This is the personal website of Dave Rapp, writer, artist, and general creative type. If either of the avatars to the left look familiar to you, you're in the right place.
There used to be a webcomic here. You're probably looking at this page because you saw my email address and wondered what that domain name lead to. Otherwise you might be a friend of mine, checking out Dave's site for some reason. If neither of those apply to you, you might be one of the people responsible for the hundred or so daily hits it used to get. If you are... wow, what can I say? You must have been a fan. Without an audience I'm just some guy talking into space. You're what made it all worth it.
My comic ran from 2007 to 2012. I stopped it for... various reasons. I can't really explain in a way that satisfies me. I got distracted by other things, but I'd be lying if I said they were more important. I got a little burnt out and frankly bored. I didn't really know where I was going with the story. A lot of my free time got eaten up by an MMORPG. I also got kind of depressed. I sort of still am. It's an ongoing thing.
In early 2007 I was a member of a small, forum-based freeform roleplaying game community. For some reason this forum had an unused section of the site for comics. I decided it was dumb that nobody was posting any comics here, and I had wanted for years to make a webcomic, so I decided to make the space my own. I can't draw for crap, but I have a big collection of LEGOs. I was inspired partly by Irregular Webcomic and Legostar Galactica (neither of which I had actually read; I had only heard of them) to make a comic with pictures of LEGO people going around in a LEGO world. On March 20th, after some trial and error and a lot of learning, I posted the first several pages of my new, story-driven comic: Lego Quest.
I was sixteen. If you ask me, a 16-year-old in 2007 making a webcomic that wasn't a sprite comic or a gamers-on-a-couch comic was kind of a big deal.
After a pretty lukewarm reception from the community (I think only two or three people even looked at those first pages) I decided I needed my own space in order to grow. I set up this domain name (lq-comic stood for Lego Quest Comic) and taught myself enough HTML to build a simple but functional website. I picked up some readers by posting on the forums of other webcomics (mostly the Order of the Stick plus a little xkcd) and eventually changed the name of the comic to Brickworld Saga, to avoid the LEGO group coming after me for using their name. I kept the domain name because I didn't want to lose readers due to a url change.
Some other projects ensued. Some friends and I tried to start a short-form podcast called Untitled Blasphemy. I made a short-lived machinima series with the same friends plus a bunch of voice actors we found through YouTube. I collaborated with the authors of several other brick comics to make a community called the Brick Comic Network. A close friend and I started a second LEGO comic, called Breakin, which was done in the style of an interactive adventure a la Homestuck. I eventually changed the name of my first comic to Brick Earth Saga, for reasons that are boring.
Eventually, for reasons mentioend above, I stopped my webcomic. My other projects died off as my friends and I collaborated less and less. The last thing to end was Breakin, which lost its audience when the site it was running on abruptly went away. Most of Breakin was backed up, but not all of it, and my collaborator and I agreed it was best laid to rest. I haven't made anything creative on the internet since. I've done some writing and recorded some podcasts with some friends, but most of that will probably never see the light of day. I've posted some small things under a pseudonym, none of which I'm especially proud of. This is all probably kind of depressing. Sorry. If you're still reading this you might be interseted in seeing the various projects I've mentioned. If you are, you're a saint. Here are some links.
Untitled Blasphemy (short-form podcast)
Melee's End (Machinima)
Breakin (interactive comic)
I'm a Small Red Spaceship (interactive comic)
My YouTube channel (full of junk and old stuff)