Making up for lost time- June & up to now

Life update

IMG_3205.JPGMost of you know by now I have two incredible cats as well as an incredible bunny. My one cat, Scoot, has been with me since 2003 and has been showing signs of age, but still holds her spot in my place as queen. She hasn’t been in the best of health the last few weeks and the vet is advising me not to go with forwards with surgery as she’s so old. I’ve been keeping her comfortable and giving her medicine to help her deal. Between getting my Zine together, demands at work and everything else I have slightly neglected my blog. However, Scoot is a fighter & is showing positive signs of improvement. Sometimes you just need to get your life in check first and that’s what I have been doing for the last few weeks.

In saying that, there is a HUGE backlog of Dank Art to upload to the site, so please bear with me. If you can’t bear, maybe possum it.

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Macaw45 always plays thru a wild selection of games and over the past few weeks it was nothing but weird games from ancient systems to crazy PS1 games. For a while, he was on a huge builder game streak where he focused on a bunch of games that had something to do with building. One of the more delightful moments from those streams was when Macaw was playing the Sims and had a John Romero character muddling around the house. Things were alright until a fire broke out in the kitchen and John wanted to eat a pizza more then to call the fire department. This was one of my more fave moments from the building segments of his streams.

There were a lot of mech games, a Workout game, even a silly hamster sim  so you never know what you’re going to get until you tune in.

MURPHAGATOR Finally has his arcades hooked up and capturing the right way so he’s back with his regular runs of Beat-em’ups. He’s been playing a lot of Final Fight & Vigalante which I am super embarrassed to stream as I am crazy terrible at the PC Engine port of Vigalantie. Murph has told me it’s not a big deal as it’s a really tough game but you don’t even comprehend how difficult some of these game are if you’re always sitting there watching someone who can just cut thru the game like butter.

LordBBH has been getting a bunch of very good spins with his Mame Roullete Mondays as well as getting a few breaks with his request raffles when he holds them. I think the streams I am starting to enjoy the most of his are when it’s a raffle because the chance of a good game coming up is higher which means my chances of making some memeorable Dank Art is higher. Really it comes down to a combo of what game, BBH’s reaction playing it and how the chat is responding to the stream for me to really make stand out Dank Art otherwise I might as well just google games & draw things at random. BBH has a good community as well so it’s nice to come into the chat and be welcomed and see other people drawing art to the games as well. If you draw your own art I would LOVE  to share it on my blog so please post it and I’ll find you :3

Adventures in Collecting

Greg and I drove out to cambridge just after my birthday for one of these game swap shows. I just got my Turbo Duo so I was hoping there would be someone there selling Hu cards. Boy did I hit the jackpot and one of the sellers who I met at a previous show brough ALL his Hu cards hoping that I would be there. Heh, I kinda made a sad face when he told me he usually has a bunch but didn’t bring them last time.

Greg picked up a bunch of games as well but really was after an Xbox 360 controller on the cheap but there were none to be found at this thing surprisingly. This event was a lot smaller then the shows we normally attend and I think I liked that. They didn’t have any game tournaments going on, just straight up collectors selling off their stuff. There were a few artists who were there as well doing nerdy cross-stitch which I really liked as I used to do that kind of stuff when I has a little kid. I used to stitch out entire covers of X-Men comics for my Home Economics class.

Dank Zine

img_2636I have wrapped up my fourth issue of my Dank Zine and for this month I am happy to announce I have branched out and found more content to help diversify the entire magazine. I called up on the help of artist Cyraptor to help put together a beautiful cover for this month and you can check out his stuff by clicking here and here. I also have gotten Aquas to write an article on Ghosts n Demons, a fan game on PC that pays homage to the Ghouls n Ghosts series. Aquas has already been helping me out behind the scenes with interviews, but I’ve been bugging him to write this article for a month so make sure you check it out. I’m also super happy that I have friends like Trap0xf who can double check all the game info so that I’m crediting the proper developers and creators for each game listed in the Zine. We are making a really fun community with this project and I am very happy with the direction we’re heading in. I never expected I’d be at this point already, but there’s no stopping me now.

Amazingly Dead Flip had a little give away because I sent him a pile of Zines with his feature interview inside last month. Check out this mug’s mug mugging these books!

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Owlnonymous with buddy Cathoderaze were seen in the arcade with an issue as well! This is possibly one of my most fave “In the Wild” photos to date of people with their Zine. If you get a photo of you with your Zine, PLEASE send it to me as I LOVE seeing you enjoy my Dankness.

