He frequently collaborates with Matt Rowbotham. In 2012, the pair created a short YouTube video poking fun at legendary comics creators Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore. Thanks in part to coverage by Comics Alliance, Topless Robot, Newsarama and other prominent “nerd news” sites, the video went viral, racking up over 10,000 hits in under a week. Additionally, they co-host the Post Atomic Horror podcast, which irreverently reviews every episode of Star Trek
ever produced. They have also performed their sketch comedy to capacity crowds at the Emerald City Comicon in 2015 and 2016. Matt co-created the Sarcastic Voyage podcast with AAl, which gradually evolved from casual chat to sketch comedy to its current form, a series of interconnected radio plays which includes the comedy soap opera Contentment Corner
. This most recent venture is largely orchestrated by AAl, but Matt is still occasionally involved as a writer and performer.
On his own, AAlgar has produced a series of comedic reviews of the 80s Transformers
cartoon (just over 100 in total, including the 1986 movie and the Japanese Headmasters
series), which have received a modest following on YouTube. He has since moved on to reviews of GI Joe
. He also hosts a sporadic interview podcast called More Bits
, which has dedicated itself largely to mental health and the creative process. He has collaborated with Mark Darin of Telltale Games (then the head of Pinhead Games
) on three acclaimed point-and-click adventure games. Brain Hotel,
which he both wrote and directed, received over 500,000 downloads worldwide and received acclaim from, among others, PC Gamer UK
AAl lives in Renton, a suburb of Seattle with his wife, Amanda Smith, with whom he occasionally collaborates creatively. He has gone by the name “AAlgar“ since 1991, and this comic
explains why the name is so important to him.