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Find out how Piximix got started, and learn more about the characters in this interview winniewong had with them a couple of weeks ago.
WW: Hi Piximix, how goes it?
Garth Webb: Hi there, we're doing well
Kyle Hoyt: We have our health.
WW: for now anyway :)
KH: That's what really matters, afterall.
KH: Do you know something we don't?
Rhandee Leano: health?
WW: naw, just teasing.
KH: Oh, Rhandee doesn't.
WW: Hey, so the themes you sent look great
chasethestars has coded them up. We're getting ready to release them.
RL: thank you! We're really excited about it
WW: So let's do a quick intro...
WW: So I know Garth, but I feel bad that I don't know more about the rest of you, seeing as how you've been so nice to us and all. How did you meet? How did you get started?
KH: Well, we've all worked together at some point.
RL: and actually got along...
KH: On the surface.
GW: especially when kyle's girlfriend [Catherine Maske] bakes chocolate cupcakes!
KH: Piximix actually started when Rhandee and I were shooting the breeze on our day job.
KH:Yeah, and we really wanted some cupcakes.
RL: oh yeah cupcakes!!!
KH: Wait, that's not us.
WW: My bullshit meter is blinking
KH: We wanted to make t-shirts.
WW: ah, that sounds more like it.
KH: With cool designs.
KH: Since we're such cool designers.
WW: Are you all designers?
KH: Rhandee and I are.
GW: I play one on tv
KH: We asked Garth to join us because he's a technical genius.
KH: Designers aren't good with math.
RL: thats for sure!
KH: He helps figure out tips at our company dinners.
KH: Oh wait, my cupcake baking girlfriend (who's actually my fiance), is also a collaborator.
WW: fiance! congrats!
KH: She makes awesome dolls of our characters and provides much needed criticism to my art.
RL: She's been absolutely great!...Lucky you foudn her Kyle
RL: oops sorry...can't type today..
WW: I'll have to hit her up for some cupcakes too.
WW: OK, so we know what your day jobs are...
tell us a little about the characters you draw.
Was Appley the first character? Kaboom brothers?
GW: We launched Piximix with Appley and the Kaboom brothers at the same time
KH: Yeah, those were our first characters.
KH: Appley came out of an old website I did.
GW: Kyle and Rhandee showed up at my house one day with a sketch book full of great ideas
KH: Yeah, I came up with the Kaboom Bros. over lunch after we started Pximix.
KH: Oops.. Piximix.
KH: I can't spell our own name.
WW: Well, we'll explain to the grammar police that you are nice guys and shouldn't be skewered.
KH: This thing is supposed to have a spell checker... why isn't Piximix in the dictionary?
KH: We're so famous!
WW: Shoot for Wikipwedia first.
KH: Yeah, but it turned out girls really liked our offering for guys...
KH: Lil'B [Kaboom Bros] is quite the ladies man.
KH: Or thing.
KH: Not many guys buy our pink Appley stuff, though. She's the little zombie fruit girl.
RL: Yeah, one thing I do like about our characters are that they are cute, but with an attitude
RL: abused and discarded...I'd be pissed too!
KH: You'd be bitter too, if someone took a bite out of your head..
KH: Yeah, they're all socially maladjusted.
WW: Haha, I think I need a userpic of that.
WW: So I found this picture of Appley in Japan with a loli fan
KH: Yes, I think we freaked her out with that.
WW: Appley didn't assault her did she?
KH: Yeah, but she's not pressing charges.
KH: Yeah, we don't take her out much now.
WW: Probably best. Nothing but lawsuits.
KH: Yes, that's an understatement.
KH: Me and Cat (the cupcake making one) went to Vegas and just left Appley in the hotel.
WW: Sorry, finish, your Vegas story? No Vegas story should ever be left unfinished.
KH: What happens in Vegas stays..
KH: Oh, you know.
WW: damn. I thought so.
