Wes Molebash is someone I discovered on the interwebs through his cartoons. If you haven’t seen his work, PLEASE go check out his site, where he makes Calvin and Hobbes look like finger painting. I had the privilege of getting to know Wes a bit as we bonded over our mutual disdain for The Bachelor. Chris Harrison may not know how to orchestrate love, but at least he can orchestrate friendships.
On his site, Wes draws about a variety of things, but the most impactful thing is how he represents his faith through his cartoons. It’s as honest as it is innovative.
If you would like to read more about his new book, Max vs. Max, then click here to check it out. If you can think of a better deal for $8 then you’re lying and you know it. So stop.
Five Questions About Wes
1. Wes, outside of promoting your ridiculous artistic talents, why do you blog?
I’ve been drawing comics and posting them on the web since 2004, but I’ve never been a big “blogger”. After ending my most recent semi-daily comic strip, Max vs. Max, I decided to take my cartoons in a little different direction. So I started WesDraws.com as a place to continue creating cartoons while also talking a little more in depth about stuff that interests me such as my faith, the art of cartooning, and other “geeky” stuff.
2. Talk a little bit about how you got into drawing.
I’ve been drawing since I was a kid. I’ve always loved it and had a passion for it. My parents encouraged it, as did my teachers, so it grew from that I suppose. My mom is an artist, so I grew up watching her do her art and I found it very inspiring.
3. Can you tell us a bit about Max vs. Max as well as any future projects you have going?
Max vs. Max is the story of a divorced guy named “Max”. He’s trying to put the pieces of his life back together in the wake of his failed marriage, and he’s trying to reconcile his guilt with his Christian faith. It sounds depressing, but I promise it’s really funny. Ha ha!
4. You and I have bonded over our mutual interest in the comedic value of The Bachelor. What is one thing you would change about the show to improve it?
Man, I don’t know that I’d change anything. It’s a terrible show, but the terrible-ness is what makes it so intriguing. Perhaps they could add more drama by bringing in the Bachelor’s ex-girlfriends to tell the ladies how he dumped them over the phone or something. I don’t know. Why mess with a good* thing?
*By “good” I mean “bad”.
5. Give us some other blogs you would recommend reading.
Besides the always hilarious www.KnoxMcCoy.com, I read Donald Miller’s blog (www.donmilleris.com) and Carlos Whittaker’s blog (www.ragamuffinsoul.com) every day.
Also check out www.TamaraOutLoud.com, Matt Cannon (www.theseekingpastor.wordpress.com), and Jamie the Very Worst Missionary (www.theveryworstmissionary.com).
Five Rapid Fire Questions About Wes
1. Favorite book? “Searching For God Knows What” by Donald Miller
2. Favorite television show? The Office
3. Favorite movie? Life As A House
4. Favorite fictional character? Harry Potter
5. Favorite Meal? The gorgonzola bistecca at Brio
Five Hypothetical Questions
1. In 5 years, time travel will not only be possible, but it will be commercialized. As such, you are invited to participate in the Laser Tag Championship of All-Time, which is no doubt sponsored by ESPN and Geico. Spanning recorded history, name the 3 people you would select for your team and why.
Easy. Here goes:
1) “Stormin’” Norman Schwarzkopf – He’s the beloved Army General that kicked @#$ and took names during the first Gulf War in Iraq. I want him on my team, and I want him calling the shots.
2) Aaron Burr – He shot and killed Alexander Hamilton. That takes guts as well as awesome aim because the guns back in 1804 were not known for being very precise.
3) Tony Danza – He’s the boss.
2. Aliens have launched an aggressive assault on planet earth with the intent to eradicate all human life. Through a miraculous chain of events, we have diplomatically convinced them to resolve our differences over control of the planet through a two-on-two basketball game to 21.
Through various methods of selection, you have miraculously been selected as one of the earthly representatives and given the authority to pick your teammate, with the only caveat being that you must pick any TV host personality (Regis Philbin, Jimmy Kimmel, Oprah, etc). Whom would you choose and why?
Montel Williams. Forgive me if that sounds stereotypical, but I get the feeling Montel knows how to ball.
3. Let’s assume you are a musician. An angel of the Lord visits you one night and tells you that you have two choices.
A.) You can be the most popular musician in the world, but anyone of intellectual significance will realize your music is really just crap. But your popularity means you will be unfathomably wealthy, famous, and the opinion of critics will have no adverse affect on you or your family.
B.) You can be a nobody musician while you are alive. You will literally have no fans outside of your family, but after you are dead, your work will be regarded as genius and you will be hailed as a prodigy. No one from your immediate family will ever be aware of this change in public opinion though.
Which scenario do you choose?
Call me shallow, but I’m going with option “one”. I’ve got bills to pay.
4. If, in the near future, your entrance into any restaurant, business, party, etc. could be prefaced by introduction music, what song would you choose and why?
“Sleep Now In The Fire” by Rage Against the Machine. The guitar riff in that jam is sure to get people looking my way.
5. Let’s assume that in the near future, scientists invent a dream DVR that records your nightly dreams with excruciating detail. They appear as though they were a HD television show each time you dream and no details are left out. The feelings, emotions, and action within your dreams are all expressed and contextualized properly.
However, the only way you can watch these dreams is if 10 of your closest friends / family assemble to watch your dreams with you. Do you agree to this?
Absolutely not. Ha ha!
Five Final Random Questions
1. Who would you cast as yourself in a movie based on your life?
2. If you were doomed to an eternity of listening to the same song every hour of the day, would you rather hear “Walking in Memphis.” “Roxanne,” or any Nickelback song?
Roxanne. I can handle The Police.
3. What is your biggest struggle with writing your blog?
Gaining an audience. I’m not trying to win a numbers game, but I feel that if more people see what I’m doing the higher the likelihood that something “big” will happen. What that would be exactly, I have no idea.
4. What is your biggest pipedream?
To play in the NBA. It’s not gonna happen. Mainly because I suck at basketball.
5. In 10 years, where do you hope to find yourself?
Hopefully the father to a couple kids and working on a huge animation project!