Month: February 2017

Another Sick Week! Ahchoo & Getting Better

Sick again???

 

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My old employee & pal Waj delivered me Burgers when I was really sick! Thank you, Waj!!

2017 hasn’t gotten out to a great start for me as I am yet again sick. I started the year with a terrible stomach bug and soon after recovering from that I got hit with a very nasty cold that spread to my lungs and I lost my voice for several days. I am missing too many days at work and I have to somehow squeeze in the time someplace to make it back. This is putting a great stress on me to find the balance to finish a few lingering projects.

 

Dank Art


It’s been almost a year since I started tuning into BBH’s streams and I am happy he’s come so far in such little time. This week he came up to playing 1,000 arcade games on his Mame Roulette streams. To give back to the viewers, he had a bit of a retrospective of his one year of Mame Roulette and relived some of the best memories from his stream. He followed that up on the weekend playing close to 16 hours of viewer choice games, though I was in and out stuck between working, cleaning up, desk work and other projects. I still managed to get some Dank Art in and also I made this neat poster to help celebrate the fun.

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Macaw had this idea for an Arcade Gauntlet where he would play an arcade game and try to 1CC it to see how many he could get 1CC’d under his belt. The games would be chosen by the chat to keep things interesting and one of the first games chosen for the night was the ridiculously hard DD Crew. He managed to finish it with a 1CC only to bite it in Ranstan 3 which was the next game in the Gauntlet. There was also lots of older PC games played thru the week, also a bit of a throwback to Winkysoft games which seems to be one of Macaw’s favourite game publishers (could it be the bird logo?).

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New Zero Team @trap0xf

 

IMG_8896.jpgSince I was sick I actually got to check out my friends Mato & Poe streaming this week as they are just as busy as I am making books! I have done an interview with Mato on my blog already, he’s the husband of the married team that create the Legends of Localization book series which started with one Zelda book last year. Mato is already well known on the internet of being somewhat of a localisation guru and having dirtied his hands in several fan translations for several crazy Japanese only released games as well as his personal involvements in the fan localisation of Mother 3 and his involvement with Earthbound (one of my fave games ever). Their new book is something they have been working live on stream for a few weeks where they are focusing on some of the worst localisations in games over the years and to show that they need to actually play thru the games to get screen shots for the actual book. You can learn more about what they are up to here on their official site and in the meantime enjoy this wacky Wonderboy in Monsterland art I made during their stream.

img_8688I have also been streaming a few raw streams over my Facebook and over Twitter this week as I go along touching up the art pieces and projects as it’s fun to explore these new ways of getting my work out to more people. A lot of my fans who live near me still have no idea what Dank Art is despite my blog and me constantly talking about it. Most people around me know me for painting landscapes at the local Farmer’s Market as I usually set there to paint in front of people. The best part about these little impromptu paints is that I get to hear my friends tell me their kids love watching the “cute ones” being made live, so I’ll try to make a few cute pieces to showcase in my random online appearances.

Family Trainer

I am a huge fan of the Powerpad and I try to stream me playing the games as much as I can as I recently found out that playing Powerpad games is a much better workout then at my gym. I also found out last summer that there’s a huge world of Powered games that were Japan-Only releases and I made it a sort of mission to myself to try and review them. After saving up over the past few months I was able to have just enough to afford a Family Trainer and an AV Famicom system so I can actually do that!!!

The big reason why this took so long was because I needed to try and see if I could get a Family Trainer in Canada first. I’m not the biggest fan of Ebay and usually will use it as a last ditch effort to find the things I need as I like to either find them in the wild or at little retro shops to help out the little guys just doing their jobs. Plus doing it this way gave me enough time to research and save the money up with the sales of Dank Art (minus the continuous need of supplies and burgers). After giving up looking locally for a Family Trainer in December I still took even more time looking on Ebay for one that seemed reasonably priced and possibly came with a few games. As luck would have it, a few weeks ago I found my Holly Grail: A perfect condition Family Trainer mat in the box with 6 games all in their own collector boxes for under $150 CAN.

IMG_8737.jpgI made the huge leap towards buying an AV Famicom under the direction of my boss at the Apple Store after he showed me this video here on AV connections with the Famicom.

For a short time, I was considering a Twin myself as playing the disk games seemed like something that I would be interested in, (still am btw). However after seeing the comparison between the mod, the actual AV and the Twin I am happy I put my hard earned cash towards the AV Famicom.

img_8736Usually when I stream if I have complications with the actual capture I will resort to simply emulating (as what I am doing with my Master System at the moment) to ensure a good capture with less noise or interference. I would like to get my Master System back up and captured though I’ll need to work out a few more capture issues before I can make that happen. In the meantime, be on the watch for more Powerpad and the start of Famicom Family Trainer streams once my AV Famicom arrives.

