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Over the past couple days I’ve had a number of people write me comments basically saying “You’re becoming too preachy, you’ve lost a fan.” And outside the silliness of publicly mic-dropping like that, it got me wondering... what?

Ya see, It’s always surprises me when someone says that I’m becoming too preachy, when in fact I’ve been preachy from the beginning. Don’t believe me? Take a look below!

This is not a complete list by any stretch of the imagination, but these are essentially THE MOST controversial comics and illustrations I’ve ever done in the past 10 years.

2004 - Made a picture about how no one really cares about Global Warming andysartworks.com/global-warmi…
2005 - Took the side of Jark in the Deviant Art hostile overthrow controversy. andysartworks.com/i-support-ja…
2007 and Onward - Made a series of “Danny and Spot” comics dedicated towards defending the Wii from the hatred hardcore gamers had over it. tompreston.deviantart.com/gall…
2008 - Took a stand against Anime because I had just been burned by the Anime club and was still resentful and bitter about it. andysartworks.com/west-vs-east
2008 - Made a Howard and Nester comic because I was pissed off at the shitty comic that officially ran in Nintendo Power reintroducing him to the public andysartworks.com/howard-and-n…
2008 - Took a stand against Christians not understanding other religions celebrate their religious holidays the same time as Christmas andysartworks.com/seasons-gree…
2008 - Made a comic where a group of Pirate girls insulted men alexzepirate.com/a-female-crew
2008 - Took a stand against California’s Proposition 8 andysartworks.com/forbidden-lo…
2008 - Made an illustration showing my support of Obama (which might seem moot now but at the time it was HIGHLY controversial) andysartworks.com/obamaman
2009 and Onward - Have made numerous LGBT support illustrations for various LGBT holidays or events andysartworks.com/the-dip
2010 - Made fun of the PS3’s blatant copying of the Wiimote andysartworks.com/hypocrisy
2010 - Made fun of Right-wing patriots of America andysartworks.com/patriotism
2010 - Made an illustration expressing my hatred of George Lucas’s continual BOTCHING of the Star Wars franchise andysartworks.com/i-hate-georg…
2010 - Made a comic about how much it annoyed me that all the old American continuity for various Nintendo games were being phased out in favor of the official Japanese continuity andysartworks.com/localization
2010 - Made an illustration about the ecological crisis that arose when a oil tanker crashed into the Gulf of Mexico andysartworks.com/death-of-the…
2011 and Ongoing - Started a whole new comic series dedicated to complaining about issues comic artists go through syacartoonist.com/archive/Tom-…
2011 - Made a comic about how Minecraft ISN’T evil based on a talk-show segment featuring very stupid people andysartworks.com/minecraft-is…
2011 - Made a comic about how wishy-washy people are about politics and Obama andysartworks.com/road-constru…
2012 - Made a new (if short lived) web series expressing my distain over various political issues soapboxderpy.com/archive/page3
2012 - Made an illustration about how Christianity takes up 78% of America yet thinks they’re somehow “in danger” from the 1.6% of Atheists andysartworks.com/faith-wars
2012 - Nearly everything I did for brentalfloss www.brentalflossthecomic.com/?…
2012 - Made a comic making fun of Miss California’s homophobic views - alexzepirate.com/the-beauty-pa…
2013 - Made a comic about the stupidness of Dragon Crown’s controversy tompreston.deviantart.com/art/…
2013 - Did the illustrations for brentalfloss’s PRIEST LIGHTNING youtube video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=W26QDp…
2014 - Have made a bunch of comics defending women’s rights in comics and explaining why the American Comic Book Industry right now is failing at them syacartoonist.com/archive/Tom-…
2014 - Made an illustration of how shitty Samus’s new shoes are for SSB4 andysartworks.com/fashion-savv…

And ALL of these have been sprinkled throughout a plethora of illustrations, jokes, comics, cartoons, and highly opinionated journals. I’ve very VOCALLY expressed my opinions on LGBT rights, racism, sexism, and have expounded about how I’m an atheist and extremely left-wing in my views.

So I don’t get it when people say I’m becoming too preachy. From where I sit, I’ve ALWAYS been preachy about pretty much anything under the sun. I will always voice my opinions (however right or wrong they might be). That’s what makes me, me.

Maybe it’s because a lot of the issues I was talking about, such as feminism and women’s rights, have started to become more of a thing all over the internet and not just in my small strata of it. Maybe my chiming into issue that I’ve always condemned seems like it’s “hopping on the bandwagon” or something. Or maybe they’re just tired of hearing these issues and my continual comics and journals expressing outrage that these issues still exist bothers them?

Bottom line is... I don’t know why anyone watching me would be angry about me expressing my opinions. That’s what I’ve ALWAYS done and it’s not gonna change. If you can’t handle that, then that’s your problem and you should absolutely not follow me anymore. But please, do not think I’m gonna change being vocal about issues I care about just because you’re sick of them. That ain’t gonna happen :)
  • Listening to: Atop the 4th Wall
  • Reading: All-New Marvel NOW! Point One
  • Watching: Lego Movie
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
Gaijin Goombah is TIRED of Samus Complaints: A Response

Someone linked me this video after seeing my Fashion Savvy Samus comic, and it quickly became apparent that a LOT of people defending Samus’s god-awful rocket boots were using THIS as their basis for argument. So, since this is the internet, I’m gonna respond to this video interjecting whenever I hear something I agree or disagree with.
 


1. I agree that we should separate Other M Samus from the rest of cannon based on the fact that it was conceived over a retcon of the character.

2. I agree that a lot of the hatred for Other M Samus came from her BADLY localized English translation and voice acting. I’ve stated many times that if the game had been left in Japanese with English subtitles, I sincerely doubt as many people would’ve had a problem with her “monologuing” than they do with the English version.

3. I do not agree that you should be “offended” that male superheros are designed with barrel chests unless you yourself have been trying to get a job as a male model or something where your physical appearance actually mattered that much. Both the male and female body types ARE male power fantasies designed BY men FOR men. Men are IDEALIZED: They inhibit traits that men are suppose to want to ASPIRE to. Women are OBJECTIFIED: They are things men are suppose to want. Heck, sometimes we even idealize AND objectify women at the same time!

And this leads me into the fact that women DO have a problem with the way they are portrayed in women’s magazines. Maybe you don’t see it because you’re not looking for it, but in all the circles I’ve been in, the way women are photoshopped on magazine covers both for women AND men, is distressing and pisses a LOT of women off. So I’m sorry but I can’t agree with you being dismissive because you personally haven’t seen it.

Addendum: One of the other reasons why GG doesn’t get to be angry that men have unrealistic representations in the media (ie: Superman has a physique I can’t obtain!) is because men haven’t historically been oppressed by their looks. To paraphrase MovieBob: “The chances of a man being rejected for a job because they don’t look like Kratos from God of War is astronomically low UNLESS the job they’re applying for IS BEING KRATOS.” Women, on the other hand, have historically be denied jobs/work/advancement, etc based entirely on their looks, not their actual proficiency/knowledge/experience, etc.

