Reply All Lite
For people who are too lazy – *cough* busy – to read a whole comic strip.
Recent Work
Reply All Lite began when Reply All cartoonist Donna Lewis started posting observational tidbits during the day on Facebook. It became so popular, generating thousands of “likes” and shares, that readers demanded it as a daily feature. Like the strip, the panel explores the value of honesty, the power of knowledge and the impact of a bad-hair day on one's self-perception, but all pared down to a delicious bite-size nugget of humor.
About the Creators
Donna A. Lewis began her cartooning career with the Web comic Crazed Angels. In an interview with Washington City Paper's Mike Rhode, Lewis explained, "I created a community of hardworking angels whose efforts to help humans were hindered by the fact that humans resist help." She has stopped working on it to focus on Reply All and Reply All Lite, her two comics about the downsides of being enlightened and aware.
A former Washington, D.C., attorney at the Department of Homeland Security, Lewis is currently supporting her pets in the lifestyle they demand by consulting on management inquiries involving federal agency personnel and questions of conduct, competency or fitness for duty. A sometimes-published writer, she turned to stripping (the act of creating pictures and words) after realizing that she would never make it in stand-up because she couldn't stay awake past 10 o'clock. Lewis learned about creative writing in fifth grade, where she spent countless hours capturing the ideas flying around her head rather than paying attention to her teachers. She taught herself to draw in law school (where doodling was the only escape from reality) and to write punch lines in the courtroom (no disrespect to judges, attorneys, plaintiffs or defendants intended).
Lewis comes from "an annoyingly funny family" that provides material faster than she can "translate it into a written product." Now, she says, "The years of listening to their absurd notions about the world are finally providing value to my life." Lewis assures us that no family members were harmed in the creation of this strip, and some names were left unchanged in order to incriminate those deserving of such.
Donna also owns Bella & Boo, a design studio specializing in character art, design art and patterns for licensing and publishing.
Meet the Characters
Aggressively positive, yet after many years of self-discovery, she still has much to hide and nowhere left to hide it. Lizzie has achieved success and satisfaction in life--despite herself. Unfortunately, she still succumbs to her inner fifth-grade voice.
Laura is Lizzie's cousin. Like sisters, Lizzie and Laura are slightly competitive, sometimes dramatic and frequently irrational. Together they obsess about things that don't really matter. Recently divorced, Laura has two annoyingly intelligent teenage girls and is shamelessly passionate about everything.
Allison is Lizzie's best friend and loves to tell Lizzie what she thinks. And she is almost always right. Allison has an impressively patient husband and an unhealthy fear of her children becoming independent adults.
Ann is Lizzie's colleague and friend. Ann is happily married, runs a happy household and maintains a successful career. Lizzie leans on Ann for her ready-to-listen ear. Lizzie is secretly sure that Ann is hiding some dysfunction that she just hasn't discovered yet.
Barbara is Lizzie's mother, retired after years of "working her fingers to the bone." To Lizzie's surprise, and dismay, her non-stop mother embraced retirement and the formerly foreign concept of 'just hanging out.' Barb now takes the time to demonstrate her love and support - and to provide relentlessly annoying commentary on Lizzie's life.