Tuesday, August 8, 2017
IAF 2017: interview with Fishball 阿鱼丸
Fishball 阿鱼丸 is one of the most popular Malaysian cartoonists on social media.
Check out her hilarious facebook page:
Her book with Maple Comics, My Giant Geek Boyfriend, is a best seller.
Even Heidi MacDonald and the Huffington Post wrote about her:
She will be boothing at IAF this weekend. Sadly, her giant nerd boyfriend won’t be here.
Details for IAF 2017:
Q: In a sentence, how would you describe My Giant Geek Boyfriend?
A: Height difference is not as fun as it seems.
Q: Is your boyfriend real?
A: Yes he is!
Q: What gave you the idea of doing a strip like this?
A: I like to record interesting things. I'm not good with words, hence I draw them out into strips.
Q: How / when / why did you start drawing cartoons?
A: Primary school, I think...?
Q: Who influence you? (pls don’t say it’s your boyfriend)
A: My dad.
Q: Who influence your style of comics?
A: Hergé and a lot of manga.
Q: Is your fan base more English or Chinese speaking?
Q: Is your fan base more local or foreign?
A: Foreign, somehow.
Q: Even my friend in the Philippines want me to get your book when you hawk your wares at IAF. What gives?
A: Yay come meet me for the book! :D
Q: Did you expect this level of success / infamy?
A: Nope, not at all...
Q: Was a conscious strategy to use social media to conquer the world?
A: Wait, I didn't know I had so much power in the first place!
Q: Is your boyfriend embarrassed of you?
Q: Are you embarrassed of your boyfriend?
A: Wait, why would I?
Q: Maple told me you do your own translation for your comics. Was it fun translating all the f*uck f*ck sh*t sh*t?
A: A lot of fun. So many variations of profanities!
Q: Why are your strips for mature readers only? My 7 year old niece is very disappointed her mom doesn't let her read Fishball. My sister told her only can eat fishball.
A: Duh, profanities. Please do enjoy fishballs, they are delicious.
Q: Do you say a lot of bad words in real life?
A: I do have the tendency to swear...
Q: Are you really that small size and is your boyfriend really that big?
A: I would say I am at an average height...? He's the one that's freakishly huge, haha.
Q: Is your boyfriend more famous than you?
A: Haha! Maybe!
Q: Why isn’t he coming to Singapore?
A: He couldn't fit in the bus seat hahahahaha! Nah, he's busy.
Q: Do you know how disappointed people will be?
A: Aww I'm sorry ):
Q: Are you looking forward to meeting your fans at IAF in Singapore?
Q: Finally, why do you call yourself fishball?
A: It's cute, easy to remember, and delicious.