Dark Matter Magazine Contributions

Virtual Boyz 21
Cover Art
Issue #7, January/February 2022

The End is Pie
Interior Art Feature
Issue #7, January/February 2022


Rob Shields is a multimedia artist and independent game developer currently working on Neon Wasteland and End of the World Pizza, two interactive augmented reality graphic novels set in a pop punk neon metaverse.   

Neon Wasteland was first published in Heavy Metal magazine issue 289 along with the Heavy Metal AR app, which Rob developed independently for the magazine.  The Neon Wasteland video game has been nominated for several awards, including the 2017 Bit Award for best style.  

When not working on his own project, Rob works as an illustrator, animator, concept artist, and app developer for various clients, including Sony and Puma.  He specializes in augmented reality app development and game development, with an emphasis on interactive storytelling.  He has also taught concept art and game programming at local Philadelphia Universities.  

His aesthetics are inspired by 1980s Japanese cyberpunk, 80s and 90s brain freeze, graffiti, video games, comic books, augmented reality, and everyone’s best friend, the internet.

Website: https://www.robshields.net/

Neon Wasteland Website: https://www.neonwastelandgame.com/

End of the World Pizza Website: https://www.endoftheworldpizza.com/

End of the World Pizza Discord: discord.gg/zGe4EaH3pE

End of the World Pizza on OpenSea: https://opensea.io/collection/end-of-the-world-pizza

Artstation: https://www.artstation.com/robshields

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