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Force Awakens by skyrace











It seems the Force has truly Awoken, at least it has here on DeviantArt.


It has been one week since the teaser trailer for the first of the Disney owned Star Wars movies was released. Twitter and Facebook nearly broke under the deluge of postings of the trailer and frame by frame commentary of it. Each commentator hoping to spot something everyone else had missed.






Meanwhile on the far distant planet of DeviantArt, the community was drawing and designing up a storm of material. Where else could you possibly go and see hundreds of pieces of awesome art be rendered and posted in just one week?


The hopes and dreams of two generations are hoping for this feature to respark the wonder the original film inspired back in 1977. Based on what we have seen posted here on DeviantArt this week we can only presume those hopes and dreams are going to keep growing.


Now, we know you saw the trailer. Admit it, more than once.







Everyone of course is asking the simplest of questions, why is the Imperial Stormtrooper on the run?






We won’t really know until well into next year… and that’s way too long to wait because we are the spoiled children of modern generations accustomed to instant gratification in all things pop. So we have for you a dilemma, a conundrum, A CHALLENGE.


Do you have the creative mind of a “Star Wars” imagineer? When you see the young man, sweating, breathing heavily, running in the desert of some nameless planet, running from something… do scenarios begin taking shape in your head? Do questions demand answers? Is he actually a stormtrooper, or is he disguised to escape stormtrooper captivity? Is he a deep undercover agent of the Federation who’s just had his cover blown? Is he a once loyal soldier of the Empire who saw something he shouldn’t have seen, something that now has him trying to defect to the Federation, something that has generated his death warrant?








Open your mind to the all–powerful creative storytelling streams of The Force, and write a few paragraphs of the story you see developing… because a year is just too long to wait.

















Your Thoughts




  1. Can you name who said all the above quotes? For extra brownie points, name the movie they’re from.
  2. What is your favorite Star Wars quote?









It has been one week since the teaser trailer for the first of the Disney owned Star Wars movies was released. Twitter and Facebook nearly broke under the deluge of postings of the trailer and frame by frame commentary of it. Each commentator hoping to spot something everyone else had missed.

Meanwhile on the far distant planet of DeviantArt, the community was drawing and designing up a storm of material. Where else could you possibly go and see hundreds of pieces of awesome art be rendered and posted in just one week? The hopes and dreams of two generations are hoping for this feature to respark the wonder the original film inspired back in 1977. Based on what we have seen posted here on DeviantArt this week we can only presume those hopes and dreams are going to keep growing. It seems the Force has truly Awoken, at least it has here on DA.


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Star Wars: A New Hope

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 7:41 PM
The Empire Bargains by dvsdesigner












Who’s the most important person now in the Star Wars franchise? JJ Abrams? Think again!


It has begun. Below you will find the trailer to the beginning chapter of the next Star Wars sequels, Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, a new trilogy for a new generation. One well crafted 88 second trailer later, and it's just what we were hoping for. X-Wings, Tie Fighters, brand new Light Saber designs, the Millenium Falcon and just enough intriguing character moments to have us all guessing at plot points until the next one arrives. The style of camera work is also very interesting, a bit cinema verite, as we open on a character obviously on the run. We will have a full breakdown of the trailer coming next week. Our global Star Wars culture stirs in its sleep. George Lucas is whispering, “Wake up…” — for he has more life lessons for the youth. He continues on in his role as our children’s modern Walt Disney.



This second batch of Star Wars movies will hopefully fare better with the fans than the near-disastrous rollout of The Phantom Menace in 1999.  The Star Wars community was split in two by the prequel trilogy. While on one hand it brought in a whole new younger audience to the franchize, the older fans who had waited so many years for these films were devastated that they were skewed to such a young audience.


But there was something else missing, one might say the vital ingredients that made the original franchize so great. There was no hope that we’d ever see Francis Ford Coppola, writer and director of the fantastic Godfather Trilogy as well as Apocalypse Now, work on the scripts as he had done on A New Hope.  There was also no chance that Gary Kurtz, the original trilogies producer would be back either. Gary was just as involved with Star Wars as George Lucas was. He kept George on track on both development and production through American Graffiti and their early desire to do a Flash Gordon adaptation, the latter project evolved into Star Wars.









