- 55555 trying in vain to adjust the pose of one of my MOCs
- 55555 breaking aforementioned MOC
- Velox smirking in the background and doing nothing to stop the MOC carnage
- Me nearly breaking Brickeens' Jungle Mecha
- Brickeens and I went around the entire con talking to people and making ridiculously stupid puns
- Brickeens in general
- Thylon and me rummaging through vendor parts for one and a half hours (I still believe firmly that he got a better haul than me)
- Brickeens coming over three times asking if we were done
- Prototype White-MetruBlue-swirled Miru!
- I named it Paul
- Because Brickeens named his Carl
- Sisen and Disky launching a zamor out of a catapult at me (I caught it on about the sixteenth hop after flailing about for a while in vain attempts to catch it)
- Zatth's amazing and highly popular LEGO Plushie
- Me scrubbing my head with said plushie and saying "PLUSHIE PLUSHIE PLUSHIE"
- Thylon printing out a sign that said "PLUSHIE PLUSHIE PLUSHIE" to put in front of aforementioned plushie
- Nukaya, Zatth's mom, Brickeens' dad, and my dad got called for door prizes (I didn't notice the latter for some bizarre reason)
- Building a (failed) brick bridge between two tables in the back (with Xaeraz providing commentary. Thylon seemed especially annoyed at that.)
- Wearing three hats simultaneously (courtesy of Zatth-Xaeraz industries)
- Seeing Brickeens wear three hats simultaneously
- Wearing huge sunglasses à la my comic character/avatar
- I met another member from North Carolina who was attending during the public hours, but for the life of me can't remember who it was. If you see this, could you comment/PM me? I really hate not remembering.
- Zatth asking "how is babby formed" to a group of staff members
- Seeing ChocolateFrogs get confused at that
- Black Six singing into my LEGO microphone replica
- Thylon, Zatth, Brickeens, and me singing happy birthday to Black Six
- It was a brilliant idea
- It may or may not have been a factor in my promotion to Forum Mentor
- Accidentally knocking over part of the BZP mosaic
- Sticking my head into a videocall that basically everyone was having with Turakii
- Sleeping for twelve straight hours in one night
- Brickeens' dad on my 2001 Monolith MOC: "It's a fantastic use of color, really."
- Failing at LEGO bingo
- Eating at a nearby Mexican restaurant that took forever to take and make our orders
- They ended up getting my order completely wrong
After BrickFair, my family, Brickeens, and his dad got into our car and we saw the sights of Washington, D.C. Highlights of this adventure included
- Horrible puns from me
- Horrible puns from Brickeens' dad
- He is better than I am with bad puns
- Laughing heartily at bad puns from pretty much everybody
- Getting confused as to the larger than normal police force around the White House
- I have evidence President Obama is stalking Brickeens
- (not really)
- Getting stuck in traffic
- Making even more terrible puns
- An inside joke regarding a very deep voice and the country of The Gambia
- Seeing basically all of the open monuments and memorials until 11:15 at night
- Brickeens on Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address: "What's he on about?"
- Getting stuck in traffic again
The day after, we toured the Air and Space museum, where we encountered nearly the entire BZP staff again. Somewhat less hilarity ensued.
Who else is coming this year?
(Also would anyone be interested in reading a blog entry about the insanity that happened at BrickFair 2011?)
All images have been linked, all spaces between lines have been replaces with slashes.
