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We here at BizarroComics Blog caught up with cartoonist Dan Piraro in his Los Angeles hideaway for an exclusive interview about his career.
BCB: What makes you so cool?
DP: Gosh, am I cool? Thanks, I don’t really think of myself as cool. I’m just me.(makes “aw, shucks” face)
BCB: How do you keep your hair so thick, shiny, and healthy looking?
DP: I use a shampoo/conditioner combo that I bought at a drug store. Since I bought it at a drug store, I tried to smoke it but it made me kind of sick, so now I just use it on my hair.
BCB: What was the hardest part about doing the cartoon posted here about a wolf?
DP: Getting him to pose in an anthropomorphic stance like that. He bit me several times during the modeling process.
BCB: Do you draw all of your cartoons from live models?
DP: Yes. I do my cartoons as close as possible to the way Renaissance cartoonists did it. I even make my own paper and ink. Take the cartoon about the shrink’s advice; the man playing the doc is Bob Abrahams, a neighbor of mine here in Hollywood who used to be a sound engineer for television. I cast him because he has a great “psychiatrist voice.” The patient is played by my dentist, Dr. Floyd Payne.
BCB: You’ve been in LA for over six months now, yet your teeth are still the color of human teeth. Do you plan to get them whitened?
DP: I can’t really afford it at the moment, so I’m going to try to get away with it a little longer. I understand that after you establish residency in Los Angeles, you have 30 days to get your driver’s license switched over and get your teeth whitened. I just hope I don’t get stopped by a cop on either count.
BCB: Is this cartoon about the valet parkers drawn from an actual stand here in LA?
DP: No. I found these guys in Minnesota while visiting the Mayo Clinic recently.
BCB: Mayo Clinic? Are you all right?
DP: My legs were making strange noises when I walked and local doctors couldn’t figure it out so they sent me there. Turns out it was just the corduroy pants I was wearing, rubbing together. They gave me a pair of cotton twill pants and it solved the problem.