Hello, everyone! My name is Joy. I’m from Taiwan, and I work as a math/science teacher during the day and as a comedian/screenwriter at night. I’d also like to highlight my much-younger part-Jewish “white devil” boy lover Alex, who has a profession that is far too boring to discuss but whom I like anyway. We found happiness in Austin, TX, despite our one-foot height gap and half-inch nose difference.
First and foremost, I want to give credit to Nohra Johnston, my wonderful artist. She’s the one who spends 2-5 hours per week making these comics; I’m just the storyteller. Despite the fact that I’m a comedian and screenwriter, I’m not required to do any creative writing for Alloy Comics. All I have to do now is keep a journal because all of these events happened to me. I use Facebook as a humorous diary, and at the end of each year, I print out all of my entries into a neat, lovely, sparkly book.
I send Nohra jokes in comic style every 6 months or so, and I pay her an absurd amount of money to make my desires come true. For the comic Meerkat, here’s an example of what I emailed Nohra:
Panel 1: Alex and Joy are sitting on the couch, spooning and watching television.
Panel 2: Off-screen, a baby cries “Wah!” Both Alex and Joy have their eyes wide open.
Panel 3: They rise to their feet and sit. Alex: Was that our baby or the TV baby? Joy: I believe it was the television.
Panel 4: They lean into the couch together. Joy: Our child has turned us into a pack of meerkats. Alex: I’m in a lot of pain. This is tantamount to emotional abuse!
I’m genuinely shocked we haven’t yet encountered someone who has an unfavourable opinion about Alloy Comics! The majority of people believe our comics to be adorable. Some people wonder if we truly talk like that to each other. We surely do, to answer your question. This is not an exaggeration. My life revolves around Alloy Comics. My favourite part of the creative process is when Nohra puts in all of the effort and sends me the finished product on Friday night. Hahaha!
Nohra, on the other hand, like sketching because it is the most natural aspect of drawing. She enjoys generating movement, flow, and character expression concepts. Cartoons from the Cartoon Network in the early 2000s, such as Genndy Tartakovsky and Craig McCracken, affected Nohra’s work. She gets burned out every now and then by a larger project. When this happens, she doodles for pleasure in order to rekindle the flames.