Profile

Scrapbook photo 1
Scrapbook photo 2
Scrapbook photo 3
Scrapbook photo 4
Scrapbook photo 5
Verified name
Robert Balder
Works at Erfworld, self-employed
Attended Roanoke College
Lives in Henrico, Virginia
1,473 followers|134,459 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos

Stream

Robert Balder

Shared publicly  - 
 
http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%203/173 Update! Book 3 - Page 173. A symbolic jester
5

Robert Balder

Shared publicly  - 
 
http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%203/171 Update! Book 3 - Page 171. Here come Donny with the power and the glory...
12

Robert Balder

Shared publicly  - 
 
http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%203/169 Update! Book 3 - Page 169. Ow, right in the beanbag.

So, lots going on here. We're in our second day without power after a monster storm left Richmond in leafy ruins and looking like Jericho, Kansas. Getting a page up by the deadline turned out to be a massive ordeal.

We've also been way behind on putting up the 42 "splash" pages we funded in the original Kickstarter, so I have been counting any art-intensive page as a "splash." But this kind of low density of information page that gives the artists a chance to lead and show off was what had I always intended for those. This is a companion to page 170 which is ready to go. Both pages needed work, and that was very hard to do without power.

We may not have power for days, but I will make sure that 170 goes up just after midnight on Sunday, or about 49 hours from now.
6

Robert Balder

Shared publicly  - 
 
Update! Book 3 - Page 167. A bulletproof plan
 
http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%203/167
6

Robert Balder

Shared publicly  - 
 
http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%203/166 Update! Book 3 - Page 166. A prisoner exchange
11

Robert Balder

Shared publicly  - 
 
http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%203/164 Update! Book 3 - Page 164. Dinner and a show.
12

Robert Balder

Shared publicly  - 
 
http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%203/162 Update! Book 3 - Page 162. You better brace yourself, before you erase yourself.
12
Have him in circles
1,473 people
Jean Marie Ward's profile photo
Travel Mexico and Shows's profile photo
Milly Del's profile photo
stephen dewhirst's profile photo
Ann Braton Rutkowski's profile photo
Irshad khan's profile photo
Crow Satz's profile photo
Enrique Chocolatl's profile photo
marie simone's profile photo

Robert Balder

Shared publicly  - 
 
http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%203/172 Update! Book 3 - Page 172. It had to be you
10

Robert Balder

Shared publicly  - 
 
http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%203/170 Update! Book 3 - Page 170. Jed's head baby, Jed's head

Power just came back here a couple of hours ago. 70 hours in the middle ages and our productivity got destroyed. Recovery mode all this week.
10

Robert Balder

Shared publicly  - 
 
http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%203/168 Update! Book 3 - Page 168. When my dreamboat comes home
14

Robert Balder

Shared publicly  - 
 
http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%203/165 Update! Book 3 - Page 165. Dun...dun...dungeon
11

Robert Balder

Shared publicly  - 
 
http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%203/163 Update! Book 3 - Page 163. Approaching the battle table
14
People
Have him in circles
1,473 people
Jean Marie Ward's profile photo
Travel Mexico and Shows's profile photo
Milly Del's profile photo
stephen dewhirst's profile photo
Ann Braton Rutkowski's profile photo
Irshad khan's profile photo
Crow Satz's profile photo
Enrique Chocolatl's profile photo
marie simone's profile photo
Work
Occupation
author
Employment
  • Erfworld, self-employed
    author, present
  • Water Environment Federation
  • PBS
  • Verizon Avenue
  • OnePoint Communications
  • Clinton Computer
  • Kaiser Associates
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Henrico, Virginia
Previously
Fairfax County, Virginia - Royal Oak, Michigan - Palo Alto, California - Centreville, Virginia - Naperville, Illinois - Fairfax, Virginia - Salem, Virginia - Roanoke, Virginia - San Antonio, Texas - Austin, Texas - Falls Church, Virginia - Henrico, Virginia
Story
Tagline
Author, webcomic creator, (former) comedy musician, entrepreneur, and above all, social primate.
Introduction
Rob Balder is a professional webcomic creator who has also ventured into game design, comedy music, publishing and new media business development.

Most of his time is consumed writing and producing Erfworld, an epic fantasy/comedy comic about an obsessive strategy gamer who is summoned to fight a real war. Erfworld was co-created in 2006 with illustrator Jamie Noguchi, and continues now with the talents of illustrator Xin Ye.  Time magazine named Erfworld one of its top ten graphic novels of 2007, and Wired.com called it “Geekiest Comic Ever.”  The first physical book of the series, "Erfworld: the Battle for Gobwin Knob," was published in February of 2011. To date, Erfworld has held three successful Kickstarter projects for creative endeavors related to the comic, raising a combined $143,000.

From 2004 to 2011, Rob also wrote and performed comedy songs, and recorded two solo CDs. The title track from his first CD, "Rich Fantasy Lives" was co-written with Filk Hall of Famer Tom Smith. It won the Pegasus award for Best Filk Song of 2007. In 2009 he collaborated with -=ShoEboX=- of Worm Quartet on a CD called "Baldbox: the Dumb Album." Rob's songs have often been heard on the Doctor Demento Show. In January 2007, he and six other comedy music performers founded The Funny Music Project, where they present new songs every single day, released under a Creative Commons license.  The FuMP won the 2009 Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction Music Podcast.  The annual Logan Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music were his brainchild, and Rob served as the first year's chair in 2011, organizing a jury of musicians and fans which included "Weird Al" Yankovic. In October 2011, Rob reluctantly announced he was putting all music-related activities on indefinite hiatus in order to focus on comics and business.

In 2001, Rob created the clip-art comic strip "PartiallyClips," which is widely read online and has appeared in more than two dozen newspapers and magazines.  A book collection of the strip, "Suffering for my Clip Art: the Best of PartiallyClips, volume 1" was published in 2005.  Since 2010, the strip has continued under the authorship of Tim Crist.

He is the Associate Editor of Nth Degree, a fanzine covering genre fiction, gaming, comics, fandom and more. He writes science fiction and fantasy, including one unpublished novel and many short stories and poems.

Rob also teamed up with Pete Abrams of Sluggy Freelance to create "Get Nifty," a stand-alone card game themed around Pete's comic. Get Nifty debuted in stores in 2006, through Blood & Cardstock Games.

In August 2010, Rob launched a collaborative project with 6-time Hugo award winner Ben Bova.  "A Duel in the Somme" is a 24-page color comic based on a story by Dr. Bova, and illustrated by nationally-syndicated cartoonist Bill Holbrook.  The comic appears in its entirety at http://www.duelinthesomme.com, and physical copies can be had with a $10 donation to the creators.
Education
  • Roanoke College
  • Chantilly High School
  • Rocky Run Intermediate School
  • Greenbriar West Elementary
  • Centreville Elementary
  • Mill Street Elementary
  • Highland Elementary
  • Beebe Elementary
  • Haycock Elementary
  • London Towne Elementary
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Other names
Rob Balder, Party Rob, The Bald Half, Robert Blacktoe, Buck Aztec, Töner Lö, Walks Into Things