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Monday, January 30, 2006

Minibosses rock

Jesse gave me a copy of the Minibosses’ new Brass LP, their first studio album, and I would recommend this one. If you’ve ever played one of those electronic video styled games, or if you like rockin’ guitar instrumentals, you will be happy with this CD. I can’t wait to see these guys live at PAX. I missed the show last year :’(

This weekend was pretty cool. Jeremy and I got together to do some scripting for issue 2 of “Here There Be Robots”. The process we’re using has evolved a bit over the last couple of weeks, and so far it’s working better than ever.

I come up with an outline for the issue that we’re both happy with, and then write a fairly loose script with dialogue that I then send to Jeremy. He reads through it and always comes up with some great ideas of things to add in and move around within that. Then we get together after he’s had a chance to do some sketch work and go through the pages to make a solid version of the page by page version of the script. I doubt it’s how the pros do it, but it’s working well for us. Issue 2 is shaping up to be even better than I had originally imagined. Good times.

After that the whole gang was in one of those can’t think of anything to do moods, so we played some Naruto 3 fighting game that Jesse and Kijan imported awhile back, which kicks butt once you get used to it (I personally hated it at first, but they kept forcing me to play, and now I like it). I’ve still never seen the show more than a few clips here and there, but I hear it’s all the rage. I’ll try to see some of it before Sakuracon so I’ll know what all the fuss is about.

Brittany and I are also starting to gear up for our Disneyland trip next month. There are still a few things we have to buy, like some warmer weather clothes. I’m told to be prepared for both heat and pouring rain, since it can go either way. Also, both of us are getting new glasses finally! We’re both going in Thursday for our eye exams. We should have our new glasses by the end of next week. I’m pretty stoked about this since I’m about a year and a half overdue for a new prescription and it’s really starting to show. I’m getting eye strain from my current glasses all the time lately and the constant headaches are a bit of a drag.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Penny-Arcade book signing @ The Comic Stop

I went to the Penny-Arcade book signing last night at The Comic Stop, and got my copy of “Attack of the Bacon Robots” signed. I also picked up a copy of the PAX DVD. As of yet, I haven’t been able to make it to PAX, but this year I’m planning on it, especially after watching the Minibosses concert that’s on the disc.
The signing impressed me in how laid back it was. I came in about half way through and Jerry (Tycho) was playing Mario Kart DS with a group of their fans. I gave them both copies of “Here There Be Robots” issue 1, and they both started flipping through it. The thing that cracked me up was Mike (Gabe) seemed most impressed with that we actually finished a full length comic and told me it was longer than anything he’d ever worked on.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to stick around for very long, since I hadn’t had a chance to eat dinner yet, and was having a major blood sugar low. I was shaking like crazy and had to go find some food. I also forgot to bring my DS, and was kicking myself for that one.

All-in-all it was a good day though. Brittany’s sushi set came, I got my stuff signed, and Geoffio finished creating Atario Bros. (A modded version of Super Mario Bros.)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

"Stupid on a Stick" Now Available!

We are very happy to announce that our first book "Stupid on a Stick: A Stickguy Collection" is now available to buy online through ComiXpress!
This is a 44 page black and white comic, featuring all the original “Stickguy” comic strips originally created in 1992. It also features a brand new introduction by Stickguy himself, as well as other bonus material. You can order it right now from ComiXpress.

We will also have copies available at both Sakuracon and Emerald City ComiCon (in very limited supply).
So, get your copy, read through, and post your review on the ComiXpress website!

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Employed!

Brittany got a job!

She’s been searching for a couple months now, but the offers she kept getting were for shifts that didn’t work out. This time though, she’s found a regular 8-5 shift as a driver at Bills Blueprints, where both Mike and Jesse work. We are both really excited. J

 

Monday, January 23, 2006

Return of the Newsbox

I brought back the newsbox to the main site (http://www.RandomPirateComics.com).

Its absence over the last several months has made the index page of the site seem stagnant, and I figured it was about time I did something about it. I still plan on posting to this blog, though.

 

I got my copy of “Attack of the Bacon Robots”, which is a collection of the first 2 years of Penny-Arcade comics. The comics are circa 1998-1999, and there are a lot of references that I don’t get to games I’ve never played. However, there is commentary by series writer Jerry Holkins for every strip in there, which is some very interesting and funny stuff. This is a must have for PA fans. As the book itself brings out though, if you’re just jumping into things and have never followed PA or gaming, it might not make a lot of sense.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Geoffio's hiatus to end?

That’s right folks!

Geoffio has just moved out and is now roommates with fellow Giollanté and the Micronians band member Jesse (aka Main Finger), which means he now lives on the same block as the rest of the RPC crew. This is great news for all of us, since this will make it much easier to get projects coordinated and finished.

Best of all, he will finally have a good internet connection hooked up by the end of the month, and plans on resuming the hit title “Captain Hammer: Undercover Pirate” soon after. Whether or not he actually does remains to be seen, but I for one hope he does, since it’s one of the funniest comics I’ve read in a long while. We also have many more “True Facts about Pirates” written that still need to be drawn up. February just might be when we see both series start up again.

Let’s hope.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Sick (again)

Being sick at work is no fun.

I’m one of those people who hates to take sick days. Scheduled time off is, of course, the best thing ever, which is what I’d much rather use those days for.

