If my father had to have a discussion with someone in 1991 about Captain Planet, he wouldn’t be able to show the passion that Patton Oswalt shows in explaining his six year old daughter’s favorite cartoon, My Little Pony.
Why did I pick Captain Planet? I could have gone with Voltron, or something. Captain Planet was about a bunch of kids preventing people in industries, such as the Oil industry which my father was in at the time, from succeeding in life. He let me watch a show that, essentially, made him out to look like a villain. HUH!
Do you know what my father did do though? He got me and my siblings into Super Mario Bros., and he played it with us. Yep. He succeeded where you failed as a father, Patton! TAKE THAT!
Still though, kudos for not being the football dad of Star Wars.
This is probably one of the most important things that people mess up on when it comes to the law.
I myself, answered questions that a principal asked me in high school, and due to me being honest due to them mistakenly telling me that if I was honest no trouble would fall upon me, I spent a night in juvenile hall in 10th grade. Yeah.
Stephen Colbert asked Anita Sarkeesian an interesting question, that many might consider a silly throw away one. The dialogue goes:
Colbert: “As a man, am I allowed to be a feminist?”
Sarkeesian: “Do you believe that women should have equal rights to men?”
Sarkeesian: “And that we should fight for those rights?”
Sarkeesian: “Great. Then you’re a feminist.”
So, Stephen Colbert is a feminist, I can be a feminist, it’s fine. I am, however reminded of Youtuber boogie2988 stating that what he believes to be feminism is humanism, where everyone is treated equal regardless of race, sex, etc.
What I, personally, believe to be feminism is the same, but I would use the word egalitarianism, or sometimes written as equalitarianism… which is a more understandable spelling, but sets off the red squigglies in some spellcheckers.
What I have learned while working my career in retail, is that people are terrible, and more importantly… we are terrible to each other. It’s very sad. As a feminist, I want equal pay for women, as a… civil rights activits(?) I want equal protection for Black people and members of the LBGT…A….Q…. umm… I think S got in there some how…. whatever. I’m going to go with the term egalitarian, because that term takes away sex, and race and gets back to the same underlying theme of equality.
Btw: how stoked does Anita Sakeesian look next to Stephen Colbert? That’s the same smile I would have next to this man!
A video that starts off as just a long clip from Dateline from the 90’s continues into a special with Sailor Jupiter and Venus’ voice actresses, then a look into Otaku, then an interview with Naoko Takeuchi herself, and ultimately the terrible Toon Makers adaptation that was shown at a convention. There is a lot of great stuff there, but it is quite the tangent from it’s title “Sailor Moon Dateline special from the 90’s.”
I wish the new blu rays would have these retro nastalgic videos as some sort of bonus feature. Heck, going out on a limb here, I think there would be a market for the old original DiC and Cloverway dubs with this stuff, just so people can see how far we’ve come! Seeing as that will never happen, youtube is the next best thing, I suppose.
While not knowing exactly how ‘extreme’ the visual novel, Gender Bender DNA Twister Extreme, is going to be, the internet has taken notice. In less than 24 hours of posting their indiegogo page, the two man team of David Kerr (Canadian) and Lachlan Snell (Australian) had already more than made it’s modest $5,000 goal, and was already well into stretch goal territory. Now with only 6 days left on their game, C$23,705 raised thus far, and almost every single stretch goal met, this game has the potential to be not just the first ever crowd funded game of it’s type, but also one of the best.
The two did extensive research on forums trying to find out exactly what people wanted out of their traditional gender change manga, anime, and games.
“Surprisingly, we found that a lot of people didn’t like the traditional TG story set up with the clueless main character, so we tried to write a TG story where the characters acted believably, and not like complete idiots.” – Lachlan Snell (co-writer/ programmer)
The team is made up of: David who came up with the original concept, the title, as well as the art, and Lachlan who also works on the script and programming. It was also pointed out to me during an interview with Lachlan, that “a member from Farhads* going by the name ‘Nukei’ wrote the Rei and the 7th Character routes as well, because we thought bringing on another writer would add a lot of diversity to the game, and Nukei was really good at writing a traditional style VN, so it was a perfect match for the Rei route.”‘
I got to do a full interview with Lachlan via direct messaging him on TGcomics’s* forum.
Sean:You recently showed the first male love interest, and had previously shown 4 female interests. Will the characters be able to end up with anyone, or will it be a much narrower choice?
