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~ TCJ (The Comics Journal)

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~ myO member

"Adam is actually a decently accomplished troll."
~ Allamorph

"The scale of Adam's cunning genius is truly frightening."
~ TimeChaser

A Wild Allamorph/Kimmeh Appeared

Last week I met two senior citizen theO members when they visited NYC: Kimmeh (aka KimmeHameHa) and Allamorph (aka Morpheus).

Both of them are doing well. Kimmeh has become a famous figure in the K-Pop world and (unrelated) can travel anywhere she likes for free. Morpheus is tall, not a literal black cat and is protecting our country from harm. Kimmeh likes Chai lattes. Morpheus likes Fire Emblem. Kimmeh doesn't like NYC's humidity/soup dumplings. Morpheus doesn't like Texas military bases/people knowing his real name.

Somehow I forgot to take a photo with them.

Game of Thrones

(!!!)

I guess I have to double-down on the dragon lady now.

Quick FF7 Thought

I don't understand why the English translation in FF7 is so bad.

According to Wikipedia, it was "the most expensive video game of its time."

FF7 was Square's flagship PS1 game. The first game they made outside a Nintendo console. They had a lot to prove.

Square had the experience--Chrono Trigger came out not long before and that translation was pretty good. FF4 and FF6 weren't bad either.

What happened?

FF7 was also a big game for Sony. Did no one there notice the bad translation ahead of time? Did someone notice but was too scared to point it out?

How could an average fan subber do a better job than the translator(s) behind the flagship game for two major companies?

I'd love to hear that story!

(FF7 is still great so far BTW.)

Turning 30 Post + FF7

James wrote a great post about turning 30. We happen to share the same birthday and birthyear! (April 30, 1983.)

Milestones are important not because of the # attached to them but because they give you a reason to stop and question where you are (and have been) in life. Maybe I'll have a post on the same subject?

I built a PC last week and am playing Final Fantasy VII for the *first time* on it (legally!). I watched my brother play the game on-and-off when it first came out but this is the first time I'm playing it from start to finish.

So far it's GREAT. Some aspects didn't age well but it has FAR more charm and soul than the majority of new games. I can "see" the creator's soul floating in the background. Compare to FFXIII, which is corporate and soulless, kind of like a Japanese Call of Duty game...

Poppy Hill + Webcomic Reality Show

This is a great web reality show with webcomic artists as the cast, highly applicable to all you artists here :).

Also saw The House on Poppy Hill tonight. Much better than Goro Miyazaki's first movie. I'm still digesting it but I'll have a review up sometime soon.