Yesterday, I couldn’t help but stay home. I had a fever, soar throat, achy muscles, etc. and leaving the house just seemed like a bad idea. Today I’m feeling slightly better; fever is gone, throat is a bit less soar. But on the other hand; can’t stop coughing, and my lower back is killing me from sitting at my desk all day.

So, with the three day weekend slowly approaching (only about 2 more hours to go!) I’m planning on sleeping a lot.

I also just found my notes for issue 3 of Here There Be Robots, and it’s about time to start outlining anyway. If I’m feeling up to it I may start on that as well.

"Stupid on a Stick: A Stickguy Collection"

Our copies of “Stupid on a Stick: A Stickguy Collection” arrived yesterday! We have about 60 copies and they will be available at Sakuracon and Emerald City ComiCon. We had them printed through ComiXpress, so there is a very good possibility they will be available online through them before the cons. I will post a link once that happens.

The book is a 44 page black and white comic that contains all the “Stickguy” comics made in 1992, as well as a brand new introduction and lawnmower safety tips. There is a forward by our good friend Kijan Bernard and a backword by our very own Dr. Geoffio, M.D., a  fraudulently licensed physician.

 

Brittany and I have both been sick the last couple of days, and although I went to work today, I’m still not quite feeling up to par. I spent most of yesterday playing Dragon Quest 8, which I’m now ridiculously farther behind on that either Brittany or Mike. I have a bad habit with video games, especially RPG’s, that even the ones I like a lot I rarely finish. Out of all the ones I’ve played, the only ones that I can think of off the top of my head that I’ve seen through were Final Fantasy VII, Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross. I got to the main boss on Mario RPG, but that was back when it first came out and I was only renting it. I got to try beating Smithy once, then had to return it to the video store.

So, very slowly but surely, I’m trying to stick with DQ8 and actually finish it. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how that goes.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

I should have known

A couple of days ago I picked up a used copy of Meteos for the Nintendo DS. It’s a puzzle game in which different colored blocks are constantly falling, trying to destroy your planet. You can launch them back into space by lining up 3 of the same color either horizontally or vertically. It’s in the same vein as Tetris, but plays very differently. The game makes good use of the touch screen interface, since the blocks are controlled by dragging them up and down the rows. There’s no way you could react fast enough if you were using the d-pad for this game.

After playing off and on the last couple of days, I’m experiencing a strange phenomenon that I rarely ever have. Not since classic puzzle games like Tetris and Dr. Mario have I found myself seeing the game in front of my eyes when I’m not actually playing. It gets in your head and you just can’t stop thinking about it. Your brain spends hours working out different scenarios while you are busy doing other things. It gets worse at night.

Oh, how it gets worse. I actually was having a hard time sleeping because my brain was going a mile a minute playing the game without me. Is this a sign of a puzzle game junkie? Will I forever need to get a fix or face withdrawal symptoms?

Only time will tell. But I can say that I highly recommend Meteos for any and all DS owners.

Next on my list is Puzzle Bobble DS, known in the states as Bust-A-Move. I’ve been a fan of this series for awhile, and I hope the DS version lived up to the franchise.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Can't Keep a Good Duck Down

As I mentioned earlier, Drunk Duck recently underwent a major crash wherein their entire site was lost. Many thought that would forever be the end of the duck, much to their dismay.

If you’ve been hanging out on their forums at all (which are fully functional) you would know that several people, including myself, have been helping out by beta testing the new version of Drunk Duck. So far things seem to be working smoothly. It is still up in the air how it will function, since the original site was such a huge undertaking, but the main site (http://www.drunkduck.com) will be keeping us posted on their progress and the future of their website.

I for one, hope things work out well for the site. I’ve always thought it was a good place to be an indie comic creator.

 

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Howdy Neighbor

So it looks like sooner rather than later Geoffio will be my neighbor. This is some pretty exciting news on a lot of levels for me. For one, I’ll get to see one of my best friends and favorite people on a regular basis. For another, our band(s) will be able to practice more than once a month, and as his editor, I will be close enough to pester him into starting up Captain Hammer again. :D

He assures me that he does want to continue creating Captain Hammer, but that he’s been really busy lately, which is understandable. Graduating college, moving, starting a new job, etc. can be quite time consuming. I guess I’ll let it slide since I’m such a nice guy.

 

Things are getting down to the wire for Convention prep work. Even though both conventions are still 3 months away, now is when I need to get any and all products ordered that we want to sell once we’re there. One nice thing is that Mike helps us out last minute making copies of the promo and flyers, which is a huge help. We’re very much looking forward to the cons this year, since we will be debuting issue 1 of “Here There Be Robots”. If the crazy happens and we actually sell out of the comic at the con, no worries, since we have plans to sell them online in the semi-near future.

 

I just got Meteos for the Nintendo DS, which is an addictive little puzzle game by the same people that did Lumins for the PSP. I haven’t had much time to play it yet, but I’m a big puzzle junkie. Or maybe that’s “big puzzle geek”…

Let’s just say I’m in what is known as a “Tetris Fight Club” and leave it at that.

I’m not even saying I’m that great at them. I just find them highly addictive and entertaining.

 

I’m also still slowly working on Dragon Quest VIII. Fun, very old school styled RPG, which also means it’s a bit slow moving and takes a long time to play through. I’m not the only one who’s into that at this point though. Brittany, Jesse, and Mike are all playing as well, and even though we all started at different times, we’re all around the same point in the game as of this post, which I find interesting.

 

Anyway… 2006, huh?