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Webcomic blind dates pair artists and writers for Valentine’s Day

These teams of strangers were paired off in January to create comics together. Here are the results.


Lisa Granshaw


Posted on Feb 14, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 6:16 pm CDT

Valentine’s Day might be a time for those in established relationships, but that’s no reason not to try to find a new partner on this romantic holiday. In fact, a blind date might be just what you need to have a little fun. 


That’s what these webcomic creators decided to try, and the results of their chance partnerships are not to be missed.


These creators took part in “blind dates” set up by the Webcast Beacon Network (WBN), a network of podcasts that promotes and covers creativity and the storytelling creative process. WBN has been pairing up writers and artists who don’t know each other every Valentine’s Day since 2012. The idea is a revitalization of a project originally created by ComixTalk’s Xavier Xerxes. Writers and artists email WBN to sign up for the project in January, and are then put into teams with the goal of creating a comic for Valentine’s Day. 


It’s a fun concept that has produced some interesting comics over the years. For 2014, WBN has received five comics so far, some that are more than one page. Check out three of our favorites below!

Artist: Tony Esteves of Legendary Woodsman

Writer: Marjorie Skiba of Seeking Shelter 

Illustration via Webcast Beacon Network

Artist: Jennifer of Run Lil Jared

Writer: Elia of Elia in a Box

Illustration via Webcast Beacon Network

Artist: Dan Hinder of Among the Chosen

Writer: Jasmine of Smack Jeeves

Illustration via Webcast Beacon Network

More comics are expected to come in throughout the day. Watch the Webcomic Blind Date page for updates.

Illustration by Jennifer of Run Lil Jared via Webcast Beacon Network

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*First Published: Feb 14, 2014, 1:59 pm CST