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Sitting at Point A.
kit kat
tekitsune
As I sit here pondering a new direction in life that is on the horizon, I've been wondering about things to this point. I tend to think of myself as a creative person. I may not be the best at anything that I do, but I like to think I'm a bit better than average. It just makes me wonder. I've tried to do all sorts of creative things over the years. Reflecting back on each one of my endeavors, it's sad to say that almost each one has been full of Epic Fail™. I've tried lots of things over the years. I enjoy doing most of them, but it's frustrating to see all the work I put into things and nothing really coming of it. I've put so many things out into the world and it hard to see that little to no one is paying attention. I think the only thing I've ever done that people have paid any attention to was my work with Richard and Wendy Pini of Elfquest fame. And that's attention by association. Not really anything of my doing. But I look at things like @anime!, my online anime magazine. Or my photography. Or my design "business". If you look at any of those, none of them could be considered anything close to what could be called a success.

So as I sit here staring at this computer screen, I have to wonder. Is it even worth the time to do anything creative on my own anymore? I've got lots of projects that I work on that, frankly, don't ever amount to anything. I'm wondering if it's worth it to keep pouring time and effort into these things. Should I just kill them all and try to move on to something else? It's quite the quandary. And I don't really know what to do. Art. Design. Writing. Photography… it all seems so worthless if there's no one to look at it or use it. It's even harder a thing when you think about the fact that I've been doing all this stuff for more than half my life. It's really all that I know.

I've been trying to figure out how to move forward. School will be starting up again in a few weeks. I swore to myself that I wouldn't go back, but I don't think I really have much choice. I'll be going a direction that I have a feeling won't be an easy one. I'm starting into Business Management with a Marketing focus. I have to be honest, I hate the business side of business. I really prefer to do the creative stuff. But after almost 20 years in the design world, I don't think I can get anywhere in that world anymore. Being a designer just doesn't seem to cut it anymore. I don't want to go into management, but after 20 years as a designer, management is the only place for me to go now it seems. Having a job where I won't be able to design isn't what I think I'll like, but there's little else for me to do without changing fields completely and I don't want to do that either.

And then there's the bad economy.

It's quite the dilemma. And I don't know what to do.

I'm tired and just want to move on, but it seems that I can't. Somewhere, there's an answer. I just hope that I can find it.

just a little test...
kit kat
tekitsune

I just noticed that they finally got an iPhone app here. ( Thanks magicalemi!) Just testing things in between classes.

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Happy Holidays!
kit kat
tekitsune


Direct from my sketchbook to all of you out there! :)

I'm a day late for Christmas, but I was enjoying being lazy yesterday, so I'm using that as my good excuse. Hope everyone out there is having a wonderful holiday season.
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18 years down... 4 months to go.
kit kat
tekitsune
Fall semester is finally over. One more to go.

Boy will I be happy when it's all done.

Now I get to prep for my last Vegas trip for the year. I'm off in the morning to see BYU play Arizona in the Las Vegas Bowl. It should be a good game.

Of BFAs and things.
kit kat
tekitsune
It took the world a while, but I finally got notification that I made it into the Bachelor of Fine Art program here at school. What that means is that I'll have a better degree but I'll have to take 2 classes in the summer before I can graduate.

At least summer classes are done in half a semester as opposed to a full one.

Onward and upward! :)
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kit kat
tekitsune
Lookie here! Proof that I actually made it to Comic-Con this year. This was a nice photo taken by Richard Pini while I was talking business at Wendy Pini's Artist Alley booth. I love hooking up with Richard and Wendy... I just wish I could have been there for more of the con this year. (Yeah, beyond the lack of time that I got stuck with this year, despite planning on being there for a day.)



Next year, I'll probably be doing Comic-Con without the Disneyland trip, so I'll be down there all week again. It'll be nice (and slightly crazy) to be there all week. At least school should be over by then. :)

Thanks for the photo Richard! For those that are curious, there are a lot more photos that Richard took (with some fun, witty comments) right here.
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The longest drive to San Diego...
kit kat
tekitsune
Yesterday was such a "meh!" day. Thursday was my Comic-Con day. I needed to hook up with Richard and Wendy of Elfquest fame, to discuss the upcoming web revamp. And I was taking my brother Dana to see the con for the first time. We left Anaheim at around 7:20 am and get on the 5 Freeway. Going ok, until we're about to get to San Onofre. Then the traffic stops. And stops. And stops.....

