It wasn’t easy, but I got there.

Click to see all my Inktober artwork! Click to see all my Skeletober artwork!

I still feel like I have to recover from the 31 day art marathon I set for myself with Inktober vs Skeletober, but I’ve waited long enough to talk about it.

I could not wait to get started. As soon as midnight hit on October 1st, I got cracking on the first Inktober drawing during a stream on my Twitch channel. Unfortunately, as I mentioned in my last post, thunder and lightning had also got cracking and there was a power outage. It’s kind of hard to draw in the dark, so that was that. But not only did I have to stop when I had only just gotten started, but the power outage did something bad to my computer and I was forced to start fresh and install Windows again. That set me back in a big way, and I’m still sorting through all the backups I hastily made at the time. But I pushed through as best I as could, doing my best to keep as close to the 2 pieces per day schedule I had set for myself.

There were a few times where I had fully caught up, only to fall behind again after spending extra time on a piece that needed the extra attention. Towards the end, I really fell behind after simply not feeling well.  I was at a really low point and didn’t think I could see it through all the way to the end.

But I did it anyway.

On the last day I had to catch up and pull together 4 or 5 pieces, and technically I finished the morning of November 1st after an all night art stream session. But I finished. 62 illustrations in 31 days.

Was it worth the effort? I don’t know. I’m glad I was able to push myself to successfully complete a goal, but it didn’t result in a lot of new activity around my art. What I did notice is that Instagram liked Inktober better, likely due to people looking through hashtags. Tumblr definitely liked Skeletober better, because Skeletor is always popular with that crowd and people were sharing my artwork on their own blogs. Twitter didn’t really seem to care that much aside from a few scattered signs of support.

But I didn’t do it for likes or hearts or follows or whatever. I did it to try and level up, experiment with new stuff, and get accomplish something that I had set out to do. I was certainly hoping to gain more of a following in my streams and on social media, but the people who did follow, and watch are super awesome, and I’m grateful to everyone who lent me their support.

I don’t know if I’m going to ever do this again. Actually, yeah, I do know: Forget it! I hope I’m way too busy next year to do two art challenges in one month. Even if I wasn’t, I don’t think it’s healthy to put myself through that again. Besides, could I even top what I did this year?

Anyway, I’m sure I have many more drawings of robots and Skeletor in me. I could draw those things forever! I’ll just have to spread them out for the sake of my brain and wrist.

You can see all my Inktober and Skeletober art on my Tumblr!


October 18, 2019

Inktober vs Skeletober

Once again, I am participating in Inktober, where artists on the Internet try to do one drawing per day in ink. I am using the official prompts list, but as an added challenge, I’m also making each into an original robot character. Here’s a few that I’ve done so far:

However, that is not enough for me! I’m also participating in a very special event of my own devising: Skeletober! In Skeletober, the theme is always Skeletor, the main villain from the Masters of the Universe franchise. Skeletor is one of my most favorite characters to draw, and is the perfect character to represent both the scary and silly sides of the Halloween season.

I had a lot of fun interpreting and re-interpreting Skeletor in many different ways the first time I did Skeletober in 2016, where I finished 25 drawings. This time, all my Skeletober entries will be digital, have color, and I am determined to finish 31 before the month ends.

But between Skeletober and Inktober, that means I’ll have to finish 62 pieces of art this month! How? Have I gone insane? Yes, I probably have, and you can watch my brain plummet into madness because I’m streaming on my Twitch channel pretty much every day.

Things got off to a rough start right away. I couldn’t wait to get started, so I began at midnight on October 1st, but there was heavy rain with thunder and lightning, so the power went out and caused a lot of problems with my computer. I’ve been playing catch-up ever since. It’s not going to be easy, but I am doing this to prove to myself that I can, and that it can be done with decent quality. I’m halfway through and it’s been a lot of work, but it’s also been fun and I have legitimately enjoyed it so far.

That said, I am really going to enjoy when this madness is all over! Until then, you can follow my Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram pages to see everything as it gets posted.


September 29, 2019

Now on Newgrounds!

I think just about everyone knows, especially if you avidly used the Internet at a certain point in time. In those early, pre-Youtube days, Newgrounds was the place to go for funny animations and games. I had not thought about it too much,  but apparently at some point, the site also became a place for artists to post their illustrations. I did not know that! This past summer, I noticed a lot of art people talking about Newgrounds, so I thought I should look into getting an account and putting some of my work there.

