Some sleepless thoughts about video game marketing...
Yesterday we had two very different and very interesting examples of big viral news in the video game world. By now, anyone with their ear to the ground on gaming has heard both of these announcements. And the reaction to each of them couldn’t be more different. Both felt seismic in a different way. One is essentially a trailer reveal delivered in a next generation package, it would have been an applause line already even without the gimmick. The other was an unprecedented un-reveal, stepping back to what we left behind in the early days of the last generation systems.
the amazing /co/ventures is pretty cool. is it too late to join the bandwagon though?
There’s a bandwagon? I kinda think it’s more like a bunch of groupies but our band doesn’t tour, in fact there isn’t really a band so much as it’s open mic night on Guitar Hero at this one dive bar where the owner is really laid back and there’re good drinks but the company of people is kinda rowdy but a lot of your best friends are there and hey there are some cool new faces too. But there are these one or two jerks whose sole purpose in life is making everyone uncomfortable. But you can’t give up the place since you’ve been hanging out there for years and even if Guitar Hero isn’t popular anymore you’re still there belting out set after set…
Where was I going with this.
Oh yeah, sure you can jump in. Just post whatever on /co/ and stuff if you can make your way over to 4chan. There’re weekend threads where the folks there talk about the various board projects but you might have a hard time finding it. Such is the way of 4chan.
I clicked on a comment of yours and it Says your blog was missing, then I looked you up and I couldn't find you but I was spelling it wrong and I was so Scared you vanished please don't frighten me LikeThat again
I am in the hearts of all those who truly believe, anon.
Actually, I’m pretty sure you clicked on a reblog I made where I added a little drawing. I’m not ashamed of the fact that I made a tiny little drawing. I thought it and the post that it was connected to were pretty funny.
But I personally try to limit the amount of reblogs I do and the kinds of reblogs I use. It makes having funny little conversations over tumblr a little tricky though not impossible. In this instance, a reblog just worked easiest.
The only problem was the art was maaaaaaybe just slightly too sexy for my blog. Couple with the fact that it wasn’t my art in the top post, I knew I was gonna delete it shortly after. I try to keep posts on my blog primarily my art. I do reblog fan art from time to time, cause that’s super awesome and I like to share it. But hell, I use my tumblr blog in my art e-mail signature. It’s become part of how I present myself to clients. So if it’s gonna be anyone’s lewd art right at the top page, it’s gotta be mine.
And speaking of lewds, I really do try to avoid going full lewd right over tumblr. Tumblr’s dashboard is super nice for spreading work around, and ostensibly people follow you because they like what you post. But I tend to think part of it is that they trust what you post. From here stems a lot of the problems tumblr has, but that’s another conversation.
I suspect some people who’ve ended up following my blog might have started following Question Duck or some painting here or there I might’ve done. These are very much all ages material. I try to keep that in mind, even as a lot of my work ends up falling into the pin-up category.
If you’re hoping to find more risque material, well… you’ll want to look through my deviantArt, my patreon, my gumroad store, or that site that starts with H and ends with foundry.
has the cassiopeia quinn comic started? I can't find it on hiveworks. Will it be free?? Where can I read it?
Not just yet, right now plans are being finalized and I’m looking forward to seeing the website myself once we’re really ready to go. We’ve got lots of pages all set though, and for readers who like things all at once we’ll have a first issue ready for digital sale much sooner. On the website, pages will be free, ad supported of course.
make a "what should i draw" click and drag 3.0. please omg
Actually, 3.0 already exists! Tumblr happens to like spreading the old outdated models. But I should still like to update 3.0 to 4.0 at sometime in the future. Anyway, check it out! Glad you’re liking it.
I really like Co-Adventures. It seemed really cool. And a interesting idea, if you don't mind me asking. What was with the scar on the side of the face for the sister? And what happened to the junior hero initiative? Or are you going to reveal that soon. Also that raptor man was very dapper and classy, I liked him. The guy with the faceless mask seemed very interesting as well I just....I WANNA KNOW MORE ABOUT IT, IT LOOKS SO COOL.
Ah yes, future plans.
You’re asking a lot of questions about things that were intentionally left vague and mysterious! These are a lot of things that could potentially be answered by future stories, and different story tellers could have their own version of events that explain how this or that happened.
But for the time of the story, certain past details were better left ambiguous for a couple of reasons. The story is making a beeline at telling everything I wanted out of an origin story while getting a decent amount of action in there, so ancillary details would slow things down without adding to the current drama. And speaking of drama, it’s never a good play to show all your cards at once. If I’ve intrigued you enough to want to know and learn more, then I must have done something right.
There is a bit of cheating here though, as written the narrative flows on a very selective set of viewpoints and sequences. There are skips that leave plenty of important events blank for the reader, but the characters know full well what’s going on. This usually happens with villains or mysterious mentor characters but not that often between the main character and the audience. Here, there are a couple facts that Colette clearly should know about but the reader does not. This isn’t inherently a bad thing for the story, but it puts the reader at a slight disadvantage in following Colette’s own emotional journey.
