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Patreon Announcement

As many of you already know, Patreon is making a bunch of changes to its services as of recently. These changes might affect how some people are backing my Zine and because of the concern of the most recent changes to Patreon I have decided to give people more options on how to get a copy of my Zine and how they can be part if it.

Currently I rely on Subscriptions/Pre-Orders for my Zine to offset the cost of printing and shipping for each issue. I am looking into having online subscriptions via Paypal as well as making huge changes to my online shop to make getting back issues quicker.

It will take me a few weeks to implement the new changes to my blog to accept this new way to subscribe so I ask my Patreon backers to be patient while I make these adjustments. I will state that I am not leaving Patreon as of yet, but merely giving my backers a choice to use the platform or to start supporting me 100% directly thru another option.

These are changes I knew I would need to make as my Zine grew over time. However, with the recent changes to Patreon I feel that I owe my subscribers a choice since many of them signed up to Patreon only to back this project. I want to make it clear that I am thankful for everyone’s support and often when things happen that we all don’t agree with that you can either accept it or change.

Change doesn’t happen overnight and making a huge jump to direct subscriptions will take me some time so I do ask that my backers are patient while I take these needed steps to being fully independent.

As soon as I have the new subscription services up I will post it on my blog so everyone can choose how to back me going forwards. Patreon was an amazing service when I first started up and I am thankful that services like it are around to help artists and makers everywhere support their projects. If you choose to use my direct service or stay with Patreon that is up to individual choice, all I ask is that you keep supporting me and the Zine.

Thank you,

AnnK

Closing out a Month

Dank Work

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Making Dank is what I am all about these days and I am happy to announce that I am accepting submissions for creative content! If you want to join the fam and think you have what it takes to have your work featured in my Dank Zine you may submit it here at dankzine@agentannk.com

I am looking for content that is about retro gaming, streams, and the gaming collecting community. It’s not just limited to writers, I am looking for artists as well who want to make Dank Art and be featured in the Zine or on my blog. Please end me an email and attach an example of your work to get the ball rolling.

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BBH had a great week returning with his championship belt from the tournament he just won, as well as visiting the Portland Retro Gaming Expo over the weekend. I’m sure he’s going to talk about all the cool stuff there including this strange and new Space Harrier type game he got to try out at the expo. If only my budget would allow me more chances for travel so I could check out events like that then I’d be there myself front and centre. Hopefully BBH got some photos and will show them off during the Monday roulette stream.

Macaw45 had an emergency unboxing video as he got a bunch of new auction wins arrive at his place and whenever he gets a cool delivery such as this he’s gotta share it with his community. There was a bunch of Japanese Windows 95 games as well as few other neat things that he got to show off. The Dracula Sega CD game was a surprise being that I never thought Macaw would subject himself to the torture witch is Dracula on Sega CD, but he did manage to play the game right up to the boss where thru means of the emulation or the game itself it kept glitching out. This sums up Dracula for Sega CD as a whole.

There was a whole week where Macaw was exploring FMV Sega CD games, so hopefully he will someday replay those or explore more of the Sega CD library on a future bird stream.

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Gracious IV @Aqy

Aquas is getting ready for GDQ by punishing himself with his practice streams of Contra III along with Batrider for the 1CC Marathon taking place in November. You can check out the trailer here. The 1CC Marathon is a fun weekend where streamers in the arcade scene can get together and go for those 1 Credit Clears and beat the game on one “quarter”. I took part in the event last year with Sega Marine Fishing where I managed to not just 1CC the game, but did it under 15 minutes. I’m sure someone’s done it faster. Anyway, get over to Aqy’s channel and if you are a sub or a fan so try to donate money to his GDQ fund so he can fly out this January and take part in the event.

