Remember when I asked you guys which YP daruma was your favorite?  Now I can reveal why!  Next Monday, April 1, my very first resin sandstone (WHOA) collectible from ShouldBee goes on sale at 9PM EST!  Kitsuneruma retails for $30.  Each piece stands 2 inches tall and is manufactured using the latest 3D printing technology.  The first 25 orders will receive a limited edition signed piece of art from me!  If you want to get the product page 4 hours before we release it to the world, sign up here.

I’m super excited!  I’ve wanted toys of these little dudes for a while so it’s great to finally get one out.  If this does well, hopefully more will be on the way.  And if you have an idea for a toy, head on over to ShouldBee and give it a try.

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Forging He-Man’s Sword of Power

WOW! I never thought I’d see him tackle this one! It looks so much better than the Dolph Lundgren version. I’ve always loved the silhouette of the Power Sword and I think Tony does an amazing job of capturing it. To me, it’s one of the most iconic weapons of all cartoons.

I still wish these episodes were longer. Amazing work.

So, what nerd weapon would you like to see Tony tackle next?

Decision Time, the New 13inch HD Cintiq or the Mysterious Wacom Tablet Computer?

I don’t do as much straight up digital work as I used to. My process now usually involves pencil, ink, ink wash, and paper with a few digital touch ups here and there. Even when I do full color work, most of the time I’m working on line art that I’ve done on some form of dead tree. However, there are times when it’s just faster to do everything on the computer and for that, I turn to my trusty baby Cintiq, the 12WX.

My upgrade cycle is weird.  For years, I tooled around with an Intuos 2, long after they discontinued the model, long after they abandoned the drivers.  So when I upgraded my tablet situation, I went for the most Cintiq I could afford at the time.  After years of practice, working with a regular tablet is no longer an issue.  But drawing directly on the screen is a much more intuitive experience.  And with all the function buttons on the tablet side panels, I almost never have to have my non-drawing hand on the keyboard.

When Wacom announced the Cintiq 24HD Touch, my art boner nearly ripped my pants.  The screen now has touch capability meaning you can use your grubby hands to move, zoom in, or turn your page.  That functionality is built in to some of the Intuos and Bamboo tablets, but being able to do that on the actual screen is totally drool worthy.  Fuck. Yes.

So now we get to the Cintiq 13HD.  Certainly, it’s a gorgeous piece of kit.  The slim design, the larger drawing area, the sleek pen case, the three-in-one cable, it’s all beautiful.  But there are a few things missing.  Gone are the touch strips on either side of the tablet.  There are also fewer buttons than on my 12WX.  This means you get fewer tools accessed directly from the tablet which means at some point, you’re going to have to have one hand on that damn keyboard.  There’s also no touch.

If you don’t already own a Cintiq, even with some of those missing bits, this is certainly the best value for your money.  And if you want the added features of the 12WX, I’m sure they’re going to be on sale now.  But, there may be a reason for you to wait.  Over on their facebook page, Wacom hints at a new tablet device they are working on that will have actual pressure sensitivity.  They’re going to announce something this summer.

Could this be the device of legend that I’ve been feening for ever since Microsoft’s original tablet PC line?!  For years, I’ve wanted a tablet device that was as responsive as a Cintiq and small enough to take with me on the go.  And I always imagined such a thing was a pipe dream and that my wallet was safe.  Depending on what Wacom announces in the summer, there may be a giant hole in my wallet yet to come.  Keeping my fingers crossed.

How to Make a Pair of Sai

Blacksmith Tony Swatton forges a pair of Raphael’s sai from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Watching him work is absolutely mesmerizing.  I kind of wish this was a longer series that I could spend hours with.

I’m not gonna get all weapons hipster on this shit and whine about the impracticality of bladed sai because 1) this is just fucking cool and 2) the guy at the end demonstrates proper usage of the weapon proving that bladed sai are just as awesome as regular sai.  Man, I’d love to see him make He-Man’s sword.

Check out the AweMe channel for more episodes of Man At Arms including one where Tony makes Finn’s Golden Sword from Adventure Time.

LEGO’s Palace Cinema, Remembering the Glory Days of Hollywood

It’s been a good few years since I last picked up a proper LEGO set (man, I really want that Iron Man minifig), but that may soon change. The LEGO Palace Cinema from their Creator line is absolutely delightful. It totally captures the feel of 1930’s Hollywood. And apparently, there are other sets that you can hook up to this one to create an entire town. Oh, LEGO, how you tempt me.


If you’ve ever attended a Super Art Fight at the Ottobar, you know what this cutie is. For the rest of you, Stompadon is a character/persona created by Kelsie Wailes. When Stompadon takes the stage, art fighters tremble with fear. Stompy’s win record is quite impressive making the beast one of our fiercest competitors. And cutest!

Ever since Kelsey put on the blue monster head, I’ve been wanting a plush version to protect my home from the terror of the Grumpasaurus. Fortunately, enough people bugged her for Stompadon plushies that she actually got a prototype made! It’s absolutely adorable. If you’d like one of your very own, she’s raising money through Kickstarter to fund a proper production run. If you’re an early adopter, you can bring home your very own Stompadon for $20. There are 33 slots left as of this writing so you better hurry. When the $20 slots fill up, you can still get just the plushie for $25.

The campaign ends January 17 so there’s plenty of time to claim a Stompadon. The Kaiju style art print that Kelsey drew is absolutely wonderful. And the little clay versions are the cutest. So what are you waiting for? We can’t let 2013 fall to the sadness of the Grumpasaurus. We must have our Stompadon army! Check out the page for photos of the rewards.

Gunpla Expo 2012

The crew at HobbyLink Japan went to Gunpla Expo 2012 and brought along their cameras to capture the fun. A few highlights for me are the salt and pepper shaker Acguy, the HGUC Ex8 (weird that it’s taken this long for an HGUC version of the kit), the Sinanju Stein which apparently made an appearance in a video game, the MG Rezel, and of course, the ver. Ka MG Nu Gundam.

The 2013 rollout kits intrigue me. I’m guessing one of them is an MG Gaplant which is not my favorite suit, but it would be good to see some of the more weird Zeta suits in MG form. Maybe they had like a VIP reveal for people who paid a shit ton for a private viewing. But I guess we’ll have to wait until later next year to find out what’s coming.

Man, looks like a really fun show. Someday, Japan, someday I will return to you and lick all your Gundams so they have to come home with me!!!

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