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Yes, they still make Sit 'n Spins

Growing up as a kid in the 1980s, everything we played with was a manufactured, branded product (with very few exceptions.) I was reminded of this when a friend recently posted in one of those way-too-much-information Myspace questionnaires that her favorite toy was a "Sit-and-Spin." While we had everything from Simon to Speak and Read to entertain ourselves with, previous generations' toys were dominated with generic inventions such as the hula hoop, hopscotch, and jump ropes. True, there were Howdy Doody, Lincoln Logs, and Legos, for decades before I came about, but the complete saturation of a child's lives with commercialized product didn't really hit until the 1980s.

My life, who I am, and how I came to be who I am is very much a product of He-Man, GI Joe and Transformers, the reigning brands of my most influential childhood years. There's smattering of Nintendo, Sectaurs and Marvel and DC Comics, but really those three were the brands that most affected my every desire before I later became obsessed with video games (but that’s another article.)

To this day I remember the lessons provided by the GI Joe and He-Man PSAs that appeared at the end of each episode. I'm not a professional psychologist so I have no idea to what degree these cartoons influenced me, but I do know that to some degree at least, they did.

And now, I come to the point of this article. Both GI Joe and He-Man had sexy woman antagonists.


"Hey He-Man... word is you got the power."
Evil Lyn, at her most sultry!



Dark-Framed glasses are sexy on
woman... Thanks to the Baroness!



He-Man had the sultry Evil-Lyn who was pretty much undoubtedly the most competent of Skeletor's henchmen. While GI Joe had the much more popular and commonly-known Baroness. While I wouldn't say that I was obsessed with these characters, I would readily admit that I was attracted to them in an odd pre-pubescent way. They certainly helped shaped my tastes. I think this has contributed significantly to my.. ahem.. unusual idea of the perfect woman.

Later, around when I first started hitting puberty I became very attracted to two Marvel characters: Viper and Diamondback. Both are very obscure snake-related characters (no idea if that has any relevance), but I remember finding myself reading the comics that featured these characters over and over and over again. While Diamondback is kind of an anti-hero who often associates with both heroes and villains, Viper is unrepentantly evil and for whatever reason this made her all the sexier to me.

While in real-life I tend to date nice enough people, I still find myself often attracted to crazier sides of many woman's personalities. It has occurred to me that the crazier someone gets the more interested I am in them this seems to be a direct correlation. I often wonder if this is a common problem. I'm not the only one who grew up with these characters, I know a lot of other nerds have a thing for the Baroness, but has it affected who we find attractive? Or, would we have just fallen for the “dangerous beauties” of our parents, the femme fatales from noir films, the female terrorist/activists from real-life?

I'll leave figuring all that out for the experts. For now, I have this original drawing paying homage to obscure but oh-so-sexy Viper.



Trying to get better at digital painting.

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Hey guys,

My good friend and Boston Roomie, Sam Costello has just finished a web comic called Split Lip, whose first story is entitled "The Executioner is a Lonely Man." He's the writer and is going to be putting these out monthly.





Jeesh between, Josh, Sam, and myself we have an anothology in the works. Oh that reminds me, I'm done with all my shit, so expect new Samurai Cowboy pages soon.

DENICK
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Only Doctor Who could bring us robot shit-talk this cool.




"You are superior in only one respect: You are better at Dying!"



And if you're thinking, "Wait niether Daleks or Cybermen are technically robots." I give you 300 super-nerd tokens.

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DO YOU WANT?
JOIN
1. Do you want to conquer cold?
2. Do you want to conquer hunger?
3. Do you want to eat?
4. Do you want to drink?
Hurry up to join the strike team of examplary labor.


Soviets rule.

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How neat is it to be working on a game that almost overflows the ESRB box?!



Remember those Parental Advisory shirts from the 90s? Who's sensing a pretty sweet ESRB T-shirt?

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Yubiwaza will FUCK you up.





Oh you better believe she's pretty, or she would have got the FINGER OF DEATH.



Having to choose one of these checkboxes is basically the story of my life. Man I just wish there was another way... YUBIWAZA!

This is from a full page ad in Rawhide Kid v1 #40 (1968)

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This is a portrait I did in April or May of my friend ix.



Based loosely on a photo, her arm wasn't feeling well, so you know, turn her into Battle Angel Alita. I really need to take some human anatomy classes! :D

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A few months ago my younger brother, Gabe, quit his job as a security guard at a nuclear power plant, to pursue writing novels. I'm happy to announce his first novel Sharpened Stick, has been released.



I just recieved my copy on Saturday, so I can't say much about how good it is, but you know I'm his brother so I'm a bit biased. I can however, say that it's very professionally published, at a reasonable price. (He's self-publishing through Lulu.)

