GEORGE GANT: Beware of Toddler began as a result of a simple game of hide-and-seek. Once while playing, I hid in a closet thinking that it would take a few minutes for my 2-year-old daughter to find me, hopefully giving me a breather while doing so. I was wrong–she found me immediately, despite this being my first time hiding there. I found it funny enough to draw a comic strip about it.
KAPLAN: Can you tell us about the journey from self-published webcomic to your upcoming Father’s Day debut on ComicsKingdom.com?
GANT: Sure! Though I’ve only been working on Beware of Toddler since 2019, I began drawing webcomics long before that. After discovering webcomics such as Penny Arcade and comic strips like The Boondocks, I felt like it was finally time to create my own, which led to my first two webcomics; The Reset Button and On the Grind. From there, I began drawing all-ages content exclusively, which led to the second iteration of The Reset Button, in addition to various freelance projects. I tried to reboot Reset again, but then that game of hide-and-seek that led to Toddler’s creation occurred. Its success came out of nowhere for me, but I knew it was the thing I needed to focus on moving forward. Since then, the comic has been read by millions and nominated for several awards, including a Ringo. It even won one; a Glyph Comics Award for Rising Star. These, along with the book’s Kickstarter and joining Comics Kingdom, occurred in such a short amount of time that I don’t feel like I’ve fully processed it all yet.
KAPLAN: Earlier this year you shipped copies of Toddlerhood!: A Beware of Toddler Collection to Kickstarter backers. Can you tell us what this experience was like?
GANT: With my first two books (based on On the Grind), I had a publisher; the only things I did were a.) draw the comics and b.) lay the book out. With my third book (based on the Reset reboot), I used a print-on-demand service where my duties were the same.
Toddlerhood! was the first book that I tried to self-publish on my own and the only one I have ever run any sort of crowdfunding campaign. Despite feeling like I didn’t know what I was doing, I was still able to reach my goal in around 72 hours. I was also able to offer new rewards for the backers as a result. Since Toddlerhood didn’t have a publisher or used a POD service, I had to pack and ship everything myself. It was a lot of work that I wasn’t used to at the time, but it was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had recently.
KAPLAN: Do you have a favorite video game (a) of the past few years, and (b) of all time?
GANT: As a life-long gamer, I can say that Elden Ring is easily the best game I’ve played in the last five years. It’s pretty difficult at first, but once the gameplay loop clicks, the experience is one of the finest games out there.
My favorite game of all time, though? That’s a tricky question, but if I had to pick just one, I think it would be Halo 3. It was incredible when it launched in 2007 and is still a lot of fun to play today.