Kit lively is a regular contributor to MAD, National lampoon and cracked he stopped by to give us the insight on his slightly twisted sense of humor and how he became a cartoonist for some of the biggest funny magazines.
Q) How did you get your start as a cartoonist?
I began making my own humor magazines as a kid, and this continued through high school and into college (although the level of humor remained much the same, as it does to this day). The college magazine was published through the school, but then there were complaints from unsuspecting readers and I was told to please stop. Instead I began to publish the magazine myself, and sent the issues to Joe Bob Briggs, who gave it a good review in his magazine, and began to publish my cartoons in his magazine
as well. Soon I stopped publishing my magazine, and began to instead contribute material to other publications, which
was preferable (ie, I’m extremely lazy).
Q) Do you come up with cartoons and then try to sell them or do you try to craft them with the
publisher in mind?
At one point early on I tried to come up with a specific type of material for specific types of magazines, but ultimately it didn’t
work, and I didn’t like what I was coming up with. It works better for me if I just come up with stuff that I think is funny, and then hopefully find a suitable publication. I usually send stuff to the same places on a regular basis, which I already know fit with my sense of humor (for lack of a better word).
Yep! And by Hustler!! That’s a real badge of honor for me, I have to admit.
Q) How do you think that you sense of humor got developed, what materials did you watch or read growing up?
Definitely MAD and National Lampoon. They both not only made me want to become a cartoonist/humor writer (damn them), but also definitely formed the sense of humor that I still have today (ie, the type that makes my wife leery about taking me to her work parties).
Q) Any tips for breaking into the business as a cartoonist?
Kind of, but it’s the same clichéd answer I heard other cartoonists saying when I was growing up: You have to really love it, and be obsessed in almost a crazed stalker kind of way, to make it work even a little bit. But if you really do love it, don’t let that scare you off.
They could check out www.kitlively.com, but it’s really pretty much a mess right now. I’m in the process of updating it, but there are some cartoon galleries to look through. I’ve been writing for and collaborating with other cartoonists recently, and haven’t been updating my site as much as I should.
Also, Bear Manor Media just published a collection of my cartoons, and folks can take a look at that at http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=246,
or at Amazon and other online booksellers.
Final four questions –we ask everybody
Q) When the zombies take over the world where will you be?
As a practicing cannibal, I’ll finally be able to roam the streets at my leisure and chow down to my heart’s content. And I’ll be popping severed skin tags like they’re fleshy Tic-Tacs.
Q) Jedi, Ninja, vampire, were-wolf, pirate, fairy or Spartan?
The gopher from Caddyshack, but a ninja-vampire version of same.
Q) What piece of art, be it in the form of music, a book, a film or picture, do you think people must
experience before they die?
The season three Christmas episode of Growing Pains. You will believe that a character named
Boner can experience a Christmas miracle.
Q) Give one fact that most people would not believe about you?
Much to my shame and public embarrassment, I’ve never seen a single episode of Growing Pains, which from what I hear is a fine example of classic 80’s television entertainment.