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.
Tagged: animated, armada, art, aslan, battlestar galactica, beast wars, captain america, clock king, cyclops, dinobot, donatello, flash, flying pooping butt, gijoe, grail knight, gwen stacy, he-man, hot shot, indiana jones, johnny five, joy, krang, my little pony, ninja turtles, president roslin, ratchet, roadblock, robo-joe, sentinel prime, skeletor, sodomuffin, superbook, transformers
(Update time is midnight EST now, in case you ain't noticed. Bet you were refreshing for an hour, weren't you?)
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.
So, yay! This site should be up everywhere now. We're operating on the superschnazzy ComicPress plugin for Wordpress, a feat which was orchestrated by Our Friend Phil from frumph.net. He is, perhaps, the greatest man alive.
Why? Well let's see what we can do now. First of all, dude, we have real storyline navigation. That's something I haven't really had working since moving from Keenspot, and this is 30 times better than that was. There's a narrow menu bar on the right under the first adspace which will take you anywhere in the archives.
There's also tags! Once everything IS tagged, you'll be able to look through comics by character or pop culture reference. The first thing I did was go through and tag all the Batman strips, so if you want to see them, all you hafta do is look at the right on the very bottom and there'll be a tag cloud. (I got through tagging all of them before I realized I had given Robin (DeSanto) and Robin (the Boy Wonder) the same tag. Whoops. Well, it's fixed now, but...)
There's also a Random Strip navigation button. This will eat up all your time.
Also on the navigation bar, if you like a strip, you can buy a print of it. You can even bundle it with a book, if you like. And there's a comments section and whatnot.
See the first narrow menu bar on the right? If you're reading through the entire archives, you can click a button and keep your place! And then later you can return to it and resume reading.
And have I mentioned: Real Honest-to-Gosh RSS feed? Click that Autobot logo on Robin's mammobombs.
I am serious. This is the best site in the world. There are still some things to do, so bear with me, but please take a look around. But hey, unlike joyceandwalky.com (still), it's not running on 15-year-old code. (That 15-year-old code was fucking awesome 15 years ago, I tell you.)
Some new additions:
1) The update time is now midnight EST, or one hour later than usual.
2) The link to the BLC forum will be up at the top soon. It merely got overlooked in the move.
3) Please don't post which tags are needed below each untagged comic! I will tag all the comics when I can, and the lists of tags needed don't actually accomplish anything for me. Instead, they just flood out the other posts I need to moderate. Thanks, though!