Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint, about rewiring things and punching people, and now I'm working on a new one called Heat Signature, about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships. Here's some more info on all the games I've worked on, here's the podcast I do, here are the videos I make on YouTube, here are some of the articles I wrote for PC Gamer, and here are two short stories I wrote for the Machine of Death collections.
Concerned satirises Half-Life 2 with affection, though. The title refers to the protagonist’s pen-name – he’s the author of one of the letters Breen reads out on his compulsory telecast at the start of the game. That strip is probably my favourite of the many tie-ins with the experiences of Gordon Freeman, who presumably arrives a week or so later.
Probably not intentionally, the positive outlook of the main character also plays to my own subconscious desires to live in City 17. It says something about a game’s artists when they create a dystopia so beautifully it undermines the dystopian bit.
Dabs: OK, now that is seriously freaky. I was (honest to God) reading *just* that comic strip after seeing it linked to another forum, then thought I'd come here to see if Tom's added updates to his page yet. And Lo!
Seriously, what are the chances? Anyway, yup, it's a very enjoyable read all the way through for the discerning HL2 geek and the best HL2 comic out there (and there are a fair few good ones). Think my favourite is:
... just for the line, "Don't drink the water! It's $2.95 a bottle."
Tom Francis: Ha. I found it via Dave Johnston's blog a while back, but it was Craig who recently reminded me of its existence. I also like the early version of that line:
Lithilk: Come on, the Gman is the best. I've always wondered where he disappears to. Now I know.
Rob: Wow, this is now my new best thing ever. Rarely laugh out loud at comics, so this must be pretty damn good. Or I'm just incredible geeky.
Thanks for the heads-up.
Graham: I'm nto really a fan, but I like http://www.hlcomic.c... ...2005-05-07 just for the Ferris Bueller reference at the end.
Dabs: "I also like the early version of that line: http://hlcomic.com/f... ...edman3.jpg"
Heh, I'd not noticed the index page before. I love the shot of him trying to flag down the Combine helicopter:
Also, this sounds incredibly geeky but is it just me who's really looking forward to seeing him flat-hunting in Ravenholm? :)
Tom Francis: Heh, nope. I'm actually looking forward to the 'a boat' most, though.
Today's is ace.