New SYAC Character, CGI Zelda Movie, and HolodecksNew SYAC Up!
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
On Humor and Grittyness in Movies/Video GamesI'm getting really sick of the idea that the only good action movies or video games are ones where everything is all serious and dark. It's the whole "gritty" concept blown to extremes. But through all the countless games I've played and movies I've watched, I think that we could back off a bit from being too damn serious and have some fun once in a while.On Humor and Grittyness in Movies/Video Games in Personal More Like This
Take the latest Die Hard movie as a prime example. From the start it's a dark, gritty, almost monochromatic movie with a 20 minute car chase sequence at the beginning so over-the-top that it's almost cartoony. But the way it's shot is atrocious and there's no character development what-so-ever that 40 minutes into the film I was looking at the clock wondering not only "when will this be over," but also "what the f*** did I just watch?"
Contrast that to something like Independence Day. People like to rag on Independence Day because it's so "goofy" and "absurd." But what helps the film is that we're given time to enjoy the characters s
Yoshi StoryI have to admit, I am incredibly surprised by the overwhelming success and appreciation of the recent comic "A Yoshi Story"Yoshi Story 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
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 Events 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
New Mickey Mouse CartoonsHave any of you been watching these? Animator Paul Rudish (famous for Dexter's Laboratory and Samurai Jack) has been hired to do 19 animated shorts featuring Mickey Mouse and company. The cartoons are, naturally, very graphic and reminiscent of the 1930's "rubber limb" style, but with a modern twist. Here's a sample:New Mickey Mouse Cartoons in Personal More Like This
Sorry fans from other countries, but apparently this is only for American viewership Although I am told that if you install something called ProxMate in your browser you can unblock them for your region...
As of this journal there are 4 of the 19 shorts currently available on YouTube under the names New York Weenie, Yodelberg, Croissant de Triomphe, and No Service.
You know Disney, I don't get you sometimes. After gutting the 2-D animation department back in April (laying off 9 long-standing top artists), and after continuously turning down 2-D animated feature after feature... you're still capa
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. 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
Gaming Hypocrisy, iOS 7, Thick SkinGaming HypocrisyGaming Hypocrisy, iOS 7, Thick Skin in Personal More Like This
I'm really growing tired of the gaming industry and gamers in general. Am I the only one who sees a paradox in gamers wanting and demanding that gaming be taken seriously as a media, while demanding that the very people (journalists) who are actually critical and deliberately ARE trying to take gaming seriously to toe the line and praise the shit out of every game and give them all 10 stars out of 10 or else?
Most recently The Escapist gave GTA5 a 3.5 out of 4 stars and the internet freaked out because it wasn't a perfect score. Before that Polygon got heat for giving Dragon's Crown a 6.5 out of 10. And before that both Polygon and NowGamer got heat for giving The Last of Us a 7.5 and a 8.5 out of 10. Gamers freak out because they want EVERY journalist to give EVERY game a perfect 10, especially those they've already determined will be amazing games (like GTA5). But at the same time they bitch and moan if a game comes under any sor
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 Hatred 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!
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Say what you will about Anita Sarkeesian, you gotta admit that people do take note of what she says for good or ill. In this piece of news, it's for the good.
As you might already know, in her latest video she outlined a simple "damsel frees herself" video game. Nothing too spectacular but it showcased how one can subvert the typical trope and make a strong female character out of it. While many were quick to criticize her for not making the game herself (given her kickstarter success), others took a more direct approach and actually made a game in 2 weeks.
The game is called "Sorry Mario Bros," and the plot is that Princess Peach decides to rescues herself by leaving Bowser's castle in world 8-4. You progress right to left through familiar, but slightly altered, original Mario Bros. worlds working your way backwards towards world 1-1. Along the way you can take detours and use Peach's float ability to reach hidden areas and collect "princess coins."
Parody vs Pastiche and other Humorous ExamplesJust for fun I thought I'd do a rundown of the most common forms of humor, their definitions, and examples. This is not a complete list by any means, but they are a list of many forms of humor and literature discourse which often get confused of mixed up.Parody vs Pastiche and other Humorous Examples in Personal More Like This
An imitative work created to mock, comment on or trivialize an original work, its subject, author, style, or some other target, by means of satiric or ironic imitation.
Example: The movie "Airplane" is a parody of 1970's disaster movies. Many of Weird Al's music videos are parodies of other more famous music videos.
A work of visual art, literature, or music that imitates the style or character of the work of one or more other artists. Unlike parody, pastiche celebrates, rather than mocks, the work it imitates.
Example: The movie "Super 8" is a pastiche of 1980's adventure films, specifically imitating the style of Stephen Spielberg's early career,
Trouble at DCDC is having a hard week. Aside from the baffling backlash against Ben Affleck being cast as Batman, two other incidents happened which has pissed off a LOT of people. Here's a quick summary of each.Trouble at DC in Personal More Like This
Harley Quinn Contest
In case you haven't heard yet, DC is holding a contest to hire fresh young artists to help work on the new Harley Quinn series. http://www.dccomics.com/node/305151 This is fantastic news for a lot of artists, as "breaking in" to the big comic book companies can be extraordinarily difficult to do and this helps level the playing field. However, the way they've chosen to hold the contest is to have everyone submit 4 illustrations based on 4 separate scripts... all of which depict Harley Quinn as suicidal and trying to kill herself "comically."
