Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Everyday, Day 69 (17): When Thad Met Badum

Happy new year! I fell asleep. lol, but I remembered that I had a drawing from today I had every intention on coloring, and yet here we are. Maybe I'll color it tomorrow. Who knows?! But yeah, here's hopin' 2020 is a lot better than any of the 2010s. Lots of upward momentum we can gain from the arbitrary passage of time and fake milestones that don't denote anything but our limited scope of knowledge of the universe and the ability for our feeble brain-meats to compartmentalize infinity and mortality. Wow, that got weird and dark. But still.




Monday, December 30, 2019

Everyday, Day 68 (16): Computer Antagonism

I'm not sure what to do here, anymore. No matter what tech it is, it wants to fight me. Really great for an IT guy, right? Aheh.


Sunday, December 29, 2019

Everyday, Day 67 (15): Thaddeus and the Adventures of the Lost Sleep

I'll be honest; I just wanted to draw Thaddeus again. But I couldn't get the sketch to look right, nor this linework. But I have to post *something* so here's that something. Bleh. Not my finest, not horrible, just bleh.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Everyday, Day 66 (14): Thaddeus the Colorful

I really enjoyed my drawing from yesterday so I did my damnedest to work on colorizing it. I'm not 100% the way there (i.e. I'm good at line art but garbage at coloring), so, here we go. Today's post, and a bit more of my new (and unused) D&D character.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Everyday, Day 65 (13): Meet Thaddeus!

I was bored and decided to make a new level 1 #dungeonsanddragons character. Half-elf wizard. No tragic backstory. Just an apprentice in the artist's guild of Waterdeep, wanting to make his way in the world. Pretty simple urban upbringing, nothing to write home about. But look at his readiness-to-do-the-thing. Awwh, that's adorable. I'll be coloring him eventually.

Metareviews: Cats (2019)

I love scouring Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic for reviews on crappy movies. It's like comedy, but with the written word. Like a roast for whatever-it-is that's being reviewed. So far, Cats (2019) has only garnered awesome in the form of the scathing indictments these professional critics have been dishing out.

So, I present to you, the first (of probably many) metareview blog posts I put out here. My favorite excerpts from the reviews I am looking at. For the record, I'm getting my reviews from RT and MC.

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2019-12-19:
"Is it the worst film of 2019, or simply the most recent misfire of 2019? Reader, I swear on a stack of pancakes: 'Cats' cannot be beat for sheer folly and misjudgment and audience-reaction-to-'Springtime for Hitler'-in-'The Producers' stupefaction."
Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, 2019-12-18:
"Is Cats ... like ... a secret metaphor for something? Why can’t I figure out what it is? ... It’s literally incredible. I hope I never see it again." 
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2019-12-19: 
"Attention, moviegoers searching for the worst movie of the year: We have a late-breaking winner. Cats slips in right under the radar and easily scores as the bottom of the 2019 barrel — and arguably of the decade. Even Michael Bay’s trash trilogy of soul-destroying Transformers movies can’t hold a candle. What happened?"
Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies, 2019-12-19:
"The cats have ears and whiskers and tails, but human faces, hands and feet. Some cats are furry, some are unnervingly shiny and smooth. Some cats wear actual fur coats on top of their own literal fur coats, others do not. There are no rules. Nothing about the design of these demonic CGI creations make sense.
"...  Corden and Wilson, a noxious double charisma vacuum, are only here for fat jokes, while Jennifer Hudson sobs so violently throughout her performance of ‘Memory’, it’s as though Hooper was just out of shot holding a gun to an actual kitten. 
"... I felt the light inside me slowly fading."
Robert Abele, The Wrap, 2019-12-19:
"But Tom Hooper’s jarring fever dream of a spectacle is like something that escaped from Dr. Moreau’s creature laboratory instead of a poet’s and a composer’s feline (uni)verse, an un-catty valley hybrid of physical and digital that unsettles and crashes way more often than it enchants.  
"... It’s peculiar to think Elba looks better with his clothes on, but that’s where 'Cats' has left us, folks — wishing for the simple pleasures of dressing-room greasepaint skills, fuzzy handmade costumes, and even those leg warmers while wanting to erase the sight of breast bumps and erect tails."

YouTube - JacksFilms:


YouTube - NERDIST Reviews:


YouTube - Black Nerd Comedy: 


I will guarantee you there will be a review from Lindsay Ellis, and when it comes out, I will update this. The wit in her takedowns and critiques are only matched by her absolutely fantastic background and history teach-and-research of both cinema and theatre. So I'm excited to see where it goes.