The novel is not easy to describe, but it's setting is 15th Century America and it's sort of Action/Adventuresque. This little bit of a synopsis is pretty good I think:

An ocean away from their former homes, a band of displaced settlers have found their New World to be less than welcoming.

Besieged by a terror that can be neither explained nor defeated, fear grows into panic, panic into hysteria.

Placing their faith in the hands of a madman, they pray for deliverance, committing their lives to the pursuit of security - even at the cost of personal freedom and human decency.


If you're interested in checking it out, you can buy it off of Amazon, or save a few bucks and get it directly through him on his website:

http://www.gdenick.com/order.html

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Hi I'm back. After many distractions, I'm hopefully back to drawing and posting in the LJ.

Here's an Art update today!



This is an idea for a tattoo for a buddy of mine. I have no idea if he'll like it enough to get it, but you know it'd be an amazing if I can iron out the design for him to get it. This is not complete, but is an idea for an armband style tattoo.

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The E3 2006 Report

By Dave Lara

INTRODUCTION
I went into E3 fully intending to do a Wupdate on the hilarity of the show, unfortunately as soon as I walk into the LA Convention Center (this is my 4th E3), I'm overcome with a wave of despair. The emotion is hard to explain, I'm avid gamer who checks the latest reviews of released games every day.
The first year, I ate it up. I loved the excitement, the flair for showmanship that all the companies displayed. I was so excited for all the games to be released in the coming year. But as the year progressed all these games that showed so much promise, turned out to be pretty darned mediocre. I suppose that's essentially what depresses me so much. Seeing the promise turn into mediocrity.
It's also incredibly noisy. This year's show gave me a 2-day headache, and I was feeling extremly unfunny while walking the floor. Luckily, my good friend David Lara stepped up and volunteered to write this year's E3 report. He has a unique, anti-gamer attitude, that I think really captures the depressing parts of E3. So please, enjoy the first wupdate to feature a guest writer.
--Thom Denick



The electronic entertainment expo, part business convention part Barnum and Bailey circus, this annual event gathers the industry’s best and brightest (Bill Gates was in attendance for the first time this year) along with hardcore videogame enthusiasts, and everyone in between. E3’s duality is unquestionable. Over the next 5 days this dichotomy will find Japanese business men making the 16 hour trek to L.A. to demo their latest product while scantly clad women will pose for pictures with deprived fanboys. Here two worlds collide, the corporate and the consumer all under the giant Los Angles convention center.

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Now Page 2... Still not happy w/ this :( Ah well.



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One panel makes all the difference. I added the panel below to Page 12, and I think it actually works more like I intended.

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Basic Update this week. Sorry no Wrestling or Mustache absurdity :D This is a picture I did of two fantastic women I met from Glasgow Scotland on my trip back 'cross country.



Next week, E3 Coverage: Kentia Hall!

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*blick* couldn't get this page right. Sorry for the delays. Still not happy with this page, may come back to it in the future.

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No Samurai Cowboy on Sunday.

The Good News. Two pages this week, Page 12, and a complete redo of Page 2. Stay tuned.

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As many of you may know, I work in Activision Quality Assurance. What almost none of you outside of ATVI know, however, is that last Friday was Activision QA's 3rd Annual Mustache Contest. Those of you unfamiliar with QA should know that what we essentially do is play games for a living. Inside QA you'll find the biggest gathering of lovable geeks, nerds, and dorks in the corporate world. That's why it's so surprising to find such a raw demonstration of unbridled masculinity among battle-hardened contestants buried away in a dark testing basement somewhere in Santa Monica.

The Beginnings

John Lagerholm and Derek Faraci, early on the contest morning, discussing one of the most valued prizes: The Pooping Pig.
The Mustache Contest was the brainchild of a one John Lagerholm, who decided that to celebrate his birthday, he would invite all of his friends (and as an extension, all of QA), to participate in a contest to see who could grow the best mustaches. The rules are simple:
  1. You must go and see John so he can inspect your mustache sometime before lunch.
  2. The "Best Mustache" is the one John likes best.
  3. No Hair anywhere under the lower lip (see diagram.)
  4. There's no "starting point" for hair growth, come with what you got. If you've been growing a beard for 10 years, it's fair game to use in the contest.
  5. It is legal to maintain a full beard until the day of the contest.
  6. Participants must be in Activision QA
  7. There is only one winner, no runners up. Although there are participation prizes.
  8. Men and Women are both eligible to participate.
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Keep the hair out of the no-no spot.

Online Marketing

This year, John really stepped it up a notch by creating an online merchandise store, where you can purchase official mustache contest gear.

It's comforting to see they still make thongs somewhere in the USA, isn't it?
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Special Thanks to Amanda McGoldrick who inadvertently gave me the idea for that sarcastic line. Loved it so much when she used it, pretty much created the idea for this page.

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