We can relax because J.J. Abrams, who so successfully resuscitated the Star Trek franchise with his reboot, is the director this time out.









No worries, right? So who’s left?


Lawrence Kasdan. The man who co-wrote Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. The man credited with breathing life into Luke, Leia and Han, then taking them on a slightly darker path. Kasdan was the man who also helped bring Indiana Jones to the screen, co-writing Raiders Of The Lost Ark! Many fans, with serious Star Wars knowledge, were relieved when the first video journal for Star Wars had both JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan in it. A hopeful sign that JJ wouldn’t have final say on the script, something many Star Trek fans had wished someone else had on that reboot. Lawrence will be around for a while, his name already linked with the further sequels and spin-offs planned by Disney for Star Wars.




So as the Jedi nation grows in its multitudes and the 2015 Star Wars Celebration Convention, scheduled for April 16-19 in Anaheim is projected to shatter attendance records, there remains little evidence of the Force ever having being asleep in these years after the third “prequel.”


Lawrence, our faith is with you.


No pressure.


















Your Thoughts






  1. Which Star Wars characters are best suited to be featured in their own spin-off films?

  2. Do you hope Lando makes a surprise appearance?

  3. What are your hopes for the new series of Star Wars films?

  4. How would you like to see Han Solo and Princess Leia's relationship play out?

  5. What is your favorite Star Wars Fan Art or Fan Fiction?

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Who’s the most important person now in the Star Wars franchise? JJ Abrams?


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Foreword by techgnotic


The Today Page welcomes Sylwia Telari with a review of the one of the most beloved animated feature films of Hayao Miyazaki, “The Castle Of Cagliostro.” A DeviantArt community member for over six years, Sylwia is a traditional artist, working mostly within the mediums of ink, graphite and water color, as well as a wonderful storyteller and concept artist. Sylwia is also a Community Volunteer for Traditional Art, so please let her know if you see an artistic work that you feel is worthy of a Daily Deviation in that category.











I watched The Castle Of Cagliostro after having seen all of the “Master” Miyazaki’s more recent films. It was a fantastic opportunity to see the foundations of his career and the roots of the magic Miyazaki formula that he would apply in his later productions. Based on the “Adventures of Arsène Lupin III” manga created by the artist Kazuhiko Katō (or Monkey Punch, as he prefers to be known), The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) has continued to be very positively received by audiences over the years, despite a not so enthusiastic review by Monkey Punch himself, who liked the movie overall but felt the character’s interpretation was too far a departure from his original conception.


Arsène Lupin III is quite the charming burglar, said to be a grandson of Maurice Leblanc’s famous character, the French gentlemen thief, Arsène Lupin, whose first adventure was published in 1905. One of the major differences between Miyazaki’s version and Monkey Punch’s original is Lupin’s personality, transformed from a cold and ruthless criminal into a fellow who is rather heroic and good–natured at heart. Such changes didn’t bypass the other characters either, creating the sort of ensemble so recognizable (although still not fully developed) for those familiar with Miyazaki’s later films.


One can easily notice the signs of the Miyazaki style that was to become the flagship of Studio Ghibli. Not quite what you can see in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, released 5 years later, but with the attention to detail, the unusual camera angles and the pattern of movements personalized for each character, is exactly what you expect from Miyazaki in his other works. The setting, both the landscapes and the architecture, is a wonderful example of akogare no Paris, a romanticized vision of Europe (and European inspired locations), another trademark element of his productions. What may be surprising for long time Ghibli fans is probably the language used, as Miyazaki didn’t restrain himself from using more ‘colorful’ dialogue.


This movie will make you smile. It has a never-ending display of beautiful visuals to marvel at and chase scenes the animated equal of any in the James Bond films. It does have a few cheesy moments here and there, and a stereotypically evil, one–note antagonist, so atypical for a Hayao Miyazaki character. But it also has those forever memorable scenes that steal your heart and details that will make you wonder. The Castle of Cagliostro should be on your watch list. It’s a good one.










The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) has continued to be very positively received by audiences over the years, despite a not so enthusiastic review by Monkey Punch himself, who liked the movie overall but felt the character’s interpretation was too far a departure from his original conception.


