BW: O'Reilly Announces Publication of Their First Cartoon Book "User Friendly" to Come Out in OctoberSep 22, 1999, 19:51 (3 Talkback[s])
"O'Reilly and Associates has announced the upcoming publication of "User Friendly" by Illiad, a collection of one of the funniest, most off-beat, and original comic strips to come along in years."
"Like all good myths, User Friendly has elements that are a bit implausible. But like all good myths, we look in the mirror and see ourselves. Well we do if we're Internet Geeks, anyway. It is a rare breed User Friendly celebrates-the happy few who have given up distractions like worldly success, social lives, and (much of the time) sleep, in order to pursue the--really--important things. Like the latest computer game. Or the perfect hack, evolved in jewel-like splendor at 3am in the morning. Or keeping the Internet running."-Eric S. Raymond, author of "Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary."
"User Friendly" began in November of 1997 in--you guessed it--a small Canadian ISP, as a lark to entertain co-workers. The online cartoon quickly attracted a dedicated following which surpasses monthly circulation numbers of most leading computer magazines. "User Friendly" has become one of the most widely read web-based cartoons on the Internet today. Dust Puppy, one of User Friendly's main characters, even made an appearance in the Top Ten on Time Magazine's Online Man of the Year Poll for 1998, according to Lev Grossman of Time Magazine."
"Someone once told me that working as a cartoonist must be a really cushy gig. "Draw funny pictures all day! You have it easy.'" says J.D. "Illiad" Frazer, "I took the time to explain what was involved in facing a production deadline once a day, every day, 365 days a year. He gave me a glassy-eyed stare and then started laughing. 'Man it sucks to be you.' But you know, I'm not complaining!"