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(no subject) [Jul. 26th, 2011|06:31 pm]
Brett Bretterson
Being a design student on the verge of graduating, making my own comics, and spending so much time just drawing, writing, making shit up, I have this constant perpetual fear, a nameless dread, so to speak. I want to make my living off of my art and stories, but I've seen so many of my friends who were similarly ambitious and creative get struck down, and now they're living what I feel to be a mediocre life, getting married, settling down, and working full time at McDonalds and shit.

I do not want that life. I want to keep on being creative, being weird, even though it means I have fewer and fewer things in common with my old friends. I am going to keep writing, keep drawing, keep struggling because this is what I fucking love, and I can't see myself doing anything else.

It's just, you know, sometimes I worry.
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(no subject) [Oct. 13th, 2010|12:14 am]
Brett Bretterson
Quote of the Day: "I wouldn't go near her with a ten foot pole myself, but you have a twenty foot pole, at least!"

I love you, David.
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Ricky is a friend that says things. [Oct. 4th, 2010|09:28 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |Grinderman - Worm Tamer | Powered by Last.fm]

"I am skipping Spanish class...IN THE NAME OF ART!"
"HELL YEAH!! Way to throw a figurative paintbrush in the faces of every Spaniard ever in one motion!"

"Well, you know what they say..."
"Enlighten me."
"Short got apple bottom jeans, boots with the fur (with the fur!) the whole club is lookin' at her. She hit the floor (she hit the floor), next thing you know short got low low low low low low low low"
"I would slap you if you weren't on the other side of the country."
"I don't even know where that came from. I haven't heard that song in months. And good riddance."
"Ricky, is there something you've neglected to tell me all these years?"
"I wear womens underwear."
"...I...uh, wow. I was not expecting that at all."
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INFLUENCE MAP [Sep. 30th, 2010|12:03 am]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |KMFDM - Feed Our Fame | Powered by Last.fm]

Warren Ellis and Corey Lewis each did one, and I'm sure other artists have been at it too, so I thought, why the hell not?

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BLACK HOLE GHOST [Apr. 29th, 2010|07:18 pm]
Brett Bretterson
is here!

Watch it! Tell your friends! Let me know what you think!
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Go there! [Apr. 16th, 2010|09:41 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |Electric Six - Gay Bar | Powered by Last.fm]

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Black Hole Ghost trailer. [Mar. 26th, 2010|06:20 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills | Powered by Last.fm]

Here's the trailer for the short silent live-action stop-motion project I'm doing for class. The final product will look better than this, I promise, I just threw this together at work:

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Hey look I made a comic! [Mar. 19th, 2010|10:02 am]
Brett Bretterson
Ezra Neuro

Last week, I penciled and inked an entire 5-page comic in a blaze of artistic fury. Last night, I finished coloring the damn thing and today it is now online for your viewing pleasure! It is on my new website, and can be found here: http://animatedtrigger.squarespace.com/comics/ezra-neuro-the-radioglyphs-2010/4781871

Go! Read! Enjoy!
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Writer's Block: Best book ever! [Mar. 7th, 2010|12:11 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |No More Heroes 2 - Neutrino 2 | Powered by Last.fm]

Is there any book you can read over and over again without ever getting sick of it? Do you discover something new every time you read it?

Yeah, that would HAVE to be Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis. It came out what, 3 years ago? And I've already read it 6 times or so. I don't normally do that.
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I'm going to ramble about making comics... [Jan. 5th, 2010|10:13 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |Portishead - Strangers | Powered by Last.fm]

Bear with me here.

So the structure for Endseekers (y'know, that comic I rambled about over a year ago based on Contra with a character named Victor Gunmetal?) is based on old-school 5-level action games. But, in December, realizing there's not much plot or story there at all, and thinking of the old adage "why the fuck should we care?," a question which should be asked of all stories, regardless of medium, I pumped in a lot of story elements, some twists, and actual backgrounds and traits for the few characters. I decided to inject these bits mostly in between the levels as "cutscenes," like you may see in a traditional, old-school videogame. And so now there's a rigid structure, going like this:

Intro - Cutscene 1a - Level 1 - Cutscene 1b - Cutscene 2a - Lvl2 - Cs2b - Cs3a - Lvl3 - Cs3b - Cs4 - Lvl4 - Cs5 - Lvl5 - Ending

The ending is debatable. I've got a lot of ideas, and I might have to stretch it to include a level 6. Maybe. We'll see.

I've got level 1 mostly mapped out, up to the miniboss. Yeah, each level has a miniboss and final boss. I have ideas for how the other levels will play out, just haven't done any scripting for them yet. The cutscenes, all of them but the ending, are scribbled out too. Done lots of designs, still lack a few bosses, but I'll figure them out.

Started laying out the intro, cutscene 1a, and level 1, and while that goes fine, I'm faced with another task, worrying about the final pages.

