About this project
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Hi! My name's Cameron "Gazunta" Davis. Nice to meet you! I'm an Australian cartoonist who is wild about making comics about video games. This is probably because I've spent most of my life playing, writing about and making the darn things!
Once upon a time I wrote about video games for places like GameSpot, IGN, Hotgames and Pocket Games magazine. I spent most of that time writing about the Game Boy! I also contributed to Retro Gaming Hacks, edited the unofficial 'final' issue of legendary Commodore 64 magazine Zzap! 64 and made a retro gaming site called What Was That Game where we help people find old games they used to like!
Then I became a game designer where I worked on games such as TY The Tasmanian Tiger 2 and 3, The Legend of Spyro, Viva Pinata: Party Animals, Game Room and Happy Feet 2. Maybe you've played one of them! They were fun to make.
Then I worked in the PR and business side of the games industry, helping the world discover some neat games that other people made.
But most importantly... now I make a retrogaming comic called Blow The Cartridge.
Blow The Cartridge is a retro gaming webcomic that has been on the internet since 2011 and has been updating every week since its launch. The premise is simple: you name an old video game, and I'll make a comic about it!
If you grew up wasting your youth in front of your Nintendo, Sega or the almighty Commodore 64, you're right at home! Blow The Cartridge combines my love of classic video games and making people's day's brighter through the magic of comics :) Blow The Cartridge has been featured in sites and magazines around the world including Kotaku and Game Informer in Australia, Amiga Future in Germany and Joystiq in the US!
Some of my comics are about classic titles that everyone has enjoyed. Others are about weird little games very few have ever heard of. Some are simple gags about how silly these games were back then, and occasionally I make denser, autobiographical tales of the stupid things I was doing when these games came out and why they were so important to me. But they're all pretty neat in their own way!
And now I want to collect all the comics I've made together - along with a whole heap of new comics and other fun stuff - in one massive print volume for everyone to enjoy called Super Blow The Cartridge!
Super Blow The Cartridge will be a gorgeous, 120+ page (and growing!) perfect-bound print collection of all my retrogaming-themed comics that have appeared on BlowTheCartridge.com over the past few years - AND a plethora of brand new goodies for you to enjoy!
Such goodies include:
Fixed up art and added colour! I'll be going through the archives and fixing up any tiny little mistakes that happen here and there, and adding colour to some comics that were previously only in black and white. This book will showcase the ultimate version of the strips!
Gorgeous high-resolution printing! It's one thing to read the comics on a monitor, but they look so much nicer in print (or even a high-resolution PDF!).
Brand new comics, never before seen on the web! I'll be making some new comics for the print collection to give it extra awesomeness. And gosh, maybe you can be in one of them? Maybe you can choose a particular game for me to make a comic about? Maybe indeed!
Behind-the-scenes pages showing my creative process! See me handle the fun and frivolity that comes with making comics:
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Risks and challenges
As over 100 pages of this book are already completed (you can read them all now on the site, for free!), the only major risk is completing the extra 20+ pages of new material required. This includes a new cover, the 'behind the scenes' pages, and any new comics that are requested by the awesome people who pledge for the 'get your face in a comic' or 'choose a game for me to make a comic about' levels. But seeing as I've been making comics for years now I don't think 'having to make more comics' is that big an issue. I love making comics!
The printer I'm using for this book usually has a six-week turnaround between submission of my pages and the books arriving in my hands, but there might be unforseen printing or shipping issues. To try and mitigate that I've pushed the shipping date back a month just to cover that.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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