Did you know they were cartooning classmates? Neither did we. Wonder what they talked about — if they ever did.
There was a handful of artists and we had a really big comics page for a college paper because it’s the second biggest college in the country and they have a great paper. Berke Breathed came out of there. He graduated from UT, and everyone wanted to be the next Berke Breathed. I wanted to be like Berkeley because his comic Bloom County was still running in our local paper, but syndicated. They would run it because he was a former student there. So that was our inspiration, but what a lot of people don’t know, the first four or five books that Chris put out, those were all the things that he’d done in college. That was his college work and it was so great. He would come in with these huge boards and he made all of us better artists because we had to be on the same page and he was just head and shoulders above all of us. Right around the time my art was getting a little better actually, I did [the movie “El] Mariachi” and got into moviemaking. His stuff was amazing. When I saw his first few books, it was like, “Yeah. That’s good.” He was already doing world-class work in college.