3 weeks after the Penny Arcade Expo (it's a gaming convention), I finally stopped wasting enough time to get around to finishing my report!
There it is. Read it, and press [SHIFT] to turn off the squiggling if it bothers your eyes.
This time I'm not going to provide a page-by-page commentary, because that turns out to be quite an unfriendly task for the reader. This time I will assume you've finished reading the flipbook and then talk about things I didn't address!
This was a hard one to write about. Not that nothing happened - there was much experienced! But it was kind of a sad trip for me, to step back and look at the industry all gathered up and see so much of the same thing (at least on a superficial level).
I could keep complaining, but I don't think it helps anyone and I don't even know what it is I really want in my games. All I know is that it wasn't there, and that I was disinterested and sad. And then I ate crab mac & cheese and felt better.
But there was some hope on the floor, too!
From Moonspider Studios there is Harold, a game where you help cheat a loser to victory? But that's not why I'm interested; apparently all that animation is done in 3D! Generally I side with 2D in the 2D vs 3D battle, but I'm all for tech that gives 3D more 2D-like options, so I'm rooting for these guys!
Then there's Capybara Games' Super Time Force, which I am sad that I will not be able to play because I do not have an XBOX. But they do have an animated short on their site that shows some nice humor, and as for the game itself: it felt like a solid platformer, and doesn't abuse the use of "retro graphics" (which is sometimes a synonym for "I can't art").
Last plug: Pixelscopic's Delver's Drop. Unfortunately I can't find any game footage of it, and it was an extremely early build (it only had 2 months (or was it weeks?) of development on it), but it looked promising when I played it ("classic Zelda on ice" is the best way I can describe it). I'm going to be keeping a close eye on this one.
I'm starting to feel like I'm running out of things to say that I haven't already said in previous reports. I don't know how much longer I'll make these - I may try exploring other options (like illustrating a journal?) next time I go to a convention.
My 5th year and I finally get around to tabling. It was a pretty cool and crazy experience! I was sandwiched between , , , and , with my brother helping me out on the side (He later pointed out that we were the only dudes we could see in our row). I was also visited by many others, and met up with a couple of other deviants for the first time; Artist Alley is a cool place!
Anyhow, like with my AM2 report, I'm going to write my page-by-page comments here, because I know you guys just LOVE bouncing up and down the page (honestly, I should probably look into building some sort of alt. text support into the flash book, but I've been really eager to get this thing finished and out to you)
p.02 (Artist Alley Persuasion) - I finally did it! Though ironically like only one of the artists who actually told me to do it attended this year.
p.04 (Restocking and Business Cards) - So I ran out of stuff at AM2. That felt pretty bad, so this time I told myself I'd be fine with excess stock, and ordered like 600 prints. I also felt kind of dumb for writing my url on sticky notes, so I made 400 business cards at Staples. Ran out of business cards - didn't run out of prints.
p.06 (Complications) - Yaaay violence
p.08 (Firefall Bus) - So this was pretty rad. I got to go inside the bus and look around a bit before the exhibit hall opened. I was also present at its unveiling (all the while worrying about my table). I didn't play, though, because I ran back to my table afterwards (and I see the game everyday at work)
p.09 (Table Location) - Apparently finding one table among 500 is pretty tough. I was a little sad that I was facing away from all the action, but on the plus side, I was placed just outside a restroom. Anyone who went to take a crap would exit to see mine!
p.10 (Coworkers) - My first crowd of the con. Thanks guys! And sorry I wasn't there! I feel bad for being absent during this busy schedule.
p.11 (Helper) - Turns out I didn't need a helper as much as I initially thought. Still very helpful, though. My brother would watch the table, go on food runs, manage book-keeping, and eat my cheese balls.
p.12 (Fan Food) - Thanks to everyone who brought me food (and food related peripherals)! I was just kidding, but uh, thanks! I ate everything, like a young naive child.
p.13 (Self-Portrait) - Okay, so in case you guys didn't know, the way I draw myself is just glasses and hair placed on top of a flesh-colored block. This does not actually look like a human face, which is what I have. Don't be surprised!
p.15 (Denny's) - Favorite moment of that night: on the way out, a woman approached Larein, complimenting her hair and asking if it was real. Larein informed her that it was a wig, and the women said thank you and departed. As we got into the car, we heard a shout, "I was RIGHT!"
p.16 (Escape to Drawing) - How many artists start off this way, I wonder?
p.17 (Money box) - Pro tip: do not leave a box of cash laying out in the open. Luckily nothing happened to mine.
p.18 (Exhibit Browsing) - That alpaca has gotten quite popular. I'd want one too, if only I could figure out where to keep it.
p.20 (Red 5 Backpack) - This actually surprised me, since I figured we'd be less recognizable than our game. Though I guess "less" is not the same as "not at all."
p.22 (Abacus and Arm Covers) - Didn't get them, though. I used to own a pair of arm covers, but I don't know where they are now. Also, I cannot operate an abacus.
p.23 (Display Theft) - I was kind of angry and flattered all at the same time. I don't like to think about who might have done it, though, as it'd just poison my view of the community. Luckily it was just a couple of the small prints that were taken.
p.24 (Discarded Food) -
p.25 (Commission) - Not the weirdest commission I did that weekend, but it's pretty up there. Thanks to everybody who came by and got something drawn! I really enjoyed drawing people's OC's, and might consider doing something like again on livestream one day or something.
p.26 (Restroom) - I was also pissing next to Jiraiya, but this incident kind of stood out more.
p.27 (Empty Hall) - It's eerily plain without all the exhibitors and people and objects. Like...a ROOM.
p.28 (Charity Auction) - True story. Different words. Still, it was rather entertaining watching the rest of the auction - we came in just to kill time, but it was almost kind of a sport watching the bids come in.
p.29 (Closing Ceremony) - Finally got to see one of these (ceremonies, not ass-shaking). This was our first time attending all four days, so we figured we might as well see it all - like the closing credits of a film.
