Creation History

There was some time in my childhood that I discovered that my name backwards was spelled Ruhtra and I thought that adding a Max to that would make a cool nickname. And after being sick of explaining that it was pronounced Roo-Tra not Ruh-Tra, I changed the spelling to Ruetra.

And sometimes in the late 1990s, I made a reboot of my Despert-radoes strip that was called Desperadoville and was going to be a minicomic. Max would’ve been like some Private Eye joining Geraldo Gila on some mystery. I never finished more than one page of it and gave up on the project.

Character History

A confused Max Ruetra starts out his story finding himself in a mental institution and Geraldo Gila a talking lizard checks him out of there and drives him to the webcartoonist commune Webcomiclot. Geraldo reveals that Max’s college roommate Pope Lizardsaurus is the webcartoonist that controls Webcomiclot and wants Max’s help on his great Ripping Off King Arthur webcomic project.

This place seems very strange to Max and begins to think it’s just a dream, although try as he may, he can’t seem to wake up.

Max struggles to think of any worthwhile ideas for the webcomic he’s supposed to do and gets kind of depressed by this. There’s a point where he just gives up totally and doesn’t want to ever leave his bed. It’s at that point that Max’s Bed hijacks Max’s body and takes full control of it. Max’s Bed has the desire to conquer the world and enslave all humans, but during this quest winds up a room where the creature Rippy Offy is chained up. Rippy Offy offers to help Max’s Bed world conquering dreams if the Bed helps free Rippy Offy from its chains. They aren’t able to figure a way to break the chains, but Rippy Offy asks the Bed to take his hat. The hat causes the Bed to transfer into Rippy Offy’s body and now makes Rippy Offy the one controlling Max’s body.


Thinks he might be mad. Depressed that he has no ideas worth doing. Wants to give up.

Powers and Abilities

Possibly has the ability to poison people with his venom if he bites them. And in the dimension he currently inhabits he seems to have god like abilities.


A cartoonish gila monster with black and pinkish scales. Never wears clothes.


Despert-radoes Dailies 10-35, 41-46 Sundays 2-4

Ripping Off King Arthur #3-8, 13, 15, 17, 61, 71, 80, 83-85, 87-90, 116, 130-131, 136, 141, 144, 146, 151, 265-267, 280, 285, 287, 291-292, 296-299, 303, 313