Welp, I gave it the ol' college try, but it doesn't seem like an "In Marjoram" animated short is happening anytime soon until I can either fund it, get someone else involved, or do it all myself. It's not dead, it's only sleeping. Some day I'll make the project into a reality. Until then, here's some .gifs that I worked on. I planned to do one for each of the characters that I would've introduced in the shorts. I posted them on Twitter, but here they are all together for the sake of this entry. They're simple limited animation loops, doodled over 'bad' shots from rolls of 35mm film that I shot over the last year or so. When I look back at them they remind me of something I would see on a PBS or Nick Jr. show. Y’know, like a scene transition from “Gullah Gullah Island”. I think in the future, I may come up with another idea that I can do on my own.
Last entry I mentioned that I wanted to work on something like t-shirts, tote bags, stickers, and other physical merch. So, I took some doodles I did on Wednesday & plan to use them as designs for that stuff in the future. I think some of these would pretty cool on a shirt, a bag, or something like that. I’ll make a few more designs before I make a web shop. I’m still researching how to go about all of this. I’ll likely use some of the “In Marjoram” characters for products too. Comics and animation are awesome, but I think I want to just focus on illustrations and character design for a bit.
Ancestry dot com
Earlier in the week, I took the plunge & ordered a kit from AncestryDNA. It will be pretty cool to at least have a rough idea of the region of Africa that my family may have originated from. I’m sure there’s some European blood that forced its way into the family tree, but if there’s any other ethnicities in the mix, it will be cool to research & learn about those cultures too. In the fantasy part of my brain this all plays out the way it does in cartoons where they travel around the world and there’s characters that look like the main character but are wearing clothing specific to the time period or region they’re based in.
Melissa & I visited some potential venues where we’ll have the ceromony and reception. We’re just trying to find the best spot and the best price we can get. I’m totally stumped about what to even ask while we’re there so I basically just listen and then try to make a decision after I’ve heard everything. It’s definitely not cheap though. We’ve been going to my mom & stepdad for advice and help so, thankfully we haven’t been totally in the dark. We kinda have an idea of the venue we’re going to go with. Going back to one of the places on Monday night to likely secure our date.
What a cool character. When I first got into ARMS, I figured I would’ve been mainly using Ninjara, but I got into Kid Cobra. Now, there’s a chance I could be picking up a new main fighter. I like the mechanic of using the spirit in three different forms & as a shield. I bet really advanced players will come up with some crazy strategies while using him.
While letting my mind wander a bit before bed, I started thinking about the series. It’s not likely to happen, but I’d be down for a follow-up to Dark Dawn. I watched a few videos with people gushing about the franchise & wondering if there’s any chance for a sequel. Lucky Crit’s video on Advance Wars is worth a watch too. At least we have Tiny Metal & WarGroove to somewhat fill the gap for that franchise. Related tangent: When I think back on some of the games & things I got into, I wonder how I discovered them in a pre-internet (or a not constantly connected) landscape..? There were magazines, but I didn’t have a ton of gaming buddies & wasn’t surrounded by pop culture savvy folks so how did I do it? Lots of blind purchases, discovery by chance, & going with my gut I guess.
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