Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Twiggy's Flash flashback

In this earlier post, I was wondering if I could succesfully introduce to the anime a character very few people have seen so far. Twiggy Rickenbacker has only appeared in the print comics Faster, Dynamite! Kill! Kill! If an animated episode has a storyline where Twiggy tries to take revenge from Eva, would it be a problem if people didn't have the whole story?

One way to fix this would be with this FLASHBACK made by recycling comic pages. With voice overs and sound effects, I think people would understand where Twiggy is coming from and what's her motivation. Right?

Also, Shaun made a very good point:
Eva's pissed off so many people over the years that it would plausible to have a revenge storyline without a lot of explanation.

It's not like your audience is going to watch the animation and say "Eva would NEVER beat the shit out of a CIA agent and sell her into prostitution! How could this happen?"

Thinking about episode 24

With episode 23 soon to be completed, I better start thinking about the next episode, 24. The Pu Sisters trilogy is done, so I'm putting Nani and Tang on the side for the moment.

Ideas I have so far: Twiggy's revenge. Eva and Blackie on FOX News. A Spaghetti Western in Mexico. Something with drugs. Eva becomes supreme ruler of the USA.

I want to do something with Twiggy Rickenbacker. But Twiggy was introduced in the comics. Can I succesfully introduce her in the anime while respecting the comic's storyline? One way of doing this would be to do a flashback using comic panels from Faster, Dynamite! Kill! Kill! that would explain who she is and why she wants revenge on Eva. Not that many people have read the comics, a lot less than those who have seen the anime episodes. So I can't just throw Twiggy in there and expect people to know who she is.

Star Trek did it with the Wrath of Khan. You didn't need to have seen the TV episode to understand the movie. Actually, I only learned that it was a sequel to a TV episode much later.

Any thoughts?

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Would you have sex with a man if that would stop a terrorist attack?

I'm claiming credit for this one. On this post by John Cole, about how the Republican Presidential candidates want to prove there is no immoral act they wouldn't do to stop a terrorist attack, I was the first to ask:
Would you have sex with a man if that would stop a terrorist attack?

Cole used the question for a subsequent post and Andrew Sullivan linked to it here. Then Bill Maher used the question on his show, Real Time (2nd question at the beginning of the clip).

It would have probably been too much to ask for a credit to Liberal Avenger or Miss Dynamite, but that's cool. I'm glad the question has been asked in the (sort of) mainstream so more people can realize how much those neo-con nuts are ridiculous.

Friday, October 26, 2007

MySpace + FaceBook

All the cool kids are doing it. :-p Dunno how much I'll be using those things (not even sure of their utility). But anyway, I'm on the Internuts now.
this is Sébastien's profile

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Photos from Dr Sketchy

Sunday, October 21, 2007

an evening of Dr Sketchy

I took part in a session of life-drawing called Dr Sketchy. In academics, life-drawing is about studying the human body. In Dr Sketchy, it's about having fun (and drawing live sexy models). I uploaded three of the best sketches I did of Jessie Von Zombie. Her MySpace says she's 50 years old? No she's not...

By the way, if you're an artist in Montreal, you might be interested in coming to a Dr Sketchy anti-art drawing class. Check the site, there's one once a month.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

It's Raturday!

DSCF0017DSCF0038Ratzi's close upRatzi's close upDSCF0040Rat room

Thursday, October 11, 2007

1-2-3 Sesame Street

I might be busy for the coming weeks, so I might not have time to post much original stuff. But I'm confident Miss Dynamite XXIII will be out in November. Meanwhile, for no other reasons than it's just awesome, here's Stevie Wonder performing on Sesame Street, in 1972.

And an 'encore', with Superstitious. "When you believe in things you don't understand, then you suffer." I dare you not to dance on your seat.

Monday, October 08, 2007

6 new pics + 2 fanarts + etc.

I recycled some art from the next anime episode with which I will make 8.5x11 color prints.

Next, a little sample loop from Miss Dynamite XXIII, a gift for Pinton, and some Blackie color art for a print as well.

Then I've got gaia avatars from John Mercer and a very NSFW Blackie from E!. E! is also on Slipshine.

Finally, the visual portion of the next anime episode is completed.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

How do you synchronize dialogues (audio) in Flash? MYSTERY SOLVED!

Yeah, I know how to synch audio in Flash, you just set the sound properties to Stream. But that only goes so far. After a few minutes, the sound starts to go out of synch. After 3 minutes, it gets really obvious and annoying. This happens when I put all my audio clips in the main Timeline. (One single Scene)

What I used to do in the early days was to put each line of dialogue in a individual movie clip, but that's because I didn't know otherwise. The synch was good (At least I hope so. That was in Flash 5. I hope they didn't botch things up since then in Flash 8...), but it's a fucking slow process. And the only way to hear your audio mix is to Publish the whole movie.