Be part of my project and back my Patreon so you can get your issue of Dank Zine every month in the mail! It’s the best way to collect my work as it stays clean and cosy on your bookshelf or it’s ready to read if you leave it in the bathroom! Keep me making Dank Art by backing my Patreon today!

 

Just in time for the weekend, more Dank Art updates!

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Take it easy, Trojan Arcade @SRKFunkdoc

Funkdoc is back to streaming 1CC requests for his subscribers and most recently he picked up the arcade version of Trojan. Most people know Trojan for its NES release as it used to be a popular game for speed runners, but the arcade version to me looks a lot harder from my perspective. It took him a while, but Funkdoc was able to get that 1CC recently on stream! Congratulations & great to see you back streaming!

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Twin Eagle @Trap0xf

Trap was streaming more Twin Eagle on his arcade set up in his apartment when I made this Dank Art for him. This game was one of the first arcade games back in 1988 to use digital sampling in both its graphics and its soundtrack. I doubt Trap is playing the euro version of this board because I only found that release has some horrible iconic “engrish”  where instead of saying “Game over” it will instead say: “The player game is abortion”
I also love drawing a two headed eagle for this game :p

 

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Weaponlord for SFC @Macaw45

Macaw45 has been addicted to building games all week such as Afterlife and Sim City 2000, but he did manage to dig up this SFC copy of Weaponlord which he played thru on Saturday. The art to me is very 90’s stylized and is possibly some of the best backgrounds I’ve seen in a fighting game like this. The crazy thing about this fighter is if you lose a fight you can continue, but if your opponent performs a finishing move & kills you it’s game over. Yup. Even if you are all the way at the end of the game and that happens you’re stuck going all the way to the beginning again. However it works the same way if you perform finishing moves on the characters in the game. Killing them takes them out indefinitely so you do not have to fight them again.

IMG_2252Good buddy Greg made off with Murph’s Poison last weekend too. As soon as he saw her he was all “OH SHE’S PERFECT!” & handed me $20. Give her a good home, dude!

LordBBH had his crazy Viewers Choice Extravaganza last weekend on the same day as my crazy street festival I was promoting over social media. I’m lucky to have an apartment right in the middle of the actual street festival itself, so I kept taking breaks from covering that event to come in and paint Dank Art for his stream. Not all of these were done in a day as BBH decided to extend the extravaganza to Monday as well. My personal fave is the derp Bubs in the bottom corner because he’s just too darn cute :3

Sunday Streams IMG_2339I did a little retrospective on one of my fave arcade games, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs as well as showing off a bit of the Sega CD version of C&D. Let’s just say that if you love the arcade for its amazing high action Beat-em’up style and amazing music you are NOT going to find that in the Sega CD game. In fact on surface it’s a very poor game for the franchise where all you do is drive around in the cadillac moving the story along as if you were interacting with the actual comic book itself. I’m not knocking the concept of this game as I can see the potential, but it’s just too repetitive and hard to actually see what you should be shooting or not. Some stages drag on forever such as the opening level where most likely you’ll die & keep dying without making any progress at all. The only way I could get thru the first stage was to scum-save the entire way only to find out that the rest of the stages are just more driving but with slightly changed targets to shoot and also the later stages are not as long giving you a sense that you are making progress. It’s not a hot mess like some other Sega CD games that came out at the time, but the only thing it has going for it is the story itself which is hard to enjoy when you get to the actual game which is driving & shooting.

Mothers Day!IMG_2344Earthbound was released over 22 years ago a few days ago so I celebrated it with this image of Master Belch with a few Mr Saturns. As one of my favourite games out there, Earthbound has always been a huge part of my young life and for years it was a game I longed to have a copy that I can play on an HD TV & take anywhere. We actually got that a few years ago with not just Earthbound but Earthbound Beginnings, the NES game that came out before Earthbound. However fans are still waiting for the 3rd game in the series, Mother 3, to see a North American launch and will possibly continue to hopelessly wait for nothing to happen.

With a great game like Mother 3 and its fanbase being ignored, its disappointing that projects like a Bubsy remake/rebranding is happening. I’ll just reiterate the point I made in several tweets on this topic that Bubsy was always a terrible game that had one goal and that was to take your money away and its disappointing that companies will remake garbage ideas to sell back to a new generation of consumers who are unaware of the past but invested in the memes for reason of memes. You’re always going to see things like this sadly as properties such as Mother hold a little more value than Bubsy.

