Trickythumbs’ Blag


Prince of Persia and KOTOR comic art

Time for a little update!

My playlist lately has consisted of Silversun Pickups and Nujabes — two very different types of music entirely. I love it when I’m on this kind of music kick, because it keeps my writing more interesting. When I write to the sound of a song I really dig, my writing just comes more easily and reads much more naturally.

Videogames are of course being played. A lot of my time has been spent with the new Prince of Persia, which I beat in three days. Oh-so-many light seeds. Removing the death mechanic was a good start, however now they need to find a way to make the game feel more satisfying. Peggle is incredibly easy most of the time, but you still get a lot of enjoyment out of the game. Maybe a good path would be to make the platforming elements more cinematic in nature without sacrificing even more player control. But anyhow, I enjoyed it as a rental — plus I found out there were some cool unlockable outfits like a Jade costume for the princess!

KOTOR Issue #36

In comics I continue to enjoy Invincible, NO HERO, Doktor Sleepless and The Astounding Wolf-Man. Whereas the KOTOR comic has switched back to Bong Dazo as artist, whose art just does not gel well with me. I’m probably not alone when I say that Brian Ching’s is a better fit. Now, that’s not to say that Dazo is a bad artist — he certainly is not. I think it’s just his sequential art that bothers me, because I don’t mind his pin-up stuff as much. The thing with Ching is that all his pages typically look quite wonderful whereas Dazo’s are … well … take a look for yourself. Here’s the last issue, featuring Brian Ching’s art. At least Dustin Weaver is more in-line with Ching’s style, so it’s not such a shock when they transition to him.

Anyhow, that’s about it for my ranting.

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Image updatery
January 5, 2009, 6:38 am
Filed under: Comicbooks | Tags: , , , ,

I’ve updated the header with a new zombie version I tossed together on a whim, because you can’t really go wrong with some walking dead.

I mean that both in a general way and a literal way. Go get The Walking Dead, you owe it to yourself.



Hit me once, twice, thrice and maybe I’ll make a goddamn post

So the only person I really have to blame for the lack of posting is myself. I should really keep up on this thing, otherwise it’s a complete waste of my time and minimal if not near-nothing efforts. I’m sorry, I will do better to write things worth reading — or at least write things at all.

Check this out if you’re into graphic design or just like pretty images: see them here.

I stayed up all night learning new techniques and whatnot, since I’m doing graphic work that I’m actually getting paid for — even if it’s a minor amount. I enjoy it and would like to produce better images, so practice was almost a requirement. Plus, it gets another creative part of my brain turning, which is never a bad thing.

In other personal news that may or may not interest you, I’ve played a shit-ton of World of Warcraft in the past week. Let’s keep this short:

Leveled 74-77 Draenei Death Knight

Leveled 1-33 Human Priest

Leveled 1-27 Draenei Hunter

Basically, I discovered that the recruit-a-friend triple kill/quest XP makes leveling through old-world content a lot more enjoyable. Blizzard really needs to do more of this, if you ask me — a whole fucking truckload more. Between this shit and the re-customization service, I’d just like to see the option to pay for a character slot that would start me create a level 58 character with blue gear equivalent to the stuff a Death Knight gets. We already know it’s possible and I personally think that those who want to re-re-re-re-experience the 1-60 content can do so all they like.

Give. Me. My. Fucking. Level. 58. Character. Slots. Thanks. Bye.

Strange that I’m coming off so hostile in this post, since I’m listening to The Beatles while writing it. I don’t mean to sound or write hostile, but I guess that’s just how ready I am for this sort of elder service.

I’ve also been semi-neglecting my Twitter updates because of my recent WoW-a-thon. This is much easier to maintain, and my reason for not doing so has largely been because I don’t really like to tell people following me on Twitter about my time in Azeroth. It’s kind of like telling average people about how awesome motion pictures or music is: fucking redundant beyond reasonable belief.

In the realm of Blu-ray and such, I’ve been given Wall-e and The Incredible Hulk for birthday presents. Glad I got them, because both movies are testaments to owning an amazing HDTV and PS3 aka Blu-ray player aka machine I sometimes game on as well. Wall-e is much more a tour de force for HD content than anything else, which makes me all the more pissed that Disney/Pixar hasn’t put out all their previous movies on Blu-ray yet.

JUST GIVE ME THE INCREDIBLES AND THANK YOU GOODBYE, K.

Sorry, I’ll stop demanding things in un-enjoyable text now.

Oh yeah, also been reading more comics. I highly recommend NO HERO and cautiously recommend All-star Batman and Robin TPB Vol.1 and the newest issue of Invincible Iron Man that happens to be a decent jumping-on point in the story. Frank Miller and Jim Lee entertained me with the Batman and Robin stuff, but Miller definitely likes to make all his characters into this weird “I’M A MAN WHO HAS BIG HAIRY BALLS AND FUCKS WOMEN, HARD, A LOT … ” crazy types of characters. It’s even weird when this kind of dude his taking a little kid under his er, bat-wing, as it were. Marvel is on shaky ground with me right now, after the current “SECRET INVASION” bullshit and especially after making Tony Stark a big gaping, bleeding asshole throughout and after the whole Civil War debacle. However, with Issue 8 of Invincible Iron Man it seems like the character is going back to his roots of defying a government who’s spurned him with the kind of smarts you’d expect from a dude who build the world’s most destructive mobile weapon/armored suit with his bare hands.

