Gargoyle Elisa Maza commission

elisa_gargoyle_by_cluedog-dbqrckhElisa Maza from Gargoyles was an amazing character. She was voiced by Salli Richardson who would later star in the show Eureka. Anyways, Elisa was a human detective on the show, and the liaison of the Gargoyles group to the 20th century as well as humans in general. Without her, humans are just monsters that manipulate you like David Xanatos, and it would be very easy to have them turn against humanity without her inclusion.

The character had such an impact on me, that one of my commissions from ClueDog, also known as Smooch among certain groups, was Gargoyle Elisa Maza, which can be seen to the left.

Elisa_GargoyleElisa Maza DID become a Gargoyle in one episode, thanks to the trickster Puck, in the season 2 episode ‘The Mirror.’ Massive spoiler there, but thought it was required for context.

The episode is important due to it cementing the idea that Goliath and Elisa are attracted to each other, but they also should not be, since they are such different creatures.

ClueDog did a great job, and I enjoy the piece. Maybe next time I will commission a piece featuring human Demona, which yeah… it is so weird that I find the human more attractive as a gargoyle, and the gargoyle more attractive as a human… but I do.

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Double the Texas sized Mer-Funday!

Happy Mer-Monday everyone. I recently consumed two different beers from indie beers from Texas that use… let’s say… a nautical theme. The first one, from Galveston Bay Beer Company, is actually from Dickinson, TX which according to Google maps is only 29 minutes away from Galveston.

20171001_221416The beer, a Blue Berry Blonde, was… an interesting one. The story starts before what I know. A friend of a friend procured this beer before Hurricane Harvey, only for things to go terrible during the storm. My friend helped him go through his shattered life, only to discover this siren singing her song through the wreckage of his shattered belongings.
So, how was this beer? Did it rock me like said Hurricane, or did it ruin me like… well… a Hurricane?

I think there was something wrong with it? Let’s start at the smell. There was definitely a light blueberry scent so that was fine. I split the beer with my friend in some brand new plastic cups from a package that was never opened. The beer tasted all right, but according to him, it had a ‘funky taste.’ I did not get that at first, but yeah.. a little bit? I finished his beer, and then discovered that there was a weird brown… whatever, that sort of looked like peanut butter at the bottom of his cup. What?! Weird. He brews, so I asked him what it was, and he had no idea.

I want to try this beer fresh, possibly in a bottle and not a can, but seriously… wtf was that brown stuff?!

GoliadThe second beer that I had was from Goliad Brewing Company, and it comes from the Texas town of the same name. The beer is called Redfish India Pale Ale. I’m not much of a beer drinker, so I had to pace myself on this one. My roommates seemed to find it a mediocre but completely drinkable beer. Nothing that they would seek out, but they would definitely drink it if offered to them.

I found it a bit too rich, and a bit dark, and my roommate did say that it was ‘a little bit dark,’ so what the hell do I know? I was able to drink it. Long story short… this beer tastes like what I think of when I imagine Goliad, Tx. So… yay???

The real thing to talk about, at this point, is the mascots. The Blonde is plain, and I just… eh? She sports some under boob, and maybe she is not proud of this, as her eyes are closed and her mouth is covered so we have no idea if she is frowning or not. She does not excite me into buying this beer, and I honestly feel sorry for her.

Goliad’s mascot is a red head, so points there. Her tail design though looks like a mundane fish, certainly nothing exotic. There is a light house behind her, but where is there a light house in Goliad? Notice I go there, and do not ask why Goliad has a mermaid. Clearly, she is a fresh water mermaid from the near by San Antonio River. We see more chest area, but that just makes me think that the mermaids of Goliad aren’t as respectful as those from Galveston… err.. Dickenson. I mean, come on… children will be drinking this beer!

Hollywood’s veil is finally coming down… just too slowly.

The Weinstein sex scandal is terrible, and the worst part is that we have been warned about Hollywood for decades. Dave Chappelle warned that we really do not know what is going on in Hollywood. Below are some interesting clips that highlight Weinstein that foreshadowed all of this, as well as the industry over all.

Terry Crews and James Vanderbeek are two men who recently claimed that they too were touched in a sexual way at parties from rich people of power in Hollywood, and it adds a lot of credibility to the statements

Happy out of context Throw Back Thursday!

Thursday is an amazing day to just throwback to some more nostalgic times, shows, thoughts, etc. I decided to just share some images I’ve previously shared on my blog. Some are quite meaningful, while others less so but I still find them cool.

