A comic book reviewer with over arching storylines.
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Linkara, also known as Lewis Lovhaug IRL, is a comic book reviewer on Channel Awesome. Linkara is a part of the Big Three on TGWTG, which are the three most popular reviewers on the site. Unlike Spoony though, Linkara actually updates. Linkara was also the reviewer that started the "story line" trend in Channel Awesome. Funny, as his story lines tend to be objectively better than the reviews Linkara makes.
Linkara the Writer
During the course of his reviews, Linkara mentioned he had a English degree with a minor in Philosophy (the two most useless degrees one can waste money on). As such, it would only make sense that Linkara writes. (Note: Linkara has largely discredited these himself in recent days, mainly Angel Armor and early pages of Lightbringer.)
Angel Armor: This was Linkara's first attempt at writing, and it is laughably bad. Written from an unknown age to when Linkara was about 18, it's about a fictional universe with his self insert who becomes a religious figure named "the Linkara". It has such conventions as: rape as a dramatic device, insulting the reader for not knowing vague mythology, self-inserts with a catgirl love intrest, and a poor recap of previous events. The preview is more than enough know what kind of book this is. It has been stated that Linkara is going to revist the series and rewrite it. Only time will tell if Linkara's skills have improved, which they really should have.
Fan Fiction: Linkara wrote several fanfics of Digimon, Doctor Who, and other stuff he liked when he was a teenager. They're still floating around on the Internet. He's disowned them, though he has a good sense of humor about it - in one crossover with Bennett the Sage, Bennett tortures Linkara by reading his old Digimon fanfic at him.
Lightbringer: Is Linkara's webcomic about a man who fights crime with the super power of being able to reflect light, becoming the world's first super hero. The earliest comics are poorly drawn in MS Paint, which SA goons had a field day with. Linkara responded and actually took some of their advice surprisingly well. This was also when Linkara became a feminist, and began taking more advice from Girl-Wonder.Org, a blog/forum about sexism in comics. Though, it's doubtful that anything Linkara would have potentially wrote wouldn't came off as poor writing, and not the profound statements he actually wanted. As of the recent year, Linkara began shelling out money to get someone else to draw Lightbringer for him, which improves the comics but is arguably a waste of money on Linkara's part. Another fun fact about this comic is that Linkara began writing this when he was 18. Makes you think. Linkara has recently decided to continue Lightbringer, and it's quality has dramatically improved from it's early days, with better art and better writing.
Revolution of the Mask: This is Linkara's more "published" comic that one can buy. It's essentially 1984 mixed with Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns. It's filled with feminist ideas and Linkara's liberal use of his philosophy major such as men getting to have sex with women when and where ever the man wants for an obvious feminist subtext. The protagonist also has no name (only a number), since it's a 1984 communistic government that has placed people all on the same standard, but is abducted by characters that look strikingly similar to others. Consequently, the three are the world's first superheroes (an idea Linkara likes to play with a lot apparently). With only three issues over the past two years, the comic has been delayed multiple times do to artists constantly changing over.
Linkara's earlier writing tended to include heavy-handed political messages - he's a vaguely libertarian conservative, more emphasis on the "libertarian" part - though as time went on he's learned how to be a little more subtle and fair to opposing viewpoints. He's also aligned strongly with feminism, which puts him at odds with mainstream social conservatives.
Most of Linkara's writing goes on at the same time as his reviews and his History of the Power Rangers segment. Linkara also decided to make a new video series called, "That's All I'm Saying...", in which he reviews comic books of the week. So Linkara is most likely a very heavy worker, and very rarely leaves his room. This may suggest as to how Linkara got Iron Liz.
Iron Liz was Linkara's girlfriend that hosted two of his episodes to the dismay of basically everyone. This was largely because she failed to be as funny as Linkara, even though Linkara wrote the script (which says something about Linkara's writing), and attracted a large amount of dickish flaming due to her appearance. How bad the flaming was is impossible to tell, as the comments were deleted. Prior to involvement with Linkara she did reviews of tabletop RPGs (which tend to be better than her appearances on At4W, if only because she doesn't act and writes them herself), and since then, she has joined That Guy With The Glasses. She also makes vlogs, much like The Spoony Experiment. She tends to have better timing than Linkara, and often does crossovers with more popular reviewers, like Obscurus Lupa.
Sometime in late 2011, the two broke up. They have kept the details private and little to no drama has spilled over in public as of this writing. The next year, she put her review show on hiatus to pursue a college education and career in law enforcement.
Longbox of the Damned
In October 2012, Linkara decided to (in his own words) rip off the Angry Video Game Nerd by creating a new series in which he reviews a horror comic every day in the month of October, counting down to Halloween. The series, Longbox of the Damned, is hosted by "Moarte", a ghoulish man in a darkened library, played by Linkara in a costume and heavy makeup.
Linkara originally wrote text reviews of comic books, before deciding that writing the reviews sucked. Linkara found the That Guy With The Glasses website around it's inception and at the time it was looking for new talent. Linkara made a video or two, and found it better than writing. Linkara than negotiated his way onto the website.
Rise to fame
Linkara was popular since his first videos on the site, since he did the age old trick of making memes that neither him nor the fans will let die, with his most popular one going all the way to his FIRST video. Yeah, it's that bad. Linkara also always updates consistently and very timely, and interacted pretty reasonably with his fans.
Part of Linkara's success came from several crossovers with The Spoony Experiment early on in his show's run, which boosted his popularity. Spoony has a semi-recurring role as Linkara's on-again, off-again nemesis Doctor Insano. Spoony has since left TGWTG, but he and Linkara still work together occasionally.
The same as he ever was. Reviewing and making comic books. Linkara had moved in with his girlfriend Iron Liz, but after they broke up she moved out, and he now lives alone in a two-bedroom apartment far larger than he really needs (though the other bedroom has become his office/studio). Linkara also runs a newer, separate show called The History of the Power Rangers where Linkara recaps every Power Rangers series and gives his opinions on it.
—Linkara at the end of every review.
- Owns a full Green Ranger outfit from Power Rangers
- Owns a magic gun that a little girl was sacrificed to make
- Will never review another Sonic comic
- Has a poorly designed and built MST3K-ish "Robot", Pollo (though pronounced like Poyo), that was made for a project years ago that he now wishes to replace since it's falling apart. In-series, Pollo is Linkara's sarcastic sidekick.
- Plays a lot of side characters that he interacts with via greenscreens or other camera tricks, including '90s Kid (a teenage dudebro who loves bad '90s comics) and Harvey Finevoice (a lounge singer based on Frank Sinatra).
- Does crossovers and cameos with other TGWTG people very often, probably more than anyone else on the site. In particular, Doctor Insano from The Spoony Experiment is his archenemy.