Sucker PunchedThis is a LONG one so settle in!Sucker Punched1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I’ve been re-watching Sucker Punch a lot lately and have been humorously admiring how misunderstood it is. It’s almost comical how a movie that comes right out and says “I am about the negative connotations surrounding the constant sexual abuse and objectification that women endure,” gets reviewed and dismissed as “just another pandering male geek fantasy of objectified sexualized women.”
I could write a book on the various subtle metaphors and messages Sucker Punch visualizes, but I don’t wanna bore you all. But to demonstrate what I mean let’s just dissect a small piece of it.
Before we begin we need to understand two things. First, Director Zach Snyder made the film with the express intent of it being a feminist critique on geek culture. If you don’t believe me, hear it from his own words: http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/features/interview-zack-snyder-on-the-sexuality-and-world
Microsoft Employees Disrupt Wii U Best Buy EventsRemember how Nintendo was showcasing some of their E3 games at participating Best Buy stores around the country? Well, apparently Microsoft employees have been hired to go to these events and preach about the Xbox One and make comments like "why would you buy a outdated Wii U when the Xbox One is right around the corner?"Microsoft Employees Disrupt Wii U Best Buy Events1 year ago in Personal More Like This
However, the employees aren't getting what they hoped for. Most customers just start bashing the Xbox One in response. Seriously, Microsoft, the people attending these Best Buy Wii U events are people who are intimately familiar with the crap you pulled at E3. They ain't takin' your shit.
At first I thought this might just be a case of one really loyal Microsoft employee taking matters into his own hands (especially since the original source was /v/), but reports have come in from numerous Best Buy's around the country that indicate many Microsoft employees have ambushed the demo lines trying to persuade people to switch to the Xbox One.
Since so many reports have com
The Used Game ParadigmOver the course of this past generation I've been watching the video game market react to the way it's been forced to deal with increasing changes. I've come out against used game sales and even written a journal about boycotting GameStop because (like most people at the time) I believed they were the root cause of all the problems the video game industry has. But that's something I don't believe now as intently as i did then. From where I sit, piracy and used games sales are a problem, but not in the way game companies want us to believe that they are.The Used Game Paradigm1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Used games are a good thing for consumers. We get to try games out, and if we don't like what we see or finish it early, we trade it in and try another title instead. It's a very good system for us since video game rentals are much harder to come by. Most video rental stores in America have gone extinct and outside specific Red Box Kiosks there aren't a lot of places for consumers to rent video games. The exception, of course, being thr
Skyrim ReviewTwo or three years late but whatever! We can't all buy stuff day one, right? Anyway, if you've been following my journal entries as I've started playing Skyrim you can probably tell how this review is gonna go down.Skyrim Review1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I hate complicated things, and Skyrim is a game with a deep and rich history that can be very difficult for newbies like me to get into. Right off the bat the game throws all sorts of names, races, powers, legends, lore, etc at you. Too much of that can be a big turn off (heck I know people who still haven't read Lord of the Rings because there were too many names), but luckily Skyrim does a good job of easing players into the game.
There is a main campaign you have to follow to technically "beat" the game, but you don't have to follow it. The moment I had a chance to break free of the story I did so and I went exploring. That allowed me, a new person unfamiliar with any of the lore of the Elder Scrolls series, to experience the world at my own pace. The world is so e
Skyrim... Day 9, 10, and Rage QuitDay 9Skyrim... Day 9, 10, and Rage Quit1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I think I might've severely kneecapped the main story, but I'm not sure. See, I was tackling the cloak and dagger Foresworn conspiracy in Markarth. I found all the evidence I needed to find, went to talk to my inside man, only to be set up for his murder. I was jailed and allowed to speak to the Foresworn king but... um... I kinda... killed him?
