I hope everyone reading this is doing well! As you may have been able to tell, I've been back at making comics and artwork over the past few months and I hope everyone has been enjoying that. It's good to be back making things.
I've been meaning to post here for the past several days, but this past week has been extremely insane for me, in a good way. Let me start from the beginning. As seen in my gallery, I made a video game and research paper for my Master's Thesis last summer on Games for Social Change. My game, An/Other, and research have been available online and have drifted into obscurity ever since... Until late March. I applied An/Other to an exhibition called Comics Vs Games at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF). I didn't think my game would make it in, but I submitted it anyway. The people who run that exhibit, the Hand Eye society, surprisingly asked if I wanted to showcase and talk about An/Other for an event called Game Curious in early April. So I did and that was a great experience. I was soon also told that An/Other was accepted into TCAF's Comics Vs Games Exhibit, which really surprised me. I've always wanted to be in TCAF (and was planning to apply for next year) so I've been excited for that, even though I'm ironically won't be featuring Spark Comics. I was allowed to officially announce this last week. Then I eventually had 2 journalists ask to interview me about An/Other, which I thought was interesting. They had become interested in my game through that Game Curious event. I did the interviews and didn't think much would come of it... And then last Wednesday happened.
Last Wednesday, one of those journalists, Al Donato, published their article about An/Other on for local online news site The Torontoist. I was happy to be featured and thought it was really cool. Then the insanity started. Less than an hour after the Torontoist article got published, I got contacted by the Toronto Star and another news publication (will update when their article has been released) for an interview about An/Other. I was incredibly shocked. I spoke to journalists from both publications soon after about An/Other. By Thursday afternoon, my interview with Evelyn Kwong was featured on The Toronto Star website and it was published in print in The Toronto Star newspaper the following day, last Friday. Several of my friends and family saw it in the paper and I promptly bought several copies of it. It felt so amazing to be featured in the newspaper like that. Then I began the weekend long game making event TOJam last Friday and was tirelessly working with my team from Friday to Sunday on a small game project. All the while, I've been getting contacted left and right by certain news outlets and other people ever since. Needless to say, I've been getting an overwhelmingly surprising amount of attention over the past 2 months, this past week especially. I'm proud that An/Other has resonated with so many people and that it's getting noticed. I hope I can make something even better in the future.
In the meantime, I've been preparing for TCAF amidst all this craziness. If you're in Toronto this weekend, TCAF is a free comics festival at the Toronto Reference Library from this Saturday May 14th and Sunday May 15th. In addition to all the main attraction of fantastic comic creators from Toronto and around the world, I'll be there showing An/Other alongside other awesome games from cool developers for the Comics Vs Games exhibition. Additionally, while I won't be featuring Spark Comics, I will be selling some small Spark Comics merchandise in the form of buttons and bookmarks! Feel free to come say hi, check out my game, and talk comics with me! I hope some of my Watchers can make it!
So that's all that's been going on with me! You can also check out my Facebook Fan Page to better keep up with me and see my reactions to the past week. Until next time, Sparky fans, have a Sparktacular Day!