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Brian Clevinger (born May 7, 1978) is an American writer best known as the author of the webcomic 8-Bit Theater. He is also the author of the self-published novel Nuklear Age. Clevinger has recently received attention for his Eisner-nominated print comic Atomic Robo.



Clevinger's webcomic is 8-Bit Theater, hosted on his site Nuklear Power. The comic is very loosely based on the video game Final Fantasy I and tells the story of four would-be fantasy heroes, known as Black Mage, Fighter, Thief, and Red Mage, along with the two "stalking" heroes White Mage and Black Belt, who set out to save the world from the embodiment of Chaos, but trip over their own stupidity in the process. The comic is done using 8-bit quality graphic sprites taken primarily from the Final Fantasy NES games or created by either Clevinger himself or Kevin Sigmund.

He has also created two mini-comics: Dynasty Memory was created in 2002 as a parody of the Dynasty Warriors series, and Field of Battle was created in August 2005 as a parody of FPS games in general and Battlefield 2 in particular.

In 2009, Clevinger started two other webcomics on Nuklear Power. One is Warbot in Accounting, co-written with artist Zack Finfrock, about a war machine's struggles with human daily life in a white collar job.[1] The other is How I Killed Your Master, "a kung fu movie, but a comic", co-written with John Wood, and drawn by Matt Speroni.[2]


Clevinger has stated that "[his] favorite comics are the ones where the jokes are on the reader."[3] He is especially known for his anticlimactic moments. For instance, the protagonists of 8-Bit Theater, the Light Warriors, accidentally defeated one of their adversaries, King Astos of the Dark Elves, via a heartbreakingly awful taunt rather than the conventional epic battle. After the Light Warriors received their class change Thief got a red ninja suit. The next comic it changed to black, and his explanation was that it was always black. To support this, Clevinger changed every previous occurrence of the red ninja suit. A third example is when the Light Warriors fought Kraken: despite the "formula" calling for a long and dramatic boss fight, Clevinger decided to make a simple anti-climax, explaining on the forum that he did it to annoy the audience and was just following his self-destructive impulses.[4]

On Wednesday September 21, 2005, Clevinger attempted a "hostile takeover" of Ctrl+Alt+Del.[5][6] The result was a brief outpouring of "resistance" in support of Tim Buckley, the author of the "seized" webcomic.[7] This aid kept coming even as the news posts on both sides became more and more outrageous.

Nuklear Age

The self-published novel Nuklear Age is largely an extended parody of comic books. The book recounts the adventures of Nuklear Man and his sidekick, Atomik Lad, as they fight against rogue military weapons, highly evolved civilizations, the trials of everyday life, an angst-filled over-villain of undeniable power, the ever exotic Dr. Menace, and their own impulses.

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  1. ^ Clevinger, Brian. "Warbot In Accounting". Nuklear Power. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  2. ^ Clevinger, Brian. "How I Killed Your Master FAQ". Nuklear Power. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  3. ^ Clevinger, Brian (2004-04-03). "Teaser!". Nuklear Power. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  4. ^ Clevinger, Brian (2006-09-11). "#767: "What The Hell is This?"". Nuklear Power Forums. pp. – Post #11. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  5. ^ Clevinger, Brian; Buckley, Tim (2005-09-21). "The X-Box controller is large". Ctrl+Alt+Del Productions. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  6. ^ Clevinger, Brian; Buckley, Tim (2005-09-21). "Tragically |4M3". Ctrl+Alt+Del Productions. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  7. ^ Clevinger, Brian (2005-09-21). "Possession is nine-tenths of the law". Nuklear Power. Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  8. ^ Clevinger, Brian (April 10, 2006). "Episode 681: Of Civilizations". 8-Bit Theater. Archived from the original on February 2009. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  • Nuklear Age (December 1, 2004); Brian Clevinger, iUniverse, Inc. ISBN 0-595-32511-4

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Brian Clevinger (born May 7, 1978) is the author of the webcomic 8-Bit Theater, he comic miniseries Atomic Robo, and the novel Nuklear Age.

