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Brian Clevinger is the cartoonist who creates 8-Bit Theater. 8-Bit Theater is a serial strip that follows the lives of a group of adventurers from the world of Final Fantasy™. Black mage, an impulsive person with homicidal tendencies, is one of the two original heroes that comprise the “light warriors”. Black Mage prefers to let his magic or his dagger do the talking for him, inflicting random violence on hapless passer-bys and only remains in the group due to his desire for ultimate power and his belief that he can use the group to further his goals. Fighter is a naïve, gentle soul whose blatant cluelessness (healthy denial or stupidity, depending on who you ask) is off sided by his awesome displays of physical prowess. Fighter enjoys swords of all kinds, and is working on a secret technique that involves using sword-chucks to his best advantage. Despite repeated attempts on his life, Fighter regards Black Mage as his best friend, and follows him everywhere. Unfortunately for Black Mage, Fighter entered into a contract deal with his new friend Thief, who is now the party leader. Seeing the “light warriors” as a way to further his own needs and make a little bit of money on the side through less-than-legal means, he continues adventuring with them. Finally, the newest member to the party, Red Mage, is a guru of various role-playing statistics, and has (or perhaps believes) the ability to change his statistics or skills around. He always has a plan for action, no matter how dangerous the situation, but for the most part doesn’t take into consideration all aspects, as they usually don’t work. Now the “light warriors” are being guided (whether they know it or not) by White Mage in her quest to save the world.
Tiffany Ross is the cartoonist who creates Alien Dice. Alien Dice is a serial strip that follows the life of a Rishan named Shira Lexx. Rishan’s are a genetically engineered race that was created from the human race. Hundreds of years ago, aliens came to Earth and captured numerous women, in order to harvest their offspring. They chose Earth to be their target due to its relative obscureness in the Galactic Order. The Rishans were developed for slavery, but after people found out where they came from, they were freed. This was not the end of the exploitation of the Rishan race. Most orphaned Rishans were taken by the ADC, the Alien Dice Corporation, and trained in numerous training academies in order to become “productive members of society”, when in reality, they were screening them to see which ones would be best suited for their game. Alien Dice was originally a game that rich people played by using special dice to augment animals and have them fight one another. This, over time, became boring, as animals only had so much intelligence and unpredictability. It was only a matter of time before they started using sentient beings in their game. Lexx is one of those people, and has become one of the best players in the game. The ADC makes a lot of money through the exploitation of the players, and through contracts that the players signed as children; they are not allowed to reveal anything until they are able to fight through three sets of collecting dice. Lexx is on his third set now, and everything was going smooth for him, until he ended up having to take a human girl named Chel with him on his last set. Now everything that defined Lexx’s world is changing. Lexx finds himself torn between living the life that he so desperately wants to have, and finishing the game so he will be alive or not a slave, in order to enjoy it.
Liriel McMahon is the cartoonist who creates Bad Blood. Bad Blood is a serial strip that follows the life of a troubled young man named Jared Jacobs. Jared’s family life is like many others, he comes from a broken home, as his father was sent to prison early in Jared’s life, and his mother, Jo Ann, decided not to wait for him to get out of jail. Jo Ann started drinking heavily and soon became an alcoholic because she was unable to cope with her husband’s sudden and violent outburst at a family gathering, the prospect of raising two kids by herself, and having to jump back into the dating world in her thirties in order to make ends meet. She didn’t have much opportunity to meet eligible men by hanging out at bars, so the quality of her boyfriends noticeably went down the more she drank. This left Jared to look out for his younger sister, Justine, and having both of them to fend for themselves, especially as their mother’s boyfriends became more and more violent. Jared was able to take the brunt of anything that his life could dish out onto him, which left him a little jaded and fiercely independent. It was these qualities that attracted a vampire named Eve to Jared. She wanted to create a living vampire, and felt that Jared possessed the qualities suitable for him to sustain the vampiric change without dying in the process. Afterwards, Jared wandered, half-aware of his surroundings, and feeling a strange new urge to feed off of the blood of the living. Months later, Jared returns to his home to take his sister away from his mother’s current boyfriend, J.D., in order to protect her, but little does he know that during the time he was gone, Justine has been at J.D.’s “tender mercy”.
