By Whitney Matheson

Reader of the day: Joshua

CandyjoshuaReal name: Joshua Smeaton
Where I live: Valrico, a suburb of Tampa, Fla.
Occupation: My income is from being a mobile DJ, but I spend way more time drawing my comics.

Three famous people I'd love to meet: Gary Larson, Bill Watterson and Gwen Stefani.

One famous person I've actually met: Bill Murray. The first time my brother and I went out to L.A., we went to an In-N-Out Burger, and in walks Bill Murray. I asked if I could get a picture with him, and he said, "Well, itís going to cost you. Itís going to cost you some French fries." And he started eating my fries! He was super nice and chatted with my brother and me for five or 10 minutes. And yes, we got our picture with him.

People say I resemble: Jake Busey or Paul Bettany. I prefer the Bettany comparison, though I think Busey may be closer.

Favorite TV show: Probably The Office, but Chuck is looking pretty good so far.

Favorite movie: Swingers, Stand By Me, Edward Scissorhands, Pleasantville. But if I had to pick just one, Iíd go with Amelie.

Favorite album: I like pop rock music like Rooney or Hot Hot Heat. For an album Iíll go with Oingo Boingo -- Alive.

Favorite book: Blankets by Craig Thompson. The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. Any Harry Potter fans that havenít should check it out.

Favorite website (aside from the Candy): A comic book news site that focuses more on ďalternativeĒ comics. Though not really a site I spend a ton of time on my Live Journal Friends page.

Best Halloween costume I've ever worn: My dad made me a robot costume out of trashcans, dryer duct/tubing and old alarm parts. It was pretty cool.

How/when I started reading Pop Candy: Either late last year or early this year. You had done a video tour of a comic shop that linked back to your books/comics section. I thought Pop Candy was just about comics and books my first couple of visits. I actually still have you bookmarked in my comics section.

Thanks, Joshua! Good luck with your comics, and may you run into Gwen Stefani at an Arby's one day ...















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