FAQ

We often get asked, in emails and in person, questions that either pop-up again from time to time, or we think everyone might like to know the answer too.  So, gathered here, are some of those questions.  If more occur, we’ll add them later, but this should be a good start.

What does FAQ mean?
While most people believe it’s an acronym for Frequently Ask Questions, Faq is actually an ancient Sumerian word which roughly translates to: “Go on, ask me again.”

What’s the deal with the comments section?
We have that open as a very immediate way for readers to let us know what they think.  While you DO need to put your email address in to comment, that is ONLY so we know you aren’t a spambot.  We don’t do anything with those email addresses, so if you want to join in, feel free.

One additional note.  If you’ve read the comments, they do stay, pretty much all the time, very friendly and positive.  That’s something we’re really proud of.  However, we DO get spam attacks from time to time that we filter out so they don’t impact our readers… and if anyone got rude or offensive we WOULD and HAVE removed those comments.

How often is there a new comic?
We were releasing a new strip every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday…. and then it was like Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday…. and then I think we went back to Monday, Wednesday and Friday…. and now we’re on Mondays and Wednesdays…. but hey, Court is a creature of flight and whimsey…. it could change again…. or not…. you never can tell…. it’s just the way he is, don’t fight it…. that way lies insanity.

I have a great idea for a comic you could do! Can I send it to you?
No.  Basically we work a LONG way in advance, so there would really be no point.  But we do appreciate you thinking of us.  Of course, there are legal issues as well, so it’s safer all round to not do it.

I don’t get the joke in this strip.
Don’t worry.  There will be another along very soon and we KNOW you’ll get that one.  Seriously though, some of the gags we work in are very broad and everyone can get them.  A few tend to be VERY specific…. but usually even if you don’t get it, someone in the comments section has and they are more than happy to share what was funny.

Why do you explain some of the jokes in the comments? That ruins the joke!
Some people ask.  And it’d be rude to ignore them.

I’m starting my own comic. What software do you use to handle the updates and stuff? Can I have a copy?
We use ComicPress.  You can get that from those guys.

What is Luci Phurr’s Imps?
Check out the ABOUT page.

Tell me more about Dale/Courtney?
Check out the CREATORS page.

How do I get the strips sent to me?
You can sign up for the RSS FEED and that will let you know as soon as we post a new strip.

Is Luci Phurr’s Imps available in other languages?
We barely get by in English.

Is it true Luci Phurr’s Imps appeared in PLAYBOY?
No.  However, if you can find a copy of PLAYGIRL, April 2002 edition, you might well find a centerfold spread of Luci Phurr’s Imps Artist, Courtney Huddleston… but you didn’t get that from me.

Where do you get your ideas?
Courtney and Dale prepare a list of potential stories.  They then strip down to Y-Fronts, and are locked in a 10ft x 10ft x 10ft cage where they fight until one is unconscious.  The winner gets to have his ideas worked up as the next story arc.  The ideas they bring to the fight originate in two very different places.  Dale employs small children in a sweatshop on Baker Island in the Pacific while Courtney relies heavily on the benevolence of the Idea Fairy.

Is there any special reason you (and most other cartoonists) use all Caps?
Generally we’re very angry people and shout a lot.

Did you have an idea of how the Luci Phurr’s Imps universe was going to work, and did you write it down… or are you just making it up as you go along?
Yes.

Do you ever use ideas, suggestions, etc. from the comments sections?
No.  Though it might appear that way if you look at comments, but as we’ve mentioned, strips are done months ahead of their release dates, so really it’s more that readers guessed what was possibly coming rather than us taking inspiration from them.

If you had an emergency and had to take time off, would you reprint strips?
Working so far in advance, we can avoid that being a problem.

Hopefully.

Knock on wood.

Who has been the greatest influence on your art/writing?
Dale – Everything I read and watch has some influence.  I am not always aware of that influence coming through until someone says, “Hey, that reminds me of…” and then I can see that.
Courtney – Everyone.

Can I make a T-shirt/coffee mug/mouse pad/poster with a Luci Phurr’s Imps strip printed on it?
Nope. Maybe after we’ve done so first and made millions from it. But until then, no.
Can I use the Luci Phurr’s Imps characters in my own stories and art?
No. We can’t have anyone doing a better job with our own characters, than us.

How do you draw the strip and scan it?
With my hands.

If a website wants to run Luci Phurr’s Imps… is it simply a matter of asking you?
Yes. But the answer will likely be, no.

Would you ever do a ‘Guest Artist/Writer Week’ for Luci Phurr’s Imps?
Courtney – I would have a guest artist. But I’m not sure Dale’s ego could handle another writer.
Dale – Would a guest writer mean they let me out of the basement for a while?  It’s been so long since I saw sunlight.
Why are the characters dressed the same way every day?
Because they’re color blind.

Will Courtney draw something for me?
He does that three days a week already.

What is your policy for fan art and fan fic?
Submit anything.