Jeph Jacques

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Jeph Jacques
Jeph Jacques.jpg
Jacques in 2012
Born Jeffrey Paul Jacques
(1980-06-17) June 17, 1980 (age 38)
Rockville, Maryland
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, artist, musician
Notable works
Questionable Content
http://questionablecontent.net/

Jeffrey Paul "Jeph" Jacques (/ˈɛf ˈæks/ JEF JAKS) (born June 17, 1980) is an American cartoonist who writes and draws the webcomics Questionable Content, Alice Grove, and DORD (and formerly "Indietits").

Personal life[edit]

Jacques was born in Rockville, Maryland, and was later adopted.[1] He has a younger brother named Justin.[2]

Jacques lived near Northampton, Massachusetts, where Questionable Content is set; in 2015, he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia.[3]

Jacques graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in music. He was married to his business manager Cristi until their amicable separation in 2014.[4][5] In 2017, Jacques travelled to France and got married.[6]

Questionable Content[edit]

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.[7] 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.[8] [9]

Other artistic endeavors[edit]

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.[10][11]

Jacques launched indietits as an anonymous side project on April 1, 2005, to use ideas that did not fit into Questionable Content's setting.[12][13] 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.[citation needed]

In September 2014, Jacques launched a new comic, Alice Grove, which updated once per week until the story finished in July 2017.

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".[14] 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.[14][15][16] Jacques gave up the domain after Walmart filed a domain dispute.[17]

In October 2015, Jacques launched a new strip titled Derelict Orbital Reflector Devices at the URL "dord.horse".[18] The strip revolves around a pair of sentient solar collection satellites (known as "DORDs"), part of a network of trillions (2×1013, according to their conversations) of similar satellites that were placed around the Sun to gather energy for a presumably human civilization that has long since departed, leaving the DORDs to contemplate their purpose and while away vast stretches of idle time.[citation needed] Each strip consists of a centrally-placed white sun disk on a black starfield, with the two DORDs (shaped like the letter "H" in a highly bolded font, with two thick side panels connected by a narrow body) assuming various positions in front of the sun, and text balloons for either or both of them in most panels.[citation needed] DORD updated on a daily basis, but no strips have been published since November 19, 2015.[citation needed] The domain registration for "dord.horse" expired for a time, but the site was back online as of January 25, 2018.

Deathmøle[edit]

In 2005 Jacques launched Deathmøle, a virtual post-metal band whose works are available online.[19][20][21] 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.[22] Since its inception, Jacques has periodically released individual Deathmøle songs through his LiveJournal[23] or his Tumblr[24] where they remain available; newer albums have been released on BandCamp.[25]

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."[26]

In chronological order, the Deathmøle albums are Moletopopolis, Long Songs, ???, Trial Period (EP), Amps, Absent Gods & Creatures Foul, Fear of Black Horses,[27] Meade's Army,[28] 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.[29] 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.[30]

Honors[edit]

Jacques was the Artist Guest of Honor at the 2006 Albacon.[31] His webcomic Questionable Content has been honored multiple times in the Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=648
  2. ^ Jacques, Jeph (April 19, 2012). "Happy birthday..." Twitter.com. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ Jacques, Jeph (August 28, 2015). "Jeph moves to Halifax..." Twitter.com. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ Jacques, Jeph. "About Questionable Content". Questionable Content. Archived from the original on August 25, 2007. Retrieved December 10, 2007. 
  5. ^ Jacques, Jeph. "Questionable Content #2612". Questionable Content. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ Jacques, Jeph. "Questionable Content #3556". Questionable Content. Retrieved Aug 28, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Strip #16 News Blog". 
  8. ^ "Strip #174 News Blog". 
  9. ^ Jacques, Jeph. "Frequently Asked Questions". Questionable Content. 
  10. ^ "Active Dayfree Press Creators". Dayfree Press. Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  11. ^ Marshall, Rick (July 17, 2008). "Interview: Jeph Jacques on 'Questionable Content'". Comicmix. 
  12. ^ "WHODUNIT". November 3, 2010. 
  13. ^ Wikramanayake, Marisa (June 2, 2009). "Jeph Jacques Music Review Weblog". Archived from the original on December 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Moran, Lee (March 10, 2015). "Walmart issues cease and desist to walmart.horse owner". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  15. ^ Kravets, David (March 9, 2015). "Why the long face? Retailer says walmart.horse domain infringes its IP". Ars Technica. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  16. ^ Geier, Ben (March 10, 2015). "Why this sweet-looking horse is a major headache for Wal-Mart". Fortune. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  17. ^ Hern, Alex (May 19, 2015). "Supermarket giant shuts Walmart.horse website after joke has bolted". The Guardian. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  18. ^ https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3069
  19. ^ J.Jacques. "Moletopopolis demos". Questionable Content. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  20. ^ J.Jacques. "Deathmole- ???". Questionable Content. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  21. ^ J.Jacques. "A Democratic Decision". Questionable Content. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  22. ^ See also J.Jacques. "The Horn is Life". Questionable Content. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  23. ^ J. Jacques. "I Am Afraid Of Everything". Livejournal.com. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  24. ^ "jephjacques". Tumblr.com. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  25. ^ Jacques, Jeph. "deathmole.bandcamp.com". BandCamp. 
  26. ^ "QA DUMP #01". jephjacques.tumblr.com. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Deathmøle stuff". jephjacques.tumblr.com. Archived from the original on August 18, 2011. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  28. ^ "New Deathmøle". jephjacques.tumblr.com. Archived from the original on July 15, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Deathmøle". Last.fm. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Permanence: The New Album By Deathmøle". Kickstarter. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Albacon 11 Guests". Albacon. September 28, 2006. Retrieved December 10, 2007. 
  32. ^ "WCCA Awards". Retrieved September 13, 2008. 

External links[edit]

Interviews with Jeph Jacques[edit]