Jennifer Boeke is the cartoonist who creates Catharsis. Catharsis is an anthropomorphic (animals that are attributed human-like qualities), serial strip that follows the life of a woman named Gwenivere Ivy Dahlgren and her strange collection of roommates. Gwen was originally in a relationship with a guy for whom she moved away from the big city, to a quiet suburban town. Not long after she moved, she ends up being dumped by the very same person who she moved to be with. This didn’t really leave her alone, as she always was with her stalwart companion, a Labrador-sized dragon named Rremly. Rremly was the runt of a clutch of dragons that was hatched over 400 years ago, and not long after he hatched, he was sent off to live in a castle, as it was the custom at the time. Rremly wasn’t so much used for his dragon prowess as he was more used as a playmate for the princess. Rremly grew up with the princess, and developed his loyal and carefree personality, which he maintains to this day. He continues to act silly and impulsively for the amusement of Gwen, as she is easily in touch with her inner child and can romp with Rremly whenever real life doesn’t intrude on their time together. On a whim, Rremly “adopted” a squirrel named Baxter, who continually puts up a sour front, in spite of which has come to care for his newfound friends, even if he doesn’t show it often. Of course Baxter has to be careful of random biting attacks from three sentient balls of dust named Romulus, Remus, and Bitey, or from stealthy ninja attacks from the newly acquired kitten named Aya.
Emily Ryan is the cartoonist for Corner Alley 13. Corner Alley 13 is a serial strip that follows the lives three residents of Corner Alley, Greycity, USA. Greycity is a teeming metropolis similar to most major cities, and like most places, is teeming with the relatively recent additions of non-human residents. In a span of three months, humanity was shocked to find out that all manner of supernatural and fantastical creatures (such as dwarves, trolls, elves, and faeries) exist. Even more to their surprise, humans have found that these new races have found new homes and hope in the human cities of earth. One such newcomer to Greycity is an elf named Noelle Manchides. Having left her homeland of the Elven Republic (no human really knows where that is), she has become a US citizen, and finds life among the humans very satisfying. Being a sort of aficionado on human society and culture, she enjoys emulating human styles (clothing, food, hairstyles, etc.), and hopes to rise in human society. Currently she is struggling against the current system, as humans see the other races as either equivalent to monkeys or questioning their existence in the first place. She doesn’t lose hope, but she does need to vent from time to time as her temper flares. She frequents a particular bar (Corner Alley 13) down the road from her house, where the bartender serves a peculiar memory-inhibiting beer. Disgusted each time she arrives, she always seems to forget that she has been there before. It’s here that she meets two people who are about to be entangled into her life: a shrewd dwarf named Dusty Sturdy Stonebriar and a naive faerie named Rosie. Rosie, being a newcomer to Greycity, had her luggage stolen when the first arrived, but was “fortunate” enough to meet Dusty, the self-proclaimed ruler of the area. Now Noelle has to find a way to get rid of these new problematic people as she strives to achieve the prestige and wealth she feels she deserves.
R. Stevens is the cartoonist who creates Diesel Sweeties. Diesel Sweeties is a gag-a-day/serial strip that follows the lives of a loving couple. There is nothing very unusual about this couple, unless you think a large robot and a woman dating as "nothing unusual". They strive to keep their relationship going, despite what people might say, and really don't have many problems with the fact that Clango isn't human. Aside from the stigma against people dating and having sex with robots, Clango has other problems to deal with ranging from the jibes from Indie Rock Pete, to the rampaging tendencies of Red Robot #C-63.
Michael Terracciano is the cartoonist who creates Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire. Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire is a serial strip that follows the life of a seer named Dominic Deegan. At an early age Dominic learned that he had the power to see the future, but he soon learned that this made him special, yet an outcast at the same time. As he grew up, Dominic uses his gift of second sight to divine futures for money. This has probably made him a little cynical; as many of his customers ask him questions they probably could have answered on their own. At times his second sight works without his prompting, showing him visions of an unaltered future (meaning that he could still change it if he wished) that might be of importance to him. It's through these visions that he becomes entangled with another lonely soul by the name of Luna Travoria. Luna was born with slight tusks, a rare human birth defect, indicating that orcs were located somewhere in the Travorian bloodline. This constant reminder of a secret shame, coupled with the fact that her mother prided herself on being the fetching beauty with lovely daughters, prompted Luna's mother to enact a terrible plot. If Luna would end up killing herself after a visit from a Royal Knight of Callan, then the Callanese government would owe Luna's mother recompense for the death of her daughter. Her plan of belittling and diminishing her daughter's self esteem almost worked, if not for the timely intervention of Dominic. Dominic not only foiled Luna's mother's plot, but also managed to save Luna's live twice in the process. Perhaps sensing a kindred spirit, or because his second sight lead him to her, Dominic allowed the now abandoned Luna, to become his apprentice and help him in his theories of magical research. Now they travel together, their lives enmeshed with one another, as they continue trying to find a place of peace and quiet, but only if Dominic's visions will allow him to do so.