 

Bumbling birthdays and other celebrations

 

It was my birthday and I’ve had such a crazy week recovering from my back injury, seeing family and just getting a whole lot of work done for my jobs. I held a super cool contest on my twitter where I asked my followers to draw me their own Dank Art from their own favourite games and tweet them at me! It was really fun to see all the dank work come in so thank you very much to everyone who participated. I actually didn’t choose the winners (if it was up to me everyones a winner) so instead I asked the oldest friend I have, Greg. Winners of my Dank Art contest would either receive a free issue of my Dank Zine or a limited edition art print of one of my pieces. Here are the winners!

Congratulations to @CyberGunk  and @reccanti for your lovely Dank Art! You both win issues of this month’s Dank Zine & I will be contacting you shortly to get your shipping address. Thank you so much to everyone who participated and drew me Dank Art. I love looking at your work and I’d like to encourage others to get into it and start drawing and painting on Twitch or simply do what I do and draw to your favourite streamers. Thank you again and thank you for all your wonderful art :3

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OMG the THIRD ISSUE of my Zine is being printed right now and it’s all about Pinball, plushies and of course the Dank Art you know and love. I got to speak with the pinhead of pinball himself, Dead Flip about his love of the game, his story of how he got into streaming and what sort of things he’s up to. I also got to speak with Eyes5 who is an incredible seamstress and dressmaker who is known in the gaming community for her plushies! I own a few plushies from Eyes myself and I will say they are some of the most special huggable things I have. If you want to get this issue I’ll have them up for grabs in my online store once they have shipped. In the meantime you can go back my Patreon and subscribe to my Dank Zine where you can get all my interviews, Dank Art and writings once a month delivered to your mail box.

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Macaw45 got back into playing a bunch of fun SuperFamicom games after spending a day discovering this one explorer game. The explorer game was really interesting where you were some 16th century guy trying to set up trade routes and discover the world and all the unique items around the globe. If you are looking for some obscure games, Macaw has it. He also started up this one game called Stealth where it was set in the Vietnam war and you have to find enemy snipers in the forest while not taking damage in a turn based action JRPG style. If I had seen the box I’d probably pass it up myself but the game had some really neat elements to it after Macaw gave it a few goes. The best game he played thru was Super Keirin where you play as a professional gambler who bets on bike races at the velodrome in town and you spend your money upgrading your apartment and life with goodies you buy from your winnings. I saw him play thru this game once before maybe two years ago when I first started following Macaw & I bought the game from his playthru alone. Since I just bought a Super Famicom of my own I can finally attempt to do runs of this game myself, though it will be hard as I don’t read Japanese. This is a must for anyone who wants to pick up a game for a fan translation as its super addictive like Harvest Moon but in a lot of ways better.

LordBBH is having his Viewers Choice Extravaganza this Saturday and made the announcement during his Monday MAME Roulette stream. Since it’s been a rather busy week for me I only have a few BBH Dank Arts to share, but I did mail out a bunch of special BBH-themed Dank Arts to six of my lucky twitter followers who happened to see my contest. I’m always looking to give out my Dank Art to help brighten the day, so if you want to try your luck and see if you can win one make sure you watch my Twitter. As I have been super productive with my Zine I will be having a HUGE contest soon where I will be giving out free issues of the Zine as well as posters and so on! I love giving gifts so make sure you’re watching my twitter so you can win.

Aquas had his 3,000 follower special and decided he was going to do a 24 hour stream where he would play thru a bunch of his favourite games. As I was crazy busy I tuned in when I could and lucky for me I was watching when he was doing his Contra 3 runs and when he was playing a few PC Engine titles such as Air Zonk. Yes! Aquas was doing speed runs in a marathon stream because he’s a beast. I actually got a chance to sit down with Aquas and talk a bit about him for an upcoming issue of Dank Zine.

img_2076I keep talking about how much of an old Beat’em-up fan I am so whenever MURPHAGATOR has a stream going where he’s doing a run of them I’m going to race over to my computer & watch. I never really got into Final Fight when I was a kid as I was a Streets of Rage kind of girl, but I used to thin Final Fight was very progressive for having Poison who was a bad-guy & a woman. Well, I thought she was a woman because it turns out she is really a trans-woman which they say they did to get around the whole idea that punching women is a bad thing. I don’t think switching the gender changes anything, but it is cool that Poison is the first popular and openly trans-gender video game character out there. When I was a little kid I used to think that Poison could be on any of those talk shows when they did the whole “I used to be a zero but now I’m a hero” where they would pit a bully to come on the show and they’d come face to face to the nerdy kid they hurt all thru school and it’s one of those “oOOoOh Look at me now, bitch!” moments. I used to watch those shows and think maybe that could be me when I get older as I always thought of myself of being very plain, unattractive and nerdy due to the amount of bullying I went thru myself. Poisons of the world unite and take back the beautiful streets one right-hook after spin-kick!

