Age and occupation. How long have you lived here, where did you come from, and where do you live now?
Artist. I have been in NYC for about 7 or 8 years. East Cleveland is my home town.
Three for You
1. Graphic novels are being praised and regarded quite highly these days (evidenced by McSweeney's, issue 13, guest edited by Chris Ware), and comic books are being made into movies at the rate of about two a year (source: none). For the laymen, what's the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel?
In a nutshell, a comic has under 100 pages. Most are about 22. Graphic novels are over 100 and most have a self contained story. Think of a novel with way more pictures.
2. There are two of us who run this interview feature. One of us is tall with glasses, the other has brown hair and is wicked awesome. Any chance we can get you to quickly sketch what you think we look like so we can post it here?
Here: "Glasses" and "Brown".
3. The book you illustrated, the NYC-centric "The Festering Season," is quite critical of the NYPD. Can you describe the cause of your criticism? And have you heard anything from the NYPD about the book?
Well, I just drew it and did the designs. Kevin Tinsley wrote the graphic novel. I have not heard or read anything about the book with the police in mind. I just hear about how hot Rene (the main character) is. I guess that's a compliment.
Please share a personal (and hopefully interesting) NYC taxi story.
I once got in a cab with a small lake of puke in it. That sucked. Another time I got in and sitting there was a hot red head in the back naked! It was awesome. She was all over me...just joking. But the lake of puke was real.
Time travel question: What era, day or event in New York's history would you like to re-live?
1738, but I would keep all my art supplies and start drawing stuff. I would totally change comics today since I don't think comics were around back then. Superman and Spider-man would be lovers, totally changing what we read now. Wouldn't that be awesome? Maybe not...
9pm, Wednesday - what are you doing?
Working on some pages of Voltron issue 9. Listening to Roxette. Drinking beer. Updating my web site, timsmith3.com.
What's your New York motto?
I don't have one.
Best celebrity sighting in New York, or personal experience with one if you're that type.
I slammed into Uma Truman and Ethan Hawke. I was walking around in Times Square and I was not looking. At the last second I ran into two people. When I looked up to say, "sorry bout that", it was them. She smiled, he smiled. I just looked at them like "that was awesome."
Describe that low, low moment when you thought you just might have to leave NYC for good.
When I looked in a trash can on 23rd and 6th ave for something to eat and went to sleep in Madison Square park, looking up at that clock. Those was tough days and I slept where I could, mostly in a friend's apartment. But sometimes I had to sleep outside. I really wanted to make it in the big city.
Just after midnight on a Saturday - what are you doing?
Playing video games. Final Fantasy 11 right now.
What's the most expensive thing in your wardrobe?
Wow, uuummmm, I don't know! my glasses? No, no, no... it's the shirt with my heart on my sleeve. Aaawwweeee, that was sweet, right?
Where do you summer?
In the bathroom. All the time.
Who do you consider to be the greatest New Yorker of all-time?
No one. Well, uumm, let's see... no one. OK, I like the statues. Really. I spend more time looking at them than anyone.
What was your best dining experience in NYC?
When my friend and I would get Chinese food way down in Chinatown and eat on the sidewalk and drink 40's. That was awesome, cause the food was better than any place in the city, low cost, and he taught me how to order in Chinese.
Just how much do you really love New York?
A lot. I like the people. I hate the smell. I hate the people. I like the city 100%.
What happened the last time you went to L.A.?
I looked in the sky and saw the Goodyear blimp. It said "Tim Smith 3's A Pimp!" Man that was an awesome summer. Just like the bathroom at home.
Medication: What and how much do you take?
I try to drink 2 cans of beer a day. But the doctor said 3. What does he know!
Of all the movies made about (or highly associated with) New York, what role would you have liked to be cast in?
The crazy kung-fu, African master that everyone thinks is crazy cause he keeps saying "the monsters are coming, the monsters are coming!" and at the end they do! And i get all kung-fu zulu on their ass! And everyone loves me in the end.
If you could change one thing about New York, what would it be?
Body slam the buildings and let the sky in! I forgot what a cloud looks like.
The End of The World is finally happening. What are you going to do with your last 24 hours in NYC?
Dude, I just freak'n told you!!! I get all kung-fu zulu on their ass, man!! Wasn't you listening to me? I gotta go. I have to take my medication...