Wow, it has been almost a year since my last update. Or should I say (and I will), my last attempt at doing anything related to web design. What a year it has been. Got a new job, practically relocated to a new city, reconnected with old friends, and a bunch of other things that life has thrown in my general direction. On another note, I just remembered that my host server no longer lets me upload files through my version of Dreamweaver. Apparently, its "old and outdated regardless whether or not it still works".

People have been asking me all day how Comic-Con is going. While I appreciate the thought, I'm not there this year. Over the last week I've been reading up on things going on and I've made a list of what I would have liked to see:

Assassin's Creed Obstacle Course - There is this huge obstacle course based on the Assassin's Creed series of games set up outside the convention center. It looks like a lot of fun and you get some AC stuff just for trying it out.

Life-size Monster Hunter monster - So Capcom (the game developer) had this life-sized monster from one of their games built (large as a car). It first appeared at Anime Expo this year and it made it to Comic-Con. Would have made a cool picture.

Tetsuya Nomura, video game director/producer - Created the popular Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series of games. I've been a fan of his since I was 12. Really wish I could have gotten his autograph.

Weird Al Yankovic, musician - I don't listen to his music much anymore, but I know a lot of people who would be jealous that I could have gotten to meet him. I hear he has a new album coming out soon.

Jed Henry, artist - A very talented artist who co-created one of the most popular and successful Kickstarter projects in the Art category: Ukiyo-e Heroes. His co-creator was David Bull, a native of Canada who moved to Japan to study the ancient art of Ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Together they made Ukiyo-e woodblock prints based on modern video game and anime characters. I backed the project myself and would have liked to meet Jed Henry.

Magic: The Gathering Limited Edition Alternate Art Cards with Nerf Ax - I got back into playing MTG last fall and missed out on getting a 2013 set of the limited edition cards at Comic-Con last year. They got a new set this year and they've including a life-sized toy replica of an Ax one of the characters uses.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Legacy Dragon Dagger - A replica toy of the Dragon Dagger used by the Green Ranger in the original Power Rangers series. This one is also gold plated. I'm not kidding; they coated it with 24 karat gold. Almost the entire thing is gold and sold for $150 each. Also, Jason David Frank (the Green Ranger) will be there to sign them. I met him at another convention earlier this year and he's a pretty cool guy.

Next on the removal list was the manga and collections pages. Before I continue with the purging of my website, I want to explain why I'm doing it. Every time I get a new idea for a section of my site I try it out and then basically forget about it. It goes without updates for months or even years and then I reflect on it with the end result being that I want to remove it entirely. Like everyone out there, I do have a life outside of the computer world and when it comes to my website I just don't have the time to sit down and work on my site like I used to. These days, less is more (or at least less is easier to work with). I don't expect too many more removals but don't be surprised if my site is a lot less full than it used to be.

I know its over a week late for the news, but I am officially NOT GOING TO COMIC-CON 2014. Just like the pre-registration, I waited in line but instead of taking nearly 3 hours for badges to sell out, they were gone in about an hour and a half. It was a good run; I went for 8 years in a row and hoped to make it to 10 but it just wasn't meant to be. I'm still a little irritated about this whole random placement ordeal. I can see how many people find the process to be a better alternative, especially for those people who have never gone to Comic-Con. But on the other side, many more people who were accustomed to the first-come-first-serve process are upset because their placement in line no longer matters. There was this whole discussion on the CC Facebook page where this guy who was not able to get badges compared the random placement process to waiting for a table at a restaurant: You go in and the host/hostess places you on the wait list for a table. Someone else comes in after you and is also placed on the waitlist. They are called and get a table before you even though you came in first. You are not guaranteed a table to begin with, but it does not seem fair that you waited longer for a table and someone else got to go ahead of you.

I removed the color pictures from my gallery. I also removed pictures my friends drew as well.

Well, during my yearly cleanup I decied to remove my Flash Cartoons section and my other websites (SPORE, WKCII, etc). I haven't updated them in years and I just lost interest after a while. I did add a bunch of new comics about the Digimon anime/video game franchise.

I knew this day might come: I didn't manage to get badges to Comic-Con. To be more precise, I didn't get them during pre-registration. For Comic-Con 2013 pre-reg was in August of 2012 but for this year's convention they finally got around to it today. This year they did this random lottery thing where you would be placed in line at random to buy badges instead of on a first come, first serve basis. I don't know where in line I was (because the folks at CC didn't display that information) but it must have been pretty far back there because after waiting for an hour and a half I was still waiting in line. In previous years badges would have sold out by then but this time they were letting fewer people into the room to buy badges so it was taking a really long time. Friday and Saturday badges were sold out so I just gave up instead of trying to wait around and maybe get in to get a Thursday or Sunday badge. I might have better luck in the open registration assuming that they don't pull this random placement shit again. Who knows, this might be the year I don't go to Comic-Con.

I've removed my Magic: The Gathering section from my website. It was just taking up space on my server and I've found a better place to display my decklists (which is pretty much the only thing those pages were doing). A friend intoduced me to this websit called TappedOut and its a site where users can put together their decks and show other people. My profile: DeathScytheRuler

Of course.

Still working on the comics. I'm actually working on several at a time now instead of individually. I get an idea and that doesn't really fit with the next comic in sequence so I stick it in another one.

So Comic-Con ended 2 weeks ago and so far, I'm still working on my second CC comic. Its taking longer than I thought because I need to draw so many people for crowds. And I needed to make up for lost time at work so my free time was limited these last 2 weeks.

