When Animal Crossing finally made its way West to the GameCube, video games were changed forever. I didn’t own the game personally although I knew plenty of close friends that played the charming life sim. Over the years, and with each new iteration of the game, I tiptoed closer to actually playing a version of it.
I don’t know what it was about the 3DS version of Animal Crossing that spoke to me louder than all the others before it; but it did. Was it all the hype? There was a plenty of hype surrounding this new version including all the anticipation the new 3DS hardware brought to the table.
Was it the appeal of playing something in the moment with everyone? It’s always nice to be experiencing a video game at the same time other are. And, with social media you don’t need to have friends right next to you playing the same game to feel connected. Let’s face it. I’m the only one of my close friends that even has a 3DS let alone would buy ACNL.
Or, was it simply to finally experience an Animal Crossing game on a portable? (Which for a busy adult. It’s the best way to experience a game like this) Probably, a bit of everything. Regardless of my final reasoning I pick up Animal Crossing: New Leaf and jumped in with both feet.
It’s bothered me that we never found a place for any good ACNL comics during my time playing the game last year. Even with me deep into my town I never could really bring all those emotions to the surface and create something funny for the site.
I had a couple good starts but nothing seemed to stick…until. That’s right. We managed to put a nice little comic together about ACNL. It should be coming out in the next couple weeks. We’re still trying (Paulie and I) to plan out the next few months and get our feet back into the comics game. So, please, hang in there with us a bit longer.
Anyway! Back to important ACNL stuff. With the game newly back on the brain it’s hard not to get the urge to fire up my town again. Actually all summer I’ve had little reminders of what I was doing last year at this same time because of the game. Like watching the seasons change from summer to fall around me and in the game.
But, sadly, to bed down those impulses to get yelled at by my villagers because of my absence I’m hoping taking a trip down memory lane will help. I’m really hoping to hold off until Fantasy Life comes out in a few weeks. I’m pretty sure that RPG life sim will bring back a lot of the same emotions ACNL did. Unfortunately as I look at my avitars time as mayor I feel like it’s doing less to make me not want to play as much as it’s making me want to play.
Just some quick thoughts. Let us know what your thoughts are about my post or about Animal Crossing or just post about a game that really left an imprint on your life.
The Kickstarter for Unlawful Good: An Anthology of Crime is live! This is the project I’ve been lucky enough to take part in this summer. The campaign launched Wednesday and it’s off to a great start. There is tons of rewards including some things contributed by myself, like an original page from the comic and a couple 5X7 commissions. There was a lot of hard work and care that went into this comic and this is a great piece of comic art that represents all the wonderful things that independent comics are and and can be.
Please take a look at the campaign and contribute if you can.
Hey everyone, so, we’re posting a comic today! Yea! Sadly this isn’t a return to regular postings just yet but it is us getting some tinder together to start the real Side Quest fire.
Also, like I promised in earlier blog posting, that I’d explain a bit more about the comic project I had the pleasure of working on this summer. Who better than my editor herself to tell you all about Unlawful Good: An Anthology of Crime. Here is her interview with Kosmic Kasey. Please give this video a watch and get ready for the Kickstarter to drop in a couple days.
PS: Just a hint, I’m part of the team that brings the clowns:)
Time for another monthly update, so, here goes. The state of the comic is still good and actually we’re starting, from this point on, to gaining some positive momentum. On Sunday I turned in the last portion from the secret project I’ve been contributing too and with that I can start moving my focus back to Side Quest. The ‘secret’ project isn’t entirely that secret anymore especially if you follow me/us on any form of social media (hit the like at the top). But, for those who haven’t seen anything I’ve got the wonderful opportunity to be a part of Unlawful Good: An Anthology of Crime. A wonderful comic anthology of short crime inspired stories put together by the multi-talented Heather Antos. I’d love to show everyone some work from it but until my editor spills the comic beans I’m keeping my portion under wraps. But, don’t worry, the KickStarter for the project is coming very soon and as soon as I get more images and the info you’ll be the first to know.
Now onto Side Quest business. For now I’m going to spend the next few weeks working on existing comics and start dusting off ideas from a few months back plus add a whole lot of new ones. That’s right! From not being able to work in Side Quest as much, I have a full on stock pile of ideas. My other goal is to meet up with Paulie for a much needed writing day and get this show back on the road.
Even though the break was unexpected an put a pin the comic I think all the fans of Side Quest will really get a kick out of the work my fellow contributors did for Unlawful Good. I’m am seriously amazed but the talent on the book and the fact that I’m even in it. Plus, all the fans of Side Quest will probably be shocked that I can draw something other than Paulie and Jarv.
But, seriously, the break away from the comic really helped focus me and I had a good opportunity to see the comic from afar and start thinking of ways to improve it. I’m really excited about the new and ideas and even more excited to sit down with Paulie soon so we can make them better.
Good things are coming, stay tuned.
Let me start by apologizing for the delay we’ve been experiencing when it comes to updating the comic. I’m also sorry about the lack of keeping you all informed on what we’ve been doing these last few weeks.
A month ago I started a new job and even though I work more consistent hours than before (at the restaurant) and receive a much better compensation this new job does take up larger portions of my time. I posted awhile back explaining in more detail about my new situation, which ultimately has had us alter our publishing schedule. But, some of you may have noticed that we’ve missed publishing two comics during the past month.
I definitely stand by our new schedule and in the weeks to come we hope to become more comfortable with our new publishing timeframe and actually start putting out more content. One situation we’re experiencing is that we have comics in in various stages of productions but that don’t coincide with our timeline. We have one comic getting colors, one comic getting inks and one I’m starting pencils on. The problem stems from the situation that the comic getting colored publishes third; the comic getting inks publishes first and comic publishing second I just started the pencils on. So, our very first task is to get our comic publishing ironed and in order before we start rolling out new comics.
The second situation we’ve run into, that’s holding up Side Quest Comic production, is I’m actually working on a secret project. Not to be vague and I will be able to talk about this very soon but I am pulling double duty on comics right now. And because I’m contracted out on this job it has take precedence over my other comic work.
But, do not fret we’re coming up with ideas everyday on how to streamline our production, finish side projects and develop new material for the site. The one aspect that has actually gotten better is idea generation. I sketched and developed more comic ideas in the past month than I have all year. Sorry, again, for all the delays and we have some good stuff coming soon.