Lachlan: It’s going to be fairly narrow, at least for most characters. The love interests are specific to each character, e.g. Yael is the only one who can end up with Winter, Rei is the only one who can end up with Andrew, etc etc. However, it’s not like this with all the characters. For example Dan/Din can end up with one of three different people.
Sean:Speaking about love interests, will any of these new girls ultimately be able to date each other?
Lachlan:Two of the characters might end up dating… Shh…
Sean:An 8th playable character has been added thanks to a backer. Will all of the original assets be used for them, i.e. backgrounds, love interests, etc, OR will there be new things added such as a love interest for them?
Lachlan:There’s actually going to be 6 additional characters thanks to backers, 1 from the stretch goal and the other 5 from $2500 mega backers. These character’s stories are still set in the same town, so there will be some old assets used, we’re really trying to make it so all the stories feel interconnected, but for the most part they’ll feature entirely new locations and love interests.
Sean:It’s easy to compare this game with the X Change series, but how does it differ from other gender change visual novels?
Lachlan:X Change always felt like a bit of a missed opportunity. The main character would be turned into a girl, but then the story would focus entirely on sex and more often than not rape. Having an adult story would be perfectly fine if it focused on the relationships, but it doesn’t. It’s not very realistic and although I did like X Change Alternative, I think there’s a lot of room for improvement.
The biggest difference GBDNATE will have to X Change is that the reactions will feel more realistic, from both the TG’d characters and other people. There will still be adult scenes, but they’re going to come into the game at a realistic pace, rather than introducing a magic rape bus for the sole reason of having a sex scene.
Sean: Will there be graphic sex scenes in this game, or are you shooting for more of a Pegi-13 rating?
Lachlan:There will be adult scenes, but it won’t be graphic. I don’t think we’d be PEGI-13 because there is nudity and some other more adult scenes, but it’s not going to be on the same level as the X-Change series. And personally I think that’s for the better.
Sean:Are you taken aback by how successful the crowd funding has been, and knowing that your game has already gained such an audience is there added pressure now?
Lachlan:Taken aback? Absolutely. We had about 100 sketches ready before we launched the indiegogo so that if we didn’t hit 2k we’d at least be able to release something. Going in, we thought we had a 50/50 chance to hit the 5k goal, and even then it was a stretch. But hitting 20k, and it’s still rising? It’s insanity, and I still can’t believe it’s happened.
As for the pressure, I’m actually feeling better now we have more assets to work with. The stories are going to be longer and have more choices and endings, so I think that people will be happier with the amount of content. I’ve got a lot of writing ahead of me, and DK has a lot of art to do, but being able to work on something this big is really exciting. So I am a bit nervous, but I’m really enjoying it too.
I’d like to thank Lachlan for the interview. I would also like to note, that it has been mentioned on forums as well as SGVY.com’s facebook feed that characters from the webcomic Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki will be making cameos in the game.
I personally made sure to donate early on, and I know I can’t wait to play the finished product.
*above links are not suitable for work, and are intended for people over the age of 18!!
Kaylyn Dicksion, or more well known, MarzGurl, has been around both the anime convention scene, and even longer somehow, internet scene for quite some time. She formerly made videos from her trips to conventions, some of which featured yours truly doing some awesome things at my events such as The Pose Off. I highly suggest watching those videos, as they are entertaining… and hey, you get to see Kaylyn pose around awesomely in some of them!
Seeing as she is a friend of mine, I took the opportunity to interview her at IKKiCon.
Sean:You’ve posted your convention schedule for next year on your blog. What other types of events would you like to pursue in the future?
Kaylyn:There is a number of events that have happened repeatedly that I would like to go to including: Otakon, Acen, both of which are, of course, anime cons, so they are very similar to cons I’ve done before. I would like to do more gaming cons. Maybe something like Gen Con or Dragon Con perhaps, with a broader sense of different fandoms, and different kinds of gaming.
Sean:We took the 4 horseman challenge together, would you ever watch a stranger or one of your friends submit themselves before it?
Kaylyn:I would watch them do it, but I would never do it myself again. It’s not that if I had the chance to do it over again I wouldn’t , because that I’m glad that I did it, but I never need to do it again.
Sean:Agreed. My roommates are all like ‘We should do that!’ I’m all… Err… no.
Kaylyn:I would suggest that you don’t, but if you really want to then, you know, all the power to you and I’ll watch, and I’ll laugh, but I wasn’t laughing but in retrospect it was funny.
