Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kane's Mind - Episode 33

Don't try what you see in this video at home.  Try it at someone else's home, they hate that.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

ComiCon 2014 Promotion: Day 1

It's been 8 years since I've been to the last ComiCon, and MY, have things changed.  First, you can't even get badges at the door...it's become so popular, the only way to get badges is in advance.  So, basically, I can't go inside.  Not that it would matter in the early hours, anyway.

To put it visually...here's the Convention Center:

I'm not even to the building yet and there's lots of convention stuff.  This convention has expanded to include the surrounding hotels.

The line to get into the Convention Center proper runs from the front, doubles back on itself in some tents...

Runs around to the back...

This is where the line went to in 2006, but it doesn't stop here.  Because they had to keep the back entrance clear, they diverted the line across the street...

Yep, it's STILL going.  It's going all the way to the harbor...

I think I can just see the end.

This entire line was a great opportunity to promote Kane's Mind..."hey, want a movie while you wait?"  Now if even a fraction of the people I handed out cards to actually scan them and watch it, I'll consider it a minor victory. 

My advice...unless you're booking a hotel room nearby, budget $160 for parking over the 4 days.  The safety is worth the premium.  And GET THERE EARLY, bring water, sunblock, and spare batteries for your smartphone.  And if you're really planning to go, check the website and plan out your days!  With the convention this huge, you'll be making travel plans WITHIN the city!

The convention population increases the closer one gets to Saturday, and then it just explodes into a city in and of itself.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Where have I been?

First of all...I want to admit to what few viewers I have (and what future viewers I might have if they bothered to look at the URL at the end of my video...yeah, I know how many positive reviews I get on YouTube but lots of good people get lost in the noise...most better than I am), that I have issues.  Some have seen a reply to one of my posts in which Jared O'Brien called me out on things.

In many respects, he was right.

I was hoping that my viewers would bother to check my blog.  Some people actually liked my work.  Not many, but some.  So, I did come off as an egotistical snot in preparation for my audience...except my audience wasn't going beyond my YouTube page.

I do have issues.  Yes, I admit.  But I am dealing with them, either with introspection or with professional therapy.  Those issues are mine, and I will not lay them on the community at large.  I won't become another emo blog site.

I made a promise that I would run Kane's Mind out to completion.  Episode 32 is in the works, 60% complete.  I'm also considering (but, I have not yet committed to) a Kane's Mind prequel with Doom 3, which features Matthew's grandfather, John Kane (and he's somewhat canon, according to the novels).  Or, now that I have some reliable capture hardware, I could even go and do a re-make of Isaac Clarke's Mind (Dead Space 1).  I'm kind of leaning more away from that since Clarke got a significant voice in DS2 and 3.  TRT388 is already doing a creditable effort on Master Chief's Mind, and I hope that IRAMightyPirate follows through with Harrison's Mind...he's doing a rather good job as a comic actor in AvP2.  And I'd really like to see Mark finish Point Man's mind...

"All of our advanced space-based technological breakthroughs...and I can't even get a roll of duct tape to put my flashlight on my assault rifle.  Thanks a lot.  I can't even get a few lightsticks?"

Minds may be an old fad...but to be honest, some of us are trying to keep a good thing going, or at least give it a good end.

(Oh, and Jared...another honest comment...I did see your "Legend of Korra Abridged" clip...it was like seeing Little Kuriboh's first episodes.  I think you'll go far with that one and give the masters a run for their money.  You got more mad skillz than I do for that.)