"A video game comic and blog that would have been awesome and relevant 10 years ago. Maybe." -Famous Website
Today we visit another popular classic SNK arcade franchise, Samurai Showdown (Samurai Spirits in Japanese). This week's comic stars the series' iconic protagonist Haohmaru. He's a big man who moves a bit slow, but has easy to execute attacks backed with raw power and range. For one of Haohmaru's victory stances, he throws his sword up out of screen and outstretches his right arm, scabbard in hand. Without looking up, his sword falls from the sky landing perfectly into its scabbard. How much practice do you suppose it took for him to perfect his pose and at what cost? My high school friend used to joke to me the idea of his sword landing through his arm instead to due to his miscalculation. XD I know it sounds kinda gruesome, but we laughed at it. ^^;
I actually haven't played much of Samurai Spirits but was into it enough to be a moderate fan. The franchise sports a very strong Japanese cultural feel from its audio direction, painting like backdrops, and interesting cool character designs. I unfortunately can't say much about the technical aspects of the game because as interested as I was, I was absolutely terrible at it. '_' I seldom ever spent money in arcades so the only times I've ever played it were through computer emulation. I didn't have my own computer or a controller for the longest time either so I always played it using a keyboard. XD -though I'm not sure if that's any excuse for being just plain bad at the game. '_'
The Kickstarter was a success! Thank you to everyone who's followed, supported, and helped us get Life in Aggro to where we are today. ^_^ I'm very happy to hear those of you who've expressed love for our shirt designs. I hope we can continue creating merchandise that will make you just as excited in the future. =)
I started drawing the wallpaper reward for our Kickstarter about two weeks ago. I'm kind of nervous about what you guys will think about it since unlike our comic frames, it's big with a lot of background space making it easier to spot all the amateur stroke marks, smudges, and unrefined details. >.< I'm not finished yet and I still have a lot of work to do, but I can't help but worry. I really want to make something you guys will like and would WANT to put on your desktop backgrounds; it would be a great honor to me. XD Keep in mind though that even though I am saying this, I wouldn't want any of you to put it as your wallpaper just because I said it would mean a lot to me; I want it to be worthy of you guys as our supporters and readers. ^^
I'm doing about seven art commissions as our Kickstarter pledge rewards. XD;; I'm flattered, honored, and very thankful to those who've decided to pledge so much! >.< It's a bit stressing thinking about how much work is on my plate now, but I'm still very happy, anxious, and excited to accept your guys' commission requests. ^^ I haven't done an art commission since we started Life in Aggro and I've been really itching to do a real picture with which I can try to prove to myself that I've significantly grown as an artist over the past year and a half. I'm sorry for having you guys wait though since I can't start on the commissions until we're done dealing with a few of the other Kickstarter matters first. I look forward to working with you all. =)