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WHO ARE YOU?
I am a highly-paid, morally shallow Hollywood professional avoiding his Hollywood responsibilities by doing a webcomic that makes absolutely no money.
WHAT IS “DON’T FOGET TO VALIDATE YOUR PARKING”?
It is a silly little webcomic loosely based on my experiences and observations in Hollywood as a screenwriter, producer, and wannabe lothario.
HOW OFTEN IS “DON’T FORGET TO VALIDATE YOUR PARKING” UPDATED?
I try to put up a new comic strip once a week. Sometimes updates get delayed because I am busy living the sort of glamorous life that Fergie sings about or I’m off doing a stint in rehab.
HOW DID “DON’T FORGET TO VALIDATE YOUR PARKING” GET STARTED?
The idea to do a webcomic first hit me sometime during the 2007-2008 Hollywood Writer’s Strike. Since we weren’t allowed to write, I decided to catch up on my reading and picked up a copy of Adrian Tomine’s graphic novel “Shortcomings”. Being Asian-American, I related to the characters and was struck by the story’s tone and pacing. It inspired me to want to do something more autobiographical. So I decided to turn some of my blog pieces (from my Myspace page) into a webcomic. Being a fan of David Lynch’s comic strip THE ANGRIEST DOG IN THE WORLD, I decided to use the same minimal approach in format.
I posted the first Three Parts to DON’T FORGET TO VALIDATE YOUR PARKING on Livejournal. I emailed the link to several of my friends within the industry. It got a positive response and I was encouraged to continue producing them. My webcomic ended up being passed around Hollywood, it circulated around talent agencies, production companies, studios, and ended up on private tracking boards. Eventually word of my webcomic leaked outside of Hollywood circles and Cory Doctorow posted a piece about it on BoingBoing.net. I was surprised at the response. Producers and movie executives were calling me, wanting to meet. A top literary agent reached out to me on Facebook and wrote, “We never met, but I think you based your agent character on me.” More press caught on to it, and the rest is history…
HOW MUCH OF “DON’T FORGET TO VALIDATE YOUR PARKING” IS ACTUALLY TRUE?
More than I like.
WHAT DOES THE TITLE “DON’T FORGET TO VALIDATE YOUR PARKING” MEAN?
I never had to pay for parking until I moved to Los Angeles, which was one of the biggest culture shocks to me. When I started doing meetings around town, I noticed I always had to remember to validate my parking ticket or end up paying to park. It became a metaphor for me because everybody in Hollywood is seeking validation. This town is run on fear and insecurity and validation from others keep us going. The screenwriter needs to be validated by an agent, the agent needs to be validated by selling a script to a studio exec, the studio exec needs to be validated by finding the right projects, the actor needs constant validation, etc.
WILL YOU READ MY SCRIPT?
Sorry, for legal reasons, I am unable to accept script submissions.
WILL YOU HELP ME FIND AN AGENT?
No. But that amazing, one-of-a-kind screenplay you just wrote will.
HOW DO I SELL A SCRIPT?
As Steve Martin once said, “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”
DO I HAVE TO LIVE IN LOS ANGELES TO BE A SCREENWRITER?
No, but it helps a lot.
CAN I BE YOUR ASSISTANT?
How much abuse can you take?
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE MOVIES?
CLOCKWORK ORANGE, CITY LIGHTS, ALPHAVILLE, PULP FICTION, 8 ½, SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER, BOOGIE NIGHTS, ANNIE HALL, and all things Marx Bros.
WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU OFFER ME?
Keep reading DON’T FORGET TO VALIDATE YOUR PARKING. All of life’s secrets will be revealed here.
Don't Forget To Validate Your Parking © 2007-2009 Mike Le