R. K. Milholland

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R. K. Milholland
R. K. Milholland at RavenCon
Born
Randal Keith Milholland

(1975-11-25) November 25, 1975 (age 45)[1]
OccupationAuthor and Artist
Years active1999 - today
Notable work
Something Positive

Randal Keith Milholland (born November 25, 1975[1]), better known as R. K. Milholland, is an American webcomic author. His works include Something Positive, New Gold Dreams, Midnight Macabre, Classically Positive and Super Stupor.

History[edit]

Raised in Bedford, Texas, Milholland attended Harwood Junior High and Trinity High School in neighboring Euless, Texas.[2] During high school he won several awards for his editorial cartoons.[3][4] He went on to enroll in the art department at the University of North Texas where he spent four years.

Milholland moved to Boston in the spring of 1999. He worked odd jobs, including stints at a dot com startup, scientific non-profit, medical billing and medical research companies. During this time he started the Something Positive webcomic, in response to a criticism from his friend, voice actress Clarine Harp, that he should "do something positive" with his life. The protagonist in this comic, Davan, is loosely based on Milholland and the stories are often inspired by real life experiences. Davan's best friend Aubrey Chorde is based on Harp.

In June 2004, faced with increasing complaints about his lateness in updating the comic, Milholland challenged his readership to donate enough money to pay for a year of his salary so that he could quit his job and become a full-time cartoonist.[2][5][6] To his surprise, this amount was reached and surpassed in less than a month, making Milholland one of the successful pioneers of micropatronage. Since then, his webcomic has expanded into many realms of merchandising.[7][8]

Milholland has relocated to Texas and travels the con circuit frequently. He also sometimes performs in community theater, especially children's theater. In 2017, he moved to Georgia.[9] In 2019, he moved back to Texas following the signing of Georgia's fetal heartbeat bill into law.[10][11]

Comics[edit]

Something Positive[edit]

Something Positive started its run on December 19, 2001. As of September 7, 2021, it is still being actively updated.

Something Positive 1937[edit]

Starting on September 7, 2007, Milholland launched a third spin-off from Something Positive, this one also taking place in the same continuity as the original but taking place many years earlier. Something Positive 1937 follows the relationship of Fred's father Vester Macintire and his cousin Davan (Davan of S*P's namesake, first mentioned in the comic's [May 8, 2007 strip.[12]) The comic is in black and white and for a time featured in a sidebar next to the original, with archives available on the same page as the original strip. Milholland has said in news posts he expects the story to last for a few years, and provided it with its own website[13] on September 24, 2007. The strip stopped updating in 2008.

Midnight Macabre[edit]

Midnight Macabre is another spin-off from Something Positive. It features Gaspar Baugh, the father of Something Positive secondary character Lisa Baugh, as he attempts to resurrect a horror TV show presenting Midnight movies.

New Gold Dreams[edit]

New Gold Dreams is a strip that spoofs the conventions of the heroic fantasy genre. It also ties in with Milholland's interest in role-playing games, as the comic is portrayed as a game run by Pee-Jee, one of the main strip's cast members; some of the characters in New Gold Dreams have the same appearance and personality as regular S*P characters. The comic started on April 2, 2004 but has been entirely on hiatus since the 20th issue in August 2005.

Super Stupor[edit]

Super Stupor is a superhero comic, which mocks the conventions of the genre. Four self-published volumes of the strip are currently available from the Rhymes With Witch store.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Milholland, R. K. (2017-11-25). "A Magical Birthday". Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  2. ^ a b Morrison, Ellena (2004-06-08). "Online comic strip gives creator a new beginning". The Fort-Worth Star-Telegram.
  3. ^ "Columbia Scholastic Press Association presents 1993 Scholastic Gold Circle Awards" (Press release). Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Retrieved 2007-08-18.
  4. ^ "ILPC Awards 1992-93". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  5. ^ Losowsky, Andrew (2004-09-09). "Charity begins on the net". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  6. ^ Chen, Jialu (2011-08-02). "See you in the funny pages". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  7. ^ Warehouse 23 - Something Positive Merchandise Archived March 23, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Coltrain, Nick (2009-02-03). "Artists exploit the Web's freedom in creating their own comics". The Nevada Sagebrush. Retrieved 2009-02-12.[dead link]
  9. ^ @choochoobear (22 September 2017). "Reader: Why did you move to Georgia? Me: My wife was offered a dream job here. R: If I were married I wouldn't do shit like that for my wife" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Milholland announces in his webcomic he is moving back to Texas (see bottom left panel).
  11. ^ @choochoobear (9 July 2019). "My wife got a new job - also no heartbeat bill in Texas" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp05082007.shtml
  13. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20101121101517/http://classicallypositive.net/

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