So the guest week has kicked off. Our first guest is Brandon Bradshaw with his commentary on the way of buying games in the industry.

Be sure to check out Brandon’s Tumblr, Tapastic and Twitter for more of his awesome stuff!

I’m on call for le jury duty and I’ve started going through EVERYTHING THAT I’VE EVER OWNED EVER AND HOLY SHIT THERE IS SO MUCH HALO STUFF.

I swear like 80% of my high school projects were Halo themed. I shit you not, one assignment was to write a narrative story about colonial era history and I WROTE ABOUT HALO.

Book reports? Halo. Art projects? You better believe it was Halo. Spanish paper? Siempre fue de Halo.

Yeah I mean I may be obsessed now but I’ve also expanded the amount of stuff I enjoy tremendously (thanks to my friends who were probably tired of talking about Halo with me so they got me into other shit like Firefly and Homestuck) but yeah back in high school, there was no web-comic reading. The Marvel Cinematic Universe had only Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, and I had no clue it would become one of my favorite movie franchises of all time. Star Wars was giving nothing but the Clone Wars TV show, which to be fair the first two seasons that aired during the last half of high school were my favorite and the rest was more or less forgettable. So yeah, I can’t tell if I’m just not as into Halo as I was back then or I’ve just got my energy more spaced out but man oh man was I obsessed back in the day.

I also uncovered my ambitious high school project to retell the entire story of Halo (which was just Halo 1-3 at the time) but using my comic strip characters as the cast, a la Family Guy Star Wars. I got all of Halo 1 and half of Halo 2 done, and found all the notes and jokes and plans for the rest of Halo 2 and Halo 3. And now there’s like 5 more games if we’re counting Halo 5 Guardians, and NOT counting all the side stories from the re-releases and handheld games. Anyways, I bring this up because I’d really love to go back at this project but using the web-comic characters, and finding all my high school stuff has reinspired me. Anyways.

There’s a lot of cool stuff in there in regards to my early comic career. Loads of comic strips from the school papers I worked on. And binder covers.

11103026_10153210210839253_4761896107097770367_oMy sophomore year I added the binder on the left, and then junior year updated my binder cover to the one on the right. Senior year I didn’t do a binder cover but I drew a massive poster with like 300 character on it, most of which were people I know. And I sold those for $10 a piece and bought my drawing tablet that I use to make the comics today. I think there might be a picture of that on my facebook account somewhere.

I also came across some childhood drawings of mine but we don’t need to see those.