Sean Karemaker employs virtual reality for unique ‘Feast of Fields’ graphic novel

Here’s my chat with Sean Karemaker. Podcast available on Apple Podcasts and player.FM

Sean Karemaker

Sean is an artist living in Vancouver, BC. After a childhood obsession with reading and writing comics, he obtained a diploma in graphic design from Malaspina University-College in Nanaimo (2002) and began a career in 3D design for video games, with freelance work in graphic design and illustration. Sean’s work has been exhibited at such local art galleries as the Gam, the Gropps, the Seymour, the Pendulum, and the Ayden. Sean has released two graphic novels with Conundrum Press, The Ghosts We Know 2016 and Feast Of Fields 2018.

Feast of Fields award

During our chat, Sean talked about getting away from the ‘stifling confines’ of the video game industry. He spoke about his most current work Feast of Fields and what he’s been doing to promote the book. He also described his use of virtual reality (VR) for this graphic novel as a means of ‘empathetic story-telling’. Sean chatted about VR head-sets like Oculus Go becoming an accessible tool for artists to explore. We also discuss the issue of reader attention in the VR medium when juxtaposed with the traditional linear fashion of story telling found in graphic novels.

You can discover more about Sean on Twitter at @seankaremaker and online on Instagram at and


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