Brian Patterson created his first comic when he was 9 years old, a superhero comic called Snowboy based on the adventures of a young Brian with sweet snow-based powers. His Grandmother thought it was “adorable”. Had he continued on this path who knows where Snowboy could have taken him but that all changed, when at the tender age of 10 years old, Brian played his very first game of Dungeons & Dragons. Playing with a group of older kids on the front steps of his elementary school, Brian’s mind exploded in a symphonic guitar riff laced with swords, magic, and half-naked demon ladies. His eyes had been opened to a world of possibilities and the crudely drawn pictures on a cardboard GM screen left a lasting mark. Since then, Brian has been an avid gamer playing across a wide range of systems and editions as both a player and a dedicated GM.
While all of this gaming happened, Brian spent most of his high school years and early 20′s cultivating another love: Comics by working to become a comic book artist for one of the major publishers. After a few years, he finally realized his cartoony style would never evolve to look like the next Jim Lee, so he took a deep breath and faced the facts: Brian was a cartoonist, not a hardcore comic artist and his dick joke humor would never work at a major publisher. He’ll never draw Batman (probably) but he can illustrate the tale of his people: cartoon geeks playing the games he loves. So in October 2010, Brian posted the first comic in his series d20Monkey: A webcomic following the in-and-out-of-gameplay experiences of lifelong friends and gamers, Sam Tigh and Brett Tucker. Adored by tens of loyal readers initially, Brian continues to publish d20Monkey 3-days a week, as well as working with publishers in the gaming industry as a freelance illustrator and cartographer. Brian currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with two cats (Emma and Gizmo) where he works as a graphic designer, but is working to make d20Monkey his full-time job. He plays games, runs a bi-weekly Pathfinder campaign, draws comics, listens to music, and runs his mouth about all sorts of things on Twitter (comics, gaming, DIO).
Seriously, he’s ridiculous.