From the CEO’s desk: On the Other Side

Going to comic conventions and such growing up, I always wondered what it was like for the people on the other side of the table.  Yesterday I got that chance.  Joining me for the ride was Justin and Jesse.

Thanks to Matt Dunford, we were part of a grassroots comic convention held at So Cal Comics.  

It was pretty damn fun.  We got to show off our comic, talk to people, and have people read about a group of people that eat cheese-covered onion rings and talk shit about thirsty artists that wanna get their dick wet.   I also met some cool comic creators and we all bonded over our shared love of geekery and all types of ill shit.

I only wish I brought a chair.  For as fun as it was, it also showed just how much of a gap there was between us and comic creators that have been doing the con thing for a while.  They had banners, tablecloths, and comics for sale.  We just had the beta runs for our SSB mangaZINE for reading.

Oh well, you live and you learn.  I wound up heading to HIVE and hung out with Ferris and some of my gym friends from The Boxing Club.  We watched the triple G fight.  I’ll leave my comments on that fight on a later post.

I think Megan had a birthday karaoke thing too.  I wound up going to SoHo afterward.

It was a long day.  I spent most of today being a potato playing Destiny 2.

Time flies when you’re having fun right?

Oh yeah, we should be having our comic for sale within a month.  Things are happening, friends, so stay tuned.

Peace, love, and SSB’s on Instagram now?   WTF when did this–,

Francis

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.

Top 50 Anime

So I realized that trying to rank only 10 of my favorite anime series is pretty damn near impossible.  Let’s try 50!

So in some sort of order….

  1. Initial D
  2. Love Live/Love Live Sunshine!!
  3. Dragon Ball (and all the movies)
  4. Love Hina
  5. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
  6. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  7. Naruto
  8. Macross
  9. Cromartie High School
  10. Genshiken
  11. Full Metal Panic Fumoffu
  12. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  13. Martian Successor Nadesico
  14. Interviews with Monster Girls
  15. RailDex
  16. History’s Mightest Disciple Kenichi
  17. Sword Art Online
  18. Ranma 1/2
  19. You’re Under Arrest!!
  20. Metal Fighter Miku
  21. Bubblegum Crisis
  22. Azumanga Daioh
  23. Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon
  24. Shuffle!
  25. Gunbuster
  26. Bleach
  27. Ah! Megami-sama
  28. Devil Hunter Yohko
  29. Samurai Pizza Cats
  30. Yoroiden Troopers (Ronin Warriors)
  31. Sengoku Basara
  32. GTO
  33. Amagami SS/+
  34. K-On!!
  35. Gundam SEED
  36. Onegai Teacher
  37. My Hero Academia
  38. Persona 4
  39. One Punch Man
  40. Kill la Kill
  41. Negima!? (THE SHAFT VERSION)
  42. Yuri On Ice
  43. Shimoneta – A boring world where the concept of dirty jokes doesn’t exist
  44. Air Gear
  45. Aria the Scarlet Ammo
  46. Lucky Star
  47. Eureka 7
  48. Evangelion
  49. Card Captor Sakura (don’t fuckin’ say Cardcaptors around me or I will cut you)
  50. Cowboy Bebop

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.

You just have to look at things from a different angle.

Another summer has come upon SSB, and we’re sorta hard at work.  Con season’s coming up, y’know.  Anime Expo and Comic Con, naturally.  I’ve got some new comics on the horizon that are gonna be up as soon as I get ’em, so there’s that to look forward to.

On the gaming side of things, Persona 5.  Holy fuck.  Nier Automata.  Yakuza 0.  Can I just say that Japanese game devs are kicking ass again?  Hell, I’m going to be cosplaying again.  This time, I’m going to be Kazuma Kiryu from the Yakuza series.

Thailand was amazing.  Hot as fuck, but the Thais are exceedingly friendly.  Guess it’s that whole Southeast Asian mindset.  Honestly felt like the Philippines.  With more Muay Thai and spice.

Japan was…Japan.  I was honestly glad that I could spend more time with my friends out there, and seeing the Kanda shrine was honestly worth it.

There’s gonna be a new comic out that’s covering basically what I’ve been going through post-trip.  Nonstop training and MMA.  Look out for it!

Other than that, I don’t have anything else to update you all on.  Currently our comic anthology is in its compilation stage, we’ve gotta find all of our art and compile it, and hopefully have some other articles as well.

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.

 

Onyx, let me handle this one Destiny post, before Kotaku gets to it.

Courtesy of DTG’s own u/Hawkmoona_matata, this disturbingly accurate trailer perfectly encapsulates everything wonderful about Destiny, the game where people still beg Bungie to make changes this late in the game’s cycle.

Because not even Oryx can control an ogre, unless HE’S IN A TANK!!!