Today’s Guest: Nate Fakes, cartoonist, “Break of Day”
With a name like that, he’s pretty much got to be funny, right?
Fakes is the creator of “Break of Day,” a syndicated, single-panel daily comic strip in the mode of “The Far Side” or “Bizarro.” As are most successful newspaper comics, it is drawn in a style that is instantly recognizable and has a voice that is all Fake — I mean Fakes.
NATE FAKES podcast excerpt: “Ever since I’ve had a box of Crayons, I’ve been drawing.”
Three-hundred and sixty-five days a year, Fakes has to come up with a fresh gag that will evoke a smile, a chuckle, a belly laugh or even a declaration of “That’s what I’m talkin’ about!”
I imagine there are days when it’s easy, when inspiration comes from all around.
And then there are probably days when his job seems like the worst possible way to earn a living in the world. An impossible task with no daylight ahead.
Complicating the work of the single-panel cartoonist is the lack of ongoing characters or storyline; unlike Rat and Pig in “Pearls Before Swine,” for example, Fakes can’t unfold a story over the course of a week, can’t demonstrate character development, or even stick with a single character.
Maybe that’s why he’s also broadening his palate with an in-development graphic novel for young people called “Don Giovanni.”
Oh, and one more thing you should know about Nate Fakes: he’s based right here in the NEW new media capitol of the world, St. Petersburg, Florida.