In 2010, the folks at Style Weekly did their first-ever comic issue, where they picked a selection of righteous local cartoons as the issue’s cover story. I found out Richmond has a lot of great comic artists. So in 2011, when I saw the 2nd annual call for comic entries, I drew up a comic about Richmond’s famously creepy statue, Connecticut, which had recently been relocated from the minor-league baseball stadium to the roof of some downtown lofts.
Three weeks later, I received a phone call from the Arts Editor, who told me I’d won first place. I honestly didn’t believe they would pick my terrible comic over actual comic artists’ comics… But they did. A photographer came to my house, I did a short interview over the phone, and BAM–there I was… An entire page, all about me and my stupid comic (above).
So that’s basically how this thing got started.