Why Imagination Is My Greatest Writing Tool + Upcoming Spooky Short Stories

People often have different tools when it comes to writing. Sometimes it’s their typing speed, or sometimes it’s their ability to spend pages upon pages describing something insignificant in excruciating detail. My biggest writing tool happens to by my imagination.

I love to imagine fun scenarios and write about them, though I sadly haven’t written many short stories this year. I want to change that, so throughout all of October I’ll be writing some amazing short stories for you all! I’m going to get back into the groove and let my imagination take control. Prepares yourself for some of the best short stories ever made!

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Din’s Curse Review: Diablo With Murderous Townsfolk

It’s time to delve into the unending dungeon known as “obscure Indie games”. These are games that are made by independent developers and unfortunately get swept under the rug by bigger releases. Today’s subject is an underground cult classic, “Din’s Curse”. Din’s Curse is a “dungeon-crawling RPG”, one that was released in 2010 for PC and Mac.

Din’s Curse is certainly one of the more interesting dungeon-crawlers I’ve ever played. The plays very similar to the first Diablo game. You start in a small town and have to ascend a dungeon comprised of multiple floors, while fighting various monsters along the way. You gain new weapons, armor, and various items along the way.

It sounds pretty standard, right? Well, Din’s Curse throws in a pretty good twist: Randomly generated dungeons and towns. Each town is different from the last, with its own NPC villagers and town layout. On top of that, each dungeon is randomly generated based on a number of different tile-sets. What this means is that a lot of the dungeons you romp through will have different layouts than the ones you’ve done previously.

Because of the randomness, you’ll also have different quest objectives and monsters to fight. Some towns will feature different things in them, or feature completely different quests. For example, one town I went to suffered from the constant threat of starvation, while another was plagued by escaped prisoners roaming the dungeon.

There’s honestly a lot of randomness into the game, which I dig completely. For example, there was a really silly event in my game where one of my villagers MURDERED the local Armor-Smith for no reason. I was so confused as to why this happened! Was that armor-smith some kind of “mysterious shady individual”? Nah, this appeared to be some kind of random event that just happened.

I was never given an in-game explanation as to why a villager up and murdered my Armor-Smith. Said villager later died of starvation anyways, so it was no skin off my back! Honestly, I think that’s the best part of the game: That it’s also a town management game.

Doing quests benefits the town in various ways and you have to make sure there are no nefarious individuals causing crap in your neck of the woods. Traitors could enter the village, even set up traps. The amount of variables in each different town makes for a fun and unique play-through every time!

Couple that with the fact that you can tweak a ton of settings before creating your own village and you’ve got a game built on experimentation and fun. Unfortunately, not all is sunshine and rainbows with this game. For one thing, the random nature of the game also relates to how to win it. You see, you need to do a random number of “key quests” in order to successfully save a town.

The problem? The game doesn’t tell you what constitutes a “key quest” and how many you need to do to win. As such, you’re just doing random quests as quick as you can in an attempt to reach the goal. While this is fun, the lack of any clear goals makes it hard to know what to do next.

It doesn’t help that killing the final boss of a town’s dungeon doesn’t really change anything. You’d think beating the main bad would save the village, but you also have to sort out a million other trivial problems on top of that. Because of this, it feels like success is completely random and based on how many trivial tasks you can do before the game decides to hand you a win.

On top of this, sometimes a town can out-stay it’s welcome. While some towns can be beaten in 20 minutes, some can last as long as two hours. This means that a cool-looking town could easily outstay its welcome after a while. Regardless of its flaws, the game is a ton of fun! It doesn’t do anything too unique for the genre, but it offers up enough to stand on its own.

You’re not getting a wholly unique experience, or something revolutionary. Instead, you’re getting a well-crafted RPG with some unique game-play twists. Sure, the random nature of the game can cause headaches at times, but I still dig it. Then again, I dig anything that’s experimental!

