Homestar Runner was invented in 1996
by two Atlanta twentysomethings
named Mike & Matt Chapman. After kicking around with some characters on and off, homestarrunner.com hit the internet
in January of 2000
. Their grassroots
following grew throughout the first two years of the decade, and around late 2002
, the website blew up on the pop culture
radar. Mike and Matt were officially living off the 300 orders they got on average every day for t-shirts, they had 300,000 unique visitors
every Monday and 200,000 on average daily, plus they had been honored with many awards in the media, including making Entertainment Weekly
's "50 Most Creative People In Entertainment Today" list.
The Brothers Chaps (as they are known to their fans) continue to work Homestar Runner independently. Working only with themselves and a few trusted friends, including the "third leg" in the H*R effort, Mike Chapman's girlfriend and the voice of Marzipan, Missy Palmer. The website has continued to churn out updates frequently and The Brothers Chaps still stick to their "no ads" policy and have turned down some offers with television networks due to enjoying the independent feel they have over Homestar Runner. They've evolved to quicktime movies featuring puppets, new side-characters, cut an album with Matt as the uber-popular (and my favorite) character Strong Bad backed up by Atlanta rock act Y-O-U, had a guitar they designed on display at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, did four songs with They Might Be Giants (three with puppet Homestar and one that was included in the Strong Bad email "Different Town") and directed the music video for the first track off the new TMBG album, Experimental Film. To this day still churn out great new games, downloads and cartoons with all the guys I've loved for quite some time now.
A list of the main characters is as follows:
The King of Town
Homestar Runner himself
and of course...Strong Bad.
Homestar Runner has been one of the greatest and most consistent sources of entertainment in an entertainment world that sometimes seems to be scarce of quality and consistency.
It's true, everyone really does love The Homestar Runner.