A Brief History of Marvel's Film RightsSome people took interest in this from my last journal ( Spider-Man and the Avengers ) so I thought I’d try to explain it better here. Please keep in mind that this is a SUPER CONDENSED version of events that took place (starting 60 years ago) that led to the convoluted mess that is currently Marvel’s various film franchises. Also keep in mind that I will be using industry shorthand like saying “comic book industry” to refer to the American comic book industry giants of Marvel and DC, because that’s how we do things here. Anyway, here we go!
“Seduction of the Innocent” comes out (a moral panic book which blames comics for kid’s wayward negative behavior), massive book burnings and censorship of comics ensues. Old comics burned or lost, thus increasing the value of the few comics that remain.
Yes All GamersSo I guess my last journal kinda annoyed a few people who were upset at being generally labeled “gamers” when talking about the extremists who are using the term for their own causes: ie: #GamerGate. I’m not going to apologize for writing the journal that way, though. If you don’t want to be associated with those bigots and your first reaction is to personally vindicate yourself from the herd instead of, you know, fighting the main source of the problem... them I’m sorry but that negative version of “gamer” that you’re trying so hard to avoid being associated with IS how you are being perceived by the greater non-gamer entrenched world.
THEY don’t care that you “only want to play games that are fun,” because what they’re SEEING (and reporting on) is a hoard mentality of angry people rallying against women in gaming and harassing them to unreal levels. No matter how much you try to distance yourse
Marvel SpeculationI haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet (so please no spoilers if you comment), but that’s not gonna stop me from talking about how well the film is doing and what it might mean in the future.
Box Office Smash
Analysts originally projected that GOTG was gonna make around $36 million at the box office this weekend. But with ticket sales flying like crazy, analysts are now projecting around $96 million just for the opening weekend alone. WOW. I guess congratulations are in order for Marvel/Disney for making such a good movie. However, with the sales just increasing every single time a new Marvel movie comes out, I have to wonder and play “devil’s advocate” here for a minute...
Is Marvel’s reputation deserved?
Ok, hear me out. This isn’t me getting on the hate bandwagon or anything, i’m just curious. Coming from an objective standpoint are Marvel movies actually better than, say, DC
Sims 4 Won't Have Toddlers, and Pacific Rim 2Sims 4 won’t Have Toddlers and Pools
The industry is at it again. Remember how Ubisoft said “women are too hard to animate” when pressed about why there were no female characters available for Assassins Creed 4’s multiplayer mode? Well let’s add babies and inanimate objects to that list of “too hard to animate” things in video games!
In a recent blog post on the Sim’s official website, it was revealed that toddlers and pools are being excluded from the Sims 4 because, in the words of the developers:
It's not possible for us to include every single feature and piece of content we added to The Sims 3 over the last five years
Ok, I get that. Just because it’s a new game doesn’t mean it has to be a retread of the previous games. Totally understandable. But you know what’s not understandable? Why toddlers and pools? Why wouldn’t those be included? Last time I checked, those were kin
Marvel's Phase 3 PlansDamnit Marvel! Gimme a break! So much news so fast! I can’t cover it all! So yeah... in case you haven’t heard yet, Marvel dropped the bomb today on what their plans are for Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU). So here’s a quick breakdown for y’all.
Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016
It’s already been confirmed that THIS version of Civil War will be vastly different from the comic book variation (owing largely to the fact that Marvel doesn’t own the rights to many of the supporting characters). Instead this version will be about some sort of government registration act to regulate super heros, and that Captain America and Iron Man will either try to run, or find issue with. So no, sorry, this won’t be Captain America vs Iron Man like we originally thought.
Side note: It’s been rumored that Black Panther will make a cameo appearance.
Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016
10 Years of ControversyOver 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 http://andysartworks.com/global-warming
2005 - Took the side of Jark in the Deviant Art hostile overthrow controversy. http://andysartworks.com/i-support-jark
2007 and Onward - Made a series of “Danny and Spot” comics dedicated towards defending the Wii from the hatr
Korrasami SUPER-CUT!Happy Holidays!
I saw someone suggest this on twitter, but I didn’t see anyone around doing it. So I decided to step in and just do it because I’m curious: Editing all 4 seasons of The Legend of Korra to just the moments surrounding Korra and Asami’s relationship. While Korra and Asami are endgame, there were a lot of people who were upset and felt like it was tacked on. To a lot of Korrasami shippers that’s sacrilege because CLEARLY all the evidence was there, right? ......Right?
Well, to be honest even as a korrasami shipper myself.... I wasn’t sure. It got me thinking: “IS there actually enough on-screen evidence to support Korrasami?”
So that’s what I’ve done here. I’ve taken all 4 seasons and super-cut them together, removing everything except the bits that pertain to Korra and Asami’s relationship. The end result is a “movie” that is 1 hour and 17 mins long lol.
Korra Alone, Doctor Who, and Bayonetta 2Long one today, so I broke it up so you can skip to the section you want:
Korra Alone - Spoilers
Best. Episode. Of Korra. YET.
I really wish this had been paired up with the first episode of the season. Season 4 episode 1 was... boring. While it did a good job of showing where everyone is now 3 years after the fact, it didn’t do much to further the story. It felt too much like explanations and dry setup to cooler stuff that will eventually happen down the road, than a solid episode in it’s own right. But episode 2: Korra Alone comes along and BOOM! It blows everything out of the park!
Korra’s struggles to recuperate after her fight with Zaheer are on full display here. Her inability to walk and do basic things is definitely a source of her frustrations and self loathing, as is the fact that she still has nightmares. And even when she is finally able to overcome her physical limitations and learn to walk and fight again... the mental toll isn’t
Did some light anatomy and coloring practice. In December, I’ll be going to Comiket, and I need to prepare a doujin. I don’t want to use any of my established characters, so I’m cleaning up an old concept with a pair of spies, agents “Monochome” and “Prismatic.” It’s a Cold War sort of thing with enough plot and geopolitical worldbuilding for a full comic.
Eh, I can gut it and make a fair yaoi from the remains.