Bleh

Apr. 9th, 2017 12:08 pm
healyg: (Frown)
Sorry for not posting much lately. I've been feeling pretty bent out of shape over some forum drama that I'd rather not talk about right now. Let's just say it concerns some seriously upsetting shit, and it's really fucking with my head. I may have to stop going there for a while, or even altogether, even though most (all?) of the perps have gotten banned already.

Anyway, I've been biding my time by playing cutesy RPG Maker games, which have been helpful in taking my mind off things. I may talk about them in depth later this week, but in case I don't, know that At the Tale End is really, really good.
healyg: (apology)
The past couple of weeks I have just been lazing around, not doing much of anything that would prevent me from updating my blog. And I'm sorry about that! BUT: I do have an excuse for last week. Kinda. Sorta.

For it was right around then that I was putting the finishing touches on... Juni in the Haunted House! *lightning crash*

Spooky, huh?
Anyway, JitHH is another Knytt Stories level, this time a harder, mazier level about exploring (and maybe escaping) a haunted house. It's got thrills! It's got chills! It's got 4 endings and a They Might Be Giants tune you can listen to, if you play your cards right. Finishing up this level was a pain and a half, and it really drained my energy towards the middle of last week, when I was working on it final areas. But it's done now, and you can download and play it! Provided you already have Knytt Stories, of course.

Anyway, this week I hope to put this blog back on a normal schedule. Hopefully I can get Currently Reading Wednesdays on time, too. See you then!
healyg: (apology)
Sorry I waited 'til Sunday to get to this! A bunch of stuff just sort of piled up on me last week, and I've been rushing over the weekend to at least get around to some of it. So, I bet you guys are wondering what I've read this week? Well...

The Spirit: The New Adventures by various: It's a collection of new Spirit comics a bunch of artists did in the late nineties. There are some pretty great high points (Alan Moore's crazy reinterpretation of the Spirit's foes Dr. Cobra and The Octopus) as well as some lows (Neil Gaiman's story, which didn't seem to have a point, and which I didn't even recognize was from him until I checked the credits), but even the lowpoints don't bring down the collection. Recommended.

Sledgehammer 44 by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Jason Latour, and Laurence Campbell: Another monster smash-up by the brains behind Hellboy. It's basically the same monster-and-nazi-fighting formula as Hellboy, only the hero possesses (literally) an Iron Man-esque suit this time. The only problem I had with it was that the hero's energy powers made for some pretty "blah" fights sometimes, but there was enough going on that it wasn't too big a deal. Read it if you like the other Hellboy stuff.

Various RPG Maker games by various: Let's see here, I'm playing The Longing Ribbon (already on chapter 4), Standstill Girl (beating my head against an optional boss in the second-to-last area), and Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea (which I don't think I've made a lot of progress in). I haven't finished any yet, so I couldn't give you any detailed impressions, but so far I'm enjoying myself in each of them.

That's all for now! Tomorrow I'll get around to the Alice Saturday I've skipped, and then we're all caught up.
healyg: (Book Reading)
Sorry I've been away so long; I've just had trouble gathering the energy to update it or do much of anything besides playing old RPG Maker games and making snarky forum posts. So, what have I been reading over the past week (or two, or three)?

You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons by Mo Willems: This is a book of one panel cartoons the author drew, one for each day, when he took a year-long (give or take) trip around the world. The subjects range from locals to fellow backpackers to bad detours the author took and more; there's usually commentary under each cartoon, which can actually be pretty informative. It's a really nice look at different countries and cultures, I thought, especially those in Southeast Asia.

Oishinbo: The Joy of Rice by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki: Another entry in the venerable Oishinbo series. It's a little weak in parts (the three-part rice ball competition at the end is pretty boring, for instance), but most of it is still pretty good.

The Last Night by Will Eisner: It's an adaptation of Don Quixote by the late, celebrated Will Eisner. It's a little simplistic; it started out as a children's introduction to Don Quixote, and it shows. The plot is stripped down to the bare basics, and it rushes through events with an alarming speed. I can't say I enjoyed this one; maybe it's better if you have a kid you could give it to?

Explorer: The Hidden Doors, edited by Kazu Kibuishi: It's an all-ages anthology of short comics that deal with secret doors in some way. I was a little disappointed in this one; I liked the earlier books in the series, The Mystery Boxes and The Lost Islands, but most of the stories in this one felt dull and unimaginative, in ways I'm still trying to shake out. Maybe the artists were struggling with the title subject. The stories by Jen Wang and Johane Matte are pretty good, though.

Video Classics: A Guide to Video Art and Documentary Tapes by Deirdre Boyle: Mostly I picked this up because there was an entry on Jane Veeder, who has the same last name as a guy I know, Ryan Veeder. Anyway, I don't think they're related, but I was struck by the coincidence, especially since her video art has a glitchy, early video game feel. The book itself I thought was rather too snobby. Perhaps I'll go into it in a later post. Anyway, I guess if you want an entry point into the early world of video art and documentaries, you could do worse than this book.
healyg: (apology)
Sorry for the delay, guys. Nothing serious, I just got too distracted to keep up. Anyway, to make up for it, here's two Shufflecomp reviews!

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