Dave Radford (DR): Your artwork has been described, I believe by you, as Creepy Cute. Is there anything you find creepy cute in real life? For instance, I think hairless dogs and cats are creepy cute. I hope I didn’t just take your answer.
Dylan Sisson (DS): Whew, thankfully you didn't steal my answer, otherwise the tables would be turned, and I would have to interview you instead. And that would make for a bad interview, wouldn't it?
DR: Indeed. Putting the propaganda aside, which do you feel is the most important meal of the day?
DS: I appreciate the diplomatic nature of your query. Perhaps the meal that is the best is the meal not had? Perhaps being sated, physically, spiritually, or mentally, inhibits the creation of art. Maybe asceticism is inspiring? Or maybe it's purely pragmatic ... when I don't eat, I have more time left to paint.
DS: That assumes my characters have free will, but ok. When I'm not watching I'd like to think my characters are following me behind my back.
DR: What are your feelings on argyle?
DS: It's a nice place to visit but I wouldn't like to live there ... but seriously, Argyle has always been a sore point for me, a thorn in my side ... Argyle never liked it when I said that Plaid was my favorite color and could never forgive me. Well, I told Argyle that Argyle is really just like Plaid but with a slight tilt. I even said that Plaid could be considered Argyle, but Argyle could never be Plaid, and guess what? Argyle didn't care.
DR: So you sketch, paint, animate, design vinyl toys and even i-Phone games. Are there any other media you’d like to explore, then conquer and benevolently rule over?
DS: Well, I've actually had a long standing fascination with chainsaw art ... I would like to explore that, if given an infinite amount of time. A lot of the subject matter of chainsaw art falls within the boundaries of bears, gnomes, and the great american bald eagle. There's a lot of stuff that hasn't been done. The idea of creating a motley collection of chainsaw sculptures for some kind of bizzarro road side attraction is kinda interesting ... but it's also a lot of bulky equipment, you need to get some tree trunks and a chainsaw for starters. You can't carry that stuff around and make art spontaneously ... like sketching people on the bus with a log and a chainsaw. That's generally frowned upon.
DR: What was your favorite comic growing up?
DS: This is actually a rather tough question. But I'd have to say that out of all the comics I read as a little kid, Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland was pretty much my all out favorite ... just because the stories were so elaborate and strange. And as a kid the only prop you needed to pretend to be Little Nemo was a bed. Luckily I had one of those. Of course, Winsor McCay was an early pioneer of animation and watching his early animation Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) taught me how the process of animation actually worked, a bonus I guess.
DR: You created possibly the most adorable depiction of the devil ever for our Devil Made Me Do It show. Is there anything in your past you’d now like to take this platform to publicly blame the devil for?