How did you get your start?
I was hired as an editor at Suck.com in 1995, wrote essays about online culture for them, and collaborated with their illustrator, Terry Colon, on a weekly cartoon that had 50k viewers a week—which was a ton in 1996.
What did you want to be "when you grew up"?
A movie star, so I could marry Harrison Ford.
What do you love most about your job?
It uses all of my strengths and weaknesses—mixed together!
What do you dislike about your job?
I am always running late on one deadline or another, so every hour of my day includes a "Do your homework!" panic to it.
What would you advise someone today?
Do what you love and believe in passionately. Whatever you're obsessed with, that you’re also embarrassed to tell people you love, might just point you to your passion.
How would you describe your style?
Soft clothing covered in dog hair. Yes, I work from home.
Name 3 characteristics required to do your job well.
Tenacity, blind faith, and an ability to tolerate bad first drafts.
How would you define success?
Working hard every day at a craft that makes you feel deeply connected to others and to your own strange gifts.