Ryan Smith is the cartoonist who creates Funny Farm. Funny Farm is an anthropomorphic (animals that are attributed human-like qualities), daily serial strip that follows the lives of six people who live in a small boarding house. Ront (a dog) and Mewn (a cat) are the co-owners of the boarding house. They have to deal with the eccentric lifestyles of their boarders and roommates. In addition to dealing with the boarders, they have to deal with all sorts of problems ranging from dealing with a shadowy corporation, to a sentient PC that takes over Finland and renames it Siliconoplis.
Jonathan Rosenberg is the cartoonist that creates Goats. Goats is a serial strip that follows the life of a computer geek named Jon. Jon usually has a cynical view on life, but has changed toward the better when he hooked up again with his former girlfriend, Megan. Aside from Megan, Jon's constant companion through all the absurdities and strangeness that surround his life is his friend Philip. Jon's other friends are as follows: Toothgnip, a goat descended from the gods; Diablo, a satanic chicken from hell; and Neil & Bob, two aliens who happen to get addicted to beer and decide to stay on earth. Jon has to deal with many different problems in his life ranging from a plague of zombies, to an evil version of himself, to even a sentient blob of cheese that eats people.
Christopher B. Wright is the cartoonist who creates Help Desk. Help Desk is a weekday serial strip that follows the life of a help desk technician named Alex. Alex works for a software giant named Ubersoft, and is the best help desk operator that the company has. Ubersoft is run by a demon who was known as the Dark Lord of Ubersoft, but after a lawsuit by the Department of Justice for unholy business practices, he changed his name to Mr. Bunny, the Hoppy Computer Guy. Ubersoft’s policy for their help desk is to give the customers as little help as possible and to get them to purchase more Ubersoft software. Alex has to deal with many problems ranging from a sickingly sweet "artificially" intelligent paper clip, to fighting off his conscience, to battling the constant horde of customer calls.
David Morgan-Mar is the cartoonist who creates Irregular Webcomic. Irregular Webcomic is a serial strip that features a medium of Lego pieces to convey the story, and focuses on several different themed storylines. Cliffhangers follows the life of Dr. Montana “Monty” Jones in the 1930’s, and his run-ins with the Nazi army as he tries to keep them from plundering the world’s archeological treasures. Death follows the dealings of the deaths assigned to collecting souls that died in various ways, and their troubles involved in the collection. Espionage follows the life of British secret agent 0x0A, James Stud, as he tries to save the world from evil masterminds bent on conquering the world. Fantasy follows the lives of a adventuring group and their explorations and interactions with the Game Master. Harry Potter is based on the works of J.K. Rowling and follows the lives of students at Hogwart’s Academy. Imperial Rome is set in the Roman era, and follows the lives of a senator, Marcus, and an aspiring senator named Julius. Martians follows the lives of three Martians who try to take over the world, but have to deal with inept plans and The Men In Black. Mythbusters follows the lives of the cast of the television show, Mythbusters, as they try to find out the truth about various urban myths. Nigerian Finance Minister follows the cast of the finance ministry of Nigeria and their various plans to try and raise money for various purposes. Pirates follows the life of Captain Long Tom Short and his crew of dastardly pirates. Shakespeare follows the life of Will(iam) Shakespeare if he was born in the modern era and the influences it has on his writing. Space follows the lives of a crew of explorers and their adventures in space and cyberspace. Star Wars follows the lives of the casts of all of the Star Wars movies that were created by George Lucas and their adventures and insights about their experiences in the Star Wars universe. Steve and Terry follows the lives of the crocodile hunter, Steve Erwin and his exploration of the natural and supernatural world. Finally, Supers follows the lives of The League of Good Guys, starring: Captain Spatula, Dino Boy, Refractive Man, and the Worm Master. They fight against the Axis of Antagonists, which is comprised of: The Hippo, The Sea Dog, Aqualich, and The Bug.