  1. The Doctor Who one is special, because it was Dorky, taken in my birth state of MS, and it recently helped me meet someone who I thought was… pretty nifty.
  2. The little comic under it, was from a Blog Post about GameStop, and I just think it’s a cool quick sketch of me?
  3. I really like this picture I took of Dugg Finn at Louisianime.
  4. Sailormoon meets steam punk photo was quite cool from an Oni-Con YEARS ago.
  5. Member Holiday in Aculpoco from Pokemon? I used to have banned episodes from it on VHS. Good times.
  6. I like I Dream of Jeannie, and her sister was evil… but damn if that green outfit wasn’t cute.
  7. Galaxy Express 999 was amazing, and it reminds me of how coll/weird it was to see it when I was younger..
  8.  I have worked on two pony fanarts of friends, and the other one was my first OC I believe. The first one was of my friend Julie’s Transformers Animated OC alongside an OC I made of her husband David named Dashing Husband. The second one was something I did for/of an ex. The third one(?) was just a cool character that I named Doodles. While I was living with my dad, I made some Gaming with Sean videos for the first time, and well…
  9. Ice Ocean wasn’t a real NES game, but it’s one of my favorites from a bootlegged bunch of nes games in a controller?
  10. A-kon 16 was my first A-kon of two, and yeah… not awesome, but one of the best Pose Offs ever? I did them under the banner of NetSenshi, and none of the people behind the table really hang out these days, to my knowledge? Take pictures kids!

My little Hakusho

yuyuToday we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Yu Yu Hakusho! On October 10, 1992December 17, 1994 they made an anime adaptation of the manga of the manga that ran from December 3, 1990 – July 25, 1994.

For almost 27 years, the world has had the adventures of Yusuke Urameshi and his friends in one form or another, and that’s pretty darn awesome.

MLPList01Also today is the 7th anniversary of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The series premiered on October 10, 2010, on The Hub, and it is currently in theaters. It is the 4th generation of My little Pony, going back to it’s first cartoon that took place in 1986, and before that it was a toy line called My Pretty Pony going back to 1981.

Please note that this My Pretty Pony has nothing to do with the Stephen King short story by the same name in 1989. I mean, how awesome would that be if it was though?

Let’s give mermaid Flounder a Smooch.

floundermermaidSmooch1Yesterday I received a surprise over on my deviantart… some of my commissions from Zoe Crocket! I commissioned Zoe to further illustrate an idea that I had previously another artist… rule 63 mermaid version of Flounder from The Little Mermaid!

I showed Zoe the previous one that I commissioned from artist Kittyhawk, and suggested the loose idea of some reaction shots of Ariel as a fish might be cool. What I got was really cool, with backgrounds and even more characters.

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The first one was awesome enough, however, I love the daggers that Ariel is starring at her former best friend. Did he steal her body, get a head to tail dye job, and strut her stolen stuff to get her man? Anyways, whatever type of fish Ariel is now, she… he(?) is extra salty.

The last picture needs to be seen in all of it’s glory. While the mermaid part of the picture is at a minimum, you have an awesome shot of Prince Eric and his bros, bro-ing out as they do, throwing out nets, catching fish if not ladies, and totally having Flounder swooning over him.

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ERIC! SHE’S CAT-FISHING YOU BRO! FOR ALL WE KNOW THE MASCULINE ONES WITH BEARDS ARE THE ONES WITH THE LADY FISH PARTS… I MEAN, WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW THAT WORKS… EXACTLY!

Okay… we know that Ursala’s shell necklace can give under water folk female anatomy. Things will… you know… probably work out… probably.

For more of Zoe Crockette’s art, you can go to her gallery on her Deviant Art, but be warned that it is NSFW.

My Little Pony – The Movie: Review

mylittleponyposterLast night, I watched The My Little Pony The Movie at my local theater. Before I went, I made the mistake of trying to find a Brony shirt from the following stores: Hot Topic, Media Magic, Spencer’s, Think Geek, and Wal-Mart. None of those stores had anything MLP related in the men’s or even the women’s section, except for Wal-Mart having a G1 shirt. I wanted to mention this, due to the fact that it’s worrisome when a movie such as this comes out without a merchandise blitz. It’s honestly enough to make you question if the fandom is dying, and I really hope that I am wrong to be worried.

mlpmoviereviewNow, I went into this movie 30 minutes before worried, because I was the only one in there. 15 minutes before, one other guy showed up, then a couple of families. Then, I met someone who saw my Fiesta Equestria 2015 shirt and sat next to me. My shirt was a mistake.

This brony was very polite, asked to sit next to me, and despite him being a senior in high school, I agreed because the show is supposed to bring fans of all ages together. The kid was a little odd, and was most likely somewhere on the spectrum, but hey I have a touch of the deficit when it comes to paying attention, so who am I to judge. I had to eventually sit a seat away from him, as he kept rocking back and forth and laughing to himself… I was just uncomfortable, honestly. He wanted to be twitter or facebook friends,but I declined as the last thing a 32 year old needs is more 17 year old friends…

Hanazuki Full of TreasuresThe Movie started with an unexpected splash card explaining that there was going to be a short cartoon before it called Hanazuki: Full of Treasures, which I was unaware of. It was ok… but I personally think that if they were going to go with a girl in space, why did they not go with Lauren Faust’s Milky Way and The Galaxy Girls, but whatever. It was cute, and unoffensive, and short. I would have proffered an Equestria Girls short, but whatever. MOVIE TIME!

I am going to spoil The Movie, just a heads up. If I was to score this movie, as a Brony, I would say that it was a 7-7.5 being generous. As a movie goer, I would argue that this movie is a 5, at best. The reason for my low score, is due to the fact that we have seen most of what The Movie does before in The Show, and honestly… The Show did most of it better and with a faster pace.

