Married to the Sea

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Married to the Sea
Author(s)Drew and Natalie Dee
Websitewww.marriedtothesea.com
Current status/scheduleupdates daily
Launch dateFebruary 13, 2006

Married to the Sea is a webcomic by husband and wife Drew Fairweather and Natalie Dee. Both Drew and Natalie have creative input on Married to the Sea but the comic is not strictly collaborative.[1] Each has a personal webcomic project: Drew is also the author of Toothpaste for Dinner and Natalie Dee produces NatalieDee.

There is one new comic on Married to the Sea daily. According to the site, it updates at midnight EST, "without exception". The comics themselves are composed of public domain images (Victorian or otherwise) combined with new captions written by the authors. Despite its dated appearance, frequent anachronistic references to current events, as well as modern technologies and concepts, make it apparent that the comic itself is being written in the present day. Married to the Sea has been described by New York magazine as "brilliant" and "lowbrow".[2]

The comic draws its inspiration from many different domains, including popular music and entertainment, science, history, government, politics and philosophy. The intentions of the characters are frequently ambiguous, and their actions and words are frequently (and often bizarrely) at odds with the opinions expressed in actual Victorian-era America.

The first Married to the Sea comic was posted online on February 13, 2006. The site now sells several T-shirts and prints based on comics from Married to the Sea'.

In March 2012, Drew and Natalie created three new websites full of non-comic content. These are @drewtoothpaste, The Worst Things for Sale, and Stuff I Put on Myself.

NatalieDee[edit]

NatalieDee.com
Author(s)Natalie Dee
Websitewww.nataliedee.com
www.nataliedeemachine.com
Current status/scheduleNatalieDee.com ceased updating as of December 5, 2013
NatalieDeeMachine.com is live as of February 15, 2014
Launch dateSeptember 17, 2002

NatalieDee is a webcomic created by Natalie Dee Fairweather, one of the authors of Married to the Sea.

There is a new comic added daily to NatalieDee.com. The Webcomics comprise various sketches illustrating amusing or anecdotal situations from every day life. The comics do not follow a plot, but do feature recurring characters such as Natalie Dee's dogs, Chester and Charles.[3]

There are a number of references to Natalie Dee's own life, for example her pets and previous jobs and family, although the comics are not supposed to be autobiographical.

According to The Daily Gamecock, "Natalie Dee's comics are a daily dose of amusement, entertainment and, oftentimes, confusion",[4] while they are referred to as "unbearable cuteness" by Entertainment Weekly.[5]

The first Natalie Dee webcomic was published on 17 September 2002. At this point the comic was not regularly updated. The comic began being updated on weekdays from 29 December 2003 and then daily as of 9 May 2005.

Since these first comics the overall look of the illustrations has become more professional and polished. Natalie Dee has moved away from paper drawings and now uses software to create her signature hand-drawn style. She sometimes blends photographs or stock imagery with illustration.[6]

As of December 5, 2013, NatalieDee.com is no longer being regularly updated. The front page randomly shuffles comics from previous dates.[7]

In February 2014, Natalie Dee launched NatalieDeeMachine.com, a random comic generator in the style of classic Natalie Dee comics.[8]

Drew[edit]

Drew Fairweather, professionally known as Drew, is an American author and artist residing in Columbus, Ohio. He is notable for being the creator of the webcomic Toothpaste for Dinner, and is the co-creator of Married to the Sea, alongside his wife Natalie Dee Fairweather.[9]

Drew was previously a research chemist and held several patents[citation needed] before transitioning to full-time work with his webcomic Toothpaste for Dinner.[10] His industry work centered around the interactions of nitrogen-bonded urea with silicone gel, which formed the basis for his later music work (under the band name Hell Orbs) as "Piss Admiral Dildo Captain".[11] For the first two years of TFD's existence, Drew worked as a cat photographer to "make ends meet" before it became popular.[12] In September 2006, Drew revealed himself to be the entity behind the electronic musician KOMPRESSOR, which was previously only known by the alias "Andreas K.".[13][14] Drew has since released other albums under the artist name Dog Traders and CRUDBUMP.[15][16] On 11 April 2011, Drew published his first novel, Veins.[17]

In 2015 Drew revealed that he was "Mr. Eggs",[11] a notorious internet troll who posted hundreds of times to "Misc," a forum on bodybuilding.com.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "An interview with famed comic artists Drew and Natalie Dee – TechCrunch". techcrunch.com.
  2. ^ "The Approval Matrix: Week of September 25, 2006". NYMag.com.
  3. ^ Dogs Names Archived 2009-07-06 at the Wayback Machine Interview with Natalie Dee
  4. ^ Daily Gamecock Article Archived 2008-10-14 at the Wayback Machine Issue:2 October 2008
  5. ^ Unbearable Cuteness Entertainment Weekly Article
  6. ^ "The Rumpus Interview with Natalie Dee". therumpus.net. 31 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Natalie Dee - ARCHIVE: Dec 2013". www.nataliedee.com.
  8. ^ Dee, Natalie. "Natalie Dee Machine: Problem. weird dog". nataliedeemachine.com.
  9. ^ "Toothpaste for Dinner; A slide-show of the most addictive comic on the Web", Sam Anderson, Slate Magazine, June 24, 2005
  10. ^ Anderson, Sam (24 June 2005). "Toothpaste for Dinner" – via Slate.
  11. ^ a b "Julie Klausner, Pick Up Artists and the tale of Mr. Eggs". soundcloud.com.
  12. ^ http://www.iusbpreface.com/entertainment/interview-with-toothpaste-for-dinner-cartoonist-drew-1.2951171#.UjZYjrwSxe8
  13. ^ "The Worst Things For Sale » The Internet's most horrible items. A daily blog". blog.toothpastefordinner.com.
  14. ^ "KOMPRESSOR". www.kompressormusic.com.
  15. ^ "Amazon.com: Dog Traders: Digital Music". www.amazon.com.
  16. ^ "Amazon.com: CRUDBUMP: MP3 Downloads". amazon.com.
  17. ^ Drew (6 April 2011). "Veins". Sharing Machine – via Amazon.

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