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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halfkinds Volume 3: Alphas - OUT NOW!

And after 8 months of dedication, writing, and editing..... Volume 3 is officially published!!! Halfway there! 3 done, 3 more to go!



Thanks to everyone for the support!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Blazblue Alter Memory

Via Arc System Works

I'm a pretty big fan of the Blazblue franchise.  I can't say that my Ragna or Platinum is going to win me entertainments, but from an art and story perspective, it's a lot better than some of the other fighting games out there.

That's why I was super excited when I heard there's an anime out.  And you can watch it subtitled and for free!  So I tuned into the first episode.  Granted, the Blazblue storyline is a little confusing, especially when you only follow it from playing the games.  (Luckily, the wikia helps out).  But in terms of capturing it on the silver screen, it does a decent job.

The animation isn't completely superb (unlike the Persona 4 anime series, which I LOVE), but it's decent.  Some of the battles are cool.  The first episode was actually kind of a let down though, as it paced through the convoluted story and history of Ragna rather than diving straight in.  But I feel by episode 2, it picks up, and by the newly released episode 3, it starts melding all the characters together in one story.  The music is what you can expect out of a Blazblue game.  Lots of guitars, and you'll easily recognize your favorite theme.  So yeah, I'll be watching this til the end!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Legend of Korra - Beginnings

After watching last night's Legend of Korra, I felt a little mixed.  On one hand, I understood the importance of Korra going on her spiritual journey, as she's never been in tuned with the spirits, but on the other hand...I WAS PROMISED FUTURE ZUKO TWO EPISODES AGO!!!!  And now it seems Korra has left the Fire Nation and that ship might have sailed.

Also, I have to say Part 1 of Beginnings came of very.... Disney Aladdin-ish.  He steals bread from the rich, and gives it to the poor, but comes off more like the Disney street rat than Robin Hood.  The difference is though that Wan yearns for power to help others while Aladdin yearned for power to help himself (get the girl).  The new art style was kind of tough to get used to at first, but by the end of the episode I appreciated it.

While Part 1 was a very bread and butter story, Part 2 was anything but.  We dive more into the story of the light spirit Rava and her eternal struggle against Vaatu.  This is where the direction shifted from the story of a down on his luck kid into full flown tragic hero.  I'm not gonna lie, the battles were pretty awesome, probably some of the best in the series.  Yet I felt a little sad when we learned of Wan's fate.  I won't spoil anything, but it was rather wrenching.

In the end though, I felt the two parter was a bit uncessessary.  Korra got her groove back, but don't know if it had to take so long.  I just wanted to see future versions of the Avatar gang!

Friday, October 18, 2013

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The Play in California Is Dead (Volume 3 Coming NOV 6)

November will be a busy month. Volume 3 Alphas will be released on NOVEMBER 6th!

As you can see, there have also been some site changes.  I've merged the my AVWRITE blog with my old The Play in California blog into one convenient site.

Now I have a complete archive of my writing history.

For those who don't know, The Play In California was my first foray into online writing.  It was a sports humor blog back when the sports blogging revolution was getting ground.  I was aspiring to be the next Deadspin or KissingSuzyKolber.  Admittedly, a lot of my posts were crass and silly, but I thought some were genuinely creative and I had a fun time doing it.  I even had a small following.  Over time, I lost interest in sports humor, and thought my style would be better applied to science fiction.

My writing was in a different world a few years ago, but at least I can look back and think fondly of my time as a sports humorist.