GUEST TUESDAY: Dead Winter
Good morning, friend!
Rise and shine, it’s time for work! It’s time to haul your ass out of bed cuz you’re covering the morning shift today. You’ve been a loyal worker but you really feel like you need to take a personal day, so you pick up the phone and try to fake a cold- you’ve earned the good will to pull it off, right?
No one picked up. Hmm. Well, you can’t risk being a no-show so you throw your work shirt on, run some cold water through your hair and rub the sleep out of your eyes- you guess you’re gonna have to go into work anyways. You rattle your keys out of your jacket pocket and brave the crisp bite of an autumn morning to climb into your car and jumping junebugs the world’s turned upside-down!
In an instant everything you thought you knew is gone! There’s no emergency services, no rule of law, no neighbors or— well, okay, the neighbors are still here, but they don’t look very helpful. The rules of the game have changed and you’re not even sure you have the right pieces on the board. Where is everyone? Where do you go? What do you do? The shock is paralyzing, your brain scrambling for an answer, reaching for something familiar to grab onto. How can you possibly survive like this?!
Your job! You were just on your way to your job- kept out of necessity, your every minute on the clock a tedious grind and an emotional drain. You’ve been at this job for years, never fully able to escape it and pursue your dream career. It’s tested your endurance and made you quick on your feet. You learned to handle heavy, dangerous objects and how the gears behind your industry tick. Your workshirt sticks to your back, thick with the sweat of long nights and double-shifts. You snap your keys with a toss and swipe of your palm. You’ve weathered worse than this…
You’ll be just fine.
Dead Winter is an occasionally-animated adventure comic set between the fall of one civilization and the patchwork construction of the next. It focuses on a band of self-sufficient but inter-dependent men and women whose old jobs give them the skills they need to survive in the shadow of the old world. It’s also being developed for release as a four-player arcade game. Art process breakdowns and game development journals post weekly on our Patreon page, with plenty of behind-the-scenes information to read!
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The friends at Countershot Press invited me to do a little write-up for them, which was very kind of them to do! If you haven’t yet you should take a look at their syndicate comics: countershotpress.tumblr.com They’re worth checking out, one and all!