Monday, August 31, 2009

Disney buys Marvel Comics

I'm hearing a lot of "omgz marvel movies are now gonna suck!"

For what it's worth, Miramax was owned by Disney when thet did Pulp Fiction.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sister Wulfia Focka: August update

10 new pages of SWF. This month, a cameo by two special characters. (I think you know who already :p)

I you're going to subscribe to Slipshine, use this link to support Miss Dynamite. (or the banner on the left; same thing)

When I start working again on my Miss Dynamite webcomic I'm pretty sure I'll use that style. I'm pretty good at inking on the Wacom, even though you can't rotate the canvas in Flash, which forces you draw always in the same position. It's so much easier on paper. Perhaps if I had one of those screen tablets, but they're still fucking expensive. I nearly bought some Sakura Micron pens at the art shop yesterday but then I thought, fuck it, Sharpies are good enough.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Help with contrast

Since I don't have access to my graphic tablet since I left my appartment last Spring, I had to work on Sister Wulfia Focka the old school way. With some experimentation, I arrived to this technique of pencils with inks and pencil tones. Very little CG. I had moved from brushes to nibs a long time ago. Then the quality of Strathmore's bristol became so shitty I moved to Flash. Then recently at a convention I inked a sketch with my Pentel pen-brush and it was like riding a bicycle again.

I'm thinking that when I start working on my Miss Dynamite webcomic again, that's the style I would use. It's a lot less clean than in Flash, but I think it's got more life. So here's what I want to know. Which of those 3 versions is better? 1 and 2 and the same contrast but version 2 had a 'sharp' filter applied. Version 3's contrast was boosted.

I'm asking because I noticed a difference on how the pictures looking between an old tube monitor and an LCD screen (which I imagine most people have now).

Monday, August 17, 2009

GiJoe: Rise of Cobra or where I go bitchy fanboy mode

Sorry for the lack of activity. I'm busy with the SWF update.

First, some background info. For those who might not know, GiJoe was a huge influence on Miss Dynamite. Eva basicaly started out as a Scarlet rip-off (Original character; do not steal!). I was always more of a GiJoe fan than Transformers as you could have a more complete Joe collection with a tight budget. I think you could get figurines around 3 or 4$ in the early days. Even middle sized vehicules weren't too expensive, being 100% plastic. While the Transformers cartoons had a better continuity, the GiJoe comics had some anthology moments, like the Snake-Eyes/Storm Shadow origin. And #21 Silent Interlude should be read by anyone studying sequential art. But except for the first 3 episodes of each series, I can't watch either cartoons anymore; they're just horrible. I sold all my figurines and vehicules to my cousins in the early 90s, but I kept my original Night Raven. Might be one of the best looking 30$ plastic toy ever made.

I saw the movie last Saturday and as some people said, it's better than Transformers. But that's setting the bar pretty low. At least, this is a movie about GiJoe. It's not a movie about some teenager who must protect a pair of sunglasses and oh btw GiJoe. When you see the huge Hasbro logo at the beginning, you know the purpose of this movie is to sell merchandise and that's ok. The story is convoluted, but I don't think it matters. It's not a case of "check your brain at the door", which annoys me to no ends. There's nothing stupid about entertainment for the sake of it. You need to be pretty bright to make good pop. I think what made GiJoe great was great characters. Especialy on the side of Cobra. The only good part of the cartoon is usualy the first act where we see Cobra's new plan enacted. The Cobra elites is a dysfunctional passive-agressive family. That's a sitcom. So instead of reviewing the story, I'll review the characters.

Destro: Exagerated Scottish accent is exagerated, but I wasn't expecting subtlety. I've seen people complain about Destro, but I think he does the job.

Zartan: I think it's useless to complain he doesn't look like the comic/cartoon version. He's the master of disguise. But for people not familiar with the character, he comes out of nowhere. He's Zartan, master of disguise, k thx bye! Uh, who? It's like they introduced some charcters for the fans without bothering to explain who they are, but then don't introduce others that could've helped the plot, because...? They didn't know their source material?

The Baroness: When Sienna Miller was casted, I was afraid she looked too young. My ideal Baroness was a MILF. But I think she looks a bit older in the movie. Maybe it's the hair and the glasses. I think the biggest problem is the origins. In this movie she's under Destro and Cobra's hypnotic control. I always thought of the Baroness as this Euro-trash rich spoiled pseudo-'revolutionnaire', sort of like Patty Hearts. Also, she used to be Duke's fiancée....... LAME! At least they imply that she's probably uncurable and will revert to evil again.