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Taking the A-Train to fail town with @Goati

The next issue of my Dank Zine will feature this guy here, Goati who hails from Rome Italy. Goati is in the middle of playing every Megadrive game out there which is a challenging feat as there’s a lot. I used to think I knew Sega games until I interviewed Goati but my knowledge is peanuts next to this guy. The best things about following the retro community are the diverse global connections we share within it. I now have friends all over the world just from streaming on Twitch and thats a cool feeling. Rumour has it that Goati is getting ready to start up another Nintendon’t event, so if you wanna get into that event make sure you contact him.

Birthday Stuff

My friends Sarah and Greg came over for my birthday and we got MAME working on my iMac!! The other cool thing was Sarah & I got to go to my favourite place, Mountsburg. It’s a Raptor sanctuary and I have been coming here ever since I was born so I have a very close and personal attachment for the park. When I was a little girl we had so many hawks, eagles and vultures that I could see without even leaving my house. I used to play games with my mom where we would count how many Birds of Prey we found just by driving around. That’s not the case now as it’s very rare to see these birds.

I’ve always been especially fond of raptors and owls and when I was 5 my grandmother got me the book, Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat. Mowat was her favourite author and I think she new him as at that time (the 1930’s) everyone knew everyone in Windsor Ontario. Mowat was the sort of guy who was very in tune with nature and what we should do about preserving it.

It really was one of the best days so far of 2017 for me. I don’t get many chances to see my friends or go for nature walks up on the escarpment, so when I get to do both it’s a real treat for me. I’m so glad I have such great friends who have stuck by me forever.

Here’s the special Birthday moment I shared with Greg, Sarah and a little shout out to my good pal Tony who wanted to be there but needed to be elsewhere. I was thinking about you and the family all weekend, buddy- so no worries and i’ll see you soon :3

 

 

Maybe this time I’ll get it right

Stupid me took a spill down my stairs last week. All the way down the stairs on my ass. I hurt my back again and was out for the entire long weekend(booooooo). It hurt a lot, but I managed to get some work done, just nothing for my blog.

In saying that, there’s a lot to talk about! The big news is that this Friday is my birthday and I am having a contest. Just draw me your own Dank Art of your favourite game, tweet it at me before Saturday at 11:59 pm you can win a free issue of my Dank Zine! Already a subscriber? If you already back my patreon, you can win a print of the poster I made for LordBBH for his 1CCBBH event he held last weekend. I originally said Friday, but since I’m so late updating my blog I decided to extend the date to the last possible minute. The winner will be chosen on my stream in some sort of ceremony- most likely me dancing around & clapping my hands thanking you for making my day.

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Speaking about my Dank Zine, you still have until the end of this month to get in for the Third Issue featuring a player-profile with pinball’s pinhead Deadflip. This guy from Chicago is helping to make Twitch a better place with his pinball streams. I also got a chance to ask the talented Eyes5 from Metroidhat.com fame a few questions on a few plushie projects she has on the go. Plus you get pages of Dank Art to enjoy! Every issue keeps getting better so make sure you back the patreon to get yours.

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LordBBH had his first BBH1CC-athon last weekend on May 20th and 21st where his plans were to 1 Credit Clear from a selection of games. It’s all titles that he’s familiar with, as well as a few risk-taking titles to keep it interesting (Space Harrier!). I made a cool poster to help promote it plus it was an excuse to make a poster! If you want the poster, you can buy it here!

Since I was a scrub & I missed so many blog updates I’m just going to dump the all the Dank Art that has accumulated over the weeks by streamer so that people can find the ones they want and enjoy them.

BBH’s player profile is featured in the May issue of Dank Zine where I sit down with him and talk a bit of what it was like being a kid when arcade games were cool, what it’s like to stream MAME Arcade games on twitch and a few of his top picks for those looking to get into playing arcades. If you want to get an issue with BBH’s interviewI set up a way where you can get back issues made to print here.