Bill Holbrook is the cartoonist who creates Kevin and Kell. Kevin and Kell is an anthropomorphic (animals that are attributed human-like qualities), serial strip that follows the lives of the Dewclaw family. The Dewclaw family came together when a rabbit named Kevin Kindle and a wolf named Kell Dewclaw fell in love from their frequent online chats. There was a little bit of turbulence when they realized how different they really were, but managed to overcome the traditional predator and prey relationship and build a marriage together. From his previous marriage, Kevin brought with him his adopted daughter, a hedgehog named Lindesfarne, and Kell brought her son, a wolf named Rudy. In order to stay as much out of public scrutiny as possible, they moved to the suburban town of Domain, which bordered the great Wild, where animals still held the traditional ways. Kevin started up his Internet Service Provider, Hare-Link, and Kell continued to work as an executive for Herd Thinners, a company that specializes in products made from prey species as well as trimming down the prey species population. Together, they had a child, a carnivorous rabbit named Coney, who looks just like a rabbit, but behaves like and has the same diet as a wolf. As for humanity as a whole, they are only known to most people as an online comic that Rudy draws in his spare time, but the various bird species knows of the existence of humans in another dimension, and provides a barrier between the two worlds.
Sean Lindsay is the cartoonist who creates Krakow. Krakow is a serial strip that follows the lives of two roommates, Tom and Case. Tom tends to be laid back, preferring to make comments on life while observing. He spends a lot of his free time searching for that elusive relationship that will make him happy. Having repeatedly striking out in this department, he has developed a cynical attitude toward life in general. Case is a computer science major at the local college, and is a pretty normal guy, save for the fact that he summoned a succubus named Kia to be his girlfriend. Kia has lived for quite a long time, having known King Arthur back in 900 AD. Kia is a little naïve to how the world works, having lived most of her life in Hell, a fact that Tom takes advantage of. At first, Tom finds it morally reprehensible for Case to have summoned a succubus, but later it seems clear that Tom has friction with Kia more because she is to Case what tom has desired all along: a stable relationship. This doesn’t mean that he tries to kill her, but rather plays little pranks on her, or generally gets on their case. The tables are turned later, however, when Tom starts dating Hanna, a neo Nazi, and Case wants to break up the relationship because he finds Nazi’s are evil! Once Tom breaks up with her for being taller than him, Hanna swears eternal vengeance upon him. Now Tom has to duck a stalking ex-girlfriend in addition to dealing with Kia, and all the while seeking that relationship which will bring him happiness.
Ryan Sohmer and Lar Desouza are the current cartoonists who create Least I Could Do, while Chad WM Porter and Trevor Adams are the former artists who worked with Ryan on Least I Could Do. Least I Could Do is a serial strip that follows the life of a writer named Rayne Summers. Rayne believes he is God’s gift to women, and frequently feels the need to share his gift with them. Aside from the pursuit of getting laid, Rayne spends a lot of his time scouting out new conquests and playing pranks on his friends. Rayne hates the idea of a continuous relationship, and for now plans on being a bachelor on the prowl until he dies. Rayne continues to chase his best female friend, Isse Alie, as they have been friends for years and she has been the one woman who he hasn’t been able to sleep with, not that he hasn’t tried. Isse prefers to keep Rayne as a friend, but seems to be secretly in love with him (due to the similarity of men she dates), but doesn’t want to ruin their friendship. Rayne rooms with his friend, John Gold, an elementary teacher, who is almost the exact opposite from Rayne. John seeks a long-term, stable relationship, and his sudden statements of asking women he just met to start a serious relationship, tends to keep him single. This has caused John to become a little bit desperate to find the right person for him, but not as much as his friend Mick Alfa. Mick is a mutual friend of Rayne and John, but ends up receiving the most abuse from they guys because of his almost utter failure to even get a date, let alone keep one. A lot of Mick’s problems stem from his habit of overeating and his lack of exercise. Rob Penfeild and Noel tend to get a lot of sarcastic remarks and outright insults from Rayne as they end up spending more time with their significant others, who rarely let them hang out with their friends.