4. I am sorry but no. Your explanation for why the heels are “necessary” is bullshit. Just stop and think for a second. Had this been rocket boots for a MALE character, do you still think they would’ve kept them as high heels? Hell no. That would’ve looked too “feminine” for a MAN to be wearing and felt out of place. They would’ve probably looked more like the Jump Boots from the live action Super Mario Bros movie, and most certainly wouldn’t have been heels.

This is why you not understanding why being sexualized... is a PROBLEM. Giving her rocket boots that looked like rocket boots wouldn’t have been sexualized. Giving her HIGH HEELS and calling them rocket boots is sexualization because there’s no logical reason to make them based off a fashion accessory OTHER than to make her more “sexy.”

5. I agree that the micro heels in Other M were stupid. Can’t deny that. Those were awful as well. But at least with those you didn’t play as Zero Suit Samus until the “bonus” part of the end of the game. And even then she wasn’t meant to do any fighting in her outfit. It was a fetch and retrieve mission which went horribly wrong, and her attire was appropriately out of place (kinda like the whole Zero Suit ending to Metroid Zero Mission). The point is that the Zero Suit is NOT functional as armor or for fighting.

6. I agree with ya here, they ARE big and bulky and ugly. That’s kinda the other problem. They do not match her outfit or make sense visually. The stark yellow and black clashes with her more subtle shades of blue and purple/pink accent. It’s BAD DESIGN. That’s another reason why many of us are pissed off. It doesn’t look thought through enough.

7. Do not think for a second that the fact that Samus’s bikini teasing end-game sprites/pictures/videos etc JUSTIFY the fact that she’s even MORE sexualized now. The fact that they HAD to include those fan-service bits BEFORE is STILL a problem. I love Super Metroid on my SNES, but even I can’t help but feel a little bit pervy when you intentionally play the game in such a way JUST to see her “strip” in the end. The fact that Samus was a woman being a reveal was awesome. The fact that each subsequent game teases seeing her in a less and less clothing is WRONG and DEMEANS the character’s original empowerment.

8. “Why is it, sexy attractive girls aren’t allowed to kick ass”

Because we’re OVER SATURATED with “sexy attractive girls” in EVERY form of media. From comic books to movies to video games, pretty much THE default setting for women is to be “conventionally attractive.” Handing them a gun and having them jump around killing shit doesn’t inherently make them “empowered.” This is extremely BASIC feminism 101 dude. It’s about VARIETY. Men are allowed to be unattractive. Men are allowed to be fat yet still heroic. Men are allowed to be tough and grizzled and obscenely muscular and bad-ass... but women are NOT. They are RARELY if EVER given that opportunity. And one or two exceptions does not disprove the rule, but rather enforces it (otherwise they wouldn’t be called exceptions).

9. And here’s the problem with trying to compare that with ACTUAL female gamers. Those are ACTUAL people with their own personal motivations and intentions. If a female gamer likes high heels and wants to wear them, then more power to her, that’s her decision. But fictional characters like Samus do not make decision themselves. They are DESIGNED to look and act a certain way, and that’s the problem. You cannot compare the idea of “empowering” sexy female game heroins to real life actual people because they don’t actually EXIST in the real world. They have no agency.

10. “Why isn’t Samus allowed to be attractive?”

Because there’s character building attractiveness, and there’s pandering fan-service cliche attractiveness. This is falling on the later. NOTHING about Samus’s Zero Suit makes any sort of sense for her CHARACTER. As a character Samus is a stone cold bounty hunter. She dresses appropriately in a metal suit that helps her get her job done. Her “bad-ass-ness” comes from the fact that she can defeat these giant monsters and makes a living off her career path. The Zero Suit? That is not bad ass. That is pandering. And sure, MAYBE she wants to wear that in her spare time. But if that’s the case it shouldn’t be used as MAIN ARMOR in a FIGHTING GAME. That is absolutely ridiculous logic. So the Zero Suit isn’t about building or defining her character, it’s pandering fan-service. Mario does not need to wear the overalls and hat to be Mario. He can dress however he wants. Samus doesn’t get that choice. It’s either be a bad-ass in a mech suit, or be a scantly clad sexy object for us to ogle.

11. If you want to see women who are super attractive kick ass? Go play EVERY OTHER FIGHTING GAME IN EXISTENCE. This is not “empowering” by any stretch of the imagination. This is not “new” to the game industry. Seriously look back over all the other fighting games and you will see “conventionally attractive” women kicking ass ALL THE TIME. This suit does not further that by any stretch of the imagination. It just wallows in the shallow pandering that we’ve BEEN wallowing in for the past 20-25 YEARS.

And do not think that this means I want Samus to be “unattractive” or something. That is not the point I am trying to make here. The point is that Samus is dressing and acting incoherently with her assigned personality for no good reason. If there’s a justifiable reason for her to act and dress the way she does, then fine. But the more they tinker with Metroid and Samus in general, the more it seems like they’re draining her of her agency to pander to the presumed male demographic of gamers.

I think I’ve reached the point where I think Samus is a good character... in theory. However from what the games and Nintendo have been doing with her lately, I can’t agree that her Zero Suit or her desire to run around in heels is anything other than a sad pathetic excuse to pander to male audiences by giving them, once again, a conventionally attractive woman running around in skin-tight spandex (with boob socks by the way).

12. When gamers and game companies STOP trying to pander like that, THEN i’ll be on the side saying “this stuff is ridiculous, let’s calm down.” But since it’s been over 20 years and this stuff is STILL going on... I don’t think we should be complacent about it.

13. Finally, I’m sorry but I can’t agree with you on the equality issue. Let’s use math to explain why. Let’s pretend that pennies represent the issues women and men go through. In this scenario women have like 15 pennies, and men have 5. Now if we treat the issues equally within a system that is not equal, what do we get? Let’s take away 2 pennies and see. Now women have 13 pennies and men have 3. Do you see the problem here? You cannot fix an unequal system by treating both sides equally. All it does it maintain the status quo. It’s unavoidable, and probably a little morally dubious, but you kinda HAVE to spend MORE time treating ONE side over the other UNTIL things reach a more equal footing. It’s sad but it’s reality. You take away 5 pennies and men are “cured” while women still have 10 pennies. That’s not equality. That’s inequality.

Alright, I’m done ranting now. Gaijin Goombah, I’m sorry but I respectfully disagree with your assertions. I have nothing against you personally, but I see some GAPING flaws in your logic in your video there. Maybe that’s due to lack of sleep, or maybe you’re just “tired” of hearing people harping about these issues (I know I am). But that’s kinda the problem. It’s NOT being fixed. It’s NOT getting better. We can’t be complacent in this, even if it pisses us off and we get tired of hearing about it.
  • Listening to: Atop the 4th Wall
  • Reading: All-New Marvel NOW! Point One
  • Watching: Noah
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
So yeah... wow. If you haven’t seen the latest episode of Adventure Time... be prepared because ALL HELL broke loose and we are going into spoiler territory right off the bat. You can watch the episode here (before YouTube takes it down) to avoid spoilers!



