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  • Listening to: Sakiko Tamagawa
  • Reading: The Death Gate Cycle, book 4
  • Watching: Durarara!!
  • Playing: The Last Story
I have a few deviations to upload that I've been putting off for quite some time now (most have probably abandoned this dead page, and I don't blame them). But first, I wanted to try to clean up this mess of a gallery. It's such a daunting task. deviantART has changed a lot since 2004. Hooo my. And it looks so cluttered and unorganized on my page. I'm not normally one to delete deviations just because I look back and suddenly hate them, ya know? Gotta keep it real. But the disorganization is killing me. We'll see what happens...

In other news, I've been playing The Last Story. Up on deck is Xenoblade. What's everyone else been up to?
  • Listening to: Monster Hunter Tri
  • Reading: The Quantum Thief
  • Watching: Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi
  • Playing: Jeanne D'Arc
After a glorious two weeks, I return to the States. I made use of all those long hours of language self-study. I could communicate necessary needs and then some. Couldn't maintain casual conversation with the nice ladies on the train, unfortunately. =/
I think my traveling companions used me for menu / food packaging translation the most.

Jet lag's a bitch.
  • Listening to: Birds Outside
  • Reading: The Wheel of Time book 3
  • Watching: BRS / Mouretsu
  • Playing: Disgaea 4
  • Eating: Neopalitin cheesecake
  • Drinking: Water
Thanks to Cloud (who's never on dA anymore, so I'll refrain from linking to his account), I now officially have Painter Tool SAI!
Don't know why I took such a liking to that program.
Cloud's demanding I finish Lyr now, though.
What have I gotten myself into?

P.S. I got a new job.
P.P.S. I'm going to Japan in May.

Hope everyone's been fabulous!
  • Listening to: Clock ticking
  • Reading: The Wheel of Time book 2
  • Watching: Steins;Gate
  • Playing: Bastion
  • Eating: Cashew clusters
  • Drinking: Water
Wow. I finally have a moment to post. Life suddenly got amazingly crazy. Let's summarize it:

I was working at the college as a lab tech when suddenly...
I received a call from a science-related staffing agency that Fisher Sci was hiring, but....
One day before I was supposed to start, I received a call stating that the project was canceled, so...
The college took me back because they were hurting for help. I took a pay cut and a cut to my hours. This forced me to take a second job as a janitor. I was working 8-4 at the college, then 4:45-9 or 10 scrubbing toilets. Needless to say, I was depressed and feeling like a failure, when suddenly (again)...
Same staffing agency calls me to say that the job of my dreams (long story) wants to hire me. Well....
I can't refuse, so I dive in, despite promising the college I'd stick around for the fall & spring semesters.
And....

I now am working full time for Red Path, a pancreatic cancer diagnostics company in Pittsburgh. I'm using my Molecular Bio degree for EXACTLY what I'd envisioned from the start (well, if you take away grad school). Good times. Oh my, good times. *coughthisisonlyasixmonthcontractcough*

As if that wasn't enough...I'm also getting married on October 8th this year. I had a little under two months to prepare. Oops. Kouhai kinda decided this, since we'd tried once or twice before, but had abandoned the idea due to lack of interest. That's what happens when two bachelors try to get married.

Ugh. I only work 40 hour weeks, but between rush hour traffic and wedding planning sucking away at my time, I feel like I never have a moment to relax. That's why this journal entry is so surprising.
I would like to take this moment to apologize to :iconwilliamacorn:. No matter how busy I got, there's no excuse for completely disappearing without a word from your project. Once this wedding business is over, perhaps I can pick back up for you, depending on what has transpired since I left.

Welp, that's my story.
How is everyone doing?
  • Listening to: Kalafina
  • Reading: The Wheel of Time
  • Watching: Ao no Exorcist
  • Playing: Final Fantasy 4 After Years
  • Eating: Sushi
  • Drinking: Water
So, was the Archie Sonic reboot brought on by the Ken Penders lawsuit?

This was posted last year, but I bet it takes a long time to get this all worked out and see the results...

As of April 21, 2010, the U.S. Copyright Office finally began certifying my copyright claims (which I initially filed beginning back in January 2009) on every single story I ever wrote, penciled or both for Archie Comics. As a result, I am now officially recognized by the U.S. Government as the owner of every single SONIC and KNUCKLES story I ever created...

