My Cardboard Life is cut out and glued by Philippa Rice..

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Q: How long does it take to make a My Cardboard Life strip?

A: Once I’ve written it, anywhere between half an hour and several hours or days, depending on how many panels in the strip and how many small pieces need to be cut out. If Cardboard Carl is involved, it takes hours and hours because he’s troublesome, with his beard and his jeans.

Q: What is the Polar Bear made of?

A: Canvas. As in the same canvas that people do paintings on. Apart from one strip where he’s made of upholstery fabric.

Q: Do you re-use each piece of card/paper for the subsequent panels?

A: No, each panel uses new pieces of cardboard and paper etc. The strip you see on the screen is just the same as the original collage strip that I have in a ring-binder on my shelf. The only editing I might do digitally is if the scan came out a bit dark and I’ve lightened it, or if I’ve had to join two pages together.

Q: Are the background squares made of post-its?

A: No. They’re made of coloured card which I’ve cut into 3×3″ squares with a guillotine.

Q: Do you get through a lot of cardboard?

A: Yes.

Q: Why does Colin stay friends with Pauline when she’s so mean to him?

A: Because Colin is a little bit pathetic. Also, Colin has been friends with Pauline for a long time. I’m sure we all know someone who’s horrible but you stay friends with them anyway because it’s easier, or you hope they might change (if you can’t think of one, it’s probably you).

Further questions?… if you want answers about something My Cardboard Life related (or anything else I suppose) email me at… or ask in the comments section. If it gets asked frequently, I’ll put it in the FAQ!

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