Monday, December 26, 2011

New Projects

I figured I should probably update this blog, since folks keep linking to it when my name comes up.

Things have been keeping quite busy over here - in addition to various Venan-related projects such as Book of Heroes (available now on the App Store for the awesome price of NOTHING!) I have been keeping busy with a multitude of side projects:

Dust: An Elysian Tail has been a pretty big project for me. For starters, it'll be the first script I've worked on that includes a fully-voiced cast, but it certainly goes beyond that. Having played recent builds of the game, I can say that Dust plays as well as it looks. Imagine, if you will, a combination of Metroid and God of War and you've got an idea of what the gameplay is like. Working with Dean "Noogy" Dodrill has been an awesome experience, and I'm looking forward to working on more projects with him in the future.

Beyond the Western Deep is a webcomic that I've been working on with Rachel Bennett for quite some time now. The idea for the comic materialized while we were both still in college, and after many years of planning and pitching, we finally settled on a webcomic as the medium to go with.

The comic is inspired by our love of the Redwall series, but also pulls in inspiration from The Elder Scrolls series, Lord of the Rings, classic animated films like "The Secret of NIMH", and other sources. Beyond the Western Deep could be considered a love letter to our childhoods, and we're finally ready to start posting pages online. The comic's website is

Lastly, I've been working on a novel pitch (that is, a pitch for a novel, not a pitch that is novel) for the last few months now. I can't really talk about it, but I can say that I am collaborating with an artist for the pitch illustrations and the work that has been done thus far is very promising.

It is my hope that by the time my next post rolls around, that mystery third project will be able to materialize a bit for public consumption. In the meantime, there's always Dust and Beyond the Western Deep!