As for how it affects the SONIC THE HEDGEHOG titles published by Archie Comics, while it does not prevent them from publishing the SONIC series, they are not allowed to use any of my characters, concepts or stories without further discussion with my representatives. For now, they cannot reprint any of my stories in any media whatsoever, nor can they use any of my characters. Julie-Su, Geoffrey St. John, Hershey, Rob O' the Hedge, Lien-Da, the Dark Legion along with the rest of the characters and concepts I created - including the alternative universes and future timeline - cannot appear in the series.

Every story since issue #160 that features my characters and concepts is essentially unauthorized, as I did not grant Archie Comics the right to use my creations for their benefit without compensation to me.

At this time, anyone distributing and selling copies of SONIC ARCHIVES Nos. 3 through 13, SONIC SELECT Nos. 1 and 2, as well as any of the latest issues of SONIC THE HEDGEHOG and SONIC UNIVERSE that feature my characters in any way, shape or form will be asked to cease and desist or else risk facing the consequences.


I read issue 226, and I can say, I'm not really feeling it. After all that I had invested in the series, this starting over is feeling crappy. I see a ray of hope when I read the cover: Sonic Genesis Part 1 and Part 2, as in, after we cover the games, we'll wrap up this miniseries. But if this Penders thing is true...

Thoughts?

P.S. Don't sue me for reposting your words on the forums here, Ken!

EDIT-----------------------------------
I've decided to add some of my comments below to this entry. I believe it will help further bring to light my thoughts on this situation.
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This whole copyright fiasco has made me read up more on the matter. Based on the interviews with him that I saw/read, I've come to a conclusion painted by Penders himself.

The fact is I never relied on any other Archie-Sonic writer's material for any of my stories [...] I didn't rely on Mike Gallagher's material to drive my stories, nor did I ever pay attention to anything Karl was doing beyond supplying him with bits of info whenever he was incorporating one of my characters into his stories. A thorough check of my work will show I never used a Karl-created character until I used Mina in SONIC #150, due more to a conversation with Mike P when working out the plot.

What I read from that is: Ken is not a team player and/or finds himself too good to bother with what anyone else might have to say. That shows up. The stories and characters come off as isolated. While I've seen some good in his stories, I think some critiquing and collaborating could have helped him be top notch. To further back this conclusion:

Finally, this past October, editor Mike Pellerito told me he wanted to make a change. The MOBIUS: 25 YEARS LATER 2-parter I had recently turned in would be the last story I would write for Archie Sonic in the foreseeable future. He did, however, allow me the chance to continue working on the book in an artistic capacity.

He was booted (probably for the above-stated team player issues). This would lead to a little...resentment?

His thoughts on the current staff:

So from where I sit, all Mike and Ian are doing is living off the work done by others that came before them instead of allowing SONIC to grow and evolve in a similar organic manner when I was on the book.

I suspect that if they would have awkwardly dumped all he did, he would have been complaining all the same, just to a different tune. And again, he was by no means the ONLY writer. The series was going a certain direction -- the newcomer kept with it.

...and it leaves me scratching my head wondering if Ian has ever attempted going beyond what any of us did, if he's created a character like a Julie-Su or a Geoffrey St John, or if he's written something like an ENDGAME or THE DARK LEGION that people are still talking about years later.

Here is a pretty clear example of his arrogance. First of all, who the fuck ever talked about the Dark Legion? St. John had a chance to be something, but always seemed to fall short. I started feeling him only recently, when he went all Ixus wizard. Your End Game was talked about because of a culmination of multiple things. Perhaps you had written an interesting story, but the main driving force was so ridiculous that it confused me even as a young reader (Hershey, wtf). The real excitement was that we were hitting issue 50, which we never thought we'd get to (see below). The real excitement was the awesome gold CG cover. The real excitement was a chance to see various artists come together in one issue. Your story's short-sightedness became apparent, however, once the series went beyond 50. In fact, it became just plain awkward. Would've been great, had the series ended at 50. I would've also opted for the Sally death, had 50 been the end, but thankfully she stayed and had a lot more to contribute to the story.

In regards to making it to issue 50:
Even the publishers had no clue at all how long the book would last, hedging their bets by offering only six-issue subscriptions instead of the twelve-issue subs they offered on all their other titles.[...]It was at that point that I wrote up an outline of stories designed to take the series to issue 50. The culmination of which was the final epic battle between Sonic and his arch-nemesis Dr. Robotnik. All the while I knew there were no guarantees we would even make it to the 50th issue.
  • Listening to: Jellyfish -- Index
  • Reading: Physics of the Impossible
  • Watching: Madoka
  • Playing: Pokemon Black
  • Eating: Oops all berries Capn Crunch
  • Drinking: Water
Well well well. Kotaku did an article on the Archie Sonic comic series.