After killing him I made my way through the underground tunnel, fought some dwarven machines and spiders, and as soon as I escaped I was rewarded by the Silver-Blood, given a full pardon, and all my items returned. So I'm kinda torn here... On the one hand, it was pretty clear that the Foresworn were pretty much enslaved and their land stolen and that the Silver-Bloods were to blame. But on the other hand, all the attacks were killing innocent people, and their bandits had been kidnapping and killing a lot of the people I've been rescuing in quests.
I don't really like EITHER group. The Foresworn are like terrorists, an
My foray into the world of Skyrim... Day 8Day 8My foray into the world of Skyrim... Day 81 year ago in Personal More Like This
I stumbled upon a young treasure hunter and her sidekick. They were about to enter a temple and loot it and I joined their campaign. However her sidekick turned out to be corrupt and evil and I was forced to murder him. Learned a new word in the process but I felt pretty bad for the lady.
I then moved onwards in the direction of Dawnstar. Along the way I stumbled upon a couple's make-out camp. I don't know what else you'd call it. It was a tent overlooking a beach with two beds side by side littered with flowers and empty wine bottles. Pretty cold area to get frisky but... who am I to judge?
I'd been to Dawnstar before but this time I managed to trigger the quest to rid the nightmares that had been plaguing the city. After making it through the temple I was given the option to let Erandur complete his incantation to rid the miasma, or murder him and steal the evil skull. I kinda like the quests where evil is trying to tempt you but you're able to disobey their
Binary HatredRemember when I was posting some journals about artist taboos and I had a couple more to talk about? Here's one of them, though it doesn't just relate to artists it's just kinda an all around taboo I wish would end.Binary Hatred1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Perceived Rivalry Hatred
Basically it works like this: You say you dislike something and immediately get attacked by people who either defend the thing you said you disliked, or accuse you of being a supporter of it's supposed rival (whether this has any basis in reality or not). It also works on things you like, things you're indifferent to, or anything really. EVERYTHING has a supposed default rival. Movies, TV, Video Games, Ideologies, Words, Phrases, etc. Everything.
Say you're an atheist? Automatically means you hate all Christians.
Say you like the X-Box 360? Automatically means you hate Sony.
Say you like the PS3? Automatically means you hate Microsoft.
You liked a Marvel movie? Guys you hate the DC stuff.
You like Chocolate Ice Creme? Fuck you and your vanilla bias!
Luigi, Slavery, and Adventure Time Progress VideoYear of LuigiLuigi, Slavery, and Adventure Time Progress Video2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Nintendo announced recently that Luigi will be getting quite a bit of due attention this year, declaring 2013 to be "the year of Luigi." First he'll be staring in the Luigi's Mansion sequel for the 3DS, then he will be a big component of the next Mario and Luigi RPG on the 3DS. In the RPG game, Mario will enter Luigi's dreams where Luigi can be as awesome, if not better than, his overshadowing brother. Poking and prodding Luigi's face on the touch screen will also alter the dream world, allowing Mario to proceed through obstacles. And if that wasn't enough, there is a new DLC package planned for New Super Mario Bros U which basically adds an entire game's worth of new levels exclusively to be played by Luigi. Pretty solid stuff, Nintendo. Now say that 2014 is the year of the Peach!
Mississippi has finally ratified their 13th amendment, a motion to abolish slavery written back in 1865. The discovery that the amendment hadn't been passed cam
Censoring the InternetA few weeks ago I made mention of feminist Anita Sarkeesian who started a kickstarter for a web series called "Tropes Vs Women" specifically centered around how women are portrayed in video games.Censoring the Internet2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Despite the fact that kickstarters are payed for by people who've made the decision they want to contribute their money to the project, Anita came under attack from gamers for "scamming" audiences when her fund far exceeded the target goal. Just this past week it's come out that a 25 year old man from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada, created a video game where the object is to punch the crap out of Anita. Wounds, bruises, and blood gush out the more you beat her up in this virtual game, and it's drawn some widespread attention.
