Eric Orner is a former Congressional aide to Barney Frank and the acclaimed author of Smahtguy and The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green, one of the country’s first and longest-running gay comic strips. A feature film of the same title appeared in 2005, the same year that Orner retired the comic strip. Orner has also published comic strips and illustrations in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the New Republic. His cartoon story “Weekends Abroad” was included in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics 2011. Orner lives in New York and Smahtguy is his first graphic novel.