around 2005

One of the first things I did to help jumpstart my personal art training when I was just 12 years old, was copying by eye artwork by LionHeartCartoons, who drew a lot of Kim Possible fanart back around 2004 and 2005. I would pull up some of my favorite works of his, take out bit 12x18 pieces of paper, and try to copy the drawing as best I could. After doing that for over a year, my own art rapidly improved.

I still credit LionHeart, and the Kim Possible show itself for inspiring me to start drawing my own art and creating my own characters. I may not see his stuff much these days, but it still serves as inspiration to me, including the few animated pieces he did.

It’s surprising then to think that after all this time, this is the first drawing of Kim that I’ve ever done by myself. My character Tiffany was inspired by Kim, but I’ve never drawn Kim in any stand-alone piece. So I’m glad to have now done that. I’ve actually got a few crossover ideas I’m planning on trying, and some other ideas for Kim, Ron, and Drakken. So we’ll see what happens next.

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nothing quite like spending a night revisiting your oldest (memorable) OCs. i started this story around 2005 or 2006 (the bottom two pics are the oldest ones i could find) when i was like 14. 

i actually worked on this story until i was 19 or 20 and even tried to make it a comic for a while but it was… bad. so now every few years i reminisce and redesign my good old children :’0

This is like a couple months old by now but I still really like it so I’mma post it here. 

Like I was just getting back into Danny Phantom around what…maybe March-April?  Something like that.  Also I was going through a bunch of old art and decided to redraw something from 2005:

I drew so much DP art around then! 

Specifically DP/TLK crossover art but that’s besides the point!

It’s nice revisiting old art to remind myself that I have improved a lot. ^__^

Anyone remember this education flash cartoon from around 2005 or so

It was these 2 news reporters. 1 I think looked like Stan Smith of American Dad.

They showed kids how to use programs like Microsoft Excel

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Monarch Timeline: Complete Transcript

1915 – Splitting the Atom. Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity ultimately leads to the splitting of the atom and the dawn of the atomic age. This epoch-defining stage in human evolution will act as a beacon that awakens ancient superspecies sustained by nuclear energy.

1943 – The U.S.S. Lawton Incident. [unreadable] only survivor. Haunted by the memory of that day, Randa will go on to become one of Monarch’s foremost operatives, searching for the truth behind the ancient creatures that exist beneath the surface of our world.

1944 – [unreadable; likely concerning the disappearances of Hank Marlow and Gunpei Ikari]

1946 – Monarch Founded. In the aftermath and cover-up of the U.S.S. Lawton incident, President Truman unofficially establishes “Monarch Unit”, a small, off-book research team established to engage in the systemic study of “Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms”. Privately, many of Truman’s allies question the validity of the group’s theories and work to keep their existence a secret.

1952 – The Great Smog of London. Baffling meteorologists and defying atmospheric physics, this unexplained weather phenomenon saw London’s streets overwhelmed by huge clouds of air-polluting smoke. Monarch theorizes that the beating wings of a giant creature could have created an anticyclone that unleashed airborne pollutants across the city.

1954 – Monarch Goes Golbal [sic]. As the age of the atom bomb dawns, Monarch expands into a multinational coalition of scientists and discoverers leading covert missions to understand and contain the threat of M.U.T.O.s. Authorized unofficially by President Eisenhower and overseen by General MacArthur, Monarch [unreadable] a containment flotilla under the guise of “nuclear [unreadable] weapons across the Bikin Atoll in the [unreadable] were not tests. They were trying to kill [unreadable]

1959 – Siberian Mystery. At the height of the Cold War, aerial photography taken from a Russian spy plane reveals a huge containment facility established around an icecap in Siberia. The Monarch symbol can be seen emblazoned across the canopy of the structure.

1973 – Mission: Skull. Monarch surreptitiously partners with Landsat and the 1st Aviation Brigade, 3rd Assault Helicopter Company to mount an expedition to the mythical “Skull Island” in an uncharted corner of the South Pacific. Encountering the god-like superspecies known as Kong, they soon discover that mankind does not belong here.

1991 – Isla de Mona. A covert Monarch team establishes a quarantine zone around the island’s dormant volcano, under the guise of ‘environmental research’. Over the coming years, what began as a small scientific outpost will expand to become a full containment facility around the mouth of the volcano.

1995 – Return to Skull Island. Monarch security officer Aaron Brooks defies his father Houston Brooks and leads an off-the-books mission to Skull Island, to determine what has become of Kong since the 1973 expedition.

1999 – Janjira Meltdown. Following an explosive disaster [unreadable] Power-Plant, Monarch establishes [unreadable] zone outside of Tokyo. What the [unreadable] the Janjira Q-Zone is in reality a containment facility established around a dormant M.U.T.O.