Trailer_promo_shot_of_the_Storm_King_MLPTMI said that The Show did things better than what The Movie did, and if you want my examples for it, watch the two part finally from Season 4, against Lord Tirek. He was a better fleshed out character, and the journey to the final encounter is certainly better, and heck the fight scene is better against Tirek than The Storm King, who honestly is the weakest main villain to date. Liev Schreiber gave a decent enough performance, and was sort of William Dafoe like, but  since we focus so much on Tempest Shadow, we never really get a feel for him other than his base personality.

I mention Tirek and Storm King because The Movie was first announced October 20, 2014, and Tirek was the season 4 villain on May 10, 2014 so they were both most likely conceptualized around the same time.

S4Nightmare Moon, Discord, Chrysalis, Twilight Sparkle, King Sombra, Tirek, and Starlight Glimmer were all better villains with better motivations. Hell, even Sunset Shimmer from The Equestria Girls movie was better or even Trixie who was just in a couple random episodes.

All right, well… maybe the plot was not that great, but how was everything else? The animation change from Flash to Toon Boom is a bit jarring. Thankfully, this movie does it better than when Digimon made a movie and changed it’s art style up. The colors are vivid, the animation is fluid, but everything seems a little off considering how things normally look.

eye eyeFor me, the most jarring thing was not the use of 3D for air ships, or how the mouths look animated… it’s their eyes. In comparison, here is Sailor Moon’s eye vs. Twilight Sparkle’s. The highlights and reflections put Sailor Moon’s to shame when you consider all of that shine and tiny sparkles inside of them make up MOST OF THE FACE for the characters, and they are HUGE on the big screen. Seriously, they look like doll eyes… which, to me is a little unsettling.

Perhaps eye I have gotten a little off topic. I gave this movie a 5-7.5 because ultimately, it’s a little ho hum. It does a lot without really doing much at all. It has celebrities but the characters they made for them are not used all that much and probably wont be used later on The Show.

songbirdThey have Sia who plays the performer Songbird Serenade, does an original song and, but the song is only all right and may not match the tone of The Movie/The Show, while Lena Hall’s TV show character Countess Coloratura did and her character played a major part in the plot of that episode. Sia’s character is just there, and I guess she’s there because she’s Sia? Weird Al’s character Cheese Sandwich has a cameo but has no speaking lines.

tempestEmily Blunt’s character Tempest Shadow is a Starlight Glimmer type of character, Taye Diggs’ character is a somewhat roguish anthropomorphic cat in a world with pets that are cats, Zoe Saldana is a cool parrot pirate who is there for a little bit so Rainbow Dash can sing another song about being awesome, and Michael Peña is there as the stupid henchman similar to the kind found in Disney’s Hercules or the Gargoyles from Disney’s Hunchback movie.

Kristin_Chenoweth_as_Princess_SkystarThose celebrity characters are just fine… but that’s the problem. They are just fine, but we never get enough time with them to develop them, so what was the point in spending the money and time on them? Kristin Chenoweth’s character Princess Skystar has probably the most screen time of the celebrity actors, and while she and her home are important to The Movie, the Mcguffin there is pointless and is never explained how it could exactly help, so she’s ultimately not that important outside of a friendship kind of way… which is a shame because I liked her character the most, possibly due to her interesting voice and the fact that she is a Broadway actress who is a great singer. Uzo Aduba, who played Skystar’s mother Queen Novo also did a fine job, and I wish I had more to say about her and her Mcguffin.

Oh, and all of The Show voice actresses are in The Movie, and they do pretty well, even if I do not love all of their songs. I wish I could talk about them more, but they did their jobs, and they did it well like the professionals they were. Fluttershy yay?
Sadly, their names do not appear on their movie poster, which I think is rather upsetting, and it may make some people think that Taye Diggs plays Pinkie Pie, and that Michael Peña plays Apple Jack.

Apparently Ninjago did not have their TV actors reprise their characters for their movie? Which I actually know nothing about. The Jetsons movie, reaching way back for this one, replaced Judy Jetson, so the fact that we have everyone, including Spike The Dragon, playing their actors is definitely a plus for this movie.

sunsetIf it feels like I am bagging on this movie, I’m sorry. I feel that if you are a fan of The Show, it is worth seeing, however it might be one of the lesser movies in the series, as I would put possibly the first Equestria Girls movie above this, and you never want to lose to your direct-to-dvd counterpart.

Don’t get me wrong, it is still better than some of the later movies though. I just have a ‘go big or go home’ mentality for Tv shows turned movie, as I remember when these used to come out all of the time and it actually was not always a good thing.

To wrap things up, I would like to say that I have faith in this series still, and I hope it has more movies. My experience is my experience, and unfortunately the circumstances in which I watched it, complete with a baby crying, makes me really weary seeing future My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic movies in theater, as an adult with no kids… which maybe is for the best???

transformers_animated…. ….

Unless The Transformers show up. That would be incredibly insane, and I would respect the hell out of it… just because it was a bold choice.