An interview with Brian Bohely , creator of Cheaply Drawn Kids. Warning – may contain spoilers and NSFW!
Space Lincoln: Cheaply Drawn Kids is largely inspired by music – especially punk. Who’s your favorite punk band? And, more importantly, who’s your favorite poser punk band?
Brian Bohely: It’s easier to answer the poser question, which would be Rancid. I mean, sure punk is all about freeform aggression and change, but since when does Reggae fit into that? Fortunately Tim Armstrong’s side project The Transplants were excellent, and Out Come the Wolves is a classic album, but as for being “punk”, a skinny singer with a mohawk punk does not make.
Favorite punk band, however, is more complicated. Obviously Bad Brains, The Exploited, stuff like that, but I’ll always have a soft spot for Dead Kenndys because of both Tony Hawk Pro Skater and this one dude Jiron from when I was in the military. He would do coke and scream about the meanings of the songs. None of what he said had any actual coherence, but it made me love them so much.
Oh…I also hate the Ramones, just wanted you to know that.
SL: You have quite a lot of stalking references in your comic. Seeing as how it’s partially based on your personal life, can you tell us if you’ve been stalked irl? Cyberstalking counts, too.
Brian Bohely: There was this girl at work, let’s call her…rubenesque. She was apparently crushing on me hard and wanted to know literally everything about me. So she went so far as to find my cancelled account on myspace and would ask me things that happened before I even met my ex-wife. I was unaware of it, but everyone else was, and they would egg her on, telling her when I was getting a haircut or about to go to the store after work (I have an over sharing problem).
Things got weird when I invited her to that same party that’s featured in the current Kyoko story. She was there just to sleep with me, but I was all over the girl Kyoko was based on. So she got black out drunk, and tried to sleep with all of my friends, resulting in her getting with one of my future characters, who you will find out is impotent due to some disturbing reasons (no spoiler) and falling face first into the street.
I’m not sure if that’s really stalking, but Diane was sort of a shock creation.
SL: Who is this mysterious Kid Sunshine? Justin Bieber’s slow half-cousin, perhaps?
Brian Bohely: He’s every Disney created ass burglar mixed into one. Actually, remember the Simpsons episode mocking American Idol and there was that super clean cut kid that Homer ended up managing? That’s him.
I didn’t realize you guys would remember him! I do have a future storyline vaguely planned where the boys create a band (DOMOPT). He’ll be there now. Thank you for giving me extra content!
SL: Only one of the Cheaply Drawn Kids has “normal” hair. Cord sports a blue mohawk for a large portion of the comic, Benji has a sparse combover, Annie has a penchant for purple locks, and Diana has a “jew fro”. We can only assume that you flaunt a beehive ‘do with hipster steps shaved into the sides. Are we wrong?
Brian Bohely: Well you aren’t anymore! I was wondering what to do when my hair got longer!
As for hairstyles, the guy Cord is based on once had a big blue Mohawk. But it wasn’t a Mohawk persay, just a giant freaking cowlick that he dyed. And Annie’s style is basically whatever I think is sexy at the moment. Diane is based on my ex-wife’s monsterously unmanageable hair. My hair is closer to K’s, although I myself enjoy a pompadour on occasion. Right now I look like Charlie Bucket.
SL: You reference various ex girlfriends throughout the comic – have any of them read it? Do you ever regret exposing their crazy ways?
Brian Bohely: All of my ex-girlfriends are dead.
I’m kidding. The current story was actually co-written (read: edited to make herself look better) by the ex it’s based on. We’re still somewhat friends. Annie is based on one of my big exes, but she’s gone now, long vanished into the ether of obscurity. I would KILL to have her read this, but Dog knows what happened to her. Leigha, the girl who was kidnapped by Diane, actually recently came back into my life, but she hasn’t read anything yet. I hope she does and I hope she smacks me because of it.
As for regret, they shouldn’t’ve done me wrong!
SL: What is K’s real name? Will the world ever know? Judging by the recent sci-fi shift in the comic, we’re guessing that many mysteries will be unraveled in due time.
Brian Bohely: K’s name is but a mystery wrapped in an enigma boxed with the packing peanuts of ambiguity!
The world actually already knows, but only like 5 people on deviantart know. I’ll tell you it has something to do with a Johnny Cash song.
But if your also wondering about any of those scifi mysteries coming up, I can tell you things may get wibbly wobbly (wink wink)