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I'm sure alot of you have noticed I haven't been replying to any RPs recently. ((Nothing new, right?)) Well, I'm sad to say that this RP drought is going to be like this for a long while longer due to personal reasons. I apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you, and I thank you for your patience & understanding.  
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So the bronies are in an uproar (Warning: vitriol)

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 22, 2012, 12:07 PM
Full disclaimer: I like MLP:FiM. I have fancharacters. I have six MLP shirts (a 20% Cooler, an Equestria Girls, Dumb Fabric!, a Fluttershy "Yay", a Nightmare Moon, and a Doctor Whooves) and collect the toys -- brushable dolls? Blindbag ponies? 5" plushies? I got 'em. I love the show.

So there's been con drama going amongst the MLP:FiM fan community recently, and a lot of people are in an uproar about "NOT ALL BRONIES ARE LIKE THAT".

They're offended that they're not getting recognition for "not all being like that".

Know what I think?

You deserve to be offended.



If you are pitching fits about this... realize that whether the events of the con were "factual" or not? This happens in your fandom. People are being harassed, threatened, and physically assaulted. Racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia run rampant in the fandom. (Pro fucking tip: rape jokes are never, ever, ever funny.)
And yet, the only thing you whine about is NOT ALL BRONIES ARE LIKE THAT!!!!.

So basically, fuck you. You are saying that no, it doesn't matter that people are being assaulted, what you really need to recognize is that we're not all like that so don't pay attention to them.
The safety of all people in this fandom is more important than the internet being a hugbox for every cis white straight male.

You don't get a cookie because you didn't strangle someone at a con. You should be calling these fucks out, not whining about how you're not all like that. Because if that's what matters most to you?

You're one of them, and you are like that.

(Sorry, I just needed to vent this.)

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  • Listening to: Bentley Jones - 'STUTTA'
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"You see that I was right, now, don't you? The truth is written in blood!"
    ―Revan, to Lucien Draay

    "Who I am is not important, my message is."
    ―Revan

    "Savior, conqueror, hero, villain. You are all things, Revan… and yet you are nothing. In the end, you belong to neither the light nor the darkness. You will forever stand alone."
    ―Darth Malak to Revan

    "Revan's strategies and tactics defeated the best of us. Even Mandalore himself was taken aback by the ferocity of his attacks, the tenacity of his defenses and the subtlety of his plans. Revan fought us to a standstill and then began pushing back. We didn't really have a chance."
    ―Canderous Ordo, to an amnesiac Revan

    "At the start, they were not much of a threat to speak of, but once the Jedi Revan had taken charge, things began to turn against us. The Republic fleets began to use more than just basic tactics. Feints, counterattacks, mass deceptions. Revan was a genius on the field. Revan abandoned worlds of their defenders so that others would be too fortified to strike, and was willing to make sacrifices in order to advance goals. And in the end, Revan proved too much for us."
    ―Canderous Ordo, to an amnesiac Revan

    "You, Revan, are the single greatest warrior of this age, and any battle we fight will bring me honor."
    ―Canderous Ordo, to an amnesiac Revan after discovering his identity

    "The Dark Lord Revan is dead. I am a servant of the light now."
    ―Revan

    "Revan was power. It was like staring into the heart of the Force. Even then, you could see the Jedi he would slay etched on his soul."
    ―Kreia

    "Is that what he was? Or was he always true to himself, no matter what personality he wore? And there is something that the Council may never understand. That perhaps Revan never fell. The difference between a fall and a sacrifice is sometimes difficult, but I feel that Revan understood that difference, more than anyone knew. The galaxy would have fallen if Revan had not gone to war. Perhaps he became the dark lord out of necessity, to prevent a greater evil."
    ―Kreia
    
"There was a pattern to Revan's attacks during the Jedi Civil War. He sought to convert Jedi, not kill them. But that is not all. In fact, he fought to keep the infrastructure intact, killed certain political leaders that would lead to destabilization - first patriarch Lelin-Dor of Serroco, the Corellian diplomat Mimas Yoon, and Yusanis of Echani."
    ―Mical

    "Only Revan was worthy of our respect. We swept throughout the Outer Rim without opposition—until Revan assumed command of the Republic forces. Only then did the battle turn."
    ―Canderous Ordo, to the Jedi Exile

