About the author
My name is Jeff Gibbons and I’m currently living in Toledo, Ohio. I received my BFA in Studio Art from Ohio Northern University in 2011. This site is where I post most of my comics, but I sometimes draw comics for Andromeda and other times I make minicomics like Fading Memories 2 and The Purge. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
What is Pretty Jeff?
Pretty Jeff started off as an autobiographical comic but over time it has strayed from reality and into the realm of metaphors. The situations that the character Jeff encounters are symbolic of my real-life shortcomings and issues. For example, when Jeff turns into a snail, it’s a metaphor for how sluggish I’ve been feeling.
Why is it called Pretty Jeff?
There’s sort of a long story behind it.
My friend Fred and I decided to dress up as each other for an art department Halloween party. Needless to say, it was well received. Anyway, the professor’s daughters were at the party too (they’re like 5 or something. They sometimes play in the art dept. lounge while their parents work, so they know just about everybody in the building). They come up and ask why are we dressed up as each other. I say “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I’m Fred and he’s Jeff.” One of them responds “No, you’re Fred and you’re pretty Jeff.”
Everyone thought it was funny, and some people began calling me “Pretty Jeff.” Later, when I was making this website, Fred suggested that the URL should be prettyjeff.com.
After the Halloween party was long over and the nickname had stuck for a couple of months, one of the professor’s daughters, the one who had called me Pretty Jeff, asked Fred about why everyone was calling me Pretty Jeff. When he said why, she said that she meant I was “sorta Jeff,” not “Beautiful Jeff.” The name still stuck, though.