To say Mike Royer of Pickled Comics loved In-N-Out is an understatement. The love between this man and an In-N-Out Double Double became so great that Mike decided to create a cartoon chronicling the epic tale of his discovery of the California burger chain. What started off as a glorious encounter quickly turned obsessive and downright ruinous.
On the bright side, it makes for a pretty awesome comic that proves as a cautionary tale for those of you hell-bent on In-N-Out morning, noon and night. Check out Mike's brilliant work below and keep reading on for a quick interview with Foodbeast.
How much of this comic is based on your actual experience with In-N-Out?
Well the deep deep love for The Double Double conveyed in the comic is very real. But luckily, the burger has yet to put me out on the streets. Though, it is truly hard to not think about how many burgers I could get for the price of one movie ticket in Los Angeles.
Do you still eat In-N-Out or are you completely cold turkey?
I live in Los Angeles so the temptation is all around me. But when friends come to town I always use their visit as an excuse to drop in on In-N-Out. I guess I shouldn't be calling them friends anymore. I think I'm suppose to call them enablers.
Are you still with your girlfriend?
She's actually going to marry me now haha! I made sure the ring was big enough to distract her whenever I suggest In-N-Out for dinner.
When did you officially hit rock bottom?
I had some of my engagement photos taken at In-N-Out with my fiancée not too long ago. I think it's safe to say some may consider that rock bottom.
When did you start drawing cartoons? What are your influences?
I officially started making Pickled Comics around the middle of 2013 but some of my best work resides in spiral bound notebooks from middle school. Page after page of little stick figures battling out to the death. Ok, so maybe not my best work. I grew up reading Fox Trot and Calvin and Hobbes. So Bill Amend and Bill Watterson have been a huge influence on my entire life. But in the end it was The Oatmeal and Matthew Inman that motivated me to start putting my work on the internet.
Does eating Animal Fries and a Double Double so fast they appear to merge into one entity count? The secret menu is my bucket list. It's only a matter of time!