About Robot Hugs

Robot Hugs is a webcomic updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or thereabouts. It is about a lot of things, but you can expect to see a lot of cats, a bunch of identity, gender, and sexuality discussions, and explorations of depression and mental illness, especially in the winter. Robot Hugs may include occasional cartoon depictions of nudity and discussion of sexuality – NSFW comics are generally labelled as such.

You can also check me out on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook.

The creator:

RH lives in Toronto and works in UX/IA.  They have a degree in Linguistics and a graduate degree in Information Studies. They identify as genderqueer non-binary and use gender-neutral pronouns such as ‘they’ or ‘zie/zir’. Specifically, they identify as a non-binary genderqueer peoplequeer mentally ill non-monogamous kinky critical feminist robot.  Their hobbies include worrying, being concerned about things they can’t change, being angry, being uselessly angry, hiding from the world, and knitting.

Amazing Helpers and Patient People:

MZ manages correspondences and coordinates site administration, and is a wonderful social media manager (because apparently I’m from 1782 and am all like ‘how do I twit back this tumble message???). Much of this involves cajoling me into doing things I’ve been putting off, and physically making me sit down and deal with stuff that just isn’t as fun as simply writing and posting comics. In short, MZ manages all the boring stuff, and the whole system would probably collapse without them, and that would be very sad indeed.

Dan Henderson, killer, Min, and MZ have all acted as critical readers of comic texts on longform comics, and help me make sure I’m actually articulating what I want to articulate. Often this involves them getting an email saying ‘hey is this dumb idk’ and then a wall of text, which they patiently read and give me notes on. They are also the reason there are not quite as many typos as there might be otherwise. These people also bear the brunt of my low-level but constant anxiety around the site and comics, and it should be noted that they bear it gracefully and patiently.

Some amazing readers have volunteered translations for some of my comics. Their credits can be found next to translated texts on the Translations page.


If you have any questions or comments about Robot Hugs, please email  contact@robot-hugs.com. It sometimes takes me a while to get back to people, so if it’s a time sensitive email please put URGENT in the subject line.

I do read all messages and I really appreciate it when people write me – I sometimes get a lot of emails and don’t have time to respond to all of them, but I try my best. I love hearing your stories and experiences!


If you’d like to provide a translation of a Robot Hugs comic into another language, that would be great!

I used to be able to replace the text in images with translated text myself, but I just don’t have the time to do that anymore. If you’ve made a translated comic by replacing the text of the original comic, email me the translated image file with the language it’s translated to and the person to credit it to, and I’ll post it on the site.

Contact me at translations@robot-hugs.com if you have any questions!


Robot Hugs is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License You can reproduce occasional comics in pretty much any not-for-profit medium so long as you are not selling it, including it in advertising, or using it for merchandise or for-profit purposes, and you make sure to attribute back to my site. All other uses must be negotiated by Robot Hugs directly.

You don’t explicitly have to ask permission, though I always appreciate it when someone drops me an email to let me know where my stuff is popping up! If you would like to use Robot Hugs for profit, such as a production that is being sold or for advertising, please email me at contact@robot-hugs.com and we’ll chat.


Are you including a Robot Hugs comic in an academic paper or presentation? Here’s how you might cite it!

Also – I’d love to see how you’re using it, drop me a line to share!


Hugs, Robot. “Comic Name.” Cartoon. Robot Hugs. 1 Feb. 1942<–comic publish date. Web


Hugs, R. (1942, February 1 <– comic publish date) Comic Title. [Cartoon] Robot Hugs. Retrieved from http://www.robot-hugs.com.


3 thoughts on “About Robot Hugs

  1. I have never done this, but I figured it’s about time I did. I was brought here by a link in the comments section of someone else’s blog. They were talking about gender differences in terms of communication and the link brought me to your comic about that and it pretty much was love at first site. You clearly expressed the sentiment I have been trying to express for most of my life and managed to be humorous doing it. I clicked next a couple times and was hooked, you now have a new follower and fan.

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