What goes on here? What is this?
This is Tripping Over You, a webcomic about a gay relationship. We aim to keep it light on drama while still talking about real issues and problems that crop up in day to day life. See the cast page for more info on who's who - but our main players are Milo Dunstan and Liam Schwartz. Welcome!
When do you update?
We aim to upload each new strip up right before Tuesday at midnight EST.
Why did you decide to write this story? Why two guys?
We began writing this story back in 2008, shortly before we began dating; it was a fun way to spend time together and to explore our feelings for each other, by writing and drawing with each other and developing characters together. This story was one of many we worked on together to entertain each other. As we began dating, we expanded the story to include common reactions we received to being gay or being in a relationship with someone of the same sex, added more characters, etc. Over time we grew to really love the main characters shown in ToY, as well as the universe fleshed out around them -- and when we decided we wanted to create a comic together, these were the characters we chose.
Who is we?
Suzana and Owen. Hello! You can find more info on us in the author bios section below.
Do any of the relationships in TOY reflect your personal relationships?
Sure! We definitely take from real life, as it's really tough to leave yourself completely at the door when writing. Even still, none of the relationships translate directly from any of ours - only bits and pieces here and there, or pieces from things we've heard our friends say. For instance, Eli isn't either of our fathers. And thank goodness for that!
What media/program do you use to draw the comic?
Paint Tool SAI, with a little help from Photoshop for the text. The comic is entirely digitally made - even the sketch, borders, and word bubbles are done manually in SAI. The font is a home-made combination of both of our handwriting using a free font creator we downloaded.
Which of you does what?
Suzana illustrates the comic, and Owen writes it.
When and where does the story take place?
The story starts in 2008, only because that's when we began writing it. It doesn't really take place anywhere in real life - only because we're not looking to make a political or cultural statement with it. We've jokingly referred to it as Maybengland, though - mostly because an English boarding school was the setting we wanted to start the main characters' relationship with. (Most boarding schools in our area have religious connotations we wanted to avoid.)
Will the story ever get a rating over PG13? Will sex ever be part of the story?
Sex will come up in their relationship, sure; we will definitely address it as the characters attempt to sort out their feelings about it. While we will cover some adult themes as honestly and realistically as we can, we're not going to depict graphic sex on the main site. That's not to say we'll never produce side comics that involve these characters and sexual experiences - most likely if we do something along these lines, we'll link to them here and make them available to folks who sign up for them. We'll let you know if it ever becomes a reality, but we'll also be clear and open about labeling it for anyone who's not interested in seeing graphic sex.
I saw the characters have their own tumblrs! Am I allowed to interact with them?
They do, and absolutely! Their blogs typically will contain in character blurbs and extra doodles, but they'll also answer any questions that don't reveal spoilers for future chapters, and they're not above offering tidbits about their backstories.
Are they liveblogging? Are the blogs canon?
While all their responses are in character for where we're currently at in the comic, they're not live - only because the comic moves a lot slower than a day-to-day tumblr blog ever could. So while they very well could be canon and all their backstory related answers are canon to their character, they're not necessarily canon. I hope that makes sense? It's a tricky thing to line up with the comic, sometimes - but in the end, they're more for entertainment and to draw inspiration from than anything serious.