Choose your Character! Good Game, Well Played is Now Available!

Time to take it back to the Summer of 1999! Our newest young adult graphic novel, Good Game, Well Played, is now officially available at your favorite local bookstore!

Good Game, Well Played follows Sienna and her friends, who reunite years after trying to have the summer of a lifetime. Writer Rachael Smith (The Rabbit), artist Katherine Lobo (Bullet), and Ringo-nominated letterer Justin Birch have teamed up to bring you this heartwarming tale of friendship, loss, and learning to accept change.

Writer: Rachael Smith – Artist: Katherine Lobo – Letterer: Justin Birch – Editor: Chris Sanchez

Synopsis: It’s 2009, and Sienna is really not looking forward to flying back into her hometown to say goodbye to one of the people she called family. Though that feels like a lifetime ago. It’s 1999, and Sienna is looking forward to what is shaping up to be the Perfect Summer in her Perfect Life. She has a job working in the local video game store, Game Champ, with her four best friends, and that was how it was going to be forever…

Check out the official trailer for Good Game, Well Played below!

Meet the creators!

Rachael Smith (She/Her) – Writer
Rachael Smith is a comics creator whose works include Wired Up Wrong, Stand In Your Power, The Rabbit, and Artificial Flowers. Rachael also worked on the Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor comic series as well as released a comics series about the pandemic under the hashtag #QuarantineComix. You can find more about Rachael Smith at

“I started out writing Good Game, Well Played as a book about a video game store in the 90s…but it became so much more than that. It’s a book about friendship, about not fitting in, about being scared of change, about overcoming adversity, and about making horrendous mistakes. When I finished it I was proud of how real the characters felt…then I saw Katherine’s art and my jaw hit the floor. They felt so real I thought they were going to walk out of the panel and start talking to me. Trust me when I tell you, Katherine has made this book something really special.”
Instagram: flimsy_kitten | Twitter: @rachael_

Katherine Lobo (She/Her) – Artist/Colorist
“Good Game, Well Played is a very refreshing and fun book. Working on this book has been a very special experience for me. I grew a lot as an artist through it, and it made me reflect on my own attitudes. Each character tells us their story in such a natural way that it’s difficult not to identify with them. Personally, each kid seems to portray a part of my adolescence. I can’t wait for everyone to enjoy this book as much as I did.”

Katherine Lobo is a comic artist and illustrator from Costa Rica. She’s worked for a variety of indie creators and publishers including Mad Cave Studios, Boom! and Comic Experience. More recently, she was the artist for Bullet, currently published in Tapas.
Instagram: @kath_lobo | Twitter: @KathLobo

We were lucky enough to catch up with Rachael Smith and Katherine Lobo for a chat about Good Game, Well Played! You can read the full interview here!

The Reviews are in!

See what critics are saying about Good Game, Well Played!

But Why Tho?
But Why Tho?@ButWhyThoPC
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“Good Game, Well Played is a found family fable that wears its hearts on its sleeve, while paying loving tribute to video games and the 90’s. If you love coming-of-age films or manga, or you’re looking for a fresh breath of air when it comes to comics, this is the story for you. I truly hope that this creative team has the chance to make more comics together.” - Collier “CJ” Jenkins
Geek Vibes Nation
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“True to the nature of Maverick’s credo, Smith has created family dynamics that should prove to be relatable to readers, while intertwining them inside a game playing genre that most young people understand.” - Martin
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“Good Game, Well Played gets 9/10 for solid characters, setting, dynamics, and an engaging plot.” - Jake Palermo

Good Game, Well Played is now available at your favorite local comic shop or bookstore! The graphic novel can also be purchased directly from our website,, or digitally on Comixology and Drive-thru comics!

Mad Cave Studios, and its imprint, Maverick, are a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded by Mark London in 2014 driven by madness and committed to quality. For additional information, visit or


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