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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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(They were blurry or boring.)
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Sure, the immediate highlight of the issue is a single panel (spoilers) that packs more fanwankery into itself than should be physically possible. But something more subtle I'd like to bring up, nospoilery-like, is this: Transformers are robots. They lose arms, they lose heads, they suffer all sorts of damage. I'm kinda numb to the idea. But, man, in Last Stand of the Wreckers, when physical damage happens, I wince. It's gross. It looks painful. It takes an emotional toll.
This is probably due to both the writing and the art. I think of the characters as real beings, not only due to the strong characterization, but also in the way in which they are drawn. They don't look like a pile of boxes being maneuvered around by the artist like a marionette. They're singular entities. And, man, if they get an ouchie, you can tell by the look on their faces.
I really like that.
And, man, Last Stand of the Wreckers really is an orgy of violence. It's crude and dark and terrible. Many Transformers stories attempt this, but most feel hollow. This does not. That's a feat in itself, above and beyond the easy geeky cameos.
Oh my merciful lord, I actually have a new toy to talk about!
My Recon Ravage arrived in the mail today, the one I sent away for with my proofs of purchase and shipping and handling and what have you a number of months ago. Yay, mail-in toy exclusive! (For the US, anyway. Elsewhere he's exclusive to Toys"R"Us.) He comes in a big white cardboard box with N.E.S.T. markings, with a letter from Optimus Prime and a coupon inside.
He's friggin' pretty, is what he is. The colors are stolen from the Voltron Black Lion, and used to great effect with the chrome-plated silver they gave him. This is just plain-ol' vaccum-metalized chrome with no additional coloring, so I can rest easy that it's not gonna spiderweb and flake off. Other chrome-related hazards may happen in due time, but flaking is crossed off the list.
(Oh, hey, and he's retooled a tiny bit. There used to be an extra joint in his tail, a tiny balljoint just above the middle hinge. It's gone now. Guess tails were popping off too much? It was kind of an inconvenience on the original version of the mold, and the articulation added little.)
And, hey, guess what, he's a Mini-Con. What, you say! Today Hasbro began unveiling the five fan-choice nominees for their new Transformers Hall of Fame, and Soundwave was nominee #1. (Surprise!) He got a entirely new bio for the occasion, and, uh, hey, his little animal partners are apparently Mini-Cons now. Ha ha. Weird, but not something that bothers me. In fact, the impotent rage from others who ARE bothered will be fun enough in itself. I'm an asshole like that.
So. Biggest Mini-Con toy ever? Naw, I guess that'd be Alternators Ravage.
Yesterday I mentioned that Soundwave was the first of five nominees for the Transformers Hall of Fame. Nominee number 2 is Grimlock, who is equally unsurprising. I mean, yeah, once voting opens, Soundwave has this locked up, but Grimlock is the only guy who could possibly ever steal it from him. Even though he won't.
Just like Soundwave's Hall of Fame bio, Grimlock's also drops some new information about him. His speech impediment has been explained various ways before. In the Marvel stuff, he didn't talk right because talking right was for prissy losers. He talked badly because he wanted to. In the original cartoon, he didn't talk very well because he was a primitive creation of Wheeljack. (In fact, one could say that without a trip to Vector Sigma to endow him with life, he wasn't actually truly alive, but merely a complex machine.)
The Hall of Fame bio claims that his speech is fucked up because Scorponok damaged his voice processor during a battle. Well, okay, let's add that one to the pile, I guess.
Hopefully, Dinobot will be tomorrow's nominee. If not, I may be kind of fucked (I'll explain later), but if he is revealed to be a nominee sometime this week, I wonder what crazy retconned trivia we'll learn about him. Is he Megatron's son? Did he earn his rigid grill structure for pulling off a successful heist? Will we finally learn what a steses pod is?
Who knows. Other than us, potentially sometime tomorrow morning.