And now that’s out of the way... on to the spoilers:

First...

Wow... Prismo is dead. Like, for real... DEAD. While his casual remark about coming back after a 1,000 years or so after being woken up would’ve made his death bearable... the fact that the Lich straight-up MURDERED his physical form pretty much means Prismo is dead. While they could probably write him coming back somehow eventually (death in fiction is usually more or less an inconvenience unless your name is  George RR Martin), I kinda feel like Prismo’s death was inoculation for what was about to happen next....

Finn loses his arm.

We’ve known this was gonna happen for some time now, and a lot of us were pretty sure it would happen when the grass blade became attached to him (spoiler: we were right). The fact that the blade had become part of his body is why when the magical-all-healing-goup touched his arm it didn't grow back but instead grew a flower. But I don’t think any of us expected it to happen this way: By Finn trying to stop his jailbird father.

Oh yeah, Finn’s Dad is an asshole. I kinda pictured he wouldn’t be what Finn was expecting him to be (no person ever is 100% how we imagine them to be), but to have his father be THAT much of an asshole was quite surprising. Of course we aren’t sure if he is truly Finn’s Dad or not, but for the purposes of right now we’re gonna assume he is.

The new mantra of Adventure Time seems to be “beat up Finn emotionally.” Nothing seems to be working out right for the poor boy, and he’s becoming pretty messed up as a result. The show-runners have said that they’re gonna address the game-changing events that transpired here over the next several episodes, so I don’t think we have to worry about waiting another year or two to find out what all this means but... still... DAMN.

I honestly don’t know how they got some of this stuff past the censors. It’s kinda hilarious that Cartoon Network refused to have Marceline and Bubblegum be a couple, but have no issues what-so-ever with straight up horrifying murders of characters.

Oh yeah, and the Lich has been reincarnated as a baby that Tree Trunks and Mr. Pig are raising.
  • Listening to: Atop the 4th Wall
  • Reading: All-New Marvel NOW! Point One
  • Watching: Noah
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
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  • Listening to: Atop the 4th Wall
  • Reading: All-New Marvel NOW! Point One
  • Watching: Noah
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
Noah
I’ve already mentioned that I enjoyed Noah in a previous journal, but after talking with friends and family and reading reviews online I feel inclined to bring it up again. See, Noah is under a HUGE assault like no other movie in recent years has been. On one side Christians are lambasting it for deviating too much from the sanitized version of Noah’s Ark they’re familiar with and “removing god” from the storyline (I’ll get back to why that’s ridiculous in a minute), while atheists are lambasting it as more of the same “Christianity propaganda” they’ve worked so hard to avoid. The bottom line being that BOTH sides are refusing to see the movie due to their ideological beliefs.

And that’s just sad.

Noah is not a perfect film, but it’s still one that I think everyone should watch, both religious and non. Noah is, at it’s core, an interpretation of the classic story by an amazing film maker. It bothers me that so many Christians refuse to see it because it’s not “faithful” to the original text, while utilizing their own interpretations of the bible to further their political agendas.

And that’s not to mention the fact that God ACTIVELY PARTICIPATES in the story. This is something I really don’t get from Christians when they pan this movie. They like to complain that it’s a movie “without god” or that it “takes god out of the film,” and that’s absurd. The whole movie is set into motion by God’s actions. He performs miracles. He starts the flood. He gives Noah the visions. God is a character in this film, no question about it. If God has any flaws in this movie it’s that his intentions are not always clear. Noah is left to interpret God’s plans from fever dreams and hallucinations, which results in him taking God’s will a little too... seriously... during the 3rd act of the film. And that’s actually something a lot of Christians that I know lament over, the fact that God doesn’t just spell things out 100% in their life and can often make them feel like they’re doing something wrong.

This film is not necessarily 100% christian, nor is it 100% atheist. From the way it’s told it almost appears to be somewhat Deist in tone. IE: There is science and technology and the history of the universe is correct, but that a supreme being kinda kick-started events into play. I guess in some ways that could be a reason why Christians are upset, but I still don’t see it being a deal breaker.

And that’s my final point here. Why is this such a deal breaker for people? I’m an atheist and I’ve see hundreds of Christian-centric films. Why is it wrong for a christian to watch a film with a different religious belief or tone to it? By comparison Avatar: The Last Airbender is an incredibly popular animated TV show that spouts a Buddhist philosophy. Is it wrong for Christian children to enjoy THAT? I know a lot of atheist and science fiction fans who LOVE Star Wars, despite it’s obvious religious “faith” message used in the force. Since when did a religious story not adhering 100% to the sanitized version of a story they grew up on mean they can’t watch the film? It just boggles my mind...

As an atheist, I enjoyed the hell out of Noah. It’s weird. It’s different. It’s BIG. It’s spectacle driven. It’s not a perfect movie and has a lot of strange elements to it, but it’s still extremely personal and powerful all the same. I want people to see this movie, so if you’ve got a parent or guardian or friend who’s sticking their heels in, tell them that it’s just a film and they can enjoy it on it’s own merits.

Winter Solider Talk: Spoilers
The other thing I wanted to talk about is The Winter Solider. Yes, this will contain spoilers, which is why I’m putting it down here instead of front-loading it into the journal (I did learn from last time!). So if yo don’t wanna hear any spoilers about The Winter Solider, please stop reading!

Anyway, the thing I wanted to talk about was how effective they made the Winter Soldier himself as a villain. Throughout the movie he is a ticking time-bomb and when he shows up you KNOW you’re pretty much sunk. Every time he appears shit goes down, and 9 times out of 10 he gets what he wants.

I thought that the way they handled his presence was incredibly tense-building. Most of the time when you have a villain, they win one match so that the hero can grow stronger and win the next one. Villains are fallible. They can screw up and get hurt. But the Winter Solider? He’s like the Terminator. He just walks into the scene and you’re on the defensive. He WILL get the job done, and the fighting leading up to it just makes it more painful when he ultimately wins.

Heck, he technically wins in the end. Captain America cannot defeat him. The Winter Solider is STILL kickin’ around in the Marvel Universe (which can’t be said of other characters like the Red Skull).

I dunno, I just wanted to talk about how much of a presence he has in the film. It really stuck with me.
  • Listening to: Atop the 4th Wall
  • Reading: All-New Marvel NOW! Point One
  • Watching: Noah
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
I’ve been thinking about gradually moving my work off of DA and onto my various other websites. I’ve already shifted my Alex Ze Pirate work to alexzepirate.com/ and I’ve moved my deviations that are in storage over to my main andysartworks.com/ site.

Now I’ve got one more feature to shift over and that’s journals. Ideally I would like to just start posting journals on my own website rather than on DA for a number of reasons. The link to the journals is located here andysartworks.com/journal (and can also be found on the top left of my main andysartworks.com/ site.

