EMAIL: toythecomic at gmail dot com
DISCORD: Toy Box Server
PATREON: Toy Box Comics
MILO'S BLOG: OffBeatMiloD
LIAM'S BLOG: MausoLiamS
HEBERT'S BLOG: Redheaded-Saint
TOY PLAYLIST: On Spotify
TOY is a slice-of-life, comedy webcomic with a focus on LGBT+ themes!
Growing up is an awkward waltz. Tripping Over You follows Milo and Liam's steps (and missteps) as they begin a hesitant relationship in their last year of highschool. They must learn to fold each other into their lives (in the midst of major life changes) with as much grace as they both can manage — which, admittedly, could be enormously more graceful. They stumble over each others' feet while trial-and-error learning what it means to provide each other with a center point of balance.
We’re currently on chapter 18 of a planned 20 chapters (plus an additional epilogue) – so if we continue at the rate we’re updating, we’ll be working on TOY for a few more years at least. We'd also really like to continue the story in a sequel once the first main story is finished— but we've got a few years still before then.
Our main website is PG13, with some suggestion of sexuality as it comes up in their relationship. We do also make additional 18+ comics available in our store, but 18+ material does not appear in the main story itself. We like to keep the two separate in case the adult stuff isn’t someone’s cup of tea (and sales of the 18+ comics help support us making the main comic for free), but we have a lot of fun making both in their own ways.
My-low and Lee-um.
Milo is gay, Liam is bisexual.
The comic starts in 2008 (the most recent pages take place in 2010), in a fictionalized version of England. Most places in TOY are based on real places, but intentionally fictionalized in order to avoid comparisons to real-world politics, celebrities, or current events. We often used to jokingly refer to the setting as Maybengland (“maybe England”)— though we've recently started calling the city the boys live in Lundein, England— while Hebert is from Tremontaine, Massachusetts.
Because Owen loved that Suzana hated it. ♥
We’re Suzana Harcum and Owen White! We’re a married lesbian couple; Suzana is the artist and Owen is the writer. Hello!
Not intentionally, but a little bit! It’s pretty difficult to leave yourself out of a story entirely, so little (super-exaggerated) bits of us and our relationship are for sure in Milo and Liam’s story. Some of their friends’ and families’ stories are based on things our friends and families have done, but these too are pretty exaggerated for comedy.
We’ve been dating since 2009, married since November of 2012 – and we’ve been making TOY together since early 2011.
Milo and Liam originally were characters we created in 2008 to write together, draw together, and basically flirt with each other through. When we started dating we put them away— and then later realized how much we really missed them. When Suzana first wanted to start a webcomic together, she wanted to make something that would be engaging for us to generate a lot of content for. Having lots of material already built around these characters meant plenty of content that would be fun for us to practice with, having never made comics before— plus it could potentially run for a long time if we wanted it to. So we ended up taking the boys back out of storage and fleshing them out! We were already really fond of them and what they meant to us, too— which makes it easy to be fond of (and admittedly kind of addicted to) the comic grind.
Besides Tripping Over You (and a Kat and Penny centric side-comic, Walk It Off), we have a couple more in the works— most recently we’ve off and on been working on a second webcomic called The Death Of Caleb Perkins.
We’ll definitely announce any cons we’re planning to attend on twitter!