Christian Fundin and Pontus Madsen are the creators of Little Gamers. Little Gamers is a strip in the gag-a-day format (having no ongoing storyline, but keeping the same characters) that follows the lives of the incarnations of the creators of the comic. Christian typically runs the comic with his poking stick and access to the scripts. He is known for his skill with Tekken and his biting political commentary about the United States. He enjoys most games (or at least making fun of them if he doesn’t like them), when he can get the controllers away from Madsen. Madsen is a longtime friend of Christian, and prides himself on his pr0n (porn) collection. He even accepted his current job with the understanding that they had high-speed Internet access. Not known for his spelling, or personal hygiene, he rabidly defends his pr0n collection with his life. Fortunately for him, Marcus doesn’t know too much about computers, and is slowly being ushered into the idea that the Internet has vast access to pr0n. He is an avid fan of the Final Fantasy series, and is slowly trying to fix his reputation between Christian and Madsen’s ribbings, but they aren’t making it easy for him. They all have to beware of the Cute Ninjas and their perchance for playing various ninja games on the Playstation 2, lest they be duct-taped to the ceiling again.
Isabel Gonzalez-Marks is the cartoonist who creates Namir Deiter. Namir Deiter is an anthropomorphic (animals who take on human-like qualities), serial strip that follows the lives of four girls. Tipper, a white and light orange cat, the youngest of the four, she is used to “benefiting” from the other girls advice, if she wants it or not! Tipper struggles through high school trying to find the right person to fall in love with, but hasn’t had any luck as of so far. Fortunately, she has her sister, Snickers to help with her problems. Snickers Namir, a purple cat, is the oldest of the Namir sisters, and is one of the most levelheaded and responsible people around. She usually gets flack for sticking to the rules and tendencies toward mothering her younger sister, but she surprised them all when she married her boyfriend, Twix. Twix, a white and orange spotted cat, is eccentric in that he takes his mannerisms and manners from an earlier age of wearing tails and a top hat. He ended up taking the Namir name (much to his surprise) and moved into the Namir home when Snickers and Tipper’s mother left the country on an open-ended trip. This amuses Blue Deiter, a blond cat with blue hair, to no end, because she gladly verbally spars with Twix from time to time. Blue is a free spirit, enjoying the moment, and the company of boys, but without the commitment. This stems from having come from a broken home, and running off to live with the woman she believes is her older sister. Fortunately, she has friends like Joy Satu, a formerly pink rabbit (now white), to amuse herself with. Joy loves computers, but is a shy person, as she felt self-conscious about the fact her fur would turn white in the winter. She is growing to accept this fact, but she seems to meet with several setbacks ranging from her longtime boyfriend leaving her and her friend Mallory having betrayed her. At least the others can take comfort in that she is getting better.
Thomas Dye is the cartoonist who creates Newshounds. Newshounds has anthropomorphic (animals that are attributed human-like qualities) elements mixed in with human society in a weekday serial strip that follows the lives of the employees of the all-animal news station, KPET. KEPT and the animals are owned by Lorna Dilbrook and the operations are ultimately run by her. Despite that, the staff of KEPT keeps her on her toes, from problems such as mind control of the pet population, to her father trying to get money from her to pay off his gambling debts.
David Craig Simpson is the cartoonist who creates Ozy and Millie. Ozy and Millie is an anthropomorphic (animals who take on human-like qualities), serial strip that follows the lives of two best friends, an artic fox named Ozy and a fox named Millie. Ozy is introspective, submissive, and philosophical about life in general. This is probably because of his unusual family structure, having been adopted at an early age by a red dragon named Llewellyn, whom has been his father figure ever since. The differences between Ozy and Millie are like night and day, where Ozy is passive and serene, Millie is active and rambunctious. This tends to get Ozy dragged into various tangents that Millie finds herself on. Millie constantly questions the social order, and continues to operate outside of the norm, which is fine with Ozy, since his background firmly puts him there. It's obvious where Millie gets her streak of rambunctiousness when you look at what her mom used to be like before society started wearing her down, and the fact that her father is a pirate captain. Where Ozy and Millie tend to go against society's norms, some of their friends (or more at times, acquaintances) firmly stick with their places in the social order. Avery, a raccoon, is an advertisers dream, as he follows all of the constant ads and looks at famous figures for cues on what is cool. Stephan, an aardvark, became disillusioned with the crash of the dotcoms but still struggles to show that being a techno-savant will firmly establish his popularity and financial security. Felicia, a sheep, is a typical “popular” girl, taking her cues from pop-culture, fashion, and famous individuals, she travels with her clique around the school and makes fun of those on the outside of the class social order.