RL: nice try winnie
WW: Appley looks like she fits in well in Japan tho.
WW: Is Japanese culture a big influence in your character design?
KH: Anyways, I have a scary collection of anime and manga...
KH: I used to draw a strip about anime fandom in a past life.
KH: I'm also a "Rising Star of Manga"! For what that's worth..
KH: Was in the first Tokyopop book.
WW: Nice! I wish I was as famous as you.
KH: Anyways, you can check out my old site at www.stationzero.org to see my art past.
RL: Kyle weren't there some relation to when you where born and Hello Kitty?
KH: Oh yes, we were "born" the same year.
WW: you and Hello Kitty?
KH: I have a giant HK doll at home.
KH: It's the size of a small child.
WW: wow....you win.
KH: It scares my real cats.
KH: I have lots of HK stuff.
WW: you are going to have to post a picture of that.
KH: What happens at my house stays...
KH: Yeah, it's like Vegas.
KH: Appley was envisioned as a sick version of Hello Kitty.
KH: I wanted to do pink angst.
WW: I think you got it.
WW: I bought the Appley tee. I like her. She reminds me of myself.
KH: We have new ones...
WW: I'll have to check them out.
KH: And how about a doll?
KH: We have those, too.
WW: I find the doll a tad scary.
WW: I'm working my way up to the doll.
KH: Work faster!
KH: Cat is working on mini-dolls.
WW: They look really hard to sew. My props to Cat. I sew a bit, but I don't think I could make Appley.
KH: Yeah, she's amazing with thread.
RL: would it better if they were "scratch n sniff"
WW: ummm. eeew.
GW: I'm still working out the right 'rotten apple' smell
WW: umm, yeah. It may take me a bit longer to work up to the doll then.
WW: OK, so back to questions...
WW: We've got a lot of talented people on LJ, any advice for them, besides the standard "Follow your dreams. You can reach your goals, I'm living proof...Beefcake, BEEFCAKE!"?
KH: If their goal is getting on Geraldo, Beefcake is all they need.
WW: They still let Geraldo on the air?
KH: I hope so, we'd go on there.
GW: Beefcake helped me upgrade the piximix site to a more recent linux kernel
KH: Appley wants to throw a chair at him.
KH: Wow, why is Appley getting all the attention?
KH: I think the Pixipets are getting miffed.
KH: They haven't been mentioned once.
WW: They're the new kids, yes?
KH: Yes, they were kind of an accident.
GW: Their the new 'travel size' of piximix
KH: (Don't tell them, though)
WW: No worries, we will have them duke it out on LJ. You gave us userpics of everyone, so LJ users can decide which Pixipet "reigns supreme"
KH: Yeah, sure, Garth. You wish.
WW: Hey! I Like Pandas!
GW: Or quite possibly robot in his pimp outfit
KH: The Cat gets all the love when we go conventioning.
KH: And Death.
KH: Who doesn't love Death?
WW: ask me that again. :)
KH: Well, the character, not the thing.
WW: OK, before a fight breaks out over the supreme Pixipet...
WW: I have to give you the obligatory grief over not having an LJ community
What gives? No love for LJ?
KH: I have an LJ account.
KH: It's secret, though.
GW: I have an account as well
KH: Cat has one, she puts us to shame with her blogging abilities.
GW: she has mad blogging skilz
GW: and I've recently commandeered the piximix community
WW: Yes, I will be expecting great things from you.
KH: And we syndicate our comics there.
GW: Thats probably my favorite feature
GW: the syndication
RL: yes indeed!
KH: Hey, yeah, we're syndicated just like Geraldo!
WW: Well the LJ staff is bugging me about going to lunch, so I think we need to wrap things up.
WW: Thanks for talking to us. Any last words?
GW: Hey that was my last word!
WW: Excellent. Thanks guys.
For more Piximix:
LJ community: piximix
syndicated feeds: pixipets and kaboombros
Thanks for all the great themes and userpics, Piximix!