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Weesh! [Jul. 29th, 2008|04:09 pm]
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[Current Mood |chipperchipper]

Wafna reminded me over on the message board that I still have this livejournal thing.

I'm pleased to announce what could be the next big thing from me - It's another webcomic called "Weesh" that's all about this little green rodent-looking creature who grants wishes to a trio of kids. It's a MWF update schedule of daily-newspaper-style strips. Plus, there's a members-only section you get a year's access to in exchange of a donation of $8.95 or more. There, you'll find a weekly update of sunday-style strips, desktop wallpapers, and random doodles.

Check it out over at weeshcomic.com and let me know what you think!
-Dan!
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The Next DS [Jan. 26th, 2008|09:20 am]
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[Current Mood |groggygroggy]

I like having dreams that give me ideas, and this is no exception.

You see, there's been a little buzz floating about the Internet about Nintendo possibly redesigning the DS a tad - slim up the form factor a little more, possibly ditch the GBA slot, maybe make the top screen widescreen... All novel ideas, sure, but none really all that practical.

Then, last night, I had a stupid little dream. It involved myself and some others doing a piss poor job at repairing electronics using cardboard, tape and gutted iPod Shuffles. Yeah, I don't get that either. But, whatever it was I was "fixing" had multiple slots for these cartridge things. I have no clue what this was all for, but it gave me an idea, which is all that matters. So, I'm going to start a Nintendo rumor right here.

The next DS will have multiple slots for game carts. Think, maybe three or four?

Think about it though, most of us who own DSs have multiple games. And when we're on the road, and we want to have the option of playing several different titles, we have to lug around some sort of storage thingie. But, having multiple slots on the DS takes care of that problem. The software already has the capability, what with the boot-up stuff asking if you want to play either the game in the DS slot or the one in the GBA slot. It's simple! That's why it's bound to happen, if you ask me.

So, look for the multi-slot DS sometime in the future. I'd bet on it.
-Dan!
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Apple introduces the MacBook Air... wait, what? [Jan. 16th, 2008|01:56 pm]
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[Current Mood |confusedconfused]

I'm a little disappointed by Apple's Macworld Keynote Presentation. I was holding out hope for the long shot of a MacBook Touch or some other similarly named Apple Tablet. Instead we get an ultra-portable and some other arguably spiffy goodies - none of which I need or want, though.

See, I want to take my art production mobile. Mainly so I can do color commissions at conventions, but also so I can go sit on my sofa and draw Ishikaze pages or go sit outside somewhere and work on Mouse Guest art. But, I've grown accustomed to using the ol' Wacom Tablet, so just a simple laptop won't do.

And I refuse to use Windows.

I guess, then, I've got three options. The most prudent of them being:

1) Save my money and wait until Apple introduces a Tablet sometime next century.

Steve Jobs has already admitted he thinks there's no market for Tablet PCs, which means Apple follows suit. And I'll agree that the market would be small - it'd be me, a dozen other artists and a couple Mac Geek executives who want something cool to show off at the office. But, dangit, I want one.

Some folks, however, have realized there's this little niche market, and came out with something that could, in theory, appease this little sect I'm in.

2) Get a ModBook.

This little company has taken some MacBooks and modded them with a touch-screen display. It looks pretty spiffy. The trouble is, I want to try one out before I fork over the $2500 for one. Being that it's base is a simple Consumer MacBook, I'm not sure it's powerful enough to run Flash or Photoshop at a usable rate. Plus, I'd want to see how the Ink interface works and all that jazz. Unfortunately, I can't just go out to the Apple Store and play with the display model - since it's a third-party mod, there's next to no chance Apple would carry it in their stores, and I don't think any other store out there would sell them, either. It's all mail-order, which is a problem for try-it-before-you-buy-it types, like me.

However, logic says it should be similar to using a Wacom Tablet with a MacBook. If any of you out there use Flash on a MacBook with a Tablet, and it works, let me know.

Then, there's the third option.

3) Get a MacBook Pro and hook up a Wacom Tablet.

I know Pros run Flash. I know Wacom Tablets work, because I own one. The drawback for this is that having two pieces makes things a little less mobile. I would need a table or desk to set the laptop on at least, which means no sofa drawing, no whipping it out at a coffee shop to do some doodling... It would work for conventions and such, but that's only half the reason I'm looking at a laptop to begin with.

