I did some cartooning during the late '80s and early '90s for local businesses and publications like the University of Maryland Diamondback. They published Day Dreams, Maryland Madness, and The Cutting Edge. I also did some comics work for the Ocean City, Maryland papers — The Pseudo-Locals for The Beachcomber, Beach Bummers for The Coconut Times, and Beach Patrol for Oceana.
After I graduated from Maryland, I lost interest in comics. I didn't see a future for the medium—newspaper comics were already microscopic and I didn't foresee being able to make a full-time living as a freelance comic book creator—so aside from sketching for fun, I haven't done any official cartooning for almost 20 years.
I've been doing the daily Kirby Dynamics weblog for the Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center since 2010, and during that process I decided to try and do some new comics. You can see the results at my website robertsteibel.com. Right now, in addition to Apple Creek, I'm also doing a comic on current events called Wild Life.
Educational Background: I have a BA in Film from the University of Maryland at College Park (1991). I went on to earn a BA in Creative Writing (2005), a Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing (2006), a Graduate Certificate in Community College Education (2006), and a Masters Degree in English Language Arts Education (2007) from the University of Central Florida, in Orlando.
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