Category Archives: My Projects

Yeah I know…blog neglect.

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I know, I know. The blog has been neglected AGAIN.

Where to begin…work has been hectic. I did have the wrist injury so that left me not able to type too well for like 2-3 months. Summer 2016 anime has been blah, I mean really blah. Been working on the game a lot and trying to coordinate artists, programmer help, voices, etc. So yes it’s been pretty busy lately. Going to try to add more to this blog and porkpieplatypus.com the next few weeks.

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Astra Etherium Beta v0.76 is partially released

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Yep. I submitted the game for OUYA and at the same time that makes it available for Forge too. OUYA was ending submissions so I couldn’t wait until things were done and just had to go go go. Now I have the legacy of being the last game released on the OUYA so remember that for your future spot on Jeopardy. The members of OUYAForum were very helpful and pivotal to get things to where they are. They helped with art, voice acting, beta testing and more. There was no way I was letting that deadline go by without the game being available on OUYA with all the help I got from them.

Things aren’t where I want them to be just yet but we’re getting closer. When more of the finishing touches are in, it’ll be released on a broader scale. We’re going to start with the Android markets since we already have Androids that work and then move on to AppleTV, PC, Mac, Linux, etc. If it’ll be playable on a toaster then it’ll be on toasters too.

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Dodge Battle High Characters

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I know I said I wanted to do a Kickstarter in November but work came and then laptop issues that stopped me from being able to write and on and on and on. But I do have someone on Deviantart who has been doing some character art for me. They may or may not be the final look of the characters but it’s something to go on. He also did the main character of my 2nd game Borne by Blood.

The main characters aren’t done yet though. I held off on them but these are a few of the other characters. I’m not going to give too much background info on them yet. I want to wait until closer to the Kickstarter. Aoi, Akihiro and Hoshiko aren’t done but I have an idea which way they’re going.

This is Kazue, Akihiro’s older sister.

These are Chideko and Yuno, a brother and sister who will play major roles in the beginning.

Technically this is Aoi but she’s getting a bit of a change.

These are Akihiro’s little twin brother and sister Akira and Akiko

There are some other random art pieces done by others on Deviantart too which I will post at a later date.

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Dodge Battle High to Kickstarter?

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So I’m getting a lot of writing done lately and I think it may be close to time to get a Kickstarter prepped and ready. I have to figure out the rewards and all that but what would people want for an unproven commodity? Bookmarks? Stickers? Extra art? I figure those would be included but what about figures or something? Have to have a plan and execute the plan to perfection.

I did want to include an anthology type thing but the first person I approached didn’t even get back to me. There are a few others I thought of asking but after that first one I may scrap the idea. I figured it was a chance for people to have their stuff printed and have something thy can show off or say “look I’m published”. Maybe I was wrong though…

Also debating if I should have some art done that’s just so people can read some of the content but it’s not finished art, something where I can post like 5 pages a week on a separate site (probably here), then have finished art on the Kickstarter page so people get a taste of the finished product.  The artist I picked does all digital though so there won’t be sketches and all that to post.

I really just want this to go off without a hitch the first time and not have to try again. Plus it would show that there are people out there who want the book. Would hate to do all this work and then no one wants it but the people who have read the script so far have said they liked it. They could be lying but I hope not.

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Damn you writer’s block…

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My manga Dodge Battle High is like 3 books in my head but for some reason I can’t type them out. I usually do my little anime thing to keep me writing but even that isn’t helping and now I’m slacking on those too. I guess the Oni Press submission thing slowed me down. Since it was taking so long I let myself actually think something positive might come though I went in thinking nothing would happen. So I slacked on the art side and all that though I wanted to do a Kickstarter this month. I’m going to push that back so I can get some writing done though I can write during the Kickstarter but I want this to be perfect.

Plus I do have my game stuff to work on. I want my game done like last year but there were many bumps in the road it looks like. Soon most of the systems will be done and then I can fix art work and whatever else might need to be fixed. Plus I don’t want to work on Borne by Blood until it’s done.

Ugh…………..

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Well…Oni Press Rejected My 2nd Submission Pitch

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So I finally got the letter I was expecting. Not that I don’t think my work is good but I just didn’t see Oni Press taking on many of the submissions if any at all. No, I’m not calling it a publicity stunt. I just didn’t feel like they were going to take on many of them.

Dodge Battle High will just have to be self published and maybe someone will jump on board to publish worldwide. The people who have read what I have so far have given positive feedback and hopefully they aren’t lying to me. I think it’s good anyway. So I’m going to get my Kickstarter plan in motion. I was hoping for an answer sooner than this but this is when they got back to me…96 days later.

Well whatever. Time to kick it up a notch. If they don’t want to open the door and let me in, I’ll kick it the hell down. Coming soon to a Kickstarter near you.

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Dodge Battle High Still Not Rejected by Oni Press…yet.