Edit: Gah, the direct link won't work due to certain symbols in the url...You can search it out over at kotaku.com/ . The title is Your Latest Reboot Is Sonic the Hedgehog’s Comic Book Series

Possibly killing off a character
Well, we've all seen that before. Death really isn't known to be final in the comic universe. I guess Uma Arachnis and Tommy Turtle have died and stayed dead, right? They were lesser-known characters, though. There was that time during the 47-50 arc that they (or just Ken Penders) tried to kill off Sally, but it instead turned into an awkwardly-lame "she's just sleeping" resolution when he got voted down.

...resetting a complex and bloated universe in an effort to welcome new readers.
It's become complex, but isn't that a good thing? The longest-running video game comic is going to have a lot in its history books, right?

Writer Ian Flynn tells Newsarama the change will have "serious ramifications."
That's scary but possibly exciting.

"'The Sonic comics were created back when there was a stark division between the Western and Eastern marketing campaigns, only for them to be unified in 1999, which created drastic shifts in the property's tone and art direction...The Sonic books have weathered all these changes and incorporated a little bit of everything, but despite the best efforts of all the creatives over the years, not everything has perfectly meshed."
This is very true; however, I'd hate to see characters unique to the Archie comic wiped out, never to return. =/

Well, I hope the prospect of gaining new readers, who may or may not stick around, is profitable enough to possibly alienate the long-standing fans, who have been faithful to the series all this time.

The last issue I picked up was 221. I guess I'm behind the times, eh? I need to go pick up my subscription before the comic store cleans out my box! :shakefist:
  • Listening to: Clock ticking
  • Reading: Physics of the Impossible
  • Watching: Panty & Stocking / Kuragehime
  • Playing: Fable 3, Etrian Odyssey 3, Black Ops
  • Eating: Broccoli/Cheese Hotpocket
  • Drinking: Water
私、ワープロ馬鹿と思います。

Such is the age we live in.
  • Listening to: Furnace
  • Reading: Physics of the Impossible
  • Watching: Panty & Stocking / Kuragehime
  • Playing: Fable 3, Etrian Odyssey 3
  • Eating: Cheezits
  • Drinking: Water
Why don't I draw anymore?
  • Reading: The Agile Gene
  • Watching: Monster
  • Playing: FFXIII & Mass Effect
  • Eating: Oreos
  • Drinking: Water
Bought a "new" car (2009 Kia Rio LX).
Landed a credit card (finally).
Closing on the house Thursday (April Fool's Day of all days).
Bought furniture to place in said house (the amount of zeroes on the bill was one too many).
Obviously been busy, but I am working on a picture of Cloud's Nightelf from WoW. (he knows to be patient with me).
  • Reading: The 12 Kingdoms Vol. 4
  • Watching: Monster
  • Playing: FFXIII
  • Eating: Oreos
  • Drinking: Water
www.img.archiecomics.com/cover…

Am I the only one excited to see Conquering Storm on the #15 cover?


...dammit, I managed to miss issue 13...
  • Reading: The Origins of Virtue
  • Watching: Ookamikakushi
  • Playing: Dissidia
  • Eating: Peanut M&Ms
  • Drinking: V8 Fusion
雪が止みません。
外は真っ白です。
所々、私の足のすねより高く積もっています。
綺麗ですね~
  • Reading: The Origins of Virtue
  • Playing: Dissidia
  • Eating: Peanut M&Ms
  • Drinking: Water
100 Theme Challenge

Anyone remember this thing? I remember my extra rule: All 100 deviations will be RP-related. Ha ha!
Aaahhhh...I haven't posted anything since '07? Surely I could have fit some of my deviations between then and now into this list. Derp.

The rules:
1.) Make 100 pieces each one having a theme listed below. Only one theme per piece!
2.) No time limit so have fun!
3a.) Pieces should be of own artistic ability. You may not edit photos, or break any other rules set out in the DA etiquette policy. Your pieces can be anything from sketches and doodles to great masterpieces. Just have fun with it.
4.)The list below is to be placed somewhere in your journal for others to see that...
A.)You are in the challenge B.)What you have completed
5.) Make sure to update this list with a link to your deviation.
Now the good part. CHALLENGE YOUR FRIENDS. CHALLENGE ME.

