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You all may be wondering if I was going to hold my annual Pokemon World Summer event for the last month of August (and likely a good half of September)...

....Well, I'm not.

I'm going even further and bringing you what is now the Nintendo Grand Summer instead!

Nintendo Grand Summer 2018 Logo by Xero-J

I'd been kicking this around for a while now, since I have to admit I'd been running dry on Pokemon-centered ideas, and with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the horizon, I figure now's the perfect time for me to act on it.

There will still be Pokemon content, mind you, but now I intend to focus a bit more on other aspects of the Nintendo worlds, mostly pertaining to the Switch and its recent releases.

To drive this point home, there are two things in particular I've got planned for this month that I want to share with you here...

First of all....

Princesses Secret 2017 Logo by Xero-J
Hey, remember this from the end of 2017? So far, I've only covered Rosalina and her lovely lingerie legacy, but now, I'm pulling the curtain a bit farther back with a princess who've been waiting for her turn in the summer spotlight...

Peach 01 Summertime Lover by Xero-J


Keep an eye for that this weekend, folks!

And second...

Heroic Summer Cards: 02 ~ Adult Tiki by Xero-J  Heroic Summer Cards: 01 ~ Robin by Xero-J  Heroic Summer Cards: 16 ~ Camilla by Xero-J  Heroic Summer Cards: 05 ~ Corrin by Xero-J

The Heroic Summer Cards series based on Fire Emblem Heroes, which I'd opened a special commission set for anyone who had a few custom ideas of their own.

Originally, it was set to end in July, but alas, there weren't any takers, so I'm giving it another chance by extending the Heroic Summer Card Sale all the way to
Mid-September, to make dang sure we get as many bonus Heroes as possible!

Apart from that, I do indeed have a few custom entry ideas of my own, so you'll see a few personal new additions over the course of the Summer, one way or another!


While I'm still working out the details of the rest of the Nintendo Grand Summer, you can count on it that there are gonna be a few favorites, surprises, and possibly even a few projects that may be grander than anything I've put together before!

Party time, ladies and gentlemen; E3 2018 is upon us at last, and I'm back to give my personal accounts on the conferences and showcases that make up the three main forces of the hype: Microsoft, Sony, and of course, Nintendo!

While the bulk of this journal will be updated over the course of the next few days with my thoughts on how the three main conferences went, since I'm also watching the others, such as Bethesda, Square Enix, and Devolver Digital, I'll have short cut-ins of my personal highlighted games from those as well (With the exception of EA, since I kinda slept through that, and in retrospect, I don't think I missed much...)

Right off, we start with...

MICROSOFT!

I still don't have an Xbox One, and I see no reason not to just use my PC for a lot of the supposed "Exclusives".
That said, while I felt like the beginning was pretty standard (aside from Kingdom Hearts, and I'll say this now, I called there being a Frozen world from the moment the very first trailer dropped), a lot of games really caught my eye in the second half, like Jump Force, Devil May Cry 5, the DLC for Cuphead, and Battletoads finally coming back!

Other than that, all the tropes were there as usual: Halo! Forza! Zombies! Ubisoft and their Fake Online Voice Chat(tm)! And...I'll say it right now, I was laughing so dang hard at the stunt they pulled with Gears of War, just watching an entire crowd go from cheering wildly to dead silent during that one moment.

So yeah, this conference seemed more like a way to draw in people who were on the fence about Xbox, as opposed to bolstering the playerbase they already had. Still, there are a lot of games to like, and I'd say it went over well for game announcements, if not necessarily for the console itself...

Overall Result: < B >

Inbetween Microsoft and Sony: Bethesda, Devolver Digital, Square Enix, and Ubisoft

The conferences that took place in the interim all had their vices and virtues, and here I'm hoping to document them while waiting for Sony to start theirs.

Let's break them down quickly in order, shall we?

