The Adventures of Nerd Boy started out as a simple ASCII doodle. I was bored and wanted to draw some people playing badminton.
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Above is the first prototype of Nerd Boy, which I later changed because there's no nice way to mirror/flip a capital 'L'. After making a few strips and getting some positive feedback, I quickly became delusional. Thinking that my mind was an endless source of jokes, I decided to make Nerd Boy a daily strip.
Combine that with the fact that I was a beginner ASCII artist and had no comic writing experience at all. I eventually took a few months' break, literally leaving things hanging, and then came back and turned Nerd Boy into a three-a-week strip; it now comes out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays just like those other good on-line comics you love so much.
Unlike those other on-line comics, you can read this one on Usenet. More precisely, on alt.ascii-art. If you don't have a Usenet account, try Google Groups for web access or get a real Usenet account on news.cis.dfn.de.
I draw the strips in the ASCII editor JavE, which is excellent for when I want to rearrange panels or move the characters. The auto-selection feature is priceless; I just have to double-click Nerd Boy and JavE draws a selection box around him. Not to mention all the other features! Use JavE! Seriously! I can't exclaim this enough!
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Nerd boy has glasses, boots and an undying love for technological stuff.
Quit gawking. ` ~.. ,>>. ||
Mandy has a pigtail, womanly curves (curves?) and an inherent cruelty.
*Konnichi wa!* *meep* , ==~ .[[. ||
The Robot is like Mandy, only nicer, and has a tendency to speak Japanese.
W422UP D00D. / ,,, -- .\\. _( \_
W4R3Z D00D is L33T. 'Nuff said.
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HammerHead has a hammer for a head.
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Linda is smart and looks like Chun Li.
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Fan Boy is the biggest fan of everything.
Copyright © 2001-2005 Joaquim Gândara. Fan art copyright © their respective owners.