Max Patrick Schlienger has been telling stories since he could speak, and writing – often legibly – for almost as long. Throughout elementary school (when he wasn’t organizing the other students into protests against various perceived injustices), Max could be found diligently crafting and distributing his own comic strips, a habit which caused his grades to suffer and which he kept well into adulthood. He was hailed as the creator of his
fourth grade class’ student-run newspaper, and quickly blamed as the culprit behind a satirical article about the school’s principal. At the age of twelve, Max was accepted to a state-wide, all ages writing competition in New Mexico, where his humorous rendition of a popular fairy tale garnered him the grand prize. Being the modest individual that he was, Max refused to take off the medal until he was informed that it violated the school’s dress code.
During his teenage years, Max became involved in a student-run film production team, where he collaborated with individuals who would go on to hold positions in Hollywood and as founding members of a disaster relief nonprofit company. The team’s cinematic works received two awards at the Copia Film Festival in 2004, with the prize for “Funniest Film” going to Max’s short comedy, “Call Waiting.” Max would then use his amateur production experience to garner a position as the script coordinator for the feature film “Pig Hunt,” and eventually go on to write and direct a surreal comedy entitled “Gunfinger,” which was funded in part by bestselling author Robert Mailer Anderson.
Throughout the pursuit and completion of each new creative endeavor, Max still occupied his free time by writing. In 2005, he co-wrote and directed an animation series which gained widespread internet notoriety, and which served as the advertising engine for a fledgling comic strip, “Point of Futility,” which was written by Max and drawn by someone with much more artistic skill than he had. The success and growing popularity of the comic prompted Max to begin including short stories with each new installment, and by late 2006 the site had claimed the thirteenth place on TopWebComics.com. It might have fared even better, but the artist quit and moved to Wisconsin, presumably to pursue an illustrious career in shivering uncontrollably.
Most recently, Max has found himself working for a thriving video game company, serving as the final line of defense against misspellings and inaccurate text translations in upcoming titles. Additionally, he runs two humor websites, which can be found at Ridiculousity.net