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).
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.
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.
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.