Whether you agree with her viewpoint is not the issue, it's the fact that this retaliation is just "wrong" on so many levels. Do these people realize that what they're doing is shooting themselves in the foot? Making a video game where you beat up someone who's making
My foray into the world of Skyrim... Day 2Day 2My foray into the world of Skyrim... Day 21 year ago in Personal More Like This
Skyrim has a map? Wow, who'd have thought, eh? Seems I was WAY off course from where I was suppose to go.
I did a side quest where I was suppose to retrieve some golden claws from a bandit. I tracked him to the large keep, killed the spider within, saved the bandit, then promptly killed the bandit. I searched his corpse and picked off what I thought was the golden claw, but apparently it wasn't because when I backtracked all the way back to the town the trader didn't recognize that I had anything. Blah.
I decided to try and at least get on track for a bit to learn some new abilities and it turns out I was just suppose to go deeper into the cave I already was in. Backtracking is so much fun... Thank goodness for fast travel I guess. I made it through the cave and got some sort of shout ability that I couldn't use and defeated some undead thing before returning to... Whiterun is it? To be honest I have no idea how I made it through the caves. I had no indication
My foray into the world of Skyrim...I've never played Skyrim before. I don't own an up-to-date PC and I don't have an X-Box. But through a lot of tinkering I've managed to get it to work on my MAC via some Windows emulating programs I bought back when I first got my MAC. I've had to turn down a lot of the settings to low to get it to run at a decent clip, but it works! So I thought I'd take this time to detail my experiences thus far.My foray into the world of Skyrim...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
After an awkward beginning creating my character, and a boring guided path through a city beseeched by a dragon, I promptly left the trail I was suppose to follow and got lost in the wilderness. As much as I love fantasy worlds, when a bunch of unfamiliar names are thrown my way in such an off handed manner, I tend to gloss over it all and get bored easily. There's only so much "gheuihisuegh in the fesofhseiufh which is part of the soifheifheisu resistance fighting the gjiosfjeoifjes and the fejoiesoifsj" nonsense that I can take.
I spent a great deal of time just w
My foray into the world of Skyrim... Day 4Day 4My foray into the world of Skyrim... Day 41 year ago in Personal More Like This
Off on my new quest to visit Riften, I had my first random dragon encounter. Damn thing had me cornered on the mountain (cuz I was trying to glitch my way through the mountains faster) and it nearly killed me. But somehow I managed to take it down with only a sliver of life left. Hooray!
Stole a pony and then quickly got caught for it forcing me to pay the fine. I stole another pony and it was going nicely until I dismounted. The horse then promptly disappeared and I never saw it again. Curious...
Completed the golden claw quest on my way to Riften too. That was a quest I was long overdue in checking back in on.
It took me a while to figure out how to get to Riften. There's a big mountain in my way so taking the straight path wasn't an option. Along my journey I came across a fortress that had been overtaken by thieves. Upon inspection inside it seems to have become a dog fighting betting parlor. Details such as this are why I enjoy games like Skyrim. Nobody sa
My foray into the world of Skyrim... Day 3Day 3My foray into the world of Skyrim... Day 31 year ago in Personal More Like This
Since I discovered you could fast track to any place you've been to already, my new mission is to travel EVERYWHERE so I can get anywhere I want to go quickly. I have selective OCD. Listening for advice? Bah, who cares? But needing to fill in a map? GYAAH!! I MUST COMPLETE IT!!!
I repented for my sins of shouting at the "yawl," and paid my dues so the guards are no longer trying to kill me now. Cool beans!
I've traveled so far and wide and in all of my travels I can't seem to find any armor or gear that's better than what I currently have on. I also wanted to upgrade to a sword, but my double handed axe is doing 10x more damage and keeps upgrading so I haven't been able to do that yet. Kinda frustrating because I would much rather use a sword but you can't argue with results...
