Comics, Dank Art and Playstation Classics

Dank Art

No, I don’t have any Bowser-ette fan art here, but instead, I have all the Dank Art I made to streams last week. It was a bit of a challenge due to how destroyed my hands were from work, but I still managed to paint a few pieces. It seems I have developed an allergy or strong reaction to something I’m touching at work and I had to start using this intense medicated cream. I have to apply this stuff and wear a glove on my hand for a few hours which bites into my drawing time considerably. I put on this adorable knitted green glove with a bow on it to wear, channel my best 80’s MJ and try to suffer thru it for a bit.

I’m excited because the weather is changing to cooler temperatures after a gruelling summer I am welcoming the sudden change. Thanksgiving is next Monday here in Canada and I am looking forward to seeing my parents.

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Adventures with Comic Books

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Greg & I drove out to Kitchener to go to one of my favourite places to get pulls on Saturday. This place is like a warehouse of comics with an upstairs showroom and a basement with THOUSANDS of back issues of everything from comics to magazines. I like this place as I can always find a few Heavy Metal and obscure gaming magazines when I go.. They also have a Dirty Harry Pinball machine in the basement that I have been taking a liking to.

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I always find amazing inspiration material when we visit this comic shop as part of the reason I collect comics and magazines is to expose myself to different styles and other peoples art and writing to improve my own. I also get excited when I find something that heavily inspired me in my own childhood.

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The X-Men Annual Shatter Shot Part One was a huge deal comic book for me as a youngster. I would wake up at 5 am every day for school and stack my backpack for a day of survival and this book was always in there. I usually carried 5-6 comic books bagged and boarded in there along with my floppy disks and Magic Card Decks (you never know when someone is going to throw you a loop and pop down a Blue/White mess). The cover alone made me fall in love with Jim Lee’s style and quickly saw how this one cover went on to define the look of the X-Men for years.

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Every electronic department store had this game as their Sega Genesis demo at the time too

I think I was a kid at just the right time to really get into the 90’s boom of Video Games and comic books and it was at a time when it was transitioning into a more digital and technology-based industry.

If you are looking for major inspiration, find a comic warehouse in your community and pick up a few $1 back issue comics in those bins. There are decades of great material just waiting to be found and the fun of finding them makes it all more the adventure.

Playstation Classic

Mini classic systems are trending enough that Sony is launching their own mini classic system of the PlayStation 1 this December. They’ve already announced a few titles for the system such as Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3 and Wild Arms and you can preorder now online or at your local game shop.

It’s still a shock for me to see this product on the market because I can always find a solid wall of Playstation games when I visit retro shops. Not just that, there are a few titles available thru the online Sony store making more popular/classic titles still accessible.

Who will buy this?

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Well, besides the hardcore Sony fan, I can see a collector such as myself going for this as it is a cute little system I can plug easily into the cheap LCD TV I have via the HDMI cables. There are no game cases to fuss with, and I can pick it up and go to the cottage (if I was one of thoooooooose people) or bring it on trips with me, so I don’t need to go 5 minutes without games.

There are so many amazing classic titles for the PS1 that it would be impossible to put all my favourite games on one tiny system. I would love for there to be a legit way to add more games to these systems, something that I feel was horribly overlooked in the design feature of these games which will push people to hack their classics just to have that convenience of a mini rom machine. However, some might argue that’s a sure fire way to kill collecting physical games and bottom out the market, but I digress.

Will the PlayStation Classic cause the retro collecting market to bottom out? Will classic mini systems keep people away from collecting games? Is collecting retro games dead?

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Not even once.

I really don’t think so. I honestly don’t see a PlayStation 1 under every tree this Christmas, and I don’t see people pushing down their own grandmas to preorder this either. You have people like myself who are all “If Parasite Eve isn’t on there then it’s hot trash” or “I already own all those games and still play them sooooo…”. But driving down prices of retro games? I highly doubt it. That’s set by the collectors and their own bars IMO.

I don’t buy as many retro games today, but that’s because my collections are near complete to my satisfaction and also because I need to think about my own habits and physical space where I live. For me, it’s now a conquest for the odd and bizarre where I’m chasing down leads on MSX computers and sitting here tongue in cheek look at the Japan auctions for alternatives.

I can see mini systems being an excellent way for casual enthusiasts to get into collecting by inviting them to experience classic gaming in an accessible format that isn’t downloading a bunch of roms from illegal rom sites. I see a way that the big names like Sony and Nintendo can offer their classic games in a new format that can act as a door crasher into retro gaming for people not wanting to pay crazy prices on a retro system without the fear of hooking them up, hunting down games, and dealing with an oversaturated bootleg market.

