Neon Waste­land

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Writer: Robert Shields Artist: Robert Shields Pub­lisher: Self-pub­lished

Neon Waste­land is un­like any other ti­tle on this list: an in­ter­ac­tive web comic and videogame cre­ated by mul­ti­me­dia artist Rob Shields. In­spired by some of the most vi­brant as­pects of ’80s un­der­ground cul­ture, it’s Ja­panese cy­ber­punk, graf­fiti and 8-bit videogame all in one.

From the cap­tures and con­cept art Shields has shared on his web­site, Neon Waste­land is so colour­ful you could lick it. His mo­tor­cy­cle gang, beau­ti­fully called The Gut­ter Punks, are also some of the coolest char­ac­ters on this list, with cy­ber­netic, dread­locked leader Rab­bit and her affin­ity with French cin­ema, a ro­bot called Pops, an ice-cream lov­ing young­ster called Kid Death and even a kitty with ar­ti­fi­cial limbs. This is the def­i­ni­tion of squad goals.

The comic hasn’t been re­leased yet, but Shields has an­nounced that the first is­sue and free demo will be launched soon. Check www.rob­shields.net for more in­for­ma­tion.

NeonWaste­land de­scribes it­self as “Putting the punk back in cy­ber­punk.”

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