Has working with cartoon allowed you to express more things than comics, or is it more limited because of the cost of making a cartoon? What are your best memories of this work, and what was it like seeing your characters come to life?
Strangely, a memory that popped to mind was me laying on the floor of the Oslo apartment where I was staying, doodling story sketches for the team to see the next day. I was really in the zone, times like that can be pure bliss. Also, one night having a really great, drunken jam session with Eric and our voice actor, Ingrid. That time was just so great for me. Or seeing the animation while the two main animators were still working on scenes. I was just blown away by the care and expertise that was involved…
It was moving?
Yes, just the level of quality was so overwhelming. I really was so fortunate to end up with all those incredible Norwegians! And of course the wonderful Mike Patton. He and I were the only non- Norwegians on the team.
Do you have a regret, something that you would like to improve or change now, looking back at your work?
Just lots of things I would do differently next time. I try not to fret over mistakes, I’m always on to the next thing and applying what I’ve learned. Maybe there are some regrets that don’t have to do with my creative work, like some personnel choices that ended up being disastrous, that sort of thing. That’s really the producer part of me. I was a total bumpkin and hadn’t learned how to spot the rats on the ship. But again, that’s stuff I’ll apply next time.