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reverendjack, June 9th, 2011, 2:05 am ( Reply )

- You guys don't need to know this bit of history - but I'mma tell it to you anyway.

Pip is a character that I've been 'borrowing' from my dad for as long as I can remember. He created Pip back when he was in high school either out of boredom, or because he was trying to impress some girl, or - actually, I don't really know why. Either way, he filled a stack of paper with comic strips featuring multiple Pips (there were even a couple of females) and a character named Purple Treefrog (PT for short).
There were like four or five strips per page - filled with jokes about pot, sex, dogshit, and venereal disease. As a child, I thought they were the greatest things ever drawn. My favorite ones featured Pip as Master of Ceremonies, with his suit and bowtie. And whenever he performed a magic trick, it would go horribly and embarassingly wrong.

When I started drawing comics with Ada Lee in them, I made Pip her manager. I like the idea that he's extremely nice (nicer than a lot of people) even though he's a demon. In the older stuff, Pip was the perfect straight-man to Ada's... crazy bitch (for lack of a better term - no really, i tried to think of one).

So yeah - I can't claim full responsibility for Pip. Sure, I've changed a lot of his personality, and how he looks - but Pip is my dad's character. I'm grateful that my dad 'lets' me draw him - and I'm eternally grateful for having my dad as a father.

Happy birthday, old man. :)

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Happy birthday, Jack's dad! You should post those Pip strips as a webcomic.

And I don't mind telling you, that Pop-1998 strip made me laugh so hard the wife asked me what was going on. POGS!

posted by Gibson Twist on June 9th, 2011, 3:12 am

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Heh....battery holder indeed.

Your dad sounds interesting. Happy birthday to him indeed. Also, he did a good job on inventing Pip, as you did adapting him to the comic. Good job, both of you.

posted by The_Hankerchief on June 9th, 2011, 4:28 am

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I think it's totally cool that you got Pip from your dad. Several of my characters are 'borrowed' from friends who let me have them, and Stabilizer is from a lot of what I've learned from my mom about psychology, so I can totally relate. Pip is fucking adorable, too.

posted by Antitime on June 9th, 2011, 3:55 pm

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Awesomeness. Happy birthday :O

...oh man pogs. Hahahaha.

posted by darkenergy on June 9th, 2011, 8:58 pm

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that's the coolest thing I ever heard

posted by Ian Evans on May 17th, 2017, 9:30 am

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