David DeGrand somehow manages to make a meager living as a cartoonist. After struggling for years showing his cartoon art in galleries and making no money, his first big break came when his work appeared in SpongeBob Comics. Since then he has done work for MAD Magazine, Weekly Humorist, Random House, HarperCollins, Workman Publishing, and BOOM! Studios among others. His biggest inspirations are old cartoons and weird horror movies.
1. What’s been keeping you up at night?
When my two young sons aren’t doing it it’s my own brain that insists on trying to ponder every single impossible question at 2:00 am. For some reason, nighttime is when my mind is the most active with crazy ideas, so I’m constantly battling the need for sleep versus the desire to write or draw.
2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?
Monster movies are my favorite pop culture junk food, so Godzilla: King of the Monsters was awesome. I also really enjoyed the Child’s Play remake, much to my surprise.
3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?
I’m working on my first graphic novel that’s basically an excuse to indulge in my love for the aforementioned monster movies I love while also making fun of toxic fanboy culture. It’s an idea I’ve been tinkering with for years and I look forward to finally getting it out of my system and unleashed onto the world. I’m also working on a kid’s book for Workman Publishing with my longtime friend and fellow MAD Magazine contributor Kit Lively that will allow us to infect young minds with our weirdness.
4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead to your team, who would it be?
My dream team of creatives would be Jim Henson, Don Martin, Mark Mothersbaugh, Harvey Kurtzman, Stanley Kubrick, and John Waters. I have no idea what we would create together and it would probably be a nightmare trying to have everyone get along but it’s fun to think about.
5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?
Flop Sweat and Dr. Pepper
Check out more of his work at his website.