Three and a half years ago I started listening to a podcast called NeoScum.
I picked it up on a whim. I had just been thinking shortly before that I wanted to get into some new podcasts (a rare occurrence for me) and I saw some people reccing actual plays on twitter. I'm burnt out on typical fantasy these days so NeoScum immediately stood out to me. I thought it looked interesting. I've been burned before by cool media turning out to be made by shitty people so I flick through the cast's twitters real quick and I think, huh, okay, they look like good people, let's give this a shot.
A year later I'm in Chicago with my best friend, sliding off my seat laughing at Gannon Reedy's post-interlude piece at the final Doing Drugs and Dying In Space Ritual, having just spent five hours commandeering a Raising Cane's with a gang of other NeoScum fans.
I found NeoScum at a time when I was kind of drifting. I didn't really have a community that I was part of, having jumped ship on my previous one for reasons I won't go into here. I was kinda into some of Polygon's stuff but nothing really had me hooked. NeoScum grabbed me by the throat and tabled me. I binged the whole thing as fast as possible and then, because I have autism brain, proceeded to listen to the whole series again, and again, on repeat, at least six or seven times, I think.
(Thus was born the famous NeoScum plot map - I couldn't help but try to make connections and figure out who was working with who, where the next big reveal would be, which trap Gannon would spring next. My brain absorbed all the information like a sponge and I needed to visualise it to be able to keep track of it, and it wound up being helpful not just for me, but for the cast themselves.)
NeoScum has, obviously, had a huge impact on me as a creative. I'm a very visual person and Gannon provides such vivid cinematic descriptions, helped along by Casey's incredible audio work--it's impossible for me not to want to interpret the events of the podcast as visual art. And because I'm always thinking "what if" and dropping my favourite characters into Situations, that spawned Aubrey, who took on an unexpected life of her own--having initially been intended as a one-off throwaway character, if you can believe it--and the whole Transitverse, which is now arguably my most prolific project to date. Gannon and Blair between them have set up this fascinating (and horrific) backstory and there's so much potential still to be mined from it through the perspectives of other characters. I hope they don't mind me borrowing and expanding on it, because for me, it feels like the meat of the Transitverse has only just begun; the end of NeoScum S1 is just flinging open the doors for me to unleash a story I've been working on behind the scenes for literally years now, and I can't wait to share it.
I remember when I started entertaining the idea of visiting the US... it was like 3am and it was during one of Casey's streams back when he was streaming Control and Kingdom Hearts a lot. I was looking at GenCon pics and thinking how much fun it would be to attend and I was like lol... what if... and then it turned out flights to Chicago were WAY CHEAPER than I anticipated, and MBMBaM were doing a show in Chicago in the fall, and completely coincidentally I discovered that I'd be there just long enough to go to DDADIS too. I'm so glad I ran with that impulse and went on that trip because it's one of the best things I've ever done in my life. I got to meet so many of the amazing people I've come to know through NeoScum, I got to visit my best friend, I got to see an amazing city (that I'm desperate to return to), and I don't think I've ever laughed harder in my life than I have while I was there. It was incredible.
NeoScum has cultivated one of the most thoughtful and caring communities I've ever had the pleasure of being a part of. It's home to some wildly talented people, wildly funny people, and multiple times I've watched it pull together to help out community members in times of need. I've been part of communities that pledged similar values on paper but struggled and/or openly failed to adhere to them in practice and to see this community manage to maintain this degree of kindness and respect, both for one another and for the people who make the show, is so rare and so refreshing.
I'm gonna miss NeoScum while they're on hiatus. Even though I know this isn't the end forever, and there'll still be gaidens in the interim, these characters have been very dear to me for the past few years. Other people have already said it and maybe it's a cliche sentiment, but it feels like I'm saying goodbye to beloved friends without knowing if or when I'll see them again. But the end of this story was so kind to them, in contrast with the hell they've been through, and I'm glad for that. And maybe they'll be back! Whatever happens, I'm glad I decided to hit play on that first episode that first time. NeoScum set my life on a new course and launched me out of a catapault along it. I'm gonna enjoy the gaidens, and catch up on all of the art I've wanted to make while NeoScum prime has been running that I haven't been able to make because new episodes have immediately overwritten the old ideas with new ones, and I can't wait to see what comes next.
Thanks for everything.
i died but it's ok i survived
uhhh where are we at!!! it's halfway through May already. wow. recent site updates: PLYM and Catalyst are now live, including Catalyst's long-delayed second half, and my lyric comic for Lost Boy is also up. Was (Un)spoken up when i last updated??? because that's there too. wow!!!
there have been some gallery updates too, so look out for those :-) i'm working on getting more original stuff up but rn LIT is eating all my brainspace. i'm writing/illustrating scenes that i've been waiting three years to canonise and it's EXCITING y'all. btw i went to see The Midnight who have been the soundtrack for LIT since the very start and they DID play Lost Boy and i'm stunned that i managed to hold it together for that song but every time i listen to them now i want to cry even more than i did before because that show was magical. i got all the casettes they had and i'm sad they didn't have a Kids one but i'll forgive them cuz the ones they did have were pretty
hit up brixton market while i was there and it ruled, 10/10, great place. i wanna take my friends there.
i am crawling back into my writing/editing hole now! until next time. remember u can follow me on twitter for more regular updates on art stuff. bonne nuit
an update! the general gallery is now live, as is Long-Distance Charges, the third main series entry in Lost In Transit. it took me ten million years to pick out new music for it but i'm happy with the end result
next up: PLYM and then... Catalyst! PLYM needs no editing, Catalyst only needs minor edits, and i sifted through a bunch of other non-transitverse art today as well so i can put together gallery pages for that... i think i want to get more of transitverse revised and posted as a priority though so it's all available in one place, and tie up any loose ends in the continuity, especially since i plan on a reissue of Seraphim Drive as well, and... something else when this season of neoscum is complete. :)
it's more likely than you think
the first two instalments of Lost In Transit, But what if you did? and When you find what you need are up on the Transitverse page!!! originally posted in 2019, these have been revised for continuity errors, canon alignment and general quality improvements and have new soundtracks to go with them, now that i 1) have free reign to embed whatever i want into posts and 2) have had three years' worth of extra music to pull from, and WOW i have done a lot of thinking about what songs go with this series in that time.
other stuff: a gallery will be going up specifically for all my fic art (because there's tons of it and it would be a nightmare to include it in the main LIT gallery), holding off on part 2 of Catalyst until the rest of main series LIT is on here so i can link straight here and not have to go thru tumblr first. if u want to see art in the mean time i have not been drawing a ton lately (bc i have been editing and coding.........) but i post all of my stuff to Twitter first and foremost before it ends up anywhere else!!!
i have been lost in the HTML hole for a week. time has lost all meaning. i am writing CSS in my mind as i fall asleep. on the plus side, shit is slowly coming together! there's art in my NeoScum and Transitverse galleries now and a Transitverse character page. Next up will probably be some short comics and then maybe some Oddworld stuff bc I want to revise and clean up some of the older written Transitverse pieces before they go live here but there's SO much art that goes w/ them i am very keen to get them up here lol. ok it is late as hell i just spent an hour completely breaking and fixing the transitverse character page like three times i have to go to bed!!! ciao
website is still very much under construction but hi! welcome. eventually the bulk of my work will be posted here, including all my comics, writing, and some much much older stuff that I think still makes the grade, but in the meantime have fun watching me repeatedly fuck up my CSS in the process of making this thing functional