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Rob Balder

Web Comic Creator / Musician
Richmond, VA USA

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See also: PartiallyClips and The Funny Music Projec

Rob Balder is the author of Erfworld, an online series of comics and illustrated prose. It tells the story of Parson Gotti, a strategy-obsessed gamer who is summoned into a gamelike fantasy universe and forced to command a real war.

Erfworld began in 2006 and comprises four books, two of which are ongoing. A fan-created wiki with more than 10,000 articles helps to catalog the details of this multifaceted fictional universe. Since 2011, Erfworld's fans have contributed half a million dollars in support of the series and its related creative projects, via various crowdfunding initiatives.

In 2015, Rob began volunteering as a member of SFWA, the Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He serves on the self-publishing committee, manages the SFWA curated Kickstarter page, and administers the Star Project program of distributed grants to worthy projects in genre publishing.

From 2005-2011, Rob was a comedy musician and filker. He was co-founder of the Funny Music Project and the Logan Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music. His songs are sometimes played on the Dr. Demento Show, including the #3 most requested song of 2009, "Gamer Funk." In 2007, his song "Rich Fantasy Lives" with Tom Smith won the Pegasus Award for Best Filk Song.

From 2001-2010 he wrote the comic strip PartiallyClips, which appeared in two dozen newspapers and other publications. In August 2010, he wrote and published "A Duel in the Somme", a collaborative project with 6-time Hugo award winner Ben Bova, illustrated by Bill Holbrook of Kevin and Kell.

Since 2002 he has been the Associate Editor of Nth Degree, a popular fanzine covering genre fiction, gaming, comics, fandom and more.



Convention Guest Appearances:
   ConnectiCon 2004 - July 16-18 in West Hartford, CT
   Katsucon 2005 - February 18-20 in Arlington, VA
   ConnectiCon 2005 - July 15-17 in Hartford, CT
   ConnectiCon 2006 - July 7-9 in Hartford, CT
   Genericon 2007 - January 26-28 in Troy, NY
   Katsucon 2007 - February 16-18 in Washington, DC
   ConnectiCon 2007 - July 13-15 in Hartford, CT
   Genericon 2008 - January 25-27 in Troy, NY
   Katsucon 2008 - February 15-17 in Washington, DC
   SITACon 2008 - October 10-12 in Utica, NY
   Tigercon 2008 - November 1 in Towson, MD
   New England Fan Experience 2008 - November 21-23 in Cambridge, MA
   Katsucon 2009 - February 13-15 in Arlington, VA
   MarsCon 2010 - January 15-17 in Williamsburg, VA
   Intervention 2011 - September 16-18 in Rockville, MD
   Intervention 2012 - September 21-23 in Rockville, MD
   ConnectiCon 2014 - July 10-13 in Hartford, CT
   Intervention 2014 - August 22-24 in Rockville, MD
   Intervention 2016 - September 16-18 in Rockville, MD
19 guest appearances

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