Dank Art

I don’t have as many Dank Art’s to show for this week.
That’s alright as I have plenty more to make up for my Dank Valentine’s Day Project that you’ll read about in a bit. I wanted to keep the two things separate as possible though it wouldn’t have been a huge success without a bit of inspiration from the people I follow. For this week, Macaw was still running through more of those strange PC 98 indie games that all use the same game engine as well as BBH working towards playing 1,000 arcade games through his Mame Roullete.

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I’m not sure where or how my friends come up with their ideas, but BHH suddenly started playing Mystic Warriors for 1CC attempts. It’s a spiritual successor to Sunset Riders, but you play as a player of your pick of a team of young Mystic Warriors to go after the bad guys who kidnapped your friend. Out of chance, BBH selected the female character & started making attempts which surprisingly worked out well & he came close to 1CC-ing. I got to make this piece on some of my postcard paper.

img_8662I made this piece for someone on my list who needs a painting live on my Sunday Morning painting stream. I’m also trying out random videos as well through my Facebook and Periscope. When I have something randomly on the go that I think looks nice I’ll try to paint live there and show off my progress. It’s really fun to see something come together so you should make sure you’re following me so you can check it out.

 

Valentine’s Day Projects
One of the best memories I have of Valentine’s Day was when I was in the fourth grade and in class we made “Mail Boxes” to collect all our Valentine’s day cards. I used a long rectangle box for mine so it turned into a little mailbox with cute construction paper hearts all over it. We spent the whole morning making these mailboxes and in the afternoon we had treats and a little party with music while we delivered our cards to everyone in the class.

The class bully suddenly walked up to all of us and announced that he had thrown out all the Valentine’s from the girls because the girls were gross. This guy used to pick on me every day practically in elementary school so I seized my golden opportunity to loudly say, “You only like BOYS? That sounds GAY to me.”

Everyone started laughing, even a few of his friends because you could see how it bothered him. He yelled, “I’m going to TELL on YOU, Ann!!”
The teacher asked him why he couldn’t just take his cards out of the trash. That’s when he started crying and screaming that he tore all of them to bits. The teacher then said we all had to donate one of our cards to him because that’s how that works. Probably not my best moment as a child, but one of the more memorable Valentine’s Day memories for me.

I love making art and giving art away. I can’t give all of it away (I’d be poor and super hungry if I did that) so I try to find a good balance with what I give. I always wanted to try a project where I would give as many handmade Valentine’s Day cards to people who needed one or asked for one. I spent a few days hand making 55 little Dank Art cards to mail out to people.

Thank you to everyone who got to be part of this fun project for me!

Comic Books

On my twitch channel a few weeks back I actually went thru a pile of comic books that I have been collecting since I was a small child. Comic books & video games were a huge part of my young life growing up and almost all my hard earned money and allowance went to go building these collections. I never wanted the best or a complete collection and I found out quickly the best collection that you could ever have is something that speaks to each of us individually. For me, that was a lot of X-Men, Bone & Cerebus books.

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I’m not into collecting comics like I used to. It can get expensive and I have limited shelf life in my place. I still hold onto this collection which took me years to build. I only started to think about it when Greg started dragging me along to comic book shops again that I haven’t gone thru them in a while and what exactly did I have in there.

img_8442I collected a lot of Cerebus comic books. When I was 14 I was all about that barbarian Aardvark and I even had an official T-Shirt that I bought at the Silver Snail that summer. I would only wear it to bed because it was an XL & it was huge on me. Years later I gave it to my then boyfriend who never gave it back. //goes onto eBay.ca and starts looking for the same Tshirt//

Check out the vod here of my Comic Book unpacking!

 

 

Feeling better

I got very sick since the last time I updated my blog. I had a terrible stomach bug that really got to me and I was in the hospital for a bit. It was not a pleasant experience and I still feel ill after eating meals. Because of this, I’ve missed a bunch of days at all my jobs which is making this month extra hard on me.

However, once I started to feel better I started to make not so Dank Art to keep myself sane and busy when I had nothing to do when I was sick in bed. Possibly the best thing about the week when I was sick was the time to dedicate to my art and things I wanted to work on. One of my bigger projects this year is to work on a Patreon so I can make a collection book of my Dank Art and do neat things like giveaway and posters & so on and this down time for me was a great way that I could just sit back and think it out. I never like rushing into things, I always like to test the waters and take my time as I am never in a hurry when it comes to my personal projects.

Captain Jivepants, BBH and a few others are taking part in this event called the YOLOympics where they are competing in groups in a bunch of selected arcade games for score. It can get a bit frustrating to play a game for score, but if you get good a competition like this is great to take part in.

