True story: in 2003, I very nearly failed a whole bunch of university courses, which in Australia is a very difficult thing to do. It wasn't because I was drinking too much, or partying too hard.

It was because of Animal Crossing.

The GameCube original destroyed me. Housemates would come back from a day's hard work to find me on the couch, still in my pyjamas, muttering something about fish, and bells, and the inherent inequality of the town's home ownership laws. Then they'd see what I was playing, shake their heads and leave me alone.


So! If you think the emotions on display in these wonderful comics by Aussie artist Jake Lawrence are manufactured, or couldn't possibly be "real", you shut up. They aren't, and they most definitely can be.

Time Cowboy! [Jake Lawrence]