 

Mazes & Monsters: Tom Hanks’ Forgotten First Movie

Acting is an art, at least from what I can tell. Slipping into the shoes of another person through acting alone is definitely a daunting task. However, it can be rewarding if you land the right roles. Famous actors get mountains of cash, the admiration of their colleagues, and the adoration of their fans. Of course, it’s a long and winding road to stardom.

You gotta start at the bottom to get to the top and the actor known as “Tom Hanks” is no exception. People will remember Tom Hanks for his roles in the Toy Story films, Forrest Gump, Castaway, and many others. Tom Hanks has done 91 films at this point, but he has 1 film that nobody really talks about anymore.

This was his first starring role in anything and it was in an obscure film meant to bash a board-game. Let’s talk about “Mazes & Monsters”. Mazes & Monsters was made in a strange time period when parents thought Dungeons & Dragons was “satanic” and “evil”. Naturally, this TV film was made as a propaganda piece, just so the creators could bank off the D&D hate train.

Oddly enough, Mazes & Monsters is less about demonizing the game itself and more about demonizing people who get addicted to the game and lose themselves in it. This is where Tom Hanks comes in to play. In the film, Tom Hanks’ character is introduced as this awkward social outcast who gets accepted into a group of fellow teens, all of whom play the titular “Mazes & Monsters”.

After a LARP (Live-Action Roleplay) session goes awry, Tom Hanks’ character goes insane and starts believing that he’s his character from the game. The film then follows his character, Robbie (and his alter-ego, Pardieu) as he slowly descends into madness. Believe it or not, Mazes & Monsters was Tom Hanks’ first leading film role.

In fact, this actually became the selling point for the film over time. Heck, the DVD release even had a picture of Tom Hanks front and center! I’m honestly surprised that this film keeps getting re-released, considering how obscure it is.. Aside from Tom Hanks being in it and the Dungeons & Dragons theme, there’s not much of an appeal here.

The film itself is very bland and there’s a ton of scenes that don’t really factor into the plot that much. The film’s overall low budget and lack of likable characters is what keeps it from being a good movie. Regardless, it’s still entertaining. The dialogue is deliciously hammy and the concept of someone losing themselves to a game completely is interesting.

I also like that the film makes it clear that Robbie’s insanity is due to his own mental issues and over-obsession with his favorite game, rather than him being “turned evil” by the board-game. The film is trying to demonize D&D, but it ends up painting a story about letting one’s obsessions grow out of control and the ramifications that comes with that instead.

With that being said, would I recommend this film? Well, only if you’re morbidly curious and have some friends to watch it with. It’s a silly film to poke fun at, but it’s not an interesting watch for a solo viewer. Tom Hanks doesn’t do a good job of carrying this film, due to him being rather new to acting at the time. There’s tons of bad designs choices and the film overall is a pretty forgettable production. Still, I feel like there’s a bit of “bile fascination” when it comes to this movie. It’s terrible, but in an enjoyable way.

Amazing Spider-Man 2012 Review

Well, it’s time to talk another divisive film in the Spider-Man series. If you thought fan’s perceptions were split on Spider-Man 3, then you haven’t seen anything yet! I’ll get this out of the way first: I don’t hate this movie. Amazing Spider-Man actually has some great things in it, but it’s watered down by its bad writing and bland plot.

The film is a reboot of the Sam Raimi trilogy’s continuity, giving us an all new Spider-Man and storyline in the process. The story revolves around a “hipper” and “cooler” version of Peter Parker, one who’s dealing with high-school and girl problems. Peter gets bitten by a radioactive spider (again), loses his uncle (again), learns a lesson in responsibility (again), and becomes Spider-Man to stop an evil green guy (again). In essence, the film feels like a retread of the first film from 10 year prior.

Oddly enough though, the film is a retread that’s afraid to be a retread. I know that doesn’t make a lot of sense, but hear me out: This film does a lot of similar stuff to the first Spider-Man movie, but makes unnecessary changes in an attempt to be “unique”. One of the oddest changes was that Uncle Ben gets shot outside of a grocery store, as opposed to being shot outside of a wrestling arena like in the original.

