Contact

Email Phinn:  phinn@towne-pub.com

Email Trebarg: trebarg@towne-pub.com

The point of this page is to provide the loyal (or not so much so) visitor a place to go when they’d like to make a comment about the site, or get answers to some questions they might have. The FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) below should cover most of the more common questions that may come up, but if not feel free to e-mail either Phinn or Trebarg any time.

FAQ

Q: Who is Phinn and what does he do?

A: Phinn is really Bobby St. Jacques, Jr. and he’s the author and artist at Towne-Pub.com. He does all of the artwork and writing involved in producing a Towne Pub comic strip, and most of the post production for each strip. In addition, Phinn does the design work for most of the Towne Pub merchandise and the majority of the regular news updates on the site.

Q: Who is Trebarg and what does he do?

A: Trebarg is really Dave Grabert and he does the color for the Towne Pub color strips as well as his fair share of the web design for the site itself. Dave has done some outstanding work on the Pub color strips as can be seen in this example. Dave has also done work on some of the Towne Pub Goodies and made countless other contributions to the site, not the least of which is the fact that he’s responsible for the concept of the Trebarg Character that appears in the strip.

Q: So where did the idea for Towne Pub come from?

A: To make a long story short, Towne Pub started out as a message board at RIT. It was a work of collaborative fiction participated in by dozens of authors. Many of the characters in the Towne Pub comic strip were taken directly from the original storyline, while others were created just for the strip. The idea that the Towne Pub exists at the nexus of reality, and the multi-dimensional nature of the Pub is something that was only hinted at in the original story, even though it’s the backbone of the comic strip. You can get a lot more in depth information by reading through the commentaries that Dave and I have posted in the The Strip Archives. I suggest starting with the first strip and working your way through.

Q: So if Phinn didn’t create all of the characters, who did?

A: The character of Marc Trebarg was created by TP’s own colorist, Dave Grabert. Savage and Dude were created by Matthew Dolins, a great friend of mine from RIT. Both Nate and Sam were created by Matthew “Powers” Wilson, who is one of Towne Pub’s most loyal readers, and an active poster in The Bar. Captain Hooter was created by Sue Meredith, who is another good friend from my days in college. I owe all of these people a huge debt of gratitude, not only for inspiring me to do the strip, but for allowing me to use their characters as I have over the last few years. All of the other characters featured in the strip were created by yours truly.

Q: Is Towne Pub supposed to be a comic strip or a comic book?

A: Both. Towne Pub is basically a comic book presented in comic strip form. The artwork, while still cartoony, is closer to a traditional comic book style than you’ll find in most comic strips. The size and number of panels varies dramatically from day to day, unlike most daily comic strips. It is also important to note that, while the width of the finished strip is always 773 pixels due to the constraints of the web design used on towne-pub.com, the height of the strip varies as necessary to accommodate the action from strip to strip. This is something almost never seen in traditional comic strips, which adhere to rigid size requirements for both height and width of the strips.

Q: Phinn does the artwork, right? How did he develop his style?

A: There are two major inspirations for my artwork in Towne Pub. The first is the artwork of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird on the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics from Mirage Studios. I first stumbled upon the gritty, violent, black and white comics (which, by the way, share very little in common with the pizza-filled cartoons and/or toys) in junior high (the late 80′s for those of you keeping track). I spent a few years (much to the dismay of my high school art teacher) mimicking the style of the artwork in those early comics. My second major inspiration is Bill Waterson’s work on Calvin and Hobbes. Though I can never claim to come close to Mr. Waterson’s talent, I like to think that the style and dynamic feel of the Towne Pub strips most closely resemble the look and feel of the later Calvin and Hobbes strips. Other minor influences on my artwork include Todd McFarlane’s work on Spider-Man, and Jack Kirby’s work on just about everything he did.