It’s nice to see things like this finally breaking into / becoming more established in the medium. Gail Simone is a brilliant writer, I’m very much a fan of her current run on Batgirl, but I’m now an even bigger fan of her attitude.
I was greatly saddened to hear the news that LucasArts would be shutting there doors, to no longer develop their own games but instead sell out the licenses to other studios.
Not only did they make some brilliant games they had some of the sharpest and wittiest writing in gaming, games such as Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle had me hooked from the get go and I will also love them for that. A pity.
In other news (both game related, seem to be in that mood this morning) these articles are worth a read:
We’re very much still in the early stages of writing comics, learning a lot and exploring what we can do, but it’s all fairly straight forward so far, nice light stories which are fun to write. It’s always enlightening to come across people pushing their field, be it writing, film or gaming to do new things.
Which is when I came across this it was worth shouting about; That Dragon, Cancer.
This is a brave and difficult ‘game’ to create, which really shows the new and interesting ways that the gaming medium can be used to explore difficult and sometimes hopeless human realities.
I’m not sure I’d actually want to try it, but I feel I probably would and the creator, Ryan Greene, has my full respect for trying to create something that might give some peace or a positive message from the most personal of subjects.
Gaming has a unique ability, unlike any other medium, where you can become fully immersed in the experience, and it’s the sign of a maturing field that it’s starting to be used to properly explore aspects of the human psyche.
The article itself is also well written and you can tell the reporter Jenn Frank was genuinely moved by it.
Melksham Comic Con is a small comic con returning for its second event in August 2013 after a successful Kick starter campaign.
(by the way Melksham is in Wiltshire… yeah, I had to look it up!)
We didn’t go to the inaugural event simply but I’ve read nothing but good press about it am astounded by the guests that they have already lined up. Look at this list, and this just the writers that jumped out for me!
Kieron Gillen – Current writer of top Marvel comics Iron Man and Young Avengers. Recent writer for Uncanny X-Men and the Thor title Journey Into Mystery before the recent Marvel NOW! Launch.
Simon Spurrier – Writer who works mainly on 2000AD, Simon has also broken through to the US comic industry and writes mainly for Marvel. Currently writer on X-Men Legacy in the new Marvel NOW! series.
Rob Williams – Writer, working mainly for 2000 AD. He has worked for Marvel Comics on X-Men and Deadpool titles, as well as Ghost Rider and Wolverine. In 2011, Rob signed an exclusive contract with Marvel. He has also written for Star Wars and RoboCop comic books.
The full list is here.
And better yet, as a not-for-profit event tickets are just £5.
So stick 31st August in your diaries!