Dig Dug’s Adventures Continue as ShiftyLook Webcomic – The Fisch/Head Debut!

By June 13, 2012

Dig Dug webcomic panel 1 by Marko Head and Greg Fischer. ©NBGI.

Putting a spin on video games we loved in younger days, Namco Bandai’s ShiftyLook.com website is reimagining many of them as high quality webcomics. In addition to ShiftyLook’s ongoing series like Sky Kid, Xevious, and Wonder Momo, they’ve embarked on an ambitious collaborative project by assembling an eclectic mix of writers and artists ranging from the up-and-coming to some of the most famous webcomics creators of all, not to mention a couple of big names from the comic book industry as well. Working alone or in teams, these creators each take turns producing self-contained stories about a specific classic game, starting with one of my all-time favorite arcade games: Dig Dug.

Dig Dug is one of those iconic games that means a lot to retro gamers, especially those of us who grew up constantly trying to inflate many a Fygar, so we wanted to do something very special for the webcomic,” said Rob Pereyda, Producer and Editor-in-Chief of ShiftyLook for Namco Bandai Games Inc., “and I think we just might have the comics team-up of the summer and a must read for video games and webcomics fans alike.”

Once I saw this partial list of ShiftyLook’s collaborators, I understood how I wound up meeting one of my favorite comic book writers, Marv Wolfman, at ShiftyLook’s WonderCon reception.Take a look at these names and gape in awe:

The names in bold belong to some of our artists. ShiftyLook invited my son Nick Langley, as the creator of Action Flick Chick Katrina Hill’s Action Chick avatar and webcomic, to join the collaboration, and then they also welcomed my not-son-but-might-as-well-be Marko Head and his co-creator Greg Fischer into the project as well. Marko’s having quite a month: Last week, the book Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight (which includes many illustrations by him and some by Nick) started shipping to buyers; and then today, the Dig Dug comic he and Greg put together debuts, and I couldn’t be prouder of them.

Read their comic!!! And give those fine young men some feedback on “Agent Dig Dug: Space Miner.”

From Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight illustrated by Marko Head.

Quiet. Mark at work.

Marko and Greg conclude a long and productive day at the storyboard.

All images courtesy of Marko Head (@MarkoHead).

Namco Bandai owns many, many game properties. Which classic video games would you like to see enjoy new life in webcomic form?

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GeekNation friend Travis Langley is the author of the best-selling book Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight.