Project Description

In 2014, Ross Joseph Gardner and I began to write a comic set in the world of Valveā€™s Half-Life series. The first issue came out in early 2015, and through 2015 we began plotting the future - writing Issue 2, and seekng options for distribution

By 2016 we had a plan to start up a GreenLight project to try and get approval from the community that it was something they would like to see on the Steam media distribution platform. While there was some outcry against having comics on Steam - despite it recently adding software (both game development and otherwise), a music player, and films - we were approved within 2 weeks of launch.

From there I began to make a program to be able to view the comic - writing it with Javascript and using ElectronJS to package it with Chromium as an App (in much the same way that Slack is built.)

We launched the app in September 2016 and are continuing to build out features and add more content (Issue 2 is slated to be released in January 2017). While there are some games that have comics as DLC (such as Hotline Miami 2), A Place in the West is the first standalone comic to be released on Steam.

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Project Lead, Co-Writer, Lead Developer

Technologies Used

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • Gulp
  • NodeJS
  • AngularJS
  • ElectronJS