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1. What type of vegetarian are you?(vegan,lacto,lacto ovo,etc.)
A desperately happy vegetarian.

2.At what age did you make the decision to go vegetarian?
26 1/2.

3. What was your reason for going vegetarian?
I think it after I saw Bambi, and realized animals can talk just like people. Of course, I like the side effects of having a healthier body and a healthier planet.

4.What (if anything) do you find hard about being vegetarian?
Uncooked water chestnuts. Those are hard. Oh, and I feel guilty when I bite my tongue...

5. Do you find that you feel better or worse since going vegetarian?
Better. But that's probably just the organic beer talkin'.

6.What about animal rights do you have any thoughts on that?
They have as many rights as we do, except I think they can pray in school.

7. How far do you go? Do you wear leather?Visit circuses?Etc?
I go right up to the McDonald's window, then turn around. I do wear leather at certain times that are none of your business, but I've sworn off eating leather entirely.
I have a five-year old and 10-month old daughters. I live in a circus.
Etc? Probably. Tell me more.

8.What about family and friends are they understanding of this lifestyle?
Friends are supportive until we try to order a pizza together. My parents have stopped asking "if I'll try just a tiny bite." My wife is a vegetarian, except when she's pregnant.

9.What are some dumb things you hear from non-vegetarians?
"Was that your foot?"
"No offense, but."
"Yap! Yap Yap Yap!" (not sure what my dog's saying, but I'm sure it's dumb)

10.Tell the readers about your cartoon series Speed Bump.
It's a one panel cartoon that's in more papers than you can shake a shtick at. There are no continuing characters because I prefer to kill them off for their hides.

11.Do you plan on doing any more comics talking about vegetarianism?
Yes. And more cartoons about talking vegetarians.

12.Do you have any new projects coming up in the future?
Yes, illustrating a children's book called "Buffalo Shame" written by Pat Fish (The Jazz Butcher). I'll be taking a reader poll to see if I should paint our kitchen. And the first Speed Bump compilation book just came out, available at all stores and online.

13.I personally love the Yappy Dog comic of yours. Do you have any yappy dogs of your own?
Thanks. See answer #9...Her name is Kenzi. We've decided not to eat her.

14.Do you know any other famous vegetarians?
Mr. Ed and Tweety.

15.What are some of your favorite things to eat?
All pasta. All fruits. Kroger brand tortilla chips. Indian food that's not too spicy and has some raisins in it. Raisins are good food.

16.What would you like to tell others about going Vegetarian?
I think it's a distinctly personal decision, like religion or Presidential running mates. I would only hope they come to the same conclusion as me independently.

17.Have any last thoughts or words of wisdom?
lways check your zipper before giving a speech. Chick peas will taste good eventually if you try them enough times. Honest.