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Inktober ‘19 Starts Tomorrow

Everyone is asking…

Are you ready??

Everyone

And does that really matter? I’m not so sure. The point of Inktober is to grow your skills and creative thinking.

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37.01.19: Detective Pikachu

I was never really a fan of Pokémon as a kid, but all I have to say is “¡pika pika!” after watching Detective Pikachu.

I was 14 when the series first showed up in the states, and ending the first of my two years living in the Azores (Açores), Portugal. I could acknowledge though how much of a phenomenon it was.

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Stuff I Love: Metallica’s St. Anger Album

I was listening to a bunch of live performances from the Metallica YouTube channel and two songs popped up back-to-back…St. Anger’s Frantic and St. Anger.

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37.01.05: WNBA2K

One of the only mobile games I play consistently is NBA2K Mobile. The news came out recently that the main console game is adding WNBA players. Of course, because “the internet” there were numerous detractors of this idea.

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Stuff I Love: The Movie Trivia Schmoedown

In a world where two grown men combined the theatrics of wrestling with the knowledge of movie trivia comes the Movie Trivia Schmoedown. Do some of the competitors take it too seriously? Yes. Do some of them not take it seriously enough? Hell yes! What’s undeniable however is the dedication of all involved to deliver a top notch product.

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There’s Work To Do and I’m Excited

I feel this anxiety everyday:

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Stuff I Love: A Jake Parker Analogy (Which Is Always Good)

If you’ve followed this blog, you know that I have a great appreciation for Jake Parker and his reinvestment in the art community.

But in this post I want to highlight something else Jake contributes: amazing analogies. He’s filled with them. The best example is the “Creative Bank Account.” In the most recent episode of 3 Point Perspective, How to Change, this is what he said about how, or when, artists should consider changing their style:

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A Question to Consider Regarding Your Art Style and Work

Jake Parker, on what artists should consider regarding style when they are looking for work:

Here’s the question to ask yourself: Do I want to get work from a particular industry? And if so, am I willing to change my style to fit what that industry wants? Or am I content on building my own personal following, my own fan base and willing to do the extra work, the hard work, that it’s gonna take to figure out how to monetize a following…which is, you go into not just being an artist but also being a business person as well.

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Colors of the Wind

Still relevant.

For some odd reason, I’ve gravitated towards this song over the past few weeks. Total honesty, I don’t know why.

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Teens Titans Go! Vs Teen Titans

I made a conscious decision during vacation to unplug from any sort of news or headlines. So now that I’m back in society, I have to point out something that will bring my kids and I joy.

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Valar Linguistics

Season 8 of Game of Thrones May have left a conflicted taste in your mouth, but we can all appreciate the details that went into creating the languages in the lands of Essos and Westeros.

David Peterson, the elaborator of two phrases, created a full language for the show. He’s created languages since he was in college, and now its available to learn in the app Duolingo.

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Designing an X

Newsarama editor Chris Arrant interviewed designer Tom Muller about his take on the classic X-Men logo for the two upcoming series, Powers of X and House of X. I love these deep dives into the details of comic production. The logo is a key item on a comic cover, and when it comes to creating the newest evolution of the X-Men, the logo deserves to reflect that as well.

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Redbox $.99 Rentals

Who can’t pass up a good deal? Or a good deal on entertainment?

Redbox has “older” movies BACK IN THE BOX for just $.99 a night! It’s a pretty sweet deal for movie watchers and maybe it’ll push you over the decision making edge to see that movie you missed out on. You know the one I’m taking about.

This is a great idea by Redbox and I look forward to taking advantage of it.

If I have the time. And there’s something I haven’t seen yet. And my wife and I can agree.

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Going the Extra Mile for Raving Fans

Jake Parker is an artist who creates value wherever possible. From his courses on SVS Learn to his YouTube videos to the 3 Point Perspective podcast, he preaches the doctrine of letting your art work for you on multiple levels. He practices what he preaches.

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Amateur Dads: Jason Inman

The military has fathered many a superhero and villain in the comic book industry, and this week we discuss its impact with Jason Inman, author of the new book Super Soldiers: A Salute to the Comic Book Heroes and Villains Who Fought for Their Country.

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Down in DC

The ladies were getting hair cuts this past Saturday so I took a few shots from the city as I walked around with the boys. Later on we stopped in Tyson’s for some comic goodness and a discussion with a Batman creative team!

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I Should Have Asked That Question

My brother and I had another guest on the Amateur Dads podcast. All morning I’ve been kicking myself about questions I should have asked. Naturally I started analyzing why I didn’t ask these questions.

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The Game of Thrones Rock

Game of Thrones has been a little…how do I say this…divisive this year. Just kidding. Everyone’s been losing their minds!

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¡Coqui!

There are many things that can remind you of somewhere you hold near and dear to your heart. One such place is the sound of the coquí, a frog native to the island of Puerto Rico.

I was watching a terrible movie, Replicas, which said that it was taking place on the island. Knowing the nature of film, I’m like, “Yeah…sure.” But then I heard that sound. That irreplaceable, undeniable sound of the coquí. It made the movie a smidge better.