See Also: 8-Bit Theater


  • "I'm so physically deficient that the act of sleep injures me. It's like I disprove evolution and intelligent design at once."[1]
  • "X-Men Legends 2, it would be so much easier to enjoy you if your characters would ever shut up."[2]
  • "[...]is there a contest between developers to see who can make the most irresistable game for Brian? I'm trying to get some work done here!"[3]
  • "Anyone got a few million they wanna throw away invest?"[4]
  • "I have, quite possibly, the most self-antagonistic brain of our generation. So when I really want to work on something, it goes into overdrive to think of other things that are really bitchin' to distract me. And if I change gears to work on that new shiny thing, it'll think of something even more bitchin' for the original thing or a wholly new project altogether. It's a wonder I manage to dress myself, really."[5]
  • "Typing up a detailed news post at this moment would not further the goals of my great society. Stay tuned for ideological update."[6]
  • "As you may have noticed, a hurricane didn't kill me yesterday. I will celebrate my continued life with some ice cream this afternoon."[7]
  • "This is the part where I tell you guys that my first car was a Corvette that I got for, like, half price or something and you all hate me forever."[8]
  • "Sorry about the delay. We were having unholy connection problems of the damned. But things seem to be working fine now."[9]
  • "If you travel, do it smart. I need as many of you alive to buy as many things as possible. It's a cycle, you see, shaped like a pyramid."[10]
  • (referring to a broken sign displayed at a fireworks stand)"It says FIRE ORKS. And the arrow on this particular sign points down a twisting dirt road that is quickly engulfed in a darkened forest. I really need to get around to vandalizing that sign. Maybe adding something like "This way lies doom" to the bottom."[11]
  • (after describing all the negligent drivers he encountered that day)"So let's hope I was a quantum magnet for all bad luck on Earth and the rest of you are able to stay safe tonight as a result."[12]
  • "Florida weather is like living with a schizophreniac. Its mood is a fractured thing; it believes in real and unreal circumstances equally; and you're never quite sure if it'll come through with its share of the rent."[13]
  • "I ate soup from a bowl made of bread. This is the kind of heady decadance that will be detailed in the webcomic history books. My decline into soupy madness will be but a footnote of the 8BT story, itself a footnote. But the bread, man. You can eat your soup, and then eat the bowl. There's no turning back now. A decent life in the light of, uh, decency is behind me. Now it's wall-to-wall bread bowls and hookers."[14]
  • "I love my PSP in theory. It confuses me that developers seem determined to destroy it. I believe its sheer sexiness terrifies them and, just maybe, causes them to doubt their own biologically oriented sexuality. To paraphrase a Bluth, "It's got a screen you could hump, Mikey."[15]
  • "You'll pardon me for being quick, but at this very moment brownies are coming into their ultimate form. Well, penultimate form, really. Let's not dwell on what happens afterward, or I'll lose my appetite."[16]
  • "Dammit, Skittles bag. How can you call yourself a rainbow of flavors when you're all green? They do this to oppress us, you know. He who controls the Skittle, controls the means of production. They know no one needs that many greens. Even if you like green, you can't like it that much. One day, Skittles, one day soon, there will be a reckoning. To each according to his ability, to each according to his red flavor need."[17]
  • (referring to people in favor of commercializing the Internet)"I suppose their thinking is that since ideas can be dangerous, there should be limits on which ideas are expressed. Which is only the foundation of fascism. Thanks, government!"[18]
  • "My car has a new fortress. It will scoff at the hurricanes this year. Scoff like unto a scoffing machine."[19]
  • "LA is a hole where everything good goes to die. Every year I come here, it's like a contest to see how short I can cut the trip for the next year. Eventually I'm just going to run inside, take a picture, and fly home. The next year I'll just rent some time on a satellite and get pics from orbit. But everything is shiny."[20]
  • "Sorry, I can't hear you over all the fun you weren't having while I was at E3 having fun."[21]
  • (discussing how long he has been playing a particular game)"I thought it's only been three days. Hard to tell without sunlight."[22]
  • "Also, I love my google ads. I have no idea if I make a dime off them, and in fact would pay to have them for what they add to the overall experience. Case in point: I just saw an ad for "Rodent Supplies." The obvious question now is, "How do I plug those damn google ad things into Photoshop so I can retire while the comic factory pumps out comedy gold three times a week?""[23]
  • "It occurs to me that I really need a picture of Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard driving Optimus Prime through space. I would follow either of them into the gates of hell without question or hesitation."[24]
  • "[Sony's] sheer dedication to unbridled optimism for the PS3 is amazing. Really. If scientists could find a way to harness that energy, it'd be the next revolutionary industry to be shut down by Big Oil."[25]
  • "Today [July 4] is the day that we, as Americans, celebrate our Independence Day from the aliens who invaded our world, presumably for conquest of some kind. Or that's my understanding at least, as I cannot read."[26]
  • "Do you know what I need? A hammer built out of a starship. It just seems practical. Something like that would have dozens of uses around the home. All of them needlessly apocolyptic, probably, but when you've got a doom hammer, every problem is meaningless once the interstellar dust settles."[27]
  • "I believe that there are things which humanity will never fully understand, for in the understanding of them, we will no longer be "human." One of these things is the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. I don't know how it works, and I don't want to know. It's a big universe and even with our limited understanding of it, it's pretty clear that the universe is in no way equipped to keep up with the bureaucracy of its particles and/or strings. There are things lurking in the dark, unwatched, unguarded recesses of reality. Things as beyond you or I as we are beyond an amoeba. It is quite obvious that Mr. Clean Magic Erasers draw their power from these unknowable horrors. They probably found it in the core of a meteor still half buried in the Earth, hideously pulsing with a light not unlike the color of blood and hate. So use your Magic Erasers while you still can, before they run out of meteor or they discover it causes cervical cancer or testicular cancer in men and women respectively."[28]
  • Japan, You're weird. We get it.[29]

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