Stephan Pastis is the cartoonist who creates Pearls Before Swine. Pearls Before Swine is an anthropomorphic (animals who take on human-like qualities), daily serial strip that follows the lives of two best friends: a rat named Rat and a pig named Pig. Rat is very enterprising, being ever on the look out for ways to get rich, meet women, and acquire fame. He feels himself as sort of an intellectual, but also feels that his plans and ideas are wasted on his friend Pig. Pig is pretty naïve, and a little slow witted, but he is quite happy with his current lot in life. Rat will get infuriated with Pig's little questions and his games with various people and objects, like his fruit club. So Rat tends to spend more and more time showing he is above those games and showing that he is better than Pig.
Scott Kurtz is the cartoonist who creates PvP: Player vs Player. PvP is a daily serial comic strip that follows the lives of the staff of PvP magazine. The PvP staff is as follows: Cole Richards, the owner and administrative head of PvP; Brent Sienna PvP's creative director; Jade Fontaine, a staff writer who writes about women's point of view toward the video game industry; Francis Ottoman, a staff writer who knows all there is to know about gaming; Robbie and Jase, two “sports writers” who critique sports games, but end up doing more playing than working; and finally, a large blue troll named Skull who has become PvP's unofficial mascot. PvP deals with topics from the gaming industry to relationships by using intellectual humor mixed in with slapstick.
Jeph Jacques is the cartoonist who creates Questionable Content. Questionable Content is a serial strip that follows the life of a music aficionado named Marten Reed. Martin is very educated when it comes to music, but he has difficulty opening up to strong women unless he is able to relax around them. Martin's timidity towards women and attraction to strong females is partially due to the fact that his mother is Veronica Vance, a famous S&M dominatrix who stared in many erotic videos. That's not to say that he is interested in his mother that way, but it did have a formative impression on him since he knew what she did for a living ever since he was a child, and thought it was a normal thing. He works in an office complex, as a office assistant (of course his business cards call him "office bitch", but his boss is just being playful), but it's a job he really doesn't like. Fortunately, he met a girl named Faye Whitaker, who he falls for. Originally from the southern United States, Faye moved north to escape from some problems in her past, which keep her on the defensive most of the time. Due to a fire at her apartment complex, she moved in with Martin and quickly established a strong friendship with Martin, but because of her past, she doesn't take the friendship any further. Faye works at a coffee shop where her boss, Dora Bianchi, allows her to vent any anger or frustration she might have on the customers, in order to keep up the ideal of aloof coffeehouse baristas. Dora immediately showed an interest in Martin (much to the secret annoyance of Faye), but has to wait for Martin to sort out his feelings for Faye, which leaves her waiting until Faye can sort through her past troubles in order to see if she has real feelings for Martin.
Greg Dean is the cartoonist who creates Real Life. Real life is set in modern times in the United States. Real Life is a weekday serial strip that follows the lives of seven friends in their psuedo-real life situations. Real Life usually deals with game playing, fighting evil computer versions of them, or just having fun. The cast is as follows: Greg, the cartoonist, creator of the world, he doles out rewards or punishments to the characters that he has made. Usually he is only seen as a disembodied voice; Greg (the character) a fantasy gamer and sword ends up being the one the cartoonist favors (we all wonder why right? :) ) yet, ends up being the one who gets into the most trouble; Dave is a quake-loving gamer who spends most of his time honing his skills in first person shooters, and working to create the best computer system around; Crystal is Greg's (the cartoon version) girlfriend, but is not to be dismissed lightly, since she is as big of a gamer as the rest of them; Tony is a gamer like the rest, but unlike the rest, he takes old systems and makes fantastic things out of them.