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So it’s now 3 weeks later and I still didn’t get a rejection email about my submission (now it’ll probably come tomorrow). They seem to have gone silent on the process or they don’t answer directly queries from what I’ve seen. Not sure how many are left to go through but it’s been a while. Almost 90 days of waiting can be nerve racking. Especially since I was planning a Kickstarter if things went south. Kickstarter isn’t a slam dunk but since printing, art and other things have a cost, have to do it somehow. My plan for Dodge Battle High is to just be the writer/gensakusha. I can actually draw but if I do that then it takes me away from my games and everything else. Unfortunately this plan has not worked for my game since I’m in development hell and waiting on people to follow through but I’m at the end of my patience. It’s hard to find good help as they say.

While waiting, I did find some guys who do anime at a cheaper rate then a usual studio. Don’t have a big catalog of their work or anything but Dodge Battle High doesn’t need super high animation, just needs something decent. School anime can get by on decent animation as long as the goal of the show is met. I’m actually intrigued by the style of Hen Zemi. It’s different from everything else, all the girls aren’t stick figures and the guys aren’t weak looking, even the weak characters look “normal”. The faces are awkward though so that would have to be changed. So tempting to find funding and get a few episodes done but so much to consider also…

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Dodge Battle High

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Yes this is the name of the pitch I sent to Oni Press during their submissions process (also Astra Etherium which was turned down though I think it fits their line of books also). I haven’t given many details to those outside of the few who read my scribbles from when it was going to be a light novel. A few have seen my comic scripted version which has a decent amount of pages now. I have the first 100 pages or so in my head and need to put about 55 more of it on paper and script it.

Comic scripting is definitely not as easy as someone would think it is. You have to picture each frame and describe it so that someone reading it can picture it in their head or draw it if it’s an artist. I used to draw comics as a teen with Marvel on my mind but I would sketch my stories then draw. I stopped drawing like 15 years ago so my skill has diminished a bit and I’m much more of a perfectionist now which causes me to not finish art, plus the fact that I never learned to do it all digitally.

The book will be a mix of sports (dodgeball), family, slice of life but also tackle some topics like death, loneliness, and other psychological things that teens go through. Don’t worry, it’s comedy and light hearted for the most part so you won’t want to sit in a dark room wishing your life was over. Even the sports part probably won’t be as pronounced as the interpersonal relationships. The relationships whether good or bad will be the main focus of the books.

Where do I see this going? Well I would like to cover their 4 years in high school for the series which would mean 20 books or so and if it’s really popular then I have plans for the next set of books where they have graduated but I won’t let you know about that part yet. I also would like to see this adapted into a show. I think it would lend itself well to an adaptation and I may look to form my own “production committee” for funding. I’m even thinking if maybe the characters will be put into this dodgeball game concept that I have had for a while but I’m currently in gamedev hell so I have to wait before I think of that part but also a possibility.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled blog stuff.

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Oni Press Still Hasn’t Rejected My 2nd Pitch…Yet

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Well I’ve been sitting and waiting for a rejection letter but nothing yet. I’m on day 62. They extended the response time from 30 days to 60 but I know one person said it took 72 days. I’m debating what to do with Dodge Battle High because I made a few changes to what I sent them. What if they get back to me and say “we want your book”?

I’m still looking at a Kickstarter but it may be around October. By then, I should have a clear answer on Astra Etherium (the game) which is being held up by external issues beyond my control and I’m not happy about. I will probably send Astra Etherium (the book) to Dark Horse. It’s probably more their thing but I heard they ask for a piece of film rights or something in their deals. Which can be good and bad. I’d like to see it hit the anime market but if a movie can be made then why not. It lends itself well to a movie.

So I just keep writing, hoping it’s good…the few who read it say that it is. Hope they aren’t telling me what they think I want to hear…

Ugh. I guess I just want to know what’s going on in the process.


**Update** I guess someone heard me. I got an email today saying they need longer than the 60 days. It looks like about 2 weeks ago they still had 950 submissions to go through so I guess there is still hope before having to turn to Kickstarter.

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My First Oni Press Rejection Letter

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So Oni Press rejected my pitch for Astra Etherium: Adventures of a Space Bounty Hunter in Space. What to do… It’s already in the format Dark Horse wants, I just need to change a few words for captions and stuff like that. Maybe Dark Horse or someone else is a better fit anyway. Still waiting to hear back on Dodge Battle High. Since I’m not expecting a positive response, I’ve already started setting up the things I need for Kickstarter. Going to get some sample pages together and I found an artist I want to work with so Dodge Battle High may be coming whether it’s with Oni Press or not. If it’s not with Oni then I guess Killswitch has to get on the grind.

Maybe it’s good that Astra Etherium was rejected. It gives me time to get the game wrapped up and out and then maybe I’ll already have an installed fanbase for it or at least I hope so anyway. I could end up with 1 person buying my game and everyone else using my picture as a dartboard. So I wait on Dodge Battle High’s acceptance or rejection but either way I’m pushing on with the book. Out of the first 675 or something like that, only 2 books made it to the big desk so I’m not holding out hope.

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