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Am I the oldest person doing webcomics?

I'm 52 today, Oct. 27th...born in 1953.  Anybody older doing webcomics?

July 7th, 1953 here. But Gary Dumm is several years older than me, and he did some American Spendor webcomics for Modern Tales-- and of course Harvey is old as the hills, so I think Donna has to surrender the Most Ancient title. BTW, Harvey did some webcomics a year or so before Modern Tales was born, so he's not only old, but an early webcomicker.

Does anybody know how old Charley Parker is?

--Joe Zabel

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Greg Carter's picture

Happy birthday! I've always wondered if there were people older than me - 45 - and now I know. I'm curious to see how high it goes.

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Uncle Ghastly's picture

I just turned 40 this year.

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Brian's picture

I'm an immortal Scottsman with nothing better to do now that I AM THE ONLY ONE!!! ;)

But in all seriousness, I actually think it's cool you guys like to make your own comics still, because it gives me hope that I'll still have the drive to do this sort of thing later on in life as well.

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Donna Barr of The Desert Peach was born in 1952, so she wins so far. ;)

As for comics and cartoon strips in general, Will Eisner and Charles Schultz were creating right to the ends of their long lives, just about, so it wouldn't surprise me if there were a good few good elder webcomicists around.

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Fabricari's picture

Thanks! At 30 I was starting to feel like I was that creepy old guy hangin' out at the club. I don't know about you but I plan to go out the way Eisner did - drawing till the day I die.

Steve "Fabricari" Harrison

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Don't know enough ages to be sure, but I'd guess that 30 is well towards the young end. Several of my favorites are just past or creeping up on 40.

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bobweiner's picture

Happy B-day, Al. You've got the record so far! :) (33 years young here)

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Happy Birthday. I'm pretty sure the guy who does Paul Gadzikowski is just as old as you.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY! in 5 weeks i'll be 46. (rant starting)and there'd be a whole lot more comickers my age, if they werent scared of "real cartoonists dont put their stuff on the web for free". seriously, there needs to be an outreach program for older cartoonists who are afraid of the web. i keep hyping webcomicsnation to the ones i know. but they have the attitude above or they're like "i dont want to have to learn anything new because i'm too old too." sigh. (rant ending) anyway, i'm really glad to be showing my comics on the web. i've got far more readers than i ever had going thru the zine route. and my pockets arent empty from it.

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Al Schroeder's picture

timtylor wrote:
Donna Barr of The Desert Peach was born in 1952, so she wins so far. ;)

As for comics and cartoon strips in general, Will Eisner and Charles Schultz were creating right to the ends of their long lives, just about, so it wouldn't surprise me if there were a good few good elder webcomicists around.

Good to know that Donna wins, so far -- by a year, anyway.
---Al

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John wrote:
Happy Birthday. I'm pretty sure the guy who does Paul Gadzikowski is just as old as you.

I assume you meant, "Paul Gadzikowski, the guy who does Arthur, King of Time and Space"? Because, there's no one Al's age who does me.

I'll be 46 on December 15. Last year I started AKOTAS as a twenty-five year project, which means I'll be 69 when it's done.

timtylor wrote:
Don't know enough ages to be sure, but I'd guess that 30 is well towards the young end. Several of my favorites are just past or creeping up on 40.

Huh. My impression is that most webcartoonists are in their twenties. I always say "half my age". There are exceptions like Kurtz, but (till I read this thread) I always took him for third at the high end of the bell curve after Al and me. Eric (WEBSNARK) Burns also has complained at thirty-seven of feeling the old man in the room, though he may have been writing of other fans rather than of other creators.

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Jamie Robertson's picture

I'm 41 and very happy to be in the small majority of "over 40" Webcomic creators. Apparently there are more of us that I thought. :shock: :D

Take care,

Jamie

Darn, I forgot... Happy (belated) birthday, Al. :D

While we're collecting names, Jennifer Diane Reitz is about 45 (and was 40 when she started as a webcomic maker).

I thought I was the old man at 40. Now I'm feeling young again.

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I'm only 34, but I'm about ten billion in internet years.

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ubersoft wrote:
I'm only 34, but I'm about ten billion in internet years.

That'd make me 14 billion? I'm 36. This is a cool thread for us oldsters. One other creator who I think is in his 40s is Bill Holbrook of Kevin & Kell.

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pclips wrote:
One other creator who I think is in his 40s is Bill Holbrook of Kevin & Kell.

I tend not to think of Holbrook as a webcartoonist because he was already syndicated. But if you count him, Phil Foglio is 49.

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Xaviar Xerexes's picture

This is a heck of an interesting thread. I'm trying to remember how old i am.... Oh yeah, 36.

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Townie's picture

I would feel young as I'm almost 23, though I'm sure 90% of webcomics are by kids still in college, 18 or under

- Ben

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LGraf's picture

I'm 39, my husband is 41. But yes, it seems as though the average of comic creators on the web are in late teens to early 20's. I often feel rather old these days.

