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Global Game Jam Keynote, woooo! - January 25th, 2013

Hello Global Game Jammers!

I’d like to personally thank Gorm Lai for giving me the opportunity to keynote the 2013 Global Game Jam. It was a humbling experience to be writing for such a talented and driven audience, and I hope my video provided at least a few ideas for getting the most out of a jam. I’m very much looking forward to playing the results.

Edit: And if you ain’t seen the video yet, here it is. : ) My keynote starts at 3:30.

P.S. By popular request, here are the ’social network’ comics that appear when I’m encouraging people to spend more time with their local friends.

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Ah, social networks. One day, a hip new media company will trademark the phrase “Go Be Social” and the word will lose all trace of its original meaning.

I’m flying home this weekend after more than two months solid on the road, but rest assured I’ll find time to participate in the Global Game Jam in some capacity. : ) If you want to keep up with more of my nonsense, I highly encourage you to follow me on Twitter.

By the way, I don’t think I ever posted this here, but my most recent game jam creation was called Around the World in 100 Cards. If you’re interested, it’ll teach you to recognize foreign alphabets as a gestalt, e.g. by learning to spot the differences between the Thai alphabet and the Cambodian one.

This is making me think there should be a jam where the theme is just “Global.” Although that could just be my pun sense tingling.

Fantasy vs. Reality - February 28th, 2010

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be an indie game dev, boy do I have some slides for you!

These are from my presentation at Indiecade about the fantasy vs. reality of indie game development. They were for a Pecha Kucha-style talk, where each slide was shown for a few seconds before advancing automatically. Most of the other presenters talked about their games, but I misread the instructions and made a presentation about myself. Hope you like it!

The full beard of unhappiness

And yes, these are all true stories.

Diddy Ever - June 11th, 2009

New comic! It was inspired by a true story, in some sense of the word “inspired.”

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Incidentally, I always try to walk into a bar with a blonde and a brunette.

dugg - September 20th, 2008

Whoa, one of my comics made the front page! If you don’t mind nerding it up for a moment, please, digg generously. Photobucket

Internet Phamous - March 12th, 2008

My atheist comic got featured on Pharyngula, one of the biggest atheist blogs out there. Cool!

While some people seemed confused about the meaning (yes, it’s a satire…), the rest posted some excellent feedback regarding the morality of comfortable footwear. Unbeknownst to me, there was a whole debate about the subject that had never before seen the light of day. I feel weirdly honoured.

In other news, I’m working on putting together a book featuring all the comics I’ve done in the past four years. I’ve only posted about half of them on this site, so unless you get the book, you’re missing out! The whole thing should probably cost about $10-15, and the publisher I’m going to makes it easy to order online. There will be more details to come, of course, but I just wanted to get you thinking.

In other other news, my friend Imran made a social networking site called Streem. For those of you who can’t get enough of the refresh button, it’s a microblogging platform where you can post a link, picture, or video rather than writing a whole post. The format takes some getting used to, but it’s got a really ingenious way of flattening the distance between posts and comments.

That’s all for now! Three new comics are up. Happy “It’s-Good-to-be-Irish” Day!

Anyone reading this is automatically my Valentine. Ha! - February 14th, 2008

New comic. This one is exploring the previously untapped subject of “office humour.”

Now, to get back to publishing a game, a thesis, and a book in one semester.

I need a vacation. :P

Now with Permalinks! - February 8th, 2008

The comics page just got a whole lot easier to navigate. A round of well-deserved applause goes to my friend Tim, who designed the plugin. New political cartoon also. It’ll be running in a local independent magazine (that is, if it’s still relevant at publication time :P ). Nothing else to report at this time.

Happy Friday!

~Erin

B-b-b-beta testing! - February 7th, 2008

Nanobots is beeping along at a steady clip, thanks to Vince’s tireless coding and my…neglect of my schoolwork. Photobucket

We hope to start beta testing this Friday, and if all goes well the game should be done on time. New comics for you in the meantime. Hope you likee.

Beepin’ Right - January 10th, 2008

Happy belated 2008! Hope everyone’s broken a few new year’s resolutions already.

First, a small update about the progress of Nanobots. There’s an extended plot summary and some more screenshots here. I’ve recruited a few beta testers, and Vince has been coding like it’s his job. I’m confident we can release the game by mid-February, possibly even on Valentine’s day. That would make it two years to the day since everyone’s favourite goldfish and dead girl first came to be. I’m getting a bit misty already.

Secondly, I’ve just uploaded the first new comic of the season. It’s about one peg above “pun” on the joke-acceptability scale, but that didn’t stop me from writing it. I hope history vindicates me on this one.

Canadian Content - December 5th, 2007

Last two comics of the year! The last one is more Canadian than Mountie riding a charging moose into a government-subsidized waiting room.

Also: I’m about to have a lot of free time on my hands. Cross your fingers…