Things I need to consider: This is definitely a black and white book, but I don't think I could do it justice trying for just stark black and white, meaning I need some greys in there.

There are multiple approaches to this. The one that's really standing out to me the best is to do a two-toned look, much like one of the best comics you've never read, Casanova. When Gabriel Ba was drawing it, there were just blocks of gray to depict shading (http://semanticdrift.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/casanova1.jpg), done with Photoshop I'm sure, and it's a great look. When Fabio Moon, Gabriel's twin brother, took over, they switched to blue (http://creative.myspace.com/groups/_cc/comicbooks/casanova8/casanova_08-05.jpg), done much more loosely to suit Moon's style of inking with a brush. Both artists produced beautiful results, and it's simple, there being only three colors to worry about, which is very appealing seeing as how I have a hard time with shading, and this is already going to be a rough comic to draw. This also means learning to actually do stuff in Photoshop, something I need to attempt.

The second option is one that I've attempted once before, doing inkwashes: http://www.flickr.com/photos/animatedtrigger/3049486586/

...But I'm thinking, this being very sci fi, very videogame-like, that shading done in the computer would be much more fitting than doing it with hand, especially since it's easier to fuck up things permanently using ink, yes? Which goes back to the computer.

And should I use textures? Could I find zipatone stuff to try out? I dunno. Must ponder...

And then the text and dialogue. I already decided to do that on the computer to, just need to find some proper fonts to use, and determine whether I could draw the word balloons myself and insert the text or do the balloons and caption boxes in the computer too.

...I have a lot of work to do.

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Hell of an awesome way to start the new year off. [Jan. 5th, 2010|08:23 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |Them Crooked Vultures - No One Loves Me & Neither Do I | Powered by Last.fm]

GYAKUSHU is easily in my top 5 favorite graphic novels. And now the first two volumes are going up online for free, along with the first 75 pages of the new third volume.


Today's only the fifth, right? Crap. I have to wait another week? At least it gives me time to reread my own copies of the first two volumes, right?


Man, 2010 is off to an awesome start.

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Look at my horse, my horse is amazing! [Oct. 19th, 2009|06:16 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |Yeah sweet lemonade!]

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(no subject) [Aug. 12th, 2009|07:12 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |At the Drive-In - Rolodex Propaganda | Powered by Last.fm]

I am not going to deceive you: This is a video of a Korean man with pigtails in a dress playing his bass guitar to some anime Jpop song thing. And doing other, more frightening things.

The thing is? He plays the FUCK out of that bass. I am astonished and horrified at the same time. Dude's got skills, but possibly needs his brain re-wired:

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Ganked from Master Clone Eva [Jul. 22nd, 2009|08:25 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |Kupek - She's an inventor | Powered by Last.fm]

* Post ten of any pictures currently on your hard drive that you think are self-expressive.

* No captions. It must be like we're speaking with images and we have to interpret your visual language just like we have to interpret your words.

* They must ALREADY be on your hard drive - no googling or flickr! They have to have been saved to your folders sometime in the past. They must be something you've saved there because it resonated with you for some reason.

* You do NOT have to answer any questions about any of your pictures if you don't want to. You can make them as mysterious as you like. Or you can explain them away as much as you like.

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Dune, as directed by some madman you probably have never heard of. [Jun. 23rd, 2009|11:30 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |DLake - Hearts a Mess [Remix] [feat. Gotye] | Powered by Last.fm]

Just a warning, I'm about to go off on a weird tangent here.

So. Alejandro Jodorowsky. Ever heard of him? Possibly not, I have yet to meet anyone who has, but then, I try not to mention him in public so often. I mean sure, I've finally met a few people who've seen Tetsuo the Iron Man, and there are plenty of David Lynch lovers out there, but Jodorowsky is pretty obscure, despite his two most popular films, El Topo (surrealistic western madness) and the the Holy Mountain (psychadelic quest for enlightenment), were distributed by the Beatles manager Allen Klein, with the latter of the two being completely financed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

But then, he's only done a few other films along with those, none of which are nearly as notable,and finding any of it on DVD is damn near impossible. I got lucky in getting my copy of El Topo at Target. I guess it also lends to his obscurity that, despite having written quite a ton of comicbooks after deciding that film wasn't good enough, English translations are hard to come by. I myself am lucky to have the first volume of Technopriests (incredibly fucked up and mythical sci fi), the second volume of Son of the Gun (starring gunslinger-with-a-tail Juan Solo!), and an old 1980's issue of Heavy Metal with a strip written by him and illustrated by Moebius.

So don't feel bad if you haven't heard of him. Hell, I feel weird bringing up my knowledge of the man, for fear of getting looked at funny or for people thinking I'm some pretentious twat.