When I was sick, I got to watch a bunch of the score attempts and checked out a few new streamers who do arcade games to see if they were exciting and fun enough for some Dank Art. Im always looking for new people to draw Dank Art for and I always enjoy the players who have great energy, a cool personality or just beasts their way thru the game.

I really enjoy watching everyone I follow on Twitch and I am glad I have made so many friends over the years of streaming. I don’t have the typical gamer tastes- I don’t really go for LoL or CoD games or anything thats really new or recent. Even when it comes to retro games I am still picky as I tend to always fall for the things I liked as a kid such as arcade games, crud-old Sega stuff, DOS games and things that are just strange and bizarre that you wouldn’t see all the time. Thats why when I stream I am all over the place with the stuff I stream as I could be into Sega CD games one month and then calling up Tony to do a Kings Quest play thru because we just love those games.

When I was sick I slept most of the day but was wide awake for most of my evenings so I was able to catch a few of Puri_Puri’s streams. Puri was one of the first people I followed on Twitch after I finished playing through both Shenmue games on my Dreamcast as Puri is well known in the Speedgaming community for his Shenmue runs. He’s not limited to just Shenmue though and what got me hooked & following was watching his Space Quest 3 playthrus as I am a HUGE fan of Sierra action adventures games. I grew up playing those games and I’ve always been a huge fan of the humour and 4th wall breaking elements that are unique to Sierra. Puri is also somewhat of a technical genius (well, to me he is) and I look up to people who can code their own mods and can use a soldering gun without yelling “oops” every twelve minutes. I took a few robotics courses and have always enjoyed being hands on with things and asking as many questions as possible so I can make by myself nicely. My biggest secret for learning is to always ask questions and be sweet as pie when doing it as I can be a bit overbearing when it comes to asking questions but at least I am honest. I don’t know everything so I always look to my friends who do because I know I can only go so far reading over things myself.
Puri is follow and even sub worthy! Please check out his streams because he’s one of the best on Twitch in my opinion.

With my regulars a lot of cool things started to happen after I started to feel better and got some strength back so I could return to my jobs and start making money to pay off my bills. Just as a joke I made a silly Valentines Day Themed Wonderboy Dank Art for BBH because he was going for score in the game (and not having the best of time with it). I can understand when you play a game for score it’s not the best way to play the game but thats why I watch and thats why I make Dank Art. It was from this silly idea that I got a BIG idea to give away free Dank Art Valentines to people who follow me or who are fans of my work to brighten up their day. I’ll talk more about this project in my next blog as it was rather large and is worthy of its own post.
Macaw got this insane collection of Korean Indie Gaming magazines from one of his auction sites and for the last week he’s been playing nothing but these crazy looking games. The magazines alone for me are interesting as I just go nuts for old gaming magazines and things like that. I am always checking under the tables of gaming shows and in thrift stores for dumped collections as these things are more of a “mistake find” want as most people I know who want to sell me a full collection are dorks about it. (Please don’t tell me that Nintendo Power Magazine 1st issue is $300 alone, bonehead, no one is that stupid.)
I was also checking out a few other streams by Trap and Pasky this week as I think both of them are solid players and worth checking out.

Using the Power

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After a short sick hiatus, I returned to featuring a bunch of Powerpad games which people wouldn’t normally see unless they owned this stuff back in the day. I don’t think there are a lot of twitch streamers who are up to the task of streaming Powerpad games but myself, but thats considering there isn’t a lot of “games” for the pad I can understand. I use the “games” term loosely as many of the game ideas for the pad are joggers and hurdle jumpers where you challenge a friend or you play against your own score. Thats great, but they aren’t really considered real “games” if you are trying to get that immersive playability with your Powerpad experience.
Let’s look at Street Cop. It’s one of the few Powerpad games that came out for the system in North America that actually has proper “game” elements to it. You play as a Street Cop armed with a bully club who has to go catch “the bad guys” who are different gangs that terrorize the city. You can run, jump, and attack with your club as well as throw items you can pick up along the way as well as calling a cute little police dog to help you out in bad situations. You have to do all of this with a time limit which seems a bit daunting however you do get unlimited continues so if you wanted you could keep playing till you beat the game with the only limitation hiding you back is yourself. I say this because I have yet to finish the game, always getting owned at stage 4 out of sheer fatigue. If your feet don’t start to hurt from running on the floor your mind will start to break down from getting tired and confused as to how to navigate the city map finding all the little pick ups and help items to beat the bosses. In saying that its a great game! You will get a workout playing this one as every time I get to stage 4 I’m screaming and dripping in sweat trying to figure out which direction to run in. I might make it a goal to finish Street Cop for 2017 though theres something like 6 stages in the game which is INSANE to think that a young child could do in one sitting. Well, if kids could back in the day adult AnnK should be able to do it.
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In saying all this I have won an auction on a Japanese Famicom Family Trainer Pad with a bunch of games for it!! Stay tuned for future episodes of me streaming Japanese Power Pad games!!

