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Nonplayer Issue 2 Page 13 by NateSonOfSimp Nonplayer Issue 2 Page 13 :iconnatesonofsimp:NateSonOfSimp 170 12 Nonplayer Issue 2 Page 10 by NateSonOfSimp Nonplayer Issue 2 Page 10 :iconnatesonofsimp:NateSonOfSimp 197 9 Nonplayer Issue 2 Page 7 by NateSonOfSimp Nonplayer Issue 2 Page 7 :iconnatesonofsimp:NateSonOfSimp 216 7 Nonplayer Issue 2 Page 5 by NateSonOfSimp Nonplayer Issue 2 Page 5 :iconnatesonofsimp:NateSonOfSimp 169 4 Nonplayer Issue 1 Third Eye Variant Cover by NateSonOfSimp Nonplayer Issue 1 Third Eye Variant Cover :iconnatesonofsimp:NateSonOfSimp 269 12 Nonplayer Issue 2 Page 1 Spread by NateSonOfSimp Nonplayer Issue 2 Page 1 Spread :iconnatesonofsimp:NateSonOfSimp 372 18 Spawn of the Most Ancient by NateSonOfSimp Spawn of the Most Ancient :iconnatesonofsimp:NateSonOfSimp 238 13 Machine Light Factory by NateSonOfSimp Machine Light Factory :iconnatesonofsimp:NateSonOfSimp 188 8 Machine Light Infantry by NateSonOfSimp Machine Light Infantry :iconnatesonofsimp:NateSonOfSimp 96 2 Ancient One Harvester by NateSonOfSimp Ancient One Harvester :iconnatesonofsimp:NateSonOfSimp 245 7 Ancient One Nugg by NateSonOfSimp Ancient One Nugg :iconnatesonofsimp:NateSonOfSimp 297 10 Ancient One Slave by NateSonOfSimp Ancient One Slave :iconnatesonofsimp:NateSonOfSimp 191 3 Ancient One Summoner by NateSonOfSimp Ancient One Summoner :iconnatesonofsimp:NateSonOfSimp 144 5 Machine Harbinger by NateSonOfSimp Machine Harbinger :iconnatesonofsimp:NateSonOfSimp 122 3 Machine Harvester by NateSonOfSimp Machine Harvester :iconnatesonofsimp:NateSonOfSimp 182 4 Machine Heavy Transform by NateSonOfSimp Machine Heavy Transform :iconnatesonofsimp:NateSonOfSimp 170 3


Dune Steam: ATREIDES_ process6 by angelitoon Dune Steam: ATREIDES_ process6 :iconangelitoon:angelitoon 592 247 junk_racer01 by David-Holland junk_racer01 :icondavid-holland:David-Holland 412 77 Craft Concept 033 by Balaskas Craft Concept 033 :iconbalaskas:Balaskas 157 4 sci-fi1 by 0800 sci-fi1 :icon0800:0800 2,078 107 Nothing to lose by Talros Nothing to lose :icontalros:Talros 4,638 361 Heavy Liquid by JHarren Heavy Liquid :iconjharren:JHarren 568 57 BPRD 2 page 17 by JHarren BPRD 2 page 17 :iconjharren:JHarren 411 105 BPRD: The Long Death #3 pg 8 by JHarren BPRD: The Long Death #3 pg 8 :iconjharren:JHarren 221 40 BPRD #3 page 12 by JHarren BPRD #3 page 12 :iconjharren:JHarren 167 27 INVINCIBLE 92 cover pencil to ink by RyanOttley INVINCIBLE 92 cover pencil to ink :iconryanottley:RyanOttley 251 33 Monsters and Dames 2012 by reyyyyy Monsters and Dames 2012 :iconreyyyyy:reyyyyy 1,164 35 Lion MK2 by KaranaK Lion MK2 :iconkaranak:KaranaK 2,758 151 Stegosaurus by KaranaK Stegosaurus :iconkaranak:KaranaK 3,256 108 Bear by KaranaK Bear :iconkaranak:KaranaK 2,457 67 Comic Project by Brosa Comic Project :iconbrosa:Brosa 358 43 Therapy Comic page test by Brosa Therapy Comic page test :iconbrosa:Brosa 1,190 204




Nate Simpson
United States
I draw a comic called Nonplayer, published by Image Comics. Every once in a while, I post stuff here. Comments are appreciated. Thanks!

