Digiket and WebmoneyDigiket and WebMoneyDigiket and Webmoney7 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've recently discovered quite a bit of artwork on Digiket that I like, and found a way to purchase it. Credit cards weren't going through becuase they decline non-Japanese cards. I think if you have a JCB card, then you should be ok. I didn't want to sign up for a credit card just to make these purchases, so I decided to look at some of the online PayPal-like processors that they use. In the end, I've found that WebMoney ( not to be confused with WebMoney Transfer ) works best for me.
WebMoney, like BitCash, NetRideCash or Edy, are prepaid cash card services. &
My Christmas PresentsI know it a little late to rant about this but thats because it didnt hit me until now. But anyways, WHAT THE FUCK. I got the WORST FUCKING CHIRSTMAS PRESENTS EVER. My parents don't know about ANYTHING I like at all >_My Christmas Presents6 years ago in Personal More Like This
American Internet Censorship BillA lot of people want me to talk about this to help bring awareness to what's going on. Apparently there's a potential bill that's going to be voted on in the Senate that would allow companies to "blacklist" websites in America if content is found to be stolen or pirated.American Internet Censorship Bill3 years ago in Personal More Like This
From what I understand it's pretty broad in it's definition (which is never a good sign for success) and under the new bill if a company simply filed a report, even if there's no evidence or proof, the offending website would be blocked by internet service providers by law. This is a grossly oversimplified explanation, of course, and you can read more about it here: http://americancensorship.org/
This has a lot of people really scared that their favorite websites, such as DA or YouTube, might get blocked.
Honestly I don't have any faith that this bill will pass. And even if it did, the moment it gets brought up before the supreme court it'll be decided that it's against the first amendment on free speech and be disband
Internet TimeWe had the Oscars recently and as usual it wasn't without problems. One of the controversies was Chris Rock's biting commentary about doing voice work for animated films, which was unfortunately insulting to the many hard working (yet perpetually unknown) talents who produce about 90% of all voice work in the animated medium. Chris Rock's joke was funny for his circle of friends and the aging academy, but to younger artists and professionals it was very disrespectful. Voice actress Tara Strong took particular issue with Rock's comment and as we speak his twitter account is no doubt being flooded with angry hate messages and likely racism too... which is very unfortunate. http://www.examiner.com/african-american-entertainment-in-national/tara-strong-attacks-chris-rock-over-oscar-2012-animation-comments-quotesInternet Time3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Other issues, such as glossing over Harry Potter and The War Horse completely and giving a Best Animated Film award to the likes of Rango, just continued to fuel my opin
Super 8 Movie ReviewI only recently got a chance to watch this film and I must say that I really enjoyed it. It's quite obvious from the second the logos begin that the movie is a huge tribute to both Stephen Spielberg and 1980's kiddy adventure films. This film has so much in common with movies like E.T., The Never Ending Story, and The Goonies. All of which are perfect pedigrees to draw source material from if you ask me.Super 8 Movie Review3 years ago in Personal More Like This
( Spoilers )
The story centers around a group of hyperactive kids in 1979 trying to film a zombie movie. The kids witness a spectacularly over-the-top train crash and accidentally film the escape of a monster with their Super 8mm camera (hence the title). When strange things start happening in town, they have to try and figure out what happened before the U.S. Army intervenes. ( / Spoilers )
I don't know quite specifically what I enjoyed more about this movie... the very authentic look of the 1979 era, the rabble of crazy kids mixed up in a big adventure, the allusions to old fashioned
Ask for feedback journal.:iconflowerthorns: has asked if I could help direct people to their page for general feedback and critiques. Here's a few specific deviations they're looking for feedback onAsk for feedback journal.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I try to do this every once in a while, since I know a lot of DA users don't get the feedback or attention they really should. Then I thought, why just stop there? Let's make this whole journal about finding new artists!
So here's the deal. If you want more feedback/pageviews/critiques, whatever... just leave a comment below. Everyone else, I encourage you to look at at least ONE new artist within this journal. Someone you've never seen before. Go to their page and look at their work and write at least ONE comment. You can of course write as many comments as you want, and view as many artists as you want, but the goal is to try and get everyone viewing and talking to each other.
So come on everyone! Post a comment, ask for advice, and let's see if we can help sprea
Persistence of Vision Feedback JournalCleo's story has finished and, just like last time, I would like to hear feedback on what you all thought.Persistence of Vision Feedback Journal3 years ago in Personal More Like This
But before we begin, here's what I have to say...
I don't know why people seem to think these stories are suppose to be full of plot twists and epic grandiose ideas. To me they're just short little stories chronicling different artists as they struggle with common things we all face. Nothing more nothing less.
