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EDIT: Thanks to everyone who came to watch. It was not entirely a complete disaster, so there’s that to be thankful of!

The last one went so well, let’s do it one more time!

TFcon was originally scheduled for July this year, but due to the events of this year, was postponed to the weekend of September 4th. Well, that September date has obviously been cancelled, but if you’re looking for a dose of Transformers fandom and community, you’ll have chance to get some that weekend anyway!

How Transformers Changed Around the World” is a panel about the different ways that Transformers was presented in different countries in its early days. From commercials, comic books, localized dubs of the TV series, and retools of the figures, there was a lot that went into how the Transformers brand was rolled out internationally, and this panel will be going through many of the wilder and weirder changes in an educational and entertaining way.

I first presented this panel at TFcon in 2018, and it was a huge hit with the audience at the time. However, for me I knew it wasn’t everything it could have been, because I had so much content to organize while putting the panel together that I wound up working through much of the convention to get it done, and then I had to rush to fit everything into the allotted time while presenting. Some things got cut from the final version, some things I couldn’t even bother with attempting to include, and one thing wound up missing from the presentation due to an oversight. So this virtual version of the panel, without the worry of having a time limit, will be revised, extended, expanded, and for me, a chance for redemption!

The panel happens on my Twitch channel on September 6th! Just like the virtual convention panel I did in July, everyone is welcome, even if you’ve never been to a Transformers or anime convention before. You do not need to have a Twitch account to watch, but you will need an account to participate in the chat room. I won’t be interacting with the chat much during the presentation itself, and all notifications and redemptions will be turned off during that stretch of time. But we’ll have some time to chill from 5:30pm EST before I start the panel at 6, and then we’ll do some Q&As.

Later that night, hop into my Discord server for a surprise. More to be announced during the panel.

The virtual panel I did in July was a great success, with many viewers and a spirited discussion afterwards. It was some of the most fun I’ve had on the Internet all year, maybe ever! The first weekend of September is probably not going to be the same as July, and nothing can really substitute for a real TFcon hanging with our pals and buying robots, but we’re going to try anyway and see what happens. I hope you can be there, and please help to spread the word by posting about it on your own blogs and social media platforms. As with last time, there will not be any recordings or VOD, so don’t miss it!

After this one, no more virtual panels from me this year! And let’s hope that next year, I’ll be presenting to a room full of real Transformers fans!

EDIT: Added a Facebook Event page. Please add yourself to this page and share it on your page is you are a Facebook kind of person.

Sayonara.

EDIT: Thanks to everyone who watched the panel! I hope to see you on my future streams when I’m just drawing and chilling out.

On Sunday July 12, 2020, the weekend that TFcon was original scheduled for before being postponed until September, I will be doing my best to bring a bit of convention magic to the online world as I will be presenting “Japanese Franchises that Influenced Transformers” live to my Twitch channel. It’s a panel that traces the earliest beginnings of modern Japanese popular culture, how robots became such a popular subject, and how it all eventually lead up to the creation of what we know today as Transformers.

I first presented this panel at TFcon live in 2016. It’s an idea that I had for a long time, as the history of Japanese animation, films, and TV Shows is something that I love to research and talk about, and Transformers is a part of that. I was so incredibly nervous going into the presentation, not because of speaking in front of an audience (that’s the fun part), but rather because I was scared of running out of time. I managed to get though it all with a whopping 5 minutes to spare. Now, being online on my very own Twitch channel, I don’t have to worry about that. I’ll be going as long as it takes! Which is perfect because I’m also adding some new content to the panel for this presentation.

Everyone is welcome, even if you’re not a part of the usual TFcon crew or have never been to a Transformers or anime show before. You don’t even need to have a Twitch account to watch, but you will need an account to chat. I won’t be interacting with the chat during the presentation itself, and all notifications and redemptions will be turned off during that stretch of time. But we’ll have a brief moment to chill from 5:30pm EST before I start the panel at 6, and then a Q&A session afterwards, and I’m looking forward to that.

Should be a fun time. It won’t be the same as hanging out with everyone at TFcon, but it’ll be a good way to celebrate the things we still love even while quarantined. And YOU can help by posting, retweeting, and spreading the word wherever Transformers fans gather so that as many people as possible know that this is happening.

I hope to see you there!

EDIT: Added a Facebook Event page.

Sayonara.

Finally, I can talk about this!

Dwelling of the Duels is a monthly contest where musicians release remixes of music from video games to be judged upon by the community every month. You might hear a song from a duel on one of my streams.

This month’s theme is Robots, and I was asked to provide the album art. So here it is!

I wanted this image to feature some “generic” robots playing video games surrounded by screens featuring some famous robot characters. You can see my name if you know where to look.  This style is often pretty time consuming but I like the way it turned out.

This was a big deal to me, and I was honored to provide the art as I had already been aware of Dwelling of the Duels before I was asked if I could contribute. I was told after I submitted the art that I had knocked it out of the park.

I was thankful for the opportunity and I’m eager for the next thing.

Sayonara.