Took the 7,000 step challenge up to the top of the mountain to see the shouting monks. I learned the second word to the Fur Dur Rah shout and some sort of speed shout too. Then all the m
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (SPOILERS)I got to see the second installment of the Hobbit this past weekend and... I’m honestly not sure. It’s not too spoilery to explain the plot since the book has been out for over 50 years now, but I want to warn y’all now I’ll be talking about the movie and if you don’t wanna know don’t read ahead, ok?The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (SPOILERS)10 months ago in Personal More Like This
I’m uncertain because while I liked a lot of the film, this version deviates heavily from the book, even moreso than the first movie did. About halfway through the film there’s a sudden plot development that changes EVERYTHING, and other sequences are elaborated into wild action farce that goes against the mood of the book.
The main digressions are 1) One of the dwarves strikes up a romance with one of the woodland elves while in captivity, 2) Orcs attack the elven city while the Dwarves are trying to escape in barrels, 3) the entire party of dwarves and bilbo get split into two groups: one which stays in Lake Town, and the other which contin
XBOne... fixed.To everyone who says picking on Microsoft for their consumer unfriendly bullshit was "being unnecessarily mean," take a look at this. Don Mattrick just announced that Microsoft is back peddling with the XBOne, removing the disastrously awful features we've been bashing them for trying to inflict on us.XBOne... fixed.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.
For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future.
Since unveiling our plans for X
My foray into the world of Skyrim... Day 5Day 5My foray into the world of Skyrim... Day 51 year ago in Personal More Like This
So I came across this tower that had been overtaken by bandits. Outside the tower there was a group of soldiers who needed someone to infiltrate the tower and open the doors for them. They told me to take the back entrance, so I climbed over the back wall and jumped in. I opened the door and... nothing happened. The soldiers wouldn't acknowledge me. So I went through the tower killing everyone. Still the soldiers wouldn't acknowledge that I had completed the mission. Turns out I was suppose to take the tunnel that was right behind them, not jump over the walls. So after I jiggled the door open and close a few times, they came running to find the tower completely empty of soldiers. Their help would've been beneficial taking on that tower, but alas... yet again I misunderstood what they wanted me to do and did things kinda backwards...
Shortly thereafter I encountered a fort that had a magic wielding bandit fighting a giant. I wanted to stay out of the fight, but
Yoshi StoryI have to admit, I am incredibly surprised by the overwhelming success and appreciation of the recent comic "A Yoshi Story"Yoshi Story1 year ago in Personal More Like This
In less than 24 hours the comic has generated almost 200,000 views and been featured on a number of different outlooks including DA's tumblr, facebook, ICanHasCheezeburger, Memebase, and more.
As much as I would like to take credit for the comic, I want people to give proper credit due to DA user Commisar-Erdno for writing the story in the first place. All I did was draw it. Credit for the concept and execution goes to Erdno. So please be sure to check their DA page out and tell them how much you loved the comic.
It's also rather fun to see the comic being used as a Rorschach Test of people's optimism/pessimism. Either way, it's still fun to see everyone's interpretations of the story.
So thank you everyone for your support. I really did not expect a comic about a Yoshi sacrificing itself to save Mario to become so popular and loved by s
My foray into the world of Skyrim... Day 6 + 7Day 6My foray into the world of Skyrim... Day 6 + 71 year ago in Personal More Like This
Today I learned how to decorate.
So I completed the House of Horrors quest and, had it not been exceptionally glitchy and poorly acted, it might've actually been a very cool quest. Sadly I was a little disappointed in it. While the initial "terror" of the voice telling your comrade to kill was kinda cool, the whole freeing the priest just to murder him was kinda convoluted and badly scripted. Part of the dissonance I encountered was that halfway through the beating process of the priest, he glitched out of the cage and so was acting his terrorized restricted self completely out in the open. That and it's very hard to take voice actor Jim Cummings seriously as a sinner. No matter what raspy voice he does all I hear is Tigger and Winnie the Pooh. So good start but sadly a mediocre ending to an interesting quest. Cool mace though...
Speaking of glitches, I encountered another one while roaming around. I stumbled upon this cave that had a g
Q and A: ReduxI did a Q&A journal recently, but since some people didn't like the short curt often sarcastic one word responses I gave to most of the questions, I thought it would be a good idea to respond a little more in depth to some of them, especially since a lot of the questions asked were so similar to each other.Q and A: Redux2 years ago in Personal More Like This
What do you do when you have artist's block?