Peter then goes on a crazy revenge mission to track down the killer, falls into A WRESTLING ARENA for some reason, and then decides that he needs a mask. So, they had a wrestling arena to film in, yet they only use it for this random unrelated scene? Maybe they planned to film a wrestling scene similar to the first movie, but it got cut out in an attempt to make the origin “different”.

I’m all for making something different, but that’s hard to do when you’re already retreading something that came out a decade ago. The film is too focused on telling a story we already know, while also trying to make it somewhat different in a very awkward manner. There’s also the matter of the film’s special effects and suit designs, which aren’t very good at all.

For some reason, they give Spider-Man this weird rubbery suit. He honestly looks more like a rejected X-Men movie villain than he does a superhero. It’s certainly not as good as the suits from the previous film, even if some of those looked awkward as well. Speaking of designs, what the heck did they do to Curt Connor’s Lizard form?!

In the comics, The Lizard was a mutated reptile-man with a large snout and ripped clothing. In this movie, he’s just a giant naked lizard man without a snout. Heck, his face isn’t really that reptilian at all! I get wanting to update the design as to not alienate audiences, but it still feels like a far cry from how the character looked in past incarnations.

I’ve harped on the film enough, but what about the good stuff? Well, Amazing Spider-Man does do some stuff that I genuinely enjoy. The fights against The Lizard are fairly entertaining and energetic, especially the one inside the school. Seeing Spidey crawl over the Lizard and wrap him in webbing like an actual spider would do is both hilarious and creepy.

On top of this, the film’s finale is pretty intense and entertaining. While the finale does have its fair share of dumb moments, it does a good job of elevating the stakes. In short, Amazing Spider-Man is a film that doesn’t really live up to its title. It isn’t an “amazing” film at all, but rather a mediocre one.

It’s certainly not the worst Spider-Man film and it does have redeeming merits, but they’re buried under a pile of poor writing choices that hampers the viewing experience. Amazing Spider-Man was definitely a misstep, but it wasn’t one that ruined the franchise. That honor would go to this film’s sequel…

Spider-Man 3 Review

With Spider-Man’s presence in the MCU currently up in the air, I think it’s the right time to continue my Spider-Man movie retrospective. After all, there’s a big chance that the live-action film rights for Spider-Man will fully revert to Sony, so why not talk about the last few Sony Spidey films I haven’t covered?

Spider-Man 3 was a divisive film when it came out. It was the third (and final) entry in the extremely popular Sam Raimi Spider-Man film universe. It ended a story-arc started in the first film, which involved Harry’s grudge against Spider-Man. It introduced new characters and told an interesting story, while also giving us some of the most hilarious moments in the franchise.

With that being said, Spider-Man 3 is a heavily flawed film and it’s apparent from the outset. For one thing, the film has too many villains, plot-lines, and side characters. The film honestly should’ve been focused on Spider-Man taking on Sandman and the newly super-powered Harry. Unfortunately, Venom was also thrown into the mix, along with Gwen Stacy and an annoying amnesia sub-plot.

So much was crammed into this film, to the point where there was very little breathing room for the average audience member, myself included. Despite the film feeling extremely bloated, you can tell its heart was in the right place. Sam Raimi wanted to cap off his trilogy with things that people could remember or find entertaining.

One such thing was “Emo Peter”, which was one of the film’s most controversial elements. You see, one of the sub-plots for the film is that Peter gets infected with a “Symbiote”. This happened in the comics and all other stories that involved Venom. Of course, the Symbiote makes Peter act like a giant jackass with an edgy attitude.

Despite the fact that this is how the Symbiote affected Peter’s personality in the comics, people weren’t too fond of it. It’s especially off-putting when you consider the fact that the Symbiote only affected Peter’s personality LATER in the comics. In most stories, the Symbiote doesn’t make Peter behave evil or violent until later on.

Honestly, I like the stuff with Emo Peter. It’s interesting to see Peter become a pompous jackass, one who is obsessed with money and what he can obtain. I wish the film did more with this arrogant and vindictive Peter, instead of making him just a generic villainous version of our hero.