So, who wants to watch this drunkenly and laugh outrageously at it?



Thursday, December 26, 2019

Everyday, Day 64 (12): Green Screen

I'm going to consider this my Everyday post, since it is twofold: One, it's something I did yesterday instead of drawing. But two, and more importantly, is that I'm getting new streaming gear for my computer (pictured here: green screen testing). and maybe I can do the drawing thing while streaming once I get the whole thing up?

I guess the project is more about "creating something or moving myself towards the goalpost of actually doing this content-creation thing more legitimately" than just drawing everyday (though, I'll be honest, that's the content I'm most likely to create than anything else)

I mean, it's a thought. I'll be back with another drawing later today. Also, ignore the hair, I'm a monster.


Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Everyday, Day 63 (11): Mario Antagonism

Look, if he doesn't want me dressing him up in purple and yellow, maybe he should do the things I tell him to do when I tell them to do it. Especially not randomly list to the left for no reason other than the fact that I had the audacity to buy a system with a busted joystick. See? Mutual antagonism here. I like the game, it's fun, but sometimes, man. Sometimes...

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Everyday, Day 62 (10): Card Shark

I look very intent when I play cards, but, like in many instances of life, I love playing games... But I'm not necessarily good at them. Thank you all for allowing me to play games with you. I may not be very good at them but I like to participate. "I'm just happy to be here" is a very common phrase from me. Oh, and Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, and happy holidays to everyone else.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Everyday, Day 61 (9): Slimming-my-wallet-fast, Amirite?

Look, don't want to hear it about my dietary choices. But being able to easily do things more these days is awesome. Also, they're tasty. So, uh, IDK, yeah. This is a comic about that.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Everyday, Day 60 (8): Cappy Ethics.

I think the underlying game foundations (and especially the ending) led to more questions being asked than answers being provided. How does Mario-and-Cappy's game dynamic work, ethically? Especially when most the baddies that they co-opt are sentient, sapient life forms on the planet they inhabit? Should we even WANT Mario to succeed? I am not sure who the bad guys are in this game anymore.

... Or maybe I'm overthinking it.

Yes, I know I'm not the first person to make this joke.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Everyday, Day 59 (7): Huddled Masses.

I went to Target today to get some staples for the house and ... Yeah, that was a stupid idea.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Everyday, Day 58 (6): Longing.

Sometimes I need "motor oil" and sometimes I need "rocket fuel by way of the black ichor of roasted seed water." Guess what kind of day it was today? Yes, another coffee comic--I can't even lampshade this stuff anymore.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Everyday, Day 57 (5): The Seedubs.

 I'm a huge fan of most everything that @thecw puts out there. Especially @cw_supernatural, @cw_the100 and all of the Arrowverse shows (Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman). Also, saying "I'm going to do color now!" and "I have an idea that turned WAYY too complex" ended up biting me, but I think it turned out pretty good!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Everyday, Day 56 (4): Oooopsies.

Semi*-autobiographical. Semi. Sure. Totally semi.


* not semi.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Everyday, Day 55 (3): The Monday Conundrum

This was my entire workday yesterday. Well, with the exception of lunch, which was me drawing yesterday and drinking coffee, trying to center myself. But yeah. Anyone feel this way?

Monday, December 16, 2019

Everyday, Day 54 (2): Yeah!!!!!!!!

Scrimmage was last night. I was like "Can I get a 'yeah derby?'"--trying to elicit some crowd reaction. After many years of only getting one or two people to respond, about half did! That was my exciting take-away from yesterday. Also, I'm going to try to do color more often for these--I've been getting too lazy with the black-and-white. Hopefully you enjoy it!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Everyday, Day 53 (1): Streak Breaker 2.

I'll be honest. It wasn't because I was super busy or I was super unable-to-do-the-thing. I just did a bunch of errands, sat down to play video games, and then forgot to do anything else until like midnight. "(Also Dumb)" indeed.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Everyday, Day 52 (6): Does Not Compute

Does this happen to anyone else? Or is this a result of my pre-coffee brain not getting what I'm being told.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Everyday, Day 51 (5): Admitting

I'm so far gone at this point down the coffee-addiction scale that, like, I don't even know if I could lie convincingly about it. I'm just going to accept it. Here's your coffee comic number [NUMBER TOO LARGE, ERROR, ERROR].

