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Omigoodness a blog post!

Rawr! So you may have noticed, I’ve finally done it. I have, indeed, acknowledged that Tim and Dan are not regular people. And while I’ve explained it in person to a lot of you reading this right now, I thought I’d put it out on the public stage.

When I came up with the idea for the strip with a friend of mine, it was originally supposed to be about the two of us. Then we one-upped ourselves and decided to be “supernaturals” on opposite sides of a classic geek debate. As I started writing and drawing ideas for the strip, I found I liked the characters a lot better as their own people rather than loose parodies of ourselves, hence the birth of ‘Tim’ and ‘Dan,’ named for two of my favorite people ever: Mr. Burton and Mr. Elfman.

I started working on the strip on my own, and things were going pretty well for my two guys. Unfortunately, disaster struck the first time I presented the idea to a friend of mine who hadn’t been hearing about it since its conception: “Oh, cool! So it’s like Twilight.” After a heavy bout of depression (not really), I decided to pick myself up by my boot straps and not care even a little bit. Crisis averted!

I sidestepped the crutch of focusing on their ‘conditions’ as an easy gimmick for story ideas by not focusing on their conditions as an easy gimmick for story ideas. Instead I just wanted to pitch them as two normal college kids with normal college kid problems. Here’s the thing, though. Supernaturals don’t go to college. Over the past year (holy cow!!) it’s been getting harder and harder to not address the issue, and honestly it’s a lot more fun to write like Anne Rice than about Tim’s girl troubles or Dan’s lack thereof. So without much further ado, I present to you the Moon Shine origin story. Enjoy :)