Monday, March 13, 2017

This Illustrator Is Making Cartoons Cool Again

Click here for the Highbrow.com interview with "But Like Maybe?" creator & artist Arianna Margulis.

In The Know By Zoe Brenneke March 13, 2017

Ever since she burst onto the Instagram scene with @butlikemaybe– a nameless and virtually faceless (more on that later) female cartoon character who seamlessly blends of the peaks and pits of millennial living- Arianna Margulis’ character has made a name for herself as the caricature of the modern-day adult. Here, she talks expanding from single frame Instagram posts to full-blown comic books, where the brand is heading and answers our Highbrow Questionnaire.

THE @BUTLIKEMAYBE ORIGIN STORY:
“I always drew and doodled. I definitely drew more than class than I paid attention [laughs]. After college, I had been working in the fashion industry designing store windows here in New York, and drawing was my way to decompress. I was dating a guy who worked with me at Ralph [Lauren] at the time, and after we had got back from visiting his parents one weekend, he dumped me out of the blue. I was so angry, but I was also kind of able to laugh about it considering one of the reasons he gave for dumping me was that I ‘threw off his meditation schedule.’
I took out all of my anger on my drawings, and in that process, created this character who is sort of a version of me, but more like an alter-ego. I initially just put the drawings on my personal Instagram until a friend told me to get a second Instagram just for the doodles, so that’s when I started @butlikemaybe.
It’s always so funny to see people tag their friends on @butlikemaybe’s Instagram photos and say things like “OMG, she looks so much like ‘so and so’!” or even when people say she looks like me because she’s basically just eyes and a mouth [laughs]. I purposefully drew her that way, colorless, and pretty much face-less, so that people can project themselves onto her. She can be any of us!”

HOW THE OG COMICS LIKE THE SIMPSONS AND POWER PUFF GIRLS SERVE AS CREATIVE INSPIRATION FOR @BUTLIKEMAYBE:
“In the same way that I’m a little scared to grow up, I’m scared for @butlikemaybe to grow up, too! I envision her being like the Simpsons or Power Puff Girls, so even though her story evolves, she’ll always cater to this ‘young adult’ time in your life and won’t age out of it. That phase is an experience everyone goes through with so many storylines to tell. There’s something so cool about a relatable character who is going through all the stuff that you are to help laugh at yourself; you feel less alone.

HOW THE @BUTLIKEMAYBE BRAND HAS EXPANDED OFF OF INSTAGRAM:
“A friend of a friend knew someone at Cosmopolitan [Magazine], and when they featured @butlikemaybe on their Snapchat, we got a huge amount of followers, and from there it took off.
Six months after the account started, I got a Facebook message from this girl named Dru from L.A. who I met once in a hip hop class. She said she loved the account and had a friend at her work who could help us turn @butlikemaybe into a real, physical comic book. We had one phone call and immediately decided to go for it, so through Google Docs and Facetime, we bicoastally created the drawings, script, and book. So now, the Instagram account is where I do New Yorker-style, one frame drawings, and a lot of the content is based on ‘universal truths,’ and the comic books are where Dru and I get to flush out @butlikemaybe as a character. It’s like an ongoing saga where we introduce new friends, new places, new challenges and you get to see her whole world!”

ON THE EVOLUTION OF @BUTLIKEMAYBE AS A CHARACTER:
“I see myself and @butlikemaybe both growing a lot together. She’s starting to learn from her mistakes, like now that she’s been dumped a few times, she’s getting smarter, kind of like I did after my relationships ended. Even though she’s a millennial, and we as a generation get a bad rep, what’s so fun about @butlikemaybe is you want her to win. Even when she makes mistakes, you’re still rooting for her because you see a little bit of yourself in her. I think her repeating mistakes is a little endearing, but mainly it’s realistic. We all do it! We go back to the guy we know we’re not supposed to be with; we drink too much tequila on Fridays, it happens [laughs].”

 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Emerald City Comic Con '17 + new comic "Train 8: The Zombie Express"

Bliss on Tap will be at Emerald City Comic Con 2017 in Seattle, March 2 - 5.  Stop by booth #1201 and say hello to Brian Phiilipson, Phil Phillipson, David Stephan & Marysol Levant.

We'll be premiering our latest comic book series "TRAIN 8: THE ZOMBIE EXPRESS" a 3-part series about a zombie outbreak on a runaway train - soon to be a major motion picture from BPositive Films.  Written & Created by David Stephan & Marysol Levant, with additional writing by Brian Phillipson and art by Alex Cormack.  Issue #1 will be in stores summer 2017 but we'll have some advance copies for sale exclusively at the Emerald City Comic Con.

