Trashed concerns the comedic adventures of a bunch of garbage collectors. SOLD!
My Friend Dahmer—about Derf’s high school friendship with the future serial killer—has become, as the author notes, something of a minor classic, and he’ll never really top it—and he’s okay with that.
I always knew that MFD would be my best-known work, if I could only convince someone to publish it (and if I could teach myself how to write and draw this graphic novel stuff, which admittedly took awhile). As much as anything, that’s why I put out a couple entirely different books first, just so I’d have a body of work prior to MFD. And from my perspective, it’s better to have a best-known work than to not have one, so it’s not like I’m complaining! Trashed is right in my wheelhouse: another raucous, Rustbelt Epic chock full of smalltown weirdoes and stomach-churning comedy. Of all my work, I think Trashed is the most universally beloved. Obviously, I love it too, since I keep going back to it.
This, friends, is the dream scenario for any webcomic. Do good work, and interest a publisher in releasing it as a book.
You here that kids? A cartoonist with a happy story.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.