Introductions - Steve

Hello, I’m Steve Emond, and I figure now’s a good time to introduce myself here as the other half of Taco Graveyard. Sal makes the tacos, I eat the tacos.

A little about myself, I’m a writer and artist, first published as the creator of the indie comic book series EMO BOY through SLG Publishing, later as the author of HAPPYFACE through Little, Brown Books For Young Readers, and my second book WINTER TOWN is coming out this week.

So with this burgeoning career as an author, what am I doing in this odd vaguely taco-related game design project? Well, the easy answer is I love video games, and why wouldn’t I want to make one? Sal and I knew each other for a good year or so before deciding with his programming chops and my artistic acumen we could team up and try to make something. Of course that’s never easy for me to do, as I can make stuff on my own, and do - and I’m pretty busy doing it. In fact I was trying to put together a third book when the idea of making an iPhone game came up. For me, it was an interesting idea and my head filled up with thoughts pretty quickly, but I didn’t take it too seriously at first. I’ve tried a lot of times to collaborate with people, but most of them time I end up doing all the work, or the other person drops out fast, not realizing you actually have to WORK to make things. So I told Sal I’d toss some ideas around with him over tacos and figured that would be that. We had a few interesting thoughts, and I said I’d draw him a couple things he could play around with.

Lo and behold, almost immediately he had my art moving around and interacting with things on an iPhone. I know, that’s how it works, but somehow I didn’t expect it to work, or if it did, I thought it would take a really long time. Seeing it come to fruition was exciting. One idea led to another, and before you know it, months are going by and Sal is working faster than me and my editor is asking me “What’s this about a game? Where’s your next book?”

So now I’m trying to juggle things. I’m working on this game and trying my best to keep up with Sal. I’m trying to learn exactly how to animate a game. I’m trying to get that third book going when I get the time. I’m still working a day job. Now my book WINTER TOWN is out and I’m starting promotion for that. So as you could probably guess, I’m having a tiring but awesome time. Making books, and video games! If I could only tell my 13-year old self what was coming up!