    "Honor is a fool's prize. Glory is of no use to the dead."
    ―Darth Revan's holocron

    "Those who use the dark side are also bound to serve it. To understand this is to understand the underlying philosophy of the Sith."
    ―Darth Revan's holocron

    "The dark side offers power for power's sake. You must crave it. Covet it. You must seek power above all else, with no reservation or hesitation."
    ―Darth Revan's holocron

    "The Force will change you. It will transform you. Some fear this change. The teachings of the Jedi are focused on fighting and controlling this transformation. That is why those who serve the light are limited in what they accomplish. True power can come only to those who embrace the transformation. There can be no compromise. Mercy, compassion, loyalty: all these things will prevent you from claiming what is rightfully yours. Those who follow the dark side must cast aside these conceits. Those who do not—those who try to walk the path of moderation—will fail, dragged down by their own weakness."
    ―Darth Revan's holocron

    "Those who accept the power of the dark side must also accept the challenge of holding on to it. By its very nature the dark side invites rivalry and strife. This is the greatest strength of the Sith: it culls the weak from our order. Yet this rivalry can also be our greatest weakness. The strong must be careful lest they be overwhelmed by the ambitions of those working beneath them in concert. Any master who instructs more than one apprentice in the ways of the dark side is a fool. In time, the apprentices will unite their strengths and overthrow the master. It is inevitable; axiomatic. That is why each master must have only one student. This is also the reason there can only be one Dark Lord. The Sith must be ruled by a single leader: the very embodiment of the strength and power of the dark side. If the leader grows weak another must rise to seize the mantle. The strong rule; the weak are meant to serve. This is the way it must be."
    ―Darth Revan's holocron

    "My time here is ended. Take what I have taught you and use it well."
    ―Known contents of Darth Revan's holocron
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  • Reading: HALO Glasslands
  • Watching: full metal alchemist
  • Playing: BF3
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ENGIE: Regrets

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 1:10 PM



I was at first too stupid to see that we were no longer using ANNIE but Annie was using us.
She was a goddess in the machine, our search engine.

We used her to collect and share knowledge and in return she had started to use us as her processors. It was an unexpected transition and it took a long time, thus I failed to notice it, failed to stop it. The new organism had come to life in which we were only neuron cells of her massive mind, that spanned continents.
Humanity no longer had a chance to survive in it's current state. We had poisoned the oceans, we had scorched the earth and blackened the sky in our quest for power.
The world we knew was dying. I knew that this decade would be our last. The city would fall to the Zone, sooner or later.
Research notes from the last report of Charles Snippy terrified me greatly. They had found something horrid in the Dead Zone. Something that killed them all.
The Dead Zone Research and Tourism industry had stopped in it's tracks.
A new biosphere was rising to power, one in which humanity had no chance. The planet had learned to exist without us.
This was it, I reasoned: We ALL had to become part of ANNET or wither away. Our knowledge, our memories would live on inside her forever.
She would deliver us from the poisoned breath of the Dead Zone. Even if individuals die, the collective knowledge and dreams of humanity would be preserved forever inside Annie.

I rushed the project. I gave out neural interfaces like candy. A free neural interface for every single human being. A lifeboat for every memory in the sinking Titanic of our civilization.
A transmission tower for every city, a relay on every street.
I was so proud of myself. Everything was going so well. I was going to save everyone.

There were unexpected errors in my code that came out of nowhere, as if someone had put them in on purpose.
New entries were being made, new code was being written all while there was no-one in the lab.
Someone had interfered. Someone had tampered with my masterpiece.

In my search for greatness, in my blind ambition to change, to save what was left of the human race...
I had forgotten that there are other forces at play, those that interfered, those that wanted to take control of my idea for their own benefits.
Those that would wreck my plans and those that have long dragged our world into the darkness.

I have forgotten the Trinity test in New Mexico and the words of Oppenhimer that he quoted from the Bhagavad Gita: "Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds". Our ideas have the power to create, but also the power to wipe out all life.
And so, with one swift motion, my prize, my super-hero has doomed our last hope and dragged our ship into the dark waters from which there was no return.
Where did that blasted mug come from? Who gave it to Zee Captain?