This came at just the right time as my subscription with DA has finally ended and... honestly... I don’t really feel like signing up for premium membership again. I love DA and my success here has been enormously life impacting in many ways, but at the same time I kinda feel like I need to have my own site and my page and my own place, which is what my various websites mean to me.

Do not fret, I won’t be disappearing from DA at all, just that I’ll be focusing more of my energies on my own pages. Art will still be posted here, journals will still be posted here, and I am in no way “leaving” the artistic communities.

Just wanted to give y’all a head’s up.
  • Mood: Speechless
  • Listening to: Atop the 4th Wall
  • Reading: All-New Marvel NOW! Point One
  • Watching: Noah
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
I just got back from a trip and I’ve had a lot of things on my mind that I wanted to talk about but couldn’t due to an absence of keyboards (sorry iPhone, your keyboard and hilarious auto-correcting makes long-winded journals too difficult to do on the road). So this journal might be a little... scatterbrained? I’m not sure, but I will try to separate things into groups if I can, otherwise here we go!

‘MERICA!
I live in America and a lot of times I come under fire for my political beliefs not because they’re really controversial, but because they conflict with another countries political history. So I wanted to just reiterate that I am an American. I talk about American problems. You can frame pretty much every sentence I write with the addition of “...in America.” While I try to keep a level head about world politics I am not, and should not, be used as a credible source of information regarding politics or even history of other countries.

When I talk about the comic book industry, for example, I am referring to the American comic book industry which primarily consists of Marvel and DC with a smattering of indi-publishing and import companies. When I talk about LGBT rights, it’s in relation to American politics, which is (as I have so often found) far behind a LOT of countries out there who have already given rights to LGBT people. When I speak about racism or white privilege it is ENTIRELY centered on America’s role in slavery and the long-lasting impacts that has had HERE.

I would NEVER be arrogant enough to assume that I knew anything about those types of topics about other countries and if you get angry at me because of any of these topics, please stop and reconsider your argument if you live in another country.

Chances are, my beliefs and views don’t apply there.

How much is TOO much personal info?
This is a conundrum I’ve felt ever since SYAC started becoming popular. On the one hand, I want to update everyone on what’s going on in my life and keep y’all informed about key things because, well, it helps to connect with my fans!

But on the other hand, I jealously guard my privacy, especially due to how many hate blogs like to try and personally attack me. They take journal snippets from decades ago to use as arguments about what I’m doing now, mine them for personal information I may have accidentally let slip, send me e-mails, posts, come up to me at conventions, take photos of me when I’m not looking, etc etc etc.

I’m often accused of “putting myself out there” on the internet, therefor I shouldn’t be upset when people use that info against me, even if it was posted at a time when I never knew I’d have so many followers and fans. It’s even weirder when people yell at me for posting my own opinions or beliefs or rants... IN MY JOURNAL. Like, where else am I suppose to talk about this stuff, right? I do my best to not give out too much personal information anymore, but at the same time I do still feel the need to inform y’all if things come up that hinder my work or delay projects or whatever. But often times I can’t talk about that stuff because it’s... well... personal.

As of this writing, there’s something really big that I’ve been meaning to talk about for a long time now, but I am unsure if I really should. It’s primarily about my illness and my 6-7 month hiatus I took last year, and it directly relates to why I struggle so much to produce content on a regular basis. But it’s also incredibly personal and I don’t know if I should talk about it. I know my fans would really appreciate being in the know, but it would also mean letting my haters know and they’d clearly find ways to use it against me which could be... to be frank... disastrous.

There are also instances where I comment on stuff in the geek/nerd/gaming sphere and then get criticized for not being as energetic or as sympathetic as I should be to whatever the news article is. Case in point, when I commented on the new Smash Bros reveal Nintendo announced a few days ago, I got a number of people who were upset that I mentioned how unethused I was about Smash Bros in general. I mean... you guys realized I am not a journalist, right? I am not bound by this requirement to keep everything i say “fair and unbiased.” People ask for my opinions about stuff because they want to hear what I specifically have to say, not so that I can just chime in an echo-box and repeat what everyone else already has said. I feel like I should be allowed to express my opinion (good or bad) about any topic that generally relates or interests me.

I’m not sure where I’m going with this... I guess I just wanted you all's advice or opinion on how personal should an “internet celebrity” (which I guess I technically am for better or for worse?) be with their fans? How much is too much?

Recommendations
Like I said, this journal is a bit scattershot. I was away on a trip and I just have recommendations for y’all if you’re interested.

Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus ‘Notch’ Persson and the Game that changed everything.
I got this as part of the “Story Bundle” located here: storybundle.com/
It’s like the humble bundle, but it’s ebook related instead. This bundle is all about video games and the money from your purchase (you can pay as little as $3 I believe, though if you pay $12 or more you get the “bonus” books which I will be talking about) goes towards charity. Strongly recommend getting it if just for the Minecraft book alone since it’s a fantastic deal to get so many books for so little. The Minecraft book is around $15-$20 individually as an e-book and here you get it PLUS other video game related books too for half that!

Anyway...

This was a very good book. It follows Notch as he works through his jobs before he created Minecraft, how it was conceived, what his social and work life was like before the big change, etc etc etc. It’s extremely in depth and well researched but it never feels like a text book. It’s actually quite an amazing behind the scenes look of Minecraft. I know that doesn’t sound all that thrilling, but it is a VERY good book.

The Final Hours of Portal 2
Another bonus book part of the Story Bundle mentioned above, this one goes into detail about the crunch time strain of trying to finish Portal 2 on time. It details all the chaos, the fear, the pressure, the dedication to the craft, and all that jazz. It’s pretty quick and not nearly as gripping as the Minecraft story, but it’s still quite a good read and gives some insight on why certain decisions were made.

Noah
This movie was... WEIRD... to say the least. But it was a GOOD weird. This film has had a lot of controversy surrounding it, and it’s pretty easy to see why. It’s a brutal retelling of Noah’s Ark from the bible, with some of the more fanciful crazy Bible stuff front and center, a retelling of the creation of the universe that looks like it came from a Discovery Channel documentary, and an unexpected 3rd act twist that shades the whole story and characters in a veil of morally ambiguous grey. Since so many people are familiar with the sunday school highly sanitized version, it’s no wonder this movie is hard to pin down.

But take it from me, an atheist no less, it was a DAMN GOOD movie. There are parts that don’t quite work, and even some which are a unintentionally silly, but overall the stuff it does well more than makes up for it’s short comings. Strongly recommend seeing it, even if you’re not into Christianity or religion or whatever.
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Atop the 4th Wall
  • Reading: All-New Marvel NOW! Point One
  • Watching: Lego Movie
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
Huh. Apparently a lot of people were not aware of the minor plot twist to captain America the winter soldier which I inadvertently spoiled in the last journal.

My bad...

Of course by the same token it's almost like spoiling who iron man is (pst it's tony stark!).

But yeah I guess I should've put up a spoiler warning all the same. I just thought it was already common knowledge is all.

