Ohio weather's always pretty screwy. We don't really having "spring"; we have summer-winter-summer-fall-fall-SUMMER-winter-ALL ON SUMMER usually all in the same week after February.
Right now it's pretty toasty at 90 degrees and I'm hiding in the house. To make it worse, my car's AC and work AC a little earlier went on the fritz...
Oh well least the pool's open and hopefully my AC can get patched up tomorrow.
Anyhoo, just went to Rathacon yesterday to sell some stuff and it went pretty well. Actually the whole con seemed to improve a bit as last year there weren't many vendors and seemed to be lacking something in general, and I'm not talking about the college kids.
Because for some reason, they always schedule this thing after OU graduation.
I mean last year I only made about twenty bucks; this year I made almost a'hundred bucks. Among the most popular were the postcard sized prints of Mario/Spider-Man, Harley Quinn/Deadpool, and a couple of Pokemon ORAS prints. I'll have to print more of the Harley Quinn one, that sold like hot cakes.
Didn't hurt I was selling 'em for a buck. Mostly as an experiment.
Among some of the booth set up there this year where a couple of publishers an independent one called Electromagnetic Press and 21 Pulp from Marietta, Ohio. Both seemed to like what I did, and I might have a gig set up with Electromagnetic!
So hey, connections!
And experience~ And fun based on the story samples I was reading from EMP.
Also still doing work on Sonic the Comic; just finished the Tails story late last month and started work on an Amy centric one.
So keeping busy one way or the other.
Also lots of fun cosplays at Rathacon: super realistic Frankenberry, Joker, FNAF Foxy, Dan from Dan Vs., Grunkle Stan, Walking Dead, Gender Bent Lobo, Jubelie, and one of my personal favorites Groot!
Groot walked over to my table and we exchanged witty banter (I am Groot! I am Dane! I AM GROOT. I AM DAAAAAANE!), then I showed him a print I was selling starring Groot. Breaking character he loved it and bought it. That was pretty fun. >w<
It's also fun to see people beam when you recognize who they're supposed to be, like a girl dressed as Dan Vs. I apparently was the only one who got it. Another artist who made this fabulous Gravity Falls book recreation, was dressed as Stan, but I was evidently one of the few adults who got she was as other people assumed she was a shriner because of the fez hat. Meanwhile little kids got right away she was Stan. >w< Hehe, I love kids. They really impress me. Similarly, a lot of little kids instantly recognized Digimon upon seeing some artwork of Tai and Davis I had at my table.
AND SPEAKING OF DIGIMON!
HOW 'BOUT THAT TRAILER, EH?
Honestly? I was kinda bored going into it. Character dumps, character dumps, static art of the humans looking sexy, rather EPIC art of the Digimon looking cool in a Digital Space... dump-dump-dump-WHOA HOLY SHRIMP EPIC GREYMON KUWAGAMON SMACK DOWN! OMNIMON VS ALPHAMON BAM ZOWIE character dump sky shot Tai and Agumon having a tender moment. END.
Myeah, I didn't get much milage out of it. But I still liked it. Besides the shots of the Digimon and battles another noteworthy shot was of the new girl and Foxy Roxy mon. Theories are on the run the obvious one being she and Foxy might be the cause of what ever new conflict is going on. Another states she was one of the other children who watched the Parrotmon fight at Highton View Terrace and only recently became a DigiDestined and has more or less an Oikawa/Ryouma complex.
....I am not sure if I want another Oikawa or Ryouma. Fanboyish upstarts who ultimately destroy the world? Take three? Ehhhhhh.... *waves hand* Well if it has to be done I guess.
But who's to say that's the idea.
Still, relating to it, is a cryptic comment Tai makes about the world choosing a future that wasn't meant to be chosen. Some have assumed this is referring to 02 and it's continuing dubious stance in Tri's canon. It's certainly an interesting idea: 02 was wiped out due to a Digimon putting the future in a future more beneficial for it or that the 02 future isn't working out and the plot is to alter its course somehow. Or it simply isn't important to Tri's story. At any rate, while it would provide some justification for my own stories, I'm not so sure I'm lapping up anything the tri trailer's providing.
One, I'm not looking at it through rose tinted goggles like almost everyone else is. Not to mention I'm not as emotionally invested in the Adventure crew either.
Two, if the Pokemon trailers have taught me anything, it's not to treat everything at face value. None of the trailers have concepts or footage that survive in the final cut; most of it being footage made SPECIFICALLY for the trailer. Sometimes the footage has NOTHING TO DO with the actual plot, like an early ....Best Wishes trailer I think that that Ho-Oh and Lugia about to clash in an epic show down. This was never reference again, and presumably must've been something of a commercial for HeartGold and SoulSilver. Some other examples include the Evil Ash concept from Zoroark, Deoxys seeming about to kill everyone, the entire first trailer for Mewtwo movie, Ash recognizing Mewtwo but expresses no such knowledge in the final Genesect movie, and so on.
So much of the tri trailer reeks of fanwank to me that I wouldn't be surprised that NOTHING presented in it really means anything later on. I mean seriously Alphamon? Really? He's the most popular of the Royal Knights alongside Omnimon, so it makes sense in a marketing perspective to use them in a promo reel.
It's not too farfetch'd to say that Tri might be entirely reworked to fit the new OVA series format, as it seems the original intent was to put it on TV as unclear as it was. So whatever is in the trailer might not even be in the final product, not even the girl with Foxy Roxymon.
At least that's how I look at it. Cautiously optimistic, but wary to how hellish production can be. Especially after reading up on the sordid history of Sonic X-Treme and Disney's Kingdom of the Sun (which later evolved into The Emperor's New Groove).
There is one other thing that kinda bugs me in a paradox sorta way. I get the idea of recasting... apparently all of the human cast has been recast, but all the Digimon are the same. While the new younger actors are so excited to play Tai and the others (good for them, I wish them the best), how do the veterans feel? How do the original voices of Tai and the others feel about not getting chosen? Take for example Terrance McGovern the voice of Launchpad McQuack. He recently reprised the role for Ducktales Remastered, and was excited to play Launchpad again in the new upcoming Ducktales cartoon. Instead, he was devastated to learn the Scrooge, Launchpad, Huey and the like are all being recast. "I haven't told Launchpad yet," he said. "He's out in the garage working on the Thunderquack, but I promise I'll be sure to tell him."
It may not be personal and just business, and I'm sure many actors try to view it that way, but it still clearly hurts saying good bye to a part of yourself especially when you're still willing and able to play that character.
Donald meanwhile, like the Digimon, is presumably still being voiced by Tony Anselmo.
Why not recast everyone? Why are the Digimon apparently iconic enough to still retain their voices but not the humans, especially with it not being unheard of for the actor to play a child character well into adulthood. *glances at Goku*
Ah well, that's show business right? I did like Tai's new voice, so I'm sure it'll all be fine. It's just a weird creative choice to me, deviants.