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BT: How do you think message boards have changed the way we interact with strangers, especially romantically?
JW: People feel less inhibited, so they’re more likely to be honest — or they’re more likely to lie. It’s easy to embellish or to censor yourself online, creating an online persona that’s different from real life, so it’s probably more deceptive than honest. I’m not sure about the romantic aspect though; it’s not an outlet I’ve forayed into.
BT: What was it like to edit a collection of other peoples’ comics, rather than just your own?
JW: It’s frustrating and time consuming, and I will never do it again.
BT: How did you solicit submissions? Did you reach out to specific artists that you like?
JW: I handpicked about half of the artists, and the rest were open call. I wanted the book to have a lot of variety, and not just be my specific choices.
BT: The last panel of the book reads: “It’s a fine line between ‘hopeless romantic’ and ‘creepy'” — what do you think differentiates one from the other?
JW: Most advances made by strangers in public situations like that are unwanted. Most people know this; however, there are some people who are completely oblivious to it, and think that just because they made eye contact with someone or thought a stranger was attractive justifies an advance, whether in person or online. The vast majority of those are just creepy.