Hello Mark. My name is Jonathan. You’re four years older than me, which is very surprising. I was 13 when I started reading Adventurers. If someone had told me that the author of my favorite webcomic was 17, I don’t think I would have believed them. I always wanted to contact you, but I assumed you were in your mid twenties, and that you wouldn’t want to hear from some kid.
Anyway, I wanted to say thanks. In school, I was often mocked for the things I enjoyed, and I felt pretty alone. When I found your comic, I was shocked that someone else liked something that I liked so much that they made a comic inspired by it. I would check it every day, always eager for the next update. I know it’s silly, but just the fact that it existed made me feel a little better about myself. I even made a close friend because of it, another fan of your comic. I never would have met him if not for finding it.
When I joined the military, the final comic was posted on the day I got out of basic training, though I didn’t find out until a couple days later, when I could finally access a computer. I was pretty bummed out that I had missed it, but I kinda expected it would happen, given where the comic was when I left for basic two months earlier.
The military wasn’t a good time for me. I was injured, and suffered a severe mental breakdown. I very nearly killed myself until, purely by accident, I stumbled upon your comic again. I re-read the entire thing that night, and it reminded me of a lot of good things, and it fixed my mind well enough for me to get help. I was given a medical honorable discharge.
I am now a 27-year old college student with WAY too much debt, and I’m married to an incredible woman. One of the first things I said to her, five years ago, was a quote from your comic. “Hey! Who’s the main character here?” She had never read your comic, but she thought the quote was funny enough that she paid attention to me that day. Your comic has done a lot for me. One of my regrets is that I’ve never picked up any merchandise for it. I can’t remember if there ever WAS any, though.
Anyway, I’ve rambled far, FAR too much. I just wanted to tell you all that. Don’t really expect you to read it. XD
But still, thanks.
This message really brightened my day!
I’m really excited to hear from you that my comic meant so much. Sorry for ending it when I did, but it had been going for a while and at the time I didn’t have much else to say, plus my newer comic (Antihero for Hire, if you’re unfamiliar) was getting into swing.
However, I do have some preliminary work done on a sequel, you might be interested to hear. Mostly planning stuff now, but keep an eye open.
I did have some merch- one volume of a book (I’m not sure if it’s still available off of the Keenspot store, but it might be worth looking at), a few special comics in “L33t: Comics for Gamers” (Which I’ve posted on my Tumblr a while back but I’ll dig them up again if you haven’t read them) and some t-shirts that are no longer available as far as I know.
I do want to re-draw and re-write a bunch of ADV in a phonebook-sized tome, but like everything else finding the time is difficult.
But it always touches me to find out my work really meant something to someone. I’m in this business for the feedback and this is truly the best kind.
Good look with your education and your wife=)