ABOUT TOY BOX COMICS— & TRIPPING OVER YOU



WHAT IS TRIPPING OVER YOU?

TOY is a slice-of-life, comedy webcomic!

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. Together they trip into adulthood, into coming out to friends and family, and eventually into living together — all while learning what it means to provide each other with a center point of balance.


WHEN DOES TOY UPDATE?

We update twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays. We aim for early morning EST, but occasionally we’re on the later side of the evening getting pages up. Usually we’ll have the page up by EST midnight of our update day if all goes well— and we update our twitter live as each page goes up.


HOW LONG WILL THE COMIC RUN?

We’re currently on chapter 17 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 while still before then.


WHAT'S THE COMIC'S RATING?

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.


HOW ARE MILO AND LIAM'S NAMES PRONOUNCED?

My-low and Lee-um.

 

ARE THE TWO MAIN CHARACTERS GAY?

Milo is gay, Liam is bisexual.


WHERE/WHEN IS THE COMIC BASED?

The comic starts in 2008, because that’s when we first created the characters and their world. We jokingly refer to the setting as Maybengland (“maybe England”)— mostly because we want to avoid setting it somewhere actually real and accidentally implying comparisons to real-world politics or people. We also like to make clear that we make real-world setting-related mistakes all the time— despite having a lot of fun researching real-world locations and events to reference! Most places in TOY are absolutely based on real places.


WHY DOES HEBERT HAVE ONLY ONE "R" IN HIS NAME?

Because Owen loved that Suzana hated it. ♥

 

WAIT, WHO MAKES THE COMIC?

We’re Suzana Harcum and Owen White! We’re a married lesbian couple; Suzana is the artist and Owen is the writer. Hello!


IS ANY OF THE STORY AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL?

Not intentionally, but definitely 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. (Kat and Penny are much less like us, though. I think they’d make us kind of nervous to actually meet them.)


HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TOGETHER/WORKING ON THE COMIC TOGETHER?

We’ve been dating since 2009, married since November of 2012 – and we’ve been making TOY together since early 2011.


WHAT INSPIRED TOY?

Milo and Liam were originally characters we created back 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 fun 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 easy and engaging 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.


DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER COMICS?

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.


ARE YOU GOING TO ANY CONVENTIONS SOON?

We’ll definitely announce any cons we’re planning to attend on twitter!