Here’s the comic I did for The Hairpin, in case you missed it!
I’m splitting my time between writing and drawing the end of DUMB while also producing new comics for HP for the next however-long-they’ll-let-me. If you want to see the end of DUMB, get it here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/get-dumb-done/x/1685860
And stay tuned to the Hairpin for more originals!
Ocarina - board team final storyboard
written and storyboarded by Steve Wolfhard & Tom Herpich
yourcavalier said: I'm enjoying the dialogue you've started about #altgames, and am really curious about the whole "movement," if I can call it that. Is it a relatively new concept? I mean, I know there have always been devs that want to push games in different directions. Is #altgames about challenging common game concepts/ideas or mechanics or storytelling techniques? Or all of the above? Do alt games have to be free? Thanks <3
Thanks so much for taking the time to send these questions. There has been a lot of confusion over #AltGames which is understandable, and I’ll do my best to clear that up.
First of all, I would hesitate to refer to it as a movement. I was doing my usual ramblings on Twitter before asking my followers if there was a way we can set up a bot that could share different Patreons, Kickstarters, and other donation sources for game designers and critics who have different approaches to the medium. To me, signal boosting is the most important thing you can do to spread work that doesn’t get to be shared on a regular basis. I then decided to create a bot that would retweet the hashtag #AltGames, and I wanted to have it function as a collective of these works.
Mainly, the point was that I wanted to focus on sharing work rather than sharing the harassment we’ve been witnessing unfold over the past month. We are losing important people in the industry over the lunacy of desperate, hateful conspiracy theorists, and I wanted #AltGames to act as a shout-out to not only game designers but also the critics who are suffering just as much.
The most common question I received over #AltGames was, “How is this different from indie?” In some cases, it isn’t! Chances are that most of the games in #AltGames are indie in the sense that they are independently published, and some that have been shared already have a small price or ask you to name your price. However, I fear that “indie” has a culture of its own that applies more to the financing of a project. In reality, many successful indies (games and devs) still mirror a status quo of storytelling and production found in AAA titles. “Alternative” games, in my opinion of course, refer more to the content within games. They will most likely not be found on Steam, or coming to the PS4 or Xbox One. (However, some really excellent games can still be found in these places that represent alternative, experimental approaches to games.)
This isn’t meant to be read as a grand political movement, but just to show appreciation to devs and critics who like to experiment with unique tools and concepts. People have been making alternative games for a very long time now, and I just wanted to create a bot that collected and curated them.
I hope that answered your questions! <3
Two years ago I started making a list of creators at SPX who either are LGBTQ themselves, or have significant LGBTQ content in their work. I did in informally at first, and I discovered that people really like to have this information. Last year I did it a little more formally,…
Hi! I’m Noel Arthur Heimpel of Ignition Zero (example above: page 98), and I’ll be at SPX 2014, table B5A! It’s my first time as an exhibitor :)
My webcomic Ignition Zero features a cast that’s almost entirely queer, with most of their identities outside of the “LGB” categories. The two main characters are asexual, another is genderqueer and pansexual, and there is an aromantic character who hasn’t been revealed as such yet, to name a few! The story does not focus on their queer identities; my goal is to write other stories about queer people’s lives, since there’s a lot to a person’s experiences.
I’m also genderfluid, trans, and queer—an LGBTQ creator doing LGBTQ themes! I know what it’s like not to see yourself represented positively, accurately, or represented at all in stories, so it’s my mission to make comics which fill that space.
Please come say hi and check out Volume 2 of Ignition Zero in print, which is debuting at SPX!
If you want to follow me on Tumblr, please do so HERE at my comic/art blog and not the one I’m submitting with!
My name is Dechanique (Deanna Echanique) and I am a queer comics creator drawing queer comics!! My prime comic series La Macchina Bellica is a wartime romance/drama following two female leads and an established gay couple (pictured above :3) as they navigate their troubled interpersonal and romantic waters under the backdrop of a long-standing global conflict. I will have both volumes and a sketch collection available at SPX! <3 Volume 1 - 200 pages, Chapters 1 - 5 + extras; Volume 2 - 180 pages, Chapters 6-8 + extras, partial color; Sketch Collection Zine- 28 pg B&W
My debut work for this SPX is the first issue of my new adult comic series for Filthy Figments, Nights in Amore. Nights in Amore features the stories of 4 magical (and one non-magical) female-identifying mercenary knights. The first issue centers around the non-magical member Panyin, and her adoring page-boy Darren. <3 12 pages, full color (8.5 x 11)
I’ll be at table G07! I hope to see you there! Let’s talk about queer comics and sports anime! <3
Hi! My name is Sabin, I’m a queer cartoonist living in Brooklyn. I’m at table E8- come say hi!!!
I have my new book Maleficium debuting at SPX; about a lesbian separatist witch coven in 1960s San Francisco.
Also debuting are my set of Jack Kirby drag postcards (I have a minicomic featuring all of them as well).
My webcomic is Symptom of the Universe- it can be found at http://symptomcomics.com. It’s about a trans sci-fi writer who is dying of cancer interwoven with her final work. It hits its hundredth page Monday, September 1st.
So excited about SPX- it’s my favorite comics event ever!
I feel weird putting myself out here since I started writing Opportunities (which is wrapping up…
Hello! I’m Jared Axelrod, a bisexual comics-dude from Philadelphia. I’ll have three comics available at SPX: 1) A black & white graphic novel about a crusading journalist and all-around badass girl, Ashe, on a steampunk-esque flying city. 2) A darkly comedic full-color exploration the world of…