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We recently had a chat with cartoonist Simon Hanselmann about being useless, the running shoes his mother bought him, his "inability to cope with reality" and a bunch of other intellectual things like showering less. Head over to Hanselmann's Tumblr to discover more.


How did you get started?

An inability to cope with reality drove me to lose myself in a cheaply produced world of fantasy from which I have never escaped.

Where do you find inspiration?

Squalor, discomfort, western privilege.

What risk would you take if you knew you could not fail?

Gender reassignment surgery.

What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?

My mother buying me the bullshit running shoes I wanted for the athletics carnival. It was special because she used her allotted drug money to buy them and spent the next few days suffering horrible withdrawals.

When was the last time you tried something new?

A few weeks ago. It's far too brutal and disgusting to discuss in public.

Whose life do you believe you’ve had the biggest impact on?

Nobody. I am a "Cartoonist". We are inherently useless. A blight on otherwise sensible and productive society.


What are you currently working on?

My weekly strip for Vice, a bunch of foreign language editions, a bunch of stuff for anthologies, a bunch of new shorter books, a long book, a bunch of mini comics, a 7" with my band, a bunch of other stuff. "Too much".

What's the most challenging thing you've ever created?

I don't think I've made that piece yet... I always take the easy road. I could do a lot better if I could finally phase out eating and showering. My goal is to be off food by 2017.

What is something you believe that almost nobody agrees with you on?

I am the most beautiful woman in the world.

What's the next big step you feel you need to take in your career?

To stop being such a manic, unhealthy douche bag and learn better time management / compartmentalisation skills. I get way too anxious about stuff and I'll never make it in "TV" like that.