37 DaysI thought the BBC had lost its touch when it comes to drama, what with the cancellation (temporary, it now seems) of Ripper Street and the generally abysmal writing of a plethora of recent prime-time series, but they’re back on form with the 3 part 37 Days.More Like This
It follows a number of politicians, particularly those of the British and German governments, in the days between the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and the outbreak of hostilities in 1914.
The concept may sound rather dry, but watching the intricate lattice of alliances, treaties and family ties that existed across Europe 100 years ago crumble into war made for some rather tense drama.
If you’re a fan of either history or political thrillers (or fantastic moustaches), it’s highly worth a watch.
It is a little chilling to see how quickly things can fall apart.
BTW: The crisis in Ukraine started 16 days ago with the removal of President Yanukovych……just saying
New Username Symbols: The JourneyA New Road to TravelMore Like This
When I was first approached with the project to redesign and replace our user symbols I was naturally quite shocked. For those of us who've been part of deviantART for a long while, changing the username symbols seemed like changing the colour of the sky, or asking everyone to suddenly start walking backwards, right? It seemed like such a fundamental part of what deviantART is that it was hard to take on board. But then really, when you think about it, the old symbols were meaningless at face value. And that, my dear friends, is exactly why we set about looking at rethinking them.
Think about when you first found and joined deviantART. Did any of the symbols make sense? Did you stop and think "what is this ~ before my name and why is it there?" Maybe, but possibly you're probably like me and just kinda accepted it because that's the reality presented to you. After a while, though, you'd have seen the * and maybe even a ` or ^ an
How Videogames Changed The World.A recent documentary aired in Fair Blighty, listing 25 games that had an influence on global culture, as selected by life-long gamer and professional grumpy-pants, Charlie Brooker.More Like This
It's currently on Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWbr5z1Uu_U
There may be an issue watching it outside the UK, but if you've an interest in gaming culture I'm sure you can track it down elsewhere.
It's well worth a watch.
You'd be surprised at what holds the #1 spot!
CAPS to help the 'Nicest Guy in Comics'Stan Saki, creator of Usagi Yojimbo, and his wonderful wife, Sharon have been stoically dealing with her debilitating medical issues for some time now. Unfortunately, with the need of 24 hour at home care, money, even with insurance is becoming harder and harder to cover. To help, CAPS, the Cartoon Art Professional Society, has stepped forward to help with fundraising to help offset the overwhelming costs.More Like This
You can find more about this and ways to help at Garage Art Studios! blog.
Please check it out and help the Nicest Family in comicdom!
DREAMKEEPERS - Nainso in 'The Job Offer'Dreamkeepers must become an animated cartoon one day! I want to see one fully animated with voice acting, SFXs and music before I go to my grave! Mua ha ha ha! XXDMore Like This
But yeah I just want to say that the real hero here (well besides the obvious that are the creators to this amazing graphic novel series - Dave and Liz Lillie), in terms of the voice acting, I really want to hand it to Kovabomb - he NAILED Nainso's voice.
I still remember that evening when I contacted Chris on Skype in request to audition for the character Nainso. I just knew I had to get him to voice the guy cuz I could picture exactly how he would sound like when I read his dialogue in my head.
Chris is a natural in live auditions, cuz when I'm directing from the other end of the booth I ask him to do a few lines for any character I have him auditioning for in a certain tone, pitch or accent and after a few adjustments he hits that perfect note.
Sometimes it's not so easy, I'd get him to go for
Tumblr, cyberbullying, and a cautionary word.Starting Friday night, I attracted the attention of SJWs on Tumblr.More Like This
From Urban Dictionary:
Social Justice Warrior. A pejorative term for an individual who repeatedly and vehemently engages in arguments on social justice on the Internet, often in a shallow or not well-thought-out way, for the purpose of raising their own personal reputation. A social justice warrior, or SJW, does not necessarily strongly believe all that they say, or even care about the groups they are fighting on behalf of. They typically repeat points from whoever is the most popular blogger or commenter of the moment, hoping that they will "get SJ points" and become popular in return. They are very sure to adopt stances that are "correct" in their social circle.
The SJW's favorite activity of all is to dogpile. Their favorite websites to frequent are Livejournal and Tumblr. They do not have relev
*puts on tinfoil hat* What Frozen is really about!Watched Frozen today and it was quite the mess of Scandinavian culture and stereotypes. Don't get defensive if you really love the movie. It was indeed a cultural mess, but in an entertaining way. Also, while watching it, I unintentionally came up with a somewhat sinister theory of what is going on behind the scenes of the main story. (Keep in mind this is just for fun. I can't imagine this was what Disney was thinking. Consider it an alternative interpretation of the Frozen universe)More Like This
While it takes place in some Disney fantasy country called Arendelle, it's clearly strongly inspired by Norway, what with all the mentions of fjords and such. But the people in the royal city are wearing clothes that looks like a mix between Swedish and Norwegian dress and they raise a maypole which is mostly a Swedish tradition in Scandinavia (it's still done a few places in Denmark too and even fewer places in Norway, so really, it's seen as a Swedish thing). At one point they meet a shopkeeper who
John K on Rock and RuleCanadian animation was a strange place in the 80's. Also, apparently Mok's facial design would be a nightmare to draw even these days.More Like This
Crossroads of the world.My Battle Bunnies comic (which I will return to in the new year) takes place in (and under) a major trade centre of the fantasy world where the story is set. I’ve mentioned in the description of a few related images that this expansive city is a mix of Istanbul and Jerusalem, both in terms of aesthetic (particularly that of the Crusader era) and that control over it is desired by multiple factions.More Like This
A documentary series has recently started on the BBC that details the history of the city known today as Istanbul. The first couple of episodes of Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities are currently available on the BBC’s iPlayer*, and are well worth a watch if you’re as interested in history as I am. It’ll also give you a better idea of why I chose Istanbul as a template for Azkendaren.
*if you’re outside the UK: sorry, you’re going to have a hard time accessing this.
Chaaaaange?“Why don’t you launch a Kickstarter campaign?”More Like This
“Have you heard of Patreon?”
“Why doesn’t your site have a Donate button?”
Put simply, I have this (evidently archaic) opinion that; if you want to make money, you have to do the work first. I don’t like the idea of taking money off people unless they get something for it immediately, not [insert timeframe here] down the line. It feels like a scam. That’s why I produce all those cheap digital comics: to finance my larger projects (and which is why I get pissed off when I find them being distributed freely online, because it slows everything down).
Even for large projects, like video-games that only have a niche audience and which big publishers won’t ever assist: I don’t see crowd funding as a particularly good way to go about getting production capital. I prefer the early release approach, such as that Mojang took with Minecraft.
No complete product? Giv