'Sprite Motion', a sprite comic with less pages published than pixels in its sprites.
What kind of name is 'Laminated Goat' anyway?
My name is Joe Townsend, known as 'Joee' among my friends. This website serves as both my blog and an online showcase of various artistic pieces I've created, most of which are web comics. I've been drawing and making point and click adventure games and comics since as long as I can remember. When I was a teenager I made a bunch of buggy adventure game series which I released online and in my late teens I made an 8-Bit Theatre-inspired sprite comic called Sprite Motion. I considered both hobbies to be too much effort and pretty much abandoned both.

You didn't answer my question!
In my first year of University I decided to try making a web comic again, but this time in the hand-drawn medium. Since I hadn't really decided on any particular structure for the comic when I started it, I chose to give it a random, nonsensical name. I thought the words 'Laminated Goat' put together had an amusing python-esque feel, and so I went for that. So, there is no reason behind the name other than pure randomness. I purchased the domain 'laminatedgoat.com' and used it to host the new comic and my old Sprite Motion comic. I intended on making regular updates, but I again became lazy and updates were just not regular. Eventually, the comic was just not being updated at all and the site was effectively abandonded.


Eventually, my efforts went back to making a point and click adventure game, I S L A N D, which I hosted on the Laminated Goat webspace. I have since been improving my drawing skills, and I decided that I may as well use my webspace to host various creative works I make. I decided not to worry about regular updates and just upload my works as and when I create them. This brought me to reboot the site as you see it now: a gallery of all of my creations, minus some of my older stuff. I may make another game one day, but most of my work will be drawings and comics. The website now also serves as my blog, in which I ramble on about whatever I feel like. Particular personal interests my blog will focus on will probably be movies, Japan and my Christian faith.

Me kotchin' on an inflatable crocodile-frog combo on the river Exe. Don't say you've never tried it.
Because I have nothing better to do, I want to hear more about you...
I'm a graduate of a masters in Applied Artificial Intelligence at The University of Exeter, England. Having been awarded a distinction by this proud institution, I put computer science aside for a year and disappeared to a city called Koga in the Ibarkai prefecture of Japan to teach English. I am now back in Exeter studying a PhD in Computer Science, but not really getting any further than reading articles about robotic kittens.

The most important aspect of my life is my Christian Faith. I was raised in a Christian family, but my parents gave me the freedom to decide for myself whether or not to give my life to Jesus Christ. I did indeed make this choice when I was about 16. My Faith is something I aim to let influence everything I do, even producing material for this site. I want to show that it is possible to be funny without being crude or offensive, since modern comedy seems to think otherwise. I'm always happy to talk more about this issue or about my Faith in general, even if you just want to e-mail me for a heated debate. Hit me with it!

Moving to Japan again someday has become an aspiration. I love the country, the culture, the people, and it's easy to buy Famicom games and Domo-Kun merchandise in Tokyo. So yeah, I'm something of an Otaku, but not enough to devote my life to updating my Sailor Venus outfit* for every comic convention under the Sun. As you'll probably be able to tell from some of the content on this site, I'm also into movies. I keep up to date with the latest news in the movie world, though I must admit, I'm quite bad at actually getting to the cinema.

I hope that you enjoy my work.

- Joseph 'Joee' Townsend @Joeetaku

* I would like to point out that I certainly do not actually own a Sailor Venus outfit.