Macaw played thru a strange bunch of dank building games that were from all over the place. German Windows 95 stuff, DOS games and even these strange train -city builders for the PC-98. There was a day he streamed SIM Isle attempts and the music in that game is quite excellent. You’ll probably never see anyone else show this much passion for really obscure stuff

Macaw also streamed thru this crazy Sci-Fi adventure game called Zeta for the PC-98 in a crazy stream that went well over 9 hours. I remember almost a year ago when he was showing off the box to this game along with a few others he picked up in an online auction. It’s a very stylised space drama where a team goes to investigate the ruins of a failed experiment into the psyche that gets really twisted at the end. Macaw played thru the entire game only to reveal that it was only a build up to show off what he was really excited about getting which was its follow-up sequel titled Nirvana. There’s a lot of twist for all the plot points in both games, so if you have the time go check it out.

img_1195I’ve been following Abs for almost a year now and back before he had a lot of streamers my buddy Aquas told me to go follow him as he was starting to play thru Earthbound which is one of my favourite games. Abs now primarily streams in the mornings and from Monday to Friday playing thru SNES games, so check him out if you’re into 16bit goodness. I made this Wolverine Dank Art the morning he was playing thru the SNES game which Abs then turned around and made into “official Dank Box Art”. Good stuff, Abs!

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Trap played some Twin Eagle on his candy cabs one weekend which was really cool. He now lives in a seabed of arcades which is kinda cool. He showed me photos of his apartment & the only surface that wasn’t carpet or arcade machine was this ironing board I think he forgot to put away. Anyway Trap is living one of my dreams which is to own several cool arcade machines and to have sort of a mini arcade set up in the home. I’m looking forwards to working on something cool with Trap for my zine in the upcoming months, so make sure you stay tuned for that one. I also have another pinball issue coming up where I am going to be talking to a few cool pinball collectors and how they live with such a crazy hobby.

 

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1,000 Viewer Special

I started streaming over 6 years ago to celebrate playing video games with my friends in a social and engaging way. However, it’s only been rather recent in the last two years that I have been streaming more frequently. I recently just hit 1,000 followers.

Yay! I guess thats an achievement. I was never really sure if I wanted to do anything more then just share how much fun video games are with people when it comes to streaming. This year things have sort of changed as I have my Dank Zine, my art, and so many cool friends that I have made just by streaming on twitch. Thank you so much for sticking by me and being my friend. For the next six years lets just keep streaming and sharing more fun moments online :3

 

I got so busy this week I thought I’d never make it back

All last week I was knee-deep in my history textbooks and clippings to get a large history project ready for one of my jobs. This year is Canada’s 150th birthday and it’s my home town’s 160th birthday. All the dates fall around a few days shy of each other so we’re planning a bunch of stuff for the occasion. I’ve had a good past with my local Historical Society and I used to sit on their board a few years back. Preserving history and educating people about this sort of thing is a passion of mine and in 2012 I wrote an interactive eBook that was featured in a huge exhibit for national Culture Day week.

I am happy I am done this huge project as it took so much time away from all my regular work and from updating my blog. I am thankful I did manage to get a lot of my other projects finished and off my plate before this week started as I don’t think I would have been able to manage if I didn’t.

DANK ZINE

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Issue No 1 of my Dank Zine

I had more copies printed of the first issue of the Dank Zine as a bunch of people started asking me after I placed the order if they could get issues. If you’d like a back issue you can email me. I’m trying to set up a shop area to my blog so I can start selling the Zine quicker and easier to those who are not part of the Patreon. Speaking of new issues….

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Issue No 2 of my Dank Zine 

The second issue is already printed and I’m starting to get each order packaged and shipped to all my backers! I’m now up to 32 colour pages and sticking with the better printing as everyone loved the quality of the first issue. This issue features player interviews with LordBBH, artist and WWF Super fan Anthony Brennan from Qooplo paper toys and all the best Dank Art from the month of April. If you like my work and want to keep me making Dank Art, please back my Patreon! 

