In addition to old Japanese video games, I also enjoy collecting art books, strategy guides, comics and other stuff related to old games. Over the past year or so in particular I’ve picked up a bunch of comic collections and anthologies based on STREET FIGHTER and other fighting games. A lot of these books have some really cool comics by all kinds of awesome artists, and as far as I’m aware not a lot of it is available anywhere, digitally or in print – let alone in English.
So in a token preservation effort – and an excuse to practice my Japanese, I guess – I present to you my translation of DARK SHIFT by Hirofumi Ichikawa; a fun little story seemingly inspired by the Street Fighter G.I. Joe action figures, of all things.
The comic was originally featured in “Street Fighter II Comic Anthology Vol. 3”, published by Gamest Comics/Shinseisha in 1995.
Last year, I chronicled the sprawling and convoluted history of DOUBLE DRAGON games – this summer I decided to follow up that undertaking by giving the same treatment to another beat ’em up series that arose in the wake of DD’s success – FINAL FIGHT!
While the FINAL FIGHT series features significantly fewer games, not to mention fewer bizarre spinoffs and alternate interpretations of the source material, it was nevertheless a highly interesting and entertaining endeavour! I got to experience several ports of the original game I’d never seen before, and finally had the chance to try out the black sheep of the series, FINAL FIGHT REVENGE (spoiler alert: turns out I hadn’t really missed much).
In any case, the recorded stream archives of this entire project are now available on YouTube for easy viewing! If you’re interested in a deeper look at some of the darker, deeper corners of the FINAL FIGHT series’ history – check it out!
How about this, a rare non-stream related artwork! Cammy is one of my favourite characters, but I hadn’t drawn her in a long time. January 6 is Cammy’s birthday, and I had a little time to spare, so I decided it was a perfect opportunity to finally draw her again!
Click through beyond the break for some bonus alternate versions! 👇
Due to public demand, I have opened an official merch store! Now you too can be the proud owner of various t-shirts, coffee mugs and other items featuring artwork from the Jiggeh.com gallery. Just click the link in the top menu (or just RIGHT HERE) and check out the items for sale! More items featuring more of my art will be made available in the future.
Any purchases made through my merch store will send a few dollars my way, and help support my streaming, game collecting, website and art – so in addition to nifty stuff, you’ll also get my eternal gratitude! You can’t really beat that deal.
After a little bit of fiddling, the GALLERY section of Jiggeh.com is finally online! The permanent link is up there in the header.
This gallery is a repository for all the artwork I create for the “Draw this game” Kahn Coin reward on my Twitch channel – where viewers can request artwork of the games I play on stream. The gallery will be continuously updated as I create new artwork – more is already on the way!
My major project for this past summer was something I’d been planning for and building up to for quite a while – a deep-dive into the seminal DOUBLE DRAGON series. I’ve written about the series and my adoration for it in the past, but reflecting on how many games, ports and other incarnations I really didn’t know very well, I decided I wanted to change that.
Five-six weeks and a couple of dozens of hours streamed later, here we are! The full series of approximately 50 Double Dragon games played, inspected and analysed is now available for easy viewing on YouTube. Check out the playlist here!
I will likely return with more thoughts on these games and this project in written form in the not-too-distant future, but right now I’m a little bit Double Dragon’d out – so for the time being you’ll have to make do with the usual analysis in video form. ✌
Collected thoughts on games, game design, art and whatnot.