April 15, 2020

My #SixFanarts

Hey folks. How is your quarantine going? I was sick right when the whole mess started, so I was already stuck inside. Besides that. as an artist, I don’t get out much anyway. So, it hasn’t effected my life much at all. But it’s clear that a lot of people are suffering due to the virus itself and/or the ripple effect that it’s created, and my heart has gone out to everyone who has been effected.

With everything going on in the world, people have been coming up with ways to keep themselves busy and the #SixFanarts challenge is one that has captured a lot of attention. I participated and asked people for their suggestions of what characters I should draw, and this what I came up with.

SixFanarts

I specifically said that I would pick one character per franchise and try to focus on characters that I have never drawn before and didn’t have plans to draw in the future. I also wanted a good diverse bunch so I wouldn’t just be drawing all robots like usual. There were a fair number of suggestions but in the end we have Windblade from Transformers Cyberverse, Static Shock from DC, Akane Shinjo from SSSS Gridman, Slimer from Ghostbusters, Zero Suit Samus from Metroid, and MechaGodzilla 92 from Godzilla VS MechaGodzilla II.

It took me awhile to finish. I went in thinking that I could knock them out easily but I keep underestimating how long this style can take sometimes. But it was a fun project to work on and people seem to like it. I had fun working on it while streaming on Twitch and talking with my audience about the choices.

Now onto the next thing, whatever that is.

Sayonara.

January 17, 2020

My Favorite Stuff of 2019

Ok, it’s time! I do this every year, but sometimes it takes me longer to think of a list or get to seeing everything that I might want to consider. This year, I pretty much knew as soon as 2020 started what the list was going to consist of. There are a few cases were I haven’t gotten to the item in question, but I’ve seen enough to say that I’d love it if I had it and I’m glad it exists. So with that in mind, here are the things I liked the most that were released in 2019.

Favorite Game – River City Girls

River City Ransom on the NES was not a game that I had played a lot, but this new spin-off title was a must-get, thanks to the amazing 80’s anime style, pixel graphics, and pedigree of Wayforward games. I even sprung for the physical copy from Limited Run.  It’s a fantastic game with a lot of variety and genuine humor that had me laughing out loud. I’ve played it on Twitch a few times and I love it.

Favorite Book – The Art of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

This book is all about the 2012 TMNT animated series. I don’t have this yet, but the fact that a book all about that show is a thing is great. Most shows wouldn’t get a book, but the 2012 TMNT series deserves it. It’s full of interesting art and characters and I’m glad that there’s a book all about how it all got put together.

Favorite Toy – NECA Bebop and Rocksteady

I don’t have these either. In fact, I unfortunately don’t have any of the NECA TMNT stuff. But just look at these. It’s like they jumped right out of the original cartoon. They are not easy to find, and being Target exclusives in the US means they might never be released in Canada, but whatever pains it would take to get this set would be clearly worth it. Duh!

Favorite TV Series – The Mandalorian

As I type this, the music is playing in my head, and it is in yours too. To think that we got a weekly dose of Star Wars in live action for 2 months. This might be special enough, but they way new characters and elements were added to the story made it especially engrossing. By the end of the first episode, you were hooked, and we all know why by now. I’m looking forward to the next season and whatever other similar Star Wars spin-off series come out. This is the way.

Favorite Anime – Carole and Tuesday

A creative and heartwarming story about music, friendship, and authenticity. This might not be the kind of thing people would expect me to like, but I don’t think you even need to like anime at all to love this show. With its diverse cast of characters, universal themes, and excellent animation, I’d say it’s been the closest glimpse of what the future of anime is going to look like. It’s exclusive to Netflix and I highly recommend it.

Favorite Movie – Godzilla: King of the Monsters

I don’t care. Fight me. As a Godzilla fan, this movie was my most anticipated thing in all of 2019, and it delivered exactly what I wanted in every respect that I can think of. The depiction of the monsters is what mattered most to me, and not only were they great, but surprisingly full of personality. And the classic music! I was truly moved by the moment when Mothra appears fully formed. They got it right, and if there are people out there who didn’t like this movie, too bad for them. I say it’s freaking awesome.

The only category I had trouble with was for anime, because I didn’t watch a lot of new things for 2019. Instead I was catching up on shows I missed out on, like One Punch Man and Kill La Kill. Once I saw Carole and Tuesday, the choice was clear, and it really is that good. If I were to chose a favorite album, then obviously it’s gotta be BabyMetal. And I know that last year had some huge movies like Avengers: Endgame and Rise of Skywalker, and I absolutely loved Spider-man: Far From Home, but I had to pick King of the Monsters as both someone who loves Godzilla movies and hates stupid idiots that don’t know what they are talking about. Seriously, the same moron film critics who complained that the 2014 Godzilla didn’t have enough monster action also complained that this movie had too much monster action. Give me a freaking break. As if there could ever be such a thing as too much monsters.

So what’s next? Honestly, I’m pretty satisfied with enjoying the things that I have now. I’m not in a rush. But, in thinking to the future, this year we’re getting Black Widow, The Eternals, Ghostbusters, Bill and Ted (!), and Godzilla vs Kong! Ok, I’m in. Let’s make 2020 happen already.

Sayonara.