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Comic Issues Renders: Star Wars

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Comic Issues Renders: Star Wars

This week is just chock-full of celebration, as this Thursday at midnight marks the release of the 3D version of The Phantom Menace. We’ll be there at Edward’s Mira Mesa interviewing and talking with you the fans. In the spirit of Star Wars, our crew took on the challenge to draw your favorite Star Wars character.

Would you like to participate in the render? Send an email to comicissues@gmail.com with a drawing you made of your favorite Star Wars character. We’ll go ahead and post it up here for everyone to see.

Need something else to celebrate? How about our Comic Issues’s 1 Year Anniversary? We’ll be doing a LIVE UStream Podcast at 6pm PST, Friday February 10th. All are welcome to hang out and even participate in the show. Check back here for all the details.

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Comic Issues 1 Year Anniversary Contest!

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Comic Issues 1 Year Anniversary Contest!

Set your Google calenders because a very special day is coming.

A day so epic that it will live in infamy.

On February 10, 2012, your favorite podcast staring the Comic Issues Crew will turn one year old.

Spawned from a glimmer in the eye of four fanboys, Comic Issues has produced 52 podcasts, 300 clones, an unmeasurable amount of Star Wars jokes, and our own brand of mythical Peanut Butter. Comic Issues has brought its listeners hours of entertainment with a little bit of geek news sprinkled on top.  We have covered major events like the San Diego Comic-Con, and the launch of DC’s New 52 while taking the time for important topics such as “What to do in a zombie apocalypse.”  Comic Issues has grown, with the addition of writers and podcasters Leland Pierce and Caleb Cleveland and the arrival of its sister podcast Movie Issues.

There are no words that can describe the thanks that we have for our supportive listeners, so instead we’ve decided to give away more prizes.

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An Artistic Look – Wacom Inkling

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An Artistic Look – Wacom Inkling

There is a particular art to going digital. The transition can be a bit of a trial of one’s artistic dedication. While I was introduced to Wacom’s products early on in my artistic career, it wasn’t until very recently that I became comfortable with tablets.I found it very difficult to draw on the Tablet and watch what was begin drawn on the Screen. I was always looking for the happy medium between digital and traditional drawing.

Wacom has taken that very step with the introduction of the Inkling.

The easiest way to understand the Inkling is it’s essentially a ballpoint pen that records your line art digitally. How does this fit into the day-to-day grind of an artist? Is this the happy medium between traditional and digital?

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Freespace Films releases Starcraft: Final Metamorphosis

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Freespace Films releases Starcraft: Final Metamorphosis

Starcraft: Final Metamorphosis, a fan animation depicting various scenes from the Starcraft universe, is officially out today.

A medley of individual vignettes, Final Metamorphosis depicts ground-level battle scenes and moments mostly from the time period of the original Starcraft, accompanied by a voice-over narration by Kerrigan. Among the apparent scenes included are Kerrigan’s battle with Tassadar on the surface of Char (during the Starcraft Zerg campaign) orbital bombardment of a human world (Korhal, thereby setting in motion the entire campaign), battles between Zerg aerial morphs and Terran and Protoss capital ships, and the birth of the Protoss dark archon Ulrejaz.

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Featured Artist: Caleb Cleveland

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Featured Artist: Caleb Cleveland

With Comic Issues attending San Diego Comic Con for the first time this year, you could say our schedule was just a bit crazy. With plenty of things to cover, it was difficult to find time for everything.

We had one goal in mind: locate a featured artist. What was so amazing about the goal was just how easily it was accomplished. All it took was a chance meeting with one of our resident host’s Anthony Silva’s friend, Caleb Cleveland.

After just a short meeting with the guy, Anthony and I knew we had found our artist. Caleb Cleveland has a long history with the art community. Most recently, he was the artist of the Farscape comic book series. He also did the amazing Star Wars artwork for the Comic Issues banner.

We got a chance to sit down with Caleb and talk with him about his artwork and discuss what really makes him draw.

Featured Artist: Caleb Cleveland
Website: http://www.calebcleveland.com
Deviant Art: http://innerabove.deviantart.com/

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The Artists who Love Star Wars

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The Artists who Love Star Wars

Very few things have had an impact on people the way Star Wars has. At the time of the release of Episode IV: A New Hope, nothing like it had been really seen before. The scope and imagination of it all felt so expansive and endless. It was Star Trek on crack.

Star Wars has continued to capture the minds of the young and old, inspiring many artists to push their own talents all in an attempt to create something that touches people the way Star Wars had touched them. Those artists continue to pay homage in their off time, sketching Star Wars pieces out of love for the franchise that inspired them.

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Featured Artist: Kari Smith

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Featured Artist: Kari Smith

Like the great explorers of the past, I too went on an adventure. I journeyed through the deep jungles of Deviant Art, to discover what would turn out to be the latest addition to the already long list of webcomics that I read. I’m speaking of Plume. I had the opportunity to sit down with the creator Kari Smith to discuss the series and where she finds her inspiration as an artist.

Featured Artist Name: Kari Smith
Website / Webcomic: PlumeComic.com
Deviant Art : http://handmade-crown.deviantart.com/

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Be sure to stay tuned as we continue to showcase other great artists. If you know anyone that you would like to see interviewed as a Featured Artist, please drop me a line on andrew@pixelatedgeek.com.

Featured Artist: Jeff Martinez

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Featured Artist: Jeff Martinez

The Comic Issues Podcast has been making its rounds at various conventions all over SoCal. Our goal was to locate new and upcoming artists that was when we met Jeff Martinez. During our time at Anime Conji, I came across a brilliant Green Lantern Corps poster; wanting to show my GL creds, I reached for my button. Unbeknownst  to me Larafleeze the Orange Lantern had already come through and straight out jacked it. Luckily for me, the artist I soon would be interviewing had some connections with OA. He made a quick call, and a Green Ring appeared.

That may have been our first meeting, but it certainly wasn’t our last. Between Wizard Wold Anaheim and the Green Latnern movie premiere we seem to run into Jeff all the time. I had the opportunity to interview Jeff, learning about his art process.

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Pixelated Fashion Week!

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Pixelated Fashion Week!

During Japan’s Fashion Week, designer Kunihiko Morinaga debuted his 8-Bit re-imagining of women’s clothing from his line “anrealage.”  His fashion line for the fall and winter 2011/2012 season encompasses quite the range of women’s clothing: everything from professional attire and dresses to sweatshirts and athletic-wear.  These contain the same pixelated feel to them, and, from far away, appear normal.  A close-up view makes them appear distorted and, well, pixelated.  The video footage from the show is fascinating; check it out below!

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Velvet d20 Pillows Hit ThinkGeek

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Velvet d20 Pillows Hit ThinkGeek

Running a Dungeons & Dragons campaign can be an exhausting endeavor, even to an experienced Dungeon Master.  So what better way to drift off to sleep than with your very own d20 pillow?

Available from ThinkGeek.com for $29.99 and designed by our very own Level Up writer, Justin Biegger, the pillow is ten inches in diameter, made of soft velvet, and looks both adorable and comfortable.  But that’s not all.  According to Justin, 10% of the profits from sales will go to the charitable foundation Child’s Play.  So, not only do you get an amazingly awesome pillow but you also get the satisfaction of knowing that some of the money spent is going to a good cause.

So the question remains: what are you waiting for?  Go get one!