ACriticalHit! is the brainchild of “Critical Kate” Willært, a writer/artist with an interest in lost geek history who uses her various skills to present that history in a way that’s engaging to enthusiasts while still being accessible to a casual audience.
Kate Willært was born the same day Nintendo released the Famicom in Japan. She started playing video games with the NES and never stopped (except for a brief hiatus in college). You don’t want to meet her in the Facility with Remote Mines.
Kate’s interest in comics began in the early ’90s via the X-Men animated series. In her teens she worked at a comic shop to support her massive comic book addiction. Her aspiration to become a comic artist led her to study everything she could about visual storytelling, as well as the history of the medium.
After college, Kate Willært spent half a decade creating infographics and illustrations about geek history, which were featured on AV Club, Buzzfeed, Complex, CNET, Design Taxi, Fast Company, Geek Tyrant, Kotaku, Mashable, Nerdist, The Mary Sue, TIME.com, and more. She’s also written about geek history for Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat and the Video Game History Foundation.