Max Cannon is the cartoonist who creates Red Meat. Red Meat is a gag-a-day strip that follows the lives of a "normal" family. The family members are as follows: the father, Ted, someone who drinks bug juice and likes wearing latex; Ted's son, an abused yet strange child who never really catches a break; Ted's wife, a slightly oblivious spouse who has no idea what Ted does. In addition to the family, they have strange and unusual people who live in the neighborhood, such as Bug-Eyed Earl, to Johnny Lemonhead.
Reinder Dijkhuis is the cartoonist who creates Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan. Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan is a weekday serial strip that is the story of a thieving band of the same name that operate in Clwyd-Rhan. Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan is set in a medieval European setting, but is a fantasy comic. The band is led by Ragnarok "Pulp" Torvaldsen, and comprises the following members: Kel Mansdóttir a half-faerie witch; Jodoque Davignon a bard; Tamlin LLamfarythich, former leader of the gang and fierce thief berserker, now a drunk; Atra Cambrensis a slightly addle-minded witch; and Jake the Gnome, a fighter who speaks rarely save to make a smart mouthed comment. As the name suggests the thieving band primarily steals for a living, but sometimes does a job for people who can pay the right price. Most of the time that price has to include a large amount of beer or ale in order for the Rogues to be interested in the job.
John Allison is the cartoonist who creates Scary-Go-Round. Scary-Go-Round is a spin-off serial strip from the comic, Bobbins, that follows the lives of several former employees of the now defunct magazine, City Limit. Tim Jones is the current mayor of Tackleford who is an inventor of many strange, but occasionally useful inventions. A lot of Tim's work crosses over to mad science, but he tends to be kept in check from crossing over to evil mad science by his friends and lovers. Fallon Young is a former secret agent, who was not very good at completing all aspects of her job in a quiet manner, but generally got the job done. Her life tends to be far more action-packed than those of her friends, and she ends up spending a lot of her time off in other countries. Ryan Beckwith enjoys life as a professional slacker, a trait that rubbed off on him some from his father, who was grooming him to become "the king of the tramps" and live a hobo's life. Having turned his back on his father's wishes, Ryan spends a lot of time with his friends, as he struggles to find meaning in his life. Shelly Winters was the former mayor's secretary, and due to his peculiar nature and various neurosis, Shelly was able to run the whole city with an iron fist. This posed a problem if and when she got drunk, as a lot of her pent up aggression would come streaming forth, and cause embarrassments in public. In recent years, Shelly has had a number of brushes with death, and successfully faced her greatest fear in order to be able to return to the land of the living. Amy Chilton is the daughter of Len Pickering, the former editor and owner of City Limit. Amy was not spared any expense as she was growing up, as her father could never really say no to his little girl, and as such, she grew up a little spoiled. She was the former assistant to Tim in his workshop, but due to an attempted theft of his time-traveling teapot, she was dismissed of that position.
Tatsuya Ishida is the cartoonist who creates Sinfest. Sinfest is a comic in the gag-a-day format (having no overall storyline, but maintains the cast of characters) that follows the lives of two friends, Slick and Monique. Slick is a self-proclaimed pimp, but finds that he has difficulty convincing all of the women he meets of that fact. Of course, this doesn't mean that he is after all of the women he meets, but only the attractive ones. Slick constantly sings his own praises and usually ends up driving the object of his affection away. Monique, on the other hand, does not have a problem finding guys, but rather her problem is finding someone that she likes, who will dote on her every whim, is financially secure, and is a genuinely nice guy. Unfortunately for her, most of the guys she likes are either taken or are full of themselves, so she spends a lot of her time hanging out with Slick. Monique has no interest in Slick as he is, but usually finds that she has nothing better to do. Slick also hangs out with his assistant Criminy and his comrade-in-arms, an anthropomorphic (animals that are attributed human-like qualities) pig named Squigley. Criminy helps Slick keep track of his appointments, the tracking patterns of hot women, the list of women who turn him down, and various other menial tasks. Criminy doesn't seem to mind, as he sees Slick as sort of an ideal version of what he would like to be. Squigley, on the other hand, shares a lot of Slick's attitude towards women, but without any of the charm. He prefers to believe that a man should act as a man, and not have to primp or preen in order to impress a woman. Of course, since Slick and Squigley's methods haven't worked yet, Slick is open to other ideas and options.