Ultimoice is making more progress in Speedrunning Mother 2 and after a bunch of resets I got to see him complete a decent run this past Sunday. I am not 100% sure if that was his PB for Mother 2 as it was very early in the morning (what am I doing awake this early in the morning?), but I will say congratulations to Ultimoice as he does put on an impressive run of the game. If you love Earthbound half as much as I do then you definitely want to follow him as he’s going to be going for the World Record in Mother 2 soon. Ultimoice was quick to pick up that I will try my hardest to make Dank Art that is relevant to what’s going on in the current game, so this weeks collections is a whole bunch of stuff that seems to slow him down in those awkward Mother 2 situations.

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Goati managed to scrub-save the final boss in Fantastic Pinball last week so its official on what conditions need to happen in order to open the boss room. The boss itself has several stages of awesomeness as Goati showed off here in this clip. I’m still playing the entire game as I am a HUGE pinball fan, however I have moved onto a new game to feature on my weekends and that is Sonic Spinball

 

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Sonic Spinball came out in between of Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 to fill a void that the Casino Zone left you with after you defeated the boss. It’s interesting mechanic is that you have to manipulate Sonic as he’s spinning as a little pinball to hit the targets and collect the chaos emeralds while you go after Dr Robitnik. It also features characters from the Saturday morning Sonic Cartoon, not to be confused with the Sonic cartoon where his siblings form a rock band or the horrible The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.

I was the biggest Sonic fan as a little girl and naturally I had all the Archie comics, books, guides and anything else I could get my hands on. When I found out that they were making a cartoon featuring Sonic I was excited and couldn’t stop talking about it. I always thought that the Saturday morning cartoon was the only Sonic show on TV until I started to have medical problems. I had to start waking up at 5am in the morning to take medication hours before eating which made me scan the TV Guide looking for something to watch at 5am and low and behold The Adventures of Sonic their Hedgehog was there!

If you are wondering why someone would put this Sonic Show on at 5am in the morning it’s because that’s the only time slot that would ensure no one would be able to watch it. It’s that bad. The animation is OK from time to time but the world could have been a better place without this incarnation of Sonic. I think this is also where the stupid Chilli Dog obsession came from. Oh well, if you like Sonic then tune in on Sundays when I am going to play thru Sonic Spinball and share with you not only my love of Pinball but Sonic as well.

Fall

Greg & I checked out Mill Pond in our town this past Sunday to take in the colours of the season. It was 30 degrees outside! I have photos of us walking the pond from last year in our full winter coats. If you live somewhere that doesn’t have such a glorious splendour of colours in fall please enjoy the few that I have posted here!

The new shipment of Zines are in!! Did you pre-order your copy? If not, contact me & I’ll set you up with a link where you can grab this months issue!

This Tuesday feels like a Monday

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Every now and then I do some amazing Dank Art’s that just stand out more to me than others and that goes for the Riot City Dank Art I made for Macaw45’s stream on Friday of last week. Usually great Dank Art like this happens when I am in a great art mode or when I have done so much work I can just power out effort like it’s nothing. I need to bank in a lot of drawing time to get to that level, but it’s something I strive for when I do make Dank Art. I want to be in that zone as much as I can be and the only way I can get there is if I spend hours perfecting my skills. It’s a lot like when an athlete trains to always stay in top form or why speedrunners need to constantly be trying runs of the same game over and over to keep up the consistency.

Macaw also played thru a bunch of Sega CD FMV games as well on Monday morning and did an entire playthru of Masked Rider which I have never seen before as well as muddling around with a few others including Time Gal. I am a huge fan of Time Gal and that game alone sold me on a Sega CD as a kid (though I never did save up my money for one). Today the Sega CD is the bastard of collection as I own the least amount of games for it. Sega CD games are hard to come by and demand insane prices for most of the good games online so often I stick to emulating the games I want to play. It’s a shame because the system was never very popular in my country yet I was obsessed with it as a small child. I do own a copy of Shining Force CD which is quite possibly the best collector game for the system, but key titles such as Time Gal and Snatcher will forever elude me for their scarcity and high listed prices.