Sorry everyone. Hope I didn't ruin your day TOO much...
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Linkara
  • Reading: All-New Marvel NOW! Point One
  • Watching: Frasier
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Eating: Egg White Delight
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
Captain America 2
Wow. That whole bit about the winter soldier being Bucky Barns? Complete red herring for the major plot twist that upends pretty much the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe at this point! Kudos Marvel for keeping that plot secret for so long!

Also, not only is it a great political thriller in its own right with strong parallels to current events, but it's also a great character building movie. Black Widow in particular goes through a very strong arc in the film.

Oh yeah and the teaser at the end? Fuckin' hell Marvel... !!!!!

Awesome movie. Strongly recommend!

Nintendo Direct: Smash Bros
Meh. I honestly have stopped caring about smash bros since Melee. Can't afford a wii-u, don't really desire the game. Glad everyone else is pumped but personally I just can't muster energy to care.

Question though... Who thought giving Zero Suit Samus 90's inspired Rebook sneaker heels was a good design choice? They look atrocious.
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Linkara
  • Reading: All-New Marvel NOW! Point One
  • Watching: Frasier
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Eating: Egg White Delight
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
If you haven’t heard yet, Marvel is branching out quite a bit lately and introducing a bunch of new characters to their roster. One of whom is a Muslim teenage girl who takes up the mantle of Ms Marvel.

Necessary Background Info
If you’re like me and don’t follow 100% what’s going on in DC or Marvel comics right now, some of the events in the story come across unexplained. So here’s a quick little explanation for the main reason of how Kamala gains her powers.

During the end of the “Infinity” storyline, a Terrigen Bomb was detonated in Earth's atmosphere during the Inhumans' fight with Thanos, releasing Terrigen Mist upon the planet. This caused anyone who was a descendant of an “Inhuman” to develop powers of their own.

Kamala Khan
In Ms Marvel #1 (part of the All-New Marvel NOW! Point One series), we follow the exploits of Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American teenager born and raised in New Jersey. Kamala exists in a confusing world. She sees white people as “normal” and her own family as being “abnormal.” She wants to fit in to the world she was born into (i.e.: America) but her family wants her to remember her heritage, which is often dismissed or is completely misunderstood by all Kamala’s white friends. She’s also a bit of a social geek, preferring to hide up in her room and write fan-fiction of the Avengers.

One day Kamala disobeys her parents wishes and sneaks out to go to a “meathead” party. The party sadly doesn’t go over well when she’s tricked into drinking Vodka. On her way home from the party the aforementioned Terrigen Mist sweeps through the city, causing her to pass out and daydream of her idol Carol Danvers (aka: Ms. Marvel). In the dream Kamala wishes she was just like her, to wit Ms Marvel says “be careful what you wish for” before disappearing. Upon awakening, Kamala discovers that she’s been transformed into Ms Marvel. However, despite looking conventionally attractive with white skin with blond hair, Kamala realizes that she still doesn’t feel like she fits in. And that’s where our story begins!

Impact
This single story has been so successful that it’s going in for a 3rd printing already. Not only is the art appealing, but the writing and overall direction is spot-on. Kamala is a fun and enjoyable character to read and sympathize with, and her powers reflect her insecurities but also her strengths. The critical reception of this storyline has been overwhelmingly positive, especially from the Muslim community. Not only does it add a new batch of POC to the Marvel line-up, but it does so in an unobtrusive way. The Mrs Marvel you all know and love still exists in this universe, Kamala just has the ability to shapeshift and look like her. It adds a much needed new perspective to the Marvel world and all I can say is “about damn time!”

I strongly recommend it if you can find it. There’s usually a digital download for between $2-$3, so it should be pretty easy to find and obtain. Especially through Marvel’s new in-phone apps.
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Linkara
  • Reading: All-New Marvel NOW! Point One
  • Watching: Frasier
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Eating: Egg White Delight
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
Not because I’ve ever “been the fool” in a April 1st Prank or anything, but more or less because I have to endure the MONTHS upon MONTHS of people who unironically believe whatever bullshit joke a company decided to make on the internet that day.

Some companies do the joke well, like YouTube when they announced the complete YouTube DVD collection, or when they turned all the videos into old timey black and white film strips.

But others, more commonly associated with the entertainment media, usually just create a fake new story that unfortunately spreads like wild-fire. I STILL see people unironically blaming Nintendo for never releasing Wind Waker with updated Twilight Princess models and textures.... based on an april fools joke made in 2005!

And part of the ire I have about this day comes from how VOLATILE and quick to HATE on everything is on the internet. Nobody actually stops and thinks before they post anything, so jokes like this usually just end up devolving it flame wars and name calling blame games which, frankly, is tiresome to have to deal with.

So y’all can enjoy your April Fools Day jokes, i’m sure many of them will be clever and funny, but I’ll be doing my best to ignore everything that transpires tomorrow/today.
  • Mood: Gloomy
  • Listening to: Steven Universe - Amalgam
  • Reading: The Phantom of the Opera
  • Watching: Frasier
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Eating: Nachos Flander's Style
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
WARNING: Slightly irritated journal ahead. Take with a grain of salt.


This last batch of SYAC strips has really worn me out mentally. I think I’m gonna need to take a small break to recharge my batteries after this. I’ve been finding myself getting increasingly pissed off, angry, hostile, and irritated, even at things that don’t really deserve the frustration. Primarily as a result of having to re-explain incredibly simple concepts over and over and over again, as if my art doesn’t speak for itself.

On top of this, I’ve got a new job, a big project in the works, commissions to finish, and everything else that having a life entails. I don’t feel like I should have to re-explain myself SO MANY TIMES over something as simple as “women are people, treat them as such.” Nor do I feel like I should be sent death-threats over proposing such a radical idea either.

It’s so incredibly sad and pathetic that saying “hey, this isn’t cool, we should try and fix it” is viewed with such contempt, hatred, and vitriol by so much of the gaming/comic community. I want things to get better, but my god I don’t know why ANYONE in their right mind would want to TRY and tackle that ocean of disgusting outdated mentalities. All of which is rendered even more of an obstacle to overcome by those who claim to be playing “devil’s advocate” yet only speak up for men’s rights whenever someone brings up women’s rights.

By the way, if you self identify as a member of the MRA group (Men’s Right’s Activists), please do me a favor and either block or ignore me. I want nothing to do with you or your mantra. That goes for anyone who is offended by me being a feminist too. If you don’t like my views on feminism or whatever, please block or ignore me and move on with your life.  I have absolutely no problem with the idea of someone unwatching me because of my beliefs or views.

Bottom line... I’m done for now. I hate social justice blogging and this is about as far as I can go before I’m just worn out entirely with the whole deal. I saw some problems in the community, I made a few jokes trying to point in the right direction, and the ONLY reason it’s lasted this long is because one joke kept begetting another.

Side note, it’s also pretty sad that standing up for social justice issues is considered an insult now.