I tend to play video games, or go watch a movie. The best thing to do when you have artist's block is to get out of the area where the block is occurring. Go to a coffee shop and relax, or (since it's spring) go to a nearby park with a sketch pad and just start doodling. Artist blocks usually occur when you're trying too hard, so getting a change of scenery and allowing your brain to relax is what'll help get you through it.
What got you into comics?
A number of factors. First, I've always liked to draw ever since I was a kid.
Second, even though I wanted to be an animator, when I was in school it was much faster for me to m
Convention BasicsComic Cons are our bread and butter. They're how we interact with our fans, how we sell a lot of our merchandise, and how we meet with other artists. Comic Cons are fantastic... but at the same time there is a lot of unknowns and variables to contend with. I'm just going to outline a couple of things which should be common knowledge. If any artists who have attended Comic Cons want to add their own advice in the comments section, please feel free to!Convention Basics1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Make sure that you travel light. Try and fit everything you can in as small a space as possible to avoid having to pay for excess luggage. Even if you don't fly, getting around an unfamiliar city with piles of luggage will just complicate things. If the con is local, you can probably afford to have more stuff on your table. But if the con is far away, or you need to take a plane or bus, it's probably best to try and pack as light as you can while still having as much inventory as you can manage.
New SYAC Character, CGI Zelda Movie, and HolodecksNew SYAC Up!New SYAC Character, CGI Zelda Movie, and Holodecks1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Hey guys, new strip for SYAC is up today and we've added a new character! Come check it out! http://syacartoonist.com/ There will likely be a couple new episodes going up in the next few days as we introduce this new character and what he's about.
CGI Zelda Movie Shut Down... 6 Years Ago
Imagi Animation Studios, the company responsible for the CGI Astro Boy and TMNT movies, made a 1 minute test reel to show to Nintendo trying to pitch for a Legend of Zelda movie. The pitch made in 2007 was ultimately turned down by Nintendo, likely due to Nintendo being extraordinarily squeamish about letting an American animation company handle one of their properties after the abysmal failure of the live action Super Mario Bros movie. And hopes that this project would ever be looked at again were rendered null and void when the american branch of the animation company was shut down back in 2010.
But the good news for everyone is that you can see this
Being Critical =/= HateLooks like I need to remind people about this again, as yesterday I got several comments in a row from people who assumed that me being critical about something automatically translated into me outright hating it. I don't know how to stress this enough but that's not the case... You can be critical of stuff you like and not hate it. I don't know why our culture tries so hard to force everything into such black and white terms but come on guys, really... being critical and smart about what you love doesn't mean you hate it.Being Critical =/= Hate1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Take the Dragon's Crown comic, for example, in which I was critical of the Sorceress's design. From that someone hypothesized that I must HATE the game, and that's farthest from the truth. I know full well that Vanillaware is an amazing studio and they do fantastic work. One of my favorite games of theirs is Muramasa the Demon Blade. Dragon's Crown has scored really highly and it's most definitely worth your money to buy/download it if you can. BUT... I can still be
Late Lesson LearnedWhile doing research for the new SYAC, I actually stumbled upon something truthful on TVtropes.org. Usually I take everything from that site with a grain of salt, but this one bit actually was surprisingly honest and truthful about webcomics:Late Lesson Learned2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Webcomics work on a very different set of standards than other fiction. Almost all webcomic authors are working pretty much entirely alone as they both draw and script their comics and most do not plan any further along than to the end of their current story sometimes not even that far.
Many of them try to adhere to a schedule they aren't really capable of meeting, resulting in them rushing to meet their deadline and making mistakes that should be avoidable. So many of the good 10% lack qualities standard in traditionally professional works. This can be because of the lack of editorial input as well as the lack of lead time. Not all webcomics suffer from this, though, and even the ones that do can still be interesting. Arguably, some str