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BEAT EM UP Fighters History Dynamite @Murphagator 

I think Fighters History Dynamite is quickly turning into one of my more fave fighting games as everyone is picking it up and having fun rediscovering it again. I think Murph owns the actual arcade board for this as well so it’s even more interesting when he streams it. Fighting games & me have a very strange and sorted history as I was always the one who wanted to go after games like these though I never had any friends who were totally into them. Everyone played Street Fighter II and I had a few friends who were into Mortal Kombat, but outside of those games no one else in my circle was willing to go that far for fighters. I’m not a pro but I LOVE two player games no matter what they are. Even if you have one friend who totally sucks at games theres nothing like a fighting game that you can pick up and start playing right there in the room. I once had a crazy Street Fighter birthday party where all we did was play Street Fighter for hours eating cake and drinking beers until 3am and everyone had a great time even if they didn’t know all the combos and buttons. The only negative thing about most two person fighter games is after 3 rounds thats it and if you have a friend who is really bad at playing them they might feel a bit cheated when their turn comes up. This is why I really like Beatem’ups as I find that first time players can usually just pick them up & take their time getting used to things as they make progress in the game. Not all my friends are the best at games, but they are good enough friends that they will try something outside of their comfort zone just to make me happy.

 

LordBBH has surpassed 1100 games now on his Monday Mame Roulette streams and announced on Monday that his Viewers Choice Extravaganza will take place this Saturday, the Passover/Easter long weekend. Nothing like a moving holiday to really mess up your fun! Since my family isn’t very religious and my parents are retired I was able to move our family lunch to Friday so I’ll have all the time to paint Dank Art on Saturday. You might be thinking that’s a bit much but for me it isn’t. My family is very laid back and I’m the product of my father so when he asked why I wanted to move it I told him I was making Dank Art & the old guy just laughed and said “I understand.” My dad is probably the only man in my life to really get that about me as he’s seen me do it time and time again over the years he’s raised me.
Now with BBH surpassing 1100 games in Mame you’re probably wondering if he’s ever going to run out of games at this rate. Not on your life because there are THOUSANDS of games ripped for Mame and it’s going to take him a long dang time to get thru them all. Sure the cheesecake-porn arcade games are kinda mediocre and really over glorified gambling games, but they are a game and they were created with a purpose to take your quarters just like every other arcade game out there. In Canada we used to have soft-core porn movies play on stations such as City TV & the french stations after a certain time when I was a kid growing up. We’d call these “Blue Movies” or “Baby Blue” for some strange reason- but mainly because thats what the intro for them was called. I wasn’t alive in the 70’s at all, but I do remember that on channel 07 you’d see a lot of brief nudity and adult behaviour after 11pm at night. Don’t act like you didn’t know cause I always knew this but played dumb at recess when kids would talk about the totally naked people and F-Bombs that were dropped on the TV last night. I remember how sad some kids were when they said they were not allowed to watch TV at all and how we just made up TV shows and over-glorified all the violence and sex we saw just to watch them go “Gosh really?? Wo-o-o-ah.”
I guess it depends on your upbringing how you see sex and what you deem appropriate or not- I had a very laid back up bringing but I think my parents were totally cool with me watching sexy stuff on TV & in movies with the hopes that I would get most of my information from that & not bug them about having that talk later when I’m 13. FYI when I turned 11 my dad started buying me every damn video game in the discount bin he could for me as “IT KEEPS HER HOME WHERE I CAN SEE HER” as he would shout. Good play, dad, good play.
Don’t believe me when I say City TV used to air porn? Here’s the intro from the 70’s I found online.

