About One Armed Robbery: The Webcomic

One Armed Robbery was a card game I designed in 2019, and released in 2020, with various supplements being added over the years. You can get the print and play version here if you want, but that's besides the point (but you definitely should, it is the absolute best thing I've ever made.)

The thing about One Armed Robbery is that in addition to being basically the card game equivalent of an endless runner, the art on each card was specifically designed to tell a simple story, with the gimmick that the way the events pan out could change depending on what order the cards were shuffled into. I remember playing the game whilst simultaneously paying attention to the art and letting the story play out and thinking: Wow, this is just like a webcomic! A webcomic, Colette!

So I made a webcomic out of it. The end.

Though I'll add: I don't think One Armed Robbery works perfectly in this format--I made it an infinite scroll comic, for no reason other than I wanted to try coding an infinite scroll thing, but uh... let's just say this comic is specifically worse than the Friends Strangers Enemies comic I also have on my neocities (which is also based on a card game). In that, once you got bored of the randomly generated story (and that's a "when" not an "if"), you could hit the newest page button to go to the ending, or else just click away and be satisfied with what you saw. In the One Armed Robbery comic, the fact that the page keeps loading more panels as you scroll... kind of spoils that, you know?

The ideal format for this comic would probably be, instead of a webtoons styled infinite scroll, a sort of video file, that plays all the panels in a random order, and you can just sit back on watch things play out, unburdened by the need to proceed the story manually. It'd be pretty chill if someone made that, huh? That actually runs pretty close to my original idea for a movie, which I came up with in like 2015, which I never got close to making but the thought experiments it led me to formed the bedrock of what I'm doing with my art now. Pretty cool, huh?

UPDATE 11-25-2022: You know, I've been looking up stuff about the fine art world, and it seems to me if only I was able to better present these projects, I would qualify as a fine artist (except I mean, I don't make stuff that's conductive to tax laundering)--how about this: This is a work about social media, and how it conditions us to endlessly "scroll" through our "feeds" regardless of what it outputs, or more directly about the endlessly scrolling comics of something like Webtoon. I don't know, could be a bit punchier, I guess. I'll work on it more later.

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