Inspired by Ryan North’s To Be Or Not To Be, the chose-your-adventure-style version of Hamlet (which I was lucky enough to do some illustrations for), I wrote my own Waiting For Godot inspired game story: The Further Adventures of Didi and Gogo. Go read/play it now for maximum fun times.
And even more intense, I have spent the last several months programming, doing the art, music, and story for a VIDEO GAME!!! It’s based on the book as well. So when you’re done with the text adventure, play The Further Adventures of Didi and Gogo, the video game!
The book launch weekend for my new OWLKids book, DRAW OUT THE STORY: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics was fantastic. Little Island Comics hosted a formal launch and comic workshop and the following day I was at Word on the Street Toronto, doing a talk on character design with my pal Scott Chantler, and then signing and sketching at the OwlKids booth. We sold out of books at WOTS! Woot! My wife was awesome enough to make the dough for these shortbread cookies so I could decorate them. Big thanks to Andrew at Little Island, the marketing team at Owl, and Liz and everyone at WOTS!
POST-APOCALYPSE IS THE NEW CRUSOE
If you were stranded on a desert island, what sci fi genre would you take with you? With a surge in video games, movies, comics, and novels, it might be post-apocalyptic. But, most people haven’t realized that the post-apocalypse is just the deserted island castaway story all over again. In an era where the Galapagos Islands have to limit the number of tourists, and Mt. Everest has had 169 people climb it in one day, the idea of uncharted land seems laughable. Robinson Crusoe was one of the first English language novels, and was popular enough to spawn two sequels, and imitators like Swiss Family Robinson, and Gilligan’s Island. With the globe fully mapped, the only places left to explore are fictional islands like in Lost, or beyond Earth like in Lost in Space.
Enter the post-apocalypse, where you get to rediscover the same land, only with a twist. We know New York now but what will you find after the fall? Cockroach people fighting mutant pizza monsters? Baseball Furies on Central Park Zoo animal-led hot dog cart chariots? It’s familiar and new at the same time.