See NEXUS, Issue 4...HERE!-->[link]
FIRST of all...HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIA!!
WOW...it has been a LOOOOONG time since an update...mainly because I didn't have much to update with.
The Arnold Classic in m\March was GREAT, and I wanted to do more, go to more cons, expos and festivals...but I just ran out of cash.
I'm saving what money I have to commission artists for projects like The Princess Pageant and Starfish Ninja.
However, Nexus 5 WILL debut on April 28th, but after THAT...we shall see...
With the little money I DID have, I got another month's membership to
's new site MyDirtyDrawings.com, and I have to say it's a GREAT investment.
He makes a deal with his members that he will do 3 requests drawings for a month's membership to his site!
That's almost like getting three color drawings for $15!
Just LOOK at what he's drawn for me so far...
It's a BRILLIANT way for an artist to collaborate with others; to create content for his site WHILE making money.
I know a LOT of you out there are looking for artists that can visualize your ideas; this may be the BEST opportunity out there to make that happen.
Try out MyDirtyDrawings.com and make your characters come to LIFE!
...Oh, and then there's also the hundreds of OTHER fantastic pics
has made...the content on his site is...AHEM...JUICY!
...and now back to The Walking Ned
...How one religious ZEALOT who refused to get vaccinated spread the T-Virus to all of Springfield!
First, I saw Oblivion
which stars Tom Cruise as Jack Harper in the year 2076.
The planet has gone through war with alien invaders and most of it has been destroyed.
The human survivors are up in a space colony and Jack Harper is responsible for keeping the machines on Earth running that are collecting the water and other natural resources the colonists need in space. However, there is a THREAT on the planet...last vestiges of the alien force are still scavenging and attacking Jack whenever he goes out to do his work.
On top of that, a ship crash lands on Earth, with a human survivor who has a different recollection of the reason why the Earth is its current condition. Jack must find out the truth, and decide who his REAL enemy is.
This movie was VERY good!
It has some classic sci-fi elements along with a bit of mystery thrown in...and robots that shoot lasers that turn people to ash!
It's rated PG-13, mostly because of the bada$$ robots I just talked about.
Check out Oblivion and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised as I was.
"Yeah, I do sci-fi plot twists too...Cha-CHING!"
I also saw 42
...the movie BASED on the true story of Jackie Robinson being the first black person to enter Major League Baseball after Segregation. I'm not sure how historically accurate this film is, but it sure is acted well!
The movie shows the story of Jackie Robinson, played by Chadwick Boseman, from his last days in the Negro League, through his experiences with bigotry in the minor leagues of the MLB, all the way to his ascension into Major League Baseball and his team, The Brooklyn Dodgers, winning the penant in his first year. The performances throughout the movie are very heartfelt, but none more so than the one by Harrison Ford who plays the General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who first pitches the idea to Jackie of him trying out for the team. I wouldn't be surprised if he got an academy award nomination for it...he can actually pull off lines OTHER than, "Laugh it up, Fuzzball."
42 is rated PG-13 because of a lot of racial slurs and naughty language, but it was an accurate depiction of what was already recorded.
Even with that, it's still an excellent film, and something you can take the whole family to see.
"Give ME a bat and see if you talk that sh*t!"
...and then there was Oz, The Great and Powerful
starring James Franco as...well...Oz, The Great and Powerful!
Oz takes from starting off as a two-bit trickster in Kansas, but then takes a mysterious balloon ride in a tornado which lands him in the magical land of OZ...named after HIM, because he was evidently prophecized to come and free the people from the clutches of the Evil Witch!
There is sorcery, romance, comedy and TWO varieties of flying monkeys...one BAD, the other short and CUTE!
This movie was actually a lot of FUN!
James Franco played the role VERY well, and Mila Kunis actually turned out to be a pretty RANCID Wicked Witch of The West.
What's even better is that they didn't change any of the history from the FIRST film...this PREQUEL works well with the Wizard Of Oz.
It's rated PG because...well...it's OZ! Go enjoy some fun for the whole family!
""MAGIC" weed for EVERYBODY!"
...and let's not forget G.I. Joe:Retaliaiton
starring the ROCK as Roadblock
and just a LITTLE bit of Channing Tatum...this is a bit of a SPOILER if you haven't seen the film
...Tatum's character DUKE is only in the movie for about 15 minutes.
In the film, the Joe's have to unmask the Zartan for stealing the identity of the President of the U.S.A. and stop Cobra Commander from becoming the sole SUPERPOWER on Earth!
...MEH!;smoking: This Yo Joe installment tried to be a bit GRITTIER than the first G.I. Joe movie, and just wound up not being as FUN.
There were still plenty of explosions and ninja swordfights, but it felt like it took itself a little TOO seriously.
It's rated PG-13, because, even though tons of people get killed, and a whole CITY gets blown up, there's no BLOOD shown in the whole movie!
"I'll get you for that!"