Sean:You’ve had the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of your idols, who would you like to see next?
Kaylyn:One of two people. Either Jim Cummings, or Don Bluth, for two different reasons. One for voice acting reasons, the other just as an animator, I totally respect him.
Sean:If you had to cosplay as an American comic book character, who would you cosplay as and why?
Kaylyn:That is a hard question, because I only read so many comics, and have read so many comics.
Sean:It can be another form of American medium.
Kaylyn:Um… there was a recent animated portrayal of Wonder Woman, i think it was just called Wonder Woman.
Sean:Yes, I’m familiar with it
Kaylyn:It portrayed her in a way that I really respected. A lot of, usually, not every time but most of the ways that Wonder Woman typically is portrayed… I rather like her. I can see myself, perhaps, dressing up as Wonder Woman.
Sean:Off topic, but did you know that one of the persons in charge of the animation was a huge fan of Sailor Moon, and that’s why she kept throwing her headband?
Sean:Yes, they were all like “we used it a few times more than we expected,” and she answered “Oh, it’s because I love Sailor Moon.”
Kaylyn:That is a great answer. I approve of that answer.
Sean:You are pretty active on formspring. According to them, you are a girl who happens to have the female anatomy. On a scale of 1-10, how annoying is it that they keep bringing that up, 1 being amusing and 10 being super annoying.
Kaylyn:It’s, a little annoying. On a scale of 1-10, it’s about a 5 or a 6. Somewhere in-between a 5 or a 6, just because yes, there are people who keep bringing it up in a tasteless way, and then there are also people who ask me about it who are genuinely curious about [it]. DO YOU GET ANNOYED WITH IT? Yes, it happens. Those people I’m ok with asking me about that, but then you still get the jerks.
Sean:Are there any shows that have either ended, or have been canceled that you wish would be brought back?
Kaylyn:Megas XLR, in specific. totally. It’s run was totally too short. Too too short. It was probably was due to being at a weird time… somewhere between kids hour and adult hour. Most likely, I’d be willing to bet that that was why.
Sean:Are you a fan of Jim Henson, as well as The Muppet’s?
Kaylyn:YES! Absolutely. Saw the new muppets movie last year, and it was great! Great throw back to the originals and when they did Rainbow connection, I legitimately cried. Fantastic! I also watched an old Jim Henson Christmas Carol this last year. Jim Henson himself walks out, for just a minute, and Ah! it was just perfect. Every… Fraggle Rock was there, and Seasame Street was there, and all of the Muppets were there… all in one place. It was perfect.
Sean:You’ve been to Japan a few times, as well as England and Canada. That’s a lot of traveling in a short amount of time. If you could go anywhere, where would you go and why?
Kaylyn:Maybe one of two countries. Maybe just a few cities in India, and I have found myself recently interested in Indian culture from time to time… And South Korea. South Korea seems pretty cool, and I would love to take their rail system and go to their theme parks because you know Eli. He lived in Korea for a little while and loved to brag about how awesome Korea was. I’d love to experience that for myself. I have other friends who are teaching English over there too, so that would be cool.
Sean:Do you have any future cosplay plans that you care to share?
Kaylyn:Out of commitment to other people who are doing stuff from the same thing, I’m planning on doing Lucca from Go Kaiger… the yellow ranger.. as well as I’ve always dreamed of another Lucca, from Chrono Trigger. I always wanted to do it, but the helmet always eluded me.
Sean:I really enjoyed the one time you interviewed me for your radio program you used to do on the internet. Are there any chances that you will do another podcast in the future, perhaps?
Kaylyn:I’m highly considering that between me and Josh Knight The First. We were talking about regularly just talking about nerd related things that we talk to each other about anyways, and we would limit it to an hour and occasionally having people call in and talking to us about it. We thought that that might be fun. We don’t know when that would take off… but we have talked about it.
Sean:What’s it like being a part of That Guy With The Glasses, and can you compare it to anything else?
Kaylyn:It’s strange because all of the fellow producers are so spread out over the world, mostly across the country, but also all over the world. Us all coming together for one week every year is very fun. It’s fun to get together at MagFest also. It’s a little weird too because not everyone can watch everyone else’s stuff because there are so many of us. Sometimes when I do crossovers with other people I don’t feel like I am being me because they want me to be funny like they are, so I’m just not me in their videos, but It’s still fun to do.
Kaylyn:I don’t know what I would compair it to. It’s not like any other real job I’ve ever done.
