Randall Patrick Munroe is an American cartoonist and the creator of the webcomic xkcd. He and the webcomic have developed a following, and after leaving NASA. Munroe was born in Easton, the son of an engineer and he has two younger brothers, and was raised as a Quaker. He was a fan of the pages in newspapers from an early age, starting off with Calvin. Munroe worked as a programmer and roboticist for NASA at the Langley Research Center before. In October 2006 NASA did not renew his contract and he moved to Boston to begin writing xkcd full-time, xkcd is primarily a stick figure comic with themes in computer science, mathematics, philosophy, pop culture and romance. Munroe had originally used xkcd as an instant messaging screenname because he wanted a name without a meaning so he would not eventually grow tired of it and he registered the domain name, but left it idle until he started posting his drawings in September 2005. The webcomic quickly became popular, garnering up to 70 million hits a month by October 2007.
Munroe has said, I think the comic thats gotten me the most feedback is actually the one about the stoplights, Munroe now supports himself by the sale of xkcd-related merchandise, primarily thousands of t-shirts a month. He licenses his xkcd creations under the Creative Commons attribution-noncommercial 2.5, stating that it is not just about the free culture movement, in 2010, he published a collection of the comics. He has toured the circuit, giving speeches at places such as Googles Googleplex in Mountain View. The popularity of the strip among science fiction fans resulted in Munroe being nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist in 2011, in 2014, he won the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story for the xkcd strip Time. Munroe is the creator of the now defunct websites The Funniest, The Cutest, in October 2008, The New Yorker magazine online published an interview and Cartoon Off between Munroe and Farley Katz, in which each cartoonist drew a series of four humorous cartoons. Munroe maintains a blog titled What If. where he answers questions sent in by fans of his comics and these questions are usually absurd in nature and related to math or physics, and he answers them using both his own knowledge and various academic sources.
In 2014, he published a collection of some of the responses, as well as a few new ones and some rejected questions, serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. The chart was rapidly adopted by print and online journalists in several countries, including being linked to by writers for The Guardian. Munroe published a comic on scientific publishing and open access in Science in October 2013. Munroes book Thing Explainer, announced in May 2015 and published late that year, in September 2013, Munroe announced that a group of xkcd readers had submitted his name as a candidate for the renaming of asteroid 1987 DU6 to 4942 Munroe