THE LIST
1. Introduction
2. Love
3. Light
4. Dark
5. Seeking Solace
6. Break Away
7. Heaven
8. Innocence
9. Drive
10. Breathe Again
11. Memory (01/05/2010)
12. Insanity
13. Misfortune
14. Smile
15. Silence
16. Questioning
17. Blood
18. Rainbow
19. Gray
20. Fortitude
21. Vacation
22. Mother Nature
23. Cat
24. No Time
25. Trouble Lurking
26. Tears
27. Foreign
28. Sorrow
29. Happiness
30. Under the Rain
31. Flowers
32. Night
33. Expectations (06/13/2007)
34. Stars
35. Hold My Hand (05/03/2007)
36. Precious Treasure
37. Eyes
38. Abandoned
39. Dreams
40. Rated
41. Teamwork (05/01/2007)
42. Standing Still
43. Dying
44. Two Roads
45. Illusion
46. Family
47. Creation
48. Childhood (07/11/2007)
49. Stripes
50. Breaking the Rules
51. Sport
52. Deep in Thought
53. Keeping a Secret
54. Tower
55. Waiting
56. Danger Ahead
57. Sacrifice
58. Kick in the Head
59. No Way Out
60. Rejection
61. Fairy Tale
62. Magic
63. Do Not Disturb
64. Multitasking
65. Horror
66. Traps
67. Playing the Melody
68. Hero
69. Annoyance
70. 67%
71. Obsession
72. Mischief Managed
73. I Can't
74. Are You Challenging Me?
75. Mirror
76. Broken Pieces
  • Reading: ~odds and ends~
  • Watching: Umineko no Naku koro ni
  • Playing: Bioshock & CoD:MW2
  • Eating: Roast beast
  • Drinking: Water
Mochizuki's ~odds and ends~ is by far the most beautiful art book I've ever had the honor to own. Her style quickly became my favorite (that's saying a lot since Mokona has held the top for many many years). And the book design/layout itself compliments every piece of art. The presentation is overall the best I've come across to date. The tough part about new artbooks? Translating that "handwritten" scribble-font they use for comments throughout the rough sketches. x__x

img.photobucket.com/albums/v21…

:iconsakabatou314: had intended for it to be a Christmas present, but the book fell out of its hiding spot in his closet, and I happened to turn and see it. He's been moping around ever since, because quite frankly, I can't really see anything else topping that this year (or future years?).

Edit: I just realized that deviantART was displeased with my using kanji in the title. Yikes.
Edit Edit: Annnnnd that goes for katakana, too. I thought I'd slipped some in in the past. パンドラハーツ ? 望月淳画集 ?
  • Reading: Dragons of Winter Night
  • Watching: Umineko no Naku koro ni
  • Playing: Bioshock & CoD:MW2
  • Eating: Sushi
  • Drinking: Water
Got a Christmas present early because my fiancee can't wait to give gifts. What was it you ask? A terabyte external hard drive. Quite a step up from my 70 gig computer. Backed everything up...now I just have to wait and see which electronic item bites the dust first.

In other news (since this is an art site and all)...
I would say I've been having Artist's Block, but that would be incorrect. Goten better phrased it as Artist's Fail (AF) since I do have things in mind, they're just not coming out on the paper as I want. Frustrating.
I've also been balancing my free time with preparing a minor quest for our D&D group. So just when I think I can sit down and conquer my AF, I get distracted by dungeon mapping and encounter balancing.

Also: I just had a flashback to the days of writing papers for Biotech when I made sure to note how Artist's Fail would be abbreviated...
  • Reading: The Second Generation
  • Watching: Pandora Hearts
  • Playing: BlazBlue
  • Eating: Coconut M&Ms
  • Drinking: Water
Get me a planeswalker ID, because I just landed a job!

The community college called me today to offer me a position at their main campus!

It'll be weird to be back among my old professors as something other than a student. These are the people who kicked my sorry ass into gear and made me take schooling and science seriously. I think I'm even more nervous now than I was at the interview (which consisted of an entire committee staring me down during questions and chemical-mixing session). Don't want to let those down who were all routing for me. I'm no expert...just a newly-emerged graduate. Geh. A Bachelors of Science isn't really the least bit impressive in the science field. Hmm...

In all though, the pay is better than I expected, and there are a few more hours than the off campus site was willing to offer. Oh yeah, and the deli I applied at yesterday also called 5 minutes after the college did. Should I go from absolutely no job to an overload? Hate to waste the opportunity...but I want to give my all to getting settled in at the college.

