David Hellman is best known as the visual artist of the acclaimed indie videogame Braid and co-creator of the "cult classic" web comic A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible. He's been publishing comics for a decade, but Second Quest is his first long-form work.

Tevis Thompson is an independent writer and critic. He's best known for incisive, iconoclastic essays such as "Saving Zelda" and "On Videogame Reviews".

Second Quest by David Hellman and Tevis Thompson

Second Quest is a graphic novel about a girl who does not accept the world she lives in. It's a meditation on videogame culture and its most beloved legends. It's a story of the islands we inhabit and why we refuse to leave. It asks what it really means to have courage.


"After a successful Kickstarter, this touching graphic novel from Braid's artist Hellman and veteran writer Thompson is a charming, gorgeously illustrated look at a Zelda-inspired fantasy world." – Simon Carless



  • "A frightening, Zelda-inspired fable"

    – Evan Narcisse, Kotaku
  • "Both a brilliant graphic novel and one of the smartest pieces of media criticism I've read in a long time."

    – Jake Muncy, VICE
  • "If you're a gamer, get this book. If you're a comics person, get this book. If you're into the darker side of religion and folklore, get this book. If you're into feminism, gender politics, and the deconstruction of gendered tropes, then by all means, get this book." – Kathryn Hemmann, Contemporary Japanese Literature


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