Reply All

Explores the power of knowledge, the value of honesty and the impact of a bad-hair day on one’s self-perception.
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About
Reply All is about those moments in today’s information-overloaded environment when you forget your adult-self and toss the megaphone to your fifth-grade inner child.
About the Creator
Donna 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 put her Angels on hold to focus on Reply All and Reply All Lite, her two comics about the downsides of being enlightened and aware. A sometimes-published writer, Lewis turned to stripping (the act of creating pictures and words) after a brief stint in local stand-up where she realized the late-night schedule conflicted with her body’s internal clock. Lewis took her material from stand-up routines and added basic stick figures. The result was cute and fun and a great escape from reality, so she kept matching material to doodles. She spent the next few years learning how to draw better and can now draw hands that look like they could actually bend. 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 spends her days helping the federal government operate in Washington, D.C. She is pleased to report that she gets to debate constitutional issues frequently and is proud to say that she still loves government and the Constitution. Donna also owns BellaBooDC, a design studio specializing in character art, design art and patterns for licensing and publishing.
Meet the Characters
Lizzie
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.
Bear and Boo
Bear is Lizzie’s dog. Bear and Lizzie love each other unconditionally. Which is a good thing, considering the mischief Bear can get into, especially when Lizzie wants to take a relaxing bath. Boo is an innocent bystander at all times. Boo is also a good listener.
Drew
Drew is Lizzie’s significant other. Drew is patient with Lizzie’s quirks and obsessions. Lizzie is patient with Drew’s being a guy.
Ann
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.
Deenie
Another of Lizzie’s work friends, Deenie has an office life further harried by her kids’ school’s bureaucracy, not to mention its steamrolling her into volunteering for every activity. Despite the crunch, Deenie is an enthusiastic supporter of the spirit of Christmas, not just during the holidays, but throughout the year.
Rochelle
Rochelle is the poetic, enthusiastic manager in Lizzie’s office. Her bane is the Legal Department, which discourages her efforts to make the sessions she leads interesting and enjoyable.
Laura
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.
Kim
Kim is Lizzie’s sister-in-law. She is organized, a perfectionist, and an overachiever; and she’s a devoted wife and mother. All of which totally stresses her out. Still, if anyone can accomplish it all, it would probably be Kim. And despite that, Lizzie doesn’t resent her at all.
Allison
Allison is Lizzie’s longtime 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.
The Therapist
Lizzie’s therapist tries to peel the layers of Lizzie’s life like an onion, exposing the fresh, healthy core. Unfortunately, an onion is still an onion, and onions stink. So, the onion metaphor is apt in more ways than one.
Barbara (Lizzie’s Mom)
Barbara, who remains only a voice over the phone, is Lizzie’s mother. Retired after years of “working her fingers to the bone,” Barb now takes the time to demonstrate her love and support, and to provide relentlessly annoying commentary on Lizzie’s life. Barb is also one of the reasons Lizzie sees a therapist.
Mo
Mo is Lizzie’s musical friend. Mo has written countless songs, all a variation on one theme: Boyfriends suck and life in general isn’t much better.