107 - Nikoli

I read a few older articles about the Japanese puzzle book/magazine publisher Nikoli. What made this a particularly interesting and inspirational read was the size of the quarterly magazine's operation as well as their mindset about sharing handcrafted puzzles to their small fervent base of fans.

It gave me a new way to approach future work with Sadie Cat and Mao.

I've given it some thought since reading the articles. I've completed two children's e-books and two games in the universe. I've got a young adult level story in progress, but what else is there? I was racking my brain all weekend to invent a new kind of logic puzzle and when I thought I had the perfect one, I found that it already exists.

But then my new considerations for the project is to start working on a zine that encapsulates stories, puzzles, illustrations, and all the things I want to create for the property. Maybe with enough dedication I can make it something for a niche audience to enjoy. Maybe I can pave my own Nikoli path.

Maybe! Wish me luck! Off to the thinking and planning room... which is basically my car during my commute in total silence.

Other Articles: Japan Times, Nikoli Website