Train 8: The Zombie Express #1



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Observer article on But Like Maybe?

Meet the Instagram Cartoonist For Millennial Messes

Think 'Girls' meets 'Daria,' with a Bob Ross twist

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An illustration of the pair.
An illustration of the pair. Courtesy @butlikemaybe


Butlikemaybe, the 20-something fashion girl cartoon on Instagram, makes for highly #relatable content (at least that’s what the cool teens are calling it these days). The account was created by Arianna Margulis, who worked in fashion in New York and Los Angeles, where she’s also dealt with the pitfalls of dating apps, NYFW parties and tequila hangovers, all of which has lead to the aforementioned content. And now, the account has its very own comic book, created by Margulis and her recent collaborator Dru Radovich, with plans for a potential television show.
The collaborators connected over (what else?), Instagram, and worked together to create the comic book, with Margulis in Manhattan and Radovich in L.A. They chatted over Google Docs and FaceTime. Now, they’ve signed with CAA and are taking meetings for an animated series.

“I want people to know there is a pulse behind the pen,” Margulis told the Observer. She used Instagram stories to allow her character to join strangers on the subway and at airports. The 20-something even started posting stop motion videos so followers can see the animation process. Margulis has also made personal appearances on the feed, by doing what she called “dorky instructional drawing videos à la Bob Ross—RIP.”
The nameless character Margulis created is engaging because she’s unapologetic about being a millennial mess, even if that means smeared mascara, a truly terrible hangover and openly cyberstalking a Tinder first date. The account has helped the cartoonist come to terms with growing up (which makes sense, as it has been called New Yorker cartoons for millennials). “I used to think you had to be doing a certain thing by a certain age. I don’t intend to change my wacky self, but I want to grow—and I think she will too.”

The creator and her cartoon have more in common than just a penchant for pop culture. “To anyone that knows me IRL, she is me. I go out until 4AM and stumble out of a white limo that I didn’t pay for. My mom called asking me to take down a photo in which I wore a ‘boobie dress’ on New Year’s Eve. When I run out of clean underwear I just buy more from Kmart,” she admitted. It’s all very Cat Marnell, only far more PG-13 rated.

The Instagram creation has led to social media connections, including an encounter with Lil Yachty after posting about her love for the cool teen and a “going out top” collaboration with @greevingcards. But the biggest collaboration yet has been with Radovich, who she connected with over Instagram after they briefly met in Los Angeles. Radovich was inspired to reach out and wanted to know more, asking herself, “Who are these dudes she shouldn’t be texting?”
Margulis began scanning her sharpie art to Radovich, who called their process “archaic.” She explained further: “Comic book veterans get very technical with their panels displayed neatly on cork boards—we are digital babes—the literal opposite of that.” While they had a few issues critiquing each other’s ideas over FaceTime, and ran up their phone bills, the television series that’s likely on the way (perhaps it will be a modern-day Daria, with a hint of Girls thrown in for good measure) made it all worthwhile. They want to create a series that captures “our truth of the just named ‘most narcissistic generation ever'” Radovich joked. And with a snarky main character, an Instagram fan base of thousands and content about growing up, going out and getting rejected, they just might. capture the selfie generation.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

But Like Maybe? #2 now available on Drivethrucomics.com

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"But Like Maybe? #2" is now available to download over at DriveThruComics. Print copies available in comic book stores and at blissontap.com on February 22!
page from "But Like Maybe? #2"
page from "But Like Maybe? #2"
page from "But Like Maybe? #2"
page from "But Like Maybe? #2"

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Future Proof update

Quick Future Proof update: while creators/writers/artist Brian Phillipson Alexander Murillo and Alex Cormack are busy working on a bunch of new projects, we haven't forgotten about our favorite comic book series! We'll be releasing issues 13 & 14 later this year as well as the first trade paperback (covering issues 1-6). Stay tuned for the release dates and further info.
Future Proof

Teaser for a new project coming soon...

With art by the Great Alex Cormack.  More info coming soon.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

ButLikeMaybe: New Yorker Cartoons For Millennials

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Whether she's on Bumble all night long during cuffing season, curing a hangover courtesy of her bff's tequila, or enjoying the fifth slice of pizza for dinner this week, we can all certainly relate to the whimsical @ButLikeMaybe. Life's tough, and creator Arianna Margulis (@ariannabonana) reminds us that no matter the difficulties we're going through in the city, i.e. "he hasn't texted back," it's all better to laugh and shake it off, then go out and enjoy yourself till brunch time! Click through for some of her funniest doodles.