Tony Millionaire speaks tomorrow

“I drink a lot and you’ve got to write
about what you know”

“When I started drawing this comic it was 1993 or 1994, it was the middle of a blizzard, I was getting kicked out of my apartment because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to pay the rent,” says Tony Millionaire (aka Scott Richardson), who will talk about his comic strip “Maakies,” his “Sock Monkey” books and various other shenanigans during a one-night Gloucester Writers Center exhibit of his drawings at the Harbor Room, 8 Norwood Court, Gloucester, Massachusetts, at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, June 2. He grew up in Marlboro, Gloucester and Manchester, Massachusetts, but now resides in Pasadena, California. Admission is $10.

“I was sleeping on my friend’s couch, not even the couch, I was sleeping on one of those round quilted rugs. And I was drinking and drinking and drinking and I started drawing a little crow blowing his brains out because I was so depressed. So then people really loved it. Like ‘Oh, man, do another comic about Drinky Crow blowing his brains out.’ And so it just took off. Then when I started drawing the comic strip I was going to call it ‘Drinky Crow,’ but I didn’t I didn’t know what the strip was going to end up being—always about drinking or whatever? I didn’t want to limit myself. So I named it a nonsensical name: ‘Maakies.’ A friend of mine made it up for me.”

“What I ended up doing is I drink a lot and you’ve got to write about what you know and you’ve got to write about stuff from your own life if you want it to be funny and feel real. So anything that’s funny to me I put in the comic strip. And that works beautifully. That’s my advice to anybody: if you’re ever going to write something write about stuff that’s funny or interesting to yourself and then you’ll never lose.”

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