So yeah... I’m done for a while. I’ll get back to regular SYAC updates eventually once I’ve recharged my batteries. Got more important things to worry about right now than if someone somewhere on the internet doesn’t like my opinions on feminism and I can’t let this crap fester in me anymore. I can’t afford to get sick again.
  • Mood: Gloomy
  • Listening to: Steven Universe - Amalgam
  • Reading: The Phantom of the Opera
  • Watching: Frasier
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Eating: Nachos Flander's Style
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
Tangentially related but isn’t it kinda silly how so many people in the gaming community bitch and whine about how no one should “judge a game by it’s cover” whenever people have a problem with promotional artwork that’s released to the public *COUGH*metalgearsolidquietdesign*COUGH*, yet then turn around and BEG and PLEAD for everyone to judge a trailer for an upcoming movie like Michael Bay’s TMNT?

So the new trailer for the Michael Bay TMNT movie has been debuted:


My thoughts?

It looks pretty stupid IMO. The designs of the turtles are generally awful and unappealing. The very worse of the immature “realism = adult” mentality that Michael Bay is noted for infusing into everything. Their shells look more like over stuffed backpacks, they TOWER above all the other actors in gangly long legs, and their faces fall right into the uncanny valley effect. Not to mention that the actor playing “the Shredder” is clearly phoning his acting in, as it doesn’t remotely sound like he’s interested or invested in anything he’s saying throughout the trailer. Curiously, I had no problem what-so-ever with Megan Fox as April o’Neil.

Director Justin Leiberman has previously had a lot of experience mixing live action and CGI effects (having done Battle for LA and The Wrath of the Titans), so I don’t really have a worry about how well the turtles are integrated into the environment. I just... they’re ugly. Their designs gross me out. I don’t want to watch a 90 minute film where they look like that, ya know?

I could still be wrong and it could still be good... but thus far it seems to have conformed to all our of worse expectations about this troubled production. It’s going to be incredibly hard to hear these turtles quipping 1-liners and joking with each other and being lighthearted and funny when they look do damn disgusting and unappealing.

And that’s my two cents.
  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: Steven Universe - Amalgam
  • Reading: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
  • Watching: Bob's Burgers
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Eating: Cheeseburger topped with a fried egg
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
In my downtime I like to play video games. I haven’t had a chance to do so in a long time, so I’ve been storing up these first impressions for a while hoping to just post them as one big journal dump, and I think I’ve got enough now to do that! Keep in mind, these are first impressions not full reviews. They are also highly opinionated, so if you feel like I’m being unfair to a certain game... relax. It’s ok. You can still enjoy your game. Everyone has different tastes and these are my first impressions for all of them.

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Boring. Yes let’s spend the first 20 minutes walking SLOWLY down a hallway with the Joker making vaguely homophobic conversation with Batman. I mean, OK, I get the idea that The Joker is suppose to be kinda gay for Batman all thanks to Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight comic... but has it ALWAYS been this overt? Playing the intro to the game actually kinda felt uncomfortable because of how homophobic the writing seemed to be. It just reminded me of how Hollywood likes to portray feminine traits as being kinda “evil.”

Skipped the cut scene cuz I was so desperate to have something actually happen and finally got to begin the game. Left click, right click, click click click click click YAWN click click click click click click, gee for how rough I’m hitting these guys they sure take a LONG time to go down click click click click. DONE! What next? Oh... more bad guys...  click click click click click click click click click click

Meh. Not for me I guess.

Batman: Arkham City
Hello, what’s this? Playing as Catwoman? Oh this might be interest- Left click, right click, click click click click click ... DONE! Oh hey that wasn’t so bad. Now I can play more of... NOPE! HAHA CATWOMAN OUT BRUCE WAYNE IN.

Fuck you game.

Again with the long slow boring opening. Let me get into the god-damn game please! I don’t like wasting 20 minutes walking through corridors. Also, why is no one surprised or shocked that Bruce Wayne can fight everyone while still handcuffed and beat the snot out of The Penguin?

Honestly, once the tutorial junk was done, actually PLAYING as Batman is pretty damn cool. I love being able to swing around the city, stalking villains, conversing with pedestrians who help you, etc. It’s very fluid and much more intuitive than the first game....

Then the story comes back and ugh... I don’t care about Harvey Dent. I don’t care about “investigating the path of the bullet.” Let me just roam around kicking ass.

SMACKS HARLEY QUINN

Game... that is not what I meant. Lost interest the moment the game tried to get me to “plan” out my attack against the thugs. Are these people so stupid they can’t look UP and see me just sitting up in the edge ready to pounce? Wish I could go back to roaming the city... or as playing as Catwoman. Blah.

FEZ
A little bit of a confusing opening, what with the “reset” sequence and all, but once the game starts it’s actually a lot of fun. I like how laid back it is and that it doesn't really punish you for dying. Cute graphics, cute charm, only two real complaints.

The first is that the sound of a door opening contains a squeak that sounds an awful lot like my cat. Every time I went through a door I thought my cat was right behind me meowing at me, and every time I would look around me and not see any cat. Confused the hell out of me until I realized it was a sound effect in the game.

The second is that I have no idea where I am going. The worlds are all vaguely interconnected and I tend to move around between them quick quickly. I kinda wish there was a better map system or something, but it’s not entirely detrimental. Just a mild offense.

The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind
I loved the shit out of Skyrim so I thought I’d play the game before it to see what it was like. Now... I MIGHT be able to overlook the god-awful polygon characters and environments (it is a 2002 game after all), but the interface... oh man... I just... I can’t deal with how you talk to people. And that’s such a main thrust of the story too. Dump a lot of text on the screen and my eyes just gloss over it all. I have no interest in reading a book on my computer when I’m trying to play a game. I’ll give it props for the fact that finding out information by interrogating people different ways works pretty well... but the rest.. I just... I just can’t deal with how awful the interface is.

Tomb Raider: 2013
While watching the intro I couldn’t help but wonder... do we REALLY need to have her “origin story” be so god-damn violent? Then the game moved on to her being held upside down and needing to get free. Yay... quicktime events. Cuz those are sure... fun. Then she falls down and BOOM! Right on a spike. Cuz, ya know, that’s what we wanna see right? Conventionally attractive women grunting, groaning, moaning, then impaled with spears and blood gushing everywhere.

Overall it kinda felt like the game was trying to avoid glorifying Lara as a sex object (the way she has in the past) but at the same time they conveniently do things like zoom in on her butt when she’s crawling. It’s like they’re trying not to be pervy, yet they still do it and pretend it doesn’t exist.

I didn’t get very far in this one either. Didn’t feel invested. Didn’t like how horrifyingly violent it was against Lara.

Sir, You Are Being Hunted
A very peculiar Survival Horror game. You’ve been “transported” to this weird alternate dimension (that looks a lot like a british countryside). You have to traverse the various landscapes to recover pieces of your... i dunno... ship? to get back home. You have an inventory which has limited space, no weapons, and stamina stats that occasionally need to be replenished by eating or banding up. But all the while you’re being hunted by these creepy robots with guns. They’re not very bright robots, but they seem to do a good job tracking you down, making running through the countryside very tense.

