Friday, August 29, 2008

I Really Hate Moving

So this is the big moving weekend, filled with all the odds and ends that I always forget: changing over the cable, forwarding the mail, getting my gas turned on, etc. One headache after another and I don't appreciate whoever decided that living in one place, forever, was a bad idea.

Don't know if I'll have time to catch any of the new releases this weekend, though I WILL be seeing Animation Show Vol. 4 sometime this next week, and a review will follow.

In other news, I was able to get Gibberish started on an actual webcomic hosting site. So, if you would like an easier way to read all the past installments of my mind-blowing work, you can now find them here, with easy to use navigation buttons, instead of my current, "Look for the pluses" game. And it's easier to comment and complain about them.

The Gibberish updates will stay the same, Tuesdays and Thursdays--possibly more--and I will post them both here and there. So go to whichever you'd like, just be sure to tell your friends.

Have a good weekend. See you on Monday.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

+Zombie Tramp+

More zombies on "Dumb Name" Thursday.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

It Feels Weird

It's been so long since I've actually had to stop and think about what I'm going to write for this thing. In the end, I came up with not much.

I traveled to and from Colorado, an uneventful venture that involved eating, playing Scrabble, watching The Rocker, and making a program for my grandmother's memorial.

Now that I'm back, I'm on the move--ha! Lots of boxes, lots of lifting and hauling, basically lots of stupid.

During this lot though, I posted a Moving comic at We've Got Brains, and there will be another Gibberish tomorrow.

And just as a quick F.Y.I., there is a good chance that Gibberish will be relocated to an actual webcomic hosting site. You know, so it's actually easier to navigate, explore, and be amazed by my random comic fun. Then all of you who come here just for the comics can go elsewhere and not have to deal with these kind of pointless rants of information.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

+Milicent is Thrown a Bone+

It's the little things in life that make it worth living.

Monday, August 25, 2008

+Finding a Prince+

Hope you guys like the new look. It's amazed me how much this bit of nonsense has already evolved. It's already growing into something more than I ever expected it to be.

Happy Monday.

Friday, August 22, 2008

+Moose and Bear: The Power of Love+

As you can see, this isn't the normal Friday blog. For most of you, this is probably preferable--and in some ways, it is even easier for me. I'm out of town and will be until Tuesday. So expect another bonus Gibberish on Monday, with color!

Have yourselves a mighty fine weekend.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

+The Warm Gelatin+

I might as well dub these as "Zombie Thursdays," since I have more to come. Though, in all honesty, that is a stupid name, and I dub it as such.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

An Early Animation

So this is an early animation that I made a few years back for an undergrad animation class. I'm hoping that once I purchase me a copy of Toon Boom's new Studio 4.5, I'll be able to make better quality nonsense--I've already got my first animation all plotted out.

One of these days I might add a soundtrack, but don't count on it. If anything, I've still got all my original artwork, so maybe I'll scan it all and put it together with Toon Boom, then it will be brighter and better and with sound.

In the meantime though, there is a new We've Got Brains, which heralds the return of tablet art and continues the random storyline I've got going.

More Gibberish tomorrow, and possibly bonus Gibberish on Friday and Monday, since it looks like I will be in Colorado this weekend. Until next time.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Why We Don't Have Personal Soundtracks

Today is a heavy day. I woke up yesterday morning, ready for the new day and all the packing it entailed, and my egg sandwich breakfast was interrupted by a phone call from my brother. My Grandma had died earlier. A rude awakening that all to many of us have received at some point or another.

After talking to him for a while, I tried to do the best I could to keep to my task and keep my mind off the sadness creeping through my every limb. It worked for awhile, the music from my computer playing in the background, serenading the day as my wife and I packed box after box after box. (I hate moving.)

At one point, we were so graciously awarded with Kelli's "Milkshake" to fill our earholes. So I come dancing into my wife's and my room, thinking it will be funny, only to find her crying, holding an envelope from last Christmas with my Grandmother's handwriting on the front. I held her and we cried--with Kellis telling us she'd teach us, but she'd have to charge. It made me think of all those times that I wished my life had a soundtrack, and how often certain songs will pop up on my Zune and be so fitting with my current surroundings. Then this happens.

I guess it just shows that there is always some humor in tragedy.

