Beta The Game

When my buddy Chris Moody showed me the game he and his friend Errol King were working on, I was pretty amazed. They had an idea that seemed familiar, to make a game that teaches kids (people) to code, but their approach was unlike anything I had seen or heard of before.

Enter Beta: a cute little robot who lives in a world of limitless imagination. Users of the game will be able to create the world Beta moves around in. They can add obstacles, power-ups, platforms and more. They can then upload and share the games or worlds they made for others to play. All the while learning how to create games, a skill which could take them very far in life.

In an effort to help promote Beta, Chris asked me to do a few designs that would help show Beta is a new light. We sat down and talked about a few ideas and then I went to work. We ended up with a few cool designs that Team Beta could use to help promote the game while it is still in production.

Statue of Liberty Beta: This was a fun one to do. It was the first one we did and it really got us excited to do more.

Code Pop Beta (Raising the Flag): This one, image wise, is based off of the iconic image of the Marine Corps War Memorial. We changed it up to fit the coding and gaming aspects of Beta.

Code Pops Cereal: We decided to have a little fun with Beta and this time we wanted to put him on a cereal box. The Lucky Charms box design worried well for our purposes, since there are items and power ups that could be displayed like the hearts, stars and horse-shoes, clovers etc. This one really made me hungry for code!

Stay Calm and Code On: Based on a popular meme, we figured that a Beta version would work nicely.  We wanted to work in the crown a little differently, and Beta wanted the king treatment, so we hooked him up. The end result came out great and I’m looking forward to doing more in the future.

Legend of Fat Ninja: Paperfoldable

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Legend of Fat Ninja’s Kureijita has come to life as a 3D paperfoldable toy. Get yours today!

Legend of Fat Ninja has gotten some cool swag! With the launch of the game on September 27th, we wanted to make some noise outside of the usual social media marketing strategies. Enter Bryan Green of paperfoldables.com. Bryan came on board to create this awesome LOFN paperfoldable. Available for download here, you can print, cut and paste ( or tape ) your way to happiness! This amazing design has really given life to our little fat ninja outside of the mobile arena and best of all it’s 100% FREE!

Kids and adults alike will have fun creating their own little paper ninja. It is a fun activity that can be done by one, or in a group. It does take a little skill, so parents will definitely want to help out with kids who want to make one. Once created, your little fat ninja becomes a great companion. You can play fight with him and your other favorite toys, he can watch over you while cooking, making sure you use the best ingredients for your meal. Or maybe take a trip on the town for a fun photo shoot! Below are a few of the photos people have taken with him. If you have a cool photo of your Fat Ninja, post it up on Facebook and tag it with Legend of Fat Ninja. Or you can send me the photo directly at wg@wgcny.com

Hail Fat Ninja

Naked Cowboy

Head Stand

We plan to have these available at this years New York Comic Con, so if you are there, swing by and pick one up. We’ll have a few of them displayed at the booth, since these work great as promotional materials. So if you are interested in having a paperfolable made, and what to know what they look like / how they work, stop by booth #362 and take a look! You won’t be disappointed.

Farfaria: The Magician’s Assistant

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WGCNY has illustrated a children’s story for the mobile subscription service FarFaria. Get a FREE 30 day trial!

Earlier in the year I reached out to the folks over at FarFaria about drawing a story for their children’s app. They were more than happy to let me do so, and we started down a path that led to a story called The Magician’s Assistant. We felt this was a great story that matched my style, and I was very eager to get started on it. We went back and forth for awhile figuring out the character designs and set designs. Once we had that locked down it was all hands on deck as I started working up the pages.

It took me quite some time to get his story together, as I did all the work myself. That includes character / set design, layouts, pencils, inks and colors! Whew! It was a great experience tho, and I learned a lot from the process. It was also a great reminder of how fun it is to tell stories. I really enjoy trying to figure out camera shots, action scenes, and the flow of the story overall. It’s something that I put to use in storyboards and animation work as well but the vibe is slightly different for me in story / comic form.

FarFaria is a paid subscription service app that offers new stories on a weekly basis. If you ( or your children ) love stories, it’s definitely worth checking out. You can download it here and check it out as they have a FREE 30 day trial offer.