I've also noticed that the same few people seem to constantly misconstrued the message or analyze waaaaay too deeply into the stories. Part of that is, unfortunately, the price I have to pay for posting them only a page a day, but I do wish people could reserve judgement until after the story ends and not make assumptions during the middle of the story. Wishful thinking on my part, I suppose...
I would like to apologize for the unintentional representation of the two friends. I pictured in my head that they were more bubbly happy energetic friends who were completely clueles
Kony 2012I've gotten a lot of requests to talk about this, which coincidentally happened right along side my two political cartoons taking off like wild fire. Dunno if it was an accident or bad timing, but right now it seems like everyone wants me to talk about Kony... which I honestly don't know why because I'm not a journalist and everyone else is making such a big deal about it I don't know what else I could offer to the discussion other than "yup, this is going on, check out the links."Kony 20123 years ago in Personal More Like This
Now keep in mind this next bit will be very scarce in details because I still haven't been able to muster up enough facts and everyone else seems to already know so much, so I apologize if it's a bit condensed.
Who is Kony?
The LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) is a religious militant group which operates in several countries including Uganda, Sudan, and the Central African Republic. Formed in 1987 they gained prominence and attention for their extremist atrocities committed against civilians and ch
BRAVE was... ok.Saw Brave the other night. I had deliberately kept all info about this movie away from me so that I could go in with a fresh viewpoint. There might be spoilers here, so if you haven't seen the movie tread carefully through this journal. To be honest, I don't really want to talk about the movie all that much, but more or less the public perception of this movie.BRAVE was... ok.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Brave was quite good, but I have a feeling it's not gonna have the impact so many people were expecting it to. Prior to the release, the fact that this was a PIXAR princess story with a female lead was SUCH a huge deal to some people. I think there were some lofty expectations that this was going to trump Disney princess stories and show women as strong capable role models without resorting to typical cliches and what not...
I'm not sure if that's what PIXAR was going for, in fact, the biggest complaint being lobbied against Brave is that it's both "too safe" and "too conventionally Disney." Brave is a good movie, but it does fo
Stolen work.This facebook group has stolen my work. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=402547276475157&set=a.151020691627818.34608.151017314961489&type=1&theater They've removed my watermark and put their own. Could you guys do me a favour and harass them until they take it down? I'm so mad! I watermark my stuff for a reason!Stolen work.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
**EDIT** Thank you guys so much! They've removed it off of their page! You guys are so awesome! I couldn't ask for better fans!
BH Cosmetics ReviewSo, as promised, here is my review of my BH Cosmetics palettes!BH Cosmetics Review3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Update for 01/26/12This week has been pretty sparse in me posting for a couple reasons...Update for 01/26/123 years ago in Personal More Like This
There haven't been any Brentalfloss posted this week because 3 months ago (which is how old the comics I post on DA actually are) I had a week off to kinda catch up on stuff and instead Brent and Dan both drew the comics. Likewise in another 3 months there will probably be about a month off of Brentalfloss postings simply because this whole month of January has been devoted to guest artists while I crunch out the next batch of comics.
Big things coming that way too. If you're fond of the Brentalfloss series I advise you to be on the lookout for the new strips going up in a few weeks... they've kept me very busy but it's worth it!
Aside from that I've mostly been trying to work on SYAC and finishing it up on time. Unlike my other stories like "Persistence of Vision" or "Harsh Lesson" which were drawn and colored up in advance, I'm going pretty much day to day on "Portfolio Day." This is not a strategy I advise anyone
Apparently I hit a sore spot.The news that I might one day return to the internet apparently isn't going over well.Apparently I hit a sore spot.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sent by "Schlomo G."
Can you stop being a whiney attention whore for once in your life, and quit relying on 12-15 year-old kids on a public art site to validate your existence (that's all your DA post was. Don't kid yourself thinking it was meant to be something else)? Your art hasn't gotten any better since your hiatus, and instead of trying to improve it you either sick your fans to give you attention or tell them to attack your mean bullies. Your Brental Floss strips are getting uglier each time you churn one out, and to add insult to injury, you, Brent, and Dan can't tell a joke (People on ED edit your strips to make funnier jokes. Let this sink in your head for a while). Apparently you learned nothing from your "hiatus" after seeing that DA blog, as I'm trying to figure out how each Brental strip keeps getting uglier because that's the only comic you're fo
Back to School and Accepting CriticismI am sick to death of people bitching to me that I can't accept criticism.Back to School and Accepting Criticism3 years ago in Personal More Like This
And I'm tired of people thinking that I don't WANT constructive feedback or that I block anyone who "offers" it.
