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Pittsburgh cartoonist takes aim at the Internet in Geek-2-Me


Ever wonder what lies at the end of the Internet? Or what the tech support geeks overseas are saying about us?

Pittsburgh cartoonist Francis Cleetus has created a comic strip that captures the funny and frustrating virtual world of geek life. Inspired by the hundreds of "techies" he has known and worked with, Cleetus's online strip "It's Geek to Me" has gotten started with a following of 1,400 fans from around the world on Facebook, Twitter and Blogspot.

There's an iPhone and iPad app and coffee mug, too, plus another 100 geek cartoon-based products for sale.

"These real people in my life inspired the characters that breathe life into the comic strip," he says. "It's my attempt to pay homage to them and their spirit for living."

The strip explores a range of subjects from everyday online frustrations to social media missteps. The cartoon characters work at the fictitious office of Paradox Software, drawn from people he knows from real life as the creative director for several advertising and marketing agencies, including Marc USA in Pittsburgh, as well as in India and Hong Kong. Cleetus has worked on several  award-winning campaigns including Nike, Crest, Maker's Mark bourbon and MTV.

Cleetus lives in Upper St. Clair with his wife and two daughters and works out of his home studio. He still hasn't figured out what the F11 key on his laptop is all about, he says. Stay tuned.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Francis Cleetus


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