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“If you’re a member of the comics press and I promised you any kind of exclusive upon the occasion of Nonplayer 2’s release, could you DM me?” the artist wrote on Twitter. “Which is a roundabout way of saying Nonplayer 2 is DONE. Woohoo! I’m going to sleep in till 6am for a WHOLE WEEK in celebration!”
Debuting in April 2011 from Image Comics, Nonplayer introduced Dana Stevens, a young woman who retreats from her dull life into the digital-fantasy realm of Jarvath, where she’s a fearless warrior. Soon, however, her video-game adventures begin to intersect with the real world.
That first issue drew widespread attention, earning Simpson, a video-game designer, the Russ Manning award for most promising newcomer. Warner Bros. was also quick to option the film rights.
However, just 13 pages into penciling the second issue, Simpson suffered a shoulder injury during a bicycle accident, delaying further progress. Then, well, life happened, with the artist starting a family and working full time in the game industry. He revealed in December 2013 that the second issue was fully penciled and partially colored, but didn’t offer another update until October.
“I have continued to wake up between the hours of 3 and 4 in the morning to place art-pebbles on the pile, and that pile is now looking very much like a complete book,” Simpson wrote at the time . “There is some polish yet to do, but I’m far enough along that an untrained, partially-blind observer might think it was done.”
No release date has been announced for Nonplayer #2, but Shutter writer Joe Keatinge has read the issue and proclaims it “beyond incredible.”