Now first off, I get the fact that Harley Quinn is part of the "Suicide Squad," and that these illustrations are likely poking fun at that. However I feel that fact falls on it's face since the term "Suicide Squa
Sigyn`s dealStaggering Sigyn ran through the wide corridors. "Frigga," she gasped. Her throat hurt while speaking. Her footsteps echoed in her ears. "Frigga", it escaped her lips again. At the end of the hall, she could see a shadow. Slowly it became clearer. Sigyn's eyes had not be completely accustomed to the light yet.Sigyn`s deal in Short Stories More Like This
Thor saw Sigyn running towards him. Confused, he stood frozen, when he saw the young woman with an outstretched arm to run on him calling for help.
Just before him, the young woman stumbled, but before she fell to the ground Thor had been caught her and held her in his arms.
"Sigyn! What happened? "
Sigyn's eyes were red from crying, her lips quivered. Thor looked at her anxiously; he had grabbed her shoulders with both hands and helped her back to her feet.
"Sigyn", he repeated. "How is that possible?"
The young woman suddenly began to weep bitterly. Thor sighed and took the visibly confused Sigyn firmly in his arms. With quiet words he spoke to her. All his questions h
ResurrectionSigyn`s fingers twitched nervously. She saw how the flames in front of her became smaller and smaller. The fire needed food, otherwise it would be go out soon. The young woman waited. Usually he would come now and light the fire in the fireplace again. Every time Sigyn rejoiced when she saw the flames flame up again. The crackling flattered around her ears, it was the only sound she could hear.Resurrection in Short Stories More Like This
Sigyn felt anxiety rising in herself. Where was he? This morning he still had served her a bowl of corn and bread, but now he seemed to have disappeared.
So she thought at least. Loki was actually only a few meters away from her, panting and gasping on the floor. He had stood up and wanted to walk to her. But his gait had looked more like an drunkard and suddenly everything went black around him, his legs collapsed. This was the result of his lack of appetite and sleep now. The God wasn`t able to stand anylonger. Loki cursed. How could he be so weak? He did not know this feeling. On Asgard Loki
Loki`s shadowThor didn`t sleep well that night. Wild dreams plagued him. He dreamed of a deadly fire that burned through the golden walls of Asgard. He saw men and women carbonized in the flames. He heard mothers screaming for their children, all their laments. There were so many charred bodies, burnt walls. He saw death everywhere, all this destruction by the voracious flames. Relentless, unstoppable, arbitrary flames.Loki`s shadow in Short Stories More Like This
Writhing and sweating the god lay in his bed. But yet at the same moment in his dreams Thor saw a group of strong men warming themselves by a campfire and how these small flames secured their miserable lives from a merciless cold around them. He saw a woman who cooked the meal over a fire for her six hungry children. Many little offshoots sprang again from the charred earth. Thor could watch how burnt cities were rebuilt. Much Bigger, more impressive. From several chimneys smoke was belched into the air and there was Sigyn in all those pictures of Thor`s dream. She danced in all tho
DelusionThe attendants were running into the large hallway terrified. They were trying to protect their faces with their arms from flying objects Loki angrily threw at them to dispose of their presence.Delusion in Short Stories More Like This
"Go away”, the god shouted. "Leave me alone!"
Angrbodas servants hurried away. Actually, they had only wanted give him new clothes and fresh laundry. Of course they were also curious. They already had heard much about the former husband Angrbodas, who once also lived here before their time. He was known as good looking, but also as fiery and impetuous from the mind. Now they knew that both were true. When they had entered his room he was sitting at the window, looking into the distance of Jotunheim. They had been polite and had told him that they brought him new clothes and linen for the bed. Embarrassed, they had asked him to get rid of his outer garments, so that they could wash them. Loki had been staring silently.
They also announced to him that Angrboda would take care of his under g
Loptr englSleepy Loki blinked around the room. His mouth was terribly dry and his legs still felt numb. Still he enjoyed the warmth of the pillow and sheets around him, so he would have preferred to re-crawl deep into it and continued sleeping.Loptr engl in Short Stories More Like This
But suddenly he was complete awake. His hackles rose. Did he really fall asleep in Angrboda`s arms? Did he really become so weak to allow this? Loki gritted his teeth. He could imagine how much she had enjoyed it seeing him that helpless. Why had he just admitted it, why didn`t he stayed awake. Loki struggled himself free of the sheets, he had wrapped tight around his body while sleeping. To his horror, he noticed he was undressed. Loki's anger was growing even further. How could she dare to humiliate him, to treat him so condescending? The god tried to calm down, but it was just not possible at this moment. Just the thought of Angrbodas grinning face made him mad with anger. How had he permitted that? Why had he been so weak? The anger towards the giante