Squishy: [image] this as my next sig yes/no
Sumiki: yes / total yes
yay two people think think this is good
well who wouldn't / it looks
well i just was worried because it's like my first really sort of fudge image editing ever / but it wasn't really hard because i edited it from this / but whatever
>fudge / OM NOM NOM EAT
YES WE CAN / OM NOM NOM / EAT PORK CHOPS / oh wow that was a long time ago / it also reminds me of when brick's blog was still OM NOM NOM ;__;
I miss that blog title
who doesn't / well besides brockeens / *brickeens / unless he secretly kind of misses it
he might, iunno
i kind of hope he does / then there is a 1 in random number between 3 and 387 chance that he may go back to OM NOM NOM someday
best probability ever
yeah uh / i totally didn't make that up on the spot, brick told me that himself / yeah that's how it went down
cool story bro
ya / (I think we messed this up)
BLAME THE FUDGE
blame the pork
blame the kung pao chicken
blame assorted foodstuffs
and blame the sports section of your local sports store
what other sections are there :awkao:[/size]
well there are clothing sections / that are sports related / and checkouts / that are sports related / uhhhhhhhhhh / [image]
the banana dude will end all evil red theaters
waht is that I dnot even
he's going to bury the evil red theaters and his nosebananas, obviously
I was unaware that theaters could be evil
well duh / when there is gum on the bottom of the seats and some people just won't shut up and when a tall person is sitting in front of you / pure evil
every / villain / is / theaters that print lemons / otherwise known as evittpl
/ I never want to drink lemonade again
think of the apples and oranges and limes and other tropical fruit that are made into apple juice, orange juice, limeade and other tropical drinks
vegetarians are evil, I'm now a full-time carnivore / oh wait / WHAT CAN I CONSUME :waaht_rainbow:
yes, consuming the stuff that is actually not living is way worse than consuming the stuff that actually is
yeah you think you're so cool going all bread and whatever
[image] / WHERE IS YOUR DOG NOW / (in my bread)
HA / I DON'T HAVE A DOG / (anymore?)
come on squishy you're supposed to be disturbified
nah i've seen that image before / i already have been disturbified by that image beforehand / but the question is / [image] / are you disturbified
yes / yes indeed I am / thank you very much
you are very much welcome
okay no matter how many times i see that image it will always be extremely extremely extremely disturbing
what has changed this pm convo from a question about my next signature to a somewhat disturbing picturefest
[image] / this guy
STOP / just stop
[image] / oh alright
[image] / okay let's change the subject
um okay / what should we change it to
BLOBFISH OF COURSE
we're back to disturbing pictures again
four pages of this nonsense / what is this madness
THIS / IS / PM CONVOS / *kicks into pile of PMs*
*retrieves atomic PA system, mounts on lightsaber and charges*
*ignites own lightsaber* / EXTREME SWORD FIGHTING AAAAAAAAAAAA
*activates atomic PA system, blows up your lightsaber with the power of muffled, unearthly sound*
*nukes you with a megaton of disturbing images*
THE DISTURBINGNESS AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaa / *whips around with an army of 78498769857 handdudes armed with CornerShot guns and plastic Thor hammers*
HA / ALL OF THE HANDDUDES ARE UNDER MY COMMAND / *they turn around and begin to attack you*
[image] / *produces 78498769857 handdude mind-control caps and creates a Put-The-Handdude-Mind-Control-Caps-On-The-Handdudes-Inator-Thingy and activates it, making all the handdudes attack you*
[image] / *distracts you with 156,997,539,714 longcats*
[image] / *shuns the longcats with 42 mudkips and cakes that are lies*
[image] / that's 3,738,036,660 longcats for every mudkip, and mudkipz are not that powerful / I mean, I herd you liek them, but this is getting to the point of utter ridiculousness
but 42 mudkips / emphasis on the 42 / also i used to liek mudkips, but then I TOOK AN ARROW TO THE KNEE THAT IS SO FUNNY AHAHA / [image] [image] [image] [image] / gosh you have so much willy wonka in your reactions just wat
[image] / the ability to use mudkipz is insignificant next to the power of the longcat / [/paraphrasedstarwarsmisquotes]
okay then / I SURRENDER *throws hands into the air*
so is this over
To be continued ... ?
The forum formerly known as Artwork III.
There are those who love the forum and there are those who don't. I don't get the impression that there are very many active members on here who are apathetic on it - it seems like everyone has an opinion, whether or not they express it, and independent of whether or not they are an active comic maker or are entering a work in the comics contest.
I respect comic makers and I sincerely believe that comics are a form of art. But comparing sprite comics to hand drawn comics is just like the proverbial comparison of apples and oranges, or comparing MOCs with epics. Simply put: it's not possible.
"But Sumiki, they're both comics! Why can't we compare?"
