The characters Harry and Silvio go back about five years. I was doing my second picture book and felt like I needed some other artistic outlet, something even crazier than a picture book. I was reading both a lot of Krazy Kat comics and North American folklore, especially of the tall tale variety, and that was my initial inspiration. The character Maddy Kettle goes back at least thirteen years but she changed quite a bit by the time she met Harry and Silvio. I published these stories as minicomics, a format I've been using since high school and still one I love. This all happened just before I started blogging and I din't have much of a web presence then. Comic books were still discovered primarily through comic shops and conventions and just word of mouth.
The stories were quite different at the beginning. In an early review in Broken Pencil they described it as "stream of consciousness" which is pretty accurate. I had an idea and just made the stories up as I went. I actually miss creating comics this way but I think working hard on the stories and layout makes for far better comics.
I'd like to talk more about the minicomic scene in the 90's here at some point, because it was so vital and brought so many people together. And there just isn't a lot written about it. Because it was physical rather than digital it was dependant on other scenes, I would be selling my comics at punk shows, which created a really odd and interesting dynamic.