Kicks Out At 2 1/2

Salutations all! As most of you might have heard, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair is currently being hospitalized, in a medically induced coma, and is awaiting surgery from what I hear is organ failure (Please don’t quote me on that though). Honestly, I’ve been kind of confused from all the stories that have been coming out but i digress. I’m writing this here post to share what kind of influence Ric Flair had on my life. I’ll try to keep it short.

As long as I can remember, while watching WWF or WCW. I’ve always been a fan of the “heel” or the “bad guy” if you’re unfamiliar with wrestling insider terms. Growing up, there was no better heel than Ric Flair. The 16x World Champ was extravagant, cocky, brash, and villainous during his in-ring career. He bragged about his skill in and outside the ring, how much money he had, and how much better he was than all of the fans in attendance and watching at home. All these qualities and traits that would make me absolutely HATE any other man, didn’t apply to Flair. He made being the bad guy ‘cool’.

“I’m every woman’s dream, and every man’s nightmare”

– Ric Flair

In a world (of wrestling) filled with ‘Do gooding’ gigantic tanned meat heads in ripped shirts. Flair stood alone, looking proper in his gator shoes, perfectly quaffed hair, and custom tailored suites and robes. He was unique in every way. Watching Flair break the mold of what a Wrestler should look and act like changed me. I didn’t want to be like everyone else. I didn’t want to like what everyone else liked. I didn’t want to dress how everyone else did. I strived to set myself apart from the people around me at a young age and that’s definitely something I still do to this very day. Sure I became a little bit of a snob or as some of you would call it “a hipster” but being that way helped me develop appreciation for originality in all walks of life. I loved being different, the feeling was freeing to me. I credit Ric Flair for teaching me something that most people don’t get until their late 20’s. Now I know I could have totally misinterpreted what Flair was all about when I was young. if so, it was probably the best mistake I’ve ever made.

I’m Hoping and praying that he pulls through this ordeal. Me and the rest of SSB would love to see him recover and strut out of that hospital and straight into a limousine. 

From the CEO’s desk

Hey howdy SSB readers, it’s your CEO twitchy back at you with some updates!

  • First off, we’ve got our first copies of the SSB Zine #1 off to the press!  This very very limited run is gonna be available to only a few people, as we’re going to make a few tweaks here and there before going for the official release.   Street date for the first batch is gonna be in September, so be on the lookout!
  • Hajimete No Gal’s a fanservicey anime, but the main character’s girl is so nice and sweet that it’s a breath of fresh air.  She totally took the “Bitchy GAL” stereotype and turned it on its head.  Lovely.
  • I’m trying to gather up some scripts for the next batch of comics.  Ivan actually wrote a comic involving Josh and Jimmy that’s got idols.  It’s gonna be deep trash.
  • The Ducktales reboot is really good.  Really really good.  Watch it!

Persona 5 – How I learned to stop worrying and steal hearts

I’ve just gone through my 4th playthrough of Persona 5.  I’ve logged over 300 hours and my Persona completion rate sits at a solid 94%.  Did that game shatter expectations?  Yes.

I’m sure you’ve already read plenty of reviews on this game, seen metacritic scores, etc….so any of my regular readers should already know how good the damn game is.

I think I’ve finally pinpointed what’s kept me playing this game, even after the first playthrough.  The ending.

OBVIOUS SPOILER WARNING ALERT

Having saved Tokyo from a fate worse than death, Akira (the protag’s manga name and his name in my game) is faced with his imminent sentencing for his part in the events that transpired in the year.  He doesn’t shy away from it, rather, he chooses the reason why he goes to the pokey.  His teammates, or the fate of the world.  Pretty badass.  He then spends time with his loved ones, for the first 3 straight playthroughs, it was Makoto for me, and for my latest playthrough, it was Ann.  Even their christmas date is sullied somewhat by the thought of his impending sentencing.  Those girls are perceptive as all hell.

On Christmas, instead of celebrating, the team gathers at Leblanc, realizing what Akira’s done.  They then steel their resolve to get him out of jail.  The Phantom Thieves along with Akira’s maxed confidants all rally to help get Akira out of prison.  They eventually succeed and Akira is released on the 13th of February.  Morgana pops up later, not dead.

He then has a romantic evening with Makoto.  Or Ann.  I’m going for Haru next.

After saying his final good-byes, the gang all pile into a Citroen van (much like Mona’s car form) and kick off an awesome road trip.  Ryuji says something nice, which is something we should all remember.

If you wanna change the world, all you have to do is just look at it differently… am I right?

Wise words, Ryuji.

My take on the ending is this.  It took the self-sacrifice themes of Persona 3’s Minato, and the group dynamics and bonds of Persona 4’s Yu, and rolled it up into an ending that really truly made me happy.  You come through the game feeling refreshed and good about yourself, much like Akira when he sticks his head through the sunroof of the van in the closing moments of the game.

And like the Phantom Thieves in that van, your adventures aren’t ending yet.   There’s always something to look forward to, just as long as you have hope.

That’s the message that SSB’s been carrying too.  Shit’s not so bad, right?

Oh….and I miss Tokyo.  So much.

The Strawberry Scented Fantasy Football League

Oh boy, oh boy…Ladies and gentlemen the talking of proverbial “smack” has begun!

From all corners of the world and from all realms of existence people are coming out of the woodwork to tell me about how they would destroy me in some Fantasy Football.

