Authors: Drake Emko & Jen Brodzik
We are just a couple of humans who think the idea of animals
working in a high-tech office setting is really
funny. When not drawing cartoons, Drake is a Java
programmer and plays the bass.
Jen is a massage therapist who
can also bake a mean cookie.
We live in Gainesville, Florida, where the people are
mellow and the weather is hot and muggy, just the way we
Here's how we make the Hackles cartoon: First, one or both
of us will come up with an idea for a strip. Ideas usually
come in the shower or during coffee-induced moments of
clarity. Then Drake sketches and inks the cartoons, using
a felt tip pen and 8.5x11" paper. Next, Jen scans the
images into PNG
format and loads them into the Gimp (GNU Image
Manipulation Program). She creates the mouse-drawn
graphics and does the coloring, lettering,
cutting/pasting, and fixing-up each strip needs. For a
more detailed description of this process, look
If, for some crazy reason, you want to see pictures of us
and our friends doing stuff, you can check out our
photo gallery. We plan to update it
every once in a while.
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