The Animation of Mega Man – Video Game Animation Study

The Animation of Mega Man by Video Game Animation Study on YouTube

An extremely insightful and fun look at how Mega Man’s movement and animation has and has not changed in 30 years. I really enjoyed the wide range of games, remakes, ports, and whatnot that they looked at in this study. I was surprised that Mega Man 9 and Mean Man 10 were not included, but that could be due to the fact Capcom co-developed those games with Inti Creates. Nevertheless, there is a rich well of animation history to dig through here. It was a blast to watch while work videos exported.

Craig Mod’s “Where are all the Nightingales?”: A 30-day Kumano Walk and Newsletter

Where are all the Nightingales? Day Two by Craig Mod

About twenty minutes into my walk today, I saw an old man leading a group of even older women in front of a small temple. Come come, he motioned to me.

Placing his head uncomfortably close to mine we peeked through the temple window, and in pidgin English he began to explain the dark interior. It wasn’t making much sense, so I cut in in Japanese saying, Oh this is the famous jizo temple, yes? And just like that he flipped to fluent Japanese, breaking down the various bodhisattvas and buddhas enshrined along with the jizo.

Damn, I love this road, I told him as his gang of ladies listened from a safe distance. I’ve walked a bunch of Japan and this road is so quiet and oddly well preserved.

And he said, Yes yes, this wasn’t firebombed during the war like the industrial areas north of here. So this road — the Ise Kaidō — is in good shape.

Craig started this walk just two days ago as of this writing. Even this short into the journey, I have found these daily newsletters stirring. There is warm nostalgic glow for a place I have never been to. The way Craig is using technology to bring the quietness of Japan is comforting. His photos, to me, are finding subtle beauty in what is likely just background noise to local people. 

Day Two’s newsletter in particular reminded me of A Graveyard of Fireflies, which is quite a way to start my morning. Not in a somber way, but in grounded, realized way.

If you’d like to read, see, and watch (he’s doing binaural 4K videos too) while Craig is on the walk, you can sign up here. Once the walk is over, Craig is just deleting everyone’s email from this list. One and done.

This particular project of Craig’s has me thinking about the world of newsletters and how they have reemerged (not that Craig is new to this at all), but that’s a post for another time.

Tom Olsen Celebrates Metal Gear Solid 2’s 20th Anniversary Early

Tom Olsen Twitter Account

Do you know what day it is today?

Another day, another dollar

via Twitter

I highly recommend starting at the beginning and following the month-long journey. What a perfectly Kojima-inspired way to celebrate Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. And, honestly, a good look at how the message of the game still rings true to this day.

I have really enjoyed following the Big Shell Incident through Tom’s eyes. Maybe I’ll revisit the Big Shell myself before too long.

‘Not to Get Zealotrous’, with Craig Mod – The Talk Show

‘Not to Get Zealotrous’, with Craig Mod – The Talk Show

Craig Mod joins the show to talk about writing, designing, filmmaking, what makes for good software, and building a successful membership program to support independent art. And: pizza toast.

From start to finish a stellar episode of The Talk Show. I gleaned ideas and inspiration for my own book project. And what’s not to love about pizza toast?

Robert Kirkman Interviewed by My Friend Logan Moore

Comicbook Nation season 3 Episode 15

My dear friend and colleague Logan Moore had the wonderful opportunity to interview Invincible co-creator Robert Kirkman. Great questions from a fan of the comic series about how the show has been laid out so far. Plus, Logan shares his pitch for an Invincible video game.

My wife Abby keeps asking me when the next episode is out. She may end up reading the comics. This show has turned out better than I had even hoped for. So stoked for my friend to have the opportunity to interview one of his favorite creators. Dreams do come true.