Where did you grow up?
Just outside New York City.
What artists have most influenced your work?
Lots. Charles Schulz, Jack Kirby, Mad magazine, Hanna-Barbera, Dr. Seuss, Chester Gould, Chris Ware, and many more.
What are your hobbies and interests besides drawing, reading and books?
What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?
Keep writing and drawing. You only fail if you quit.