Gibberish tomorrow. Possibly a review for Star Wars: The Clone Wars up by today... if not, then tomorrow.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Those Crazy Georgians

I'll admit, I got excited when I heard about the Bigfoot body. The possibility of any such Yeti creature makes me happy. Not for any real reason. I just think they're silly, and I think their need to be more silly things in the world.

Of course, within minutes, I found websites that sufficiently debunked the discovery--at least in my mind. You can go here to ruin the illusion if you want.

And apparently, that Montauk Monster that I linked a while back, looks like it is just a decomposing Pit Bull.

Apparently the world really has no secrets...

Oh well, that's really the last thing the human race needs--a planet hiding something from us.

Anyway, Tropic Thunder review is here. And be on the lookout for a Starwars: Clone Wars sometime in the near future. Until Monday...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

+Winston v. Zombie+

You seriously can't argue with Zombie logic. Try it. Even if you win, they'll just eat your brains. Then who really wins?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Seeped in the Magical Realms

My critical essay is starting to take over my life--now that I've actually started the thing. Consequently, I'm stuck in figuring out the whys and hows of good magical realism, and--more importantly--where and how it differentiates itself from plain old fantasy.

It's a very odd distinction that we humans have decided to take part in: labeling. Why things need to be broken down into different categories, only to then be split into sub-genres, then sub-sub-genres, then the whole thing is screwed up by genre cross-overs. The whole thing is ridiculous. The fact that many different books and authors have absolutely no say as to how they are marketed is somewhat frightening. They merely look to which "label" will sell the most units. Stupid if you ask me, especially when there are so many genres with amazing writing but are frowned upon by the "literary" circle.

Whatever, though. I suppose that when my novel gets published, I'll be excited, regardless of whether or not they want to market it to eight-year-old cosplayers.

More Gibberish tomorrow. And the Pineapple Express review is up here, with a good chance of a review for Tropical Thunder showing up tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

+The Way to a Woman's Heart+

Don't question it, just make it happen.

Oh, and here is a review for Swing Vote. Pineapple Express might show up here by the end of the day.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Freaking Excited!!!

Good week, good people!!!

If you're wondering why I have this sudden affinity for exclamation marks, it is because I have just ordered my Wacom Bamboo tablet. WOOT! Seriously, I'm way excited, since I thought that I wouldn't be able to order one until the end of the month. Luckily that date got bumped up since my eBay auctions went so well it was stupid, and I should have one in my grubby paws by Saturday. Plus, I'm halfway to affording Toon Boom on top of procuring my tablet. Animation here I come.

In the meantime though, since I realize that I have more than a few new projects, as pointed out by my good friend, I'm going to be making some personal distraction cuts. First and foremost, Scramble will no longer be the vice of my times. I'm calling it off--at least the live games. I'm not sure what else is going to take the hit just yet. Possibly this blog, mayhap my film reviews, but I think that both We've Got Brains and Gibberish will stay intact. (Honestly, the whole reason I started this blog was to get a bit of buzz for the upcoming site, which is now on hiatus. So, Gibberish will be my compensation.)

Anyway, I've found out that there should be a review up for Swing Vote sometime soon, and I should be putting one together for Pineapple Express later today. No promises on either of them though, I really need to start working on my critical paper.

Speaking of, I'm off...

Friday, August 8, 2008

You Have to Wonder

As I'm checking my email today, there is this advertisement for True dating. There is this girl bobbing and bouncing in her tiny square world, trying to have a good time "listening" and "rocking out" to her music. Yet it's on about a twenty second loop, where this poor girl just keeps dancing and dancing and dancing, boiling her entire personality into these few moments of: "I'm sexy and having so much fun. Click this ad for girls that are nothing like me..."

Not only do I have to wonder about the ad and all that it entails, but I also have to wonder what type of person is so desperate for affirmation and attention that they'll agree to be a dumbass for half a minute, then show it to the world. Though I suppose that this is answered by the fact that YouTube is more for stupid videos of stupid people doing stupid stuff than for anything else. And at least this girl is getting paid for it.

As this weekend rolls in, I'm happy that I was able to have all three comics up and running this week. Hopefully this trend will continue--even more so once I get my tablet (which my eBay auctions are going much better than I thought they would be). In the meantime, I have an anniversary-tastic weekend--my wife and I are celebrating four years--and will include a viewing of Pineapple Express, and a review will be up, at the latest, on Monday. I would've seen it earlier, but you know, life got in the way.

