You’ve made my big fat ego very happy. Thanks for asking! Here goes…
I don’t think I journeyed to or ‘found’ comics. It was just always there for me. One of my earliest memories is of reading comics. I suppose I’ve orbited around it, vacillating on whether or not to commit to being a cartoonist, but it’s always been a part of my life in one way or another.
My first love was mystery and horror comics, the kind of stuff that always had a twisty, Twilight Zone-type of ending. When I got into my teen years, I had a brief affair with superhero comics. In my twenties, my tastes changed, and I sought out more personal, idiosyncratic work—alternative comics. And that’s what I’ve come to like the most: comics that are created by an individual, with a unique point of view.
My influences are all over the map. When it comes to the craft of drawing comics, I look at the work of Alex Toth, Chris Ware, Mike Mignola, Jaime Hernandez, Frank Miller, Alison Bechdel, Daniel Clowes, Dave Sim, and Robert Crumb. I look outside comics, at the work of great illustrators from prior eras, people like J.C. Leyendecker, Bob Peak, Charles Dana Gibson, even Norman Rockwell.
My writing influences are just as convoluted: Alan Moore, Alison Bechdel (again), Dave Sim (again), Stephen King, George Orwell, Raymond Chandler, H.P. Lovecraft, Hunter Thompson!
What do I do when I’m not trying to draw comics? I play a lot of video games. Minecraft, Team Fortress 2, obscure old-school RPGs. I watch a lot of old movies, mostly from the mid-1970s to early 1980s. My biggest time-sink is probably being right here on the Internet, reading Tumblr, Reddit, Digg, Metafilter, etc.
I hope I wasn’t boring. :)
(P.S. For fun, I suggest doing a Google image search on some of those artist names I mentioned. Set aside some time to do it though…)