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I'm Shirtless in This One

by Hien Pham


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About the Story

Shirtless was nominated for the 2019 Freeplay Independent Games Festival's Micro-Game Award!

The sequel to this comic can be read here: I'm Shortless In This One.

Up until 2018, I haven't swam for half a decade since I've moved to Australia. This comic is an attempt at talking about my body image issues mostly to myself and for myself, but please feel free to have a read! This only speaks to my personal experience as a cis queer man of colour without body or gender dysphoria.

Run best when downloaded, and it's free! Donations are enabled because rent still needs to be paid but please, no pressure at all :)


The morning after I finished drafting this comic, I looked into the mirror and felt this strange pride.

As a comic artist, I LOVE characters with distinct physical traits and features. Never flaws, just parts of the characters that make them unique and recognizable. After drawing my “flawed” body for 60+ times, every thing that looked "wrong" became endearing.

Like, those parts made me recognizable to me (and I’ve had problems of not recognizing myself before) and allowing myself to say nice things about my body to me was… really nice!

Anyway, my swim shorts (that look exactly like they do in the comic) just arrived and I’m gonna go swimming for real soon. I’m very excited!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed it! Oh, and I sketched a small follow-up after going swimming finally! Click here to have a read!

Game Details

First Publication Date: September 11, 2018
Current Version: Unknown
Development System: Twine
IFID: Unknown
TUID: 4izdvfsrxn7hboii


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