Hello! We are Naughty Bicycle, an indy comic book publisher from Tampa, FL. You may not have heard of us, but it is our mission to reach as many people as possible with our brand of quirky humor and off the wall characters. We’re a little new to the game, so let us tell you what we’re all about.
We specialize in creating unique, hilarious and beautifully drawn comics for your hungry eyes. We’re constantly thinking of new ideas, new characters, new jokes, and new interesting stories to tell. This is what we love, so let us share a little bit of what goes on inside our heads.
Josh is a tall, hairy, twenty-something year old male. He was raised by wolves (which explains all the hair) in the wilderness of Tampa, FL. When he was a young cub, mamma wolf bought him a copy of The Amazing Spiderman #FourHundredAndSomething (I don’t remember.. pretty sure it had Carnage on the cover though). This, along with his love for Batman and The Tick, ignited his fascination with comics. Josh loved to draw and write his own stories. His very first comic book was about two dogs. One was very dumb and the other was very smart. It was called Dumb and Smart (he was a master at creating titles). However, by his teens, he pretty much stopped reading comics. Apparently he was too busy listening to Slipknot and trying to get laid. Oh well, I guess that’s growing up. But he still loved drawing and telling stories. Instead of making comics, he expressed his creativity through animation, learning how to use Macromedia (now Adobe) Flash to make cartoons. Josh enjoyed making cartoons in his free time well into his early 20s. But then his love for comics reignited when he started attending comic conventions. He was inspired by the indie creators in Artist Alley, and then decided to team up with Kate to make their own indie creations. Three years, five books, and 20 pounds later, here he is! Making comics!
When he’s not making comics, you can find Josh playing bass with his band, The Long Johns. Music is another passion of his, and Josh has been playing since he was 12 years old. He can play a wide range of instruments, but he considers himself most proficient on bass guitar and the tenor saxophone.
Kate has a deep love for art, and has been drawing since she was very young. As a child, she idolized the movies of the Disney Renaissance. She immersed herself in the world of Disney, and has most likely been to Disney World more times than Mickey Mouse. She’s currently going to the University of Tampa, and working towards a BA in Graphic Design. In addition to Disney, she finds inspiration in the world of Harry Potter, the movies of Tim Burton, and the performances of Alan Rickman. She was drawn to the world of comics a few years ago. She found inspiration from indie titles such as “The God Machine” by Chandra Free, and “Gronk by” Katie Cook. In 2011, she was selected to do artwork for the Womanthology Sketchbook. Along with writer Rachel Panich, she created the short comic “The Tea Totaler.” You can learn more about Kate’s artwork at http://keelhaulkateart.weebly.com.
Naughty Bicycle was founded in 2009 by Josh Dykstra. Comic books were a big part of Josh’s childhood; reading them and especially creating his own. By his teens, he pretty much abandoned them in favor of learning how to animate his own cartoons. It was later on that he decided to go back to comics, full force. With the help of his girlfriend, Kate Carleton, he was able to shed new light on his comic stories. Since its inception in 2009, Naughty Bicycle has published several of its own comics completely independently.
Josh’s approach to creating a comic book empire is similar to running a band. Create some high quality stuff, put a lot of it online for free, and PROMOTE! PROMOTE! PROMOTE! Through word of mouth, Naughty Bicycle plans to make a reputation for itself in the indy comics industry.
Tell all your friends! Tell your foes! Tell grandma! Naughty Bicycle wants to entertain YOU!