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Future Nostalgia

June 30th, 2020
Future Nostalgia

Twenty years ago today, with a broken arm and a free Tripod.com account I uploaded the first four pages of my webcomic, Breakpoint City.

Artists tend to shun any of their work older than a few months, and for comics artists you *especially* pretend anything you wrote as a teenager never existed. But I look back at those early days of Breakpoint as a really pivotal moment. I didn’t know it then, but starting this comic sparked my entire creative career.

Breakpoint was a high school graduation project, which led to pursuing a degree in design, which led to landing a job working in kids media and games. All the while, Breakpoint was both a passtime and a place to experiment around with any new ideas or creative tools I came across. Animation, 3D modeling, even some games here and there – the multimedia aspect of the comic kept things interesting for me. The extra bonus was making friends all over the globe who happened to stumble upon the goofy adventures of Waffledog, Zaltor and the rest.

Real life put the brakes on Breakpoint, and I have left this place pretty dusty and dormant for too long without much of an explanation. Some people have suggested doing a reboot, and while yes, this is my terrible high school webcomic, there’s a certain charm in trying to keep a story going that you started as a kid in all its ridiculousness. Breakpoint City’s never been about being serious. These characters and world have a very special place in my weirdo brain, and I hope I can one day go back and conclude their story – even if I’m the only one still reading.

In the meanwhile, I have been thinking of a return to comics, but enough time has passed that maybe it’s most interesting if I started fresh with a whole different story and set of characters. When that time comes I’ll share it with you here – for now, feel free to follow me on the usual channels. Thanks for a great 20 years, and I look forward to much more in the future!

-Brian

   
Category: comics


2 Responses to “Future Nostalgia”

  1. Tallis says:

    I’ve been following Breakpoint City for years. It was one of the first webcomics I ever found, and one that I often remember fondly. I will be happy to read and support whatever you plan on doing from here on out. Thank you for returning to this.

  2. Bugle says:

    Congrats on 20 years.

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