Back in 2015, I took a course on graphic novel design, and the final project was to write & plan out your own graphic novel. My project was called Space Bubble Cat, a very personal piece about a lonely cat who floats through space.

This was intended to be a submission for the June 2018 Bitsy Jam (theme: Space Whales), where I was inspired to revisit this project, update and finish it from its original version into an interactive Bitsy comic. However, I was not able to finish by the deadline of the jam.

Content warning: Sad

How to Read: Move to the bottom-right corner to turn the page. Read all speech bubbles in a panel before moving onto the next. As a general rule, speech bubbles are read from top to bottom.

Music: "daydream" and "apprehension", from the album Think by motherbear (the album has since been taken offline, but I encourage you to please check out her other stuff as well).

Thanks to Ayo for Borsky, Sean & Ducky for hacks, Em for playtesting, and Adam for making Bitsy.

Space Bubble Cat also has a twitter and an instagram, which are rather inactive right now, but I would love to start them up again sometime soon.

Development log

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Wow this is just SO beautiful <3 

Thank you! 😁

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Oh wow, this was so sweet and beautiful (and sad). Deeply moving to read. I love the visuals and how you transition from panel to panel.

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Thanks so much! ^^

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This was beautiful. Space Bubble Cat is so charming and relatable and the game made me feel very emotional. Thank you for sharing!

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Thank you so much!! β™₯β™₯β™₯

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Gorgeous art, and I loved the presentation; the way it adapted the comic panels is great. The way you navigate between them does a lot for pacing, too.

Lots of familiar feels in this. Glad it ended on at least a hopeful note, and a way to find at least a sense of control. Hope Space Bubble Cat is okay out there.

P.S. Pretty sure this story radicalized me against space whales. I really wanted to trust that smile...

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hehe thank you so much! i'll have to find some of my old space whale art from college....

oh here's a good one!

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Extremely cute! However, I still don't trust them >:I

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This was sad but also very cute, good job!

Thank you! πŸ₯°

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can you make another where he finds  a freind please this is just to depressing

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I think you can be certain that Space Bubble Cat finds a friend. There's a lot out there in the universe, and he's going forth with hope now! 😊

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thank you

I have to admit, I related really deeply to the story as a metaphor for depression and general loneliness, and being told to be your own friend first is advice I have mixed feelings about. but I'm glad Space Bubble Cat found hope <3

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aww... what a beautiful story.

Thank you! πŸ’–

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i cried a lil

aw :') thank you so much for playing!

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my boyfriend introduced your comic to me and i've just finished reading it. it resonated so much with me that i'm a crying mess now. ;v; thank you so much for making this comic <3

aaah ;v; thank you so much!

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lovely game! we need more bitsy comic books I think

Thank you! ^^

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dang this is good

Thank you!!! πŸ’–πŸ’–

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I love this so much! It's such a great use of bitsy, the music is perfect for the atmosphere, and the writing was very heartfelt and well done! 

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Thank you so much for your kind words!!!! πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ’–β€πŸ’•πŸ’š

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The art is so cute and the story is so touching <3 i really appreciate this, i hope you keep doing amazing stuff or just doing the things that makes you happy!

Awww this is so sweet! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– Thank you so much!!!

I'll be your friend...    \(^-^)/

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Nice and sweet.

Thank you!! πŸ’–πŸ’–

This is powerful. Masterly illustrated, written & paced.  CW "sad" is accurate!

aaaah thank you very much! πŸ’–βœ¨

Thank you for "owning friend".

You're welcome!! Thank you for playing!! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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What a creative use of bitsy and storytelling! After awhile of trying to get out of each panel, I began to feel trapped like the cat - which made the story even richer and more personal. I also loved your character designs!

Oh my gosh, thank you!! I actually considered making it easier to traverse through panels, but then decided to leave it as-is as an artistic choice. I'm very glad it payed off!! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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I am so full of feeeeeelings! It is so cute, and so sad, and that nightmare sequence was terrifying, and the space bubble feels like such a good image to express how I feel sometimes.

Yeah samee!! Thank you so much!! βœ¨

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Emma what the hell I didn't expect to be crying this morning

wow

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πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– Sorry! lol

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I do not cease to wonder what can be done on the bitsy.

Your game and how made this comics is awesome!

Thank you thank you!!

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That was a good story, it really drew me in.   The art was incredible,  and the music really set the mood, especially when the music changed.  Really well done! Also I hope Bubble Cat finds a friend for his travels😭

Thank you so so much!! I hope he does too! ✨

This was so beautiful <3

Thank you <3

!!!!! Aaaah thanks!!

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Am actually crying. This is beautiful.

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I hope there's a sequel. I need more Bubble Cat.

Yes! He's my darling boy, I'd love to do more with him! I'm definitely hoping to get those socials back into active status.....

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you're just trying to make me cry arent you!!!!!! heck this is so good!!! im so emo tho rip ITS SO BEAUTIFUL AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

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eeeeeee thank you, onion!!! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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Wow! That was an impressive and such a creative/original use of Bitsy.

Thank you!!! 😊😊

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i really like this! the comic panel structure is so cool and like it builds this really strong mood and idk it's just a good good game!!

thank you so much! βœ¨πŸ›Έ