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Hi everyone! This is a podcast I did with my friends.  It’s a geek oriented podcast where we talk about what things we’re excited about when it comes to comics, books, movies, and television.  It’s our inaugural podcast and we’re very excited to interact with our viewers.  So if you have time, give it a chance and hopefully we’ll be on itunes soon so you can carry us wherever we go!

Feel free to drop comments in either the Youtube or this comment section.  Thanks so much everyone!

Hey everyone, my friend FreeBrunch has started a gaming channel and he recorded a gaming session while we played Dying Light.  It’d be awesome if you checked it out and listened to us ramble and die.  A lot.  A lot of rambling and a lot of dying.

Daredevil opening

You’ve heard a great number of things from me that praise the DC television universe and the path they’re taking.  I even somewhat criticized Marvel’s approach by having their connected universe holding them back from making big picture stories that truly affected the universes they were in.  An example I used was that the DCTV universe can use Ras al Ghul, Solomon Grundy, and even Deathstroke, all of which are fairly big names in the DC fictional universe, without needing to hold back on waiting for a movie adaptation green light.  I thought this was a weakness for Marvel’s TV universe, which until Daredevil was only affecting Agents of Shield and maybe Peggy Carter.  A weakness that was defined for NOT having super powerful and well known villains or heroes compelling the story.  Enter Daredevil.

Daredevil is a perfect way to counter this argument as he is the common man’s hero, which makes the television layout, budget, and story to be a perfect and believable medium of introduction.  The televised layout is great here.  We’re given time to truly see how disgusting Hell’s Kitchen is, not just hear how bad it is through character dialogue.  There is a glorious amount of time given to the rest of the main cast, making each person earn a place in your memory.  The pacing is great and mixes a great balance of origin story and intriguing conflict.

Overall I was very satisfied with Daredevil.  As a primary DC reader, the Marvel Universe only goes as far as their cinematics, and it’s incredibly exciting not knowing what happens to what and who becomes who.  Daredevil was just so well put together and fired so well on so many cylinders of entertainment. Being this pleased with this show even made me consider whether or not I would actually enjoy DCTV if I didn’t exactly know every little aspect and detail in their TV shows and mistake getting the reference for actual entertainment.

Below is a light-spoiler analysis of Daredevil and why I think its particularly effective at making it a great season 1.

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You can hear the skull cracking.  This without a doubt is probably the most NSFW piece I’ve drawn to date.  But with Hotline Miami still ringing in my bones, I had to draw something to pay tribute to the high-octane feeling I get when I clear a level.  The game is absolutely brutal, punishing, and ridiculously addictive.

So I drew Corey (who is a girl, which I didn’t know until I started researching her character), who is known for her tumbles.  She bats hard and the goons don’t stand a chance.

Feel free to leave constructive criticism.  I’ve also included a speed drawing for you all to enjoy with a smooth 80s-esque track to get lost in.

Hey all,

I previously drew a picture of The Flash and I recorded my screen while doing so.  And with the help of the Speed Force (embedded in the software ScreenFlow), I was able to speed it up and fit it to some hip beats released by Tasty.  Check out the links and I hope you all enjoy!

I’m having trouble picking my next topic of drawing.  I was going to do a Robin drawing, but I think I might be ready to get back into lady pin ups…Then again, drawing some beastly things from the hotly anticipated Bloodborne could be pretty sweet too.

Help me?

On another note, I’ve got a new actual article coming down the pipe soon.  Some of you might have slipped in the embarrassing window of when it accidentally posted and seen what it was about.  If not, look forward to it!

the flash

The Flash has risen in popularity over the past couple of years.  In thanks to the great comic book restart during the New 52 event, the rising CW television series, and the eventual Flash movie starring Ezra Miller.  This year marks the 75th anniversary of when the Flash hit the panels, so I did some quick fan art depicting the Scarlet Speedster doing what he does best. Running.

Gonna celebrate some Robin 75 in my next drawn.

Animal Man Vs. The Rot

animal man vs. the rot

So I’m catching up on Animal Man and I’ve really begun to like Bernard “Buddy” Baker as Animal Man.  I’ve been meaning to write an article about how amazingly different and utterly disturbing reading Animal Man has been, but I settled with this drawing for now.

Enjoy!

Flash and Glider

Some time ago, I kinda panned several comic books for selfish and silly reasons.  With regards to The Flash, I called the first book generic.  I called the Flash boring.  I called out the lack of growth…Truth be told, I had not finished the book by the time I had wrote the article.  I had only read about half where it focused on Barry’s relationship with his self cloning friend.  It wasn’t a fair enough shot.  By the end of the second half, the book really picked up and I was compelled to buy the second volume.  And after that, let’s just say I get why The Flash is such an amazing character with many levels complexity.  Not just in the character, but a nice insight into why Flash’s mythology is heralded as much more than ‘running fast’.  Especially for someone who doesn’t know much about The Flash.

