Helloooooo!  My name is John Ruiz.  I write and draw this strip in my free time (I have a full-time office job).

This comic is something I’ve had in my head for a long time. I published its first incarnation (a whopping 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 medical questions) to blird (don’t ask). Shortly after that, either my life got hectic or my brain got lazy and I didn’t go any further. 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.  I had a little trouble picking a direction but a hard look at it with my sister that summer helped me change the format to something more linear and less jokey, and more importantly, much easier to write and conceptualize.  Work distracted me in the beginning of 2012 but I came back in earnest in July of that year with blogged status updates to encourage myself to produce.

I’m no expert at web comics but I’ve been reading them since forever and I’m pretty eager to see where this goes.  I don’t have an art degree but I’ve taken plenty of coursework (transferred out half-way). It wasn’t the plan but it’s given me this opportunity to support myself through other work and write comics for fun.