Until Monday, good people.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

+Earthworm Farm+

I can't decide if the worms are really big or if the fence is really small...

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Stretchin' Like Caramello

It's come to my attention that I'm taking on quite the number of projects and probably stretching myself a bit thin. Between my newly instated Gibberish, We've Got Brains, my plans for Milos and Click-Track Heart, and all of my master's degree work--and that's not including my day job and actually spending time with my wife--I don't have much wiggle room. (I'm going to be in trouble when I have kids.) Things should be okay though, as long as I slow down and focus on one thing at a time. Plus, with a bit of help from my friends, reviews for films like The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor will still get done, without wasting my time. It's a thin plan, I know, but it should work. I hope. Otherwise I'll just have to be like the woman I saw this morning on my way to work.

As she was walking her dog, she was picking up the random trash and litter that was scattered around the sidewalk. And I could see that this wasn't her trash either, she was just being a good person. I couldn't help but think that this woman had it right, taking something she would be doing anyway--walking her dog--and turning it into something better for everyone.


It would be nice to be that selfless.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

+The Taco Salsa Party+

Ta da!

Here is the beginning of Gibberish. Having Gibberish has been my plan from the start of my initial website musings. I wanted to have an outlet for all my random doodles and comic ideas that have absolutely nothing to do with Click-Track Heart or We've Got Brains. I figured that this would be as good a place as any to go ahead and start up Gibberish. Plus this will not only give you a taste of my art and what Click-Track Heart will be, but it also gives more of an excuse to come back here on a semi-regular schedule--I WILL UPDATE GIBBERISH EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY. (And for archival ease, since I don't have a real set up here (I'm hoping that will change if I ever find someone to design a website for me), each entry with +s will have a Gibberish comic.)

As for the regular world, a review, by one of my friends, D, will be up for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. I should have it posted by the end of the day at Filmmedium and linked tomorrow.

Also, I've started rereading a book called The Stolen Child. I seriously can't recommend that book enough. Freaking amazing, especially if you like your fantasy/magic with a bit more realism than most.

Have yourselves a mighty fine Tuesday, and I'll see you back on Thursday... if not tomorrow.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Update on the Pad Front

If I were an adolescent girl, the title of this blog would be dreadfully wrong, but since I'm not, it's okay--just chock full o' innuendo. What it means for me is that I'm this much closer to getting me a tablet for all my drawing funses.

Along with my ad whoring and customized magnets, I've posted almost 25 video games for sale on eBay. If you're into video games--especially random RPGs for the PS2 and Gamecube--I've got a decent set of items for your perusal. Go here to check out all that I'm selling. I'm hoping that I can average about $3.00 per game, and get meself about $75.00 towards my tablet cause, which will put me at about the halfway mark.

What's that you say? Wacom Intuos tablets are quite expensive, much more than $150. 'Tis true, but I've found another Wacom product that should suite my needs. The Bamboo Fun (Medium). It might not be quite as elaborate or advanced as the Intuos, but it's a crapton cheaper and should work just fine for what I need to use it for. I may regret this down the line. But I have a feeling that if I ever get to the point that I need an Intuos or something better, I'll probably be able to afford the stupid thing.

Hopefully, I'll have a tablet up and running by the end of the month. Wish me luck.

Oh, yes, and as for my surprise, come back tomorrow and all will be reavealed.

Friday, August 1, 2008

On My Way

I can't help but get slightly excited about the few new people that have checked out my comic. All of my advertising push is starting to pay off as the days go along. Since Monday, there have been over 60 new people that have checked out the comic. And that, my friends, is cause for celebration--which, of course, will be a Dr. Pepper with pellet ice.

Anywho, I've realized that because of this push to check out my comic, I'm needing to start pushing people here, through ads and my new venture that will, hopefully, start up next week. So stay tuned.

In the meantime, I must give a quick plug again for Wall E. My wife and I checked it out for the second time last night. For having the majority of the dialogue being "Wall E" and "Eva," Pixar has made a mighty fine little film. Though I bet it's got nothing on the new Mummy. (For those of you that might think I'm serious, please know that although I plan on seeing The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, I have no expectations for it, and I think the world might explode if it is better than Wall E.)

I hope you all have a good weekend. Thanks for stopping by and for checking out We've Got Brains. See you Monday.