I feel compelled to tell you folks the story of Bort today.
My descent (or ascent) to nerd-dom began in the sixth grade when I discovered Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition. In that game there was a race of monsters called the mongrelmen, who were so hideously ugly that they were treated like, well, ugly mongrel monsters. They were peaceful and misunderstood, despite being ugly as sin, and I immediately took a liking to them.
Years later, when I was senior in high school, I put a "comic book" together that I got "published" with the help of my photography teacher. In my crappy, home-made comic book was a story I wrote about an ugly-as-sin, misunderstood monster that was really a nice guy, blah blah blah. Bort was the star of that little adventure, and it was my very first (and downright awful) attempt at comics.
It's really nice for me to revisit him. Even if you all end up hating his guts and calling him the worst thing to ever hit this comic or the internet, it's still nifty for me to have my very first comic protagonist meet my most successful one... and I am so very blessed to have an audience to share this little moment of self-indulgent geekery with.
That's all from me for now.