THE CARTOONIST STUDIO: What time do you wake up?
MICHAEL JANTZE: 6 a.m.
TCS: What’s for breakfast?
MJ: Yogurt, rice and coffee, not in that order.
TCS: What do you do first? Write?
MJ: Mondays are writing days...nothing else. If I have time, I'll go to breakfast, have a plate of eggs and then sit for a few hours ... alone with no phone or computer.
MJ: I like drawing, but it takes forever to get me to sit down and just do the work.
TCS: Answer emails?
MJ: God didn't invent Steve Jobs to not invent the iPhone. I do a lot of my office work during those short "down times", i.e. waiting in line to deposit my checks from clients and syndicate. Ha, ha.
TCS: Describe your method of creating a cartoon.
MJ: Paper stock is anything from copier paper to Strathmore.
TCS: Non-photo blue pencil?
MJ: Yes. I like the Col-erase 20044. It's not quite non-photo, so I can still see it.
TCS: Pen type?
MJ: For "The Norm" I had migrated to brushes...either a no. 1 or the Pentel Brush Pen (if I'm traveling). I letter with a Pigma Micron 05. For my new feature (as yet unreleased) I'm working with pen nibs, but I'm a big baby, so I'm back to Primsacolor Premier pen nibs and/or Pigma Micron 05. I'm working my mettle up to some Japanese nibs an art supplier gave me at a materials fair at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design).
TCS: Computer useage when creating a cartoon?
MJ: I've tried it...it's not as fun. And I don't care about speed when I'm drawing. I want it to be fun.
TCS: Computer useage when coloring a cartoon?
MJ: Yes! Photoshop works just fine.
TCS: What’s for lunch?
MJ: If I'm not teaching, a feast. If I'm at SCAD, the leftover feast...I bought a microwave for my office.
TCS: What’s your afternoon schedule?
MJ: When I'm home I take a nap. I LOVE naps. Then some chores like inking or emails.
TCS: Work after dinner?
MJ: Yes. If we're in production on animation it'll go deep into the night. If I'm in session at SCAD, I'll do some grading. When I'm just cartooning or writing, nights are family time.
TCS: Any unusual habits or hobbies--cartoon related or not?
MJ: Gardening. I find it to be the most calming thing...to take care of something that doesn't send emails or leave messages.