Production Update 186: Life Event in the Works

Not really too much to report this week in terms of production. Something came up this week and it really took all of my attention outside of work and freelance projects. It’s a pretty big announcement so I will get it shared once I can.

It’s been a crazy summer so far with all of the con travel for screenings, panels and getting engaged that I am really looking forward to putting in some serious hours on Cosmic Rage soon. I have a ton of things I want to try out and explore. I really appreciate everyone’s patience with this. I owe you all a serious video update when things calm down a bit.

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Production Update 185: Post-AnimeFest

It’s been a week since AnimeFest wrapped up and I had an amazing time at the convention. AnimeFest felt like a completely different convention and I mean that in a great way. The con felt like it was an artist based con. I went to panels that ranged from figure photography, digital painting, 3D modeling and indy comics. This was outside of my panel and screening of Cosmic Rage. I met some very talented artists and I feel that AnimeFest is going to be a convention that I hit up every year regardless if I have a screening or not of Cosmic Rage. I really can’t say enough good things about AnimeFest, just an absolute great time. The environment of downtown Dallas was fantastic as well, so much artwork and a great place to go Pokemon hunting too.

There were a couple panels at AnimeFest that had Japanese animators doing some live drawing while answering questions that I found really entertaining. There was a round of “hot potato” drawing in which all of the artists would work on a drawing and a moderator would tell the artists to switch drawings. The results were hilarious. I even got to meet Erica Mendez, the voice actress for Ryuko from Kill La Kill. If you are looking for a new con to hit up in 2017, give AnimeFest a look.

Back into production items! My e-book is still at the editor getting combed through for consistency and type. I had a couple art revisions to make as well. I am aiming for this weekend to go through the process of actually getting it into the iBooks store. That is my fault on the hold up, I noticed some art issues that I was late getting to.

I am also going to be looking into Steam. One of the AnimeFest attendees that came to my Cosmic Rage screening suggested that I look into that and it is something I overlooked since I don’t use Steam. I will have to keep you all posted on this front since I am not sure of their platform and submission process.

This week I didn’t get much done in terms of production. I had to catch up on some work the week I got back from AnimeFest and I have also been working on a couple freelance projects. One freelance project will go to helping cover some of the VO costs for the second episode. The other freelance project will support some new equipment on the technical front. More on this soon 🙂

This week I am aiming to take another look at the second episode script and double check it for consistency and make sure it is looking good before I start diving into storyboards.

Thanks for stopping by! Hoping to have another review up again later this week and getting back on track posting clips to Facebook and Instagram.

Production Update 184: Preparations for AnimeFest

AnimeFest is quickly approaching, so this week I will be putting the final preparations on my travel plans before hitting the road to Dallas, Texas! I have two panels scheduled for the convention, one is the History of CGI in Anime and the other is of course, a screening of Cosmic Rage. This will also be my first time at AnimeFest so I am very excited to check out a new convention and see what it has to offer as well as meeting so many new people too. I will have a follow up to AnimeFest next week when I get back from the event.

As for production news, the e-book is mostly done. I am sending it to an editor this week for one final pass before I get it submitted into the iBooks store so that should be coming soon. I got my final pages designed for it and just need to do one final run through on my end, probably tomorrow, before it goes to the editor. I got a little sidetracked this weekend with some life stuff, this house hunting business is not for the feint of heart. Quick sidetone though, school is all done and I am good to go on that front, I just need to file for graduation.

I am looking at another freelance project this summer yet too. The funds for this project would go to get me a new tablet for my setup. I am looking at getting a Cintiq so I can get back to more frame by frame animation in the second episode. Lots of good stuff going on. Stay tuned for more!

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Pokemon GO… One Month Later

It’s a Friday evening. There are two young kid hunkered down in a dark basement with nothing but the glow of a worm light and a dim lamp next to them. The lamp casts a soft glow on a Nintendo walk-through magazine. The two kids are having a conversation about how cool it would be if this game was real. Of course, that game was Pokemon and this was my early teenage years.


Pokemon GO isn’t real life, obviously the Pokemon only exist on your phone. But as of now, this is the closest thing we get to actually existing in that world. I’m not going to get into the actual game because you know all about it at this point and if you play the game, you are aware of the issues with the tracker, the servers and what not. Instead, I want to talk about how in one month, this game has changed my life.

The last year has been pretty intense. Finishing up the first episode of Cosmic Rage, going back to school, getting engaged, freelance work but I live by the motto “Work hard, Play hard”. With several of these things wrapping up, I decided to really dive into the game.

Clearly the game has gotten me out walking, which I enjoyed doing before but the game really kind of prompts me to do it instead of talking about it. Hiking was always something I did after my work was done but given the above list, it was never done, so my hiking trips always got pushed to “next weekend”. I knew I wasn’t getting there, but I told myself that.

With some of the server issues, I found myself playing more at morning and night with only a couple minor walks throughout the day. Mostly a mid morning jaunt around the neighborhood or maybe a few steps over lunch to hatch some eggs.

So let’s start with mornings. I’ve never been much of a morning person. I would snooze my alarm clock until the last minute, grab a red bull on my way out the door and be off to work. Now I find myself leaving for work a half hour early so I can get down by the river and start plugging away on catching Magikarps.

I mentioned the quick walks during the work day, mid morning and sometimes over lunch. These provide me with nice breaks to get away from the computer and get some fresh air, exercise and some steps toward hatching my eggs. It also is a nice way to step away from a project and switch gears for a bit. Plus it is great to have something non-work related to discuss in the office in the morning.

Most importantly though, I’ve been playing at night too. It is an absolute blast exploring the downtown scene at night and seeing all of the other players. I’ve met some cool people and have helped take gyms down, Team Instinct for life!


So this all sounds great right? But I wanted to share some of the pros or cons from this so far. In the last month, I have logged about 75 miles of walking or 121 kilometers from the game. I have caught almost 1500 Pokemon. Besides this though, I have become more of a morning person. I get up earlier and more importantly, I use the game as an excuse to exercise more, where before I was treating exercise as more of something I didn’t get too. In this same aspect, I have hung out with more of my friends, all of whom use the game as the same excuse. It feels great to connect with them after being away for so long working on my various projects. I’ve slimmed down a little bit in the last month too and generally feel a lot better, I no longer loathe mornings. But the biggest benefit of my playing regiment is that I no longer have my regular migraines. I am not sure if it is because I am spending less time in front of the computer or if it is that I am spending less time in front of the computer at night, but either way, it has made me feel more productive and focused.

I would love to hear your stories about how Pokemon GO has affected you!

Keep at it my fellow trainers!

Production Update 183: E-book, Coming Soon

This past week I spent some time catching up on some life stuff that piled up a little bit. The reward for sacrificing the week to do that is reaping some early benefits. I was able to dive into the e-book and started polishing it up to get it ready for a release. There will probably be about another day of work in the e-book before it will be ready to submit to the store. I want to go through it one more time and make sure the text, audio and everything is consistent with the first episode. I also have one more page to design. It is a very exciting time to get this released into the store. Once the e-book makes it’s way into the store, it will close the chapter (no pun intended) on the first volume and allow me to completely transition into the second episode.

That’s not all! I will also be packing and preparing for AnimeFest in Texas since it is less than two weeks away! This will be another “first” for me, since I have never been to an AnimeFest before. I am looking forward to meeting so many new people and seeing what the convention has to offer.

One last note. This is my last week for my summer class as well. I’ll be spending one night this week wrapping up my final assignment and one night working on some freelance work as well. I am going to be jumping back into getting more content up this week as well.