Everyone is sick. The children have snot-filled noses and coughs, Rachel has some sort of Man-Flu for Ladies, and I have a migraine. That means it must be a ridiculously busy day with lots to do and make and clean and watch and think! So most of the household is asleep, Felix is watching Pingu on Netflix (which just launched in New Zealand yesterday) and I’m just sitting here making pixels. Remember you can get your own one of these beautiful… things… by just asking very nicely and giving me a handful of stolen Nazi coins.
Have also been hard at work writing reviews, of all things. Because I have very clever things to say about video games. First up I reviewed ScreamRide, which is an Xbox One game about building roller coasters then breaking them. It’s not nearly as fun as I just made it sound.
I also reviewed Evolve, finally. If you know me, you know I’ve been a LITTLE OBSESSED with Evolve over the last six-to-some months. I think it’s lovely, and violent, and humanity-affirming, and frustrating, and tactical and just a hell of a lot of fun. If you have it on PC (Steam: elephantasms) or Xbox One (gamertag: spewniverse) we should play.
This is my new website! Well, technically it’s my old website with a new face. Like I used to be Nicholas Cage but now I’m John Travolta. Anyway, this is Electric Phantasms, the once and future home of everything Andy Astruc.
If you don’t know me, I’m an artist, writer and general creator-type who lives in Wellington, New Zealand. I have three kids (one set of twins and one single, all boys) who I look after 24/7. I’ve been drawing and writing since I was a tiny person. Video games and comics are my main passions, and much of my work orbits those fields. Right now I’m a games journalist (on staff for Gamefreaks, freelance-friendly and looking for hot single websites in your area) and a graphic designer. I make a lot of pixel art for a lot of different reasons–caricatures, logos, game assets, police sketches–so if you’re IN NEED of such services hit me up.
You can head to my Fiverr page and get a personalised pixel character for $5, which is such a good deal I might pay myself for one right now.
If you’re more interested in my brain than my creative spirit or my body, good for you! I post all my critical writings about video games over here. The articles are usually somewhere between an autopsy and a detective story. I always have a few things waiting to be written (even without the time to actually write) but I also WELCOME ideas, requests and suggestions for topics. I also plan to post some of my fiction here shortly, including some sort of mad thing where I write a novel piece by piece and you can read along.
Whatever I end up making, here’s the place. Read my words, check out my art. I hope you enjoy it.