Bethesda:

I admit I'm not the Bethesda fan of my family compared to my brother, but nothing much here caught my interest, and I've got enough mobile stuff to deal with as it is. Fallout 76 looks like it can be broken in so many ways by its players, and if nothing else, it should be fun to see streams of everyone trying not to get nuked. The Very Special Edition of Skyrim was a good bit, though.

Devolver Digital:

Aside from all the ridiculous amounts of shade being thrown around (For your information, I got my cheap pieces of Classic cash-grabs behind the back alley of a Five Guys. WAY classier than Taco Bell, thank you very much), the few things Devolver had on call, My Friend Pedro and (FINALLY) Metal Wolf Chaos made an appreciable end to the rest of my night.

Square Enix:

Shorter than I, or anyone else, expected, but I'm just happy knowing there's a new Square Enix/Platinum Games thing being worked on, amongst everything else!

Ubisoft:

STAR FOX!...sorry, getting ahead of myself. Seriously, though, even before hearing about the Starlink business, I had my ear on what Beyond Good and Evil 2 was doing with its fan content (If people are gonna get compensation for that, I might consider wanting in), what Skull and Bones did over the comparatively empty Sea of Thieves, and when the update to Kingdom Battle was coming (June 26th!).

If I had to rank the interim stuff, I'd say Ubisoft consistently stands on top for keeping my attention as long as it did.

SONY!

...Oh, this one was poorly handled...

Sony had all the hype they needed with The Last of Us, and then promptly burned that nearly to cinders by having that trailer and the rest of the presentation in two separate venues....

Once that hot mess was over and done with, things picked back up pretty quickly, giving us some fancy new samurai action with Ghosts of Tsushima, Resident Evil 2, some Rick and Morty thing, an At World's End...world in KH3, actual gameplay (and yet still more questions) about Death Stranding finally, what I assume is the revival of the Sinister Six in Spider-Man.

While it's nice that I might still get some exercise out of the PS4 for the rest of this year and early next, I will speak on behalf of the 80% percent of the audience that ISN'T attending E3 themselves and had to sit and wait for an almost bail-worthy twenty minutes:

Sony. Please, PLEASE NEVER do that again...

Overall Result < C >

And finally, now that I've had a chance to collect my thoughts from various impressions and Treehouse Streams, we move to...

NINTENDO!

-For the sake of fairness to the length of the other conferences, here I'm just going to talk on the Direct itself, and not the 3-day Treehouse stream that followed it-

...We all knew going in that this was going to be primarily Smash-related, as Nintendo tends to push one big thing with every presentation atop a small number of other smaller announcments (like with Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey in past years).

Before we get to the obvious, though, let's look at those other things! Namely that Monolith seems to have effectively split Xenoblade X between the robot fighting and the on-foot exploring worlds with continued DLC for Xenoblade 2 and now this new Daemon X Machina project. I, of course, choose to live by the timeless doctrine of "You dig Giant Robots, I dig Giant Robots, We dig Giant Robots, and of course, Chicks Dig Giant Robots."

Fire Emblem: The Three Houses is starting to look like you command an actual army, but I'd personally like to see how it plays one day, because I'm wondering if the battles will take on more of a Warriors slant. As for Super Mario Party, I'm happy to see a lot of original concepts come back, and a lot of new things like Bowser joining the group (just look at him go), and figuring out how that multi-Switch mode works...

Pokemon Let's Go, we all said our own piece about that back when it was announced; Fortnite, I'm not used to Battle Royales yet, but that's a good place to start...

A few indie games and one sizzle reel later, (in which I'm happy that Dragon Ball FighterZ is Switch-bound later this year!) we get to our main event: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!

And boy, when Nintendo pushes one thing, they push HARD. I didn't think it was possible to be hyped for a Smash game any more than 4, but they've brought back literally EVERYONE that's ever thrown a punch in Smash, and more on top of those. From there we learn more of the myriad things and details befitting Sakurai's trademark, including the introduction of the Inkling, Daisy (as a newly classified Echo Fighter), and Ridley, of all people! (Although he seems a bit smaller than usual here...)

