I'm not going to suggest I know a great deal about comics, or indeed about many things but If I like something you can be sure I'll gush about it all night. Artist/photographer/web developer (and probably 10 other things) Nate Beaty is incredible. Since I read BFF my life has been left behind as I trawl the internet to get my Beaty fix. Rather than to explain who he is and what he does, I decided to get him to answer that for me. Enjoy. How are you today? Drunk! Firstly, Could you introduce yourself to our readers? I am a drawing human who first started embarrassing himself with self-published drivel in 1995. In 1999 I fell in love with drawing comics and put pen to paper for my first comic zine using the moniker Brainfag. Can you remember why you decided to pick up a pencil for the first time to draw a cartoon? It's no different than writing, you don't have a choice. Either you scribble away or you go bonkers. Whats the story behind brainfag (name etc) and why did you decide to stop creating them? It's from an early 20th century Grape-Nuts ad with copy along thelines of "Feeling dyspeptic? Experiencing brainfag? Then you need aregimented diet of Grape-Nuts®!" I'm not sure how I found it in 1999, especially since I can't seem to track it down now that everything is available online, everywhere, at any time, from your pocket gadget. How important is the auto-bio style of comics to you? I think it''s usually a pretty lazy way to express oneself. That said,I do very much enjoy reading other cartoonists' daily struggles. My latest favorite is Jesse Reklaw's "Ten Thousand Things To Do" which is pure genius. I was always ambivalent about it being a form of art masturbation, but when it's done well, it can be great reading. That said, I think it takes a lot more creativity and skill to craft a story and dialog that strikes a chord with all sorts of folks. Autobio always felt like push-ups to me. Could you tell us a bit more about you Korea minicomic? I visited South Korea with my girlfriend in 2006 and stayed with her family. I kept a journal for the three-week stay, and planned to finish it with a return trip, possibly to stay. But we broke up and I gave up on the second half and refining of the comic. I loved Korea and hope to return someday when I have forgotten the numbing pain of relationship failure. That said, I think the mini stands just fine as it is and I have no plans to finish it. If someone was looking for advice about getting into the world of comic making, what would you say to them? Hmm, the world of comic making? Like self-publishing? These days, if you're self-motivated and enjoy the extreme satisfaction of a finished project in your hands, there's nothing stopping you. If you're asking about "making it" in the more mainstream realm of comics, I have absolutely no idea. It's a foreign world. Again, it comes back to what many authors have said about writing over the ages: you write if you have to write. If you don't, then I wouldn't recommend looking into starting a career as a tortured creator in a penniless craft. Other than cretaing comics you create websites and do photography to. What got you into both of those and which do you prefer? I was *the* computer nerd in school in the '80s. Now all those assholes that teased me are friending me on Facebook. Go figure. I taught myself webdesign in 2001 after being laid off at my foodservice job when we tried to organize a IWW union. Bush was doling out unemployment extension after extension, and I seized the opportunity and put myself through a year of home webdesign schooling. I then created from scratch the Top Shelf and Microcosm Publishing websites, and the rest is very boring history (read: me coding 14 hours a day for 8 years.) Photography is a fun hobby and a hell of a lot easier than drawing. I prefer the craft that puts beer in the fridge, which for me is unfortunately webdesign. Do you still summer in Orcas? Sadly, no. Orcas was being overrun by Seattle yuppies buying up all the property as weekend getaways when I last visited. But I miss itvery much. I had good times and met amazing people there. Finally, what are your future plans? I would absolutely love to pull off a longer narrative that has nothing to do with autobiographical drivel. My dream has always been to create a book that I feel proud of, that stands on its own and tells a timeless story that many people enjoy. Give me a few more decades. You can visit Nate at http://natebeaty.com/