Tag: Dresden Codak
The author of Dresden Codak, inspired of the Video Game Tropes vs Women series, decided to design a Legend of Zelda story idea with Zelda as the primary character, and it sounds awesome.
Aaron, the creator of Dresden Codak, does a little bit more than just make a cover but also goes as far as to describe and draw the main characters (Zelda, Prince Link, and Ganndorf) and explain the mythology of Hyrule, and layout the items and magic that Zelda has access to.
I mention that this would be a game I’d love to play. It isn’t just because it is Zelda in her own game. That’s actually beside the point. It is the gameplay described in the details of the game. Weapons, magic, enemies, and the plot all sound very compelling in a two-dimensional or three-dimensional third person video game. The plot could be re-written to be a completely original set of characters for all that it matters, if the gameplay is solid.
Every artist must eventually take one of two paths: the first promises long hours of hard, thankless work and no guarantee of recognition in your lifetime, much less any financial reward. Instead, you are guaranteed a life of purpose, where your work comes only from what you value, expressed in the most earnest form imaginable.
The second path is the same thing, but you have a ponytail.
I like mixed media. Music has always been hit or miss with me. For example Dark Side of the Moon put to Wizard of Oz just wasn’t that enjoyable for me as an experience. This video however does pretty good and I imagine audiophiles will like it even better. It is neat that the music was inspired by one of my favorite comics, Dresden Codak, which probably helps my appreciation. If you’re interested in the comic itself you can find it here (might also make it easier to read a little).
For those of you who have been paying attention, there is a list of useful links below. For those of you who haven’t, stay awhile and listen.
Actions being taken by the United State government will begin to fundamentally change the internet. Please read or watch the following to understand what is happening and if you want to take action about it.
[spoiler show=”For those of you who would like my words on the subject. Click here.”]The United States created the Internet. Despite fancy names like “World Wide Web” and “Global Communication System” and “Series of Tubes”, the internet is not managed by the world. It is managed by corporations on the united states and is subject, for the most part, to US Law. Even more so these days since a majority of the people connect to the internet via their local telecommunication company (phone, cable, satellite, etc).
That being said the internet has been pretty untamed for the last few years. Anybody could put or post up anything. Your information was only as secure as how well your protected it. It was effectively the digital wild west. Now, however, the internet is in so many homes, has become the focus of so much economic use (online shopping, movie and song streaming, video games, marketing) that this can’t last. Just like the trains that brought big business to the west, killing off the last place where your only real protection was the gun at your side, progress is going to try to tame the internet for the good of all, to the detriment of the few.
This is more or less inevitable. The new internet that will come into place will be highly regulated and likely more forcefully controlled by the big economic interests that want to use it to provide services to the world for money. When they do, innovation will become exceptionally difficult. Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and the like, will still exist, but their successors likely won’t appear. Blogs, chat rooms, social networks, bulletin boards/forums system, may or may not survive in this new internet. Words like “National Defense”, “Anti-Piracy”, “Copyright”, and others will be used to tightly regulate any site that tries to provide the public with ability to communicate and share.
Effectively the basis for the internet as we know it, sharing and communicating, will come to an end at the hands of capitalism and censorship.
The first steps for this have already begun. The United States government has two acts currently being discussed. The PROTECT IP act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Both have been getting a lot of news. As of right now, both look to be dying heavily under media massive campaigns set forth by various websites and organizations, despite the money being thrown at it by media and telecom corporations. The best example is today, February 18th, 2012, where websites all over the internet are “Blacking out” or putting up protest notices. You can read up more about what these acts do in the links below, but to summarize the acts allow and empower the US government to try to block or remove internet services (primarily websites) that infringe on copyright, without significant due process.
Now I am not a proponent of piracy. I make a living off of software development and I hope to some day make a living as an author. These are both areas that have notably high piracy rates, which concerns me. I would like to be compensated for my effort and work but I also feel that censoring the internet is not the answer. So for now, I protest.[/spoiler]
[spoiler show=”For those of you who like videos. Click Here.”]
- Wikipedia: SOPA
- Wikipedia: PIPA
- Blog.Reddit: A technical examination of SOPA and PROTECT IP
- TerribleMinds: Why SOPA and PIPA and other anti-piracy bullshit measures matter to writers
- TEDTalks: Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea)
- (Wil Wheaton) WWdN: In Exile: Today the US Senate is considering legislation that would destroy the free and open Internet
- (The Bloggess) The Bloggess: Me and Vader, fighting together. Weird.
- Google.com (Protest Page)
- PATV: Season 3, Ep. 24a – Stand Together: The Gaming Community vs SOPA and PIPA
- Girls With Slingshots
- Abstruse Goose
- Kawaii Not
- Something Positive
- Dominic Deegan
And many, many more, including you, hopefully.
So the creator of Desden Codak does it one more time, only this time he re-designs his own characters into his perceived image of what DC would make them into. The result is a bit of a stinging commentary on DC comics Character Design:
So awhile ago I posted some character re-designs of the Justice League done by the creator of Dresden Codak. Well he decided to make a few more, namely the legion of Doom (Supervillains) and Batman. You can find links to them here.
The ideas behind the relationship dynamics of Robin and Batgirl and Huntress and Batman are interesting. He almost seems to be making Batman out to be a lunatic. Now I want him to do a Batman villain remake, so I can see his take on the Joker.
No I’m not talking about the DC Comics reboot. I’m actually talking about a fan redesign that is in response to DC Comics rebooting their entire comic line.
Yup the creator of Dresden Codak took a stab at DC’s more iconic characters and honestly, I like what he came up with. I suppose this is unsurprising given how much of a fan I am of his comic but that aside I like the characters he has come up with. I have nit picks about certain visual aspects, primarily with Cyborg and Martian Manhunter, but overall I’d read a comic with these characters and their histories.
This comic is actually making me miss my philosophy studies.
What I am growing to like about Dresden Codak is the level of intelligent humor involved. For example the punchline of this joke requires knowing what a ponzi scheme really is. Learning and laughing at the same time makes me happy.
Premiering on The Singularity for the first time is TUNE. One hundred and six pages in and I think we’re just nwo starting to get to the main plot of the comic. That being said it has managed to keep my attention with humor such as the comic above.
I know there is context here but I had to share this comic. Andy Go has been trying to be an illustrator since he quit art school, looking everywhere for an art job. Now, the day that he gave up and went to find another job, The New Yorker called his home to offer him a job and his mother turns it down for him without even telling him about it! Sabotage! Oh yeah, an inter-dimensional zoo.
He really should have turned to face the guy when they are spoke to him, ya know?
My cat tends to melt regardless of temperature.
A new entry in our list. I’ve been often told I really need to read this comic… so expect more! As for this comic, I just felt the entire premise interesting enough to share.
Dire postmodernists amuse me.
I introduced Friends With Boys here. Look at that face! So cute!
Given Japan’s expression, I’m betting he is going to call next.