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Second Quest is a new comic by David Hellman (the artist of Braid) and Tevis Thompson (writer of “Saving Zelda”).
Second Quest is a new comic by David Hellman (the artist of Braid) and Tevis Thompson (writer of “Saving Zelda”).
1,594 backers pledged $69,581 to help bring this project to life.

Second Quest is now available from Amazon with affordable worldwide shipping


Hi Second Quest backers! Quick update for you as we're heading into the holidays. We have just made Second Quest available through, which offers much more affordable shipping to many parts of the world. They won't ship it everywhere, but it's worth checking availability in your region. We've already had confirmation from friends in Germany, Denmark, Japan and Australia!

Check Second Quest's Amazon listing here!

If you wanted to order another copy for a friend, or know someone who wanted Second Quest but held back because of high shipping costs, now's a good time to get it!

We also just lowered the price by $5 for the holidays – at $20 this is a cool gift!

Of course you can still get the book from our publisher and amazing Kickstarter partner, Fangamer. As you know from their delicate wrappings, they are the best. For orders in the US and Canada, they're still a great way to go!

Thanks and have a happy holiday season.

- David

David's new solo projects have a Patreon!


Hi Second Quest backers! I wanted to let you know about some new stuff I'm doing solo-style. If you didn't hear, I relaunched and it's chock full of these hasty comics I've been doing in my sketchbook for the past couple months. My hasty comics are the complete opposite from Second Quest, which was a very thought-through, painstakingly constructed work. They're fast, free-associative, and I'm writing them myself – a huge creative leap for me. I draw 3-4 per week, and have no plans to stop doing them ever. So I hope you'll follow along and see where the improvisation leads.

Today I'm opening a Patreon so people who like my work can support these new ventures. Patreon is a crowdfunding platform like Kickstarter, but a lot more chill. For one thing, it's subscription-based. Sign up to send me $3 per month (or however much you want) and enjoy the confident, masterly feeling that comes with being a patron of the arts.

Being my patron also means you can see the patrons blog, where I'm posting unreleased comics early, works-in-progress, and other random stuff from my sketchbook. I'll also share my process, so if you like seeing how the sausage is made, this could be good for you!

So if you're up for a laugh, please check out my hasty comics at, then head over to my Patreon and subscribe!

Thanks for your consideration.

- David

Alternative Press Expo in San Jose, CA *this* weekend


Hi backers! Hope you have been enjoying your lives since we released Second Quest back in April, reading the book over and over and striving to internalize its moral teachings into your lives. I kid, I kid! But I hope you're well.

This is a bit last minute, but Tevis and I are attending the Alternative Press Expo in San Jose, CA this weekend, October 3-4. We'll be at table 354, selling Second Quest books, t-shirts and posters. If you're in the area, come by and say hello!

Tickets are $15 per day or $20 for both days. There's also a $1.50-ish processing fee when you buy online (not sure if you can avoid that by just buying a ticket at the door). Librarians, retailers and educators can get in free but you gotta register in advance, so I guess that would mean now!

Okay, see you there for sure!

More info at

- David
twitter: @davidhellman


More SQ Press + Fangamer Request


Hi, everyone.

Almost all of you have claimed your backer rewards at this point, but for the few who haven’t, Fangamer has asked that when you fill out the survey, you also write to to give them a heads up.

We’ve had some great press coverage the past month that we’d like to share with you as well: 

- Jake Muncy wrote a very insightful piece about Second Quest and the threat of fandom for Vice Magazine, and Gareth Damian Martin wrote a sharp essay about the misuse of legends and the perils of the status quo for Kill Screen.

- David spoke to Jonathan Holmes of Destructoid about Zelda fandom and responding to bad game experiences on his show Sup, Holmes? He also discussed his process for creating Second Quest’s art with Dan Berry on Make It Then Tell Everybody.

- Laura Gomez interviewed us about Second Quest for her Xataka article on the dream of a female Link

- And Second Quest backer Emma wrote a terrific review on her Gaming Memoirs site. If any of you decide to write about Second Quest on your own site, please let us know! 

Have a great summer,


Treasure Trove and SQ Press


Hello, everyone!

I hope you’ve now all had a chance to read Second Quest. For backers at the $50+ tiers, there is one final reward remaining: the Treasure Trove. I just sent an email with links to both it and David’s sketchbook, so please check your messages if you haven’t already. These documents really just scratch the surface, but we hope they provide a cool peek into our work over the past three years. David’s sketchbook in particular gives a very candid, warts-and-all perspective on the earliest days of Second Quest.

We’ve also had some rather diverse press coverage the past few weeks that we'd like to share. I spoke with Stephanie Carmichael at The Mary Sue about some of the ideas behind our story. Carolyn Petit wrote a great piece for our local NPR station about how Second Quest challenges gaming culture. She also wrote an insightful post about the meaning of our title. And just last Thursday, David and I spoke with Jose Otero and Peer Schneider at IGN about both Second Quest and our hopes for the next Zelda.

Back at launch, we also had some very thoughtful write-ups and reviews from Evan Narcisse at Kotaku, Laura Hudson at Offworld, Davis Cox at Kill Screen, and Kathryn Hemmann on her Contemporary Japanese Literature site.

David and I had a great time at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival last weekend and were thrilled to meet some of you there. We are continuing to look for ways to spread the word about Second Quest, so please consider telling a friend if you think they might be into it. Word of mouth remains very important for a book like ours!

With the Treasure Trove out, all our rewards have now been delivered. If you’re still missing something, please check to make sure you filled out Fangamer’s survey with your current address. If you missed that email, just write them at to request another survey. They ship quite quickly once they have all your info! And if you did fill out the survey but still haven’t received your book, please let us know. We’ll figure out what went wrong and make sure your rewards get to you soon!