Q. What’s the significance of “Grickle” anyway? Does it mean anything in particular?
A. Grickle is a nickname, amongst a billion nicknames, that my father used for me as a kid. Pretty much every week he’d have new ones he’d be trying out on me and my sister. Grickle is the one that really stuck with me. When I put together the first self-published booklet of short stories I was really perplexed as to what to title the whole thing. Grickle just felt right. And it still does.
Q. Give me a little bit of background/biography. Where did you grow up? How did you get interested in art and comics?What made you decide to take the leap into becoming a professional cartoonist?
A. I grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Basically at the Northern tip of Michigan on the Canadian side. From an early age I’ve been a hoarder of books. Especially paperback collections. I had stacks and stacks of Peanuts and Archie digests. I think a lot of that stuff affected my brain. When I was about to graduate from high school I was seriously considering going into biology. But as I was looking over my science books I realized they were almost all illegibly covered in doodles. I decided at that point that I’d try and pursue cartoons instead.