Pixel Art Story: The Eagle Has [Crash] Landed, Pt. 1


Foreword: I tend to spend most of my time wearing my coding hat, but one of the things I really enjoyed about creating this site was the design process with all of the pixel art. Well, actually it wasn't that much pixel art really, and I wanted an excuse to push more pixels.

As soon as I came up with the idea of having the rocket take off from Earth, I knew that it was going to have to land on the Moon. And it turns out that therein lay the perfect opportunity to don my creativity cap.

The idea I came up with was for Zachstronaut, a pixel character representation of myself, to crash land the rocket on the Moon. This would then let me slowly reveal the adventures of a marooned traveler by adding more pixel art to the footer of my site over time.

And with that said, I give you a briefly animated first installment, "The Eagle Has [Crash] Landed" (TEHCL), Part 1. Read the story if you'd like, and then scroll to the Moon and wait for the magic to happen.

Zachstronaut: Houston, I have a problem.

Houston: Roger that, Zachstronaut. What is your situation?

Zachstronaut: You know how you said I'd run out of fuel if I did some full thruster joy riding around Earth…

Houston: God damnit, we told you that you needed that extra fuel to do a controlled burn down to the surface of the Moon!

Zachstronaut: Look, now is not the time for–

Houston: Oh really? When exactly would be the best time to let you know how much of an idiot you are?

Zachstronaut: My engines have sputtered out, and judging by how big the Moon craters are getting in my window I'd say you've got about 5 seconds. 4. 3. 2. 1. [KRRKKKSSSHHHHHHHHHZZZZZZTTTTTTTTT]

Houston: My god. Zachstronaut? Zachstronaut, do you read?

Zachstronaut: . . . [static]