Still, I’d be lying if I said Emo Peter wasn’t entertaining as hell. His dance scene is arguably the best scene in the entire film! Another good aspect of the film was Flint Marko, who was an interesting and well fleshed out villain for the series. This is ironic, considering he’s the only villain to NOT be made of flesh!

Yes, 30 minutes into the film, Flint is mutated into living sand and takes on the name of “Sandman”. As a living sand monster, Flint finds himself evading the law and trying to find his way back to his daughter. Meanwhile, Spider-Man is desperately trying to track down the escaped criminal in order to avenge his Uncle Ben.

Honestly, this feels like it could be a good setup for a film on its own. It’s just that the awesome setup of this plot-line has to share space with all the stuff relating to Venom, Eddie Brock, Mary Jane and Peter’s awkward romance, and Harry’s amnesia. That combined with the series’ trademark campy nature and dated CGI, it’s not hard to see why so many people dislike this film.

That being said, Spider-Man 3 is a pretty special film. Sure, it has a ton of problems, but there’s a lot of good elements lying underneath the surface. There’s tons of great scenes and characters here, it’s just buried under a pile of meaningless fluff. Spider-Man 3 isn’t what I’d consider a bad film at all, just a good film with a ton of problems holding it back from being better.

There’s a ton of enjoyment value to be pulled from Spider-Man 3, despite it’s heavily flawed nature. I’d recommend giving this film a re-watch, especially if you haven’t seen it in years. It’s an immensely fun, albeit incredibly flawed film. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about our next film…

Spider-Man Unlimited Is An Underrated Classic

Since I’m on a binge of all the Spider-Man movies, I thought it was only fair I take a look back at some of the cartoons as well! Spider-Man had a ton of shows over the years, though most of them went ignored by the fan-base. Spectacular Spider-Man and the 90s Spiderman show are the only ones that people seem to agree are awesome. While the animated show on MTV has been growing a fan-base over the years, I often see less love for “Spider-Man Unlimited”.

Spider-Man Unlimited was a strange animal, due in large part to its odd premise. The general setup for the show is that Spider-Man is doing his typical superhero shtick and trying to stop his classic villains, Venom and Carnage, from attacking a shuttle with John Jameson on board. Spidey fails and both villains hijack the rocket, taking it to a strange planet called “Counter-Earth”.

Spider-Man is caught falling from the rocket and is framed for the sabotage as a result of this. J. Jonah Jameson (John’s father and Peter Parker’s boss) blames Spidey/Peter for the sabotage. Spider-Man is now unable to do his job, due to constantly being attacked by the people he swore to protect.

As a result of this, Spidey travels to Counter-Earth in order to save John. However, the rescue mission is complicated by the planets denizen: The Beastials. The Beastials are highly-evolved animals with human attributes that have subjugated the humans on Counter-Earth. You see, Counter-Earth functions less like a different planet and more like an alternate universe.

In this “other world”, animals have become the dominate species and are lead by “The High Evolutionary”, the human mad-scientist who created this new race. If all of this sounds too “out there” for a Spider-Man show, then you’re not alone in thinking that. Spider-Man Unlimited’s radical concepts alienated a majority of its viewing audience at the time.

The concepts were too weird and dark for most people, and it lost viewership as a result of this. The series was canned only a few episodes after it started, with the rest of the series being shoved onto TV nearly TWO WHOLE YEARS after cancellation. I remember watching the show as a kid and only have a passing interest in it, but I found myself loving it after watching it as an adult!

I think a big part of this comes down to how different this is from most other Spider-Man shows, or most other superhero cartoons in general. It was interesting seeing a series where Spidey is stuck on an alternate world, having to live his life as a subjugated “second-class”.

The way the humans are treated on this show does definitely bring to mind elements of segregation. While the show tends to shy away from going into too much detail, we do see several flashbacks and scenes of humans being treated like filth. Considering this aired on Fox Kids in the 90s, it was rather surprising that a show would touch on dark subjects such as this. Despite the darker elements, it never stopped feeling like a Marvel Comics story to me.

