<Moderator> Welcome to this live event This afternoon/evening
we are pleased to present a very special guest to you - Illiad from
<Moderator> Illiad is a long time undernet user who has a
very popular cartoon that every day publish a new story.
<Moderator>There is a few rules for this event, first we will
ask a few pre-made questions requested in our web forum and then we will
allow all of you who is
attending to ask your questions.
<Moderator> The chat is mirrored in here from a secret
channel to avoid you all sending Illiad private messages.
<Moderator> Your questions will be relayed to the moderator
who will ask them for you.
<Moderator> This channel will be closed down, so you wont be
able to part and rejoin the channel during this event. we will also
prevent you from changing your nickname during the event.
<Moderator> To avoid this channel from being flooded in a way
to sabotage this event, the channel will be set +m to prevent any of you
anything in the channel.
<Moderator> Undernet user committee would like to say welcome
to Illiad for taking time to come and visit us.
<Moderator> Welcome! :)
<Illiad> Thank you for inviting me!
<Moderator> Can you first tell use a bit about your
<Illiad> It started on a whim in late 1997, when I was
working as the creative director at an ISP.
<Illiad> I drew two or three to start with and passed them
around the office.
<Illiad> My co-workers liked what they saw, so I did more and
put them on the web for easy access.
<Illiad> After about 30 of them I stopped entirely. I hadn't
planned on continuing.
<Illiad> In a couple of days I received 20 emails from
complete strangers telling me I had to do more.
<Illiad> So I did...then stopped again after another 30 or so
<Illiad> This time around I received over 100 emails, most of
them very nice letters asking me to continue
<Illiad> I received one that said, "You must do more. I am a
geek. I can find you ANYWHERE on this planet."
<Illiad> I took the warning to heart. :)
<Moderator> ok :)
<Moderator> we have for a few weeks allowed our users to post
questions in our forum
<Moderator> so I thought we would start off by asking a few
of those questions
<Illiad> Sure thing.
<Moderator> and then allow all of you who is attending to ask
<Moderator> <Tiggersol> I've noticed that many of your
cartoons deal with the schism between sales and tech. What was your
experience with the two when you started writing the comic, and what role
did you play on either side?
<Illiad> I have always been the "guy in the middle." I'm not
a technologist, but I'm good with technology. I'm not a marketer or
salesman, but I understand what they need to do their jobs.
<Illiad> The role I played more often than not was peacemaker
and, quite honestly, "translator." :)
<Moderator> <olavinho> Hi Illiad , Why do you make
cartoons about Undernet or that say anything about Undernet. Do you want
to help its divulgation or make it more famous so that have more users of
what? Explain why is the interest on Undernet.
<Illiad> I suppose I mentioned Undernet once or twice in the
cartoon because a) the very first UF channel started by the community
exists there at #undernet and b) I wasn't at all impressed by the DOS
attacks on a network that exists for public use at no cost to the average
user. So you could say that my reasons were both personal and
<Moderator> <RIP> Do you make any money with your
<Illiad> Yes, but not in the traditional manner. Most
cartoonists who make any money at all are at the mercy of the newspaper
syndicates. UF, being web-based -- I refuse to go the traditional
syndication route and have in fact turned down two offers from two of the
big syndicates -- makes it's money from two things: advertising and
subscriptions. I'm really hoping we can boost the latter, because that
will unshackle us from having to bow down to
<Illiad> Our bandwidth charges are, I'm sure you can imagine,
<Moderator> <cArLiLLoS> Illiad, what did you do before
"userfriendly"? how has your life changed since then ? when will we see
new projects from you?
<Illiad> I was the creative director for an ISP. Most of my
professional life is in the creative industry. My life has changed in a
couple of ways. The good way is that I've met a lot of very nice, very
interesting people -- the fans. The less-than-good way is that every
single day, and I do mean, every single day, I have to think about the
next cartoons I'm going to do. As far as new projects, I'm working on
quite a few things at the moment...
<Illiad> ...including a graphic novel with a disturbing
atmosphere and premise.
<Moderator> We will try set the channel -i for a min to allow
those who pinged out before to rejoin the channel
<Moderator> <roundtop> Illiad, what is this whole thing I
hear about you and llamas? Also, is the character "Sid" based on anyone in
<Illiad> You draw over fifteen hundred cartoons and one
cartoon has a blow-up llama in it, and that's what they remember you for.
Yes, Sid is based on a few people from my past when I worked with punch
cards. Sid also heavily reflects a good friend of mine. :)
<Moderator> Where do you draw inspiration for your
<Moderator> real life? friends? old co-workers?
<Illiad> Real life. You just can't make up the kind of weird
things that happen in the cartoon strip. And a lot of fans send in stories
and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone is welcome to do so.
<Moderator> Which cartoon is your personal favourite?
<Illiad> Out of UserFriendly or other cartoon strip?
<Moderator> other then your own :)
<Illiad> I have three top ones: Doonesbury, Bloom County and
Calvin & Hobbes. Awesome, awesome work, all of them.
<Moderator> <TrIPS> Illiad: How long have you been
drawing? And is userfriendly.org the way you make your living?
