Dork Tower, the webcomic written by John Kovalic, chronicles the lives of a group of geeks living in the fictional town of Mud Bay, Wisconsin. Mud Bay's design is strongly influenced by the author's home town of Madison, Wisconsin. Topics have included role-playing games, comic books, video games, and fandom in general. The comic strip began in January 1997 and has made appearances in publications like, , and. Starting in 2000, the strip began web publication roughly three times a week and is featured in. The bimonthly comic book made its first appearance in 1998 and features continuing storylines.
Dork tower won the for Best Game-related Periodical of 2002 and for Best Professional Game Periodical of 2000 and 2001.
Matt is the main character in the comic; many of the storylines focus around his love life. He usually serves as the gamemaster for his group of friends when they role-play; his favorite game is Warhamster (a parody of). He used to date Kayleigh, and has a crush on Gilly. He works as a graphic designer but also draws his own comic book, That Girl, in his spare time. The main character in That Girl bears a strong resemblence to Gilly. Ken is the most responsible of the group. He likes miniature figures and usually plays as a Cleric in the group's RPG campaigns. He is currently dating Sujata, Kayleigh's roommate. Sujata enjoys miniature wargaming.Igor is largely the comic relief. He's been Matt's best friend since they were kids. He is an obsessive collector, and in games tends to make rash decisions that get the party killed. He also likes to LARP, usually playing Vampire: The Groveling (a parody of) with the goths. He can't stand Kayleigh, and wants to get Matt together with Gilly.Carson is a muskrat. He is flighty and switches interests regularly. He also makes rash decisions when they role-play. Carson works demeaning jobs in the service sector to pay for his hobbies, which include comic book collecting. He is also the star of John Kovalic's comic strip Wild Life. Bill Blyden is the owner and manager of Pegasaurus Games, a store in Mud Bay where all the characters shop. The comic strips published in Dragon magazine focus on his activities. He is married to Stacy, and his sole employee is Leslie. Pegasaurus is strongly influenced by Madison, Wisconsin game shop Pegasus Games, as are the character designs of Bill and Leslie.Gilly the Perky Goth likes to LARP, which is how Igor met her. Matt saw her at a party and developed a crush on her, but didn't meet her until Igor invited Gilly to one of their games. Gilly likes cute and cheerful things, to the disgust of her brother Walden. She recently moved to London for grad school.Walden is Gilly's older brother, a mopey goth. He is the leader of the goth gamers in Mud Bay, and often has to deal with the indignity of the LARPers being kicked out of everywhere they want to play (recently ending up at the pet cemetery).Kayleigh was Matt's girlfriend. They've known each other since they were kids, and went steady in college. They got back together recently, much to the disgust of Matt's friends, then broke up again. She looks down on almost all of Matt's hobbies and interests (except for), even though she's an excellent gamer. Kayleigh is a journalist for a local newspaper.Maxwell and Claire also mainly feature in Dragon magazine. Little is known about them save that they are married and enthusiastic role-players, although their differences within the hobby often lead to arguments. Maxwell also has a crush on Gilly, which causes a lot of friction.[deviantart] => [twitvid] => [webcomic_rss] => http://www.dorktower.com/feed/ [googleplus_id] => [googleplus_followers] => 0 [webcomictweets_rank] => 28 )