It didn't have to end like this for our facility and our city. If only I didn't start project seven... If only the transition went smoothly.

How could a little cup of tea do this? How could 100ml of hot liquid shut down a thousand server banks?
When her servers experienced a massive failure, Annie must have felt threatened by us and so she's cut off the umbilical chord- killed everyone that wasn't already part of her, eliminated all that which was not under her control. All those in the facility had to die, as they were capable of deactivating more servers.
I did not want to die. When I saw the machines slicing up my friends and co-workers I realized that I no longer wanted to be part of Annie.
She was no longer my love, but something monstrous, something that I did not want to be a part of.
My irrevocable priority 1 admin privileges had saved my life.
I left the G complex. In shock, consumed by anger and grief I ordered total nuclear bombardment.
Those still under my control had responded.
The electromagnetic pulse from the nukes will shut down all the remaining servers. Annie will be punished for what she has done.
The network will deactivate, server by server - cascade failure is inevitable once a single part of the grid is lost.
Without power to the transmission towers, she will die, without the constant signal, all those blasted human-zombies connected to her will die.
There would be none left alive to re-activate the net.
In doing so, I chose my life over my dream of preserving humanity in the machine.
This too shall pass.

I will live the rest of my life in solitude in the western bunkers, meant for top directors.
There is enough fuel and food there for a thousand.

I am sorry it had to end like this. I am so sorry.


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~Dr Alexander Gromov

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Suicide Squad Revealed!

Tue Nov 11, 2014, 7:20 PM
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Warner Brothers has finally announced the casting of their new “Suicide Squad” movie.







The current squad of team members from the DC Comic pulls from an ignominious list of shady characters including Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Vixen, King Shark, El Diablo, Iceberg, Deathstroke, Black Manta, Cheetah, Captain Boomerang, and even the Joker’s daughter.


“Amanda Waller” leads this secret “Dirty Dozen”-styled team of cons and villains whom the government can activate as mercenaries for risky missions. If caught or killed they can be completely disavowed. In return these convicts get time off of their prison sentences.  This neatly explains why so many villains roam the DC Universe mere months after being captured.


Both Margot Robbie, who was hotly touted as taking the role of Harley Quinn, and Jared Leto, rumored to be in the running for the Joker, have been confirmed in both those roles. Will Smith as Deadshot and Tom Hardy as Rick Flag were also confirmed. Other names confirmed are Cara Delevingne as the magical heroine turned villainess sorceress the Enchantress and Jai Courtney as the Australian super villain Captain Boomerang. Short listed for the as yet unconfirmed role of Amanda Waller are Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey.


With a cast like this we’re wondering if this interpretation of the Squad will be closer to Lee Marvin’s Dirty Dozen, a team made or more conflicted, morally gray, characters than the cold hearted killers of the comic books. Jared Leto’s transformation into the psychotic killer the Joker will be hotly anticipated. After Heath Ledger’s transformation blew all the naysayers away with his performance in Chris Nolans’ Dark Knight, the pressure must surely be on for the recent Oscar winner to come up with his own unique interpretation of the greatest of Batman’s rogues gallery of villains.


Now we’d like your input on which other villains Warner Brothers should include and who should play them. Don’t hold back! Feel free to use any villain ever! You want to include Dr. Doom? Throw him in. Maleficent? Her as well!


Post your ideas in the comments below


Warner Brothers have been actively developing a “Suicide Squad” movie for a few years, so DC Comics’s publishing arm decided to re-launch the title with the property geared closer to the territory the movie is headed. DC Comics extended an opportunity to community member Jeremy Roberts to help rebrand the story’s characters. Many years of hard work were beginning to pay off...









DC Comics extended an opportunity to community member JPRart to help rebrand the story’s characters. Many years of hard work were beginning to pay off…


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Jeremy Roberts






Q: What do you consider your first break getting into the comics industry?





