On June 29, 2006 I hiked my first overnighter. I took along a small sketch book and knew before I pulled it out of my pack what I wanted to draw. Until the evening of the 29th, I was a pretty traditional artist. I never stepped too far outside the box and unapologetically blamed fear for the oversight. During the weeks leading up to our hike I imagined the kind of characters I wanted to play with, and that evening I put fear aside and finished drawing the first page in half an hour. They were pretty raw, but eventually they developed into what became The Rots. The very first character I drew was named Rodney, and he’s come to symbolize the anniversary of the birth of The Rots.
Although I could point to any number of influences, others have made their own associations; over the years The Rots have been compared to the work of Edward Gorey, Charles Addams and even Tim Burton. All company worth stepping outside the box for, I would say.