Christopher Baldwin (born February 25, 1973) is an American illustrator and author of several webcomics, the most significant being Bruno, a look at the life of an introspective young woman set in the real world.
Christopher was born in Montague, Massachusetts and spent his childhood in Greenfield, Massachusetts. By his own account he had drawn over 30 comic books by 1991. After leaving college early in 1994, he took on various freelance jobs, and travelled to Europe where he took source pictures to incorporate in the Bruno comic. He similarly travelled across America, taking source photographs, settling in Portland, Oregon. He presently resides in Olympia, Washington.
Christopher's other works have mainly been shorter webcomic series, some being intentionally designed to attract syndication. These tend to be lighter in tone than Bruno. Examples are Shepard and May, published for 5 weeks in 2000; Kim in Love, published from October 1, 2001 until October 22, 2001; and Madge's Diary, published from November 5, 2001 until January 18, 2002. The last such strip was Little Dee, about a little girl adopted by a bear, released on June 7, 2004 for syndication, and completed in April 2010. Concurrently in 2010, Baldwin was publishing the science fiction webcomic Spacetrawler.
Aside from comics, Christopher Baldwin is also the author of a novel entitled Loved into Submission – a dark existential farce.
Bruno is a webcomic that was written and drawn by Baldwin from January 1, 1996 to February 14, 2007. Its story lines revolve around the life of an introspective young woman, set in the real world. Her unusual name comes from the Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno.
Little Dee is a webcomic by Baldwin that began on June 7, 2004, that the Washington Post termed "charming", and others called "genuinely innocent and funny", "never unpleasant", and "age appropriate". The webcomic is about a little girl (Dee) who becomes lost in the woods. She is befriended by three animals: a bear, a vulture and a dog. The animals talk; Dee doesn't.
Spacetrawler is a space opera webcomic that ran from January 1, 2010 to December 25, 2013. The plot involves a group of men and women from Earth who have been kidnapped and pressed into service by an alien as part of a plan to end the enslavement of another alien species.
One Way, a science-fiction webcomic started after the conclusion of Spacetrawler, follows a crew of astronauts sent by humanity to make contact with an alien race.
- Harris, Patrick (November 13, 2009). "Webcomics Corner". the Raquette. Retrieved August 16, 2010. "one of the most genuinely innocent and funny strips"
- Harris, Patrick (April 16, 2010). "Webcomics Corner". the Racquette (New York: State University of New York at Potsdam). Retrieved August 16, 2010. "Spacetrawler has been underway since the beginning of the year"
- "Extra, Extra: Vintage Strips Rise Again". Washington Post. January 13, 2008. pp. T.8. "One of the most charming online series is Chris Baldwin's Little Dee about a preverbal little girl"
- "Feedback". Daily Press (Newport News, Virginia). July 3, 2006. pp. A.2. "may I suggest one I just ran across recently It's called Little Dee by Chris Baldwin and it's extremely age appropriate"
- Baldwin, Christopher (25 December 2013). "Spacetrawler". Retrieved 16 July 2014.
- Davis, Lauren (2014-03-12). "What if the Enterprise was crewed entirely by misanthropic jerks?". io9. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
- Christopher Baldwin's home page (featuring Bruno)
- Kim in Love webcomic
- Madge's Diary webcomic
- Shepard and May webcomic
- Little Dee webcomic
- Bruno webcomic
- SpaceTrawler webcomic
- One Way webcomic
- Reviews of Bruno in Webcomics Book Club
- A review of Bruno by Alan P. Scott