works by todd hilgert

The Trainer's Handbook

coming of age in kanto


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The Trainer's Handbook: Coming of Age in Kanto is a passion project and a love letter to my childhood. This book tells the story of the original Pokémon Red and Blue games through an in-universe lens as a guide to adolescence. The overall form is inspired by classic video game player's guides. Snippets of my own childhood during the time of release for these games are revealed in a series of four comics.

Original layouts, illustrations, and writing. Screenshots and sprites captured from game.