The Comic
Chim Chum and the Portly Samurai is a weekly all-ages comic adventure written and drawn by Adrian Ropp.  It follows the adventures of an as-yet-to-be-named samurai of questionable origins and his silent sidekick, a small fox named Chim Chum. The comic began as a single-panel gag format, but is now following a serialized semi-weekly comic book format.
THE CHARACTERS
THE PORTLY SAMURAI
The Portly Samurai hails from Ancient China, and has a long, sordid past he does not like to talk about.  Because of his rotund physical build, freelancing as a samurai is hardly a lucrative profession.  P.S. relies on quick turns of fortune and the clever cuteness of his diminutive pal to maintain his dietary standards.

CHIM CHUM

Chim Chum the fox is something of an enigma. Little is known about his life before he appeared as the only applicant for the Portly Samuari’s Sidekick Audition.  There’s a lot of personality crammed into this small package. Equal parts best friend and main antagonist to the Portly Samurai, Chim Chum seems to enjoy being part of the Dysfunctional Duo.

 

THE CREATOR
Adrian Ropp began his career as a story and effects artist for Mojave Interactive’s “Secrets of the Luxor” PC video game. After that, he spend the next twelve years working for Swan Animation and Feature Films for Families. There he was a story artist for the theatrical animated musical, The Princess and the Pea, supervising director and writer for the direct-to-video animated series “Pig Tales”, and animation director and story artist for the live action/animated film, The Velveteen Rabbit. Since 2008, Adrian has worked at Disney Interactive, where his video game cinematic and writing credits include Bolt, Toy Story 3 and Cars 2. He recently finished production on the exciting new gaming platform, Disney Infinity, for which he served as story lead for the Monsters University, Cars, and Mickey Mouse portions of the game.

Among his many influences are Carl Barks’ Uncle Scrooge, Sergio Aragones’ Groo the Wanderer, Walt Kelly’s Pogo, the animated films of Walt Disney, Jeff Smith’s Bone, and the writings of C. S. Lewis and Charles Dickens.

Adrian lives in the Salt Lake City, Utah,  area.  An avid fan of pop culture, he spends much of his time reading comics, going to the theater with his wife, Jennifer, spoiling his many nieces and nephews and playing with their two cats, Lucky and Isabella.