Finally, we end on its release date: December 7, 2018, which made me very happy (It's coming out THIS YEAR!) and very sad (Just three days earlier, and it would have made for a heck of a birthday gift...)

Now I'm not gonna pretend I'm not hyped for Smash, but looking at the Direct objectively, it was a solid, if brief, lineup of stuff really only slated for the next half of the year. In retrospect, I kinda wish they could have made it an hour instead of 45 minutes, but for what little they had, they made it work.

Overall Rating < B >

....And that's all of the major showings for this year! As far as who I thought had the most to talk about, I'd have to credit...all of them, in a way:

Microsoft, because they consistently showed the highest volume of games I see myself playing in the future.
Sony, because despite the lackluster conference, if it's not coming to the Switch or the PC, I'm playing it on the PS4 instead.
And Nintendo, because amidst all the Direct and separate reveals on their behalf (such as Starlink and Kingdom Battle) we all know Smash is the one thing we're gonna be talking about for the next 4+ years...

So, with my piece said, who do you think had the most to offer, and what would you say you guys are hyped for the most?
So, until very recently, I've been out of commission for a while, and it's time I feel like I explain why and what's up...

Long story short, my primary computer's hard drive kinda...failed a couple of weeks ago, and caused it to remain forever stuck at startup.

Naturally, this forced me to have to put any and all computer related work on ice while I scrambled to retain any data that might be necessary to doing what I do.

Not all hope is lost, as right now, I'm using my older Toshiba computer to do stuff, and since it was formatted, it's running smoothly enough to hold itself together while I work on both getting the rest of my data off that downed drive and, more importantly, getting a new computer, which I should be able to accomplish as early as March.

Until then, I'll be mostly communicating by mobile and doing a bit more Galaxy Notebook content while I track down everything I was working on before things went pear-shaped.

I appreciate everyone's patience in the matter, and during February, I do intend to put together a few things I'd been planning... (One of my New Year's Resolutions was to learn to finish what I started, and I aim to keep to that!)

Smash! Announcements! 

37%
72 deviants said King K. Rool!
27%
53 deviants said Simon/Richter!
10%
20 deviants said Chrom!
10%
20 deviants said Other Stuff!
10%
19 deviants said Dark Samus!
4%
7 deviants said Modes!
3%
6 deviants said Stages!

Commissions

FE Heroes Summer Special: Inked Mini Cards
During the month of July, I'm working on a series of Inked Index Cards based on the Summer events of Fire Emblem Heroes!

This is a special option for requesting summer versions of your personal favorite Heroes!*

*Note: This is only for characters who do not already have a variant in FE Heroes; see here for details:
-Heroes Summer Cards Series Rundown-

 
Sketch Only
For this price, I can provide you with a hand-drawn, colorless sketch! Good for traditional art lovers!
Sketch and Lineart
Gives you the hand-drawn sketch, and the digital linework. If you prefer to color things yourself, go with this!
Sketch, Lineart, and Color
The whole 3-step process, in which you receive the sketch, blank linework, and a properly colored, unmarked version of your desired artwork!
Colors! 3D :Commission Only:
Special option only available through commissions!

This type of art is done through the Nintendo 3DS Colors App! For this you get not only your requested art, but if you have a way of viewing 3D images, you'll get the 3D file, too!
Galaxy Note Style :Commission Only:
Special 3-phase color option available through commission only!

For this, you'll get the sketch as per usual, but the Lineart and Color will be done through the ultra sketchy style I use from drawing with my Galaxy Note!

However, while this is cheaper than regular color commissions, keep in mind I can only draw up to two characters with the limited space, so if you prefer detailed backgrounds or multiple characters, go with the normal one instead.
Smash Style Symbols :Commission Only:
Ever since Smash Bros., I've been a fan of the idea that every series has an insignia to represent them, which I why I often make my own for those outside Smash, or of my own design.

