Classically trained illustrator-turned-cartoonist Tony Millionaire visited the world famous CBR Yacht at Comic-Con International in San Diego to talk with CBR TV’s Jonah Weiland about upcoming projects, influences from his past and more. As the child of two professional artists, it was only natural that he attend art school, but he says his grandparents actually trained him and provided the spark that made him want to become an illustrator. He also explains the transition from printed comic strips to online ones, and how he really grew his audience after embracing new technologies and social media.
Millionaire also touches on the in-development film adaptation of “Sock Monkey.” “It’s almost like what I would have drawn, had I had a live sock monkey,” he said of the animal style, which blends a live-action puppet and puppeteer, with CGI appendages and environments.
Millionaire finishes with some thoughts on his approach to writing and his intended audience. “It’s sort of aimed at kids, but not really. It’s sort of aimed at hipsters who remember being kids. It’s also aimed at adults. And then you take out all the swearing and the booze out of it, and you’ve got a good story, and kids read and go, ‘That’s a great story.’ So when I do my stuff I don’t try to make something for kids, I make a story for anybody to read, take out all the really disgusting parts and bingo.”
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