I bet you're wondering, who the heck I am. Well if you're not, I'm gonna tell you anyway. My name is
Marko Fithian, but people online know me as Okram (or in some cases, Okram2k, or Oa'kron). I live in
Phoenix Arizona, I'm 21 years old, and I am a CPhT. What is a CPhT? It's
a fancy way of saying a Certafied Pharmacy Technician, or the guy who fills all your pills at the
I've loved internet comics as long as I've loved the internet. I am basically a child of the information
age, growing up on a computer, and the internet. Ever since I stumbled across my first comic (PVP Online)
I have been hooked to internet comics. Every day I perform my ritual of checking all my comics to see their
latest strip, and over time my selection of comics has expanded and expanded to include quite a few different
comics. I've always wanted to make my own, but I've never felt my artistic skills where nearly good enough
to produce a decent comic. I finally got into photoshop, and slowly developed my skills to what they are
I came up with this comic back in the summer of 2004, it was a pretty normal Phoenix summer, hot, dry, and me trying
to make ends meet by working long hours at my job. At the time I was a student sys admin for a community
college, and to pass time during my work week, I started doodling in photoshop and came up with the idea
for Roomies. If you think my drawing is bad now, you shoulda seen what it was like then. I drew the first 9
comics and posted them on a couple web forums I visit. TA Universe
and LanCamp. The people who I posted the comic to really liked it, and
while my drawing skills aren't nearly as good as most online comics, my humor was definatly up to par.
Unfortanetly, I put off further pursuit of the comic at the time, and didn't do anything with it until about
a year later the urge came back to me. I decided I would pickup the project again, clean up the old comics a
bit, and try to put together a web comic that I can keep going. This time with a renewed interest, I have
managed to keep the comic going for 18 months and counting.
First I came up with the characters of Jim and Mike. They are based off of me and my best friend I grew up
with, Jared. I pretty much lived more at his house then my own (even called his mom my second mom!) I am Jim,
and he is Mike. At the time, I had some pretty crappy roomates, so I decided, what would it be like if you
ended up getting partnered up with a bunch of crazy weird roomates that would make my current roomates. I
then came up with Chitake, who is based off of a character I made up in a table top RPG. I wanted a fun
interesting character that worked for a giant corporation, so I made a ninja janitor named Chitake Tinaka.
As for Mortoff, I figured the only way it could have a more interesting concept if I threw a robot into the
mix, and I made him a bit of a push over like I am, with a couple brothers who take advantage of him (like
my brother did to me when I was growing up.)
Me personally? Well I'm not married, no kids, no nothing, really. I work for Walgreen's in their
Mail Order department. I'm a big time computer gamer, I used to spend a lot of time
playing MMORPG's, however lately I've been trying to not be such a computer addict, and have been trying
to spend more of my time getting out and doing things in the world. I'm a big basketball fan, and have
season tickets to the Phoenix Suns.
Well I hope I haven't put you to sleep, and I hope you stick around and enjoy the comic!