Man, there was so much more that happened and so many more people I would have liked to mention, but I've been working on this report for so long now that I'd just like to move on. So I apologize if you met me there and were hoping to see yourself appear in the report! It's not like I forgot you (except if I really did) - I just have limited resources here.
Well, that's about all I've got for now. Next up - I am thinking of redrawing some of those sketches I made during the con and uploading those in all their digital glory. Keep an eye out!
Hey everybody, I hope you like hearing someone you don't know personally talk about somewhere you didn't go yourself, because that's what I'm going to do! About PAX!
Most of it is summarized in the flash book above, but for other things that did not make good pictures (or just could not fit more elaboration), I will talk about it here.
First off, thanks to the five or so people who came and found me! Despite the paranoia I illustrate myself with, it's always a pleasure to meet you. My apologies to the people whose faces I didn't draw. I tried to take pictures of everyone I met, but I forgot to do that several times, and also I lost my camera so that wouldn't have helped anyway. *KageRyu798 gave me a hand-drawn picture of myself and some of my characters! That was pretty cool, and it was fun hanging out with you guys. Thanks!
Secondly, my apologies to the Jurassic Park guys. I played their demo and was genuinely impressed that they were doing something so different from their previous releases, and it felt like I was really playing a movie. And then one of the devs was like "Yo, you can have a free shirt if you talk about your experience on camera!" and I totally freaked out and ran away without giving them props. So here it is: !
It kind of sucked that I lost my iPod, but that wasn't too bad since it's easily replaced (which I already did!). The hard hitter was the camera. It was a cheap point-and-shoot, but I can't take those pictures again, so the only memories I have now is this PAX Report. And the swag. And my memories.
But I still had a blast and it was great seeing people playing our game, so it was an overall good trip! Also, we went home in a party bus, which was a new experience for me. I got to sit sideways! In a car! Is that much fun even legal?
Admittedly, most perfectionists are probably more stressed out and unsatisfied with themselves than they are confident and smug.
I hope I'm not gambling too much with this one, as I suspect this one is just going to go over some peoples' heads. Well, I was in the middle of drawing something else when I got the idea for this, so it's back to that I go!
Here it is - the thing a select few of you have been waiting for!
This was my first convention tabling as an artist in the alley, so it was quite a milestone. It went quite well, and I'm glad I did it. Anyhow, most of what I want to say is in the swf above, and what I didn't say will be down here:
p1 (title) - AM2 stood for "Animation, Manga, and Music," I believe.
p3 (coworker) - The advice was actually more like to use the vertical space available, and to not print too much. Apparently a common first-timer mistake is to make stuff in bulk for the discounted price.
p4 (cheeseballs) - I actually got two tubs. Saving the second one for Anime Expo.
p6 (manga) - I really should get around to finishing this, but now I feel as though I want to rewrite it (while I do enjoy writing back stories, they are quite different from story-stories).
p9 (beard) - I just stopped shaving for like a month, to see how far I could carry a beard. I'll probably clean up for AX, though. Some people don't like it.
p10 (boat) - S.S.O.T.P. = S.S. One True Pairing, I think
p11 (doodles) - I need to scan these and upload them some time. Either that, or just draw them as actual deviations. As an aside, someone later ended up buying the Link on a Pig sketch. O_O
p13 (laughter) - this was pretty satisfying, actually, even if I didn't make any sales.
p15 (water) - The plus side was, no water = no bathroom breaks. Also, thanks to =RabuRabbit for giving me some bottled water! She and her sister were the friends on the next page.
p17 (commissions) - It wasn't.
p18 (guestbook) - It was just the paper that the guestbook was supposed to be on (but had gotten misplaced). Thanks ~prince-opeo for leaving the beatiful centaur mural!
p19 (sales) - I had not brought more than 4 of any size of print, since I did not know what would sell and what would not. I unfortunately forgot to account for three things:1) I would be there multiple days, 2) I would have another con afterwards to sell leftovers, and 3) you guys! Thanks for your support!
p20 (interview) - Nice dude, actually. Didn't beat me or anything. Wonder what became of that interview?
p21 (sketchjam) - many things in the illustrations are an exaggeration. This one, however, is not.
p24 (oily lunch) - thankfully, nothing got oiled. I did have one customer pick his own print out of the envelope, though, for fear of my greasing it.
p25 (lessons) - maybe I'll share more of these in a journal after AX.
p26 (gifts) - Thanks y'all! It was really heartwarming to receive these.
Since the last dude I drew was in mid-July, I thought I'd man up my gallery with a manly manly man comic here.
For those of you who were wondering, this is what I was originally trying to make when I drew my latest deviation. It is interesting to me that this the original intent became the scrap and that the failure became the deviation.
P.S. the genie only grants one wish because there were not enough panels to handle two more. also he is a castrated genie but you cannot see that here
I would not yet recommend using muro to anyone. Or rather, the Guy Who Does Not Know How To Use Muro would not recommend it to Anyone Who Already Has Drawing Software. It feels like a work in progress, being unresponsive at times and lacking some features I didn't realize I'd miss (e.g. - scaling a selection). And for whatever reason, my strokes were super shaky when writing those words by hand. That is an anomaly to me that will probably keep me from returning to it for quite some time.
Anyhow, despite all my complaining, it was fun trying to paint again. I am not accustomed to it after doing only cel-shading for so long.