Randall Munroe is a Massachusetts programmer and former NASA contractor, who gained a cult following with his webcomic 'xkcd'. Munroe has degrees in Mathematics and Physics and uses these themes in his stick figure strip, which he started in September 2005. The comic occasionally features landscapes and intricate mathematical patterns such as fractals, but mainly deals with romance, insecurities and sarcasm.
He is one of the few webcomic authors who can make a living from his strip, having income from merchandise like T-shirts. A book collection containing selections from the first 600 strips was published by BreadPig in 2009. Munroe is also the creator of websites like BestThing, The Funniest and The Fairest, as well as LimerickDB.