March 24, 2009


I keep forgetting to post this here.

ANIME JUSTICE LEAGUE RETURNS by ~ninjatron on deviantART

It’s a sequel image to my Justice League of Anime artwork, this time using my own composition. Due to popular demand, I will be doing an Injustice Gang picture like this at some point. You can read about that here and nominate the anime villains you’d like to see on that team.


March 18, 2009

Lookit What I Got!



It’s… a box!
Ok, that isn’t very exciting in and of itself.

Perhaps if we open the box?


Hmmm… I think I see a familiar logo, but it is a bit obscured. Let’s clear that up.



CINTIQ!!! YEAH!!!!!!

Yeah, that’s right. I now have a Wacom Cintiq 12WSX. I can draw directly on a screen. I am now like the God of a new world.


And here it is in action. I got a screen protector for it too, because I’m not stupid.

I have only had it for a few days and have just been toying around while I become accustomed to using it. So far, using it has been a pretty amazing feeling. This could both change my life and save my wrist. Drawing and painting with it is much more intuitive, and there is less strain on my hand. The downside is that there are is a difference between the color settings on my regular monitor as opposed to the Cintiq. This is something I will have to fix, probably with an external device. I also need a cable and adaptor to plug it into my laptop. Once all that’s taken care of, everything should be just about perfect. And all I had to do to afford it was teach drawing to some of the most ungrateful brats I’ve ever encountered. It’s been a tough year and I figured I deserved to get something I’ve wanted for a long time.

Of course, a Cintiq, like anything, is just a tool. Its not going to suddenly give me a lot of new skills or anything. So, those of you who don’t like my artwork, you’re probably still not going to like it. But I doubt that will ever change anyway, and I still consider myself the God of a new world regardless.

Perhaps if I draw something now, it will come to life?


March 13, 2009

Watch out!

I saw Watchmen last weekend.

Ha ha.

In all seriousness, it was a good movie. I have not read the book. I meant to read it when I knew the movie was coming out, but never got around to obtaining a copy. But, the bright side is that I went into it fresh without really knowing what to expect. I understood that the ending was a little different and there were a few other minor differences, but that for the most part it was reported to be a faithful adaptation of the book.

It certainly wasn’t a rollicking adventure like an X-Men movie. It was a dark, challenging, dramatic mystery with lots of twists and turns. I quite enjoyed the historical references. It was a movie that you need to pay attention to and figure out what you were looking at and how it relates to the overall story. It was also pretty visceral and had some shocking images. This didn’t offend me but some some people seem upset by that. They should get over it.

The reviews on this movie have been pretty mixed all around. Some people found the movie confusing and say that being so faithful to the graphic novel was a bad move because only people who have read it will know what’s going on. I say those people are morons because I could follow it just fine and I haven’t read it. But, no matter what people think right now, I believe that in years to come, Watchmen will be one of the most talked about films in modern history, just as the book is in the world of comics. There’s just so much to look at, and it all has meaning. Students are going to be doing school projects about this movie some day. Plus, Rorschach is destined to go down as one of the all time greatest film characters. He’s just that awesome, and even if you hate the movie, you’ll probably like him.

Anyway, if you have not seen it, I urge you to at least give it a chance, and don’t feel bad about it if you didn’t like it at first viewing. It’s very important that movies like this become big success stories. If it just fades away over the next few weeks, the the people in Hollywood who make decisions are going to want to make changes and dumb things down to make movies more marketable, thus stripping away their artistic integrity. I, personally, want to see more intelligent movies that have the guts to be what they are without compromise, and that are accurate to their source material. That’s what Watchmen is.

So go see it. And if you already have, go see it again or something.

As for me, I should probably go buy the book some day.