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LordBBH had a decent Monday Roulette stream featuring the random choices made thru the random game picker. A lot more classic games came up this time which is a good thing for me cause I love them. The really dank Noah’s Arc game came up where you had to fetch two of every animal and bring it back onto the arc. I was unaware that there were Bible themed arcade games out there but hey, you hang around long enough during a BBH stream you’re going to learn something about arcade games. My other favourite dank art from BBH’s streams was the Pinball one I made on Thursday for the BBH raffle. At first I was shocked that someone actually requested this game, but soon after drawing the dank art for it I found myself playing pinball on my computer. What can I say? I like pinball :3

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Alfred Chicken on Amiga @chuboh

Chuboh was playing some classic Amiga games this week which is always a rare treat as I don’t see many people streaming Amiga stuff. I just started following Chuboh recently as I saw he not only was into arcade games, but DOS and Amiga games as well. When I first started this blog I wanted not only to have a home for all the Dank Art that I make for people’s streams but also to highlight those people who I do art for and have a list of some of the best retro players out streaming today. It can get a bit hard if you’re looking for games and players and don’t know where to start, so in part of making a bunch of Dank Art I’m helping to connect people to players to get them some exposure as well. Speaking about dank old games…

Macaw45 was playing German DOS games and I don’t think anyone is streaming that stuff (unless there is a German guy who’s totally streaming dank DOS stuff from his basement but I have yet to find him). I made a lot of the Doman Dank Art from the chat’s suggestions as I was having a great morning & took suggestions from those participating in chat. I also love drawing ridiculously huge warriors that look awkward and hilarious with their added muscle bulk.

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Elvira has video games? Elvira II the Jaws of Cerberus on Amiga @bouphe 

Have you seen Bouphe yet? Bouphe is AWESOME. She’s from the UK and plays old DOS and Amiga games, usually more on the sexier side of things. It’s always great to see girls streaming on twitch but even better when they are playing old dank retro games that no one else is. Bouphe is mega cute and very charming and I caught her last week playing this ridiculous Elvira game for the Amiga. Check her out if you’re not following her already!

In the Studio

I wanted to try out new techniques in the studio this weekend, so I got out my desk easel and experimented with tilting my canvas. It’s necessary to move your space around when you work with it and with watercolour using gravity to help pull the pigment into the water and across the paper. Though I draw every day and I have been painting and selling my work for a while I always try to revisit training techniques as often as I can. Even though I know all this stuff from years of trial and error revisiting lessons and challenging myself to show improvement is the smart way to get better. I would say on any given day I am putting at minimum 3 hours of drawing time in but once a week I will challenge myself and just do “study work” so that I can make mistakes and learn from them.

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Something cool arrived in the mail. This is a Zine by Simon Hanselmann who is well known for his Megg Mog & Owl comics. I follow him on Twitter and he’s one of my favourite cartoonists right now. He’s also really into self printing Zines and I try to collect each one that he comes out with. Each zine is from a limited run and in the case of this one it’s been embellished by Simon himself so I have something unique. I always try to support those who inspire me, so if you haven’t seen his work I recommend you check it out.

GTA Game Expo

my buddy Greg & I took a drive over to Mississauga to check out the GTA Game Expo which was a retro game collectors sell/swap meet I talked about earlier in the year. This was a crazy fun event and I always love going to shows like these as it’s a fun way to find games. Often the titles and things I am looking for that I can’t find or see anywhere else pop up at shows like these, but my biggest problem going now is that it takes me longer to find what I want to buy as I own almost everything :p

I am always looking for imports and cheaper PC Engine stuff and I was happy to say I got in connection with someone local who has a LOT of PC Engine stuff for sale. He was quite impressed that I went for War of the Dead- he tried to sell it to me as “Top down Zelda adventures style game” but I said “omg honey no- thats the worst way to describe this game- it’s an action adventure RPG where you fight as a sexy girl with a shotgun on an island where zombie guts monsters are eating everyone and you save at the church.”

Sure, the prices are not what they used to be, but if you do your leg work and know your stuff then these events are more of a fun thing to do in the afternoon. We sure had fun and I can’t wait for the next show to go to.