Sean:I see. Speaking about the other producers, what’s been your favorite crossover project.
Kaylyn:Favorite crossover project is probably with That SciFi Guy. We worked on a Titan A.E. review so he could come into it from a science fiction fan’s perspective and I would come at it from a Don Bluth animation fan perspective. Two different opinions on these Two different subjects to come together and make one new piece of material. It was both funny and informative. I liked that.
Sean:Are there any upcoming projects that you’d like to plug or elaborate on?
Kaylyn:I’m going to hopefully pump out my Final Fantasy XIII series which at the same time is happening alongside Spoony’s Final Fantasy XIII series. Both of our reviews are starkly different from one another, so I would actually encourage people to watch both. His too, cause I think his is hilarious. If you have not played a Final Fantasy, I think you can still enjoy mine for being as informative as it is
Sean:You are the co-con chair of SWAG EXPO, congratulations first off. What is that like thus far?
Kaylyn:First off, thank you very much. So far it’s a lot more work than the work I’ve done in any capacity for other events, because I’ve been part of other conventions in almost every way imaginable. From guest, to volunteer staff, to journalist, I’ve seen the full gambit of things, but I’ve never actually done the leg work to get the hotel to give us the okay, or make people know that we even exist.
Kaylyn:You have to talk to a lot of people, and I have to fake that I’m not nervous about it. I have always had to do that my whole life, and it’s forcing me to do it, which is probably very good for me, so I’m glad to be doing it.
Sean:So in other words, there’s going to be a lot of leg work I imagine.
Kaylyn: Absolutely. A lot of leg work, especially because this is a first time event. It’ll be our first one in two years . For a con that have been around for a few yours, you don’t have to do that much leg work anymore. You just have to keep people remembering that you exist. That’s not quite the case with us.
Sean:You’ve gone through a few different revisions of your personal attire and look for That Guy With The Glasses over the years. What is your favorite costume or uniform that you have worn either for T.G.W.T.G. or just in general. Also, have you gotten any weird reactions because of this?
Kaylyn:I miss the jump suit, but I’m happy to not be in the jump suit anymore. It fit kind of weird after a while.I actually am happy with the red ensemble that I have now as it’s probably the most normal and I think I look the least trashy in it, as opposed to the last two.
Kaylyn:It’s funny the reactions that I get to this outfit. They are kind of funny because you brought up the comment earlier about my formspring and questioned about me being of female anatomy body persuasion. This shirt, I don’t particularly feel is very low cut, and yet that is the first thing people want to jump to.They will suggest that I’m wearing what I’m wearing to gain hits… to gain views… which if you watch, specifically it was a comment on the first of my Final Fantasy XIII reviews, and really… maybe the guy just didn’t watch the video because I think I’m pretty knowledgeable and I had a lot to say. What I was wearing was absolutely not on my mind at the slightest. That’s strange commentary on this outfit.
Sean:I mentioned shows previously that you were upset that they had ended, but what shows are you currently watching?
Kaylyn:I’m not really watching anything. Let me think for a sec, as I’ve been trying to catch up more on games lately.
Sean:Well… then what games are you playing?
Kaylyn:Mass Effect 3 and Borderlands 2. I’ve been doing a lot more gunning games lately than I used to. I never used to be a first person shooter sort of person, but I dunno. I’ve really enjoyed Mass Effect 3 as an RPG, at very least. The fighting part is my least favorite part but it’s still fun. I really am trying to think of a show I’ve been watching. I’ve somewhat watched Kamen Rider Wizard, just because I feel like I have to, a little bit, in order to understand anything that Josh ever says. I probably would not have watched it on my own accord…
Random Passer By: Good to see you Marzgurl!
Kaylyn:but I would not have normally picked the show up on my own, but I’m not necisarrily disliking it.
Sean:I see. Umm… one last question that came to me off the top of my head, for some reason, how often do you get recognized, and how normal or unusual is that for you.
Kaylyn:Umm… In normal, every day situations, at least once a month. It’s happened when I’ve been in Wal*Mart at 2 am, and a Wal*Mart employee recognized me in the toy aisle. It’s happened at Diversions, the arcade… that seems like a pretty normal place to be recognized. I’ve been recognized at the airport, at the grocery store, so it happens. Some people look at me like “Oh… I think I came off as weird, and I think that might have really made her nervous ” and that’s not really necessarily the case. It’s more often… that I’m so… I’ve come from a background where nobody noticed that I existed ever at all and then suddenly over these last couple of years, I’ve gained notoriety. I don’t want to say fame, but I’d say notoriety And then people recognize me almost constantly at some cons, like at Mag Fest I can’t walk 5 feet without being stopped, and it’s a bizarre feeling for me, because so often I’m so used to nobody even realizing that I’m alive and even though it’s been a couple of years that people have started doing this now, it still feels like it hasn’t fully sunk in.