But because I'm tired of writing long defense journals trying to open people's eyes to what I think is noticeable improvement on my part.... we're gonna try something a little different.
I think the best way to tell if I am accepting criticism is to SEE it in action. So this is what I'm gonna do. Each week I am going to post something I'm working on, be it a page from a comic, an illustration, or whatever. I'm gonna start with the pencil sketches and I'm going to allow everyone everywhere to critique it.
But hang on... I don't just want people writing longwinded essays pointing out what's wrong with it and how to improve...
I'm a visual learner and I need to see what I am doing wrong in order to get better. You'll be able to download it and draw on it, resubmit it as a link in a comment, redraw it ent
Video Game Updates and Other StuffThe "back to school" thing is actually doing me some much needed good. I got a lot of helpful criticisms on the first page of the new Alex Ze Pirate story, and I've been making changes to reflect the feedback. Now, however, I gotta keep that momentum up with the rest of the story. I've gone through the first 4 pages and used the advice to redraw a lot of it, change jokes, change panel layouts, etc. Overall it's making the story much more visually interesting and less "flat" than how I originally would've done it.Video Game Updates and Other Stuff3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Remember the fan campaign "Operation Rainfall" which was designed to convince Nintendo to port 3 japanese RPG wii games over to North America? Remember how Nintendo said "no" and there didn't seem like there would be any sign of hope? Well, clear skies are coming because Xenoblade Chronicles is being ported stateside! You can read the http://www.screwattack.com/news/update-operation-rainfall-actually-worked here and just be happy that you made a difference. There's no word yet
Mini Movie ReviewsWith a 8 1/2 hour plane flight to and from England, and with downtime a result of stress, illness, and jet lag, I've been watching a lot of movies recently. I won't go into too much detail, but I just wanted to give my impressions on a couple movies I've seen recently.Mini Movie Reviews3 years ago in Personal More Like This
John Carter of Mars
John Carter was a troubled movie in every sense of the word. It was given enormous studio backing, wasn't publicized well, and generally was a box office failure, resulting in a key Disney executive to resign in disgrace.
I won't say that it's the best movie I've ever seen, but it's far far above average and it frustrates me that people didn't see it or take to it. It offers so much wonderful imagery and possibilities for filmmaking it would be a shame to see this potentially new (in the sense that it's new to the big screen) franchise die right at the start.
There are a few weak actors, primarily the Mars princess, but they still nevertheless keep the story running at a nice pace. Plus there a
Lots of updates... again.Back From Another TripLots of updates... again.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been away for the past week and a half on a trip. I've tried to stay mostly in contact but since I've been away from my computer I haven't been able to update all my various outlets as much as I would like to. I even drew the two latest brentalfloss comics while on my mini "vacation" too, so no rest for the weary! It's probably gonna take me another day or two to get completely caught up, but I have a LOT of new stuff I wanna tackle. I'm working on not rushing everything out, but sometimes when you got a lot you want to do it's hard to focus on just one project. Anyway, I'm back now and I hope to be back to posting more regularly soon!
To the 1st and 2nd place winners of the SYAC in London contest from last month, I just wanted to let you know that your prizes have been shipped and you should be getting them soon. Please please PLEASE tell me if, by the middle of next week, you don't receive your prizes and I'll look into it.
GEEK OUT!I'm sick of the internet censorship bills. So let's geek out about other stuff instead!GEEK OUT!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Anybody see the latest My Little Pony episode? Holy hell... they actually had "derpy hooves" in the episode and Rainbowdash herself SAYS her name is "Derpy." Even if you don't like MLP:FiM, the fact that the creators of the series went so far as to take a fan created character (fan created in the sense that fans named a unintended background character mistake), use her fan given name (which happened to be meme-tastic) and not only acknowledge it but to actually PUT it into an episode like that... wow. I have a feeling this is kinda the next step of fanbase and media building. And it's awesome! So yeah... "Derpy Hooves" is 100% legit now.
Been watching a lot of minecraft tutorials on mechanisms and machines. Some of them are absolutely insane, and some of them are actually practical. I would very much like to build a "stronghold" in my world which is completely enemy defense proof. Automatic drawbrid
American Internet Censorship Bill Part 2Yesterday I posted a journal about my thoughts on the American Internet Censorship Bill that was being voted on by the House of Representatives. Within minutes of me posting I found out that the bill was defeated by a majority vote (though a very close one). So for now our precious internet is free once again, but it also raises an entirely different discussion...American Internet Censorship Bill Part 23 years ago in Personal More Like This
A lot of the comments I saw on the various websites I went to dealt with upholding the true definition of "freedom" on the internet. It was quite apparent that a lot of people who were upset at the idea of internet censorship were more or less concerned that they might have to be held responsible for their bad behavior online.