I got my start working at a small studio in Toronto. They didn’t need another artist, but they did need a colorist. So, I started coloring! I wanted to work in comics more than anything else, and this was my chance. That got me some published work and a few good sample pages, which eventually landed me an amazing job with Sotocolor Graphics, a virtual art & illustration studio run by Chris Sotomayor. I was a big fan of the work he was doing on Captain America with Andy Kubert. Chris is an amazing colorist, he’s still one of the best in the business. So, it was an incredible opportunity. I got to learn by coloring backgrounds on titles like Noble Causes, Captain Marvel or the Avengers. Then, that lead to coloring characters, or coloring an entire book on my own like Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers. I even got to paint some covers. We did art for movies like Captain America and Thor or the Avengers Assemble cartoon show. It was an unbelievably exciting time, and the work was always fun!


After working as a colorist for about 10—15 years, I still had dreams of drawing comic books. So, when DC announced that they were holding an Open Talent Search, it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I sent in my Harley Quinn sample page and a few months later I get a phone call from Jim Lee telling me that I got the job. My sample page was published in Harley Quinn #0, alongside a dozen legendary comic creators. A couple months later, I got to draw the final issue of Stormwatch, and as a long time Wildstorm fan, that was a dream come true! Then they offered me the chance to relaunch Suicide Squad, and I was thrilled.”









Q: You seem equally at home doing Pixar styled artwork as well as Suicide Squad, do you have a preference to draw stylistically?



That’s interesting, because I've never really felt like I have a particular style. Personally, I enjoy experimenting with a lot of different art styles and techniques. I think that its also very important to be able to adapt your art to the needs of a specific project. The work that I do on a comic book like Suicide Squad requires a completely different set of skills than the work I’ve done for Disney. I feel very fortunate to have worked on a lot of different things, because its really helped me to learn and grow as an artist.”







Q: Do you work completely digital or are you still doing some level of the work traditionally?



I actually started out working traditionally. I didn’t really have any computer experience before I started working as a professional. But, these days my art is entirely digital. I use a Wacom Cintiq 21UX and I mostly work in Photoshop and Manga Studio. I use 3ds max and Zbrush for 3d work and some illustration.”



Q: Now you’ve finished your run on Suicide Squad what’s up next? DC or Marvel?



Right now, I’m finishing up a series of books for Warner Bros. I haven’t decided what my next comic book project will be, but I'm eager to get back to monthly comic work. I’m not sure if it will be DC or Marvel, I am just keeping my options open at the moment.”









Q: Do you have plans to do a project of your own at some point?



That’s something that I have seriously considered over the years. I actually have a couple sketches in my gallery of things that I’ve created, and there is a huge backlog of ideas stored on my hard drive. I just don’t know if I’ll ever actually publish any of it.”







Q: Do you get the time to explore other forms of art? If money was no object would you be painting landscapes or taking photographs?



I usually use my free time to try and improve my art or learn a some new skill. But, if I had unlimited time and resources, I’d probably be creating animation. It’s something that has always fascinated me.”









Q: What was the biggest experience or event that set you on the path to want to work in this field?



There wasn’t really one event that lead me to this career. It was a lot of little things over many years.  I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. I grew up on 80’s cartoons, Disney movies, and action figures. In the 90’s it was X–Men, Tim Burton’s Batman, Image Comics and computer animation. When I was in high school, there was an art club that would meet after school on Wednesdays. We’d look at comics, draw, watch anime, or just talk, and that was incredibly important. But, the most influential thing was probably Gen 13, it was a hugely popular comic that came around at exactly the right moment, it basically changed everything for me. That was when I realized that THIS is what I want to do with the rest of my life!”







Q: Is there a particular inspirational piece of advice you have for aspiring artists who aspire to work in comics?



For me, it took 15 years, a lot of hard work, and determination. But, I'm proof that anyone can achieve their dreams, it just might take a while.”











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  1. Now is the time for you to play Hollywood producer, so tell us your character and casting choices for Suicide Squad!









The current squad of team members on DC Comics pulls from an ignominious list of shady characters including Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Vixen, King Shark, El Diablo, Iceberg, Deathstroke, Black Manta, Cheetah, Captain Boomerang, and even the Joker’s daughter. “Amanda Waller” leads this secret “Dirty Dozen”–styled team of cons and villains whom the government can activate as mercenaries for risky missions. If caught or killed they can be completely disavowed. In return these convicts get time off of their prison sentences. This neatly explains why so many villains roam the DC Universe mere months after being captured.


