Elaine is always great (read “Look Straight Ahead” if you haven’t done this already)! The layouts, the character designs, the colouring, the lettering, she does it all folks! The pixilation effect Elaine created is fresh and adds a lot to the tone and setting of Arkade.
Mark crafted a solid story here. There is a world within a world, life outside the cartridge impacts the story within. The characters are all searching for something; for the game dwellers it is a way to survive and stay relevant, for the video game stoners it is nostalgia.
I felt there is an existentialist aspect to this story. The cartridge folk face an absurdist threat of nothingness (“The Never Ending Story”). The bored stoners roam through a video game store, looking for a distraction. It is people trying to come to terms with their situation, and find meaning in what they are choosing.
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