Unfortunately, I quickly hit a snag. The name Ninjatron was already taken, and by someone who was probably not me. The account looked like it was largely inactive for some time, but I figured there was nothing I could do about it. When I mentioned as much in a Twitter thread about artists on Newgrounds, a kindly stranger told me that I could just make an account and use it to contact Tom and have it sorted out. Well, “Tom” is, of course, Newgrounds founder Tom Fulp. My initial reaction was “Really? People can just… do that?” Seemed unlikely that I could get in touch with an important person. Well, I gave it a shot and sent Tom a message (including a line that mentioned how much I love his game Alien Hominid), and it wasn’t long before the REAL Ninjatron was finally on Newgrounds.

But that’s not all! I’ve been posting some of my most favorite artwork from over the past few years, just a few every once in awhile as not to overwhelm everyone with tidal wave of artwork all at once. On August 30th, only a few weeks after I started there, one of my pieces, Prince Frog-in-Jar and Robot Princess, was put on the front page as featured content. Wow! I mean, maybe that’s no big deal, I don’t know, but in as long as I’ve been posting artwork on the Internet, I don’t remember anything like that had ever happened to me before!

I’m still uploading older pieces and building a following a little bit at a time, but so far I’d say I’m off to a good start.

You can follow me on Newgrounds here.


July 20, 2019

Post TFcon Blues!

TFcon 2019 happened on July 12-14, and like just about every other TFcon, it was a wild weekend that ended way too quickly. I enjoyed my time there as I usually do, spending time with friends and cool people and buying as many toys as I could. Though I wish I could have done more. It was a busy time and there was a lot happening!

Here’s a look at some of what happened from my point of view.

The party kicked off in a big way on Friday when Arcee and Hot Rod from the awesome rock band Cybertronic Spree crashed the convention and appeared unannounced at the Hotel Bar. My phone had been giving me grief for a while, but it managed to cooperate for long enough to record Hot Rod doing karaoke, which you can watch here on Instagram.

There were some great guests at the show this year, including voice actors Michael Chain, Steven Keener, Colin Murdock and Blu Mankuma, former Hasbro designer Aaron Archer (who is an awesome dude and had an amazing panel about the creation of Transformers Armada), visual effects artist Chris Zammit, and comics writer Bob Budiansky. One of the best convention panels I had ever seen was from Ron Friedman, who wrote the 1986 Transformers movie and revealed that he rewrote the first 60 episodes of the TV series. It was an incredible behind the scenes look at storytelling from someone who had been in show-business for decades.

I did a panel too! I presented “Beyond Transformers: Takara’s Extended Robot Universe“, a panel all about other robot toys and shows from the same Japanese toy company that made the original Transformers figure. As with last year, my panel was on last, before the organizers panel on Sunday, but this year, I was way ahead and didn’t need to scramble to get everything done at the last minute. I worked pretty hard on this panel, making over 100 slides and even doing a hype video that would play before I started, which you can see below. It all paid off when I heard the big reactions to certain things that I had hoped would bring the house down. I actually finished exactly on time, which was a thrill in itself!

If you wanted to see the entire thing, it’s out there somewhere!

There was another epic Slurpee Run, an excursion to the nearby 7 Eleven, which saw over 50 people join us. I remember when it was only 5 people! Now it’s one of the highlights of the entire show, though it will forever remain an unofficial event.

And here’s my haul. You can see a detailed list of my purchases on my Tumblr. In general, my game plan for TFcon is to just buy everything you want early in the morning, put it away in your hotel room, and just not worry about it anymore. Then you can just chill in the panel room, check back in every once in awhile, and not miss anything good. That’s what I did, and I got just about everything I wanted and still had room for some extra stuff.

As much as I loved TFcon this year, I can’t help but feel like I could have done more. There were other things I wanted to do and people I didn’t see very much of if at all, so I feel like I might have missed out. This year is when it became apparent to me that I had to make choices based on my time and my health that were not always the most fun, but it is what it is. It just means that the convention is growing and there’s more to do in general, so that’s a good thing. Unfortunately, it’s only one weekend a year, but that just makes be appreciate it more. See you there next time.


July 11, 2019

TFcon 2019 HYPE!

It’s time! TFcon Toronto 2019 is this weekend. The hype is real. I’ve been looking forward to this since… well since TFcon 2018! There are some truly amazing guests and incredible events scheduled for the show, and tons of new and old toys to buy too.

I’ll be presenting a panel called “Beyond Transformers: Takara’s Extended Robot Universe“. It’s all about other sci-fi and robot toys made before and after Transformers by the same Japanese company. It’s happening at 3pm on Sunday, the final event of the show before the organizers’ panel. Which means that TFcon ends when I say it ends. I’m working hard to make this my most epic presentation yet, full of some of the craziest robots you’ve ever seen. It’s going to be another “You had to be there” kind of moment, so you’re not going to want to miss it.

If you are attending, I hope to see you there. Come over and say hi to me.

I’ll have a full report of everything that happened when I get back.