Shortpacked!: Ethan should get his priorities realigned.
It occurred to me the other day that I don't do nearly as much fanservice art
as I used to. Maybe that's what's been missing from the equation since It's Walky!
ended and Shortpacked!
started. Seriously, where's the boobies? (Besides, ah-heh, in the adspace either on the left or right.)
I have to admit, I'm pretty damn rusty. My grasp of anatomy has gone to pot. When you draw nothing but headshots for years upon years, that can happen. But we'll figure something out. I promise.
On Saturday, Graham, Maggie and I went to go see Speed Racer
. I was really worried about it, because reviews had been terrible and it seems to be bombing really badly. But, dude, I gotta tell you, it was awesome. Seriously awesome. Way, way too long, but full of concentrated awesome. Why is there so huge of a disconnect between my opinion and the critics? Is it because they haven't seen any of the source material? That can't be it. I've never seen the original Speed Racer
cartoon. I'm familiar with the theme song and passingly with the animation and voice acting quality (or lack thereof), so I only went to see it as a curiosity.
No, I just don't think they've played enough Mario Kart.
Sure, the movie was crammed with references to anime tropes and the original Speed Racer
series -- a real tour de force of an adaptation -- but if you renamed the movie "Mario Kart
," it'd have been just as accurate. With the powerups, crazy courses, and the thrill of racing itself, Speed Racer
wanted me to play Mario Kart until the end of time once I got home. (And we did have a marathon session afterwards.) Don't critics understand? Have they never blue-sparked around a curve? Never pulled out of eighth place into first at the last second with a well-used powerup? Murdered some dude with a red shell? This is my adrenaline, now on film, with some plot in between the Kart porn tentpole scenes.
If I have any disappointments with the film, they are few. First of all, it seemed way too long, but I have no idea how they could have cut it down. And secondly, I think the emotional peak was too early, in the first scene. At least, it certainly was for me. But then, I think that has to do with Mario Kart again. You'll understand, if you've seen it. If you've ever chased a ghost across a Mario Kart course, but then married that with a buttload of emotional meaning, you've got the first scene.
It was beautiful.
You should go see it.