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New Friends Every Day @Clover&sealife 

Happy Birthday to Clover & Sealife! I made you this beautiful Dank Art to make you smile and to tell you how special you are. My boss thinks you make the best music and I have been 100% behind your adventures in music since the very beginning. Remember when you wanted to DJ at our cabin in Lake George all those years ago and we needed an extension cord? I yanked that crap so fast out of the public arcade room causing 5 machines to be “Out of Order” that weekend cause I wanted to dance to your grooves. It was a tiny thing, but we danced and danced and had so much fun and I’ll never forget it. Please go get some chiptunes in your rotation and cast your lucky clovers into the sea HERE

 

ADVENTURES IN THE SIX

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I would get dragged around Toronto as a little kid by my father as he’d be on the hunt for his classical music. I have these very early memories of going into these tiny record stores that were nothing but bins of wax with a few posters on the wall. All the buildings were old, stone and decaying all around us and you felt safe. Toronto used to be like that for me.

These days they are tearing down most of what I liked about Toronto. The music shops are almost all gone and huge lots of buildings are being knocked over to make way for condos. Union station has been under construction for over two years now which has been a huge problem when I come in for visits. Nothing stays the same and it’s weird mulling around when things are in this weird change transition all around me. All the old comic book stores, record shops and arcades I used to frequent as a kid are being bought and sold for condos.

I wanted to go check out a different retro game shop when I was downtown but it seems as if the one place I wanted to see was closed on Sundays, so Sarah & I walked over to that place we visited in January instead. I am glad I did as they made changes to the store from the last time I was there and now when you walk in they have a beautiful glass display case with all the systems they sell. They also had a LOT of Turbo Graphix 16 consoles and PC Engine’s there. I thought 2016 I had never seen so many TG16’s but thats already surpassed what I have seen recently in resell shops alone. Someone also offloaded a bunch of very rare Nintendo handheld Game & Watch stuff which was very interesting to me as I never had seen some of those in the wild before. Some were going for $500+ which is cool but way out of my price range.

We walked over 16km’s that day all over my old stomping grounds and passing by places I used to work, old apartments of past friends, rotting buildings and strange people. I got Sarah a copy of my new Dank Zine and she was very excited when she was looking thru it. I told her everyone who’s seen it made a huge smile when looking thru it, so I guess I am doing something right. It’s always a great time when you get together with your best friend.

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Robocop, PC 98 Shmups & Board Games

I was a bit more exposed to Pinball as a child since a lot of video stores brought in the licenced title machines as part of a promotional tie-in. Newer pinball machines always seemed to charge $1 and many were set with the new $2 coin slots which I always thought was cruel.

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Your Move, Creep! Robocop Pinball Adventures! @Dead_Flip

I had the pleasure of meeting Dead Flip at the Arcade Superplay last October at Twitch Headquarters in San Francisco. Dead Flip is from the Chicago area and often streams with his Pinball buddies either at his place or on location to one of the many bars and arcades that will feature wild and crazy pinball machines. Here is a shot of the Robocop machine he was playing live on location this week on his stream:maxresdefaultpinball.jpg This machine came out in 1989 and though I haven’t seen it personally I will say its a great looking machine. I tend to favour the older looking tables because I enjoy that classic feel and look of them. They all have a slight gritty comic book feel to them which is something I can identify with. I’m not a good player, but I do enjoy Pinball games and they are one of my favourite things to photograph. I’m always trying to scope out Pinball places or public machines to get their photograph and collecting a bunch of work for a book would be an adventurous project.

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Macaw played some interesting games from this anime-style Shmup for the PC98 called Vermillion which he quickly touched on in a previous stream a year ago. The only things I can remember from this game is the crazy pixel art where one of the girls flips you the bird just as the game starts and as you play the game a little box with one of their faces pops up and she stands there yelling at you. He also featured Last Action Hero for the SNES one day and actually finished it. I’ve never had the pleasure to play Last Action Hero myself, though I do remember seeing this game around before and I do know of its brand of torture.
As a kid, I was obsessed with making game board style comics as I was greatly influenced by Matt Groening’s work in “Life in Hell” which I somehow had access to. It was almost a play or nod towards when Family Circus would do these giant comic strips that were just one board with a bunch of situational jokes. I really liked that large visual idea and I find myself going back to it often when I’m using humour.
Most of the ideas for the bird bingo came from the chat, so this was a bit of a “group effort” if you want to call it that.img_8984Here is an example of Life in Hell and one of those Family Circus Comics so you have a reference to work from.

