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Jacques in Auckland in 2012
|Born||Jeffrey Paul Jacques
June 17, 1980
Jeffrey Paul "Jeph" Jacques (JEF JAKS) (born June 17, 1980) writes and illustrates the webcomic Questionable Content. He was born in Rockville, Maryland, and graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in music. He lives in Southampton, Massachusetts. He was married to his business manager Cristi until their amicable separation on January 4, 2014. He also has a younger brother, Justin.
Questionable Content (QC) is a comedic slice-of-life webcomic that Jacques started on August 1, 2003. It was initially published two days a week, and then moved up to three updates a week when Jacques published strip #16. On September 4, 2004 Jacques lost his day job, and decided to try publishing QC every weekday and make a living selling QC-related T-Shirts. Jacques is one of the small number of professional web cartoonists, as he and his former wife Cristi both make their living through QC.
Other artistic endeavors
Jacques was a member of Dayfree Press, an online webcomic syndicate which included other artists such as Christian Fundin and Pontus Madsen of Little Gamers, Sam Logan of Sam and Fuzzy, and Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics.
Jacques launched indietits as an anonymous side project on April 1, 2005 to use ideas that did not fit into Questionable Content's setting. Compared to Questionable Content, it is a simple strip, eschewing detailed art and linear storyline in favour of reusable pre-drawn panels and one-shot jokes. To further broaden his drawing limits, Jacques created Jephdraw to place unnamed drawings of his onto the Internet. He puts anything from favored panels to simple sketches for others to see what he does in his spare time. However, both Jephdraw and indietits seem to be on a hiatus, as the most recent posts are from 2006 and 2007, respectively.
In September 2014, Jacques launched a new comic, Alice Grove, which updates twice weekly. This is in addition to his 5-days-a-week QC schedule.
Early in 2015 Jacques purchased the domain name walmart.horse (using the more recently available ICANN-era generic top-level domains). The website's sole page is an image of a horse in front of a Walmart store. Jacques created the website as a piece of postmodernist "nonsense-art". In March Jacques posted a cease and desist letter he received from Walmart who claimed the website diluted their intellectual property. Although Jacques said he believes the site to be fair use, he said he would be willing to post a disclaimer on the site indicating that it is parody if Walmart requested it.
Deathmøle is a virtual post-metal band, whose works are available over the Internet, created by Jeph Jacques in 2005. The band is currently composed of three characters from his comic, Questionable Content. The name for the band appears in Strip 554 for the first time. Since its inception, Jacques has periodically released individual Deathmøle songs through his LiveJournal or his Tumblr where they remain available; newer albums have been released on BandCamp.
Jacques states that Deathmøle's style "...started out as a joke- I wanted to write and record a really stupid metal song ... and it turned out to be really fun. So fun, in fact, that I started writing more 'serious' metal tracks, and that’s ... how the music evolved."
In chronological order, the Deathmøle albums are Moletopopolis, Long Songs, ???, Trial Period (EP), Amps, Absent Gods & Creatures Foul, Fear of Black Horses, Meade's Army, Advances, Permanence (ongoing) and finally Jephmøle (ongoing). Each album typically has seven or eight tracks with Trial Period's three and Moletopopolis' fifteen being the extremes. The music is Jacques' original work, with the exception of a cover of Low's "Two-step" on Long Songs.
On August 11, 2013 Jacques launched a Kickstarter project with a goal of $9,500 to professionally record the Deathmøle album Permanence. On September 10, 2013 the Kickstarter projects funding period ended with a total funding of $141,115 breaking all 10 of his listed stretch goals. Much of the funding came from fans of QC.
- Jacques, Jeph. "About Questionable Content". Questionable Content. Archived from the original on 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
- Jacques, Jeph. "Questionable Content #2612". Questionable Content. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
- Jacques, Jeph. "Twitter / @jephjacques". Questionable Content. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Strip #16 News Blog".
- "Strip #174 News Blog".
- Jacques, Jeph. "Frequently Asked Questions". Questionable Content.
- "Active Dayfree Press Creators". Dayfree Press. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
- Marshall, Rick (17 July 2008). "Interview: Jeph Jacques on ‘Questionable Content’". Comicmix.
- "WHODUNIT". 3 November 2010.
- Wikramanayake, Marisa (2 June 2009). "Jeph Jacques Music Review Weblog".
- Moran, Lee (10 March 2015). "Walmart issues cease and desist to walmart.horse owner". New York Daily News. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
- Kravets, David (9 March 2015). "Why the long face? Retailer says walmart.horse domain infringes its IP". Ars Technica. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
- Geier, Ben (10 March 2015). "Why this sweet-looking horse is a major headache for Wal-Mart". Fortune. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
- J.Jacques. "Moletopopolis demos". Questionable Content. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
- J.Jacques. "Deathmole- ???". Questionable Content. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
- J.Jacques. "A Democratic Decision". Questionable Content. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
- See also J.Jacques. "The Horn is Life". Questionable Content. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
- J. Jacques. "I Am Afraid Of Everything". Livejournal.com. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
- "jephjacques". Tumblr.com. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
- Jacques, Jeph. "deathmole.bandcamp.com". BandCamp.
- "QA DUMP #01". jephjacques.tumblr.com. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
- "Deathmøle stuff". jephjacques.tumblr.com. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
- "New Deathmøle". jephjacques.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
- "Deathmøle". Last.fm. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
- "Permanence: The New Album By Deathmøle". Kickstarter. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
- "Albacon 11 Guests". Albacon. 2006-09-28. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
- "WCCA Awards". Retrieved 2008-09-13.
- Jeph Jacques on Twitter
- Jeph Jacques on Tumblr
- Jeph Jacques on Bandcamp
- Questionable Content
- QC LiveJournal
- Yelling about music