Interview with Eric Powell • Artist, Creator of “The Goon”

SM: What advice would you give a man trying to rail against a growing darkness?

EP:Be vigilant but don’t get too obsessed that you can’t enjoy a nice piece of pie.

SM: When was the last time you had an epiphany?

EP: I’m still waiting.

SM: When was the last time you felt really, really right about an action you were taking?

EP:I’m still waiting.

SM:If you were to illustrate yourself living a life drastically different than your current one, what would you be sure to include?

EP:Selfless acts of courage and countless sexual encounters with trashy voluptuous women.

SM:Please indulge us with an anecdote.

EP:One time at a convention a cute young lady came up and asked me to do a drawing of her. I did my best. Behind her a toothless (not completely, I think she had two) old lady with thinning hair came up and asked me to draw her. I couldn’t just draw her. She was hideous. I drew a generic woman’s face in her 40’s. She took the drawing and with a scowl said, “You had to show my age, didn’t you!”

SM:What would you like to be the last sound you hear on your last day on earth?

EP:My kids.

SM:Please describe an impressionable moment from childhood.

EP:First day of kindergarten the teacher tells everyone to pick up the toys. To be nice, I go over to a boy and start to help him pick up his toys. He angrily grabs my hand and jerks the toy out. Since that day I’ve hated all of humanity and strive to lead a life of pure evil. BWA-HA-HA!!

SM:What was your last encounter with a lunatic?

EP:I talk to several every day on the phone.

SM:When was the last time you felt a sense of being overwhelmed by an idea?

EP:Being a teenager and reading Arthur C. Clarke.

SM:What was the first thing you saw when you opened your door this morning?