Buzz the Brat

At some point after my fairly insignificant first webcomic, I started thinking up another comic that I wanted to do. My initial idea was to have it center around two kids, a boy and a girl, who lived in neighboring houses after one of their families – I forget which one – had just moved in. It was to have an extended cast featuring the kids’ parents and siblings, all of whom were going to have very distinct personalities and unique interpersonal relationships (their dads, for example, were going to hate each others’ guts for reasons I no longer remember).

I made two or three strips introducing roughly half the cast, before scrapping this version of the comic in favor of a much more ambitious one. This comic, I thought, was going to be so much more than a simple newspaper strip style comic. It would be so much better drawn than anything I had ever done before – dang it, I was gonna practice hard to make that possible – and it would feature a large cast of well rounded, complex characters, and it was going to lend itself well both to hilarious short gags as well as more dramatic storylines, and it was going to be presented in a unique format that would fully accommodate my vision, and it would be updated in chunks of pages at a time, pages showcasing the different aspects of the comic, and, and…

…and I ended up getting exhausted just thinking about it. This was never gonna work. So I created Badass Brat instead.

The first Badass Brat strip went online in November 2005

Badass Brat was even less complicated than my original version of my cancelled project. The premise: A little boy drives his family crazy with his horrid behavior. Growing up, I’d always loved comics about bratty kids doing bratty things – from The Katzenjammer Kids to Calvin & Hobbes (though the latter example obviously has more to it than just a bratty kid, including concepts and topics I didn’t fully understand as a kid), I couldn’t get enough of troublemaking little jerks. So why even try to make my own comic about anything more than that? Continue reading

My first webcomic

I suppose this is basically my introduction blog post, part 2… But in this part, and the next couple of posts, rather than trying to tell people who I am, I will be trying to tell people what my webcomics are. Just my webcomics for now, mind you. If I were to start talking about every comic I’ve done, I’d be here a long time.

Wait, that came out sounding kind of wrong. If I come across as bragging about having some long history with the comic industry, then, uh – no. When I say I make comics, I mean just that. It’s something I do as a hobby, for fun. Not professionally. Actually far from professionally.

But I have been doing it a long time. Well, it’s all relative I guess, but my first webcomic went online all the way back in 1999. I was pretty much just a kid back then, and really into Star Wars. And as probably anyone who’s really into Star Wars could tell you, 1999 was a significant year because it saw the release of the first new Star Wars movie since 1983. I was getting my first taste of online nerd culture, reading (but rarely posting) various usenet groups where Star Wars was the topic of conversation.

That was what inspired me to make a comic about a trio of Star Wars fanboys, and – for the first time in my life – share my comic with the world (well – unless you want to count the comics based on Bible stories me and a friend drew when we were like ten years old that got published in a bi-monthly religious publication). I used a free hosting service which has long since died, and – if memory serves – put up somewhere between five and ten comic strips before basically forgetting the whole thing and leaving the comic and website to rot. I do remember going to various online communities and posting links to it, hoping for people to check it out and give me feedback. In the end, I think I remember about three guys responding. One guy on usenet was very negative, another guy on some forum was quite positive and the third guy agreed with the second guy. I guess a 66.6% approval rating isn’t bad for a crudely drawn comic done on crappy printer paper with cheap drawing tools.

Sadly – okay, I’ll be honest – luckily, this comic has not survived the years since its creation. I have nothing left of it to show you. The website hosting it is long gone, as are my own files. And the original drawings, well – even if I should come across them in some forgotten chest in the attic one day, I doubt they will have aged well given the paper and tools I used. And I’m okay with that. Even though that one guy found my jokes funny.

So, I’m blogging…

Well… I’m not good at talking about myself. But when you’re starting a blog, it’s kind of unavoidable to have to write some sort of introduction post, right? To let people know up front who you are and what you’re about?

My name is Berg. Or at least, that’s part of my name. I have a lot of nerdy interests that I may or may not talk about in this blog at some point, but my main hobby is making webcomics. Or just comics. That is, webcomics minus the “web”. Those are comics I make, or begin to make, but that for one reason or another I don’t end up actually publishing on the web.

My main comic these days and for the last four and a half years is a webcomic I call “Twice the Triplets”, or just 2×3 for short. You can check that out on this site, although my guess is if you’re reading this blog then chances are you probably just came from there.

I’ve done other comics besides 2×3 in the past. I also have ideas for other comics I’d like to do in the future. And I have some comics I at some point started to work on, but that for various reasons I’ll probably never get around to complete. Maybe I’ll talk about those someday. That’s one of the things I could talk about in my shiny new blog.

I’ve been thinking about starting this blog for quite some time, actually. I’ve often felt like I wanted to write more in-depth about comics I’m making, such as Twice the Triplets, or about other things I care about, like what comics I read growing up, or which ones I’m still reading. Or maybe even topics not related to comics at all.

A few weeks ago, I broke my arm. While this has forced me to take a break from working on Twice the Triplets, and sadly put a dent in my weekly update schedule, I am slowly (too slowly) getting back into comic’ing. I’ve come to realize that as long as my hand is okay, I can draw with a broken arm – just not as fast, or as comfortably as I would like. Regular updates will resume once I’m confident I can uphold the weekly schedule again, but since this break is happening whether I want it or not – why not take the opportunity given to me by my sudden excess of free time and finally get that blog started?

I don’t know if people will find what I have to say interesting. Maybe those who read my comics will. Maybe not. But at least I have a place now where I can rant as much as I want. Probably mostly about other things besides myself.