Rodney Caston : biography
Rodney Caston (born 13 May 1977) is an American systems engineer and writer currently living in Dallas, Texas. He is the co-creator and original writer of the popular comic book series Megatokyo and an active member of the Libertarian Party. He has worked for of Linden Lab, makers of the online game called Second Life, and Riot Games, makers of League of Legends.
He most recently ran for elected office as the Libertarian Party candidate for Texas State Representative District 106 in the 2012 elections.
Caston is the co-creator and writer of the comic MegaTokyo. MegaTokyo was one of the largest and most successful early webcomics to transition from online to print, the success of it and other early properties such as Penny Arcade and PvP went on to influence an entire generation of webcomic creators. He has since parted ways with his partner, Fred Gallagher and relinquished control of Megatokyo. He is credited for the first two published volumes of Megatokyo.
Caston’s connections to software designers and writers at Bioware landed his alter ego cameos in two of their games. In Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic.
In early 2005, a controversy erupted after Scott Kurtz of PvP wrote a forum post that congratulated Caston on his impending fatherhood as well as accusing Fred Gallagher of stealing Megatokyo away from Caston. Due to the fan speculation that ensued, Gallagher was forced to explain the reason for the split, citing creative differences and insisting that the breakup was amicable.
Caston is a civil libertarian and active member of the Libertarian Party. In 2008, he ran, unsuccessfully, for Constable, in the state of Texas against Republican Chuck Presley, Sr. He received 19,079 votes (19.44% of the total votes cast) to Presley’s 79,039 votes (80.56% of the total cast). In 2012, he ran, again unsuccessfully, for Texas State Representative of District 106 for the Libertarian Party against Pat Fallon, he received 8,412 votes (17% of the total votes cast) to Fallon’s 41,582 (83% of the total cast)
Caston was born and spent most of his early life in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University and majored in Computer Science. After finishing school he moved to Dallas, Texas. He married Perla Fainstein on April 21, 2012
Megatokyo comics are currently published by D.C. Comics, and have been published by Dark Horse Comics, and Studio Ironcat. As of August 8, 2010, six volumes are available for purchase. After Volume Two, Rodney Caston’s name no longer appears on the publication.
- Megatokyo Volume 1: Chapter Zero (Megatokyo vol.1 1st ed.) ISBN 1-929090-30-7
- Megatokyo Volume 1, 2nd ed. ISBN 1-59307-163-9 (published March 21, 2004)
- Megatokyo Volume 2 ISBN 1-59307-118-3 (published January 22, 2004)
- Megatokyo Volume 3 ISBN 1-59307-305-4 (published February 2, 2005)
- Megatokyo Volume 4 ISBN 1-4012-1126-7 (published June 21, 2006)
- Megatokyo Volume 5 ISBN 1-4012-1127-5 (published May 25, 2007)
- Megatokyo Volume 6 ISBN 1-4012-2481-4 (published July 14, 2010)
In July 2004, Megatokyo was the tenth best-selling manga property in the U.S. Volume 3’s highest ranking in bookscan is 3 ending February 20, 2005. Which broke all previous records for sales of an American manga until that time.