...another film I viewed was The Host
the movie based on the book by Twilight author, Stephanie Meyer. NO, there were NO sparkly vampires in this film.
However, this WAS a pretty good sci-fi movie. Aliens have invaded the planet and taken over the bodies of almost all of humanity. Only a few "free" humans remain, and the latest to get 'converted" is resisting the process. This human subconsciously directs the alien mind within her body to a secret location where free humans have hidden and survived. There the alien and human alikw must learn to work together and live, or fight one another and both die. Oh, ad there's an possesd-human-human-alien-human love RECTANGLE going on there, so things get a little TOUCHY at times!
It's rated PG-13 because a few people get killed, and I there is some heavy intergalactic-interspecies petting. Otherwise it's just a good sci-fi flick.
"You can probe me ANYtime."
...then there was The Call
starring Halle Berry as a 911 operator who failed to save the life of a girl who was abducted and killed after she called the police for help. The operator gets a chance at redemption when another young girl calls in for help in a similar situation...started by the SAME MANIAC KILLER!
This time, the operator stays on the line with the girl even AS she's abducted...even leaving the security of the call center to go out and do some investigating of her own to find this young hostage.
Some of the plot points become a bit UNBELIEVABLE at times, but this movie still manages to be an edge of your seat thriller, with a pretty WICKED ending.
It's rated R because crazy dude is CRA-A-AZY!!
..Hannibal Lecter wouldn't hang out with THIS guy!
"Son, you need HELP."
...and FINALLY I saw Evil Dead
...the remake of the Evil Dead classic, this time directed by Bruce Campbell, who was the STAR of the original film.
It's the story of a group of friends who go to cabin in the woods for a drug intervention of a friend that has recently overdosed.
They try to get her to stay there to get sober, but her behavior becomes more strange and violent by the second. During all this, one of the group finds a cultist tomb and reads the words that CLEARLY SAY "DO NOT READ"
and unleashes a demonic FORCE that possesses the already afflicted girl. Too late do they realize that they don't need an intervention, but an EXORCISM and all kinds of NASTINESS goes on!...This is an okay horror film, but not as much fun as the original, which had a lot of laughs (some intentional, and some not
). Evil Dead is rated R for GORY death scenes, so dont go to see it if you have a weak stomach, or have just eaten lasagna.
"Demonic book in a cabin in the woods...Works EVERY time."
Now here are some projects that I'M up to, OTHERS are up to, or I'm up to WITH others
are illustrating The Princess Pageant so we can publish it and become UBER-FAMOUS!!
If you are good at book illustrating, and what to be part of fairytale HISTORY, send me a note!
has published an art tutorial book, called Red Point. You can find it here: [link]
has started his own website at MyDirtyDrawings.com...go take a look at the NICENESS and join up for the NAUGHTINESS!
has started the phenomena called Muscle Phone...fitness models taking phone cam pics of themselves
See it here: [link]
is making illustrations for digital Emotobooks from Grit City Publications, but needs "friends" on Facebook to support it.
Please visit her page at [link]
and I are developing the game Starfish Ninja!
Soon to hit an APP near YOU!
7. I'm always looking for new characters to put into Nexus...if you have an O.C. or favorite character you want in, send me a note!
THOSE IN NEED
Now here's a word for those in need of some help.
1. Umm...I'm DEFINITELY going to need help for continue Nexus...just letting everybody know.
I'll see what everyone thinks after I debut issue 5 on April 28.
DA JOB OPPORTUNITIES
...Here are some opportunities for those of you looking to make some extra cash.
1. This is the DA job offers page [link]
You can check it out every day to see who needs commissions done for their projects.
2. There are always opportunities to sell your photos or images as royalty free stock at site like Shutterstock.com [link]
and Bigstock.com [link]
. You get paid every time someone buys the right to use your work.
WEEKLY FREE SUBSCRIPTION CONTEST
As for the Weekly Free Subscription Contest...the winners WERE...
...The vote for the next Free Weekly Subscription Contest will end on midnight SATURDAY...so get voting now.
All that being said, here is an update of the different contests going on.
CONTESTS AROUND DAThe Magic Knight Contest
is where you draw a card of your own MAGICAL GIRL that will be a part of your army in the card game Magic Knight: Armageddon
1st, 2nd and 3rd place get $150, $150 or $50 respectively (or an equivalent in DA points) and there are TWO 2nd place and 3rd place slots!
Even runner-ups may have their characters used in the game and get $25 or 2000 points in prizes!
The contest ends April 30, see details here: [link]
is a group FOR contests.
They have 4 every month. Check out their page and join if you like PRIZES!
Lists contests around DA, and also describes them by media, and prize content. Check them out and enter to WIN!
BONUS: I found The DA CONTEST PAGE!! Just click the link [link]
and scroll down, as there are a TON of different point contests out there to enter!
There are always plenty of opportunities out there on DA. We all benefit when we help each other out, and more creative juices are a-flowin'. It'll try to keep anyone interested posted.
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