Above: The Waypoint High 2016 yearbook cover. Illustration by Sophia Foster-Dimino.Waypoint High School Dean/Editor-In-Chief Austin Walker said it best in his Dean's List address explaining our entire approach to end-of-year coverage this year. We wanted something fun and celebratory and maybe even a little playful to end the year on. So what better than a high school yearbook, and what better yearbook than one assembled by a bunch of our favorite writers and artists?
Here's a look at all of the custom art—and the words that accompanied it—in our Waypoint High Coverage. We'll see you next year, kids!
2016's Tardiest: 'The Last Guardian' and 'Final Fantasy XV'
Just because they were late doesn't mean they weren't very good boys. Illustration by Gavin Spence.The Members of Waypoint High's Time Travelers Club Offer a Unique Power Fantasy
Time travel is tricky, but these characters were up to speed. Illustration by Sunless Design.Waypoint High School Fanfic: The Coven
If you really want to be a cool girl, you could always join The Coven. Illustration by Erica Lahaie.
Waypoint High's Horror Club Traded Out Jump Scares for Existential Terror
The Horror Club got very serious this year. Illustration by Sunless Design."Pharmercy" May Not Be Canon, But They Are Waypoint High School's Cutest Couple
I almost cried when we announced Pharmercy as cutest couple. Illustration by Irene Koh.Waypoint High School Fanfic: Hammer & Pencil
Did you learn anything in class this year? Let a Projection Clone and Dragon Quest Builder help you. Illustration by Sunless Design.
No One Had More School Spirit in 2016 Than the Doom Slayer
The Doom Marine smells like school spirit, in the very best way. Illustration by Gavin Spence.Waypoint High's Band Played the Best Game Soundtracks of 2016
The Waypoint High School Band picked the best soundtracks of the year. Illustration by Gavin Spence.
Waypoint High School Fanfic: The ARG that Stumped Detective Pikachu
There was one ARG that stumped everyone at Waypoint High. Even the Oxenfree kids and Detective Pikachu. Illustration by Gavin Spence.
'Dark Souls 3' Wasn't the Height of the Series, but It Didn't Need to Be
No game was more reliable in 2016 than good old Dark Souls 3. Illustration by Sunless Design.Finals Fantasy, a Comic by Stephan Maurice Graham
Sometimes the pressure of ruling an entire people is like, too much, man. Comic by Stephen Maurice Graham.The Ongoing Voice Actor's Strike Is More Than Just a Little Drama
Reporter Ian Williams talked to some of the year's best performers about the SAG-AFTRA strike. Illustration by Sophia Foster-Dimino.Waypoint High Fanfic: The Meanest Girls
It's all about Amelie and Emily, now that Victoria has graduated. Illustration by Tom Humberstone.
AAA Games Weren't Afraid of Getting Political in 2016
These games tackled race, class, organizing power, and other essential issues this year. Illustration by Sunless Design.Waypoint High Fanfic: Overwatch Dogs Save the Prom
It's time for the Overwatch prom, and these young hackers wanted to make sure it was a night to remember. Illustration by Erica LahaieThis Year's Most Athletic Characters and More Superlatives for 2016's Best Games
Who are the best jocks at Waypoint High? The sleepiest kids? The most likely to leave home and never look back? Illustration by Cara McGee.
Waypoint High Fanfic: Last Song for Salter and Rhodes
Waypoint High's Junior ROTC Military Ball has more drama than the prom itself. Illustration by Erica Lahaie.Games Made Violence Meaningful in 2016
2016's shooters inspired Waypoint High's Paintball Club to think and reflect. Illustration by Cara McGee.
Waypoint High's Saturday Morning Detention
2016's disappointments and hottest messes need to face up to disciplinary action. Illustration by Sunless Design.'The Witness' is the Worst Teacher's Pet
In which I get very angry about The Witness' attitude problem, despite some great puzzle design. Illustration by Paul O'Reilly.Fanfic: Notes on the History and Surrounds of Waypoint High