So, it's a conundrum. It's an idea I'm tossing around, so I'm not, like, making big purchases any time soon. But, any advice would be appreciated.
-Dan!
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Omigosh, it's a post! [Nov. 19th, 2007|09:27 am]
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I just came back from my yearly exodus to SugoiCon, and after being assaulted by my new webcomic friends to post something (and a nice 10 hour nap), I'm posting something.

I had a lovely time at Sugoi, as usual. They're all lovely, friendly people - staff, guests and attendees. I thank them all for being so supportive and fun to hang with.

As I mentioned above, I met some fabulous webcomic folk this year, since we decided to up the webcomic representation for this year's show. I say "we" like I had a say in this, but it's my "home con" so I'm allowed to say "we" just like all those sports fans who say "we" when they talk about their favorite teams. So there, nyeh.

We had Jennie Breeden and James Hatton as official guests this time and, despite their being at multiple conventions with me and my never meeting them before, I finally met Dirk Tiede and Spike. Dirk and I decided we'd assist with each other's panels at OhayoCon in a couple months, so look out for that.

Meanwhile, Spike assaulted all of us and told us to pass along word that she was up for Bomb Shelter Comic's Webcomic Idol competition and that everyone we know should be forced to vote for her. I concur, as her comic is fabulous. So, go vote and make her happy.

More news in the future, so stay tuned.
-Dan!
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So, Eric went on vacation... [Feb. 8th, 2007|09:41 am]
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...and came home with some video of spiffy fireworks. Enjoy.





-Dan!
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DanTV [Jan. 8th, 2007|10:59 pm]
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[Current Mood |blahmeh]

I've posted my videos up at the cesspool that is YouTube to see what kind of a reaction they get. Feel free to skew the results by taking a look at them, leaving favorable comments and telling everyone you meet on the street to check them out or die a cold and cruel death.

Or something like that.

http://www.youtube.com/user/VenisProductions

Weee!
-Dan!
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Phew! [Jan. 7th, 2007|07:21 pm]
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[Current Mood |exhaustedexhausted]

Back from Ohayocon, and boy are my arms tired. Wait, that doesn't work right...

Well, thanks all of you who stopped by to say "hi!" Especially those of you who bought some stuff. The laundry money is greatly appreciated. :)
-Dan!
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Happy Holidays! [Dec. 21st, 2006|02:06 pm]
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[Current Mood |anxiousanxious]

Hey, kids! I just wanted to pass on a little info along with a little yuletide greetings. If you can stomach a little Disney, feel free to take a peek at the card we made for mouseguest.com. It's gingerbread goodness.

Information time! Those of you in and around the Columbus, OH area may be interested to know that I'll have an artist table at Ohayocon this year. Stop on by, say hi, buy some stuff... the usual. I'm supposedly also doing a panel for kids and teens who want to start a Webcomic. And my bro should be helping out at the table, too. Should be a fun time for all!

I may even have a few copies of Realms of Ishikaze Patch 3.0 for sale! Yes, the book is done and ready for purchase. You, the few readers left actually reading my occasional rantings here, are the first to be privy to the news. Aren't you glad I like you a lot?

That's it for now. Have a lovely holiday, and I'll see you in the new year!
-Dan!
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Dan starts posting again... [Dec. 1st, 2006|09:49 am]
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[Current Mood |amusedamused]

...and he posts a stinkin' meme?

Ganked from bettinamarie and maiteoida. Answer the questions in the comments, wipe hands.
-Dan!

1- What artist(s) do you feel my art style resembles? Why?
2- What writers(s) do you feel my writing style resembles? Why?
("Writing" meaning comics, not prose X_X)
3- If someone asked you to describe my art style to them, how would you describe it?
4- If you had to pick something out as a trademark element of my style, what would it be?
5- If you could make me draw a comic in any genre, what type of comic would you want to see from me? Why?
6- If you had to guess who/what my 5 biggest inspirations were when I was learning to draw who/what would you guess they were? Who/what would you guess now?
7- What would you like to see more of from me in the future?
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Dan's Smarter Than Tim. [Aug. 22nd, 2006|08:41 pm]
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[Current Mood |amusedamused]

I've joined up with a group of cool dudes and dudettes to do occasional anime reviews on their livejournal community. The group is called Smarter Than Tim, and you should go check it out, post haste. You may recognize some of them from the Venis Board, if you frequent it.

My only contribution so far is an unfavorable review of the first episode of the "Law of Ueki" anime. Not so good. The anime, I mean. My review itself is passible. ^_^

Go and read!
-Dan!
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