Editors note: Will Wilson first contributed a comic strip, called Brothers Watt, to The Narragansett Times back in 2005. He is back with a new and different take on Matunuck, Jamestown, Block Island and life in general.
WAKEFIELD–Local strip comic cartoonist Will Wilson has just released his second book entitled, Ordinary Bill, Pretending to Be Adults, and is scheduled to appear at Sweet Cakes Bakery in Peacedale this Sunday, March 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. for a book signing. I recently sat down at a local pub with this young artist to discuss life in the cartoon world.
“We can do this either way,” said the tall, wiry redheaded Wilson, referring to the copious amount of beer we would or would not consume in the course of our meeting. I could tell by his tone that he was serious and if I had been up for it we may have potentially found ourselves confused and in Mexico the following morning.
In his second publication, this self-proclaimed “deadbeat cartoonist” takes us through the joys and pains of his life as a 26-year-old strip comic writer. The strip’s main characters are based on Will himself, his tolerant, understanding girlfriend Isis who is an obvious source of inspiration for Wilson and their cat Dakota. The book is laugh out loud funny. It’s amazing how much emotion and tone Wilson can produce in a single frame, each one its own small, incredibly detailed work of art. I cracked up on the first page. Will’s post-grad humor highlights the duality between being a nature loving, slow paced artist, and an absolute hooligan who will almost always drop everything to hang out and drink a Keg of Mayflower Porter with his buddy Josh. Wilson makes many jabs at himself for being a somewhat absent-minded person who constantly finds himself in ridiculous situations like getting swindled at the local farmers market, partying with aliens, talking with plants, muffins and woodland creatures, or simply falling into a food coma after eating too many hot wings with Dakota.
“I’m all Jamestown, all the time,” said the comic over his Narragansett Porter when I asked what he likes to do in his leisure. Being the only 6’5” redhead in Jamestown, where he lives, offers Wilson a different perspective on life that he shares with us through his creation. He is so Rhode Island that he even refused to eat conch on a recent trip to Florida, out of pure dedication to the quahog. Wilson spends most of his time cartooning, playing disc golf, fishing at Beavertail, drinking and brewing beer, and loving life with Isis, in no particular order of importance.
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