The game has a very quirky art style, the worlds are semi-randomly generated (i think?), and the worlds are quite large too. My ONLY complaint is the mouse sensitivity is insanely fucked up. It’s either TOO FAST giving you dizzy spells, or it’s too sloooowwww to make turning or looking up useful in any way.

If you can muster fine-tuning the settings to this I would strongly recommend it. It’s quite fun!

Super Meat Boy
Got this on Steam recently cuz it was on sale. I’ve kinda got a grudge against the original creators of the game because of the way in which they basically said “fuck you” to the Wii and Nintendo fans. Originally being developed for WiiWare, Microsoft bought the rights to publish the game on the Xbox. Had that been it, I wouldn’t have had a problem. It was the follow up “Nintendo sucks, too little space for WiiWare” response they gave for why they were dropping the Wii. I understand the Wii had a data cap of like 40mb for WiiWare titles but... ya know, Super Meat Boy doesn’t really look all that graphically intensive, if you know what I mean. I find it hilariously ironic that games like Ocarina of Time, or Chrono Trigger, or any of these other huge games from our past can fit into the space of 16-20mb, but the creators of SMB couldn’t fit their flat cel-shaded-blocky gameplay aesthetic into 40mb.

I dunno, it just always bugged me the way the whole thing was handled, ya know?

Having finally played the game... eh it’s ok. I don’t really feel compelled to get through the game to save his girlfriend, mostly because that trope just bores me to death, but the gameplay IS very responsive, fast, and has incredibly tight controls.

Sonic Dash for ios and Android
You know all those “running game” apps that exist out there? I’ve always felt that Sonic would fit right in. And ya know what? I was right! Sonic Dash for IOS is closer to how Sonic SHOULD be played than any other tripple-A game I’ve seen him come out with in the past DECADE.

Gameplay is SIMPLE. Sonic continuously runs along various environment paths. You can move him left or right using simple swipes of your finger. Jump with an up swipe, spin roll with a down swipe. Tap the button in the air to do a homing attack over large expanses to make it to the other side. That is LITERALLY IT. It’s simple, quick to learn, hard to master, makes for a fun aside, runs smoothly, and looks beautifully.

Not only that... but the game is fucking FREE. Yes it falls into the similar trappings of wanting to get you to buy in-game purchases to keep playing longer and more powerful, and yes there are adverts that pop up from time to time... but for a FREE game featuring Sonic to be this damn good and satisfying, I can easily overlook those setbacks.

It also proves that with good gameplay ya don’t NEED to keep trying to put Sonic into a 2-D perspective to please the old-school fans. I’m about as hardcore an old-school Sonic fan as you can get and I friggin’ LOVED this game.

Sonic 2 for IOS
Speaking of Sonic, I bought Sonic 2 for my iphone a while ago but only just recently got around to playing it. Having played it I have to say... this is the definitive version of Sonic 2. No questions about it. They’ve made much needed updates to the game and they’re wonderful to boot!

First, remember the 3-D running bonus stage? On the genesis it looked amazing because we’d never seen anything like it in a video game at the time. But in modern parlances, it looks like shit. So they’ve actually re-done those levels with 3-D graphics mixed with the 2-D sprites. It looks great!

Secondly, they added the unfinished Hidden Palace Zone back into the game. Longtime fans of Sonic will know that there was a hidden level that was nearly completed on the ROM, but never finished and was left in the game as unused code. The IOS version of Sonic 2 remasters the level and puts it back into the game! Awesome! (though the boss battle is a little more difficult to figure out)

Third... it’s widescreen. Looks GREAT on a iphone or andoid.

Funny how a game from about 25 years ago can still hold new surprises and be a treat to play!

Marvel Puzzle Quest
Is anyone else playing this? I got this because I saw a friend of mine going nuts over it and I can see why now. It’s a standard Bejeweled/Candy Crush clone with a twist. The colors you match up directly fill up your various superhero power bars which can unleash devastating attacks against opponents. You win comic book covers which help level up your various characters skills, as well as a purple gem-stone power that trains them better. The higher your character, the more hit/heath points you get. Each character has specific color coded attacks, and you can have up to 3 characters on a team. This results in a lot of strategy as you try to collect enough colors for your characters to deal out intense damage to your opponent before they do as well.

The game also features regular weekly events giving away special prizes and bonuses for how well you do, and new missions and objectives to take on. Again, it follows the “pay for more stuff” model most IOS games do, but it’s done in a much less unobtrusive way. It doesn’t constantly try to get you to accidentally click on things the way other games do, and you don’t NEED any to buy anything if you just play the game casually (which it is meant to be done anyway). So it’s kinda a win-win.

Only 1 real complaint. The music is boring.

Oh yeah, another pro? You can link it to your facebook account so if you switch phones you don’t lose all your progress. That really should just be a no-brainer for games on phones these days, yet so many don’t have it as a feature...

Conclusions
I don’t have much patience for long intro cut scenes. If your game promises me to play a certain way, just let me dive into it and let me play. I understand the desire to make the game more “cinematic” and to really showcase what they can do upfront... but they tend to just DRAG ON and ON and it bothers me to the point that I’d rather give up than keep playing. Noticed this starting to happen in games with Twilight Princess. Seriously, like 30-40 minutes running around your hometown playing before ANYTHING RELEVANT happens. FEZ dropped me into the story pretty quickly and had a very appealing cute art style.

So I guess I like pick-up-and-play gameplay over everything else. Batman and Tomb Raider all LOOK great... but you can’t really just JUMP INTO them the way you can other games. Which sucks because, as I mentioned, Batman Arkham City has great controls and gameplay... it just took forever to get there and it keeps getting shoved out of the way for story stuff I don’t care about.
  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: Steven Universe - Amalgam
  • Reading: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
  • Watching: Bob's Burgers
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Eating: Cheeseburger topped with a fried egg
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
Digital Motion Blurring
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Part 3 is up. Just to be completely transparent here, I've done the digital motion blurring effect on a couple occasions too, though I didn't enjoy the results. It is a rather lazy way to convey motion, and if you have ink outlines I think it looks even worse. As Scott McCloud says, there are a lot of ways to convey motion. I just don't particularly enjoy this variation, especially in how it's used in modern mainstream Amerian comics.

Exceptions to the rule might be if the comic had colored outlines, or even no outlines at all. I think that might be a better use of the blurring effect, but even still it feels unnecessary. I dunno, what do you guys think?
  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: Steven Universe - Amalgam
  • Reading: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
  • Watching: Bob's Burgers
  • Playing: FEZ
  • Eating: Cheeseburger topped with a fried egg
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
Transparent Sound FX
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This one is kinda less known but it bothers me a lot. I understand WHY it's being done (it allows them to have a big sound effect over the artwork and not miss out on too much of the art itself), but I just can't stand the way it looks. It feels cluttered and has little to no impact in my opinion.

