Rob Balder is the author of Erfworld. He is a full-time professional cartoonist, singer/songwriter, game designer and web entrepreneur.
Rob writes and sings comedy songs, and has recorded two CDs. The title track from Rob's first CD, "Rich Fantasy Lives" was co-written with Filk Hall of Famer Tom Smith. It won the Pegasus award for Best Filk Song of 2007. Rob's songs have often been heard on the syndicated Doctor Demento Show. In January 2006, he and six other comedy music performers founded The Funny Music Project.
In addition to Erfworld, Rob is the creator of the clip-art comic strip PartiallyClips, a clip-art comic strip started in 2001, which has appeared in more than two dozen newspapers and magazines. A book collection of the strip, "Suffering for my Clip Art: the Best of PartiallyClips, volume 1," was published in 2005.
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He is the Associate Editor of Nth Degree, a popular fanzine covering genre fiction, gaming, comics, fandom and more. He writes science fiction and fantasy, including one unpublished novel and many short stories and poems.
Rob also teamed up with Pete Abrams of the webcomic Sluggy Freelance to create "Get Nifty," a stand-alone card game themed around Pete's comic. Get Nifty debuted in stores in 2006, through Blood & Cardstock Games.
Rob has been known to light his enemies on fire by glaring at them. Through his power of puns and pop culture references, he has managed to gain control of at least eight continents, but keeps losing them due to lack of interest in taxation protocols.