HAITAI SAND: “Children are really attracted to it because of its harmonious taste of nuts and sweetness.”

by Alex Robinson

by Alex Robinson

Alex Robinson claims that he doesn’t remember drawing this, but the kid’s t-shirt brings it all back to me.

There was an Insane Clown Posse merchandise table set up at SPACE in 2001. About an hour after the convention opened, a huge crowd of Juggalos (i.e., the line stretched all the way out the door) filed in, bought t-shirts, and left en masse. The merch guys packed up shortly after. I’ve never seen anything like it before or since.

Afterward, a bunch of cartoonists took over their table and started a big jam comic.

Sketch + Comedy

The completed jam described in the NPR piece.

This past winter, I was interviewed for a radio segment on NPR about the monthly comic jam nights at Green Brain Comics.

I’ve participated in countless jams over the years. I just really like doing them, and I’m fortunate to know so many cartoonishly inclined peers who will pick up a pen and jam with me; any time, any place.

I was in my twenties before I ever visited a comic book shop. I preferred TV to comics when I was a kid. My big childhood dream was to join an improv troupe or sketch comedy ensemble. I prepared for this by trying out for every school play. Whenever I flunked an audition, I’d mope around the theatre until someone gave me something to do. This typically ended up involving laying out program booklets or designing posters. Ultimately, I failed enough auditions to become a professional graphic designer.

Eventually, it clicked that I didn’t have to go onstage to do comedy, I could draw comics instead. Jam comics satisfy my desire to improvise within a group of funny people. The gang of regulars turn out for jam night each month is an improv troupe of sorts. We just draw instead of act.

Which is not to say I won’t act, when offered the chance.

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