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A comic yarn of the video game variety
Per Berg, 26, finds himself on the path to comic-dom.
The aspiring comic book artist plans to release “Glitch,” a 60-page comic book spoof of the video game industry, this summer.
Berg, a graduate of Sequim High School and Evergreen State University, moved to Tucson, Ariz., recently to explore his artistic endeavors. He lives next to Southwest University of Visual Arts where he started a Comic Book Club with five students. With their help, they helped him form “Glitch.”
“They all love video games, even more than me, and it’s one way to get them excited about it,” Berg said. “I suggested video games and their eyes all lit up.”
They started work on it, but Berg realized the students all had busy class schedules and he had completed about half of the first book on his own. His plan is to use students’ works in a second issue and make it deluxe-sized.
“Glitch” covers video games from their beginnings to today, with mostly hand-drawn one-page or multiple panel strips that cater to the video game community but include some universal jokes for the non-video gamer.
“There are hundreds of jokes you can do,” Berg said. “Plus, it’s fun for me not to just work on a long serialized comic.”
For the anthology, Berg is running a Kickstarter, which he describes as an easy pre-order campaign, to seek funding for final production, printing and shipping costs necessary to do a print run.
He’ll only distribute the comic to those who support the Kickstarter goal of $1,500. (Read more below)
“I want it to be indie and charming, and I want it to see print,” he said. “I think the Kickstarter community is so vibrant right now that that’s all ‘Glitch’ will need or want.”
Support levels vary and include items like a copy of the comic in print or digitally, original sketches of your favorite characters, deleted scenes and more.
If he funds more than the goal, he plans to draw an additional picture of iconic characters for supporters as well as look to fund part of the next anthology.
Part of the funding pays gaming writers to craft humorous illustrated editorials about gaming, too.
The comic is intended for ages 16 and up, which Berg said he did because video games are geared mostly for the older demographic.
Berg is a fan of video games, but since moving to Arizona he’s played less and less to focus on his art. “Glitch” is a side project of two serialized comics he’s working on with Tucson writers.
Some in Sequim will remember Berg for the metal sculpture he built for High Energy Metals in Carlsborg. Berg hasn’t dabbled in sculpture since then, but he hopes to make a female metal sculpture at some point in the same vein.
He plans to show “Glitch” to publishers and editors at comic conventions, but he doesn’t currently plan to sell it other than through Kickstarter.
“I want it to be quintessential, something you will want to show your friends,” he said. “If this campaign is successful, there is opportunity for further issues as well as other projects.”
From his days in Sequim to Arizona, Berg likes where he’s at in life.
“I had to work a lot of minimum-wage jobs and eat a lot of Top Ramen, but I’m able to pay rent and make a living,” he said. “I’m beginning to find my own.”
All images courtesy of Per Berg.