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
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