With all that said, I will say for all my defense of ambiguity and reader misdirection, I believe it is absolutely important that the writer has a strong idea and steadfast canon of what actually happened. Meaning, that even if the characters never need to know exactly what happened in the background, the writer has to have known exactly what happened and it’s something that makes sense logically and emotionally for all the characters involved.
Writers of course, are free to alter these unwritten canons as they need to, for future stories. This is often because they can come up with something more interesting or they realized something they thought up wasn’t actually working. And here’s a much more sly defense of ambiguity and mystery, it’s much easier to change something that hasn’t been written into the story yet than it is to go back and ignore established canon.
Yeah, I’ll admit that. Anatomy is questionable too but I wanted to get done quickly without spending too much time. Not my best work but three things made me want to still post it. I like the new batgirl look. I had fun drawing it. And hell, why not.
Hello. You made a post recommending tablets/laptops for drawing, right? I couldn't find it so i wanted to ask you what do you think about the "asus transformer book t100". i'm between that one or lenovo thinkpad series (x60 or x200) hope you don't mind.
Hi there, I know this is a bit late. I looked into the Asus Transformer Book series too but I get lots of conflicting information. I’m pretty certain that the Asus transformer book t100 doesn’t have any sort of active digitizer. With the Lenovo series, the x60 is so old a lot of drivers and stuff are gonna be out of date. I had an old convertible tablet laptop and I loved it to death but it had so many hardware and software problems I just wasn’t surprised when it up and died on me. You’ll have similar problems with the relatively more recent lenovo x200. Basically buying anything that the company doesn’t sell anymore off their own website, is a risky proposition.
Now, I just have to ask cause there’s a big difference in getting a tablet just for drawing and a tablet just for working. And I think it sounds like you’ve got a fairly limited budget. If you think you might be okay with a very small form factor for sketching or doing little doodles, you might enjoy the ASUS VivoTab Note 8. I don’t have any personal experience with it but I like drawing on 8” screens like my old Nexus and this one comes with a full Wacom stylus. The issue is though, 8” is very very small for most programs made with a desktop in mind. And there’s very limited horsepower in that thing too. But for sketching quick ideas and uploading to cloud storage a file ready to work on your home computer, this might be a perfect solution.
If you’re looking for a workhorse, you’re gonna need to spend a fair deal more. The Surface Pro, generation 1 computers are gonna be cheaper soon what with the Surface 3s coming out, and you can do good work on those. Their widescreen isn’t exactly the best for drawing but you’ll be hard pressed to still find anything better for Windows 8 that isn’t a Surface. I might recommend looking into Sony’s Vaio Tap 11, which are equally cheap right now. I think, I could be wrong on this, ALL the Vaio computers can use an active digitizer which used Intrig (the very same tech powering the Surface 3) But Sony is phasing out their computer division which kinda gives these guys a much more limited lifespan.
I will say, we’re getting really really close to the point where artist computer tablets are gonna be much more readily available. The Wacom Companion’s are a great piece of kit, but their price is incredibly off putting. Their size too, doesn’t exactly make them the most portable machine out there. Dell’s own Venue 8 and 10 series made waves for their cheap price AND active digitizer, but I’d say do your homework before getting one of those. Their pen tech is provided by another company, neither wacom nor intrig, and the results at the beginning were absolutely terrible. I have heard firmware made them decent note taking pens but I wouldn’t know what they’re like to draw with.
A while ago you were asked whether Julie can transform technology back to its original state, and your answer was no. So I was wondering if there was a possibility that in the future could she learn how to put technology back to its original state?
Actually as I have it planned out right now, a major theme in the story is responsibilities and learning how to fix things. Its very literal sometimes, as she is actually engaging in activities to help her learn to fix basic electronics. It might be a refreshing twist on super hero powers where instead of merely growing more powerful as a fighter (which she will) she will also get better at fixing things after she borrowed them.
This theme of fixing broken things, goes straight to the heart of her character and will affect her life and the lives around her positively.
Not so much these days no, if I were to do open free requests I tend to do that for my picarto stream watchers. Some of those folks are both great fans and friends and sometimes I feel a free responsibility to make sure they have a good time. They are guests and often are nice enough to keep me company while I work into the late morning.
4chan isn’t as fun as it used to be, too. I do check and visit every day and had a good time in a /co/ thread discussing grilled cheese sanwhiches but most of the time it’s just a bunch of butt hurt. It’s really too bad though cause that tends to cover up really amazing threads like “how’s your webcomic.”
But this was about requests really. Overall I have to prioritize things, and my commissioners, my frequent fans, and my own sense of fun are often way higher priority than strangers on /co/. Still, even as I say this it would definitely be fun to do some more /coc/ threads or even a /tg/ drawthread sometime in the future.
Do you have any tips on how to begin digital painting? Maybe someone who does really great tutorials and what not?
I personally like watching Feng Zhu on youtube even though I suspect we can “blame” him for a lot of modern sci fi movie design. I really like his work though, and his videoes on YouTube are very clear and easy to understand and feature the added benefit of being about very practical skills in a digital art profession.
Honestly I paint nothing like him but I would very much recommended that series for its breadth of content.