4 hours later, we finally get to the reason why the traffic had been throughly killed. At 5:09am, a Vons grocery truck was driving along when it hit a mini-van that was parked on the side of the road. It had been in an accident earlier and was unoccupied, but going 65+MPH, it created quite the mess. The big rig slammed into the van, tossing it up the hill about 30 feet, then rolled a couple of times before the gas tanks finally burst into flames. The driver got out before it went up fortunately. However, the fire from the tanks lit the brush on the side of the road and ended up burning 4 acres of brush and torched the mini-van.

When we finally got to the accident, around 11:30am, 4 hours after we left on a 2 hour drive, traffic was still pretty much reduced to one lane.

Yes, that's one lane, with rush hour traffic from L.A. to San Diego AND people coming down for the first day of the San Diego Comic-Con.

All told, it took about 5 1/2 hours to get to San Diego. I was only able to spend about an hour at the convention cause we had to be back in Anaheim for a dinner appointment. I did get to hook up with Richard and Wendy. That was pretty much it.

The only GOOD thing that happened all day was being able to finally hit up the In-N-Out. I sooooooo needed a 4x4 after all that driving.

Hope everyone else had a better day.

 

Elfquest Takes a Trip to the Big Screen with the Warners!
kit kat
tekitsune
This is being blasted across the Intarweb and the Blogosphere, so I figured I'd pass it along.

This was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.




Elves gather at Warners
Rawson Thurber to write, direct, produce comic adaptation
By Borys Kit
July 9, 2008, 01:00 AM ET


"Elfquest," the cult comic by Wendy and Richard Pini, is heading to the big screen courtesy of Warners Bros. and Rawson Thurber.

Thurber will write, direct and produce the feature, whose format is undetermined.

The original comic, which the Pinis initially self-published starting in 1978, followed a tribe of elves known as the Wolfriders in their attempts to survive and link with other dispersed elves on an Earth-like planet with two moons while on the lookout for tribes of humans and trolls, both of which acted as allies and enemies.

The series -- which at certain points in its history was published by both Marvel and DC Comics -- attracted a more mature audience as it went along, with scenes of battles and sexuality that were intense for that time.

Hollywood has long tried to adapt the series, and several attempts at an animated series or feature have been made over the years.

Courtenay Valenti is overseeing for Warners.

CAA-repped Thurber, a commercials director, broke through into features with the 2004 Ben Stiller hit "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story." He also wrote and directed "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh," an adaptation of the Michael Chabon novel.

The Pinis are repped by RWSH and Hansen Literary.




To see the actual article and all the follow up comments, go here:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i2a7c68761043a405ce9484de5d5df531

And all the fun can be see on the Elfquest.com forums here:
http://www.elfquest.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=389185#389185


Now to all you Elfquest fans out there, go spread the word!

Oh, and the computer is still dead... :P (Typing this at work.)
 

Dead again...
Green Day
tekitsune
The day was going so well... then I got home. I pulled the laptop out of my backpack and yet again, the hard drive ate itself. Naturally it's like 2 weeks after the warranty expired.

You know, I'm really sick and tired of hard drives dying. Again, I have no idea what I've lost as far as files go. I may be able to see about getting a professional to try to do some recovery, but I won't be able to do that until the semester starts again in August. Until then, I'm back to the tower. All of my email from the last 7 months are prolly gone. I know the originals for the Voices For Tolerance site are gone. I'll have to reconstruct those. Fortunately I kept that simple.

I really hate having to reverse engineer projects because of hard drives that totally suck. Now I have to see what I have backed up and what's missing. My last backup was apparently the end of May, so it's not quite as bad as it could be, but still.

What's really sad is that the hard drive died just 7 months ago. Two dead drives in less than a year is bad.

I'm just really tired of this kind of stuff... I miss the days of Seagate Barracuda drives installed in computers. I really do. Those things NEVER died.


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Well, I finally got OS X installed on my FireWire drive and the laptop booted up just fine there. Translation: Hard drive is dead. Computer is fine.

It's really sad too. Computer can see the drive. It just can't read anything off it.

Exceptionally frustrating. Now I need to get a new hard drive... but again, not until next month. Horrible time for all this. Right before the Disneyland/Comic-Con trip.

Ick.


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Well, maybe not. Did a software update and then the FireWire drive stopped working... Prolly something in addition to the drive dying.



 

Voices For Updates!
kit kat
tekitsune
Hey all! For those that hadn't noticed, the new Voices For Tolerance album is out! janscottfrazier has a nice post about it here: http://janscottfrazier.livejournal.com/245653.html

And the new version of the website is now online!


voicesfor.org


Check out the new site and go buy the album!