October 22nd, 2003

beachy

Crimson Skies Gripe

The first Hollywood mission is TOO $@##&!! HARD! I can do all the stupid stunts, no problem -- but the autogyros instantly shoot me down.

When I'm mad enough to punch the keyboard, it's evident that I'm not having fun and should stop playing the stupid thing.

-The Gneech
  • Current Mood
    angry angry
Drezzer cool

Some Random SJ Stats

Just because some of you might be curious, I'm going to post some statistics for The Suburban Jungle during the month of September:

TOTAL VISITS: 123,241
AVG. VISITS/DAY: 4,108
MAX. VISITS/DAY: 5,635

That's 1.5 - 2x the numbers I had the last time I took a look ... and roughly 1/10 the readership of Sinfest.

Hmm. :)

-The Gneech
  • Current Music
    Braces Tower -- "Monster Island"
Kero Power Tie

What's Cool vs. What Makes Sense

I've been playing around with variant ship designs for Kitten Kaboodle: Space Ranger, and I came up with some stuff that looked pretty cool, but has some serious conceptual flaws -- particularly with the position of the turret for Leona. My current favorite design has the turret mounted above and behind the cockpit, which is cool, except that right behind it are these big ol' oversized engines that effectively restrict its firing arc to the front and top 135-degrees or so -- and leave the ship with a great big blind spot covering the rear and belly.

Now if "KKSR" was a TV show, somebody would be saying at this point, "It's just a show, you should really just relax." But it's not even that -- it's a COMIC about a show! So why does a badly-mounted turret bug me so much? Particularly when I'm ready to forgive the fact that blaster-mounting space fighters are a ludicrous concept when you examine them too hard anyway? (And even more so when piloted by a tigress named "Kitten Kaboodle" who has a lioness gunner named "Hart O'Steele.")

Answer is 'cause I'm a geek, I guess.

If my art was up to the task, what I'd really love to do would be to run a limited series "Adventures of Kitten Kaboodle" comic, Danger Girl style. But as improved as my art is over the early days, such a thing is definitely way out of my league. :( I put out a few feelers for collaborators on such a project, and received polite "No thank you's."

Oh well. Life carries on. If I can get this design hashed out, I might be able to get somebody with 3D skills to render several views for me, at least.

-The Gneech
  • Current Music
    "Tale Spin" -- main titles