Brendan Brewer, Video Game Reviewer

Brendan Brewer, Video Game Reviewer

A while back we introduced you to Brendan Brewer, video game reviewer, the awesome comic by Cameron Davis. We loved Brendan so much we’ve decided to make him a regular feature at Kotaku. Starting from today, every Friday we’ll have a new Brendan Brewer comic right here on Kotaku!

If you like Brendan Brewer, why not check out Cameron Davis’ other comic, Presidog? Presidog is the president and also a dog.


  • Haha! Although it does strike me as strange that just the other day there was the article about the ‘controversy’ around the Uncharted 3 review, and all the fuss people were making because it wasn’t a straightforward review. I take this comic as being more of a critique on the readers perception of reviewers (and what they sometimes expect of reviewers) rather than what reviewers actually do.

    Or am I overthinking things..?

  • This brings back painful memories of Brink (not the actual game – which I enjoyed – but the way it was treated by reviewers)

  • SunSkorpion, that’s actually a pretty interesting take on it. Not the one I had in my head last night while I was drawing it, but it’s given me something to think about anyway!

  • Can’t wait to see if there will be a comic loosely based on the IGN/Dylan Cuthbert saga that recently happened!

    Also, just mentioning this above caused sadness that PixelJunk Sidescroller isn’t yet available on the AU PSN! 🙁

  • Brendan Brewer is a shining beacon in a sea of otherwise mediocre web comics. Whilst not quite reaching the lofty heights of the works of Alex Ross or the Tim Sale/Jeph Loeb combination that was so effective during their Batman days, Brewer’s wit is scathing – his pinpointing of the self serving grandstanding apparent in online reviews, like this one, is inspired.


  • I would love to see one person who has a website link who has commented on liking this garbage which isn’t related to kotaku or, (MrBS’s site is a dummy forum, check it out if you don’t believe me) its obvious someone got payed off to show this filth.

    I am greatly questioning the journalistic integrity of Mark Serrels for this article

  • Chill the f**k out. It’s a bit of fun and unlike a lot of the shit that Kotaku US posts (not Mark) is actually relevant to games.

    Mark found something he likes. Relevant to his site and its his site and he is the editor of it to do as he pleases.

    It wasn’t paid and i know that for a fact. Nor am i related to KAU or FWC.


  • honestly how could you like it? calling the person who draws this an artist is insulting to someone with actual artistic skill and the jokes are not funny at all, what could you possibly like?

    (I do understand tastes are a inconstant thing but there is no quality anywhere in this work)

    • Please elaborate as to why this shouldn’t be classified as art as you are clearly all-knowing in this field.

      If I draw a stick figure, it is art. Not very good art, but art.

      If I deliberately put a simple black dot on a white canvas it is classified as art.

      • what is art is a philosophical debate you can got back and forth about, some people only count feats of technical artistic display art; XKCD would not necessarily come under this category. If we had a word for technical artwork that shows proficiency with a medium I think we would have an easier time differentiating between them

        also South park succeeds with its writing, the same reason why XKCD succeeds. for a comic or animation they are two halfs to the same coin.

        let me ask you something, would you consider a filled out tax form art? you put pen to paper. or would you consider the little logo for the mens room art

  • After this got posted last week I was compelled to go through the entire archives at – though my interest was originally piqued because Brendan Brewer is the same name as a friend of mine who actually has a PhD in astrophysics. I know the name isn’t particularly unusual or anything but I did a double take.

    • Thanks for checking out the archives and more importantly, giving me a great idea to get people into the comic – I simply hack into everyone’s FaceBook accounts, find the names of all their friends, and name all my characters after them!

      BRB off to patent that idea before Apple does.

  • I was going to trash Diminuendo’s posts because to be perfectly honest, I have no idea what he is talking about and he’s derailing a perfectly interesting and funny post for God knows what reason.

    Then I noticed that it messed with the comments, so I’m leaving them in.

    But… these pointless trolling comments are a perfect example of why we always had an approve comments system at Kotaku. To keep conversation sensible and keep the idiots out. I hope this sort of thing isn’t what we’re going to become. We’re better than that.

    Be respectful. Thinking that Kotaku had a payout to show a comic is completely ridiculous. We got an awesome response to the last Brendan Brewer post so I thought it might be interesting to do it on a weekly basis. From the comments it’s clear that most people here agree.

    So keep it civil. Come on people!

      • -It makes you a troll to suggest that we’ve taken money to post this when we haven’t.

        -It makes you a troll to start going through other forums and posting them here saying ‘I’m watching you’. Actually that just makes you creepy.

        – It makes you a troll to be disparaging instead of constructive.

        We had another person simply say ‘bad comic’. Fine. But what you did completely crossed the line. I’m politely asking you to stop and think twice about what you post.


        • I never posted the “I’m watching you” thing, I instantly made a post saying that wasn’t me and changed my screen name immediately, you could probably tell that if you checked out the IP addresses

          everything else = fair enough, I’ll admit to that

      • no suggesting kotaku got a payout, calling the comics filth and suggesting there is a twitter conspiracy = troll

  • I wish I got paid to say I like webcomics in the comment section…

    Seriously though this did make me chuckle.

  • Thanks Mark, you concerns had been fast becoming mine.
    I jope you realise how mych your contributions and they way you present yourself in the comments is very well liked.
    Back on topic: I like these comics, not legendary but relevant to Kotaku and a quick, easy, enjoyable, read (the point of this site and comics too funnily enough).

  • I know a few non-reviewer people like this too who have the same attitude toward *everything*. Also, I would not be averse to seeing this as a regular thing. A funny kind of irony to see a satire on game reviewing on a site that regularly does game reviews.

  • Cool idea – reminds me of having game comics in the back of Sega Megazone, Hyper>> (early issues), and Nintendo Magazine System.

  • After the original story about Brendan Brewer I went back and read all the ‘back-issues’ of that guy’s comic and he’s actually really funny sometimes. Though he doesn’t seem like he’s necessarily trying to be funny all the time, but when he tries… he is.

    I give it… 7 out of 10 ;-P

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