There’s a part of me that wants to constantly relive that because when you’re a teenager your emotions are so raw. You think you have everything figured out, but you’re also so lost and frustrated. I just find it fascinating, and I’m trying to organize that time of my life on paper.
But this is what has pushed me into the arms of prose fiction: I am so tired of producing graphic novels. I’ll never leave comics. It’ll be more like a shared custody thing… but since I made the choice to split my time it’s made me a lot happier.
In this in-depth interview, Mort Walker talks about growing up during the Great Depression, serving in the military, developing risque versions of his characters for overseas publishers, founding a comics art museum housed in a concrete castle, raising 10 kids, and much more.