FEATURING CARTOONIST, KENNETH JAVIER

CREATOR OF THE WEBCOMIC SERIES “GOING VIRAL”

IN THIS COMEDY STRIP, we have a character named “Ricky”, who seems to always find himself in the most awkward of situations. Kenneth, can you better explain this strip for us?

Sure thing, have you ever had one of those moments when you’re in a conversation and then suddenly someone jumps in with an awkward comment? It’s so awkward that in your head you’re thinking “am I really hearing this?” It’s so out there that it brings the conversation to a complete stop and just leaves you speechless. If your answer is yes, then Ricky will instantly remind you of someone you’ve encountered that just doesn’t quite fit. If your answer is no, then congratulations! You might be a Ricky. “Going Viral” documents those slices of awkward life where “one of these things are not like the other” in the form of conversation. The premise of the strip is that Ricky is the odd man out who tries to join a conversation but just doesn’t fit in. The idea is not to hate Ricky, but just remind us of those awkward moments that leave us shaking our heads.

Some people will notice that the comic uniquely mimics a YouTube clip. What’s your take on this?

The comic strip is a beloved format that is seen as the standard for comics, and today a YouTube clip can be used to share short comedy sketches, vines, and memes to a mass audience. I thought mashing both formats would help get my strips out there, and potentially go viral. Going Viral will be available in book format as well as weekly video clips. The ultimate goal is for fans to record reenactments of the strip verbatim and post them online. I hope to see this as a pop culture movement. Interesting, I’ve never seen this done.

Why did you choose a character like this?

I think we’ve all encountered a Ricky in our lives, or at times been Ricky. Being Ricky or knowing a Ricky is not a bad thing. I don’t think anyone wakes up in the morning hoping to say something out-of-place or awkward, but unfortunately it happens. We have to be able to laugh at ourselves in those cringe moments in our life. Many cartoonists draw from personal experiences.

Do you see yourself doing the same?

Growing up I had many awkward Ricky conversation moments, that I was embarrassed of, coming from my mouth. No one wants to be the odd one out, but you can’t sit alone in solitude waiting for things to change. You have to change things yourself, and learn to become comfortable with who you are.

Now I know this isn’t your first baby so to speak, what are your overall plans?

Yes, for now weekly posts of strips will be on Kennethdraws.com as well as ComicIndie.com, search for 8SB Pro on YouTube. Eventually I’llhave a bi-annual book online and in print. Great! Do you ever see yourself doing this professionally? Of course. Right now I do it for the love of the game, and if or when this or any of my other projects lift off, I look forward to sharing more creations.

Alex A. Ayala Written by:

Writer, artist and Founder for Comic Indie, with a passion for the art of storytelling, art, and entertainment. By day he works as a Systems Engineer, and by night flying through the universe of Indie Comics.

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