Rob Balder is the author of Erfworld, a sweeping fantasy webseries in illustrated prose and comic pages. It is currently penciled by the exquisitely talented Xin Ye, inked and colored by Eisner nominee Lauri Ahonen.
Erfworld tells the ongoing story of Parson Gotti, a fat gamer guy from Ohio who is magically summoned into a swords-and-sorcery setting. Parson is forced to command an army of cute and comical monsters in a gamelike war that is all too real. If he wants to stay alive, he must learn how the rules work—and how to break them.
The series has attracted a thriving community of fans who contribute art, comics, and fanfic. Working with the author, readers have built a wiki of more than 10,000 articles about the universe. And with five successful Kickstarters and a patronage program topping $1600 pledged per update, Erfworld is one of the great crowdfunding success stories in independent fiction.
As a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Rob serves on the Self-Publishing Committee and curates the SFWA Kickstarter page. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.