Bill Griffith

  • American cartoonist
  • Born January 20, 1944

William Henry Jackson Griffith (born January 20, 1944) is an American cartoonist who signs his work Bill Griffith and Griffy. He is best known for his surreal daily comic strip Zippy. The catchphrase "Are we having fun yet?" is credited to Griffith.

I just became one with my browser software.

Then I abandoned comics for fine art because I had some romantic vision of being like Vincent Van Gogh Jr.

I always thought of Levittown as a joke.

Everyone says how Calvin and Hobbes is about a real kid, to me there's nothing real about it; it's an adult using a kid's body as a mouthpiece.

Everybody that loves Nancy loves it in a slightly condescending way. Nancy is comics reduced to their most elemental level.

She encouraged any artistic impulse I had, and my father discouraged any artistic impulse I had. They took out their problems with each other on me and my sister.

Zippy accepts chaos as what it is, which is the real order of everything.

When I was an art student in the early 60's before the acid scene began I was smoking pot just like anyone else who was an artist.

I hate Calvin and Hobbes. I think its a big re-hash of formula kid strips.

Their scrambled attention spans struck me as a metaphor for the way we get our doses of reality these days.

Are we having fun yet?

What I do is draw but if you make an animated feature obviously it takes a whole team of people, and Zippy is my work. I felt that turning it over to a team of people would be wrong.

Mike Judge, who I've become friends with over the years never took himself seriously as an artist.

Frivolity is a stern taskmaster.

I had a very diametrically opposite set of parents.

A full, rich drawing style is a drawback.

Unfortunately what came out of it was also kind of an imitation community with a lot of mindless conformity.

But now with technology I could sit down and do a bunch of character drawings and scan them into a computer, and the computer using my exact style could bring it into life, where it would have been edited by various human beings before.

I went to an art school in Brooklyn and painted Fine Art, if that's what you'd call it for eight years in New York, until I saw the first underground comics in the East Village Other.

Jazz, rock and roll, movies and comics are the culture of America.

Looking back Little Lulu was an early feminist, but at the time I just thought she was a really feisty developed comic strip character.

My first character was Mr. Toad.

Zippy is living in the moment.

I guess if you take yourself seriously as an artist there starts either the problem or the beauty of doing good artwork.

I had a mixture, my father was a career army man and my mother was a writer.

If something is going on in my life, it winds up getting into my strip.

The down side of Americans being obsessed with pop culture is that they kind of like it light.

Yes, but personally I was never a big acid head.

Well, I've done a lot of strips since I've been here about Zippy and me being in Connecticut.

I think Zippy is part of me, but I'm not Zippy.

Comics is a language. It's a language most people understand intuitively.