Mason "Tailsteak" Williams is the sole writer and artist of Forward. He is, for all practical intents and purposes, a straight, white, able-bodied, Canadian cisdude. He lives in Ontario with his wife Amber.
From 2000 to 2003, Tailsteak made his first webcomic, One Over Zero, which ran for exactly one thousand strips. 1/0 was a surreal exploration of a world with no fourth wall between art and artist, and primarily dealt with questions of identity, reality, and theology.
From 2010 to 2017, Tailsteak made his second webcomic, Leftover Soup, which also ran for exactly one thousand strips. Leftover Soup was a slice-of-life comedy set in a real-ish present-day world, and dealt with subjects like games, cooking, polyamory, racism, and relationships.
Tailsteak started his third webcomic, Forward, in November of 2017. It is ongoing, updating every Monday.
Tailsteak is also the current artist for a webcomic called Roll To Save, which is written by Giancarlo Danubio. RTS updates every other Sunday.
Tailsteak puts various essays, aborted story projects, one-off gags, and incidental artworks on his personal website, tailsteak.com. He also posts assorted art to his FurAffinity account, and intermittently contributes to the joint tumblr account My Brain Made This.
Tailsteak records a podcast called Hey I've Got An Idea Show with his brother, Luke "Lessashamed" Williams. Every week, the brothers stumble their way through inventing something, ideally in a comedic fashion. HIGAI updates on Thursdays.
Every March first, Tailsteak runs Sexy Self Comics Day, an event for people to submit personal autobio comics about their sexuality. It's a lot of fun.
Tailsteak wrote a book (very short, but technically a novel I will fight anyone who says otherwise) called Bang. Tailsteak also wrote five illustrated motivational-type books called The Paladin's Guide to Life, The Rogue's Guide to Life, The Barbarian's Guide to Life, The Necromancer's Guide to Life, and The Bard's Guide to Life. All of those books are available on Amazon... but, if you pledge to Tailsteak's Patreon (as little as a dollar a month!) you can get pdf and audiobook copies at no additional charge.
There's lots of other exclusive stuff on the Patreon, like an erotic novella about a sex-worker-private-eye, or a roleplaying game that uses a bag of Scrabble tiles instead of dice.
Tailsteak often does video streams of his art-making process on Picarto. These streams will typically run for twelve hours, from 11am-11pm EST. Tailsteak plays random albums, works on colouring, and chats with people who drop in and drop out.
Tailsteak has a dayjob working at a call center, but, because of the income he receives from his Patreon and from taking commissions, he has been able to drop his employment there down to part-time. He hopes one day to make enough from his various art projects that he'll be able to quit that job entirely.
Tailsteak, at this point, realizes how odd it is that he's been writing about himself in the third person this whole time, but he figures he might as well stick with it.
Tailsteak reads a lot of webcomics and spends more time than he should on Twitter. He enjoys cooking, tabletop roleplaying games, and making art for people. He's a bit of a workaholic (for anything other than his actual dayjob) and strives to find healthyish balance in his day-to-day life. Unless specifically and explicitly stated, none of Tailsteak's characters are autobiographical, and their views and positions are not necessarily shared by their authour. Tailsteak's writing and art skills are almost entirely self-taught, and, like his philosophical and political views, have been gradually evolving over time. I mean, it's not like he's embarrassed by his older stuff, by any means, but perhaps you shouldn't judge him by things he made many years ago. Just sayin'.
Oh, did Tailsteak mention the whole Patreon thing? Because there's lots of cool stuff and exclusive content on Tailsteak's Patreon, and it only gets better over time. You should definitely check out Tailsteak's Patreon. It's a good Patreon.
Anything else you need to know about Tailsteak can likely be gleaned from his Twitter account or the commentary alongside his comics. He's a bit of a weirdo, but he means well.
Warrior Poet, Philosopher King.
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