April 27th, 2009

TU4AR.com stands for what everyone thought a site address bought and ran by Capcom stood for: Take yoU 4 A Ride, the famous character select screen music from Marvel vs. Capcom 2. It’s been rumored for a long time and even news of it being rated got everyone excited. Now it’s official.

Kotaku.com has news on it including the fact that there will be online support, special graphic filters for whiny pixel-phobes and every character will be unlocked from the get-go so you can dive right in with your favorite 3-fighter team.

This is good news for many game players all over the globe. MvsC2 has been out of print for years and it currently sells in the $70 to $90 price range on the dickery-encrusted aftermarket like eBay, Amazon sellers and stores that sell used games. Now it will be available over through X-Box Live and PlayStation Network for… $15. Just to rub it in, I hope Capcom starts selling the PS2 version again for cheap.

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March 10th, 2009

Ladies and gentlemen, I present a piece of G.I.JOE fan artwork that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Allow me to introduce you to the man, the myth, the legend: Big Lob.

biglob_stand2009_explo_600pMost of you won’t know who this is so let me tell you about him. He debuts in G.I.JOE the Movie in a scene where the Joes’ resident hard case, Beach Head, tests out each member’s skills only to be annoyed by their personality quirks. In Big Lob’s case, he treats the obstacle course like a sporting event complete while giving his own third-person commentary of his actions. This irks the hell out of Beach Head, which makes him sound like a grouchy comics-only G.I.JOE fan who lives within the cartoon itself. He didn’t appear in later episodes of the cartoon probably because production of the show went to another company after the movie was made. He never got an action figure or appeared in the comic book. He just disappeared. No Colorforms, Shrinky Dinks, Underoos or vinyl pencil case art. Dude just disappeared.

I knew dozens of G.I.JOE fans while I was growing up and none of them had a problem with Big Lob. Most of us wondered why Hasbro never gave him his own figure. That was until I got online and saw how he seems to be one of those characters that some people like to complain about. A few will even try to tell you that nobody likes the character. Whatever, man. Look, Big Lob is a strange character and is probably crazy but who wasn’t on that cartoon? That’s what made it a fun show to watch for kids who hadn’t become morose, uptight sad sacks yet. So while he may not be a mainstay like Duke and Snake-Eyes or one of those figures like Hit ‘n Run or Repeater that hardcore Joe fans (including me) are crazy about, let there be no doubt that Big Lob has a posse. Now he has a piece of fan art to back that up.

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February 27th, 2009

ScrollBoss: Now that I’m not scrambling to slap updates together every two weeks while also trying to make content for Illmosis, I’ve been able to finish some long overdue work.

The worst part was finally renaming and reformatting the last batch of sprites, over 100 files, from the old naming format. Before 2005 or so, I used to put files in the same folder so graphic file names started with “sprite” or “anim” for easy sorting. I’ve been converting 100’s files to the superior “sourcegame-platform_character_whatitdo.png” style off and on for years until I finished it Tuesday night. This also includes saving static stuff as PNG files. Then I had to (try and) find every page where I used those old sprites and fix the IMG tags. If reading that bored you, imagine living it. That’s some of the unseen behind-the-scenes crap I talk about in certain updates. The crazy part was finding sprites that I never added to the galleries like Drokmar’s “I have magics” jazz-hands pose and some stuff from Undercover Cops.

Next update’s ETA: March 6th. Kung Fu Master finally gets a graphic gallery while other random galleries get some additions. Magic Sword gallery gets a few new animations that I took for reference some reason. I want to kick in at least one sprite edit, but no promises.

Beans vs. Cornbread: I signed up to Twitter and I’m testing two different widgets in the sidebar. One has a ton of features but updates a bit more slowly than the second widget that’s just a simple script from the main site. My Twitter page is here so add me to your follow list. I may throw in links to preview and test stuff on there for quick feedback.

Illmosis: Continues to roll on. Just scanned B&W profile pic of an “earlier age” hero but I plan to have more than that this weekend. No new character profiles yet. Custom Lego Batmobile update IF I remember to get batteries.