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Everyday, Day 50 (4): Perfectly Healthy

Perfectly Healthy. Of the two comic artists that have had the most influence on me and my drawing style over the last 20 years, Scott Kurtz is one. While I was doodling I realized that the drawing I was doing was DEFINITELY Brent Sienna, so I just sorta rolled with it. So thanks, Scott, for continuing to influence me in ways I didn't realize.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Everyday, Day 49 (3): Punkachu

I was really surprised I didn't see something like this. Maybe not -exactly- like this, since a brand ambassador shouldn't be smoking and telling people to piss off. But if Galar is supposed to be England, then... I mean, why not?

Monday, December 9, 2019

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Everyday, Day 47 (1): Streak Broken

I started this endeavor trying to do something every day. 46 days in a row I posted something, with only mild oopsies or cheater things. But I went to a holiday party and in the mad rush to get all that done, and as tired and late as I left it, I didn't get a drawing done. So I'm going to put my shame in the number from now on (i.e. the current streak). Hopefully it doesn't get any higher than one oopsie. Hopefully I've only broken my own ego.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Everyday, Day 46: Work Outfit

 I did actually draw something yesterday. I just forgot I didn't post it. Yesterday was ALL THE MEETINGS, so, I kinda got sidetracked. But here you go!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Everyday, Day 45: Penny's Home.

We had a bit of a scare with our kitten recently, but she's home and feeling ok now. I'm glad. We love her very much. Even though she's a brat sometimes. But the best people are.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Everyday, Day 44: Spazemanz

Yeah, expectation and reality are two vastly different things at times.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Everyday, Day 43: Hot Coffee

Yeah, I normally drink iced coffee pretty much exclusively no matter what time it is (mainly so I can drink it immediately), but it just seemed... Wrong, you know? Oh, and hopefully y'all missed the coffee comics, right? Right? Uhhhmm.



Monday, December 2, 2019

Everyday, Day 42: Decimator.

So, I'm breaking a little bit of my rules to post something that I drew before. Today's been a bit of a hectic day so I think this'll have to suffice. This is the main crew of the Decimator, a ship full of idiots that are .... Well, I don't know what our ultimate goal is. Galactic domination? Survival? Getting the keys to a shiny new death star? Who even knows. Chaos follows in their wake.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Everyday, Day 41: Ice



When life gives you lemons, make spiked lemonade. Also, yes, I know the car is a tiny toy car beside my wife. Whatever--I draw, and I post. lol


Saturday, November 30, 2019

Everyday, Day 40: Angkou



My death knight on WoW. Simple drawing for a simple day. Hope your weekends are going well!



Friday, November 29, 2019

Everyday, Day 39: Pick a Six

I got a custom six pack at Wegmans today. I use it to try new things. I found something I really liked... And something I really didn't. No shade on someone who likes the Truly-style drinks, but it is most definitely not for me.


Thursday, November 28, 2019

Everyday, Day 38: Angry Ankle... Ankgrle?

Yeah, so. I rolled my ankle hard while doing that concrete thing and then decided to skate on it the next day. I'm paying the price.

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm very grateful for the people I have in my life. Bottom line? I'm ridiculously blessed. Every day.

With the exception of this ankle. Grh.


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Everyday, Day 37: Whoosht



So this happened today. Not anyone's fault, just old equipment--as is the case in the oldest building on campus. Luckily everything was fine and I got buckets situated before anything was damaged. But it scared the hell out of me.

And I got to leave early, so, bonus.


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Everyday, Day 36: Zoning



I went to a conference I woke up super early for. I briefly had this mental exchange with myself. Also I DREW ON THE G.D. SKETCH LAYER AGAIN and I'm over it. I also drew this while on the ride home. I get so frustrated when I start finalizing a drawing and half of it disappears because I WAS DRAWING ON THE EFFING SKETCH LAYER. UGGGHHH

Anyway here you go.


Monday, November 25, 2019

Movember! Donator list and appreciation station!

I already talked about the Movember effort I'm doing and why--but I wanted to call out those who actually donated. These are the real heroes and I'll be donating to AFSP in an update to this post.

Thank you to:
  • Taboma
  • Ange (Grieves)
  • Pure Head Damage
  • Lass Kicker
  • Fantasmic
  • RIP
  • Quick Grayson
  • Harley C-Quinn
  • Erin Shelton
  • Kelly Fredland
  • Ryan Schuler 
  • Razzle Dazzle Bazzle
  • Caroline Seguin
  • Helen Darink
  • Ashley Ryan

I will be updating the donor list to remember and honor those who donated to my fundraiser. My extreme appreciation and thanks to everyone who donated. I also thank those who helped spread awareness through the facebook algorithm, etc. 