Compare all you like, but in the end of the day, it's different. Sprites are, by and large, made by select few members, be they comic makers or otherwise. I can compare pixel art to hand-drawn art all day, because there has to be innate artistic skill to do both. Yes, some comic makers who use other member's sprites have artistic skill, but I'm not going to go as far as to generalize all sprite comics and their makers.
"It takes a lot more time to make a sprite comic than to draw one by hand!"
This right here is a common defense, and on the surface, it seems to make some sense. It is, however, an ignoratio elenchi - an argument wherein one proves or disproves a point which is not at issue. The time it takes to make a sprite comic as compared to a hand-drawn one is totally irrelevant to the quality of the comic. There's no set time that one can make a sprite comic in, and there's no set time that it takes to draw one by hand. A ten-page sprite comic might be heinously bad, but the time it takes to assemble the sprites from the kit might take longer than the by-hand artist who makes an awesome four-page comic in half the time.
If the amount of time poured into any piece of art is the sole indication of its quality, the winner of the comics contest would be whichever one took the longest. There would be no need for a poll in the first place.
"How can you know, or compare? You don't even make sprite comics!"
I don't have to know to be able to compare. Do you have to walk on the Moon to know what it looks like? I didn't think so. Plus, I actually made a few sprite comics in the past, and with very limited software, so I have at least touched the surface of the medium.
Is it easy to make sprite comics look good? Not really. But is it easy to make them? Heck yeah. Anyone - even those who have no artistic ability whatsoever - can make a sprite comic.
"Its easier to make a hand-drawn comic than a sprite comic."
Sprite comics, for the most part, have stock backgrounds that are copied and pasted between frames. The characters, or parts of the characters, are already pre-created on another sheet entirely, ready to be copied and pasted into the comic. While professional hand-drawn comics sometimes do similar things, amateur comic makers on BZPower who draw their comics by hand do so because they don't want to copy and paste the same things like sprite comics are known to do.
"But Sumiki, the time and effort that it takes to make a sprite comic far outdoes the work put into hand-drawn comics!"
Ah, but the effort is the combined labor of the pixel artists, who aren't always necessarily the comic makers. Like I said, I respect the pixel artists and the kit makers for their creative skill, but I can't put them in the same category with the people who use their work to construct their own stories - unless, however, the pixel artists use their own handiwork in their comics.
I think a lot of the issues that people have with the comic makers is that they have a stereotype of being easily enraged. Professional debate quickly seems to degenerate into near-flame wars, and they would if the brave folks who make up the staff of that forum didn't respond to problems with great alacrity.
This entry is not intended to kindle anew the fires of a flame war. If anything, it is my response to many of the arguments that I've seen regarding the sprites-vs.-hand-drawn debate. The contest topic was not the place for it, and before you ask, no, I didn't start it. I try to stay out of drama here.
I don't think I'm being unreasonable if I can sincerely expect everyone to be professional about this and not degenerate the debates and discussion into a slurry of insults hurled hither and thither. I believe that the members can live up to those standards, so please, play nice. There's no reason not to.
He's the lord of all strangeness. - Ignika: Nerd of Life
How awesome is Sumiki on a scale of 1 to 10? - Waffles
42. - Black Six
[He's] the king of wierd, the prince of practicality, the duke of durr! - Daiker
Sumiki is magic. - Cholie
Sumiki says, "Do I creeeeeeep you out?" Yes, he does. - Waffles
Sumiki is a nub. He's cool, but he's still a nub. - Ran Yakumo
"What is a Sumiki?" You may ask. But the answer to that is still unknown, even to the Sumiki itself. - Daiker
LISTEN TO SUMIKI - Cholie
Sumiki is best snickerdoodle. - Takuma Nuva
BZPower = Sumiki + McSmeag + B6. And Hahli Husky. - Vorex
What's a Sumi? Does it taste good? - Janus
I would have thought Sumiki wanted to reincarnate as a farm animal. - Kraggh
EAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH - Kakaru
Sumiki: the horse_ebooks of bzp - VampireBohrok
Everything relates to Sumiki. No really, everything. - Daiker
He's in worse mental condition than I thought. - Obsessionist
I'm just wondering why I'm looking at some cat dancing ... I suppose the answer would simply be "Sumiki." - Brickeens
I was like a beast, screaming through the mind of Sumiki at the speed of sound. I.. I wasn't strong enough to stop myself. What I saw was the end of infinity, through which one can see the beginning of time, and I will never be the same. - Portalfig
I imagine the 13th Doctor will be rather like Sumiki, at the rate we're going. - rahkshi guurahk
I was quite sure Sumiki had another set of arms stashed somewhere. - Bfahome
Note to future self: don’t try to predict Sumiki, he’s unpredictable. - Voltex
Let's be honest, I would totally have picked my main man Sumiki to lead my goose-stepping night killers anyway. We tight like that, yo. - Xaeraz
10/10, would Sumiki again. - Bfahome
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Every week, I post a new "Tuesday Tablescrap", a small MOC not worthy of a topic, but something to post and inspire me to build more.