Now someone (Julian) suggested me to divide the movie in 3 or 4 parts (like the four acts: I, IIa, IIb and III), each parts being in a Movie Clip Symbol and paste those movie clips in the main timeline. (I did that once, for episode 15.) This way, each parts isn't long enough for the synch to fuck up. (I would put each individual movie clip in a individual Scene, since I don't know ActionScript enough to flip from one clip to another)

Any experts out there? How does that solution sounds? All the online tutorials I've check aren't advanced enough for this. They all explain how to synchronize one sound to one button or one event. Ya, I know how to do this. But when you're trying to synchronize almost 100 audio clips, it's quite different... :p

Also, Adobe warns not to loop Stream sounds. But I really need to do this for some effects. Like a synchronized fade out for exemple. They say you'll end up with a bigger file if you do this. Since most people are on broadband, that's not much of an issue anymore. Are there other downsides to doing this, quality wise? Do it fuck up anything else?

UPDATE: The Movie Clip option stated in the 3rd paragraph is the right one. Thanks to Tom Fulp, Stamper and JohnnyUtah!

Friday, October 05, 2007


Will Stamper from Newgrounds made some cool Miss Dynamite wallpapers (here).
Fun fact - Sirkowski draws all his girls super MEGA naked - THEN adds clothes on TOP. I'M CEREAL - you can totally open up the source for ANY one of his movies or drawings and totally FOR CEREALLY hide layers to remove shirts and mega steaming hot bras and panties and stuff. Working with his raw artwork over the past few days has introduced me to parts of Eva and Blackie that are ILLEGAL IN AT LEAST 18 COUNTRIES. PLUS...a TON of his drawings have even MORE psychotic layers - so when you get tired of looking at buckets and buckets of steaming hot radical super hot naked tits and vaginas and stuff, you can start removing layers of SKIN, MUSCLES AND BONES...AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, YOU'RE STARING STRAIGHT UP EVA'S UTERUS AND WONDERING WHY SIRKOWSKI SEEMINGLY TOOK HOURS TO SHADE HER FALLOPIAN TUBES WITH FREAKISH REALISM WHEN NOBODY WILL EVER SEE IT WL;KJE2
You can praise Will here.

The Pink Mafia strikes again!

Republican state senate candidate Joey DiFatta is dropping from the race in Louisiana. DiFatta notes health concerns for his decision to quit, but just by coincidence allegations he's a peeping tom and plays footsie Larry Craig style in public bathrooms have come out. Here comes the juice:
DiFatta watched a man use the bathroom while peering through a hole in a bathroom stall.

[And in a 2nd incident.]

The report said DiFatta slid his foot into the deputy's stall and tapped the deputy's foot. In the report, Conley noted that such activity is common among men to indicate a willingness to participate in sex.

The deputy inside the stall, Detective Wayne Couvillion, responded by tapping his foot, and DiFatta reached under the partition and began to rub the deputy's leg, the report states. The detective asked DiFatta, "What do you want?" according to the report, and he replied, "I want to play with you." DiFatta also used a hand signal to indicate that he wanted to engage in sex and used language that indicated the same, according to the report.

Note that despite such damning evidence, the charges were suspiciously dropped both times. Corruption is pretty obvious.
BIGGER NOTE: It's confirmed, DiFatta was a social conservative hypocrite.
[DiFatta] pledged to "defend our conservative values from attacks by extreme liberal groups" as part of his campaign.
If I was conspiracy theorist, I’d go crazy over this. Has a covert homosexual commando slowly infiltrated the Republican party over the years to destroy it from the inside?

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Oh, by the way, your book sucks!

It's hard to tell how much of this is comedy or if it's genuine trashing. But it's sweet either way.

Monday, October 01, 2007

ExpoZine 2007

This year's edition of the ExpoZine will be spread over two days. Seems the event is getting bigger.
Expozine, Montreal’s annual small press, comic and zine fair, will take place on Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25, 2007, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 5035 St-Dominique (Église Saint-Enfant Jésus, [same place as last year] between St-Joseph and Laurier, near Laurier Métro). Free admission.

This incredible event brings together over 250 creators of all kinds of printed matter – from books to zines to visual art and comics – in both English and French. In the past six years, Expozine has become one of North America's largest small press fairs, attracting thousands of visitors as well as exhibitors from as far afield as Chicago, Toronto, Ottawa, and Quebec City! It is one of the city's cultural success stories, and due to its ever-increasing growth, this year's edition will be expanded to two days.

Expozine brings together a multitude of publications and printed works that are often difficult to find in the first place, much less altogether in the same room! The result is a rare opportunity to peruse the work of hundreds of young and emerging authors, publishers and artists, and to see what the winners of last year’s Expozine Alternative Press Awards are up to. Not to be missed!