Who makes this comic, anyway?
Q2Q Comics is written and drawn by Steve Younkins. In the sixth grade, he was chastised for doodling in the margins of a math test. He started drawing comics in 2004 and has drawn webcomics since 2007. He has worked in the theatre industry since 2008.
He is from Maryland, but sometimes lives in Athens, OH and other times St. Louis, MO. He is currently the Audio Supervisor for Stages St. Louis in Kirkwood, MO. He is a former company member of the Maryland Ensemble Theatre in Frederick, MD, where he worked primarily as a Sound Designer. He used to teach Improv and play D&D with kids at the Boys and Girls Club. He attended grad school at Hood College in Frederick, MD, where he studied Modernism and Narrative Theory in the Humanities department. He received his BA in English Literature with a minor in Writing from Hood in 2011 where he also was an editor and wrote comics for the newspaper, and was the student technical assistant for the Theatre program.
Liz Hastings helps out a bunch, too, as a shop assistant, editor, and co-table person at conferences. She reminds Steve to drink water from time to time, puppets the La Ropasucia kigurumi like a pro, and she’s a damn good prop carpenter, too.
Liz and Steve have two adorable kitties named Poe and Spoops. They mostly distract Steve while he’s trying to make comics. They are also the main feature on his instagram page.
Is Q2Q Comics on (social media site du jour)?
You can also follow Steve and Q2Q Comics in these places:
Comic updates are simultaneously posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Steve is very active in Techblr, the Tumblr Tech Theatre community, and will almost always answer any questions sent to him there.
Do you just follow me around recording what I say and making comics about it?
No, I only do that to Tiffany.
Okay, but how are the comics made?
The comics are hand drawn on 5×17 smooth bristol board with (mostly) Kuratake Pocket Brush pens, Zebra Brush pens, and Sakura Pigma Micron pens. They’re colored in Photoshop. He draws them the night they’re posted and they take, on average, 3 hours from concept to publishing. Many of the original drawings are available for sale.
But are the characters based on real people?
Some of them. Not all of them. About half of the comics are actual things that have happened to Steve, or his friends, or are based on stories that have been sent in, and the other half are things that made Steve really giggly so he drew them. La Ropasucia is real though. Blorp too.
Can I send you comic ideas?
You can send Steve theatre stories! He enjoys hearing about them and sometimes they’ll inspire a comic, but don’t send things like “in panel one Morty does this…” Those make Steve grumpier than he usually is. And he’s already pretty grumpy.
What Hogwarts House do the characters belong to?
Wuggles and Leo are Hufflepuffs; Morty, Cass, and Jo are Ravenclaws; Garvis, Sam, and the Intern are Gryffindors; and Steve, Rachel, and Sharon are Slytherins. Actual Steve is a Hufflepuff.
Are there any articles or reviews out there about Q2Q Comics?
2014 Exeunt Magazine Interview
2015 USITT Signing Announcement
2015 USITT Signing Recap
2015 DC Theatre Scene Interview
2016 USITT Signing Announcement
2016 Stage Directions Magazine Interview
2017 Stage Directions Magazine Interview
2018 Silk Flowers and Papier Mache Hearts Podcast Interview
“Infinitely amusing, profoundly relatable, and diabolically true…”
2016 Pooled Ink Review of Q2Q Comics Vol. 1
Has Steve written any other comics?
Cool, cool. So, how can I support the comic?
I always need pens and paper and food, and things. You can help by supporting the project on Patreon or by donating! You can also buy t-shirts, books, prints, and assorted what-nots from the Q2Q Store.