If you aren’t reading Randall Monroe’s xkcd web comic, well, you should be. Particularly if you’re a geek. Mr. Monroe’s stick drawing comics are the perfect mix of pop culture, humor, geekitude, and wry sarcasm, and have brightened up many of my days.
Today I came across yet another one of his comics that made me actually guffaw, so I decided to take a deeper look at his story. His bio is funny; it starts with “I’m just this guy, you know?”
But there’s plenty more (and the comic I’m talking about is below the fold!).
His bio goes on to talk about how he got his start:
I was going through old math/sketching graph paper notebooks and didn’t want to lose some of the work in them, so I started scanning pages. I took the more comic-y ones and put them up on a server I was testing out, and got a bunch of readers when BoingBoing linked to me. I started drawing more seriously, gained a lot more readers, started selling t-shirts on the site, and am currently shipping t-shirts and drawing this comic full-time. It’s immensely fun and I really appreciate y’all’s support.
I love a good story about accidental genius, don’t you?
2011 was a tough year for his family; his fiance was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer so he slowed down a bit on publishing his comics. He normally doesn’t talk much about his personal life, but he stated on his blog that he wanted the freedom to draw about some of his experiences and the cancer science research that he was exploring – not to mention the emotional impact of the experience.
Best of all, Randall gets the social media space. I love this comic he posted about Klout this week (yes, even if it’s hypocritical since I’ve written a ton about Klout!).
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