc. However it all begins with the love of drawing. If you love drawing, you will draw every day. If you draw every day, you will love it more and get better at it.
Joe Foo: Pokemon is not available on Xbox. Sorry Microsoft… you’re not helping me catch them all.
Scratch9: What kind of a name is Foo? Honestly.
Joe Foo: It’s an easy name to remember. My full name is just six letters long, and three of those are the letter “o”.
Scratch9: What are you working on now?
Joe Foo: My ongoing project is Desmond’s Comic, which is a web comic about a wolverine that stars as the lead character in a popular video game series. The comic is all about fame and all of the troubles that accompany it. This comic updates every Tuesday at DesmondsComic.com. Feel free to stop by and comment, subscribe and share!
I am also working on a children’s comic called My Brother is an Idiot. It was a story that I wrote when I was in college. I recently dug it up and thought that it would make a great comic for children. So I am working on that now and hopefully it will be out very soon.
Scratch9: What is your dream project?
Joe Foo: I have a few answers to this question. Daredevil and Wolverine are characters I have a lot of fun drawing, so it would be a dream of mine to be able to draw a mini series for either of those characters in my style. However, the one thing I always go back to is Futurama. I would love to do Futurama comics in my own style. I am a big fan of the characters and think I could have a lot of fun working on such a book.
Scratch9: Where can our readers find you if they must know more about Joe Fooe?
Joe Foo: If readers really want to learn more about me, you can check out Desmond’s Comic at DesmondsComic.com . You can also check out my art website which is ArtAtJoes.com. I actually just got the blog on my website fixed, so I will be updating it more often. You can also follow me on Twitter at @JoeFoo22.
Everyone be sure to check out Desmond’s Comic for more of Joe’s awesome work. And stay tuned for 9 more questions from our fantastic anthology artists.