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AdventureX

I’m delighted to have been involved in creating these papercraft Kickstarter rewards for AdventureX 2017, the narrative gaming convention taking place in London on 11th and 12th November.

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For several years Adventure X has been bringing together developers & gamers with a passion for interactive storytelling. I’ve drawn my take on a dozen characters from some popular narrative games, the heads and bodies of whom can now be mixed up in all sorts of fun configurations, once the figurines have been assembled.

The full list of characters briefed included hapless would-be pirate Guybrush Threepwood from the Monkey Island series, the villainous mutant Purple Tentacle from Day of the Tentacle, and more recent heroes like Clementine from The Walking Dead – and The Witcher himself, Geralt of Rivia.

It was a particular challenge to make sure that such a variety of characters all lined up around the shoulders, so that the mix-and-match idea worked, but I think these turned out great. I’m especially fond of Bobbin & a swan from the 1990’s Loom (a sort of melancholy, metaphysical, musical fairy tale that I would recommend to anyone).

There’s even the promise of a giant version of one of the figurines, for visitors to play with at the event itself! Here it is being assembled:

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Video games, especially those that tell a story, have been a strong influence of my work –  indeed, it’s hard to think of many things more formative for me than playing Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge. I even dabble in making my own small adventure games these days. As you can imagine, this AdventureX project has been something I enjoyed getting my teeth into.

I’m looking forward to attending the convention in a week’s time and meeting some other narrative gaming enthusiasts, amongst a great programme of talks – perhaps see you there!

The Tourist

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This webcomic was originally serialised on Instagram, improvised strip-by-strip, but it’s been expanded and slightly reworked for posting as a complete story here.

Thanks very much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!

 

Dorothy Richardson

I was recently commissioned to produce a short graphic biography of the trailblazing writer Dorothy Richardson.

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Even though she’s not quite a household name like contemporaries Marcel Proust or James Joyce, her writing (in particular the thirteen-book novel sequence Pilgrimage that became her life’s work) is now seen as an important keystone of modernism. Pilgrimage was deeply experimental in its style, and its semi-autobiographical narrative reflected the female experience in the bustling, artistically vibrant and politically charged London of the early twentieth century. It’s fascinating in many ways.

After familiarising myself with Dorothy’s life, it was a fun challenge to condense it into just four pages of comics, weaving in references to episodes from Pilgrimage where possible. Hopefully the result is a good introduction to her.

I chose to design the comic as a three-colour risograph print, which gave me the opportunity to experiment with a few techniques. It was printed by Joseph the risograph wizard at The Holodeck in Birmingham on recycled papers, and I’m delighted with the results:

The comic coincides with a series of exhibitions about Richardson, and anticipates some new scholarly editions of her work and letters, to be published by Oxford University Press over the next year or so.

This blog post by Dr Adam Guy (who devised the exhibition and proposed the idea of a tie-in comic) is well worth a read, and you can find out more about Dorothy Richardson here.

Thanks to the Dorothy Richardson Editions Project, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.