10/25/11 - Duplo Flower
11/1/11 - Slender Man and Masky
11/8/11 - Bizarre Black Spaceship
11/15/11 - 2001 Monolith
11/22/11 - My Little Slizer 50
11/29/11 - Punching Bag
12/6/11 - Thunder and Escorts
12/13/11 - Three Concepts
12/20/11 - Kaxium Alternate
12/27/11 - None (Christmas Break)
1/10/12 - None
1/17/12 - Volant
1/24/12 - Nidman's Chute Shoop Shop
1/31/12 - None (Brickshelf down)
2/7/12 - None
2/14/12 - Atomic Lime
2/21/12 - Spearhead
2/28/12 - Glatorian Kahi
3/6/12 - Seeker
3/13/12 - Skyscraper
3/20/12 - Microphone
3/27/12 - Toa Vultraz
4/3/12 - Flammenwerferjüngeres
4/10/12 - Umbrella
4/17/12 - Lime Beetle
4/24/12 - Special - Flame Sculpture
5/1/12 - None (BZPower down)
5/8/12 - Purple Ninja
5/15/12 - The Original Sumiki
5/22/12 - 7/24/12 - None
7/31/12 - Tahu
8/7/12 - None (BrickFair)
8/14/12 - Special - Chess Set
8/21/12 - Heavily Armored Wasp
8/28/12 - Spaceship Drill
9/4/12 - Scuba Vehicle
9/11/12 - Orange Guy
9/18/12 - Strange Flying Thing
9/25/12 - Goblet
10/2/12 - None
10/9/12 - Aim .............................. Down
10/16/12 - Gold Bot
10/23/12 - Teal Mech
10/30/12 - Special - Teal Mech (#2)
11/6/12 - Bits and Pieces
11/13/12 - Two Spaceships
11/20/12 - TARDIS Interior
11/27/12 - Christmas Creep
12/4/12 - Toaraga
12/11/12 - Fireplace
12/18/12 - Abstract Duckling
12/25/12 - None (Christmas)
1/1/13 - Black Bot
1/8/13 - 1/22/13 - None
1/29/13 - Handheld Rhotuka Launcher
2/5/13 - 8/6/13 - None
8/13/13 - The Hinklebot
8/20/12 - Special - Post-Apocalyptic Piyufi
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If you learn one thing in life, learn this:
You should never, ever question why demons would possess a soda.
just a heads up - Cthulhu would probably eradicate mankind before bringing back Bionicle
so yeah, all I'm saying is, please think twice about this okay
nothing gets democracy flowing like erratic capitalizatION
[the NSA] couldn't say no when I offered them an ostrich farm in exchange
Sumiki -- nice try but we all know Toa Mata Nui stuffs its bra
have we mentioned hats
Shhh, I'm trying to focus on the negative to justify my dislike of history.
Also a long line of really great hats.
You have a great understanding of history, but don't forget, war, murder and other poor decisions are also huge characteristics.
To be fair, I am the one responsible for the invention of Mafia in the 1320s by seventeen bored italians locked in a mine shaft.
It's a long story.