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Archive for May, 2009

I am a Master of Self Injury

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

So I’m back from Animazement which went really well. It was really good to see everyone, new faces and old. I was ready to call it a con and finish packing and go home when my banner fell out of the back of my car and onto my foot. There was a lot of swearing, or at least a lot of “Truck! Motherfu- Truck!” I’ve been yelling at trucks ever since I played Mirror’s Edge. Anywho. My foot proceeded to develop a swollen lump about the size of an orange. Thankfully I was traveling with people so I didn’t have to drive home. It’s mostly the right size and shape now. Nothing broken, just some lingering swelling and some attractive bruising. Just when I was almost 100% pain free (earlier today) I developed what I can only think of as a migraine. Stress or something, I dunno. Anyway, I’m going to go to bed. I trust you all will understand if no new pages show up until Tuesday. This is honestly starting to drive me batty here. June will simply have to have us back on our intended Tuesday/Friday update schedule. I appreciate your folks patience with me.

Murder She Wrote 2

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Hey guys, I have been super busy lately prepping for Animazement which I’ll be at this weekend. I had a blast there last year, and hope to have a resounding repeat this year. I’ve also finally managed to get something vaguely resembling a normal sleep schedule going. I’m awake during daylight hours. I’m not a vampire! Hooray! However, to keep this cycle I’m enforcing a strict “no staying up until dawn finishing pages” policy. So from now on sleep comes first. I can’t afford to throw myself off only to spend the time getting back on.

Also, have you people been watching Castle? I suppose I’m actually the one behind on this. As the last episode of the short first season aired last week, you’re probably not watching it any more. I’m still catching up, but seriously, this is damn good TV. For those who don’t know, it’s basic premise is that of Murder She Wrote: murder mystery writer helps police solve actual murders. It manages to do something rather impressive. The show has a good balance between the “the crime can’t be that simple, it wouldn’t make for a good story” and the “this is how police work really goes down.” The mysteries are convoluted and fantastical enough to make the writer character (Rick Castle) appropriate to the stories, but the way the crimes are examined and investigated is down to earth enough to be believably real. And if that weren’t enough reason to watch (genuinely interesting crime drama), the character interaction is simply brilliant. Nathan Fillion is charming and roguish as ever and Stana Katic is a super sexy fox. Even all of the secondary characters are interesting and charming and have their own quirks. There isn’t a single character I don’t enjoy. Why is it so hard to write good and interesting characters? Pay attention to this show. It’s already one of my all time favorites. I hope it continues to great things for many a season to come.

To Boldly Go…

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

So I saw Star Trek Friday. It’s bloody amazing. It is quite possibly one of the best relaunches of a series ever, certainly one of the best if not the best sci-fi movie in recent memory. The movie stays unwaveringly true to the source material without actually feeling obligated to follow it to the letter. Which is what any adaptation should do. Every character was brought to life in amazing ways, every actor breathing new life into classic characters without actually changing who they are fundamentally. Chris Pine is a great Kirk. He’s brings all of Kirk’s high-seas captain sass and boldness, his unending confidence and unwillingness to accept defeat without bringing the cheese Shatner (God love him) is known for. Quinto is a dead ringer for Spock, as I’m sure we who saw the trailers were quite assured of. It was Karl Urban’s performance as McCoy that impressed me the most. I swear to God it was like they resurrected DeForest Kelly and put him back on the big screen. It was an amazing performance. The rest of the cast was also great, even if we didn’t get a great deal of screen time. Chekov, Sulu, Uhura, and Scotty were all great. I was somewhat disappointed that despite Sulu claiming to be trained in fencing he has a crazy sci-fi katana and mad flippy kung-fu moves. That was a mild disappointment. But otherwise, the cast was spot on and I can’t wait to see more of them.

There were dozens of little nods to the original series and the films but none of it seemed forced. It was beautifully natural. Redshirts died (first of course), Bones was a doctor not a physicist, Scotty gave her all she’s got, Kirk banged the green chick. It was everything that made Star Trek awesome, new and updated, and shiny, and amazing.

I did want to kick JJ Abrams in the teeth and give his cameramen steady cams, and tell them to cut back on the lens flare a bit. Though I have that complaint with really anything action-oriented that holywood puts out these days. So, the film is well worth price of admission. I hope to see it a second time on the big screen.

In other news, I’m going to be at Animazement down in Raleigh next weekend. I should have some sweet new prints in time, and with a little luck a really sweet unveiling (more on this mystery later). Regardless, I hope to see more than a few of you there! I’ll be doing sketchcards, so do stop by and say hello.

Also, we’ve got a new wallpaper available:

And I’m hoping to be able to close the pre-orders for the Bubblegum Death T-shirt by the end of the month, so make sure to get yours reserved. Remember, without pre-orders we have a hard time bringing you cool new stuff like these shirts.

Some Quick Awesome Source

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Hey guys. I wanted to direct your attention to a pretty sweet resource for all you artistic types out there. One Jamie Noguchi of Erfworld and Angry Zen Master now runs a most excellent art blog: Monster Cutie

I highly recommend checking it out if you’re an artist, illustrator, or just happen to like that kind of thing. He’s got a lot of good tutorials, insights, and interviews with other professionals. And no, I’m not just telling you to check it out because he’s asked me for a few insights.

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Oh, duh. I also wanted to tell you guys how I spent Saturday. Saturday, among other awesome shenanigans, I hung out at my local comic shop (Painted Visions in Lake Ridge, VA for those of you in the area and not in the know) because it was freaking Free Comic Book Day. Didn’t get any free comics, but I almost never have interest in those anyway. However, it was a grand excuse for me to go and actually buy a bunch of books. I picked up another batch of Fables which is freaking awesome. Always love fairy tales with a twist. Picked up Umbrella Academy which is deliciously twisted. And I also picked up Hunter-Killer, which I had started reading and has turned out to be far more than my most recent Top Cow guilty pleasure book. All in all, it was way good. Remember to support your local comic shops. I hope to be on their shelves one day soon.

Also. These are freaking awesome. I simply can’t decide if I want the Photoshop, the Illustrator, the InDesign, or if I need to break down and get the whole set. Not that I have ever used After Effects. Still… I feel like I must have.

One last thing. In addition to the pre-order for the super-sweet new Death T-shirt, I’ve also made the entire size spectrum for the ever popular Guitar Nero available. Most sizes are not currently in stock, but we plan to be re-ordering soon. Since these suckers sell out pretty quickly, I recommend getting an order in ahead of time.