It’s been two weeks since the second installment of Comics Vs. Games, in beautiful Toronto, Canada. And how did the opening shindig, the first ever Bit Bazaar, plus Attract Mode in general fare? Very well, thank you very much. First, highlights from the official kick off!
For Comics Vs. Games 2 to be exact, which officially kicks off at Bento Miso, tonight, 7pm!
Time to detail the second leg of Attract Mode’s upcoming two city/two show tour. And what’s after New York City and NYU? Why, Toronto and TCAF, to help celebrate Comics Vs. Games 2!
We went over the basics a couple weeks back, but time for some finer details. As well as a sneak peek as some of the stunning pieces that our pals have produced for this year’s Comics Vs. Games Gallery.
The above is somewhat a sequel to the runaway hit from Comics Vs. Games 1, and has Kyle Fewell combining his two greatest loves yet again: video games and cats. But what else does this year’s show have in store? Let’s see…
The response to the Comics Vs. Games 2 reveal has been incredible. So happy to hear that everyone’s just as psyched about Attract Mode’s upcoming return to Toronto as we are! BTW, have you seen the pieces for the art show that’s been making the rounds on Tumblr? A full rundown of participants involved will be disclosed soon, but in the meanwhile, at least you all know that Jovo Ve, Corey Lewis, and Natasha Allegri are included.
Back to Toronto; that city is simply the best. Been dying to return, the very moment Comics Vs. Games 1 wrapped up (feel free to search my blog for my detailed report). Not only is everyone super friendly, but the indie game scene is on fire (as evidenced by the just released Guacamelee, which is an early game of 2013 contender in my book), plus its various other art scenes are equally hawt. Speaking of…
Just found out that Diego Bergia’s LEPOS arcade project has been updated. Was introduced to the cancelled SNES game from an alternate universe by Annie Koyama, who published the accompanying art book; last wrote about it for GameSetWatch, back when it was first looking to become a real deal, playable game. The self-professed graffiti artist/independent animator/arcade enthusiast shared the video above last week, along with the following:
Whenever I’m in New York my home base is the Lower East Side, so for this next little teaser I chose the iconic Arlene’s Grocery as a backdrop. More importantly though, this clip introduces the one and only Bronx King CES to the LEPOS arcade project. Along with REVOK and GIANT, I’ve got three legendary motherfuckers down with this. BIG shoutout to them. Thank you!
Be sure to check Bergia’s Vimeo page for additional morsels of the upcoming game.
Last year, the prestigious Toronto Comics Arts Festival asked us to take part in a first of its kind celebration of both comics and video games. And the end result was so spectacular that we’re gearing up for round two!
Comics Vs. Games 2 is an official TCAF 2013 event that will take place both onsite and off, in the same way that Comics Vs. Games 1 was for TCAF 2012. Except it’ll be even bigger and bolder, in both size and scope. There will be three primary components this time:
- The Comics Vs. Games Showcase are games hand picked by Miguel Sternberg, grand architect of Comics Vs. Games, and all sharing formal or aesthetic influences with the comics medium. Each will be playable at the Toronto Reference Library.
- The Comics Vs. Games Gallery: Presented by Attract Mode will again feature a selection of artwork from noted and celebrated cartoonists and illustrators, who have all been asked to explore the the world of video games in a medium that they know best.
Those involved are a mix of returning favorites from last year and some fresh blood that myself and Adam are thrilled to be working with; who’s who will be revealed soon. The Gallery will also be at Comics Vs. Games’ new home, Bento Miso, along with…
- The Bit Bazaar is the big new thing this year. Best described as a zine fair meets arcade, it’s where indie developers will have a chance to show off their game and sell related comics, t-shirts, toys, etc.
If you’d like to take part, you can sign up (and get more info) here. Though there’s one party that’s already confirmed: CAPY! We’ll also have a table as well, with a host of Attract Mode Shop goodies, some of which will be making their debut.
You’ll even find our good friend Mathew Kumar! Not only will he be a special guest of the Attract Mode table, but Mathew might also have something new for sale as well, something super special.
And that’s it for now; we’ll have more info soon. Till then, Toronto, get ready!
Comics vs Games 2 is a Toronto Comics Arts Festival event sponsored by Bento Miso and co-organized with The Hand Eye Society and Attract Mode.
The dust has finally settled on VERSUS (fyi, work from that show will be available for purchase via the shop in the coming weeks). But there’s another event that Attract Mode was also recently involved with that’s worth taking a second look at: Comics Vs. Games.
Earlier this year, we were honored to be invited on the behalf of the Toronto Comics Arts Festival and the Hand Eye Society, to take part in a historic event that encompassed both Toronto’s red hot indie cartooning and game dev scenes.
TIFF Nexus documented the event, and produced a short film that recently debuted at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, just a few weeks ago! Where the Creative Jam games (which were originally inspired by ARTXGAME, our first collaboration with Giant Robot) were on hand and playable once more.