Helloooooo!  My name is John Ruiz.  I write and draw this strip.  I currently work full time in an office job (in a cube, no less).  So exciting!  I guess my point is that while I’d love to do this full-time, it’s not something I can afford.

This comic is something I’ve had rolling around in my head for the better part of a decade.  In fact, I published its first incarnation (a jaw-dropping 4 strips worth) in 2003 under the domain brokentailbone.com.  The style was quite different:

Not long after, I switched the domain from brokentailbone (I was tired of deflecting e-mails with medical questions) to blird (can’t go wrong with a made-up word!).  Shortly after that, either my life got a little hectic or my brain got a little lazy and I stopped making comics.  They were always at the back of my mind (I wrote down ideas for this and other strips for years in a little book, on and off) and at the end of 2010 I decided I was gonna make this happen again(ish).

In the spring of 2011, I started planning the new Villain (reboot?).  I had a little trouble picking a direction but a hard look at it with my sister at the (yes Jersey) shore that summer helped me change the format to something more linear and less gag-centric, and more importantly, much easier to write and conceptualize.  The beginning of 2012 had me a little distracted again by work, but I hunkered down in earnest at the beginning of July of 2012 with blogged status updates to encourage myself to produce.

I’m certainly no expert at webcomics but I’ve been reading them since forever and I’m pretty eager to see where this goes.  I don’t have a degree in art but I took plenty of it in high school and majored in fine art for two years before switching out for a different degree.  It wasn’t the perfect scenario but I think it’s given me this opportunity to support myself through other work and write comics for fun.