Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Kaiju Trouble

Well Godzilla has returned to the sea, there is no sight of Mothra in the skies.
So you ask where is Nekokaiju.com? Good question. For all of five minutes last night it was up (albeit a stripped down version) and running. Now I can't connect to the server and my home page has disappeared. I'm slogging on though, despite my ignorance of how these things work (or in my case don't work). Hopefully all to be resolved soon. But I'm putting it aside today to get some artwork done.
But I hope you like my new banner above, and the coverpage at Nekokaiju.com
Just a hint of what is to come.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Curiouser and Curiouser

Detail of the spider on the one dollar bill. Photoshop.
Leave it to my mom to point out that some of the net webbing is a little off.
No I'm not looking for a new career in counterfeiting. But I am creating money for fictional places. More news shortly.

The Quays Brothers are currently in preproduction for a new film starring Geoffrey Rush, titled: The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes
This comes after the film for
The Forgotten Museum of Henry Welcome in London. Really interesting site with old medical devices and paraphernalia, along with clips of the Quay Bros. Phantom Museum film. Definitely on my agenda for my next trip to London.
Animate Online also has stills and information about the Quays museum film.

Animated News talks about the first look at Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride. Should be a fun film.

From those fine folks at My Pet Skeleton comes A Murder of Scarecrows. A little flash game that wastes hours of time and looks cool while doing it.

Comic Book Resources has posted the first stills and interview from Neil Gaiman's and Dave McKean's MirrorMask. This movie looks incredible. I can't wait.

And leave it to Neil Gaiman to just casually mention on his blog that Dave McKean"(... nips off to New York for a few days to work on the Broadway "Vampire Lestat" musical...)"

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Friday, August 13, 2004

The Abandoned: Sith War

Just watched the Olympic opening ceremonies, beautiful.
I want a centaur costume.

Right now I'm at a fun part in designing Nekokaiju.com.
Currently I'm going through old art and projects, deciding
what I want to include on the site. Thought you might want
to see some of the projects that didn't make the cut.

Back in 2002 I was excited about the buzz around the upcoming adventure game Knights Of The Old Republic. I loved the idea of creating designs that looked like antiquity in the Star Wars Universe. But even more I wanted to create a free fan game based on those designs. With limited programming knowledge, I knew I had a huge project ahead of me. I decided to do a prequel to KOTOR, knowing that if KOTOR was successful they would probably do a sequel.(Though in the Star Wars universe, you can never know for sure) As I started doing research, I also thought it would be fun to have the prequel look like it was made long ago, a retro game based on the engine of the old Nintendo Final Fantasy games. This also had other benefits, less of a learning curve and pixelly images with less detail all added up to what I thought would be less time to develop the project. I was wrong, it was a massive undertaking I just didn't have time to finish. But who knows maybe sometime in the future. I'm already teaching myself the Adventure Game Studio for an interactive portfolio concept and this was a very educational experience in learning coding etc... My days of game creating may not be over.

Below is a screenshot of a battle scene on the Wookie homeworld and animated sprites of the game that never was
Of course all Star Wars and related images are the property of Lucasfilm.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Monday, August 09, 2004

Godzilla Attacks!

The NekoKaiju.com website has been difficult to get up. Teaching myself HTML, server problems, it's been one thing after the other.
And now Godzilla is attacking it!
I don't know what's next. But assuming Mothra doesn't show up the site should be open August 23rd.
Oh, have I mentioned the big green guy is turning 50 this year?

Speaking of birthdays, an early happy birthday goes out to the Cicada Queen.

Friday, August 06, 2004

So I'm at the museum the other day. Working with volunteers that are all elderly women. A guy comes in seems a little disheveled. One of his shoes is untied. A volunteer goes up to him trying to be nice and points this out. He replies "It will be okay, Mind your own business bitch!".
The museum always stimulating.

My parents picked up a plaster cast used for art school studies. Fun to draw.

Up above I've added a Paypal donation button. Donate $50 or more and I'll send you a sketch of your favorite character in September. But feel free to donate what you can...yes I'm still begging. The money will be used to help me out with my illustration career. Thanks.

Oh don't forget it's Godzilla's 50th Anniversary this year!

This caged item is sold in Japanese markets as Godzilla's Egg.
A watermelon that costs about $75 a piece.

Sunday, August 01, 2004


It's alive.
So about a month ago, I came across this article (no longer available) on an unknown creature spotted in North Carolina. Oddly I had seen something like it in Northern Virgina about 2 years ago. I assumed it was just a large sick fox. But there was something fishy about the photograph in the article. It looked manipulated, a poor job at photoshop, even the shadow seemed wrong. Curious I made this image in photoshop, just to see if it could be done.

I was convinced it was just a hoax.
But now I'm not so sure
The other day, a video showed up on a Baltimore news channel, it showed a similiar looking creature walking around. Looks a little different but close. You can check it out
Sure looks like an unknown creature is roaming the east coast...watch out.

Last night at 1:00am, my bedroom filled with red flashing lights, the sounds of a firetruck just right outside my apartment. I layed there wondering. And my mind went something like this "Is my apartment on fire?...perhaps I should get up...nah I'm too tired, Okay I'm going to burn because I'm tired. hmm, I better get up, I don't want a tombstone to say, he just didn't feel like getting up so he never did again"

So I rush putting on my clothes and run out the apartment, A fireman was standing there. "Excuse me officer is there a problem?" his response, "nah just checking the lights"....