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Randomville Interview with White Ninja’s Kent Earle and Scott Bevan

Text Nathan Meunier

White Ninja looks like a blob with a belt and face mask, yet he is completely awesome. The comic started out as a funny doodle in high school by Kent Earle and Scott Bevan and has managed to remain as such through appearances in various print publications. White Ninja now resides in his digital lair at www.whiteninjacomics.com, where his creators continue to concoct further strange happenings that are ninja-like. These guys sure know how to whip up a steaming batch of funny.

Rv: Could you each tell me a bit about yourselves and how you contribute to White Ninja.

Scott: I like long walks, the Olympics, and looking at other people’s photo albums. As for White Ninja, I add the belt and mask opening to Kent’s sausage-man ninja.

Kent: I enjoy books about card tricks, though I can’t do any myself, and I’m really good at origami. With White Ninja, I unfold the origami and draw Gumby on it – then Scott wrecks it by putting belts and masks on it.

Rv: What is the secret origin of White Ninja?

Scott: Ok, the really REAL origin of White Ninja goes like this: A young Japanese couple consummated their arranged marriage, out of obligation, resulting in a child that no one really cared too much about.

Kent: Years of neglect turned the child into a hideous caterpillar. But one day, the caterpillar convinced a princess to kiss him, claiming he would turn into a handsome prince. He didn’t, but finally ‘getting some’ inspired him to change his glum perspective on life.

Scott: He spun a cocoon around his body, preparing to metamorphosize into a beautiful butterfly. Sadly he suffocated and died.

Kent: His Japanese parents did not attend his funeral. But White Ninja did. From that moment on he vowed to honour the dead caterpillar by living each day to the maximum amount of awesome possible.

Rv: For those who may not be familiar with your comics, what can new readers expect from reading White Ninja comics? Please describe your unique style of humor and White Ninja as a character.

Scott: The humor is like this: It’s like it’s so dumb it will make you want to stop doing anything smart for a while, ‘cause it’s such a good feeling. Which makes it a perfect break at work or school, where smart stuff is bound to happen.

Rv: What kind of feedback have you received from your comics from readers and from other comic artists?

Kent: This one guy said that “White Ninja is the reason I painted the Mona Lisa.” That man: Leonardo DaVinci. True story. And White Ninja regularly receives marriage proposals from presumably hot girls. Sadly we have to break their hearts and tell them that he’s not a real person…yet. From artists, they usually tell us that they base all their characters on White Ninja. It’s quite an honor.

Rv: What are some of your favorite print comics and webcomics made by other artists?

Scott: The best print comic of all time is a little book I own called “church chuckles.” Clean jokes about family potlucks, communion, and pastoral responsibilities.

Kent: I prefer action comics, like Spawn, Peter Pan, and The Punisher. I like their muscles. I can’t draw muscles that good yet.

Scott: For webcomics, we’re in such vicious competition that we would never promote another comic, even if we liked it. And we do like some….but you’ll never know about it.

Rv: When did you start making White Ninja merchandise, and how did you come to the decision to do so?

Kent: We started making the merchandise before we even came up with the comic. It wasn’t selling very good, so we needed to come up with a gimmick.

Scott: We didn’t decide on the comic right away. First we tried to form a band, but dual kazoos is an acquired taste. Then we tried short films, but we weren’t good at it because our only goal was to sell t-shirts. Comics, it turns out, is the perfect gimmick for t-shirt vendors, like ourselves.

Rv: I understand you’ve released several White Ninja books? Tell me about them. What happened to them and do you have any plans to release a larger volume of the strips in the future?

Unison: Funny you should ask about those books. We sold out of them, which is weird seeing as how they were only used to trick people into buying shirts. But yah, we’re going to someday combine a “best of” type book. Someday. Until then, you can expect some of the new material to come out in print very soon.

Rv: What are some of the other non-White Ninja projects you’re working on?

Kent: Our combined alter ego, Maxx Diamond, is currently working on the greatest story ever told, Bad News Radio (www.badnewsradio.com). If you enjoy reading and laughing, this story is for you. If you hate reading, this story will make you hate it less.

Scott: And I’m working on a book of poetry entitled “Roses are Red, Here are Some Poems.” It will be available via the website sometime in the Fall.

Rv: What are your plans for the future of White Ninja?

Scott: I’d like to make a White Ninja fabric pattern, like Paisley or Houndstooth. I think it would look sharp on the lining of expensive blazers.

Kent: And a series of choose your own adventure novels, where you, the reader, decide the hilarious outcome of each situation. It would include, if I can get permission, cameos by The Punisher and The Punisher’s muscles.

(Printed online Randomville, July 3, 2007)
Other White Ninja Press:
- What is White Ninja? (April 4, 2002)
- White Ninja is bachelor of the month (December 5, 2002)
- A Journey Through the Minds of White Ninja (March 30, 2003)
- 18 Questions with the Guys of White Ninja (December 27, 2003)
- An Interview for Auckland Student Movement (October 5, 2004)
- Some Questions from Halifax (February 7, 2006)
- White Ninja's not your average superhero (March 6, 2006)
- Randomville Interview with White Ninja’s Kent Earle and Scott Bevan (July 3, 2007)
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