Right now we're at $316 of the $500 goal I set! We got a few more days but I'm super excited that it's gone this far!

UPDATE!

Here was my on the last day of November:

Yes, I am fully aware I should not do this, like, ever.

And proof that I actually did what I said I was going to do (donating the amount raised to AFSP).

Yes, my legal name is John. ARR OH EFFIN' LULZ.

Edit1: Update of total and additional donors
Edit2: Update with pictures and proof of the deeeed

Everyday, Day 35: That After-Practice Feeling



I think this speaks for itself. I'm very tired, mentally and physically. But I love the derbs.


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Everyday, Day 34: Bidoof

I have played through Pokemon Sword, and I'm getting to end-game content. Gotta watch out for those Youngsters--they'll straight murder your 'mons.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Everyday, Day 33: Zonked

We did concrete yesterday. By the time I was finally settled after showering, I was zonked. I don't even remember getting into bed. So here I am, making up for it. I will have another for actual today-today. Sorry for the crappy quality. Bleh.




Friday, November 22, 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Everyday, Day 31: Can't Win for Losing

I even went to bed early last night. The exhaustion monster appears regardless.

I won't tell you why I couldn't sleep through the night. But you might be able to glean it from prior comics.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Everyday, Day 30: Ackbar

I think some of the worst things about fandoms are the fans themselves. For a group of people that, in their formative years, had to deal with bullying and gatekeeping in all sorts of levels, it's funny how quickly they're willing to exhibit the same sorts of behaviors. I like what I like, and I'm not going to be shamed into thinking I'm not "good enough" for what I do on my free time--and I will extend the same courtesy and respect to others.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Everyday, Day 29: Well, Good Morning to You Too!

I swear, every day there's one (or ten) app (s) that want my attention to UPDATE TO THE LATEST VERSION BECAUSE OMG THE WORLD IS GOING TO END

So here is a comic. Hopefully it is relatable.


Monday, November 18, 2019

Movember--Why?

You'll want to share this



Just wanted to put a link dump as to why I'm supporting Movember.

This is in addition to the fact that I'm going to be donating (up to my goal of $500) a matching donation to whatever I raise for Movember to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The Movember Foundation has 3 main pillars:
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Men's Mental Health/Suicide Prevention
So it kinda breaks down into a physical health thing, and a mental health thing.

Some notes about the Physical Health thing:
Some notes about the Mental Health thing:
  • AFSP says that on average there are 129 suicides per day in the US.
  • Of those, 69.97% are white men.
  • In 2017, men died by suicide 3.54x more often than women in the US.
  • And worldwide, 3 out of 4 suicides are men
So there are tons of things to unpack here. I think the "men's health gap" is mostly due to an awareness and culture thing. Awareness, so that men know that they need to take better care of this stuff. And culture, in that the stigma about mental health and men's care needs to lessen.

Anyway, these are the reasons there's a need. So what does Movember do about it?
  • Awareness: The movember thing I'm currently doing (much to most folks' chagrin--this mustache looks horrible), as well as advertising and health literacy campaigns for men's health.
  • Research/Donations: Movember has partnered with 20 different men's health partners, over 20 countries, and funded over 1,250 projects to further the awareness and positive outcomes of the four pillars.
Additional info:
I rarely spend a lot of time fundraising or whatever--I try to stay to myself. But I do feel strongly about these two organizations and I hope this helps you understand why I am personally supporting them.

The link to my donation page is here: https://mobro.co/ria


Everyday, Day 28: On My Mind

Quick doodle for today. Might do something more involved tomorrow.

Interpret this how you will

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Everyday, Day 27: Mascot

So, I'm alone with my thoughts, and while talking to people, I realize I have this really frustrating quirk--thinking the best of people (or interpreting folks' behavior in the best light) when there's no real proof that there's anything there.

So I did some soul-searching. And I drew a comic about it. Because of course, it's me, why wouldn't I?


Anyway, do I really think people feel this way about me? No. In a logical, outside-my-own-anxiety-and-depression way, I know that people don't feel this way about me. However, the depression and anxiety mix that I get sometimes creeps on like a voice, that shadows everything in this ... disgusting pallor, And in that light, it definitely feels that way. I have to consciously spend time making sure I combat that as much as possible when this voice gets louder than normal.

