Magical Game Time

From 2011 through 2014, I published a series of video game webcomics on the then fledgling tumblr, called Magical Game Time (the original title of the site was I Draw Nintendo which was changed shortly thereafter). Magical Game Time explored a more personal and emotional relationship with my favorite video games from my childhood, primarily focusing on Nintendo properties (in particular The Legend of Zelda and Earthbound).

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Magical Game Time comics were also an early adopter of the trend of using .gifs to include minimal animation into otherwise static webcomics. I discovered the technique through the work of Maré Odomo and his Pokémon inspired comic series Letters to an Absent Father, which was seminal in the creation of Magical Game Time.

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For me, Magical Game Time was a sort of perfect storm; the sudden rise of tumblr as a sharing platform, the boom of .gif animation (in which, in my most egotistical moments, I’d like to think MGT played some part), and the kismet of existing in a time and place in which looking back nostalgically on those bits of pop culture that formed our childhoods hadn’t yet been ground into a fine paste and sold back to us in every conceivable form.

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Magical Game Time was messy and sentimental. It was rough around the edges and a product of its time. But it was also a breakthrough for me as a creator and the reason that I am where I am today. For that reason, I still love it, warts and all.

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