Liz Walsh is 26 years old and a fairly recent graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, where she studied computer science and earned her geek spurs. She grew up and still lives in Ottawa and describes herself as a "creative, passionate, thoughtful, antisocial, ambitious, [and] short temper[ed] (*grin*)" type of person. Her webcomic, Tao of Geek, is about geekery of all stripes, from computers and video games to role-playing games to anime. Walsh is a fan of geeks and her webcomic shows it.
"Geeks can be funny. Geeks can be serious," says Walsh. "It's all in who they are. They're more than just fanatics of some games, or people who dream in C++. They've got minds. They've got family. They've got friends. They've got personality. They can be the person that has aspirations of being on the stage based on how well they roleplay Garok the Mighty. They can be the person whose impeccable logic (from long nights of programming) lets them win any debate they enter, even against tenured politicians. They can be the person who creates a media empire based on the fantasy world they created during those long lectures at school. They can be *anyone*."
Aaron Farber is the creator of the Keenspot-hosted Men In Hats webcomic. Starting his comics career at the tender young age of 15, he also is the demented creative force behind the now-ended Pentasmal, which was also hosted on Keenspot. Farber describes Men In Hats as "the gripping story of 6 guys who stand around in the desert... talking... sometimes they have breakfast." It is a satirical, sometimes nonsensical comic strip that would be right at home on your daily newspaper funny pages... except that it’s consistently fresh and funny.
What's black and white and geeky all over?
Perhaps the most charming freak in comics since Benjamin J. Grimm has been a certain involuntarily transformed, zebra-striped demonness who does tech support on the side, and who can set fire to people that infuriate her with her mind. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Zebra Girl has grown from cult favorite over the years, making a changeover from Keenspace to Keenspot this year, and delighting more and more readers with each black-and-white-and-read-all-over update. We interviewed Zebra Girl's creator, Joe England, and got a quick glimpse into his hand-coded, Zebra-striped universe.
Michael Jantze's The Norm may be one of the best comic strips in newspapers today. Although syndicated by King Features Syndicate, Jantze has also stepped up to show keen entrepreneurial initiative, by hopping on the electronic world with a larger business plan, which includes the webcomic world. You can read The Norm online, in collections, and in The Norm Magazine. Jantze also has some web-oriented freebies available on his site.
You asked and Josh Lesnick answered. Lesnick's current project is Girly â€“ a sequel of sorts to Wendy and Cute Wendy, yet not a sequel at all. Part of the Keenspot line-up, but also a webcomics entrepreneur in his own right, Lesnick talks about webcomics business, art and INTERWEB drama.
Rob Balder has been delighting webcomics readers, readers of independent newspapers, convention-goers, and booklovers for several years now with his Partially Clips. He paused long enough in a busy schedule to answer ten questions at some length – with his observations on the current state and future of webcomics, of his trials and tribulations in book publishing, and what started him on this path... and his plans for the future.
A befogged pigeon, an abrasive squirrel with a strap-on, a gay robot who collect vintage records, a skull-faced stripper, an insecure head without a body, and a lustful pumpkin. All are the main characters of Stoopid Pigeon, a long-running (coming up on five years!) webcomic that nevertheless has been under the radar of many webcomic readers. Al Schroeder interviewed the two creators of the admittedly offensive and explicit, but often delightfully funny comic, and you can read the results here.
Gilda "Sans Souci" Rimessi is the author of The Sinner Dragon, a popular fantasy-based webcomic that has appeared online since 2001. She successfully transcends the boundaries of gender and language to appeal to a large devoted audience. Redefining the roles of sexuality and its place within webcomics, Rimessi creates a tantalizing mix that continues to draw in the fans.
Eight is the creator of several webcomics, the most recognized probably being Road Waffles. Road Waffles is a brilliant mess of sex and violence and random plot devices. Other webtoonists agree:
"You'll never find more conveniently placed objects, characters, or plot devices anywhere other than Road Waffles!" Greg Dean (Real Life)
"Kind of like Natural Born Killers meets Pee-Wee's Big Adventure... Or not." Aaron Holm (Joe Average)
"If Quentin Tarantino made a daily webcomic, this is what it would look like." Josh Phillips (Avalon)
Comixpedia caught up with him to hear what HE thinks of the whole webcomics thing.
Brad Guigar is the creator of Greystone Inn, a daily comic strip published online by Keenspot. Greystone Inn is about a fictional comic strip and the crew that produces it on a weekly basis. It features a cast of colorful characters including Argus the gargoyle and recovering super villainess, Lightning Lady. Guigar is also one of the founders of Alternative Brand Studios, and has organized two webcomic "telethon" fundraisers for MDA. More recently, Guigar designed the new Keenspot logo. He took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with Comixpedia.