I think that was the main part of this show’s appeal for me: Depicting a world that was similar to our own, but twisted in a way that fits with its comic book roots. Sure, you have the darker elements at play, but you also have the superhero shenanigans the series is known for.

The series never gets too dark, but does touch upon those elements from time to time. A good example is the fourth episode, “Deadly Choices”. The episode revolves a character named “Git Hoskins”, who has a tragic backstory befitting that of a Spider-Man story. Hoskins is a strange “mummy-man”, but the backstory they give him is actually rather tear-jerking. I won’t say more than that, since I feel it’s a good episode worth watching on one’s own time.

What Spider-Man Unlimited does best is its alternate versions of pre-established characters. Counter-Earth appears to have alternate versions of seemingly every Spider-Man villain, which leads to some interesting new interpretations of old characters. For example, both Green Goblin and Vulture are heroes in this version.

Vulture is more of an anti-hero in this series, with a personality not unlike that of Wolverine from the X-Men. Green Goblin is an overprotective goofball with a thick French accent and powers that put him on the same level as Spider-Man. Seeing Spidey and Goblin team up in several episodes always made me want more team-ups involving them in other forms of media. It’s just a shame that the only time Spider-Man teamed up with a Goblin in the movies was in the third film, which only lasted for about 5 minutes.

Another big reason as to why I love this show was its art-style. Spider-Man Unlimited was definitely going for a “comic book” art-style with its look, which included thick black outlines and stylish character designs. There’s also the inclusion of elements from the comics that don’t show up much in shows or movies. For example, you have the “High Evolutionary” as the main villain. This guy almost never appears outside the comics, so it’s cool to see him as the primary antagonist in this show.

There’s also the fact that we get to see John Jameson’s “Man-Wolf” persona, who makes his first appearance in a cartoon ever in this very show. Of course, this show is far from perfect. For one thing, there’s the fact that Counter-Earth doesn’t play to the strengths of being an alien world very well. While this isn’t a big problem for me, it was annoying to see Spidey go on adventures that felt identical to the ones he had on earth.

Then there was the fact that the show had no real ending, but that was more a fault of the network than the writers. However, my biggest problem with the show is that it was just too ambitious for its own good. It had all these good ideas and concepts, but it didn’t know how to communicate it well to its fan-base. Because of all the changes it made to established lore, it alienated many fans as a result.

This lead to the untimely death of the show, which is a shame. Spider-Man Unlimited was a fun cartoon, which had a surprisingly solid comic book tie-in that helped fill in some of the gaps and introduce new characters. Unlimited was an idea that was just too much for the kids of the 90s and it’s a shame it never took off like the cartoon before it did. At least I can still look back at Unlimited as an impressive, albeit short-lived spin-off of my favorite multimedia franchise.

Spider-Man 2 Movie Review

Time to talk about yet another Spider-Man movie! After the massive success of the first film in 2002, it was only natural that the movie would get a sequel. I was pumped for this movie, especially when commercials and promos started coming out for it. With Alfred Molina set to play Doctor Otto Octavious and the original cast coming back, everything was set for this film to become another smash hit.

Spider-Man 2 released in 2004 and hype surrounding it was immense. I remember seeing leaked images of the infamous “hospital scene”, in which a bunch of surgeons are murdered after trying to remove Doc Ock’s mechanical tentacles. I thought the shots were fake, or from some scene from a completely unrelated film. However, I was surprised to find out they were real upon seeing the film!

It felt so unreal to see horror elements in an otherwise kid-friendly superhero film, but it just worked so well! However, there’s so much more to this film than an out-of-place horror scene. Spider-Man 2 is honestly one of the greatest superhero films ever made, and I’m here to tell you why!

The film revolves around Peter Parker’s never-ending struggle to live his double life. He has to save people as Spider-Man, but also manage his own life as Peter Parker. The struggle takes its toll on him both physically and psychologically, resulting in him temporarily losing his powers.

