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The Non-Seen: Debut!

March 30th, 2014 | Artwork, Comics, The Non-Seen

The Non-Seen: Logo

Hey, remember that teaser I posted back in December? Well, it turns out it’s not another abandoned project, because Chapter 1 of that comic, which will is called The Non-Seen, will be debuting in the Comic section on April 1. I’d hoped to post this announcement a lot earlier so that there could be a period of anticipation, but I was too preoccupied with the comic itself to get the announcement together. The Reader Orientation is available now, and the first few pages will all appear on Tuesday. For the first month there will be two pages a week, and after that it’s probable that I’ll have to go to one page per week, but we’ll see. Enjoy!

Unity Test

March 1st, 2014 | Artwork, Et Cetera, Process

I’ve been wanting to gain some familiarity with the Unity game engine, so I did a little test with some old assets from Into the Titan. This, as you may recall, is the darkroom and the hallway leading up to it. I baked some nice lightmaps, which makes it considerably prettier. Comparison images are below the jump.

Meteorite Research Center passageway in Unity

Darkroom in Unity

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Fix GRUB in two easy steps

February 17th, 2014 | Tutorial

A little mini-tutorial here, brought to you by the school of Learning Things the Hard Way. I don’t know about the rest of you, but lately I’ve been having a lot of trouble with Linux installs failing to set up GRUB properly (particularly Ubuntu-based distros, for some reason). So, the following mini-tutorial is the result of a couple hours of headaches today. I’m not promising that it will work in every case, but if you’re having issues involving GRUB either not existing or not including options to boot one of your OSes, you might as well give this a shot.

  1. Use Super Grub Disk to boot into your Linux install.
  2. Run sudo update-grub from a console.

If you’re lucky, that will fix GRUB very nicely. It should be noted that this does require you to have some semblance of a working grub installation, however. In the event that you do not, I’d suggest running the Ubuntu Boot-Repair utility. In some cases, in fact, that may be all you need to do. As for me, it didn’t detect my Windows install, but it did succeed in getting GRUB installed, which is more than I can say about the original OS installer. Good luck everyone!

And now: Bucephalus!

February 2nd, 2014 | Comics

Bucephalus teaserHello all! My new comic is in the works and will begin appearing in this space soon. Honest. In the meantime, however, I’m re-running a series of strips which most of you will not have seen before. In 2010 I drew a semester’s worth of comics for my college newspaper (The Daily Campus of the University of Connecticut). The comic was called Bucephalus and it was a silly space opera. Very un-Sunrise-like. In any case, while you wait for the new comic, I provide these strips for your enjoyment. Bucephalus will appear every weekday from February 3 through March 21, in the comic section (formerly known as the Sunrise section).

Will Bucephalus ever be remade, nicer and better? Well, let’s see how much you guys like it.

You Can’t Go Home Again

January 12th, 2014 | Review

Gone Home

There’s one thing I want to be clear on upfront: I expected to love Gone Home. It’s a game from the same traditions I hold in highest esteem: peril-free adventures, stories told through ephemera. Critical consensus was that it was phenomenal. So I was ready to explore the empty mansion; I was psyched to unravel the mystery of the family’s absence.

Suffice it to say, my high expectations were dashed and ultimately the game proved to be my greatest disappointment of the year.

Many people have played this game and enjoyed it greatly, and I don’t want to dissuade anyone from that opportunity. Indeed, if you have any interest in this type of experience, I’d encourage you to buy it, if only to encourage the creation of more projects in this vein. That being said, I do want to discuss some of the issues that led to my disappointment in the game, because I want the next adventure to be better. (To those of you who haven’t played it, be forewarned that this will contain spoilers. Scroll down to the bottom of the review if you want a quick summary of the story.)

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Media Summation: 2013

January 4th, 2014 | Et Cetera, Review

Here is the third annual summation of all that I read/watched/played this year. Titles appear in the order that they were read/watched/played. Unreserved recommendations are in bold. Mini-reviews, where applicable, appear in italics. So, read on and perhaps you’ll find something you might like. Satisfaction is not guaranteed, however.

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Comic Teaser

December 27th, 2013 | Comics

teaser
Coming soon…?

Site Overhaul

December 1st, 2013 | Changelog

Well, looks like it’s time to upgrade the old website. New template is online; more changes to come. Check back often!

December 7th, 2013:

  • Corrected rendering of lists
  • Improved display of posts on blog page
  • Altered various metadata displays for posts (category, tags, etc.)
  • Improved rendering of “on the blog” list for front page

January 20, 2014:

  • Altered portfolio display.
  • Added Words page.
  • Changed organization of header links.
  • Added back/forward buttons to blog.
  • Added Contact link (page forthcoming).
  • Miscellaneous stylesheet tweaks.

January 25, 2014:

January 26, 2014:

  • Added the contact page and requisite illustration.
  • Nearly finished an illustration for the front page but Photoshop crashed and (like an idiot) I hadn’t been saving.

February 2, 2014:

  • Finished the illustration for the front page. I don’t like doing self-portraits, though, so look quick before I change it to something else.
  • Added an illustration to the Words page.
  • To quote a series of old Blender tutorials I saw once, AND WE’RE FINISH WITH IT!

Regarding Turkeys

November 28th, 2013 | Et Cetera

Turkeys

Here in America we are, by and large, removed from the actual production of food. Meat comes from neat styrofoam trays, no longer remotely resembling the animal it once was, and that’s how we’ve come to like it. When the animals are represented at all (which is unusual), they are either made cutesy or abstract: a smiling cartoon pig, a silhouette of a bull’s head.

This is what makes Thanksgiving so interesting: it’s a time when American culture seems unusually aware of where the meat comes from. Turkeys have long outstripped Pilgrims as the primary icon of the holiday, and are generally depicted in one of two ways: realistic and dignified or cartoonish and manic. The realistic variety are drawn as large, healthy male specimens in enthusiastic display mode. They stare out with a sort of calm, detached dignity, willingly offering themselves up for our annual feast of gratitude. On the other end of the spectrum manic cartoon turkeys are goofy-looking creatures with bugging eyes, brown feathers, rainbow-colored tails, and tear-shaped red blobs dangling from their beaks like stray ketchup. The cartoon turkey’s primary goal in life is to not get eaten, and attempts endless cockamamie schemes to this end. This setup has been a staple of newspaper comic strips for years, which spend much of the month of November making jokes to the effect that turkeys, hilariously, are afraid of dying. This is how, in America, we show our appreciation for the animals we eat.

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Website Update of Legend

October 26th, 2013 | Changelog

It was bound to happen eventually… I’ve updated the website for the first time in what, years? I don’t even know anymore. Here’s a quick rundown on what’s new:

  • Easy-access table of contents for the Myst in Retrospect essays.
  • More cool stuff in the sketchbook.
  • Some new images of client work in the portfolio.
  • Resume now reflects my actual employment status
  • The about page which might as well be removed is now more accurate and less blabby.

Now I can get back to work on something more interesting.