I sometimes write about making comics at my blog:

I used to make video game art for a living. Most recently, I led the art team for Demigod, released by Gas Powered Games and Stardock in 2009.
Hi guys!

Boy, that took a good little bit, but here we are. Nonplayer 2 is on stands today (print version here, digital version here). I feel like I've crested the second of a series of increasingly taller peaks -- there's the peak of #3 poking up out of the mist in the distance, but before I start hiking back down and prepping for the next climb, I'm going to enjoy the view for a second.

I have now drawn two comics! So nice to be able to speak about them in plural. Almost sixty pages. I know that's not a huge accomplishment by professional comic standards, but it was really challenging for me, and I'm happy that I've been able to keep going.

Of course, now that there's a second book out there, I'm getting lots of questions from people who may not have followed this journey from the beginning, so here's an FAQ:


A: Yes. This comic took four years to make.

Q: How can I take you seriously when your book takes so long to make?

A: I should not be taken seriously. I have a family and a day job, and I make this book solely between the hours of 3 and 6 AM on weekdays. The book is not, nor has it ever been, financially self-sustaining. I do it because I enjoy doing it.

Q: Uh. Surely you've got the next five issues ready to go, though? There's no way you want me to wait that long for #3!?!

A: I am only now laying out #3. It will not come out quickly. I hope very much that it takes less time than #2, but I have learned to make no promises.

Q: But I heard you got a movie deal after the first issue came out. Aren't you rich now?

A: Nonplayer was optioned by Warner Bros. in 2012. That option paid for repairs to the roof of our house. We ate out more often that year, too. The option has since lapsed. I am not rich. Should renewed Hollywood interest result in some substantial influx of money, that money will be spent finishing Nonplayer #3 much more quickly.

Q: Why don't you just do a Kickstarter for #3?

A: I have not been able to make the math work out. I would need an amount of money similar to what I make in video games, and that amount is probably not achievable through Kickstarter. If I were in this position before getting married and having a child, I would definitely have gone this route and slept on somebody's couch for a year. Alas, I have responsibilities. If anybody has other ideas for funding the book, I am all ears.

Q: The only reason I was into Nonplayer was that I thought Dana was cool. I see that she barely shows up in the second issue. What gives?

A: Dana will continue to be the protagonist, and she will be all over issue 3. Issue 2 sets in motion a lot of machinery that will make more sense when read in the context of the finished collection. This book is all about Dana.

Q: Oh, then I have no further questions, and I support your book wholeheartedly! Where can I buy awesome Nonplayer merchandise?

A: You can find issues of Nonplayer #1 and #2, as well as posters big and small, at the Nonplayer Store. International shipping has been recently fixed, so everybody should be happy forever. If you have questions about shipping stuff, you can contact me directly through the contact link at the store.

Q: Will you be doing any signings?

A: Yes. I will be bringing myself, my comics, and my posters to the following events:

Comics Dungeon, Seattle: Wednesday, June 3 from 4pm to 6pm
Arcane Comics, Seattle: Friday, June 5 from 6pm to 9pm
Destiny City Comics, Tacoma: Sunday, June 7 from 2pm to 4pm
Third Eye Comics, Annapolis: Saturday, June 13 from 11am to 1pm
HeroesCon, Charlotte: Friday, June 19 - Sunday, June 21

Thanks for all of your support, guys. I haven't been going about this the normal way, and I know that there's some controversy because of that. It means a lot that you've been so enthusiastic about the book. You are the reason that I haven't yet surrendered to common sense.

Also, I encourage you to start working on your own projects, regardless of their justifiability! We've got a thing called the Holy Order of Viking Draftspeople (#HOVD on Twitter), where we all cheer for one another in the wee hours of the morning. I would love to see more folks suffering with us!

Okay. Sling that backpack, swig from the canteen, and back down the mountain we go. See you at the next peak.


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RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday and wish you health and happiness everyday!
Latitudezero Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2018
happy bday, wherever you may be ... 
mhunt Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2018
Happy Birthday!
jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2018
...a very happy birthday to you awesome artist...=3
daeien Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018
Happy Birthday! :D (Big Grin) Party Have your cake and eat it too Party :D (Big Grin)
jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017
...the happiest of birthdays to you sir...hope you're having a totally rad time...=3
therealARTURO Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Professional
Happy Birthday! :D
BlackDonner Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For he's a jolly good fellow...  for he's a jolly good fellow...

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mhunt Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017
Happy Birthday!
Latitudezero Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017
Very happy birthday!  
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