Anyway, so. I guess my "thinking the best of people even when I shouldn't" or "always looking for the silver lining" or "always trying to find a different interpretation of other folks' behavior" thing... Is a defense mechanism. 

Not the worst one to have, but definitely annoying when people are certain about things, and I try to offer alternatives. 

So to those who I annoy-the-hell-out-of by being this way, I apologize. 

And I promise this isn't a fishing expedition. It's just been on my mind, in a "why am I the way that I am" kind of way. 

Edit1: Changed some words around since I ___ a word and for readability

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Everyday, Day 26: Video Game Shower Thoughts

Just something I was thinking about because I've been playing some Pokemon recently.


Friday, November 15, 2019

Everyday, Day 25: Sick Day

Yeah, this is kind of a cop-out, but more of a blog comic than anything else. I felt lousy today and couldn't sleep overnight, so I decided to take a sick day. It was also day 1 of WFTDA champs, and the day that Pokemon Sword/Shield dropped. I promise I didn't take the day to do those things--I could barely focus on them due to how sleepy and run-down I felt. So I spent most of the day in and out of consciousness. So that's good, right?

I mean, I'm feeling better now, but... Anyway, whatever. Here's the drawing! Woo.


Thursday, November 14, 2019

2019 River Valley Riot

Here's the outside of the venue on Saturday night. Was the only picture I took all weekend.
Anyway.

OK, now that I've rested a bit, and I have a little bit of time between ALLTHEMEETINGS to make this post, I'm gonna.

River Valley Riot was a rousing success and I was very excited to see how it shook out, and it surpassed my wildest expectations. There were trials, tribulations, et cetera for the event, and even more so because there was a changing of the guard at the host level. All the things got ironed out and we were able to hit the ground running!

Staffing was a concept that was difficult this year. I think the combination of "fewer people officiating," official burnout, and the sheer amount of Tournaments this year gave us this undercurrent of "oh gosh how are we going to do this." Buuuuut we got enough officials to get the event off the ground. We decided that considering the level of the event, and the officials we had, we were going to move to a stretch-position/mentoring mentality with the event.

And you know what? When we know we're going into it with that mentality, we were able to sidestep the normal problems that presents itself with. That and the sheer STEPPIN-IT-UP that all of our officials did (taking feedback, stretching into somewhat-unknown territory, helping each other out), our crews knocked it out of the park. I was super super super happy that even with the weirdnesses that D3 sometimes presents itself with, we were able to do the dang thing, and--dare I say it--do it well.

First and foremost though, a huge thank you to The Kraken and Aphrobitey for being my dais friends over the weekend. You helped me stay sane and helped me focus on my lane during the planning stages, and over the weekend, and I appreciate you both more than I can put into words. Also thanks to Pocket Rocket, who was able to keep things together as the host when we needed to delegate such things to OVRG/hosting.

To my crew heads Kylo Ref and Adam Smasher--you both kicked it into the hoop with skill. I hope you felt I had your back with both your decisions/ownership of the crews, and with any issues in the event, and I think we ironed them out amenably together.

To all my newer officials (or those moving into less-done roles): Thank you for being willing to jump into those places. We sometimes worry about sticking to what we know, and it's a scary place to move into new territory, especially at a tournament level. You all exceeded my wildest expectations.

Especially those who it was their first WFTDA-style tournament. If I wasn't aware of peoples' abilities and experience, I wouldn't've guessed it was a first-time.

To all of my more veteran officials: You did the thing that I hoped you'd do; move into leadership and mentoring roles and helped the newer folks fine-tune over the weekend. Most times learning-by-doing is the best way to learn in this sport, and this event showed that we still have a community amongst all the officials. Thank you for being willing to step back a bit and help those learning the things. Personally, I feel like it's our job to grow the newer folks and grow this community, and you all did just that.

Who would've thought that a tiny tournament on the eastern edge of Ohio would give me a greater love for the sport?



Everyday, Day 24: At Least it's Not a Coffee Comic

Yeah, so, I totally drew this yesterday and then ended up sleeping off and on after work until now. So, there's that. Anyway, it's a total coincidence and I'm reading that tea didn't even come to England/the UK until after trade with China in the 1600s? So, who even knows. I'm rambling again.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Everyday, Day 23: Wevver

I know it's stupid to talk about the weather, but when I'm sequestered, not by my own initiative, but by that of a system of chaos and disorder... It kinda stinks. Also, my hands take forever to warm back up. So I blame the shitty drawing on that. Short and sweet, today.