As for comics you should be reading (and will be hung over a massive pit of blood-thirsty mutant boars for not doing so):

FreakAngels (free and awesome, free and awesome, you’re a set of testicles wearing a bonnet if you don’t check this thing out!)

Invincible

The Walking Dead

The Sword

The Astounding Wolf-Man

Doktor Sleepless

Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern (Rebirth is the start of his run, and he’s still going into next year’s awesome-sounding BLACEST NIGHT summer event)

So there, a hefty post to keep the two or three of you reading this entertained. Hope you got something out of it other than a slight bit of dribble down your chin!



Warhammer Online, Rock Band 2 and overduisms

So I’ve been busy with Warhammer Online and Rock Band 2 lately. Mostly it’s been Rock Band 2 and writing about Warhammer Online, but hopefully I can start to play it more in the coming days. My days have been filled with a lot of not doing things I’d like to be doing, such as cleaning up the mess that is my work area. Unfortunately every time I feel like doing work I’ve decided to apply that desire to the work that actually gets me paid.

Nothing much new in the way of comics, aside from me finally getting the first trade paperback of Robert Kirkman’s The Astonishing Wolf-Man. It’s a fun read that any Kirkfan will dig, so definitely check it out.

Anyhow, my time spent with Warhammer Online has definitely given me a lot of joy and entertainment. Although while discussing the game with a friend today on our way to grab some eats, I realized something that actually really bothers me. When you level up in WAR, you’ll find yourself in need to speak to an NPC to train a new abliity. This isn’t anything to be surprised by, however the same applies for your “Mastery” paths. For anyone that plays (or played, like myself) World of Warcraft, you can think of these a kind of like talents. They’re not really, but essentially it’s equatable. In WoW you can just pull up your talent window, but in WAR you’ve got to talk to this same NPC trainer.

The reason this is frustrating is because I like to look at my “Mastery” or “Talent” paths while doing tasks which require little attention like running across game maps or waiting for a Public Quest to reset. It seems like requiring players to be at this NPC to even LOOK at the masteries is a bit too much for my liking.

As for Rock Band 2, well, it’s more of the same. That’s not a bad thing and I feel like my 60 dollars was quite well spent, but should this thing really be called Rock Band 2? I almost feel like it should be Rock Band v2.0 instead, as the current title supposes the game is a proper sequel, which it’s not. It’s a really great update to the platform, a hugely well valued expansion pack and a hardware update.

My personal feelings are that I’d like to see Harmonix get a little crazy with their name game. I don’t think I want them to do Rock Band 3. What I’d rather see is another “Rock Band-like” game but set in a much less lifelike world. The cartoony and surreal vibe of the current game just screams for them to take it into strange and wonderful territories. I want to play a show on the moon or maybe have some kind of epic Battle of the Bands mode where your characters actually perform fighting animations based on the level of your playing style.

Another thing I wouldn’t mind seeing Harmonix tackle is adding some kind of character progression system into the game. They could add in levels or just do some sort of cosmetic upgrading system where the longer, harder and more impressively you rock, the better your stuff gets.

Just some thoughts that’ve been rattling around in my brain.



The Walking Dead pre-re-view

Does that headline make sense to any of you? I liked it, so I went with it.

Anyhow, I need to stop my habit of double-tapping the enter key whenver I want to start up a new paragraph. Or maybe WordPress needs to stop double-lining me. Ah crap, I’m already off-topic! See what freedom does to me?

All right, comics! The Walking Dead! Robert Kirkman!

What, you want more? Jeez, fine. You’re kind of demanding, did you know this? It’s like having a high-maintenence girlfriend that’s so cute and innocent at times that you can’t bring yourself to dump her. Except in this example she’s also a reader of this blag (not blog, because I’m not that professional with this) and happens to uh- where was I going with this?

Oh right, zombies!

So I’ve been reading a lot of this awesome comicbook called The Walking Dead. Did you see the link up there? Foreshadowing. Hey, move that cursor away from your bookmarks folder! The idea behind this comic series — which was penned by Robert Kirkman (double-foreshadowing) — is simple: What happens at the end of all those zombie movies? Either all the survivors die or they continue to survive, but the movie ends. This takes incredibly human characters well into years of a zombie apocalypse and glances back occasionally to remind you just how much twisted shit has gone down since the first page of the comic.

Death, death and more dead-ness. People are either killing zombies or each other. Oh and sometimes zombies kill people, too. It’s all very gruesome, terrible and somehow wonderful. Kirkman likes to put twists and surprises in his comics, but he doesn’t try to constantly keep you guessing in traditional means. He’ll throw you bones by mixing up obvious twists with incredibly-not-obvious twists. Just when you think you’ve got something figured out, everything goes to shit and you’re burning through the pages with your eyes. Which can really be a shame, because the artwork is really awesome in The Walking Dead.

I’ve found myself re-reading these comics just to make sure I soak in the artwork. It’s all black and white inking, but with a deft greyscale shading that gives the entire thing a very black and white movie feel. Plus, the violence really pops off the page due to the clarity that the lack of color creates. I haven’t finished the series yet, but I highly reccomend it to anyone who loves either zombie stories or just great character-driven stories in general.

This is why I still read comics. While I may still indulge in the occasional Green Lantern or Iron Man comic, stuff like Invincible, The Walking Dead, Doktor Sleepless and The Sword are what keep me buying these things. More on all of those in later posts!