about

The Creators

 

about1 Indira J (aka: Hobotronic)

Race: Human (undead)

Occupation: Artist, writer, website maintenance, metalsmith, professional guinea pig petter

Weapon of choice: Yiynova MSP19u, Manga Studio, Photoshop, pens, pencils, markers, watercolors, saws, torches and food

Yes, I am the mastermind behind this comic. As cliche as it sounds, I’ve been drawing since as far back as I can remember and knew it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I have never actually been to any art school but I spent most of my time in high school and college teaching myself to draw and ignoring the mandatory academic crap. By day, I work as a jeweler and by night, I draw comics and other cool things.

Here are places that you can stalk me! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Portfolio Site.

chubs

Chubs

Race: Guinea Pig

Occupation: Moral support

Weapon of choice: Poop

He really does most of the work, but I’ll never give him credit for it.

 

 

FAQ

When does the comic update?
Currently, it updates every Tuesday around 2pm EST. Very rarely, it updates a bit later on in the day if work hates me.

 

Why did you create the Misadventures of Buddy and Friend?
That’s a good question. I’d like to say it was a spur of the moment sort of thing, but it really wasn’t. Honestly, if it was a spur of the moment idea, the comic wouldn’t have lasted nearly as long as it did.

It all began with some really derpy-looking drawings that I had done probably like.. 10 years ago when my brother and I used to be addicted to Diablo 2. Those were dark times. Naturally, I played the paladin who always got the party into trouble and my brother was the barbarian who just sighed and shook his head. Here are the drawings in question:

About 7 years down the road, after forgetting that I drew them, I looked at these pictures and thought they were pretty hilarious. I also felt like I could do something with these characters so I began to think about what they would be like and after a few months of planning, I took the plunge and started making the comic. Leo was originally going to have bunny ears on his helmet, but Adventure Time beat me to it.

 

So the comic is inspired by video games?
It’s inspired by a lot of things, as you can probably tell. Yes, video games have been a huge influence in my creative process, mostly JRPGs at first and then WRPGS – especially the type that lets you make important moral decisions (think Skyrim, Fallout, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, etc) because I love seeing how horrible things can get if you screw up a quest or just be a straight up jerk.

There’s also a huge number of pop culture references and parodies scattered throughout the comic because I’m a huge nerd. There’s also Dungeons and Dragons references. I started playing D&D about a year after I began the comic and I have no regrets. My group is awesome.

 

What’s the biggest challenge of making the comic?
I deviate from my script. A LOT. Since I’m better at thinking of things visually, most of the comic’s storyline and jokes happen as I draw it out. Since I learned this, I’ve thrown the script out the window and I’ve just set up a series of “quests” that the characters have to do in order for the story to progress. Admittedly, those “quests” are just the basic story of “get the keys” and then I just kind of let the characters do those quests in a way I think they’d handle it.

If I stuck to the script, the story would have been a much different one and probably not as interesting.

I also write down a list of things that the characters have done that affect other people and think of ways to bring about the consequences of their actions. While the art style of the story is fairly simple, I want the writing to stand out and I hope I’ve been doing a good job at that.

Another huge challenge is avoiding tropes that I find quite annoying that other stories have already beaten to death (ie: the cool, super powerful, evil wizard that just blows everything up and the rest of the ‘good guys’ somehow don’t see a problem with that). There are a lot of other tropes but this one irks me the most.

 

So you just make it up as you go along?
Not entirely. As I’ve said I have key points that need to be hit in order for the story to go on. For the most part, how those points are hit are up to the characters and their dynamic at the moment.

 

Can I suggest ideas for the comic?
No, you can’t. I don’t think I have to justify this answer.

 

Why do Buddy, Leo and LokhTharr fight amongst each other so much?
This is what happens when you throw characters who have different ideals/morals into the same group. Everyone has a different way of wanting to approach a situation and most of the time, they’re not going to agree with each other. I think that’s what I enjoy most about them.

 

Why does the story jump around between the good guys and bad guys so much?
This… is a result of me deviating from the script. The story wasn’t originally supposed to follow the demons around as much as it did, however I ended up really taking a liking to them after the fight with the Yetis. I knew I couldn’t just forget about them after that because it would be a waste of some really funny characters.

I’ve grown to love the idea of following the ‘bad guys’ around. It’s going to make the comic ending that much more interesting when you’re invested in both sides of the story.

 

Why do you keep asking for money on Patreon?
As much as I love making jewelry, I love drawing and making comics even more and would love to do THAT for a living. Of course, to make a living, I need to make money. The more money I can make off of the comic, the more time I’ll be able to invest in it and spend less and less time on jewelry (which is my primary source of income). If you think I’m ‘selling out’ by asking for donations to help keep the comic going, then you clearly don’t understand how real life works. Also, being a grown-up sucks.