Q&A With David Rees, Cartoonist and Pencil-Sharpener Extraordinaire

Rees, David © Meredith Heuer.
David Rees is no stranger to paper. As a cartoonist for Rolling Stone and other publications, he won widespread acclaim (and criticism) for his politically charged "Get Your War On" strip, which visualized, in comic form, the intense spectrum emotions felt throughout the Bush years. He is also the self-proclaimed "hottest blogger on the planet." Now, he's onto a bigger project and this one involves his own drawing device: the pencil.

Last July, Rees started an "artisanal pencil-sharpening" business. For $15 or so, customers could send him their pencils for a quick touch-up from the famed cartoonist. From there on out, Rees dedicated his time to the lead-filled field of study and, as of last week, his book, How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical and Theoretical Treatise on the Craft of Pencil-Sharpening, can be found on bookstore shelves everywhere.

His tour for the book will end May 18th in Brooklyn at the Public Assembly, with guest star and the book's foreward author, comedian John Hodgman. Runnin' Scared sat down with the cartoonist-turned-pencil-author to find out more about the ins and outs of the 'artisanal' craft, his career in cartoons and what will make people laugh in this upcoming Presidential election:
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