I still hunt down physical media in all its forms from books, games and movies. The likelihood that there will be changes to your beloved games is high each time they get rereleased. Even if those changes are for the better, such as the anti-epilepsy effects on the SNES Classic, they are still changes to the original format. It’s that obnoxious “Star Wars” effect; When Lucas changed and added scenes to Star Wars from its initial theatrical release, there were fans who hated it as it wasn’t really needed or took away from some of the scenes original flavour. The first time I noticed this with games was with the releases of Final Fantasy Anthology on the PS1 and saw that the text was different. You gotta think that they will make changes to something when they rerelease it, may it be for a bug fix or for changes to a translation or to fix graphics. The simple fact is you are not playing the original game as it was released when it first came out and though that’s not a huge deal it matters to some fan and collectors. This is what drives some people into the collecting market and if anything I see that as another way prices will stay healthy for collectors.

Love them or hate them, mini systems are invading the market, and only the test of the actual hardware and quality of the games will make or break them.

GDQ Lists are up!

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The game list for this years AGDQ have been announced and you can check out the list here to see if your favourite streamer made the cut. The next round of tickets will go on sale this October so make sure you bookmark the page if you are trying to go in person. The first wave of tickets sold out in less than 10 minutes, so if you are planning on going you still have one more chance.

 

 

 

Nintendon’t go breaking my heart

Issue 18 is out NOW

Issue 18 is out and has been mailed out to all my Patreon backers!!! If you want to get this issue, make sure to get your orders in at my Dank Shop or back my patreon to get your issue today. This month we interview Angrylanks who is known not only in the speedrunning community but for his music streams where he plays his drums live with game music. We also have a great article written by Goati where he explores the world of fishing games, and I wrote an article on the differences between the E.V.O games on PC-98 and SNES.

In addition to all the features, we always have the art with a new artist on board. Welcome to Mellisa Storm who has her own Patreon here who contributed some great stuff this month featured on the back cover. The talented miss Shan Murphy has her comic as well as a fantastic illustration by Marty Elmer.

Nintendon’t Special

There was an art explosion last weekend for the annual Nintendon’t event, so check out all the Dank Art I made for the event.

Nintendo always is a lot of fun, and I always look forward to participating each year. This will mark my third year streaming in the event and to try and keep things fishy I did one hour of exploring the PC-98 version of E.V.O – The Search for Eden as I am still really excited about playing it.

One of the best things about Nintendon’t is that it features an incredible selection of retro game streamers from all over the globe. And when I say retro, I’m not talking about Nintendo games. Goati who is the organiser of the event is adamant to feature any games that were not released for Nintendo to show off how diverse and vibrant the retro community is and to focus on the good old days of classic gaming. Where else are you going to see a marathon that features everything from Pinball to Pong on a Fairchild, to Atari stuff, PC-88, 98, Classic Windows games and Amiga?

Nintendon’t is a great way to learn more about the other side of Retro Gaming, and some of the best comments I saw in chat were from a few newbies checking out the stream pleased at how fantastic it was seeing all these games that they have never heard about. It’s always a great time and I am always happy to be part of it. Huge thank yous to Goati and DanZeeMan for their hard work last weekend and to all the streamers who participated. Here’s the HUGE list:

Goati, zuq_, StillerKarl, DeepFreeze2K, Chuboh, RetroGameQuest, iastSA, LordBBH, DevilREI, jenwithglasses, Ludofex, CloudyMusic, Fantasic_Planet, CapnClever, Zophar321, Jiggeh, DonKaleAEX, WalterWorldGames, Macaw45, Dumplechan, MerlynTemple, ask_alice, T4N3, PapayaChemist, Pasky, MikeBloke, TheOpponent, Niakan, Jimmyqballs, Gunstarheroes7, Cypherin, dent4f, DanZeeMan, RebootTV, gikkman, Cotonari, sdc333, Owlnonymous, DarkheroTTV, Neo_antwon, Douglie007, ssfsx17, Aquas, McSirTuna, MartyMoinklers and trap0xf

Find these streamers on Twitch and get your retro fix on!

 

Comic Tropes

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I love comic books and almost as long as I have been into video games I have been collecting comics. For a while now I have been searching on Youtube for some of the best comic book shows to watch when I am working on dank art and I have been most impressed with the videos over at Comic Tropes. If you love comics you should check out his videos as he puts a tremendous amount of work into each episode and you can get lost binge-watching the backlog. I made some Dank Art for the show recently and it was featured in this video:

If you love comics like I do you should check out his videos! I recently started backing Comic Tropes on Patreon because how can I say no to a good thing? I’m looking forward to more great content to watch from these guys in the future.

Sweet Home

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Still working on getting that backlog of work uploaded. I’m almost caught up with the time that I have lost, but I will eventually get there. Enjoy!

More great LordBBH stuff here from Monday roulette and Thursday raffles. LordBBH will be one of many players that will be in the 1CC Marathon which we both took part in last year. An official players schedule should be going up halfway thru October so stay tuned to see who made the cut. In the meantime, shoutouts to Mokototruth, Dasyati  and leilei for their own contributions to art during BBH’s streams. I’ll see if I can talk to them and get permission to post up their pieces of Dank Art along mine here so it all gets to be shown off in one place if people go looking for it. Also, omg Dank Art is a thing now!