Because yeah, his films are weird, surreal, arthouse things that are equal parts pretentious, whimsical, bizarre, and horrifying. And his comics just kind of crank it all up, though I admit he gets to work with some INSANE illustrators.

Anyways, here we go, I'm getting to the meat and potatoes of this thing.

When I read about how David Lynch was picked to direct Dune (and also the Elephant Man before that) based on Eraserhead, I get confused. How could you watch Eraserhead and think, "man, this guy should TOTALLY direct a sci fi movie!" Hell, how can you watch Eraserhead and be capable of rational thought at all for at least 3 days afterwards? Wait, I may've just answered my own question.

Anyway, David Lynch directed Dune in the 80's, and it was an odd beast. But that's not the point.

The point is, Lynch was the final guy in a string of directors (including Ridley Scott) who stepped up to direct Dune, and he's the only one to succeed in what is truly a case of what-the-fuckery on a cosmic scale.

The first guy they wanted to direct the film, though? Jodorowsky. Why? I HAVE NO FUCKING CLUE.

Looking into it, Jodorowsky's vision of Dune was practically doomed from the start. He, much like Lynch, never read the book at first, so when he set forth in writing the 14-hour-long script, he took MASSIVE artistic liberties and went way off-track with the weirdness, wanting shit like making Duke Leto a eunuch and wanting the spice to be some sort of spongey substance. This would've been hardly anything like the novel, so it's for the best it never happened.

And yet, at the same time, look at the conceptual artists who were involved and the work they produced for Jodorowsky before the thing got aborted:

Chris Foss!

Jean "Moebius" Giraud!

H.R. motherfucking Giger!

Other interesting things to note are that the soundtrack would've been done entirely by Pink Floyd and Salvador "melting clocks" Dali as the Emperor!

Granted, this was the 70's, and special effects technology could not possibly live up to the concept art done by these fine artists, but still, can you imagine what kind of movie this would have been? Sure, it would not have been at all what any Dune fan would have wanted, but it would've been INCREDIBLE.

Incredible, and fucked up.

After watching El Topo again the other night and watching most of Jodorowsky's first film, Fando Y Lis, without English subtitles, and after seeing the crap he's pulled off in comics, I just find myself sitting, wondering, just what kind of movie he would've made if he had the abilities to make it. Maybe you're reading this thinking that I'm insane and retarded for it, but Jodorowsky is unrivaled when it comes to such a strange fucking imagination.

I mean hell, the guy's a philosopher who does therapeutic psychomagic. Say that out loud: THERAPEUTIC PSYCHOMAGIC.

He's one of the most interesting minds I've encountered.

Apparently, a lot of his ideas for the film, once production was scrapped, went into his sci fi comics, which can be seen, as my volume of Technopriests has ornithopters and two or three fat characters floating around with suspensors like our fair Baron, and I'd like to get my hands on more of his work, but still...

Admit it, it would've been one HELL of a movie.

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(no subject) [Jun. 22nd, 2009|08:41 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |Mastodon - Aqua Dementia | Powered by Last.fm]

So my girlfriend's been in Florida since Friday, coming back as we speak, but she won't get back here until 4am-ish, and I won't get to see her until Wednesday.

But what have I been doing in her absence?

Well, I uh, kind of found a crappy quality version of a 70's "erotic musical" adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

I admit, I laughed at the line, "we had a towel once, but it was taken from us by a hotel," and I kind of also laughed at the shot of Humpty Dumpty, sitting proudly on the wall, big shit-eating grin on his face, holding his newly-erect penis, falling backwards and just hearing the crashing noise his landing made. But still, most of it was just...bad.

And then I saw the photos from Tim Burton's upcoming Alice in Wonderland remake/sequel/thing.

I'm starting to think the porn was better, even if Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum were incestuous and the costumes horrible. Hell, maybe I'll get it on DVD!

"She got his dingaling up! His dingaling up!"

...Okay, so I also watched El Topo again, documentaries on the making of the original King Kong and Merian C. Cooper himself, Matango, I've been playing a lot of Mother 3, and there's probably some other stuff in there too...

But yeah. Alice In Wonderland as a musical porn. The bar has been raised, and I don't think Tim Burton can live up to it.
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I need to stop clicking on things that Warren Ellis links to. [Jun. 19th, 2009|09:23 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |Nine Inch Nails - Capital G | Powered by Last.fm]

This is so wrong.
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I like giant things. [Jun. 10th, 2009|09:37 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |AFI - The Despair Factor | Powered by Last.fm]

Except breasts. I do not like large breasts. They frighten me.




...THEY FINISHED IT. Oh dear. I so badly want to see this thing in person.



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(no subject) [Jun. 4th, 2009|10:27 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |Grinderman - When My Love Comes Down | Powered by Last.fm]

This is the damn funniest thing I've read in a long time.

