In 1998 I created a simple comic strip about two emoticons living in cyberspace. (Emoticons are what we used before emojis, kids.) I called it Punc & Mark (as they were made from punctuation marks, get it?). I didn’t actually draw it; I used an old image editor from Microsoft to make it. The artwork was crude. But then so was the humor. :)
I was basically just messing around, but I posted it to my “home page” and told my friend Joe Mezzina about it. He dug it immediately, and made all sorts of suggestions. After a while, he and I were collaborating on each new episode and I gave him a byline.
For all its graphic simplicity, it actually took off. I created a new site, byteus.com, and submitted the comic strip to all the ranking sites I could find. Before long we had a solid reader base. We received a lot of praise and awards; we even got one from the Museum of Technology in San Jose, CA.
Below is the entire catalog of episodes.