Macaw45 is streaming almost every day now so when I wake up and get into my first job of the day I start it off watching whatever strange oddities he’s got cooked up for my morning. There was almost of week of Lord of the Sword where he dived into the strange Zelda II looking action RPG game for the Sega Master System. It took him a few days, but he eventually became the Lord of the Sword himself when he finished it. There was also some muddling around with the endless glut of licensed Gameboy Advance titles and other strangeness.

Chuboh is the Lord of Jank and has started to not only look at Janky arcade games, but is also focusing on some of the more special titles featured on the Amiga: the forgotten computer system of the 90’s. In one of these streams he played The Amazing Spider-Man which some people will remember for that insane looking health bar which is just Spider Man’s skeleton. That Dank Art has gotten well over 100 likes since I posted it last Thursday and is my official top rated Dank Art ever so far. Who would have thought that boner Spider-Man was such a huge deal?

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Also Zallard1 is starting to route thru Starfox 2 for Speedruns on his channel. Check out what he’s got going on for this never before released classic from the SNES. There has been some amusing articles floating around about Starfox 2 and depending on which ones you read you’ll find very polarizing points of view that either say the game is a bunch of trash compared to modern games to a product of its time that pushed new concepts of gaming for the SNES. Just remember that this was a game that was made for the 90’s when gaming was in a completely different universe compare to where we are now. Also, the mystery behind why this game never game out has been answered by a few diligent fact finders so go watch the video and stop guessing as to why this game never saw an official release as it might disappoint you …

 

I’ve started following Ultimoice as he has started routing Mother 2 for Super Famicom recently and for those who know me I cannot get enough Earthbound. I found out first about ___ like many this year who saw him perform at SGDQ when he wrapped up the event speedrunning Earthbound for the first time ever at a Games Done Quick. If you love the Mother games as much as I do then go check out his stuff and give him a follow as he’s friendly, entertaining and really has his head wrapped around these games.

Sweet Home

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I have wanted to stream Sweet Home since 2011 when I first discovered it from a few online articles that were passed along to me. Everyone will tell you that this is the game that inspired the Resident Evil games and that it was a tie-in with a movie with the same name that came out at the same time. This game never saw a North American release for reasons that are quite obvious such as the gore, violence and graphic death scenes.

That’s right, death scenes. And when your characters die they die for the rest of the game. There are no places to sleep off the pain to restore your health, no secret water that heals all wounds and defiantly no phoenix downs. Just like in real Life, Death is permanent.

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I called it a dick. WELL DON’T BUILD YOUR MONUMENT LOOKING LIKE A BIG DICK!

The other challenging thing about this game is the item management where each character has a special tool ability that only they can use. If that character dies you are stuck looking for alternatives that are littered around the dirty haunted mansion. Also if you find yourself in a situation where you need to pick up something but your inventory is full you’ll have to drop something. Sounds a little like Earthbound in that aspect of gameplay only it’s more serious and stressful in Sweet Home.

 

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Troll 2 OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD

Also, this game is creepy as hell. The music is every eery and some of my followers has described it as “Jaws” sounding where it gives you this feeling you are being hunted or something terrible is following you. Even the pause button stressed you out when you use it as it just screams “STOP!” As in “OMG STOP THIS CRAZY GUTS GAME PLZ!”

Totally pick this game up as it really is a hidden gem seeing that it was never released outside of Japan. If you want to spoil it for yourselves, you may always check out the movie, Sweet Home, as it’s online with subtitles and it’s alright as horror movies go. For me, I am excited as I have ordered the strategy guide that is in full Japanese, but has lots of hand drawn art featuring the actors/characters from the game and movie as well as screen captures with lots of information. Once this comes in I’ll be showing it off on my stream.

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Ew Monsters.

Tune in Tuesdays and Wednesdays when I’ll be playing thru this game. I started streaming more during the week to help play thru some of the games I have in my backlog and I should be posting up a poll soon to see which game I will play thru next in my weeks to come! You can follow me on Twitch here

Comic Con 

My good buddy Greg and I checked out the Hamilton Comic Con on Saturday morning last week and we had a BLAST. It’s been a very long time for me visiting a comic con and at first I was a bit shy asking if I could take people’s photos, but as the day progressed I calmed down a bit and I got to meet a bunch of neat people who had some really stand out costumes. I actually found some amazing deals on some games that I picked up including Lord of the Sword for the Sega Master system complete in box.

Funny that I didn’t pick up many comic books, but I am finding that the more cons I go to its less about the books and more about what crazy crud people can sell at their booths. I’m totally alright with that as I need more crazy crud and video games in my life.

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!