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I should say I'm 40 myself. (I'm doing the art for Manifestations, Thomas K Dye's Newshounds spinoff comic.)

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cayetano garza's picture

yup yup. just turned 33 the other day. i was feeling old, but i guess i'm part of the 30-something webcomics jetset. it's all these damned whippersnappers doing webcomics these days that make us feel old. i say we start a revolution!

year of the rat

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cayetano wrote:
yup yup. just turned 33 the other day.

Har! You're only a year older than me! well, a year and a month...

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I was... let's see... 24 when I started Help Desk. Almost 25. I started it about three months before I got married... which means I have two ten-year anniversaries coming up in 2006.

I ought to throw a party or something. Fogeys only!

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hey, this thread is about how old you are, not how long you've been making webcomics! ;)

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It was the average age being "late teens to early 20s" that set me off on that tangent. I started out in my early 20s. I feel old now.

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Matt Feazell (Cynical Man of Serializer) is 50.

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Clint Hollingsworth's picture

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i've got far more readers than i ever had going thru the zine route. and my pockets arent empty from it.

Amen brother!

I feel like the gandfather at Keenspot. (I'm 45) Damn kids keep sneakin' into my webcomic and stealin' my apples! :shock:

Clint Hollingsworth

The Wandering Ones Webcomic
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Yep, the oldest artists doing Webcomics is Donna Barr. I am 40 years.

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Well hell, guess I will fess up to it.......I was born June 28, 1952........so seems I might be the oldest..... maybe, hell I forget what went on yesterday sometimes, but can remember 1969 like it was yesterday......

cayetano garza's picture

i'm sure more people in the over 50 range will start making webcomics before we know it. probably before any of the "average agers" start to reach that age.

my mom (who's already well into her 50's) showed me her new tablet pc she uses for work today. it's an amazing technology and she's taken to it like a fish to water.

*sigh* how i long for thee, toshiba satellite.

year of the rat

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Wow, apparently 33 years young here.

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I will not post my age just so I won't make any of you old geezers feel bad ;-)

Anonymous wrote:
BTW, Harvey did some webcomics a year or so before Modern Tales was born, so he's not only old, but an early webcomicker.

Wow, yet another reason Harvey rocks.

Huh, a quick Google search brought up his website. I'd never even thought of checking to see if he had one before.

Seems there's quite a few older bloggers out there. Maybe webcomics will catch up with that trend.

LineItemVito's picture

I'll be 47 on November 28th. But mentally I'm still infantile. Does that count for something?

I presume the general age of the readers of webcomics is somewhere between 13-25. Do we (old fogies) need to do anything special to connect with them? Should we try? My cartoon (Insert Plug Here) is political / editorial and doesn't feature boobies. I'm sure that limits my audience. But I'm not going to change my 'toon to hit the 13-25 crew. I'm wondering how to get them to become my readers. I've also been wondering if there is a forum devoted to adult (non-porn) webcomics. The closest I've found is Daryl Cagle's Site, for professional print comics... not amateur webcomics.

Uh, I guess that's all I have to say. I need to go see if I can remember where I put my Geritol down.

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I don't know whether or not there's much collected data on readers' ages, or readers' anything else; I'd be interested to see it if there is. It's easy to assume young ages just because the Net's a young medium, but it's got a lot of older users who are likely to remember great past strips like Pogo and Peanuts. And I wouldn't underestimate the 13-25 readers either.

(The "Insert Plug" link's not working, by the way - it's missing the .com bit.)

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"Insert Plug" fixed. Thanks! :D

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It's great to hear other people's ages (of course it doesn't really matter, we all just want a good read!) But I thought I was at the older end of webcomics (36), now I stand corrected. I'm excited that lots of young people are making comics, but also that there is no such thing as a cut-off point and that some of the older posters here are making some fabulous comics, from the look of things.

Keep doing it, whether you're 13 or 93.

WOOHOOO!!!! I am still the oldest so far!!!!!!! Finally I win a contest.....oh wait it isn't a contest......
Well I hope there is no cut off date for doing webcomics, I hope I am around awhile to do mine.

Just a measily 30 years old here.

32 here.

It's not that old... :)

sod/

tynic's picture

wrong spot.

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LineItemVito's picture

November 1958 birthday: I'm 47. But I feel older. Does that count?

-Eddie
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Me too!

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I'm also finding this thread extremely reasuring, especially since my recent Keencast interview ("Holy Cow, you were ALIVE when Star Trek was on!!!")

For the record, I'm 43

Wow, 71? Very very cool! On

Greg Carter's picture

Wow, 71? Very very cool!

On a separate note, both of my daughters also make comics and are part of our web collective. It's a nice family tradition to pass down.

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Any advance on 71?

Well, like a few of the others who've posted here, I fall squarely into the 40+ bracket. But one of the artists I work with (sorry, but I'm not going to name him without his consent!) is 71. That's got to be a record, surely!?

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Aaargh - now I'm 37!

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

 Cool thread and all but of course we're all a year older now! :)

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