There is something magical about seeing someone succeed at the exact thing they were meant to do. Artist Lisa Hanawalt is living that magic. Exhibit A: When Lisa was ten years old, she wrote in an essay for school, "I want to be famous for drawing horses someday." Cut to 22 years later, and Lisa's done just that. Her penchant for drawing anthropomorphic animals, horses especially, led to the creation of BoJack Horseman, one of the most innovative shows around . But even before BoJack, Lisa was bringing her unique artistic sensibilities to websites like the Hairpin and magazines like Lucky Peach and The Believer.
And this month Lisa's releasing her second book with Drawn & Quarterly, the excellently titled Hot Dog Taste Test. It is truly a treat for the senses. Lisa's world is weird and wonderful. It includes birds that have butts and cooters; weird foods that you wish you could eat in real life, like slices of ham worn like a bonnet or an "apple dipped in melted apple Jolly Rancher" (is this not the ultimate candied apple?!); and an overall vibe that makes you wish Lisa were your best friend and you could go swimming with otters together. Lisa and I talked on the phone about her career path, New York versus LA, and which character from Friends is the worst.