Pete Abrams is the cartoonist who creates Sluggy Freelance. Sluggy Freelance is a serial strip that follows the lives of two friends, Riff (Riffington) and Torg. Riff is an inventor and mechanical genius that is able to create new technologies sometimes utilizing mundane equipment. While Riff can create a lot of wonderful inventions, they often lack a lot of practical planning or are not followed through upon, which sometimes results in trouble. He has difficulties with his mother, a famous talk show host who goes by the name of Dr. Lora, who takes out a lot of her personal anger over her divorce on her callers, often breaking them down to tears. Torg loves to sit back and take life as it comes, treating every day like he used to as a child, fully enjoying life. He prefers to not work, but does have the necessary skills required to be a web designer, and sometimes offers his services over the Internet. Torg really is the last person who someone can call as being responsible, but lately the rest of the housemates have noticed a distinct change in Torg's demeanor, due to his experiences in an alternate reality. The source of a lot of Torg's change is one of the other housemates and his good friend, Zoë. Zoë is practically the sole source of reason in the household, as she finds that Torg and Riff's schemes are often silly or ill conceived, and she often has to bear the brunt of the financial responsibilities for maintaining the house. Torg and Zoë have developed a close friendship that could blossom into romance if they could have a sane moment together, and provided that Torg didn't do something to ruin the moment. Gwynn, the other human roommate, is a practicing witch, through the book of E-Ville, a terrible book that she promised not to work with, but hasn't strictly enforced. Since a lot of accidents end up coming her way, she takes out a lot of her anger on Torg and Riff, but can usually be mollified through bribes of video games. Kiki (a hyperactive anthropomorphic ferret with a problem keeping her mind on something for a long enough period of time) and Bun Bun (an often psychotic, switchblade-wielding, anthropomorphic mini-lop) usually also reside in the house, often causing their own brands of trouble.
Bob Roberds is the cartoonist behind Soap on a Rope. Soap on a Rope is a serial comic strip that follows the life of Max Slacker and his friends. Max's friends are: Stu Moore a naive optimist who works with Max at MCX Computer Corporation; Annie Vrska a psychotic who keeps herself in check with lots of medication and another coworker at MCX; Circe Byrd a pessimist who nevertheless ends up being the luckiest person around and a coworker at MCX. Max and his friends have problems ranging from three-headed aliens invading to traveling to parallel worlds.
Alan Foreman is the cartoonist behind S.S.D.D.. S.S.D.D. is a anthropomorphic (animals that are attributed human-like qualities), serial comic strip that follows the lives of four roommates, living in a flat in Britain. The roommates are as follows: Norman, a psychotic rabbit who enjoys tormenting others; Richard, a fox who is just trying to stay sane while living with Norman; Anne, a fox who happens to be Richard's girlfriend; and Kingston, a brown rabbit who's only desire is to watch TV and get high. S.S.D.D. regularly deals with topics such as Guy Fawke's Day, to things that Norman does to people, to relationships, to even time travel.
Kristofer Straub is the cartoonist who creates Starslip Crisis. Starslip Crisis is a serial strip set in 3441 that follows the lives of the crew of the Interculture Directorate Ship Fuseli (the galaxy's only starship museum). Memnon Vanderbeam is the captain and curator of the Fuseli. Memmon can be pretentious, lording over others that he runs the only starship museum, and is quick to point out the relative significance of any object aboard the Fuseli, taking pride in his formidable knowledge of ancient and obscure art culture. He can be demanding at times, expecting no less than perfection from his crew, particularly of the Cirbozoid (an asexual insect-like species) Operations Assistant, called Mr. Jinx (his actual name being unpronounceable in English or even in his native language). Despite this, Mr. Jinx works efficiently at his duties as the first-officer (see Operations Assistant) of the Fuseli, and if needed, Mr. Jinx can always reproduce another of his race quickly (within minutes), in order to double his effective output. Cutter Edgewise is a reformed space pirate, setting aside his criminal ways to pilot the Fuseli. Sometimes it seems like he didn't quite leave the space pirate life of his own accord, as old habits die hard, but he is still considered the best pilot around. He interacts with A2-Z, the ship's onboard artificial intelligence and one of the museum's pieces.
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