I work a regular job and I also color comics for a living. I have a weird combination of jobs, but I’m a weird combination of traits.

Yesterday, I mapped out (in Tiled) a few townships and added a few new tiles to the mix. Inexplicably, I lacked a tile graphic for kindling so I hacked one together.  I liked it so much I ended up using it in several places to help forests have a better feel. It seems like the smallest details are the ones that make something feel more authentic.

Authentic is a funny concept and I often wonder what is “authenticity”.  Take this “authentic Chinese” Mongolian beef recipe for instance. Is it authentic?  Well, it’s authentic US Chinese take-out.  Mongolian beef doesn’t exist in China – it was invented in the US. It’s pretty great though, right? So are these dolls – and they probably would be considered authentic.

There’s that word again – authentic. Does authenticity have to do with the craftsmanship, materials, and style that an object was created with, or does it have to be made in a certain place by certain people? I’ll leave that to you to figure out.

Anyway, I’ve got a big coloring deadline coming up so I’ll probably be working on that for a while. I should be able to create some maps here and there, but development of my game (which is a hobby) will spread out.


Comics and Mongolian Beef