Slowly making progress on the Comic-Con comics. -First Comic-

Now that I think about it, these Comic-Con comics are the second time I'm going to summarize my trip and put it on my website. The first time was way back in 2006 and it was only about half a page long.

Just 1 more day until Comic-Con! (Click on the image to enlarge)

Small update: I'm going to leave the background color of my tutorials pages black because the new grey background that I have for the rest of my pages would make it hard to see the images (which are primarily grey).

From now on I will be posting all updates about Magic: The Gathering on that setion of my site.

Now that I've adjusted the majority of my pages, I think its time to address an issue I've been having. I really wanted to get a comic done at least once a week, but I just don't have the time anymore. I joked about trying to make one at least once a week but, with no promises as to a regular schedule. So I will be renaming my 'Weeklys' webcomic to just a generic 'Webcomic'. If I can't make a regular schedule, then I shouldn't name it as such.

Still working on updating the rest of the pages with the new layout. Most of the main sections are done but the majority of the side pages still need work. I expect to be finished in a couple of weeks (I seem to say that every time I have a project but it never happens as I planned).

10 Years! Who would have guessed that back in 2003, I would continue to be interested in web design and keep my site going. I've learned a lot over the last 10 years and many things have changed; from coding by hand in a simple Notepad text file to advanced scripting with the help of Dreamweaver, from a tiny site on Yahoo Geocities to my own domain, from low resoltion images created through Paint to fancy images created through Photoshop, from an anime fan site to an expression of my creativity, and the list goes on. I am a self taught web designer and I picked up a few tips here and there in high school and college classes, but most of my experience comes from hours of scouring other websites, how-to guides, experimentation, and keeping up with the latest developments in the web. I enjoy web design more as a hobby than a career and if my short stint in the web design business has taught me anything, it is that you have to keep up with the changing world and stay relevant by improving your skills and striving to keep up with the competition. Hopefully I can apply the same method to my current job as an anthroplogist. Anyway, thanks to anyone that has visited my site over the last decade and I will continue to keep my site going for as long as I can. Maybe I can go another 10 years, but we'll see.




Here is how this is going to work. There is no way I can update all my pages with the new layout by Saturday June 22nd, so I'm going to be updating each page one by one over the next few weeks. Do not be surprised if a few pages have the new layout and some are still the old one during this time.

There were three ways to get Comic Con badges for this year. The pre-registration: the first round of registration which was last August and only available for people who attended Comic Con 2012 (like I did and I got my badges at that time). They only had a certain amount of badges available so that there was some for the regular registration. The regular registration: the second round of registration that is open to everybody. There were some restrictions for people who already bought certain badges during the pre-registration and were trying to buy more badges during the regular registration. This was back in February. The resale: the third and final round of registration where any badges that were purchased by people who returned them prior to a certain date (sometime in May) are available for purchase again by someone else. This is usually the case when someone bought the wrong badge or they can't go on that particular day anymore. The resale was today and honestly, I was surprised at the results. The way it went this year is that the folks at Comic Con International implemented a lottery system where random people were selected to purchase the resale badges instead of first come, first serve. You had to submit your name and Member ID within a two day window last week in order to be eligible for the lottery. The winners were notified by yesterday afternoon as to where the resale would take place (they sent a link and some kind of password unique to the individual winners so that the other people who didn't win couldn't get in). After about an hour, the resale closed. I thought that was the end of it but then they announced through social media like Facebook and Twitter that there were some more badges that were not all purchased during the resale and that anyone could now try and get them. The only badges available were for Thursday and Sunday since Friday and Saturday were sold out during the resale, but what was more surprising is that it took several hours for the remaining badges to sell out. I thought that they'd all go quick but apparently the news wasn't widespread and it took people a while to figure out that the last few badges were up for grabs. That's odd considering that most people are glued to Facebook and Twitter most of the day. Anyway, the only reason I bring it up is to learn from this in case it happens next year and I will be prepared. But the registration process changes from year to year so I can't be sure.

The design I was working on and planning to use for this month's big update has been scrapped. There's really nothing wrong with it, but after a few months of not working on it and then taking another look, I decided that I just didn't want to use it. So I came up with something else that I'm planning on using instead. I did incorporate some of its elements into the newer design. But seriously, I try to keep my web design skills up to date and experimenting with different designs and coding styles helps me improve my skills.

Behold! ... Nothing. I haven't actually done anything with my site in three months like I said I would. I had a lot of free time and then all of a sudden, I didn't. But that's life; important things like work get in the way and time goes by like a flash.

I know I've said this many times before, but I'm planning on changing the design and layout of my website. This June marks the 10th anniversary of my website and throughout this time, my perspective on my designs has changed somewhat. So by this summer, there will be no more dark red/black layouts.

Comic-Con tickets went on sale today. I bought mine last August during the Pre-Registration (only open to people who went to Comic-Con 2012) so I didn't need to go through the mess that happened today. Of course there is always going to be a problem when thousands of people try and go to a website at the same time. Apparently, when some people went to the site to buy tickets at 9am (when it opened), they got stuck with a blank screen or were redirected to a differnt page. The Comic-Con people said not to refresh the page because it would start over, but some people who refreshed got back in. Others who went to the site after 9am got in because others were stuck with the blank screen or the other page. Bottom line: too many people crashed the site. Its unfortunate, but now that tickets have sold out, the folks over at Comic-Con aren't going to worry about trying to fix the problems until next year.

First update of the new year and also first comic of the new year. I have posted my first "weeklys" comic and as the name suggests, I plan on trying to make a comic every week. I said before that I'd make comics whenever I had the time or whenever I felt like it, but I'm still new to the whole web comics thing so don't expect a regular schedule.
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