Mother 3 Day & other 4/20 Nonsense

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I forgot one of the Dank Art’s I made for Macaw’s streams this week in the last blog entry I made so I stuck it in with todays :3
I really wanted to focus on that Castle game that Macaw was playing as one of my good friends from my high school days who reads my blog and twitter sent me a message freaking out over the fact that someone was playing his fave DOS game ever, Castles. Heck, Castles looks like a DOS game I would play myself. It’s a builder game where you have to build your fortress and be king. Who doesn’t want that? Well being king kinda stinks because the Celts are always trying to knock over your castle because you are building it on their land (what uncivilized heathens!) or some jerk-face is poaching deer in your forests or your dork prince son is getting into trouble with the ladies & to show him who wears the crown around here you’re going to ship him off to the crusades! That will teach him. Macaw killed the game after muddling thru for an hour but it was enough to spank my own interest in looking for this game myself as I bet you Castle Kick-Ass (AKA AnnK’s place) would actually get completed on schedule and my annoying prince Son would be studying in the Kievs Academy where after he completes his study he will rejoin me & the rest of my Cossack army to take over Poland (aw shucks, thats the premise for Taras Bulba but really, it’s a good story). Click on the image to go watch birb build a castle.

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IMG_0652Dead_Flip Goes on another Pinball rant

Dead_Flip is an interesting guy and you don’t really need to be into pinball to like his show (though it does help since 99% of it is him playing pinball). I recently sat down with Mr Flip and we talked about a few of his upcoming projects for a feature in an upcoming Dank Zine issue. I’m not the biggest pinball fan but I do love to play and I’m always on the hunt for machines to photograph as pinball machines are one of my fave things to take photos of.

LordBBH had a quick 4/20 arcade stream on Thursday night which I literally passed out on my desk while watching. I woke up at like 2am face down on my keyboard & had this really weird scar from the keys all down the right side of my cheek. If I was more awake I would have taken a selfie and tweeted that hot mess out, but I was so tired that I just marched off to bed & shut-down till 9 am later in the day.
I was a bit upset because usually on Thursdays BBH plays more of the arcade games he wants to play so theres a chance of 1CC’s or if a game was really good that came up roulette it might get a run-back on this day. The gem this time was Super Baseball 2020 which for a sports game is actually really fun. The only other baseball game I like for any video game set up is the Mario Super Sluggers when I owned it, however I will stress that game is only fun when you have another person to play with.
I found out later on the next day BBH played more Fighters History Dynamite that evening which was definitely done when I was passed out. Aw shucks- I’ll catch it next time, I guess.

Mother’s Day 

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Are we visiting Mom’s grave? No were visiting Mother 3’s grave

It’s been 11 years since Mother 3 came out on April 20th (AKA 4/20 day). Like there wasn’t already enough going on this day, the Mother community got together in some ways to pay tribute to this wonderful game that will sadly never see a North American release. Personally I have said this before when I was playing thru Mother 3 earlier in the year that I don’t ever expect Mother 3 to get an official release by Nintendo. 10 years is a long time to wait for something but I have been waiting since 1996 for a Mother 3 official release cause that’s how long I have been waiting for a sequel to one of my fave childhood game.

Earthbound came out in 1995 for the SNES here in North America when I was a kid. It came out right when the SNES was about to be shelved for the new Nintendo 64 console. When they announced that Mother 3 was coming out for the N64 my heart sunk a bit as I really didn’t like anything about the N64 and I wanted to avoid buying one if at all possible. 3D polygons and graphics didn’t sit well with me at all and still to this day I don’t like the look of these games. Call me old fashioned, but I love the look of sprite work and to me there is more emotion and soul in pixel art then you’ll ever find in awkward polygon graphics. Here’s the video of what Mother 3 would have looked like if it got green lighted.

I am happy with what I have today even if it’s just the fan translation because I can play the game and enjoy it and thats all I want. I look at how older franchises which were like Mother 3- stuck in development hell for years such as Duke Nukem and how mishandled the finished official release was when it finally hit shelves. I also think most fans of Mother 3 have moved on and accepted that this game won’t get an official release and that it’s OK because you really don’t need that to enjoy something you love. By all means keep making fan art, showing your appreciation and love for the game, but instead of begging for something that will never happen do what so many did this 4/20 and just say “thank you” for making a really amazing game.

DANK ZINE

 

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I am an adorable cyclops mammoth from Space Harrier Dank Art, Hi!!

IT’S CRUNCH TIME. I’m down to the end of the month with building the second issue of my Dank Zine. I’m already halfway thru building up each section of the Zine and hopefully on Wednesday I will be sending the issue off to the printers and then ship them out. Making a Zine is A LOT of hard work, but my hopes are once I reach my next Patreon goal of $600 I should be able to hire someone to help me offset some of the editing and layout of each issue so I can focus a bit more on making the content (and take some time off cause dang AnnK needs a vacation).