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Finished Fray a while back. Inspired, I drew the gorgeous and deadly Melaka Fray. Quite the exercise in background too. Very satisfied with this one. And I recorded this drawing that I enclosed below.

So the last bazillion things I’ve drawn are all strong and gorgeous women.  Time to amp up the testosterone.  Thinking of some Animal Man/Swamp Thing…in chibi form.  Maybe.  Not sure.  It will come to me.

 

Sword Art Action

I’m going to stop saying, “I’m starting to watch anime now” because I’m pretty sure I’ve left that station a while back.  I’m pretty full blown into it.  I’ve spent the last couple of months (maybe even years :/) catching up on what people are saying the best anime shows the networks had to offer and it has lead me to places high and low ranging from Beyond the Boundary to Kill la Kill to Code Geass.  One particular anime I had heard about over and over again was Sword Art Online (SAO).  I read a quick summary and it was said to be about a group of MMO players getting stuck in a virtual world where if they died in that world, they died in real life.  They would have to band together to take out bosses if they ever wished to leave their virtual prison.  That seemed really intriguing, so I finally took a shot at it.

And it was pretty good…for the first 15/50-ish episodes.

After those first 15 episodes, I’ve often asked myself “why am I still watching this?”  I eventually stopped after the 16th episode of Sword Art Online 2 because I couldn’t take it anymore.  So let’s break down how that happened.

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Rockabilly Jinx

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It’s been a long time since I drew something and shared it here.  I decided to draw some fan art of my favorite ADC from League of Legends as of light.  She’s got a new skin (Firecracker!) coming out and I’ve decided that she should really get a Rockabilly skin.  Punk hair, tattoos, and revealing clothing.

For her three guns, Rockabilly Jinx is sporting minigun guitar, an RPGC rocket propelling guitar case, and a microphone zapper. Enjoy!

sona final

This is a drawing of Arcade Sona I painted.  She’s probably one of my favorite champions right now and she looked like a lot of fun to draw.  As stated before, I’m pursing a different style now, kind of edging away from keeping with line art and using more of a brush.  The previous Harley Quinn picture was simple though.  This drawing was a lot more complex, using nearly triple the colors required to do this technique.  I’m really proud of this one and look forward to what else is in store for 2015!

I wrote a small breakdown of how I did the whole thing included below.

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My obsession with Harleen Quinzel continues as I use her as my object for trying a new style.  I took a painting + blur tool on this one versus my normal style.  I really liked the shading that can come from it and how it looks without the line art.  Expect more experimentations with this.

I kinda set it vaguely at Arkham Asylum, hence her orange jumpsuit.  I’m going to say Harley found her infamous collar (and ultimately the calling card to get her to be recognizable) amidst a riot where she wrestled away a police baton.  She also found her old name tag and set out to correct it to better reflect who she is now.  And of course, she’s always equipped with that absolutely adorable smile.

alfred injustice

There are many instances of where video game universes are continued as comic books.  I’ve heard only good things from things like The Last of Us’s “American Dreams” and there are plenty of Halo, Assassin’s Creed, and Mass Effect ones that I know people enjoy.  Today I’m giving a special shout out to Injustice: Gods Among Us.  Here’s a comic book that’s based on a fighting video game that’s based on comic book characters who often fight each other.  How weird was that?

This article isn’t as much about the video game itself (which is free for Playstation Plus members this December), but rather a comic book that acts as the prequel to the events of one of the game’s timelines.  DC and comic books in general often operate in alternate realities and the basis of this comic book follows Superman’s descent into becoming the world’s dictator.  The DC universe prides Superman as being incorruptible.  But what happens when the Joker tricks him into murdering his own pregnant wife?

This is how the comic book starts out.  The initial story is lightly treaded on in the video game itself, but the game jumps ahead FIVE years after this event.  In the game all we learn is that Superman has established a dictatorship of the world under the guise of maintaining peace.  There is an underground war against Batman and his thin alliance of other insurgents.  But how did this happen?  How did the heroes line up on each side?  What happened to certain heroes and villains?  The comic book promises to cover all of these and more, making an entertaining and shockingly dark romp.

I’ve picked up only Year 1: Vol. 1 of Injustice.  I’m very excited to read Vol. 2 this January.  Here’s a review.