See, we all participate in illegal activity online. If you've ever downloaded a movie, or used a torrent, or uploaded images that weren't your own, or played an emulated NES game, or even uploaded video clips from a TV show to YouTube... you're technically participating in illegal activity.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneySaw The Hobbit last night. It was very good... if a bit long. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for seeing all the little details interconnecting The Hobbit to Lord of the Rings and all that, but for the average watcher... eh... it kinda dragged. I overheard several people saying they fell asleep during the film, and I noticed more than once a number of people fidgeting and looking at their watches. Still, it's a damn fine movie and It's a shame we have to wait so long for the next two films.The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Having The Hobbit being written during the beginning of Lord of the Rings is pretty smart. You could effectively watch the 3 Hobbit movies and then immediately move right into the 3 Lord of the Rings movies. Kudos to Jackson for that, it'll be great to marathon run the two trilogies back to back.
This movie was, like the book, much lighter and funnier than The Lord of the Rings and I was surprised at how much from the books they actually kept. They
Happy New Year! And stuff.Hey guys,Happy New Year! And stuff.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hope you had a lovely time over the winter holidays. I received the complete Blackadder DVD boxset for Christmas, and a dress-up David Bowie paperdoll from my sisters - delightful.
(And a poster from certain persons Statesside YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE turned up, which is much-appreciated, but I must point out you guys wussed out on labelling the tube-shaped parcel sent to my parents' address as "Contents: David Bowie's d*ck" like you said you would. Chikins.)
Many apologies I haven't yet resumed GND (I see little Wednesday spikes in my daily pageview stats and feel mildly awful). I basically spent the last week of the official "holidays" hurriedly finishing off a project that had gotten delayed by Christmas shopping and family obligations. It's another issue of that digital comic I may have mentioned and certainly will again once they get their e-reader format neat and ready for download - it's an unpaid, creator-owned publication and I would immensely appreciate any of m
Thank You's and Printing HelpDebate Thank You'sThank You's and Printing Help2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Over the past couple of days I've posted either illustrations about controversial issues or made journal posts with potentially polarizing topics. But wonderfully, the vast majority of the responses to those have been overwhelmingly intellectual and well thought out discussions. I just wanted to thank everyone who participated in those discussions because I know how easily it all could've devolved into opinionated attacks, arguments, and "drama." It really makes me happy to see that I can put out a topic and people can discuss said topic without being a jerk about it. That's truly fantastic and I am very happy users proceeded with calm and collected responses. It's been a treat to read through them all.
Booklet Printing Help?
As I said before, during my time away from the internet I've been working on a bunch of illustrations that I am hoping to have printed into small booklets for conventions. The point of these booklets is to keep the costs down (maki
Commission WidgetTook a peek at DA's new commission widget. Right idea, wrong execution IMO.Commission Widget2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'd much rather be able to accept actual money than DA's faulty and cumbersome point system, and the fact DA takes a "cut" of the commission money just for using the app is a really shitty move.
For example a $30 commission = 3000 points, but I would only get 2400 points or $24 according to the widget. That means DA is taking about a 20% cut of your earnings, which is bullshit. Also, the app only goes up to a maximum of 4000 points. So people who charge more than $40 can't use the app.
I'm probably not even doing the math correctly, it just seems overly laborious and frustratingly convoluted. I'm all for an app that makes taking commissions easier, and honestly 10 years was a LONG way to wait for such an app to finally be implemented.. It just needs refining.
It just makes more work for the consumers to force them to put down money to buy points (which DA takes a percentage of), only to allow them to pay for a
SYAC updatingSYACSYAC updating2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been working on retooling SYAC recently. I've also been experimenting with Illustrator too. I'm still learning and there's a lot to work on, but I think I'm getting close to reaching the point when I can relaunch SYAC again.
There are three basic rules I'm gonna try to follow with this new series.
1. Keep it cartoony.
2. No strawman arguments.
3. Focus on the characters and their interaction with each other.
Since the newer style requires more work, there will be fewer comics a week, so I don't know if I'll have a regular schedule yet. Also, please be patient with the first batch of comics. With all this experimentation and style reworking, it's likely the first batch will be a little "off" until I can work out a rhythm.
The new SYAC will focus on a group of people as they enter an Art College. Some characters will be returning (like Persistent Pam and Curmudgeonly Carl) but others (like myself) will be ditched entirely. The comic will be less about giving art advice a