I love Cracked, and I love Seanbaby.
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(no subject) [Jun. 2nd, 2009|07:18 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |Portishead - Mysterons | Powered by Last.fm]

Apparently I was so flabbergasted by those trailers that my basic comprehension of the English language was kind of broken there, and everything I said in that entry sounds like bad Engrish.

Sorry about that.
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Hey look more videogame trailers! [Jun. 2nd, 2009|06:31 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |Deep Black Void - drown | Powered by Last.fm]

This year and next year have been great for the Wii, with lots of good games coming out and people everywhere saying "oh now I can dust off my Wii and actually play the thing!"

...I kind of hate those people, seeing as how I love my Wii and play it all the damn time.

Anyways, E3 is going on and today was Nintendo's press conference, with announcements for some awesome stuff:

Top of the list that has me hot and bothered is this:

I just finished Metroid Zero Mission today, and when David called to tell me about this, I got giddy. Plus, it's being developed by Team Ninja, the Ninja Gaiden/Dead Or Alive team? I have never seen Samus being so brutal in a game before...

Super Mario Galaxy was the first Wii game I bought, and oh it was such a fun, worthy purchase. It was simply an amazing game, and look! It's Yoshi!

The first Sin and Punishment is my favorite N64/Virtual Console game, made by Treasure, who are among my favorite developers for making other badass games like Ikaruga and Gunstar Heroes. Though the two characters looking like they're 10 years old is kind of lame, the action looks just as awesome.


I just came

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There is no God, is there? [May. 31st, 2009|09:44 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |Bogart Shwadchuck - Bitch Go Buy Me A Hot Dog]

Ladies and gentlemen,

I have just been informed by my good friend Aaron Lord Jimifulss Deese that the MTV Movie Awards are currently going on.

Mr. AJ has also informed me that in the category of "Best Fight Scene," the movie Twilight won.

It beat out Hellboy 2.


This is horrible. Absolutely horrible.

I want to go destroy something now.

(on a side note, Up was amazing, and I now own Metroid Zero Mission, go me)
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OH MY FUCKING GOD [May. 29th, 2009|05:43 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |Tiga - Shoes | Powered by Last.fm]

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(no subject) [May. 26th, 2009|10:05 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |Make The Girl Dance - Baby Baby Baby | Powered by Last.fm]

Oh hey look I reviewed the amazing TOKYO GORE POLICE for Hindsight Alloys the other day!

Yeah, two reviews (er, well, three I suppose) in one week, but none of the other guys are updating, so why the hell not?
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251-HIT COMBO!!!! BONUS CRITICAL +200HP [May. 23rd, 2009|05:18 pm]
Brett Bretterson
[White Noise |Masafumi Takada - Rave On | Powered by Last.fm]

The first thing I've ever ordered off of Amazon came in today, much to my surprise, a copy of SHARKNIFE, volume 1, by Corey Lewis, who also designed the badass ZOMBI t-shirt that I also own.

Sharknife, though. I've gotten maybe a 4th of the way through it, even though it's a pretty slim little book that could probably be read in an hour with no problem. But I've been wanting to really sink my teeth into one of Corey's books for a while now. His art is insane! Bright colors, thick linework, crazy poses with exaggerated proportions and foreshortening. He wears his influences with pride, way too much anime and old-school videogames. He pulls the best of those influences out and puts them on the page, not trying to be another idiot deviantART kid doing Naruto fanart or something, but really making something energetic, explosive, something that CRACKLES. His artwork is not boring at all.

...Er. Anyways.

That was supposed to be a lead-in to where at this point I would ramble about the comic I'm working on. The thumbnailing is all done, shitty as they are, and I've been working on character designs for the past week. Well, not working too hard, admittedly, because my tendency currently is to sit down, draw a few sketches of their faces and such, then get pissed and walk off to play Henry Hatsworth, but I just beat that earlier today, so yeah.

The thing is, I'm torn. I find myself wanting to NOT be another generic anime-style kid whose work plagues deviantART. At the same time, though, trying to draw the characters in proper proportions, trying to make them pretty realistic, is just awful at the same time. They come across as just...boring, bland, uninteresting. So I'm struggling to find a style, a way to draw these characters and the settings they interact in, without getting bored or pissed off, and in a way where people will look at it and not see some generic crap, y'know?

It's frustrating. So I'm looking at Corey's stuff, along with the Brazilian twins Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, both of whom illustrated the excellent CASANOVA (Bá also illustrates UMBRELLA ACADEMY). Paul Pope too.

(you should be clicking these links, these guys are great artists who encapsulate everything I love about comics)

I'm getting other ideas for these characters, too. This comic would be like part 1 of 6 in a trade, yes? But I've gotta draw this crap first. Arg.

So there we go. Rant out of the way. I'm going to find food and possibly watch Tokyo Gore Police. It might be my next HINDSIGHT ALLOYS review.

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