Sean:I see. Thank you for your time, I appreciate it.
I recently got the chance to sit down with one of the owners of the anime convention Louisianime.
Sean:Not many people know the people behind the scenes at anime conventions. Can you briefly explain your role in Louisianime, as well as a little bit about the convention it self?
David:Well, as an owner I don’t really have strictly defined roles. Anything that isn’t done that I can do, that’s what I need to do. Louisianime is an anime convention in May, in Louisiana.
Sean:We often joke that convention goers are similar to nomadic carnival workers… going from town to town and what not. You, however, actually have many of the talents of a real carnival worker. Besides stilt walking, fire eating, origami, cooking, and over all artistic talent… are there any other skills you would or wouldn’t like to tell me about that you posses?
David:Haha, well, I’ve dabbled in a LOT of fields. I’d like to think I’m a fair writer. I’ve also done some programming. I’ve been learning guitar, but I would count what I can do with it right now as more of a skill at a level of torture that the UN would certainly disapprove of for anyone who hears me rather than a skill at music.
Sean:Out of all of your hobbies, which one either was the most challenging to learn, or is still the most challenging to perform?
David:Guitar, by far. I was not particularly musically inclined before I started, and it has been particularly slow going. It is probably the most effort I’ve ever put into much of anything.
Sean:I’ll have to remember that eating fire is easier than playing guitar.
David:You can learn to eat fire in half an hour
Sean:Speaking of all the seemingly random things you can do, you’ve made a game on Kongregate called Blowing Things Up In Space. Do you see yourself exploring game design again at a later date in any form? And if so, which form?
David:I’ve actually been looking into it lately. I’ve had a project or two in mind. I have been working really hard on other more serious pursuits that are more important though. It’s sad to leave it on the back burner, but it continues to mature in the corner of my mind.
Sean:Going back to Louisianime, after holding the convention the last few years, would you say that the challenge of putting on a show like it is pretty much routine, or is it all still relatively an uphill challenge?
David:I’m still learning a lot about it. I don’t think anything that requires so much change from year to year could ever be comfortably called routine.
Sean:What is the largest hurdle you, as the co-owner of the convention, have to overcome?
David:Finances. Money is always an issue. Hotels, guests, and events can be incredibly expensive.
Sean:Does the major financial challenge come from people pre-registering, or from artist and dealer’s tables?
David:I don’t know what you mean. I don’t know why that would be a problem.
Sean:You mentioned money as always being an issue.
David:Yeah, hotels, guests, and events can be incredibly expensive, and on a really bad year maybe we wont hit our room block. Pre reg, artists, and dealers are all people giving us money. Those three things are all good.
Sean:I see. On a lighter note, you’ve cosplayed as Jane from *Firefly, and cosworked as Uncle Sam. What’s your opinion of cosplayers?
David:I like to think of them as people who wear costumes.
Sean:Taking the moral high road of calling them people. Nice. Are they important to conventions?
David:Incredibly. I think it’s a large portion of the value for guests to have a place where they can put in the effort into that type of thing and show off and feel normal while doing it, or to see cool costumes everywhere.
Sean:Are there any instances that stand out in your mind where you were taken back by someone’s costume before?
David: Only about some of the things you would think you wouldn’t have to tell people to avoid in a public place
Sean:So, men and women dressed in tight clothing that shows too much skin is a reoccurring problem, I take it?
David: I don’t think it’s really an issue till it starts to border on public indecency. We have to enforce laws. A convention is still a public event.
Sean:Final question. If there was something about conventions in general that you could snap your fingers and have things done differently, what would it be?
David:At our con’s size, I’d probably change the hotel negotiation process. I hope that the larger we get the more clout we will have and the less it will feel like begging for space. As it is, getting the dates you need at a hotel that can hold you for a price you can afford is a lot of work, and it takes a long time to finalize.
Sean:I can see how that’s a major complication. Thank you so much for giving me some of your time.
*note:If you are reading this, you should probably go watch Firefly. If you aren’t reading this? What episode are you watching?