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Returning Challenger 2013: Jesse Kiefer

| November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments



Jesse Kiefer’s back again doin’ a lil’ East Coast Swing!… wait… East Coast? Whoops that’s the lyrics to MotownPhilly… Hey everybody! I’m back for a third year of 30characters! I’ve been surprisingly successful with this challenge having completed it two years in a row! 2011 year I cut my teeth on this project thinking that I’d create characters for my webcomic Tank-Monkey), and while last year I stated that I hadn’t used many of them?… two years later SEVERAL have slowly trickled into the strip from that first year (even ones like the Wixits which I honestly never thought I would use…) Despite starting with an intent or a theme my characters in past years?… they usually devolve into randomness… either decided by a dice roll or inspired by the Elementary children I am lucky enough to teach.


Since last year I continued  vlogging on YouTube where I developed many of the puppet characters from last year and continued my role as a green screened Hologram Head.


I had my first public convention appearance with my partner in crime Axton Kahler of zombieoaks.com.


I co-created a #hastag game sorta inspired by the 30Characters challenge called #5thpanelguest which encourages creators to take any given comic strip to take it one step further in the form of a guest panel. I wrote a lengthy blog about it if you’d like to peruse that you can read it here.


And I finally published the Just For Kicks book I’ve been sitting on for almost 5 years! (Ironically one of the characters from 2011’s #30characters challenge will be indirectly responsible for the end of that webcomic… who knew… newbies? Be careful what you create! it might END your webcomic… just sayin…)

This year I have no plan… Whew… that’s probably not a good way to start… but let’s see what I come up with without constraints… let’s just see shall we?!


Click the link below to see my work from the last two years



Or read my Challenger Entry from previous years

2012: http://www.30characters.com/2012/10/30/2012-challenger-jesse-kiefer/

2013: http://www.30characters.com/2011/10/21/2011-challenger-jesse-kiefer/


You can find me all over the place!








#21 The Zesty Cucumber

| November 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Zesty Cucumber

#21 Farmer Cax

| November 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

cax is a chuian farmer. you wouldn’t think such a technologically advanced species living in highly urban areas has much call for a farmer, but you’d be wrong. chuians and conturians build enormous bubble-dome rooftop gardens which produce the majority of the food and parks for their cities.

working in one of these parks isn’t an easy job, and cax had to get special cybernetic implants in hs ears to do his best work. the implants enable him to actually “hear” the plants’ progress and lets him have an early warning if any are sick.

#9 Carlyle

| November 9, 2011 | 2 Comments

carlyle is a myche, and was created as a bit of a throwaway background character on a project i'm doing for sokki. but since he was created today, he gets to be one of the 30.

carlyle is stationed on Contura, where he engages in observational data gathering on conturians and their social structure visa vi casual food consumption. in other words, his job is to hang out in alien resturaunts and watch what goes on.

lately he’s been having horrid luck, and his server just keeps dropping his coffee before it gets to him. he’s a bit fed up with that.

he may or may not also be hatched from the same clutch of eggs as sartre.

#30 Josh

| November 30, 2010 | 0 Comments


Josh, myself for my family webcomic I been working by my father in-law request. I hope gets my webcomic up going by my birthday in April.

#19 Fangirl of Superman

| November 26, 2010 | 0 Comments


#10 Trixie

| November 10, 2010 | 1 Comment

Trixie is Otto’s wife, and is a lovely person. Smart, sweet and a tad bit shy. Trixie also likes to dress up whenever she can, be it formal or in costume. And she loves hanging out with friends and loved ones.


Short and sweet tonight, and a pretty rough sketch, even more than usual as I’m short on time.

I think I may be done with Gonzogoose strip characters for a while, though. Maybe one or two, maybe not. Might be time to move on to something else…

#9 Simon

| November 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

Simon says he loves cheese! Yep, a cat that loves cheese, who’d a thunk it? But he not only loves cheese, he’s addicted to the stuff. He’s gotta have it if it’s anywhere in the vicinity.

Simon is a photographer, always seen with his trusty camera in tow.  Simon’s a friendly and fun guy, but he gets pouty if he doesn’t get his cheese.


It’s late and deadlines loom, so that’s all I got tonight sadly. Cheese and cameras. Sorry, I’ll try better next time. lol

#8 Lilu

| November 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

Lilu (pronounced lee-loo) is an artist. A friendly, caring and talented artist, and a good friend. Lilu is very knowledgeable of many things, and she is very talkative about those things, always wanting to share with her friends.

Lilu is never seen without a pencil and pad in her hands, always drawing, getting better and better with every stroke of lead or ink laid on the page.

Lilu is friends with Otto and his wife, the three of them a pack that never travel without one another.


Ran short on time this evening, so I skimped a little on the bio here. As for the missing tail… it’s just out of view. Yeah, that’s the ticket! lol But look, feet! Sure, non-detailed, kind of sketchy feet, but feet nonetheless!

#7 Mr. Cuddle

| November 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Mr. Cuddle is Gonzo’s landlord, but don’t let the name fool you! He’s certainly not cuddly in the least, though he is cordial… most of the time.

Cuddle is a self-made man. He worked hard his entire life and amassed a certain level of wealth that requires a certain level of lifestyle, and he doesn’t like anything upsetting that lifestyle. So when Gonzo’s late or short on the rent, Mr. Cuddle is right at his doorstep like clockwork. His passive aggressiveness only lasts for so long, then you understand why his surname is a misnomer.

A good man at heart, Cuddle is generous and understanding… to a point, but he expects those around him to be more like him, and when they aren’t, well, they ought to learn to be.

#6 Mimi

| November 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

Everyone has that dream girl or guy, and Mimi is Gonzo’s personified. Unattainable, out of his league, beautiful and strong, Mimi is the girl of Gonzo’s dreams.

Mimi is a strong, independent woman, assertive and in control, but with a softer, sensitive side, compassionate and thoughtful, but not everybody sees that side of her.

She has the voice of an angel and, at times, the temperament of a demon! But her heart is gold.

Mimi and Gonzo are friends, but she keeps him at a distance. Gonzo pines over her, but never pursues her, loving her from afar.


There are a couple of things I realized when drawing this particular character. One is that I don’t like her beak, and it needs some work. haha Two, is I really need to simplify and refine my style for this strip. So, as I said on the onset, these are rough sketches and not necessarily finals. But I like to think that at the very least I am capturing the essence of the characters, both in their bios and in their form.