Q: What is Tails?
A: At first, Ethan may seem like your typical struggling cartoonist. He works at a NYC animal shelter, lives with his folks, and fosters a huge amount of cats — all while trying to successfully publish his comic strip, Crusader Cat. But Ethan’s not typical, nor is anything else in his chaotic life. The trouble is, as his life gets weirder in the real world, it also does on the comic page. Before he knows it, Ethan gets in over his head when fantasy and reality combine — and then things get really weird. It’s a slice-of-life comedy with a supernatural twist.
Created by Ethan Young, Tails the online comic is an updated revival of a 2006 self-published mini-series of the same name.
Q: How often is Tails updated?
A: Tails is updated every Monday (give or take a day).
Q: Who is Ethan Young?
A: Ethan Young was born in 1983 in NYC to Chinese immigrant parents. The youngest of 3 sons, he took to drawing at the age of 3. After attending the School of Visual Arts for one semester, Young left to pursue an illustration career. His first graphic novel, Tails: Life in Progress, was awarded the Gold Medal for Best Graphic Novel during the 2007 Independent Publishers Book Awards. From 2006 through 2008, Young collaborated with writer C.B. Cebulski on Wonderlost and Comic Book Tattoo: Tales Inspired by Tori Amos. In 2009, Tails was relaunched as an ongoing webcomic. In addition to comic book work, Young is also a prolific freelance illustrator. He currently lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife, Carol Jean, and a bunch of cats.
Q: Is the webcomic available in print form?
A: Yes, Tails: Book One is now available on Amazon.com and wherever graphic novels are sold.
Q: Are there any other projects you’re currently involved in?
A: I’m the co-writer and illustrator of A Piggy’s Tale: The Adventures of a 3-Legged Super-Pup, created by my buddy, Tod Emko. The first 3 issues are now available in comic shops and online.
I’m also finishing up an original graphic novel for Dark Horse Comics, NANJING: The Burning City, based on the 2nd Sino-Japanese War. The book is scheduled for a September 2015 release.
Q: Is Ethan Young available for freelance work?