Who’s That Geek? It’s Steve Gadlin!

I met my kindred cat loving spirit, Steve, the way I meet most awesome people – through Twitter. Steve has brilliantly made his dreams a reality, and makes a living drawing cats. You heard me right. Drawing cats.

First of all, I cannot begin to give Steve enough props for building a career out of something so seemingly simple but genuine. That takes drive, charisma, and of course, a generally awesome attitude that makes people trust you enough to give you their hard earned money.

Steve has a charm and a charisma that can only come from not giving a frack what people think about you – and those are my absolute favorite kind of people. You can only be your true self if you are not afraid for people to think you’re a fool, and Steve – you’re my role model in that aspect. I love his attitude of not being afraid what people will think of you and try to live by that daily.

This is the beautiful drawing Steve gifted to me!

I love following Steve on Twitter because he posts fun and joyous pictures of cats he draws for people daily! I know you want to rush and ask him to draw a cat for you right now… But for now, be satisfied in his answers to these 5 simple questions.

Love the hat, Steve <3

1. When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a little kid, I wanted to be a game show host. I liked the sport coats, the smiles, and the oh-so-smooth intonation!

2. You’re a food! What are you and why?
I’m a pickle. I eat a lot of pickles, and talk about pickles all the time. So if some magic creature was to turn me into a food, I’m sure they’d go with pickle.

3. What was your favorite cartoon, comic, or funnies strip growing up?
While I loved comic strips, I had a stronger affinity for anti-comics. I loved the parody comic strips they’d publish in Cracked and Mad magazine, all of which led me to start my own strip in high school called Silly Cat Comix. My favorite comic book was Groo the Wanderer.

4. Who do you cast to play you (real or fictitious) in a movie about your life?
Oh boy, that’s tough!! I suppose I cast Paul Reubens. But a young, pre-Pee-Wee Paul Reubens.

Someday Steve, someday.

5. What advice would you give to someone who doesn’t feel good enough to follow their dreams?
Hey dummy! Follow your dreams! You live, then you die. So do stuff, eh? We’re all making up the rules as we go along. Sometimes following a dream is as easy as acknowledging it, and casting it out into the universe (or social media).

Thanks to Steve for stepping out of the litter box and onto my blog for a moment, and be sure to check him out at IWantToDrawACatForYou.com, and check out his new TV project – Steve Gadlin Starmakers! It started as a KickStarter and has been funded, so congrats Steve!


Who’s That Geek? It’s Tony DaCosta!

“The picture is of me on Halloween 2010 dressed as Rod Kimble from the movie Hot Rod. My mom helped me make the costume. I was 25 at the time.”

Internet: This is Tony. Your life is complete now.

Before I met Tony, my Twitter feed was a sad monotonous stream of nothingness. Now it is much better. Tony is an improv comedian, co-runs Scoresby Comedy, and makes weird videos of himself as Santa. Hm… maybe Tony can help me with becoming a super amazing YouTube celebrity. He also writes for Buzzfeed, occasionally. He is probably one of the funniest people I know. Ever. Oh, and this belong to him:

“Hi my name is Butler and I am on the Twitter.”

He was one of the very first people I followed on Twitter and become Internet friends with. We ended up hitting up NYCC 2012 together with him, again, dressed as that weird guy in the cape. In short, follow him on Twitter right now.

1. Who do you cast to play you (real or fictional person) in the movie about your life?
Steve Zahn because that guy was great in Saving Silverman

2. If you were a food, what would you be?
I love hamburgers, I just do. They’re so goddamn perfect and they taste great with beer and I feel like a fucking god when I eat them. If not then I would say take a 100% beer butcher fresh hot dog and wrap it in a slice of pizza.

3. Who is your geeky or comedy role model?
This is a tough one bc there’s so many people, but I think it would have to be Pee Wee Herman. I loved Pee Wee’s playhouse growing up and when I was a kid I wanted to legally change my name to Pee Wee.

4. What was your favorite cartoon, comic book, and or Funnies strip as a kid?
I grew up on Loony Tunes and original Nicktoons. Hey Arnold taught me how to be a good person, then South Park changed my life forever. The Simpsons were always there and I took it for granted. I watched every episode and when the seasons got thin I moved on but I’ve recently been remembering how damn good it was. What I’ve come back to most lately though is FUTURAMA; but Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Bobs Burgers are amazing.

5. You suddenly turn into a cartoon character! Who are you?
Fat human Bender