<Illiad> I've been doodling since I was quite young. I never
took any serious art classes so my progression as an artist really has
come from making mistakes and learning from them. I'm much more of a
writer than an artist anyway. At the moment, yes, UF is what I do to make
<Moderator> shall we let the users ask some questions now
<Illiad> by all means :)
<Moderator> if you want to ask a question to Illiad /msg
#le-questions <your question> and we will ask Illiad
<Moderator> <sprinkler> Where or how did you come up with
the idea of having your cartoons hosted on the domain userfriendly.org ?
or did you own it before you started publishing your drawings on the web
<Illiad> I initially hosted the 'toons at my first domain,
aspectus.com. After the traffic became significant, I decided to move it
to a domain like userfriendly.com -- which, like .net, was already taken.
So were hyphenated version. .org was left, so I grabbed that and in the
spirit of .orgs and what was happening anyway, I put a chunk of effort
into helping the UF community connect with one another.
<Moderator> <krumb> Hey Illiad, one question.....when are
AJ and Miranda gonna get their phreak on?
<Illiad> A very good question. I suspect it'll happen when AJ
finally gets his head out of his arse. :)
<Moderator> <RoMMeL> how did the name Illiad came up
<Illiad> I had to pick a name for the Quakeworld clan I was a
member of, and since I did a lot of classical studies, I chose my
favourite Homeric poem, The Iliad. But, I wanted a little uniqueness, so I
added an extra 'l' to the name.
<Moderator> <new^guy> What was the most significant change
in your IRC activity after becoming popular?
<Simba-->: Due the high amount of messages in #le-questions,
it may take a while for your question to come up. Please be patient
<Illiad> I began to IRC less. Not because I'm not social, I
really like interacting with the audience. It was because I noticed that
it was really starting to eat into sleeping hours. One rule I've always
lived by: I never, ever, ever turn away or ignore a fan. If you talk to
me, I'll always welcome you. It's the fans that have made UF successful,
<Moderator> <krumb> Illiad we all appreciate the work...I
read it religiously....just wanted to say good job.
<Moderator> And now I know that You had some questions to the
<Illiad> Thank you VERY much. I can't articulate how powerful
a few words like that can be to a creator like myself. Making people smile
or laugh or think is a huge reward.
<Illiad> I have three trivia questions. First correct answer
for each one gets a prize mailed to them.
<Moderator> shall we ask the first, and then let them
<Illiad> Triva Question #1: What was the name of Matt the Sea
<Illiad> yes one at a time
<Moderator> /msg your answers to #le-interview
<Moderator> send your answers to #le-interview
<Illiad> the answer needs to be spelled correctly ;)
<Illiad> RoundTop is close enough. :)
<Illiad> RT -- I know you so I'll contact you about it
<Moderator> next question :)
<Illiad> Trivia Question #2: In what way are Pitr and Cat
Five the same? There are two correct answers for this, and I'll accept
<Moderator> sorry the channel was +n you cna now msg
<Illiad> krumb is the closest
<Illiad> krumb, contact me at email@example.com.
<Illiad> Fragnific: either: Bad hair or using spit as
<Illiad> Last Trivia Question: What chapter of Evil Geniuses
for Dummies teaches one how to "hang people over shark pool and laugh with
much evil!" ?
<Illiad> STeaLi0: that's cheating man :p
<Illiad> We have a winner: JoeLinux. 'Grats!
<Illiad> Joe, contact me by email as noted before. Way to go
to the winners!
<Illiad> that's it from me. Over to you again magic.
<Moderator> we have a few last questions before Illiad will
go back making tomorrows cartoon ;)
<Illiad> (tomorrow's is done, as are several of next week's
<Moderator> Does Geekfinder really work? How many folks have
told you they got employment thru your site?
<Illiad> Yes, apparently Geekfinder works very well. We've
had hundreds find gainful employment through the site. Mind you, your
success with the site also hinges on how well the economy is doing. While
the tech market is in the tank, it'll still be difficult to find ajob even
on Geekfinder, but it doesn't hurt to use it to open up your options a
<Moderator> <BlakJak> Which UF character most strongly
represents yourself? Im guessing AJ?
<Illiad> You're correct, it would be AJ. I'm certainly naive
in some ways, and I'm a game freak like he is -- not as much with computer
games as I am with wargames and paper RPGs -- but thankfully I'm better
socialized around women than he is. :)
<Moderator> Have you considered adding IRC network gear to
your site? Like Undernet T-shirts ?
<Illiad> I haven't considered it before, but I am now. ;)
<Moderator> Well, I think we should finish this up
<Moderator> and say congrats to the threee winners
<Moderator> and say thanks to Illiad for comming and chatting
<Moderator> <BlakJak> While im here.. we in #le-questions
are seeing a LOT of really nice positive comments from folk.. you have a
LOT of fans, everyone (including myself) admire youre work and want to say
well done, and all the best for the future. I think youve really made a
difference - you must be proud! Please pass on the regards of everyone
currently in #liveevents to the rest of your UF Team as well.
<Illiad> And my thanks to magic and Simba and Undernet, and
to everyone who attended. I have a great audience.
<Simba-->: Your welcome :) keep up the good work mate
<Illiad> Will do. It's been a real pleasure. :)
<Moderator> Have a nice evening all :-)
<Moderator> and thanks for attending.
<Moderator> a log of this event will be posted on
www.undernet.org within a few days
<Moderator> and don't forget to read yoru daily comic on
[22:23] *** X sets mode: +o magic
[22:23] *** X sets mode: +o Simba--
[22:23] *** magic sets mode: -sm
<Simba--> thanks all for attending.
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