old enough · nov 4 · she/her · bi · bklyn · 💖WaffleFoxAlpha💖
Hi, I'm hej! I may or may not literally be a hedge, but I'll let you decide.
I have a lot of love for music and my city, and I'm sure both are obvious in my characters. I'm also a sports fan: I love baseball (New York Mets), ice hockey (New York Islanders), and professional wrestling, and sometimes I draw sports cartoons. I'm also a hobbyist photographer.
Almost all of my characters were created by me, and you might also notice that some of them are very old. It's no mistake: I've had many of these characters all my life. Some even date to when I was a baby-- though they may have undergone a lot of changes since then! They're all my beloved kids, and I always find new ways to tell their stories.
Most of my characters here are from my comic-in-progress, Catband, a queer anarcho-punk tale of a battle of the bands TV show, and all the young people making bad decisions therein. The first version ran as a webcomic from 2007-2009, and I'm currently planning a reboot, so most of what I'm doing on Toyhouse right now is updating and redesigning the characters, and writing short stories from that world.
It's basically my life's work: I took a few years off from it, but I could never stay away. Catband is the story of my heart, and in the end, I knew that this is the story I need to tell. I'm excited to give these guys' stories the justice they deserve-- and I can't wait to share it with you.
I don't buy/sell/trade characters and I'm not open to roleplay.
Profile coding by me
This has been a long time coming-- I've finally given Ira and Theo full Toyhouse profiles, revealing a lot more about them. Their truncated profiles had frustrated me since I first posted them, but, well, there were a lot of reasons I was keeping their secrets at the time. I'm excited to share their full selves with everyone now, because these two and their story are some of the nearest and dearest to my heart.
If you're reading this before the updated profiles, by the way, go do that first, then come back: Ira (SAINT), Theo (ESCAPE)
Alright so back to spoiler town:
Ira's a very personal character to me because-- I mentioned this in a previous bulletin, but like me, he's bipolar. His profile was torturous to write because I worry so much about doing him justice and not making anything sound like a stereotype... but, well, he's written from personal experience. There's a thread on my Catband twitter here all about that.
Obviously the other big revelation is that Ira and Theo eventually become a couple. They don't actually figure it out until late in the comic, but yes, those doofuses are in love with each other and it's taking them over a decade to put two and two (lips?) together. There's a post on my Patreon here with the text of the pages in the original comic from when they figured it out, if anyone's interested! Contributions of $1 or more a month get access to much more in-depth blog posts with otherwise unreleased Catband content than what I post on my twitter.
Like Roadie and Haggis, their relationship is technically a story spoiler, but look...... they're cute and I wanted to be able to post art of them being cute publically..........................
And like Ira's bipolar, the whole "accidentally kinda dating your best friend for actual human Years before you two figure out that you're in love with each other and can be Best Friends Who Smooch" thing was also something unintentionally written from experience. Oops.
TL;DR I love these two they're good boys