|This biographical article relies too much on references to primary sources. (April 2012)|
Jacques in 2012
|Born||Jeffrey Paul Jacques
June 17, 1980
|Area(s)||Writer, artist, musician|
Jeffrey Paul "Jeph" Jacques (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"). He was born in Rockville, Maryland, and graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in music. 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 makes his 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.
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. Jacques gave up the domain after Walmart filed a domain dispute.
In October 2015, another new strip launched on a Tumblr-esque site similar to the one which hosts Alice Grove, using the URL "dord.horse". The strip resolves around a pair of sentient solar collection satellites (known as DORDs), part of a network of thousands thereof, who were placed around the Sun to gather energy for a presumably-human civilization which has long since departed, leaving the DORDs to contemplate their purpose and while away vast stretches of idle time. Each strip consists solely of a centrally placed white sun disk on a black starfield, with the two DORDs (essentially 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. Like QC but unlike Alice Grove, DORD updates on a daily basis.
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 August 25, 2007. Retrieved December 10, 2007.
- Jacques, Jeph. "Questionable Content #2612". Questionable Content. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
- Jacques, Jeph (April 19, 2012). "Happy birthday...". Twitter.com. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
- Jacques, Jeph (August 28, 2015). "Jeph moves to Halifax...". Twitter.com. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
- "Strip #16 News Blog".
- "Strip #174 News Blog".
- Jacques, Jeph. "Frequently Asked Questions". Questionable Content.
- "Active Dayfree Press Creators". Dayfree Press. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
- Marshall, Rick (July 17, 2008). "Interview: Jeph Jacques on ‘Questionable Content’". Comicmix.
- "WHODUNIT". November 3, 2010.
- Wikramanayake, Marisa (June 2, 2009). "Jeph Jacques Music Review Weblog".
- Moran, Lee (March 10, 2015). "Walmart issues cease and desist to walmart.horse owner". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- Kravets, David (March 9, 2015). "Why the long face? Retailer says walmart.horse domain infringes its IP". Ars Technica. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- Geier, Ben (March 10, 2015). "Why this sweet-looking horse is a major headache for Wal-Mart". Fortune. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- Hern, Alex (May 19, 2015). "Supermarket giant shuts Walmart.horse website after joke has bolted". The Guardian. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
- J.Jacques. "Moletopopolis demos". Questionable Content. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
- J.Jacques. "Deathmole- ???". Questionable Content. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
- J.Jacques. "A Democratic Decision". Questionable Content. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
- See also J.Jacques. "The Horn is Life". Questionable Content. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
- J. Jacques. "I Am Afraid Of Everything". Livejournal.com. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
- "jephjacques". Tumblr.com. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
- Jacques, Jeph. "deathmole.bandcamp.com". BandCamp.
- "QA DUMP #01". jephjacques.tumblr.com. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
- "Deathmøle stuff". jephjacques.tumblr.com. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
- "New Deathmøle". jephjacques.tumblr.com. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
- "Deathmøle". Last.fm. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
- "Permanence: The New Album By Deathmøle". Kickstarter. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
- "Albacon 11 Guests". Albacon. September 28, 2006. Retrieved December 10, 2007.
- "WCCA Awards". Retrieved September 13, 2008.