Written by Mandy McGee
Diesel Sweeties is a web comic created by Richard Stevens III. It is pixelated love full of low resolution robots, puns and lots of funny adventures. Richard also makes geeky T-shirts, socks and other things for your enjoyment. Some of his T-shirts have been worn by the likes of Wil Wheaton and Jim Parsons on The Big Bang Theory and in Scott Pilgrim. He sometimes even draws celebrities and geek icons in the comics. This is probably the funniest interview I have done yet.
Mandy: For our readers who are not familiar with you, who is Richard Stevens and what do you do?
RStevens: I am a so-far unmodified human male from the North American continent, consisting largely of caffeinated water and puns. I draw a comic strip on the internets called Diesel Sweeties and do all the side work that running a website and selling things entails.
Mandy: Where are you from?
RStevens: Originally, Connecticut. Currently, just outside Northampton, Mass.
Mandy: What projects are you currently working on?
RStevens: I’m currently doing my regular DS work, the gigantic 3,000+ comic ebook collection and a couple of secret books which are secret.
Mandy: When and why did you start Diesel Sweeties?
RStevens: I started in the Year Two Thousand. I’d always drawn comics as a kid, but had to stop during college. I had an easy, steady job at the time and decided to use my spare time to make up some comics. I was originally planning to do books, but fell into the routine of a comic strip.
Mandy: Did you start with doing the comic and then create merchandise?
RStevens: Yup. Comics first, merchandise second.
Mandy: What else do you do besides Diesel Sweeties?
RStevens: I tweet a lot and sometimes experiment with a crock pot. There was a brief period where I also collected some old arcade games because I was bored. That was my exercise for this decade.
Mandy: Were you aware that Wil Wheaton was going to wear your stuff before Big Bang Theory aired?
RStevens: Yup! He called me right as the production folks ordered them to give me a heads-up so I could get them to the show on time. That was a pretty wild day. I woke up in a blizzard without power, dug out from a couple feet of snow, and then Wil called about five minutes after the electricity came back on.
Pixelated Wil Wheaton
Mandy: If you could be a superhero, what power would you possess?
RStevens: I could really go for multiple, networked bodies and the intelligence boost that would come from there being a dozen of me. I’d really like to both get my work done *and* read more.
Mandy: If you were a Star Trek® [or Star Wars® ] character, which one would it be?
RStevens: Ideally, Scotty or R2-D2. More likely, Reginal Barclay or C-3PO.
Mandy: What is the last book you read?
RStevens: Shades of Grey, by Jasper Fforde. Great book! I love quiet sci-fi.
Dedication to Bonnie Burton
Mandy: What was the last movie you went to see?
RStevens: Captain America, and Scott Pilgrim before that. I don’t get out to the movies much!
Mandy: If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be?
RStevens: Who could most benefit the original me for when I get back? I guess I would probably pick someone with the ability to give Original Me some huge, tax-free grants or sign over a building or NASA to me. Then, all I have to do is wait a week and life will be Good.
Barring that, switch me with someone in the Illuminati who knows the truth about aliens. I’m sure I could memorize some flying saucer diagrams.
Mandy: What hidden talents do you have?
RStevens: Apparently, I am very good at over complicating hypothetical life-swapping questions. Better that than overcomplicated wife-swapping, I guess.
Dedication to Warren Ellis
Mandy: What is your dream project?
RStevens: I want to write a sitcom so dense and speedy that it would make Arrested Development look like a cricket match. Nothing but an overlapping, multi-layered heap of recaps and flash-forwards that could drive a normal person mad.
I would settle for getting free reign over a weird think tank to invent crazy technology and give it away for free, hopefully screwing up large corporations in the process.
Mandy: Professionally, what’s your goal?
RStevens: I want to finally get caught up on work, automate a month’s worth of comic and then write a couple books while on a boat to Australia. That’s the closest thing to a vacation I think I’d enjoy.
Mandy: What advice can you give to those going into your line of work?
RStevens: Don’t do this because you think it’ll make you money. Do it because you love it.
You can find more Diesel Sweeties HERE
Follow RStevens on Twitter (He is funny)
We both had a hard time figuring out which comics were our favourites so we reached out to the fans on twitter. There are so many Sweetie comics it is hard to think of one particular one, but a few were brought to my attention and refreshed my brain on the ones I really like. Here are two that I love and speak to me for different reasons. If you know me you can see why.