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SNIPPY: REMEMBERANCES OF THE PAST DAY

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 1:52 AM



October something, something.
Today captain declared as "REMEMBERANCES OF THE PAST DAY".

The day begun with me getting smacked with a broken laptop and yells "YOU'VE GOT MAIL!".
I tried to protest that laptops weren't attacking people in the mornings back in the past. To this, Captain declared that in fact they didn't have to, because users were so addicted to reading their daily mail facts that every morning they woke up smacking their heads on their laptops.

Then my head was treated to a barrage of empty, metal SPAM cans with words "SPAM MAIL! DODGE THE SPAM! USE FILTERS!".
With these words, captain gave me two old tennis rackets. The tennis rackets had yellow duck-tape stickers on them with words "DELETE" and "BLOCK EMAIL ADDRESS".

The spam can attack didn't end there, Pilot's job for today was hiding behind building ruins and throwing the spam cans at me at random intervals with yells of "INCREASE YOUR GENITAL SIZE!", "RUSSIAN BRIDE LOVES YOU" and "I AM NIGERIAN PRINCE WITH 56 BILLION DOLLAR OFFER FOR U".

Captain then gave me a filthy, blue sash that said "INTERNET EXPLORER 37.0" and demanded me to fetch foods from EBAY.
The old shopping mall where we found supplies yesterday now bore a massive spray painted sign "EBAY" on it. I still have no idea how they created this masterpiece of utterly pointless vandalism. Short of captain holding Pilot upside down and Pilot spray-painting the letters I coudn't think of anything.

Upon opening the mall's doors, I fell straight through the floor. Damn mold must have eaten through the old floor, I thought... but then I heard captain's comments "INTERNET EXPLORER HAS CRASHED" and it became clear to me that the floor was somehow sabotaged.
I decided to be much more careful from there on, knowing that there would probably be more traps that were meant to crash internet explorer.
"POPUPS!" Captain's voice bellowed from above, as cardboard boxes rained on me. One of them with the words "XXX GIRLS" hit me square on the head.

I woke with Pilot hovering over me, wearing a greenish, moldy sash with words "NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR".
"YOU WILL BE REPLACED!" Pilot's arms flailed back and forth in front of my face like a crazy dance.

"BROWSER WAR!" Captain boomed from above. "WHOEVER CAN MAKE IT OUT OF THE SUB-BASEMENT FIRST, WILL NOT BE SHUT DOWN".
I didn't like the sound of that.
"ROLE OF FIREFOX WILL BE PLAYED BY PHOTOSHOP"  Captain's voice continued,
THE BROWSER REMAINING IN THE SUB-BASEMENT WILL FACE FIREFOX IN A BATTLE TO THE DEATH, AND WILL LIKELY BE TERMINATED BY 300 SHARP TEETH"
I saw the worm monster being slowly lowered into the hole, red stripes were painted on it. The hungry beast emitted screeching noises that echoed throughout the building. At this rate, its friends would be coming soon.
I reached for my rifle strap, finding nothing. Great, they must have taken it while I slept.
Pilot stared at me from the corner, then at the worm monster with red stripes, and then made a jump for the door.
I followed, picking up speed.
Pilot thew another SPAM can at me, and I barely dodged it.
Netscape, I mean Pilot.. was already halfway up the stairs.
Suddenly, a sack of SPAM cans was emptied from above, hundreds of cans coming down the stairs making a horrid rattling noise.
Pilot pulled two rackets that were tied to his back, slapping the cans out of the way.
I had no such defenses, as I left the rackets back in the first room, and thus the cans rained on my head, derailing my steps and slowing me down.
Firefox screeched and crooned from behind, urging me to run faster. It sounded like a mad pigeon amplified through a megaphone.
Pilot jumped across several steps. I think he did serious gymnastics or something back in the army, damn my office life.
Just as I reached the door, captain appeared in front of me, blocking the way to freedom.
A large black board connected with my facemask as the metal door bearing it snapped shut right in front of me.
There were chalk scribbles on the board spelling a 4 letter word" S O P A " and below it "THIS ENTRY WAS CENSORED BY U.S GOVERNMENT".
I desperately clawed against the board feeling surely doomed today, just like the 2012 internet users.

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