Support your favorite ex-1UPper

In the weeks since the Ziff-Davis diaspora, I’ve seen an enormous amount of support online for everyone left out of work by the layoffs and the shuttering of EGM. And I’m happy that so many of my former coworkers seem to be landing on their feet. Alas, there is one former 1UPper whose efforts the Internet has failed to laud, and I think it is up to you to put this right. I’m speaking, of course, of our good friend Mr. Nich Maragos, who admittedly landed on his feet quite some time ago doing localization work for Atlus, polishing the English scripts of some of their best games (most notably the Etrian Odyssey and Persona series).

HOWEVER: Nich is also an aspiring writer, and he and Erin Mehlos (the former art lady for the GIA) have put together a comic book called Dear Stabby, a heartwarming (heartwrenching?) tale of ill-advised romantic advice from a felonious psycho. The comic finally went up for sale yesterday, so please congratulate them. By ordering a copy.

Dear Stabby is good! I read it back when it was an embryonic script, and Erin’s art is always exceptional, so despite the fact that my copy hasn’t yet arrived I can say with confidence that it is one of the best things you could do with $2.99. I mean, seriously, does $2.99 even buy a coffee anymore? Probably not! And Dear Stabby will still be enjoyable even after it’s been sitting for an hour, unlike a coffee, which gets all lukewarm and disgusting. And unlike coffee, Dear Stabby can be left on the counter for weeks without getting all moldy. Honestly, I don’t know why I’m still trying to sell you on this. You should be clicking the appropriate link and laying down your hard-earned but steeply devalued money right now.

This concludes the “hard sell” portion of today’s programming. Thank you.

8 thoughts on “Support your favorite ex-1UPper

  1. I am here to tell you that Erin Mehlos’ interior comics art is actually a lot better than the cover example above, and if you read this book your eyes will thank you. She’s also a very cool person, so buy this and give her money.

  2. I read the first 10 pages and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. A++ WOULD READ AGAIN so that’s why I bought it.

  3. What, it’s not enough that he forces me to buy Atlus games? I’ve got to start buying his other stuff, too? SIGH.

    (Just kidding – I bought it yesterday!)

  4. Looks interesting. I haven’t read a comic since I was about 10 years old, but I may have to check this one out.

  5. The English version of Persona 3 has probably the highest quality of writing I’ve ever seen in a video game so, “Hmmm, I wonder if anyone on the localization staff is a professional/aspiring writer…” has been a nagging back of the brain thought that I’ve totally put off acting on since I first tried the game. Thank you, Mr. Parish, for saving me the tremendous burden of a few minutes’ searching and internet poking around.

    I like the concept, I like Nich’s (and others’) work on the recent Personae and Erin’s art makes me happy. So, uh. Yay. Good shout out.

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