Storm Shadow: Nothing to complain here. He's a white ninja. He has a family feud with Snake-Eyes. Close enough. We're told apparently Storm-Shadow doesn't kill women. Why? Who knows. This useless bit of info is never expended upon.

Duke: No charisma. Ok, but kinda boring.

Rip-Cord: Who the fuck is Rip-Cord??? I barely remember him from the comics. At least Wyant (sp?) wasn't in Jar-Jar-neoministrel mode.

Heavy Duty: That guy I never heard of! He's from Sigma Six apparently? Why not Road Block?

Scarlett: Not bad, but unfortunatly for the actress she's given one of the worst line in the movie. Also, they hint at her relation with Snake-Eyes, like in the comics. But then it's completly ignored after.

Breaker: He likes bubble gum, like in the comics. Thanks for the bone Hollywood, that made this movie fucking special. e_e

General Hawk: Quaid was acting like he was in Spy Kids, but that's not his fault since the movie's tone was very unequal.

Snake Eyes: That mouth on the mask is creepy. I know the figurine was like that, but I never liked that version. I never understood what that medieval armor-like visor was supposed to be. I always like the original Snake Eyes better. The whole Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow story was thrown in just for the fans. Jee, thanks, but it serves no purpose to the story. There was material there for an entire movie. Instead it's delivered with two quick flashbacks and no emotion.

The origin story of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow is tragic. The Cobra crazy plans is comedic. And you've got stuff in the middle. This movie doesn't know what kind of movie it is. Is it dark? Serious? Funny? While I'm sure most people would've wanted more grimdark ninja badasserie, I think they should have gone the America Fuck Yeah satire way.

Speaking of which, I forgot the most important. Cobra Commander! Much like General Hawk, the actor isn't bad, but the movie is so uneven his acting looked awkwardly comical. He's Snidely Whiplash evil. He's the brother of the Baroness and former friend of Duke... That's not necessary, I'm not sure why Cobra should have an origin. He's evil, let's leave it at that. If you give him an origin, you make him more human. But that would only work with a realistic tone and that's not gonna work with Cobra. And the fucking costume.... christ! I would have been ok with Cobra only becoming 'the Commander' at the end, but why didn't he get the original costume??? And don't tell me it would have looked too cheezy. The helmet maybe, but not the hood. I heard (might not be true) they were afraid it would look too much like the KKK. Wha? Who cares, he's the bad guy, he's allowed to look like a bastard.

Crank 2 made more sense, I didn't even saw the first one and it cost dozens of millions of dollars less. If they don't bother improving, I'll do as I did with Transformers 2 and won't bother watching the sequel.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

To the person who tried to steal my bike


Monday, August 03, 2009

Otakuthon 2009: More Photos!

Otakuthon keeps getting better every year. They even talked about it on the news. Radio-Canada cancelled their interview with me on the radio but, oh well... Maybe they didn't like porn. :-p

Panty shot of a figurine bought by Kurt.

1-up bought by Maïté.


Sold this one pretty quickly.

Here's some photos taken by Maïté.

I bought a Pikachu for my sister from the lady who made those. I might commission her to make one of Eva and Blackie.

Twiggy fanart made by Maïté.

Photos taken by others.




More photos here.

Probably more to come later.

about Starship Titus

I should have written an informative post about this a long time ago, but I kept forgetting. And things develloped so slowly over a year that there never was an appropriate time to talk about it.

  • First, Starship Titus is over. The last update was on 8th April 2007.
  • I am not the admin of, so I have no idea if they still take subscriptions. But if they do, the last update is indicated on the site so there's no false advertizing.
  • The reasons why Starship Titus ended are unknown to me. These reasons are personnal to Jason and we are still in good terms.
  • I do not own the rights to the Starship Titus characters. So the chances of me continuing the series are slim to nil. I've read criticism of me for not finishing the last episode. Not my fault, nor my problem.

That's all I can think of for now.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Otakuthon 2009: Saturday

This is just a quick Flickr upload before going to bed. I'll edit them and upload others later.


Pillow fight commission.

Lovely pillow fight commissioner.

Another commission.

He didn't whisper "no".

Me and Stéfani, who drew a lot of Pu Sisters fanart. Damn I look awkward in that photo.

Fanart for Maïté.