God where do I start, I guess just explaining my love for all the elements a show like this had to offer in concept( not delivery). This was a fuckin show, about Superheroes that were Sushi, I LOOOOOOOVE me some superheroes and I LOOOOOOVE me some cool character designs.
I remember it aired on Saturdays on this network called DiC(hurhurhur) really early in the morning, so I kept missing it but I still saw the little promo commercials and I started building this idea of what it could be, or at least what they were selling it as. A team of seafood superheroes with cool powers that fought crime with, it looked AMAZINGLY awesome, and it's all I thought about as weekends came around. Before even seeing an episode I was hyped and would try getting up early enough to catch an episode, though I kept on missing it for several weekends until FINALLY I was up on time for it to air.
After watching an episode I felt my dreams and expectations totally shatter before my eyes, it turned out to be a really kid friendly show that taught young kids to be nice towards one another and the value of respect/honesty. Absolutely no fighting, no violence, no menacing villians, and NO ACTION. It was such a let down that I tried actively lying to myself that I liked it, but deep down it was nothing but a missed opportunity and I couldn't keep the ruse up for long.
I can't believe you come up with an idea like that and use it to teach lessons on morals, WTF are you thinking? How can you be so blind as to not see the opportunity at hand to make an iconic anime Inspired Action/Comedy cartoon with an IP like this?? It's like the golden egg laying goose that you decide to pluck and roast instead of getting the full mileage out of it. In my head I see SOO much potential in this, cause I think it's a really cool idea(PROBABLY the only person in the world) and instead it was executed as something it wasn't meant to be. Like sending a lion to go live a vegan lifestyle amongts zebras, it's just not right man.
If there's anything I'd like a reboot of it's THIS show, put under the direction of people that understand the potential behind an idea like this. I could see this being like Teen Titans, 2003 TMNT cartoon or something IUNNO.
I know how ridiculous this all sounds, for such an obscure show that no one cares about or sees anything special in it, but a decade later I'm still just a disppointed kid that woke up on a saturday morning to his dreams shattered and 2 11-minute segments. I wonder if DiC still exists or know they care own this property( FAT CHANCE) but in some alternate earth that is on the good timeline, there exists the good incarnation of Sushi Pack.
LOL fuck that cartoon dude
Man the first bit of it was OK but the 4th shot dragged on WAY too long, maybe you wouldnt notice if the movement was livelier/timed better and there's other shit like the transitions in the second part being paced so poorly.
I swear to god, when I first started this the idea made crack up so much but it wasn't just cause it was a dumb joke or nothin, there was some inside joke about it that made it funny specifically to me but it's been so long that it's lost on me, now not even I can laugh about, and I think that's what I despise about it. Really only finished it for closure but there's a missing bit about it that keeps it from being whole.
AH WELL, "finished not perfect" y'know
Funny thing about this whole thing is, it took maybe like a month or so but that's one month spread out over 8 months. WHY?? Commission work was just keeping me busy among other things so I think that's to blame for my bitteness towards it. In the downtime though I would try different palettes for Casper(not sure if I intended to use any) and it kept my hope for it alive. Even thought about cramming it in for a fitting April Fools joke but then it'd only be relevent a day out of the year.
I don't know if it was meant to be a parody, a satire, a comedy or what anymore, it just simply exists, and that kinda bothers me. I put time and effort into making this thing that means nothing to me at all. I couldve been practicing art/animation, doing life drawings and anatomy studies but this was just a creation for the sake of creating, not a creation born of love or passion like some people make. But maybe thats why I made it, maybe it represents the chaos and utter meaningless of life and the universe itself, and expressionless creation, void of purpose.
I think this may be the last cartoon I try doing for the web unless there's something I really feel passion to create or doing a small collab with friends. I had a nice chat a few days ago about internet animation and it really helped reming me of what my goals are, to hopefully suvive in the animation industry. So while stuff like this is nice, my time would be better spent on improving my skills and trying to stand out in the "dog eat dog" animation world, cuz I got a LOOOOOT of work to do before I'd be even considered for a professional job, artistic skills and work wise.
There'll be other projects to look out for in the future if you're looking forward to anything new, and as far as the commission work goes, I'll probably only post about the things I don't think look like total trash.
But lemme hear about what YOU are up to
I've never thought of News post as like entries, but it seems like the best format for dumping your thoughts and such, can't stand Facebook and Twitter is too limited.
Once you reach a checkpoint in life like gradutating from high school, you have to look back on your experiences and reflect, then start planning for the future. I don't think school can help you do either of those, it's mandatory, repetitive, and isn't all that flexible for an individual student. Now i'm at a point where i've got to plan my path which is a really high stakes game that you have to make the rules for. It's even more difficult when you're unsure of your goals; I know that I want to do animation for a living, but I don't know where I want it to take me, what will I be doing with that, is it a studio job, freelance or a game, idk. I'm not even sure which I prefer or which are available, it's also really easy to be a dreamer and beleive everything will work out. I decided I wanted to do animation as a job and put all my focus into that a while back, but I know other people my age that don't have faith in careers in art, so I wonder if maybe i'm not being realistic or if i've just been building myself up about this and paying too much attention to the success stories and glorifying the lives of online artists. The direction is animation but the path isn't clear and neither is the endgoal, where the hell is this gonna bring me? Maybe I should just make it up as I go along, but that could just leave me stagnant and unmotivated. It might be too early to be thinking about this, but it's unsettling to not know what you'll be doing in a week, a month, or a year, or what you even want to be doing by then.
I'm usually against posts like these since I don't like how they come off, but it's up to you to interpret this as whatever you like.
Quickly threw together a demo reel, also i'm gonna be at Pico Day this year. I was just in a collab that you should check out. Demo Reel: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/674366 Pico Day Collab: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/674308
So I attended Too Many Games this past weekend and it was a lot of fun. Nuff said. I mostly walked around the con and looked at the cool merch but I met a lot of cool people like Tristious, Rikert, Deth, emily-youcis, Flikkernicht, cryburger, Oney, Spinalpalm, and TomFulp. Tom, Deathink, Oney and Ricepirate hosted the Newgrounds panel, which was great. The overall experience was great, it's nice to have the community get together for occasions.
JohnnyUtah mentioned on twitter that things got wild at the Sleepycabin panel:
Tom however took things to another level:
Sideways for some reason