From emails, texts, DM’s, Snaps, even by assault with deadly Facebook-account I am being attacked in preparation for this seasons antics. Well all I can say my good friends is that I hope you are prepared in the most proper way possible. I am coming out in the most tip top Shane Falco form of competition and there is no Coach McGinty to hold me back from my quest to reign supreme. I welcome all sorts of competition, Sports Guru’s, Auto Drafters, Former FF Champions, Waiver Wire Surfers, I don’t care!

I’ll be starting my very own Strawberry Scented Fantasy Football League In the next day or so with plans of bringing the respective internet friends and family along with a live draft. Friendships will be broken, tortilla chips will be consumed, wide screen high definition broadcasts will be watched, and an epic live draft will take place.

J2S

Rarely ever do I post any tee designs from so called “upcoming” fashionistas or artists. I don’t think I’ve actually ever spread light on any newcomers. That’s genuinely not because I don’t want to give someone a chance, or because I think I’m too big to post about it. It’s because I just never felt like this was the proper venue to do strictly designer posts on artists that I didn’t actually know. If I had any friends that were trying to get into the clothing game I would do what I can to help those I know on a personal level but only when I can support the product. Lucky for me, we have one of those cases.

I like doing posts on my peoples projects without them asking. So that they (just like all of you) get the experience to wake up. If you don’t know, I’m a huge wrestling fan. Anything from mainstream WWE to Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Ring Of Honor, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and Wrestle Circus. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw that someone mashed my two worlds together (Wrestling & “Streetwear”) and brilliantly put it on a shirt.

Above is just a few of his tee designs and color variations. Sorry you already missed the special preorder price and Yeah, that’s MF Tama Tonga rocking Joel2Sleep’s Bullet Ape Tee in that picture.

It’s a pleasure to see someone pour all of their energy and hard work into a project, smart money would say don’t bet against him even in a densely over crowded clothing game. Check his site out to see all he has to offer and spend some money. That’s the end of today’s diatribe. Enjoy the visuals and go follow Joel2Sleep on EVERYTHING.

Website: Joel2Sleep
Twitter: @Joel2Sleep
Insta: joel2sleep

From the CEO’s desk – Comic Con 2017 and beyond

It’s that time of the year where all the geeks come out of their rooms to congregate in a small-ish convention center in San Diego, discussing and celebrating all things even vaguely geek.  Yes.  Comic Con is upon us.

I can’t even begin to count the times I’ve been to the convention center, but I sure as hell don’t seem to be getting desensitized to it.  Rather, the fun keeps increasing.  I’m also aware of more events going on outside the con, so I’m gonna try my darndest to see as much of it as I can.

Before the con happens, there’s a certain calm that we’re all in.  Preparing, waiting, anticipating, and listening to Garasu no Hanazono are all things SSB’s doing to gear up for the con.  Ruby Rose heading to an Arc System fighting game, Geese Howard showing up in Tekken 7, man, shit’s wild.

FYI, SSB’s HQ for the con is going to a certain hotel Downtown, sorta near Horton Plaza.  Good for Gaslamp activities.  Big ups to Jared for scoring this one.

9 years.  9 cons.  And SSB’s numbers keep increasing.  Guess SSB’s doing something right.  Standing for what’s right and geeky.  Not bending to the mainstream ideals of what’s cool.  I’ve watched many groups come and go, single entities claiming to be geeky and what, take a couple of con photos and fizzle out?   Nah, SSB don’t roll like that.  If I’m headed to idol hell, then you motherfuckers are coming with–

aHEM.

Work on the zine still continues unabated.  We’ve also signed a couple of new writers to the team.  Their work will be drawn out real soon.  As far as the cover art goes, I can show that to you guys now.

Oops.  My bad.

Beaten to an inch of my life, but still standing and ready to go another round or two.  That’s the way I roll.  Look out world, SSB’s still up.  And there’s no signs of stopping now.

Otakufighter – A Day in the Life of…

Leave it all in the ring, my coaches are fond of saying.  That includes your blood too.

Destiny 2: Yeah people still play this

What’s up guys, I’m back again with some news from the Destiny universe. The sequel is happening. We have worked, looted, cheesed, and pissed off a half-dozen different alien species. This time, it gets real.

Gary(as r/destinythegame refers) and the cabal are launching a full-scale invasion and conquest of the city. All our armor, loot, ships, sparrows, everything is gone. So tighten those boots, grab a gun, charge your supers and get ready to get some fat loots; because why else do we kill aliens but for the loot they bring?

Destiny 2 launches September 8 for PS4, Xbox One, AND PC. So pick your platform with your friends and get ready for a lootstravaganza(this is a word now, ask Gearbox and Borderlands franchise). Preorders will get you early access to the beta.

 

Milestones

I’m gonna be 34 years old this Friday.  Yep.  Time flies when you’re having fun.  I’m not gonna lie to you guys, it’s been an absolute blast making the occasional comic and blog entry with you all.  And for that, I’m grateful.

Also, SSB’s been around for close to 9 years now.  I really need to nail down a definite start date for SSB…I’ll wait for my Timehop to let me know when I made that post with Jenny.

Anyway, I seriously can’t express how happy I am to be around such cool fuckin’ people every day of my life.  Just some things to look forward to over the next few weeks:

  • More Hood Tours.
  • More playthroughs
  • Destiny’s “Look Back” streaming
  • And more comics.  For sure.
  • Otakufighter posts again!

Soooo, to Jared, Ericka, Brian, Justin, Josh, Jairus, Jesse, Mario, you have no idea how much I appreciate you guys putting up with my random shenanigans and even more random schedule.  Thank you.  I appreciate all of you guys more than you can ever know.