Alter Ego

Jan 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Ben & Winslow


Many of my characters didn’t start out with names. They started out with titles, or no names at all. As Ben & Winslow has evolved, most of these characters have gotten a formal name. Attention Whore was the only hold-out. And I realized last year that if I wanted to keep drawing this character, I had to give her the dignity of a real, actual name. Even if she never actually uses the name much in the strip, I think it’s only fair. She’s had to put up with a lot of crap, bless her blue heart. I feel horrible for not giving her a name sooner.

I didn’t intend for this to be a shocking news item, which is why Attention Whore’s real name isn’t news to anyone but Winslow. He doesn’t seem like the kind of person who would pay attention to that sort of thing.

Fun fact: I never actually knew a girl named Cafeteria. But the girl exists. My mother is a teacher, and I remember seeing “Cafeteria” listed as one of the students at the school. A name like that sticks with you. I really, really feel sorry for Cafeteria, because that has got to be a hard name to live with.


Andrew Kaye (known in some circles as AK) is the creator of Ben & Winslow and other questionable comics, many of which can be found in his deviantART gallery. He’s also the editor-in-chief of this magazine. Duh?

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