I've decided I can do the same for any universe of yours (or a universe of something you've seen or played before!)
Illustrator Style :Commission Only:
A special Commission-only color variant, which is done using Adobe Illustrator!

Of the Commission only color styles, this is one of my favorites, and also my most effort-consuming.
One Shot Comics :Commission Only:
Since I want to get back into comic work, and I also want to make a career of it, if you have an idea of something for a one-page comic or set of panels, let me know and I'll take it on (for a price of course!)

(Note: The maximum page size for these is considered to be Tabloid (11 x 17 in), so try to keep it concise!)

Stuff About Me

Real Name: Jalen Johnson

Profession: Digital Artist

Other Screen Names: Xer042, jalenkenai137

Pokemon Trainer Personas: Cross (in White), Grey (in White 2), Xavier (in X), Emerl (in Emerald and Omega Ruby)

Systems I own: NES, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, Neo Geo Pocket Color, Dreamcast, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, GB/C/A/SP/Micro, DS/Lite/i/3DS/New3DSXL, PlayStation One/2/3/P/Vita, Xbox/360/One, Steam on PC, iPod, iPad, and several Android-centric emulators.

Online Games I frequent: Pokemon Omega Ruby/Global Link, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

3DS Friend Code: 0817-3741-2956 (Comment w/ your code if you want to add me!)

(Animal Crossing: New Leaf) Verdanté's Dream Address: 5300-2184-3591

Pokemon XY Friend Safari: Dragon-type, with Gabite, Noibat, and Sliggoo

All-time Favorite Fictional Characters: Six way tie between Sonic the Hedgehog, Luigi, Rosalina, Captain Falcon, Monkey D. Luffy, and BATMAN

Currently Playing: Mario Kart 8, Pokemon Omega Ruby, The Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 1 and 2, Xenoblade Chronicles, Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Mario and Luigi: Dream Team, Bravely Default, Mother 3, Sonic After The Sequel, Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Hyrule Warriors

Current Favorite Shows: One Piece, Space Dandy, Sword Art Online, Mythbusters, Pokemon: The Series XY, Adventure Time, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Walker: Texas Ranger, Steven Universe, Sonic Boom, Kill la Kill

Currently Following on Youtube: Chuggaaconroy, TheRunawayGuys, Hellfire Commentaries, BrainScratchComms, KoopaKungFu, chipcheezumlps, MasaeAnela, Ace Attorney X MLP:FIM: Turnabout Storm, TeamFourStar, PurpleeyesWTF's None Piece, mugiwarasonicteam's One Piece Abridged, Cinema Sins

Currently Reading:
The Fancy Adventures of Jack Cannon
Brawl in the Family
Adventures of Dr. McNinja
The Retelling of Pokemon Colosseum
Exterminatus Now

Current Songs stuck in my head:

Theme of South Island (Sonic The Hedgehog OVA)

Excited Plz's

:iconexcitedshadowplz: :iconexcitedlaytonplz: :iconexcitedlukeplz: :iconexcitedkirbyplz: :iconexcitedplz: :iconexcitedphoenixplz: :iconexcitedmayaplz: :iconsonicexcitedplz: :iconexcitedlaplz: :iconexciteddusterplz: :iconkooliodragon:

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lh1200 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018  Professional Artist
Do Make Sweetie Belle (Equestria GirlsAnd ride the Bikini for Eddy (Ed,Edd n Eddy) Plasse Thanks
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CandiiDrawing Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2018
Hello! Are your requests still open? ^^
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Willy276 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2018
Hey there, how's my request going? I'm just asking.
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TAG990 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018   Traditional Artist
Are you open for requests? If so, is it okay if I can Note it to you?
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Dmb1997 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Student Artisan Crafter
Obi Wan Kenobi Hello There Friend it’s very nice to meet you 
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matt527cooper Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2018
will you ever finish your sleepy squids sketch?
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Any thoughts on my Eugene Gun drawing?
Eugene Gun by CrashBombah  
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So, is there any specific way requests work?
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Hey there, how's my request going? I'm just asking.
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