While this is happening, a horrible lab accident transforms Doctor Otto Octavious into “Doctor Octopus”. With Peter now powerless and Doc Ock insane and on the loose, it’s up to our hero to regain his powers and save the day. While this seems like a simple plot, Spider-Man 2 manages to weave a lot of heart and passion into it.

For example, Aunt May has a much bigger role in the sequel. She gives advice to Peter that helps him grow as a person and regain his nerve, while also showing a different side of herself. On top of this, characters like J. Jonah Jameson and Harry Osborn get more time to shine in the spotlight.

There are even new side-characters to enjoy, like Peter’s eccentric landlord! The action and CGI are even better in this film than they were and the last one, while the film’s soundtrack manages to top the previous film’s one considerably. If I had any complaints, it would have to be that the story-line about Peter losing his powers eats up too much of the film.

A good 30 minutes of the film is dedicated to powerless Peter and it can often feel like padding. There’s also the fact that Kirsten Dunst’s character of Mary Jane became way too aggravating in this film. She wasn’t too bad in the first film, but she became a gigantic diva in this film. She ended up becoming way too controlling and manipulative, and it made me dislike the character as a result.

There’s also the fact that the film has a TON of characters, a lot of which don’t get the screen-time they deserve. For example, Curt Connors (the guy who becomes The Lizard in the comics) is in this film, but only for two scenes. I always loved this character in the cartoons and comics, but he sadly gets shafted here.

Still, Spider-Man 2 ranks up there was one of my favorite sequels of all time. It continues the story and themes of the previous film, while introducing so many new and interesting characters and elements. It feels like an evolution of the first film and it sets the gold standard for what a superhero film is capable of. It has some of the most iconic scenes in the entire franchise, while also standing above most other superhero films because of it. Few films can compare to Spider-Man 2 in terms of quality!

Spider-Man 2002 Review

Ah yes, it’s time to go back to one of the best superhero films of my childhood! Spider-Man 2002 was something special to me at the time, since it was a movie I had been waiting for since I was a tyke. Ever since I was just a small child, I wanted a Spider-Man movie in theaters. I must’ve been 5-6 when I discovered the 90s cartoon, which got me into the Spider-Man franchise proper.

When other Spider-Man shows came on, I’d watch the heck out of them as well! Spider-Man Unlimited and the 60s Spider-Man shows were some quality stuff! I was in love with the series, but I wanted more. I wanted a cinematic adaptation of a hero I’ve grown to know and love. Thankfully, Hollywood delivered!

Spider-Man movies had been in development hell for decades, something that left a lot of people annoyed. Hardcore Spider-Man fans just wanted to see their favorite web-head on the big-screen. It wouldn’t be until 2002 that we would finally get our wish! The very first Spider-Man film was the superhero film of my dreams! The film revolved around Peter Parker, played by Tobey Maguire. Right away, I have to give props to casting for not choosing a super attractive guy to play Spider-Man. Tobey looks like a plain normal dude and I appreciate that!

The casting is probably my favorite part of this film! Willem Dafoe is amazing as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin, who is the villain of this piece. Dafoe knows how to play a truly insane and hammy villain, which definitely makes for a great performance! James Franco does a good job as well, with him being cast as Norman’s son, Harry.

Harry Osborn is pretty interesting in this film. He starts off as a spoiled rich kid, but starts to go down a dark path near the end of the film. Mary Jane is the weakest link in not just the movie, but the entire trilogy! In this film, Mary Jane is an obnoxious brat who screams constantly and seems to toy around with Peter’s emotions quite a bit. She’s not as bad in this film as compared to the sequels, but she still comes off rather annoying.

The best character in the film would have to be J.K. Simmons as “J. Jonah Jameson”. The agitated newspaper owner is portrayed perfectly by Simmons in this film, who manages to capture Jonah’s brash personality and gruff voice very well. While all the characters are great, the film’s plot is probably the best part.

