Name: Dan Nichols
Likes: RPG, Idolm@ster, Ice Cream, Nendoroids, Riffing
Dislikes: Stupid People, Reality TV, Faulty Appliances, Hot Weather
First JODDAS VAPD Strip: The Fantasy Has Died
If you do not already know Dan’s personality is strongly if not ultimately based on my own. When I created Drew I thought to add myself to my Calvin & Hobbes strips. I wanted to put myself in the comic strip world and Dan was that doorway for me. I designed Dan so that his eyes were hidden because I have a hard time growing up with people looking at my eyes. Being half Korean I always hated people looking me in the eye questioning my ethnicity so the hat is a way for people not to question Dan’s race.
For the longest time Dan was Daniel and in the Calvin & Hobbes stage He was a porn/drug dealer with Scott. Back then Daniel was mostly a commentary/straight man of the strips. Daniel I don’t believe did anything exciting until towards the end of the Calvin & Hobbes stage. When the Life Sucks stage began Daniel was made into the main character.
Daniel shared more of my personality after the Life Sucks Stage. When Life Stinks stage was starting. Daniel became a character that can be based on me and still be funny. Daniel inherited my sarcasm and my kind nature.
Unlike a lot of my other characters Dan had a stage alongside with Patrick that are not mentioned on any of the other characters pages. Life’s Fun was an attempt to get my work in a local newspaper. I got one strip featuring Dan and Patrick into a newspaper, but that was all the paper would publish as I did not get enough “Fan base” after only a single strip.
I attempted to make a change to Dan’s character, but ultimately I hated the change and kept Dan the design we still see today.
Dan is a major key character in JODDAS VAPD and though he may not be the most exciting character he’s the glue that keeps everyone together hence why his “D” is the end point of JODDAS VAPD.
Dan may be a sarcastic man, and almost cold hearted at times, but his kind nature is prominent. Dan tries hard for his Special Educations degree to help struggling children grow up to be successful. His friends enjoy his presence as he will always stay honest with them, and his darling love Ophelia is the only girl in his life who Dan can share his eyes with.