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  gone girl promo

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Christmas.

A friend recommended I check out Gone Girl.  He had read the book and watched the movie and was very pleased with both.  I had only heard about this movie, saw it in some previews like Entertainment Weekly (but still didn’t read the articles), David Fincher and saw that it had Ben Affleck in it.  If I’m being honest, I didn’t really care for what Ben Affleck was doing before he would debut as the Bat in 2016.

And that’s another case of my dumb ignorance.

Gone Girl, as supported by the hype and reviews, was an incredible movie.  It was stylish, beautifully and magnetically acted, and the story was so damn entertaining.  Here’s a relatively spoiler free review.

If you are uninitiated with the premise, please watch the movie first before reading this review.  Going into it dry is honestly the best way to go about it.  This review will be try to be spoiler free, but I’ll probably bring things up that might stay with you as you watch the movie.  Reading this will probably be raising your suspicions when you finally decide to watch it.

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Wonder Woman Wallpaper

wonder woman wallpaper

Quickly drew some Wonder Woman fan art.  I’m adjusting to a new computer, so I’m keeping my drawings relatively simple for now.  Hope you all enjoy it!

Arrow vs. Flash

Sometime in the last couple of weeks, I got to see The Flash and Green Arrow team up.  There was playful banter, crossing of super hero teams, and clashes in physical and mental approaches to situations.    In the big crossover event between CWs The Flash and Arrow, I got to see in live action what I’ve only seen in animated movies and comic books for DC characters.  Marvel has been dominant with their franchise so far.  They were first to get a team of heroes all on one screen to fight a larger threat and it was freaking awesome.

And I’m saying that as a DC fan.  Since 2008, Marvel Studios has hammered down their connected universe and are even backed with Marvel movies from Fox and Sony.  Even though not all of these movies are true cinematic gems, I still watched them, I probably enjoyed them, and then they all made lots of money.

So where’s DC in all of this?  2008 was the latest highpoint in the DC cinematic universe with the release of The Dark Knight.  We got Green Lantern, The Dark Knight Rises, and Man of Steel, but let’s be honest, no one holds a close enough candle to say Avengers, Captain America 2, and more recently Guardians of the Galaxy.  And comparitively, Marvel and the affiliated studios have been releasing up to three movies a year vs. Warner Bros./DC’s 1.

So all in all the cinematic candle won’t come close until 2016 when DC finally kicks off its connected cinematic universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  And they still might not come close.  But action stews further away from the silver screen.  But what about the smaller screen candle?

DC has taken to television before.  Besides animated favorites like Justice League, Teen Titans, and Young Justice, shows like Smallville, The Flash (1990), and Birds of Prey were somewhat popular.  But now in this age of where superhero and comic book based media isn’t lame anymore, DC has really let their shows fly and their audiences with them.

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Black Carnival #8

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Finally had some time to crank out one of these puppies.  Hope you all enjoy!

gurren lagann

So watching Attack on Titan heralded in an era of trying to catch up on some of the best anime Japan had to offer.  I tried and tried very hard in filling the void of incredible storytelling, beautiful animation, and compelling characters Attack on Titan held.  My journey has led me high and low with a lot of time invested.  I’ve recently finished three more anime, all recommended from close friends (Hybrid Zone) and some of my favorite websites like Kotaku.  Here’s more coverage on what I watched, what I liked, and what I didn’t like.   I’m also opening the floor for even more recommendations.

Recommendation reminders to keep in mind: I like to keep things short, with whole series ending after 24 or 40 episodes.  I like recent stuff, because animation has really progressed since then.  I’m looking for some good drama.  Everything I’ve watched lately has mechas and fantasy.  Maybe toning that genre back would be good.  Unless you’ve got something I REALLY need to see.

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The Final Battle

finals week 2014

It’s my last finals week before I graduate and I decided to draw a little sketch of my last battle.  Buzz is guiding me, as always as I fight against the four classes I have to beat.  Here’s a little backstory to the characters I’m up against:

PSYC 2210 (Social Psychology): Psychic Sarah. She uses her psychic knowledges of social psychology to get my anxiety levels above normal.
ChBE 4310 (Bioprocess Engineering): Biomass Betty. Betty overwhelms me her shear mass in biotechnical mumbo jumbo that I know nothing about.
ChBE 4200 (Unit Operations): U.O. 2000. This robot from lab class is going to take full advantage of me not brining my goggles and lab coat to the fight.
ChBE 4535 (Product Design): Designer Desiree. Designer Desiree gives me vague and ill-defined riddles and expects me to solve them.

Now I should probably stop drawing and go back to studying…

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