The week before I got sick

Before I got sick I was swinging out my usual flow of Dank Art. A lot of things have been changing for me at the places where I work- one of my bosses quit leaving our project team without proper leadership and trying to find a new director to fill that spot has been very stressful on me. Personally I have been paranoid that I might need to look for another job which I cannot do at the moment considering I already have too much on my plate. I’m also having problems just doing simple tasks like grocery shopping in my community as winter has settled in & with lots of snow everywhere it hard to fetch nutritious food and I’m stuck picking up junky stuff from the corner shops. With the weather cold, snowy and uninviting I usually just rush home to get to my Dank Art and projects as I hunker down and wait for spring to arrive.

When it comes to all my Dank Art the most money that I spend goes directly into the paper that I use as watercolour is so saturated that you only need to buy sets once a year. I have sets I haven’t even gone thru 100% and I tell people if you go thru a watercolour set in under 6 months you’re either doing it wrong or bought a cheapie set that’s more chalk then actual pigment. In saying that, I always try to encourage people to start out cheap to see if they like the experience as watercolour isn’t like playing video games for score. Watercolour is more about tones and shades, value and movement and developing your own sense of style in a dry landscape of other great ideas.

When I first got into watercolours I was a small child of 6 and I would set up next to my dad and copy what he was doing with the projects he’d work on. My dad taught me nothing about composition, what papers to buy, or even which paints to get. He did teach me that you should go for it and don’t let people shout you down for trying. One thing he did stress to me was if I wanted to see great results with my watercolour painting I would need to spend a lot of time hand drawing and sketching things first to learn how to see things in a way that would look proper before warping everything so it’s more visually interesting. In a way you could say artists are more editors when working from an existing source as were not going to paint the trash can there or make that bird look green as it should be yellow to fit the composition better. Thats when school really comes into it as it’s slightly important to learn rules in order to break them cleverly all the time.

When I was sick, my dad came to take care of me. I was out of it trying to sleep it off on the sofa in my living room. My dad came over & kept asking me what was wrong and what I needed when I was in that state. I remember I put Kismet on as I had bought that movie just before christmas and since my dad was there I wanted to put something on for him as I wasn’t much of a conversationalist that day. I passed out a bunch of times but when I finally woke up my dad was sitting in my computer chair which used to be our old dining room table chairs from when I was a kid. My dad had cleaned my whole apartment, did the dishes, got me groceries and even took care of my pets properly. If he could be he would have been Gandalf sitting in that chair smoking a pipe and telling me in no words at all that it’s going to be OK yet the road ahead was going to be rough. Thats when I got enough strength to properly show him all the Dank Art I have been making over the past year.

My dad sat there with the book in his hands for a real long time going thru everything. He knew sort of what I was doing but since we don’t get to really spend much time together anymore since he moved he can’t really see how I’m living my life or doing with my time. He only said, “You’ve been doing this for at least a year now,” and “I’m taking this one as it’s the best girl”

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My dad is a Chitta man, but I think he chose wisely.

Amazing Adventures in Collecting

Greg took me out that Saturday to check out a few of the shops in the Flea Market District in Mississauga. I call it that because theres this huge Flea Market thats the centre for a bunch of other tiny stores that specialize in “collectables” such as comics and video games. Back when I was a kid I remember this area was where my parents would take us if we needed new things such as bedsheets or linens as they used to have a bunch of these linen stores all together in this area. I should have taken photos of the buildings here as they looked quite decrepit and had this “dissolving” appearance to them.

I could care less about the appearance of some of these places because I only care whats inside. Usually the best stores for buying things at a resale market are found in the worst of buildings because the rent is so dang cheap. This is where collector shops thrive and you should go seek them out. In that block alone there were several comic and video game stores all competing to get our business so I walked away with a pile of stuff.

Back when I was a kid I was the biggest comic book collector and you could always find me poking around my town’s local comic book store, Comic Express. I would save up all my money just so I could have a complete set of X-Men comic books for my beautiful collection. I collected a bunch of other comics as well, but I was a X-Men fan and was totally dedicated to the franchise until the price of comics jumped from $2 each to almost $6 an issue. Being 12 is difficult when you only get $5 a week for allowance so I had to give up collecting expensive comic books and find an alternative. My alternative was the cheaper, more gritty and highly pornagraphic titles that awaited me in back rooms and dingy bargain basements warehouses.

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