If you want to help me reach that $600 goal I’m only $122 away from making it. I’m so close it’s exciting!! You can check out my Patreon for my Dank Zine here where you can sign up to back my dank project and if you want sign up for a subscription and get a physical copy of the Zine every month in your mail box.

The Monday where it kinda worked out ok 

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It looked as if it was going to be one of those weird MAME Roulette streams of LordBBH’s where nothing decent comes up and a bunch of torture games are played instead. As fun as it is to see BBH play the torture games, I prefer seeing BBH get a few good games and occasionally a gem will make an appearance. BBH got a few duds, but he was able to bring his own special brand of acceptance to each game to keep the night entertaining and I drew a bunch of BBH Sheep Dank Arts to add to the fun.
If you grew up in North America, the chances that you’ve seen any of the Quiz-style arcade machines is probably low, but Quiz arcade machines were a huge deal in Asia and if you look into the depths of MAME there are LOTS of them all waiting to be explored and played (if you can read Japanese). I think to suffer thru them BBH will cheat and set things in MAME to get thru the game so that people can still see what the quiz games are all about.
It might be fun to make a quiz style BBH game but with arcade related questions and a bunch of the icons and inside jokes we have during the streams- I might be down for a cool project like that in the future if someone is a better programer then me!

Macaw finally got through his TMNT Gauntlet with the final GBA game which took well over several hours to run through and (surprise) it was one of the worst games in the entire Gauntlet run and this is including the “Colour a Turtle” game. It’s not that it was a bad game, but it was rather subpar to even the NES games which were actually fun. Suffering thru it, he finished the game and then returned to playing thru weird Japanese Beat’emUp’s the following day. Probably my favourite Dank Art from these three is the Predator one because it has the little determined Birb with the hockey mask and stick ready to go hunt with his embarrassed Predator pal.

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Tetris Pals @KevinDDR
For those who are into my Patreon, you know that I had a sit down interview for the Dank Zine that features KevinDDR who is well known for playing Tetris the Grand Master as well as DDR, arcades and even Pinball games. Kevin is sort of an all-purpose-animal who desires to master any challenging game that he stumbles across and currently is on a trip to Japan to do just that. I’m very happy that I got to sit down and talk a bit about Tetris, his trip and what is going to happen when he’s there as Kevin is one of the most enthusiastic people I have ever met. You’ll have to wait to pick up the Zine to read that interview, but if you follow him on twitter you can keep up to date on all his exploits when on his trip. I can’t wait till he goes and comes back so I can do the follow up story. In the meantime, I made these really cute Tetris pieces of Kevin & his roommate Aperturegrillz for the Zine and I shared this one earlier on Sunday when Kevin was streaming a few practice runs.

LOUSY SMARCH WEATHER

Victoria Park looking bleak 
I haven’t been able to get out much this winter with my health being down in the dumps and the weather not being on my side. After adding up all the days that I was sick in 2017 it’s as if I was sick for an entire month. Hopefully with the warmer spring like weather I fend off any more colds or flus that get thrown my way as I would like to see if I can get out to some of the bigger nature parks that are around me where in live in Milton Ontario.

The Old Court House which is now Town Hall (looking bleak)
 I used to live around this area when I was a small kid and when I was born they turned the old courthouse here into Town Hall. They built the court house way back in the 1900’s when my home town was first established. We’re turning 160 this year, a whole 10 years older then my entire country. Thats peanuts to some of the really old communities in Montreal or along the East Coast which are over 200 years old because of how Canada’s was discovered and inhabited by explorers and those seeking to make money with trapping and hunting.
The building is also haunted cause they had jails in the basement (perfect for dealing with todays politicians) and they used to hang people in the court yard right up to the 60’s. It’s kind of grim to know that when my mom was going to high school they were still hanging people in my future backyard. It’s really creepy when you think about it too much which I don’t because believing in ghosts is stupid.
However, there are people who do believe in ghosts and who get scared stupid when you tell them places are haunted so I would often take dates to this park and tell them about the hangings and ghosts to see how scared they would get. If they got scared I knew I couldn’t date them. If they told me they weren’t scared but then would go on about not being scared or asking about ghosts I would then challenge them to go look at why the lights were working in the abandoned Jailer’s house which only recently was demolished. I’ll just say no man or boy has ever broken into the jailers house with me but one girl did back in the day and we used to get into all sorts of trouble like that when we were teenagers.
However, now that the weather is getting better I’ll try to get out more with my camera and tour you around my little/not so little home town and show off some of the nicer places and their stories.