UNB Media Artist-in-Residence
The Department of Culture and Media Studies is pleased to welcome Media Artist in Residence (2016-2017), Chad Comeau.
(Photo by Rosella Melanson)
Chad Comeau’s passion for games began at the age of four when his grandmother started playing Nintendo with him. He has been creating digital games as a hobby for years, but only began releasing completed projects in 2014. This year, he has found increased success with several game creation contracts with different organizations.
Comeau has created games on various subjects, including Acadian culture and disability. His hometown of Clare, Nova-Scotia, served as an inspiration for several of his games, such as La vie d’Arcade, Les chmonnes sont clares, and Meteghan Frenchy's User Experience Simulation. These games explore the unique nuances of Acadian culture and have gained him a significant amount of attention in the press especially in the Francophone communities of New Brunswick and Nova-Scotia. His formal training in translation also informs the use of language in his work.
In April 2016, Comeau helped present a game project, fade, at the Different Games 2016 conference in New York City. fade is game he helped develop with six LGBTQ+ youth as part of a dissertation by UNBF PhD candidate in sociology Nathan Thompson.
During his time at UNB, Comeau’s responsibilities will include holding weekly office hours for interested individuals, organizing a public game jam development session, and guest appearances in MAAC’s Introduction to Video Games classes. He hopes to communicate the increased accessibility of game creation and share ideas with UNB students and the public.
Chad Comeau’s residency is made possible with the help of funding from Arts NB, the Media Arts and Cultures Program and the Faculty of Arts.
Master list of projects:
Individual game projects:
Granny Games – Margie - https://fringfrang.itch.io/granny-games-margie
Meteghan Frenchy’s User Experience Simulation - https://fringfrang.itch.io/frenchys
La vie d’Arcade - https://fringfrang.itch.io/la-vie-darcade
Les chmonnes sont clares - https://fringfrang.itch.io/chmonnes
Crime is Sexy - http://jallooligans.itch.io/crime-is-sexy
Pokémon Dusk - https://fringfrang.itch.io/pokemon-dusk
March 2016: UNB press release about fade
December 2015: Yahoo UK (for Crime is Sexy) - https://uk.news.yahoo.com/10-best-games-2015-youve-113848514.html
December 2015: Featured in L’Acadie Nouvelle’s list of top 30 people under 30 to watch. L'Acadie Nouvelle is a New Brunswick francophone newspaper.
November 2015: Interviews on Radio-Canada radio shows in November 2015 following the release of Meteghan Frenchy's User Experience Simulation.
October 2014: Front-page story about La vie d'Arcade in Le Courrier, Nova-Scotia's provincial francophone news paper.
October 2014: Journalists discussed La vie d'Arcade on national television show Couleures locales, on the Unis network.
July 2014: News article about La vie d'Arcade on page 6 of the July 4, 2014, edition of L'Acadie Nouvelle.
Contact Chad Comeau
Office: Marshall D'Avray Hall Room 238
Phone: (506) 447-3322
Email: Chad Comeau