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January 20th, 2009

I was just looking for a straight-up video of the song but somebody on the YouTubes followed the obvious idea with a good video:

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January 16th, 2009

My original plan was to talk about how it feels like a lot of non-essential things (not comics and toys, because they’re okay right now) seem like heading towards critical bland. The internet is full of people complaining in uninteresting ways and that would’ve been about as bland as what I was complaining about. So I’ll skip ahead to the important part.

For one thing, I’ve had enough of my own half-steppin’. That ish ends now. I’ve spent so much time coding, typing and doing boring crap that I haven’t really been as straight-up ill as I should have been and I apologize for that. I’ve been scheming on some projects that are caked with crazy and this is the year that I pull the trigger. Yeah, the comics I’ve been talking about are still happening. But the first schemed-on project is something that I’ve wanted to do for a few years but will finally get around to doing early this year. I’ll make sure that I have a few done before I start throwing them out there but it will be soon. In fact, this blog is probably the best place to keep an eye out for it since… you know what? You’ll see soon enough. The other project is a whole new site that will hopefully hit in the middle of the year. It’ll be an ambitious waste of time (yours and mine) with things that I’ve been posting previews and beta tests of for years so a few friends may already know what this is.

I’m not saying this in some effort to say, “Wow, look at me, I’m doing a lot of stuff and that makes me important!” because it doesn’t. The point of this rambling post is that those who can ill must ill if we are to survive. Yeah, that movie coming out next week sounds just like the one that came out this year, that game that hits stores next month looks a lot games that also looked like other games and, dammit, there’s no need for this comic character to be on his 8th dead girlfriend except for lazy writing. But what the hell are you going to do about it? You gonna cry? Reminisce like Mary J. Blige for the love you had? Or will you fight? If you can do it, start working on your own stuff. Team up with other people who feel the same way. If you don’t think you have the skills to pull it off, find a way to get the word out about the people who you think are doing things right. If you want to want to complain about something and can’t write creatively, figure out how to make a slideshow video about it and put it on a video site. The internet is full of free tools and free tutorials to teach you how get your thing in action. Even a chump like me can afford to have three websites on my Dreamhost account and I can’t even afford an X-Box 360. If I can do it, so can you. No, it may not change the world but it’s a whole lot more fun than waiting for things to be less crappy.

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January 1st, 2009

OR ELSE.

I’ll explain later.

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December 25th, 2008


Merry Christmas and happy other holidays from:
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Santa Gilius!

Nice children get little bottles filled with destructive, playfield-clearing magic attacks. Wind, Fire, all that kind of thing.
Naughty children get Level 2 lightning bolts in the face.

That is, as the young’uns say, how he do.

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November 29th, 2008

These are some of the things that I’m thankful for:

1.) Time off from the day job so my aching legs could get some rest.

2.) Amazon.com for having a sale filled with magnificent awesomes so I could get two of the main DVD sets on my want list: Aquaman and Boondocks Season 2.

3.) Finishing a sprite edit animation that will be used for someone’s MUGEN character. Oddly enough, this means that I’ve done fight stance anim work for two different versions of this same character.

4.) Incredibly moist turkey that is perfect for sleep-inducing sammitches.

5.) To Sci-Fi for showing the Stand again for the 484th time this damned year. I’m sure they’ll shoot for an even 700 before the New Years Twilight Zone Marathon hits.

6.) To Cartoon Network for not showing the Brave and the Bold on the first Friday that I was home and guaranteed to see it. Like I won’t buy the DVDs anyway.

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November 28th, 2008

Amazon went sale-crazy (as usual) and here’s some stuff that I dug:

The Adventures of Aquaman – The Complete Collection (DC Comics Classic Collection) for $14!

A lot of the WB-owned Filmation and Hanna-Barbera cartoons are on sale for $14 including the original Space Ghost/Dino Boy show and Birdman and the Galaxy Trio.

Some Filmation sets are only $12 like Blackstar and Space Sentinels

This one made my jaw drop:
Boondocks: Complete Second Season for $16
AW HELL YEAH. The regular price was always too steep for me but the $16 is even lower than what I was hoping for. This set includes the two episodes never shown on Cartoon Network.

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