The film acts as a well-constructed origin for Spider-Man, which is true to the comic book version. I’m usually not fan of superhero films that are origin stories, but Spider-Man 2002 does it properly! It tells a simplistic superhero story, but does it with a lot of flare. Spider-Man 2002 keeps a lot of cheesiness from the original comic, but wraps it in a neat and concise bow.

While there are plenty of dumb and silly moments in this film, the amount of heart and effort that went into it was astounding! While the CGI and some of the story beats have certainly not aged well, I feel that this first Spider-Man outing is still worth watching. While this film definitely doesn’t compare to several of the later films in the series, I still think it was a good first theatrical outing for Spidey in America!

The First Story I Ever Wrote: Damian The Demon Slayer

A phrase I hear often is: “Some things are better left in the past”. I couldn’t agree more with this sentiment, as I feel there’s some things that are best left forgotten. A good example of this was the first story I ever wrote, “Damian The Demon Slayer”. I was a pre-teen at the time of writing said story and I can remember very clearly what lead up to the creation of it.

We were given a writing project at school and asked to make some short stories. I came up with the idea of Damian The Demon Slayer after hearing about a film called “Van Helsing”. I knew very little of Van Helsing, nor had I read the book or seen the movie. Regardless, I wanted to create my own slayer of evil in written form!

That’s when I came up with the character of “Damian”, who hunts demons instead of vampires. Damian was named after a character from “My Dad Is A Rock Star”, who only appeared in one episode and acted like a typical early 2000s “edge-lord”. The story itself was a pretty basic affair. Damian went to a castle, fought an evil demon, defeated him, and was ushered in as a hero.

Surprisingly, my teacher really loved what I wrote! She thought I had stolen the concept from elsewhere, which is why she ran the story through the Google search engine to see if I had copied it from somewhere. You know your work is good when your English teacher thinks you stole it from somewhere!

In many ways, Damian was a special story for me. It wasn’t all that good, but it was a good demonstration of my potential. It was a good outlet for my imagination and it’s something I’ll never truly forget about. I no longer have a copy to show you all, but maybe I’ll revisit it one day. I’d love to remake the story, or put the character into a new continuity.

Ganbatte Anime Convention Was Awesome!

So, I recently went to the Ganbatte Anime Convention here in Saskatoon! While it was a week ago, I felt I’d still try to get a post out on it regardless. I had heard of Ganbatte quite a bit over the past few years, but had never attended it before. I already go to a different comic book convention, and I find that these cons get pretty pricey. Regardless, I wanted to at least give Ganbatte Con a shot.

What did I think of it? Well, I thought it was pretty awesome! For one thing, I liked that the convention hall was a lot more segmented than others I’ve been to. There isn’t just one giant hall where you shuffle awkwardly around the crowd, but rather several different rooms spread across the building. This made it much easier to navigate, which I very much appreciated.

While the guests weren’t that well-known, it was still fun getting to meet Brendan Hunter again, who did voice-acting in a ton of the shows I watched growing up. I ended up getting an autograph from him, which looks pretty nifty! I also got some other cool stuff, which I’ll post down below:

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The first thing you may notice is a copy of “Dragon Quest Builders 2”. I didn’t actually buy this at the convention, but rather at a video-game store near it. It’s a pretty awesome game about crafting and exploration, one which I’ll definitely have to talk about at a later date! It also came with some fridge magnets, which I ended up giving to my beloved niece.

I also got a couple of manga: Rune Soldier Louie and Wolverine: Prodigal Son. Louie is a comedic spinoff of the “Record of Lodoss War” anime, while Wolverine: Prodigal Son is a manga-styled adaptation of the classic comic book character. Again, I’ll be sure to talk more about these later on as well.

I also this nifty autographed picture from Brendan, as well as a Harry Potter wallet. The second one was especially helpful, since I’ve been needing a new wallet for quite some time. Regardless, this was a great convention! I’m glad I took the plunge and attended the event this year. I hope that next year’s event is just as good! I leave you with this pic of me hanging out with a guy in a dragon suit:

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