Death Threats
So side note: I've been getting a bunch of death threats lately. Got at least 2 e-mailed to me yesterday and one sent to my DA note box today. Dunno if they're all the same person, or if they're just trolls, or if they're just people who don't realize that threatening someone with death is wrong but... yeah...

Lesson learned: Never stand up for women's rights because anonymous people on the internt will want to murder you for your opinions...

Sigh...
  • Listening to: Steven Universe - Amalgam
  • Reading: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
  • Watching: Get A Horse
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Eating: Cheeseburger topped with a fried egg
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
Oops
Due to a scheduling mistake this comic, which wasn’t suppose to be posted for another day or two on DA, ended up getting posted before the Human Torch Race Swapping comic... which has sort of dulled it’s impact.

It’s my fault for not getting the dates right when I scheduled it, but all the same it’s kinda frustrating that a comic I was quite pleased with got overshadowed by the other one.

So here’s a link to it in case ya missed it here on DA

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Things I Wish Comics Would Stop Doing Part 1
And speaking of other SYAC stuff... remember when I said there was gonna be a little series about “things I wish comics would stop doing” being posted on my site? I wasn’t going to post them here on DA because they contain artwork that is not my own and it just doesn’t feel right posting them here.

But I promised to give y’all a heads up when they started going up so... here’s the first one! Enjoy! syacartoonist.com/the-art-dump

If you don't have an account on my SYAC site, feel free to use this journal as the comment board about your thoughts on it.
  • Listening to: Steven Universe - Amalgam
  • Reading: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
  • Watching: Harry Potter 1-7.2
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Eating: Cheeseburger topped with a fried egg
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
The Incredibles 2
Yes, the Incredibles is getting a sequel. Finally. Hip-hip hooray? I honestly am not all that excited about this. I was never part of the group of people bemoaning the fact this movie never got a sequel while movies like Cars and Toy Story did. I honestly never really felt like the Incredibles was sequel worthy to begin with actually... it’s such a self contained movie I don’t see why you’d need to expand upon it.

Speaking of Cars...

Cars 3
Oh no! Cars is ALSO getting another sequel! The horror the horror!

Honestly I’m a little tired of the Cars hate from so-called “Pixar” fans. Fuck you guys. If you don’t like the movie, don’t friggin’ watch it. It’s not really meant for you. There’s this strange concept called “being able to do two things at once” guys... companies and movie studios and artist, etc are all allowed to do more than one thing at a time. Making a Cars 3 doesn’t really impact your life at all if you don’t like the franchise... And you’re STILL getting your precious Incredibles 2 so... grow up?

Whether you like it or not, the Cars franchise foots the bill at Pixar. It’s a MASSIVE money making juggernaught and it allows them to continue making movies like The Incredibles 2. And you’re not even the target AUDIENCE for it... so... why do you have to bitch about it every time it’s even mentioned? Let it go guys... relax.

Smurfs Reboot
So the Smurfs is getting a reboot where Sony pictures will be animated it entirely in CGI. No more live action Neil Patrick Harris New York world crossing bullshit. Why? Because their CGI animated shorts got better reception and praise than their live action shit. Wow... who’da thought eh? Sticking closer to the source material yields.. GASP... better results? D’uh!!!

Chip N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers Movie
Speaking of ignoring source materials... there’s rumors going around that there is a Chip N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers Movie in the works... and that it will be a combination of CGI and Live Action.

Ugh...

Great, now I get to see Chip N’ Dale being portrayed like the CGI Alvin and the Chipmunks monstrosities...

Alvin and the Chipmunks TV show
And speaking of Alvin and the Chipmunks, guess who’s making their way into a new CG animated TV show? Yup. The Chipmunks.

I’m actually a little hopeful for this one. The redesigns of the characters seems like a nice blend between the 2-D style of the 80’s and the CG style of the movies. So here’s hoping this isn’t all that bad.

Space Jam 2
Yes... this is a thing that is actually going to happen.

I don’t even know what to say about this. The words “WHY” just keep flashing through my mind.
  • Mood: Questionable
  • Listening to: Steven Universe - Amalgam
  • Reading: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
  • Watching: Nickelodeon's TMNT
  • Playing: Minecraft
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Hot Coco


No. Just... NO!

Look... It’s incredibly commendable that Blue Sky (A studio who’s talent is sadly grossly ignored by the general public) is able to re-create almost perfectly the art style of Charles Schulz with computer graphics. My main problem is... WHY? Why does it have to be 3-D? Why does it have to be CGI? Ever heard of Occam’s Razor: “The simplest solution is often the best?” Why work so hard emulating a hand drawn art style in 3-D instead of just doing it HAND DRAWN? For all their hard work, this looks like a 2-D Peanuts cartoon minus the outlines so... why not just animated in 2-D and don’t use outlines??? You can even apply a post faux 3-D effect over it to achieve basically the exact same results you get here so... Why?

To be fair, the movie looks like it’s going to be very faithful to the original series and probably will be very cute. I just don’t understand why it needs to be 3-D.
  • Mood: Hope
  • Listening to: Steven Universe - Amalgam
  • Reading: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
  • Watching: Marvel's Agents of Shield
  • Playing: Minecraft
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
Later this week SYAC will be posting a series of “Things I Wish Comics Would Stop Doing” strips. This is the start of what might be an ongoing series within SYAC in general, though it really depends on how well it goes over...

In the past I’ve drawn my own artwork to explain things, but that’s always resulted in people accusing me of not knowing what I’m talking about and demanding actual sources. I don’t like the idea of using actual sources because my criticism of these techniques could easily be misinterpreted as criticism against specific artists, which is entirely the wrong idea. A lot of the time, these are pervasive techniques used throughout the mainstream (American) comic industry and are not the fault of any one particular artist. It’s more of a condemnation of perpetuating “bad habits” than anything else.

As a result, this new batch of “Things I Wish Comics Would Stop Doing” strips will feature actual artwork from selected sources as examples. Because of this I do not feel comfortable posting them here on DA since I didn’t draw any of them. I could probably argue “fair use” to justify posting them here on DA, but it still feels kinda wrong. So instead I am going to keep these posted ONLY on my SYAC website: syacartoonist.com/

And just to be clear here... this is my own PERSONAL TAKE on these techniques. Just because I personally don’t enjoy them, doesn’t mean they can’t be used effectively or that you yourself can’t like them. Please, please, PLEASE do not take my criticism of these techniques as a personal attack against your favorite comics or characters (or god forbid a personal attack upon yourself). I really shouldn’t have to clarify that, but having been on the internet this long I feel like I need to at this point.

So, yeah! Starting around the 19th-ish-or-so, I’ll be posting the first batch of these criticisms on my SYAC website: syacartoonist.com/ I hope you all find them informative!
  • Mood: Hope
  • Listening to: Steven Universe - Amalgam
  • Reading: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
  • Watching: Marvel's Agents of Shield
  • Playing: Minecraft
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Hot Coco