Besides Bird Bingo, Friday night was also Puri’s Birthday and I made him awesome Alundra Dank Art
img_9023I used a lighter stock Watercolour grade paper here as it’s perfect for little Dank Sketches like these. I’ve always tried to max out my paper even when I was a kid, so I tend to buy oversized paper and then tear it into smaller corners to get the most out of my supplies.

Streaming Board games

screenshot-2017-03-03-10-56-52There was a time when I was a very young kid that I asked for nothing but board games for Christmas gifts. Usually from my extended family that wouldn’t understand that I hated things like Barbie’s and babydolls and generally most girl toys. My dad was always up for a good afternoon playing games with me but trying to get my mom and brother to play with us was always a chore. They’d give in eventually and I would be super excited to be “the Game Master” who’d be in charge of all the rules, the bank (if there was a bank or dealer or someone who needed to be awake enough to keep the rules constant).

Jones in the Fast Lane is a fun board game style game by one of my all time fave old school publishers Sierra that showcases their own brand of humour. You play as one of 4 characters and circle the board using up time as you go to school, get a job, pay rent,  You should try this out not just because it’s weird but because you can play it one player or with up to 4 persons

You can check out the vod here and also check out me playing Oregon Trail after winning the game!

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BBH Extravaganza Leftovers

The Extravaganza kept rolling into this week on LordBBH’s channel and I made a lot of Dank Art to go along with some of the games played by BBH. One of the more shocking things I noticed was that the Athena Dank Art got over 50 likes on my twitter feed and for a notoriously bad game I would have assumed it wouldn’t get likes at all. Then again, there must be a bunch of people out there who can’t shake the impression that game left on them after playing it. Out of all of these, my two pick faves are the Bizerk piece and the Flintstone one (which just sold yay!). The Flintstone piece is actually a throwback to a seriously dangerous moment from my childhood when I was two years old and accidentally ate an entire bottle of Flintstone Vitamins when my mother was sleeping simply because they looked and tasted like candy. I got very sick & died.

OK, that’s a lie. I didn’t die but I did get raced to the hospital where they pumped my stomach. Probably not my best moment in life, but my family sure as Hell won’t let me forget it. Whenever I see Flintstone’s now I associate them with overdosing.

You can watch the vod’s here which are broken up into 9 pieces that covers over the several days of Viewers Choice stuff. Make sure you check it out if you missed it.

 

I’m also making far too much art and doing far too many cool things in my week so expect more blog entries as things happen! I can’t promise you daily posts, but I will be trying to share more with what I am doing more frequently in the week rather then these huge blogs summaries.

 

 

 

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.

 

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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!

 

 

Bought and sold and bought again

A week in Dank Art

Over the weekend I busted into some special paper that I had which is designed to be postcards. This paper is the same texture and consistency as the Dank Art paper so it works quite nicely. I’m not sure how they will hold up against the elements in travel if that happens, but I guess I will need to try and mail them so I can find out how they hold up.
Most of this week was all practice streams by other people participating in the 1CC Marathon that took place on the weekend. I tried out the paper for both Trap, Fantastic Planet and BBH’s Arcade Roulette. I should mail these out to people & see how they hold up.

Later in the week, Funkdoc was learning a new strategy to play X-Men using a character he wasn’t used to as to improve his chances for getting a one credit clear for the Marathon. It’s really nice when you can see someone work really hard for that pay off, which was the really fun part of following an event like this. I made some really amusing Evil Zone art for Planets stream and notable was Macaw’s crazy delivery of old Windows 95 games from Japan. Everything was building up for the end of the week when the 1CC Marathon took place.

Fish or Die

I think this was the best I have ever played Sega Marine Fishing. It’s crazy too because every practice take I was doing ended in some disaster and I went into the run without what I felt was sufficient practice. Though somehow the fishing gods were smiling on me that day and I was able to save myself from near close calls that could have ended my game.