Oh! And my raw Pandora Hearts manga or is finally being processed!
  • Reading: Test of the Twins
  • Watching: Pandora Hearts
  • Playing: BlazBlue
  • Eating: Coconut M&Ms
  • Drinking: Water
No, not on dA (that's only 5 years). Ten years of me RPing! And today, I received what just might be the greatest RP-related story ever. For my birthday, :iconsakabatou314: whipped up a story that pretty much summarizes Dota and the people she RPed with over the years. I have to admit, I'm jealous. He somehow captured everyone perfectly, despite being only a part of the 2nd generation. I'm trying to get him to post it on dA, even though he argues (with good reason) that no one else would really get it anyways. Bah! Maybe I'll sneak onto his account and post it anyways. Hehehe...
  • Reading: Time of the Twins
  • Watching: Pandora Hearts
  • Playing: BlazBlue
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Water
New ID's up.
Also decided to start coloring Conquering Storm dotastrife.deviantart.com/art/… .
She's become the top faved deviation in my gallery, though tied as I post this with Gala-Na dotastrife.deviantart.com/art/… . She's definitely beaten Gala-Na with the rate at which faving occurred. I may not be as talented as so many of the amazing and well-known people here on dA, but in my personal little corner of the community, I can be happy.

P.S. It's only 8 faves. Ha!
  • Listening to: Yousei Teikoku
  • Reading: kar2-1
  • Watching: Pandora Hearts
  • Playing: Crystal Defenders
  • Eating: Apricot cookies
  • Drinking: Water
...but hopefully not.
Critiques. I wasn't going to mention anything, but dA threw a HUGE advertisement in my inbox as though it was challenging me. The original instigator was a previous message informing me that a person I watched critiqued a person I did not watch, nor did I care to watch. Why the hell should I be informed when people are doing what this site was originally designed for? I don't get a notice for them faving or commenting otherwise. Just more shit to clutter my mailbox. I'm not 12. Dangling something new and shiny in front of me won't entice me to dish out money so I can join the fad.
I already see the abuse coming anyways. There's a fancy-shmancy star system so you can quickly quantify just how good or bad you feel a deviation is without actually putting thought into it. Just like the old comment system.
"But Dota! Only subscribers can use this groundbreaking feature! That should keep it to only people who are serious about art!" Bullshit. dA is banking on the fact that all the teeny-bopping sheep are going to want to hop on the bandwagon. Suddenly no one will read normal comments. Those will mean nothing, no matter how thoughtful they are. It's a new form of dA social status to do the same damn thing we're supposed to be doing anyways. I understand that we all brought this on ourselves. We're all guilty of leaving those "Looks good" empty comments. It leaves people wishing they could get some real feedback. On the other side of the coin, leaving critical comments often starts drama because people don't want to hear bad things about their hard work. Enter the "Critique Requested" sign. It's a glorious feature. It allows me to know when people desire critical analysis.
But hey, if this new Critique works, it makes dA money, and that's good. I have been a non-subscriber all this time. This is made possible by the people who actually do feed money into the system. For how much I use this site, I should have supported it financially. They deserve it, because despite all of my bitching in this post, dA is a wonderful community.
  • Listening to: Yousei Teikoku
  • Reading: kar2-1
  • Watching: X TV
  • Playing: My Japanese Coach
  • Eating: Tootsie rolls
  • Drinking: Water
Though it appears I've deserted this place, I have in actuality been lurking in the shadows all this time. Commenting has dwindled, I know. Deviation submissions are even more of a lost cause, but I have been at least viewing all of the deviations that hit my inbox. This last semester is a killer. Still have the Big Paper to write for Biotech, but it doesn't seem so bad after living in the lab all this time. Who knows, maybe I'll post my paper here (would figures show up in a literature piece on dA?). To go with the spirit of school ruling my life, my first deviation in what seems like forever is just a photo of science-related activity. Hurrah.

I'll draw again someday.

Maybe.
  • Listening to: Star Ocean til the End of Time
  • Reading: Yeast Phenotypes
  • Watching: Ga Rei Zero
  • Playing: Etrian Odyssey 2
  • Eating: Cheezits
  • Drinking: Water
New dA layout. Good job guys. Looks like there's some cool things to do/tinker with.

Home update:
Disregard that Saint's Row journal, my Xbox 360 sucks cocks.
As in...it bricked the other night. Error 74 (extended warranty has no power here).
Microsoft, how long will you get away with this?
Back to my faithful PS2.

School update:
I have an epic experiment to run this weekend. Three gels' worth of genomic material to load up. PBS solution for cell phys precipitated in the cold air of the lab -- we'll be making that again. Breaking buffer and SDS solutions to make for Biotech. Physics...meh. Seminar to attend tomorrow. Career fair to slink through... I'm sure I'm forgetting something intense here. Semester's really kicked in full force within a week of starting. I did have a picture I was coloring, but there'll be no time for that. What a drag. This has turned into more of a livejournal account than a deviantART account. Maybe I'll post a preview of the work in progress...