The 100 Artists Project has an interview with illustrator Ape Lad, who goes by the nickname Adam Koford.
Q: John Hodgman's book, "Areas of My Expertise," seems to have had an enormous impact on your work. Why do you think that is?Link (Thanks, Zuma Bum!)
A: I've always had a soft spot for absurdity I guess.
Q: Have you thought of trying to work on something with him, a collaboration?
A: At this point I'm resigned to the fact that I'll never actually meet him (let along collaborate with him on anything), even though several other hobo artists have seen him at readings and such. Did you know Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott met only once in their entire lives? Two men who defined the look and flavor of comics for the next several decades only met once at a convention, had a few words, and went along their ways. I'm no Joe Sinnott, but maybe I'll meet Hodgman when we're very old men, at the annual Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa.