The first video by gaming documentary series Cloth Map will be about Ukraine, specifically focusing on Kiev. In the video, Drew Scanlon talks about exploring the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown on the nation’s culture, but he also says that an entire culture can’t be defined by a single event, so he wants to see what else Ukraine has to offer. Scanlon also discusses the Eurovision Song Contest, which he has tickets for and will attend, although it’s unclear if this is part of the documentary.
In the video, he says that he will start filming in a month, but he is doing preliminary research and wanted to announce early so that he could get as much feedback as possible about what people want to see.
Drew Scanlon left Giant Bomb on February 21, 2017 in order to start a new, as-of-then-unnamed venture. The venture (announced on March 13, 2017) is Cloth Map, a video series in which Scanlon will look at how games affect communities around the world.
The announcement of Cloth Map came 6 months after Danny O’Dwyer announced NoClip, an in-depth video game documentary series that focuses on specific games such as Doom and Rocket League, leading many people on Twitter and NeoGAF to suggest that Scanlon would be joining O’Dwyer at NoClip. However, on the 469th episode of the Giant Bombcast, Scanlon announced that he would be leaving Giant Bomb in two weeks (last day as March 3, 2017) and specifically said “I will not be joining Danny [O’Dwyer]”. O’Dwyer originally left GameSpot; both Giant Bomb and GameSpot are owned by CBS Interactive.
Cloth Map has had a successful Patreon campaign since it was announced on March 13, raising pledges totaling $21,667 per month. At the $30,000 mark, Scanlon says that he will be able to hire an additional staff person.
Scanlon gained notoriety in early 2017 because of an animated GIF meme in which he expresses surprise. That GIF has been inserted to the left of this paragraph. Know Your Meme wrote an article about the meme, saying it “is used as a reaction image capturing feeling slightly insulted or confused” (source). The clip comes from a video from 2013 titled “Unprofessional Fridays: 12/06/2013“. This video is a part of Giant Bomb’s premium video collection which is available at $4.95 per month or $49.95 per year. Giant Bomb is known for producing original, high quality video content.