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#Sharkweek 

The worst possible situation is when you only need less than 300 points to advance when there is under 40 seconds to time left and thats when the biggest fish on the screen will troll you hard and bite your lure. You have less than a second to decide if its worth keeping it or to shake it off. If you don’t shake it off, the big fish might pull off just as it gets to the boat sucking away any time left for a recovery. I rolled with it and my practice paid off as I was able to bag that huge shark that tried to troll me in the Shallow stage with plenty of time left. I was more than impressed with how I did that I was excited and started to celebrate right away.

I was very happy when I watched the video afterwards and got to see what the chat was saying. I was very happy some of you came out to cheer me on and I just wanted to thank you :3

I made art for everyone who played in the 1CC Marathon! I posted the gallery up here if you want to have a look. Overall it was a lot of fun and everyone had a great time watching these games get played out. Thank you again to Pasky who single handedly put this entire event on himself

Dungeon Crawling

I streamed a bit of NES fun on Sunday when waiting for the 1CC Marathon to start up.

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Garfield is a nice touch

When I buy games I try to pick up 2-3 titles at a time. I like finding strange and unusual titles for my collection and scooping up a bunch of games in the $10-25 price range is way more satisfying then one really expensive gem. One of the games I bought this summer was Arkista’s Ring during a collecting trip in the town next to mine, Georgetown.

Screenshot 2016-10-03 20.40.31.pngThis game is so appealing from the cute music to the adorable 1 title sprite art that suddenly it’s my new favourite for the system. This game has very simple and easy to learn mechanics that you can start mastering it right away without the use of a manual. The difficulty does start to build up as you progress through the different levels of dungeons, however every room has a strategy that can be learned and exploited. Enemies can be killed with the characters bow and arrow or can use one of the magic items picked up after their death.

Arkista came out in 1990 and drew a lot of parallels to Zelda due to being a top down action adventure style game. It also only got a 3.5 rating in magazines when it came out which probably explains why you never saw this. It’s a typically average game and slightly dated next to titles such as Willow by Capcom (which came out in 1989). However, this style of top-down dungeon crawling adventure game is 100% my thing and it’s perfect for just casual play. A great find if you can pick it up.

Another great hit is Willow by Capcom for the NES which I picked up at the trade show for $10 a week ago. I wasn’t sure what I would get with Willow. I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie as I was a very small child when it was in theatres but I remember my parents did rent the movie for my brother and I and I just remember walking away from the TV for most of it. All I knew was that one of my friends told me it was special if I could get a copy of it and for $10 I think I got a deal.

This game is nothing like the arcade (big surprise) yet follows the movie’s plot a bit more closer in story with a very heavy Capcom influence. It’s an amazing RPG style action adventure game that I had overlooked for years because of my Willow bias. What really got me excited to play this game other then the amazing graphics was the enjoyable music that this game is packed with. It’s cheerful and catchy and makes you just want to keep playing and discovering new tunes by walking all over the world map. This game gets a bit technical in the menu system and I would like to put it in the category as Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, but Robin Hood needs it’s own blog post once I re-purchase that game.

I think over the next few weeks i’ll do more Willow play throughs and see what happens. I enjoy a nice little adventure game for my Sunday Streams and this game would be perfect to explore and have fun with for a few weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

1CC Marathon Danknes

Here’s a bunch of all the Dank Art made for the 1CC Marathon. Thank you again to Pasky for doing a great job- I had a lot of fun both participating and watching! I also made a bunch of Dank Art durring it.

I’ll post my regular weekly recap soon, so please enjoy this gallery for now :3

 

 

 

1CC MARATHON SEPT 30-Oct 2

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The 1CC Marathon is taking place September 30th starting at 5pm CDT and running until October 2nd. Classic Arcade gaming done right! I’m going to be part of it, but so are a bunch of other talented players so make sure you tune in!

Check out the schedual here