No promises, of course. This is totally a last-minute thing. I have a huuuuge stack of pages you wouldn't believe! It's monstrous! And a few pages are important enough to me that I plan to dialog them and auction them online later at my discretion.
I can't wait to see you guys this weekend! I am so stoked. Everyone's always so awesome.
Have I mentioned often enough that I'm going to be at C2E2 in Chicago this weekend? Have I? Have I Have I Have I?
Well, I am.
Going to be at C2E2, that is.
Here's a fun guide of all the sweet swag I'm gonna bring that you can bring home with you:
1) Shortpacked! Book 2 and Roomies! Book 1, of course. Shortpacked! Book 1, as you recall, is sold out, and Shortpacked! Book 3 is currently in production in Hong Kong. I will have preorder slips available at the show, but the two books I will have will absolutely not disappoint.
2) The Shortpacked! Book 1 reprint cover poster! You know, with the Ultra Car and the Ethan and the Ronnie and the Back to the Future? Yeah. Gonna have just 25 with me at the show. Get one before they're gone! (They're convention-exclusive, so I won't have any in the online store.)
3) "I'm Gardening Man" t-shirts. All sizes, while they last. Oh yeah. You want one.
4) Shortpacked! magnets. Use this 4"x6" magnet to hold up the pizza coupons on your fridge.
5) "If you see me, I'm toy hunting" bumper sticker. Let all of traffic know you're hunting in vain for that elusive Transformers Animated Arcee. These bumper stickers are beautiful.
6) And then there's the usual art prints, the original art pages, and I'm available for commissions, as always.
7) I am selling my boothmate, Chris Hallbeck. He doesn't know yet. He's $50.
So hit up Chris and I at C2E2, booth WC E. That's WC for "WebComics," y'see. There's a whole Webcomics MECCA. We'll be in the back nestled in between the Moens and the Milhollands. Seriously, have you seen the roster for this show? Everyone's gonna be there! It's crazy.
So as we were debuting the new site this weekend, Frumph says to me, hey, guess what, this is awesome. See all those folks with no avatars? Well, what if I told you that if you uploaded your own avatars to a certain directory and did some Comicpress magic, they'd be randomly assigned to unavatared users?
So I says, holy balls!
And so after crankin' out a handful every day since then, there are now a total of 24 avatars in the pool. If you don't have an avatar and you post, you'll get randomly assigned, say, Sodomuffin. And then every time you post, you'll keep that Sodomuffin avatar. (... at least until I upload a new image into the pool, which restarts the math and they all get switched around again)
Since I have so many, and I put so much work into them despite being tiny 64x64 things, I thought I'd show them to you big as a wallpaper. You are also free to crop them out and make your own avatars on other boards, so long as you give me credit. I am also wondering if maybe I should try to do this a print or a poster or something in the meager number of hours I have remaining before C2E2, but we'll see.
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Anyway, I promised some images of Beast Wars II Thrustor, and here they are. I bought one back when he first came out, and he was really awesome then and he's really awesome now. So why did I get rid of him if he's so awesome? Well, I was trying to ensmallen my toy collection and it's not like I have a Beast Wars II display. He'd probably never see the light of day, despite his awesomeness, so I sold him. Little did I know that a decade later I'd have a new need for him.
So let that be a lesson, kids. Don't sell any toys because you might want them later to fulfill some weird unforeseen compulsion.
Thrustor was the first retool of the original Dinobot toy and by far the most extensive of the two. Sure, Hardhead got a new robot head, a new beast head, and new legs, but that's small potatoes compared to Thrustor! Thrustor's an asymmetrical "Cyborg Beast." Half of him is robotic and the other half organic, but never the same half. So he's got an organic left dinoarm and a new mechanical right dinoarm. His right dinoleg remains unchanged while his left dinoleg has mechanical parts. His head is retooled to be half mechanical as well. He's got new robot thighs, a new inner robot body, and a new tail that looks like it could kill you just by pointing in your direction.
His tail is no longer just any ordinary rotate blade. Instead of a sword being concealed inside it, there's a spring-loaded clawed missile. There's a saw sculpted into the launcher, but it sadly doesn't spin. The halves of the tail still do, of course, and it looks way more threatening with all the additions.
He's got an entirely new weapon, as well. Since he doesn't have the old segmented tail sword anymore, he's given a new serrated blade. Instead of storing inside the tail, it stores in between his robot legs while in cyborg-raptor mode. I like to keep it pointing out and forward in this mode. It reaches just beyond his jaws.
This toy is by far the best version of the original Dinobot mold. The toy's biggest weakness was its primitive, First Wave Beast Wars sculpt and the prominence of his robot legs in beast mode. The retooling negates or at least reduces both of those. He's a cyborg raptor, so he can have as many mechanical chunks hanging off his chest as he wants, and the newly sculpted cyborg parts obscure how dorky the original raptor mode looks. Plus, again, the better, spring-loaded rotate blade and the extra serrated blade.
It's a crime, really, that neither Hasbro nor Takara ever redecoed this version of the toy.