2005 – A Mysterious Mercenary. Former British Army Colonel and MI-6 agent Jonah Alan is locked up in Pakistani prison after an encounter with Monarch agents. Alan and his band of mercenary accomplices were caught trying to breach the walls of a subterranean M.U.T.O. dig-site.”

2009 – Temple of the Moth. Mythographic studies of Chinese temples leads Monach to the high-altitude jungles of the Yunnan province. Dr. Emma Russell and her team follow a mysterious bio-acoustic signature to a previously undiscovered megalithic temple, within which lies a gigantic cocoon. A quickening heartbeat is detected inside.

2012 – Message in a Bottle. Days before retirement, Monarch veteran Houston Brooks receives a coded message from his son. The mission to Skull Island has revealed dramatic new information about Kong’s origins, and his role on the island.

2013 – [unreadable]

2014 – The Battle of San Francisco. The existence of giant superspecies is revealed to the world as Godzilla clashes with two M.U.T.O.s in the center of San Francisco. Unleashing devastation upon the urban center, the world watches as Godzilla defends our world and restores balance to the natural order. The time has come for Monarch to step out of the shadows.

2016 – Monster Zero. When Monarch discovers an extraordinary superspecies sealed beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, Dr. Vivienne Graham leads the effort to build a covert containment and research facility around the dormant creature. Her classified field notes contain a mysterious footnote: “The devil has three heads.”


With Kong: Skull Island now out on Blu-ray, those unreadable sections may continue to elude us, although the information in them has already been covered by the films.

This made me feel old...

The Sweet Life of Zack and Cody came out in 2005

Hannah Montana came out in 2006

Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide came out in 2004

Zoe 101 came out in 2005 (my parents didn’t like me watching it too much)

Life With Derek came out in 2005

Doctor Who originally came out in 1963, but came back in 2005 (I started watching in 2005)

Fairly OddParents came out in 2001

There’s more I can name, but I’m tired…

underrated songs from bands that had “one hit song”

You know what I’m talking about. A song gets overplayed on the radio and everyone eventually starts to hate it. But what about their other songs? Maybe they have potential? The radio can ruin songs for us, that’s why I limit my radio listening. I’ve always wanted to write out a list of songs from artists that have that “one hit song” that everyone knows. I’m just writing each one as it comes to mind, so the list will probably be all over the place. enjoy.

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MonsterVerse timeline! 

1915 - Albert Einstein’s relativity theory ultimately leads to the creation of the atomic bomb, thus a new dawn of The Atomic Age has begun. This act of human evolution sparks the beginning of a new Age of Monsters. 

1943 -  The USS Lawton was attacked by an unidentified creature. William “Bill” Randa was the only survivor to tell the tale. 

1945 - The bombing of Hiroshima awakens the ancient superspecies Godzilla beneath the Earth, along with another ancient monster known as Shinomura. 

• 1946 - 33rd President Harry Truman founded Monarch. 

• 1946-1954 - A series of multiple sightings have occurred across the Pacific Ocean. Godzilla’s existence was not yet proven until 1954.

• 1952 - The Great Smog of London. Baffling meteorologists and defying atmospheric physicists, this unexplained phenomenon saw London’s streets overwhelmed by huge clouds of air-polluting smoke. Monarch theorizes that the beating wings of a giant creature could have created an anticyclone that unleashed airborne pollutants across the city.

• 1954 - Shortly after Godzilla’s discovery, the US military took action and attempted to terminate the monster. The event was later covered up as a “nuclear testing.”

It is unknown at this time if Godzilla had been eliminated or is still alive. 

• 1959 - A secret Monarch base had been found in Siberia. 

• 1973 - An expedition to Skull Island led by Bill Randa encountered Kong and the Skullcrawlers as well as the native Iwi people and other MUTOs that inhabit the island. Houston Brooks and the rest of the survivors learned that mankind does not belong there. 

• 1991 - Monarch installed an outpost on Isla de Mona in Puerto Rico, laying the groundwork for later construction of a “full containment facility” around the inactive volcano there. 

• 1995 - A second, off-the-books expedition to Skull Island led by Aaron Brooks became stranded on the island after their aircraft was attacked by Psychovultures. They were then taken in by the indigenous Iwi tribe, who taught them about the origins of Kong.

It is discovered that Kong has grown larger in size since the 1973 expedition.

• 1999 - The Janjira nuclear power plant underwent a meltdown after the male MUTO breached its reactor. The city was evacuated soon after, and a Monarch facility set up around the MUTO’s chrysalis, which it had constructed around the reactor.

• 2005 - A band of mercenaries attempted to breach the walls of a MUTO digging site. One of the mercs have been arrested and sent to a Pakistani prison under the charges of trespassing a restricted government area.

• 2009 - Mythographic studies of Chinese temples leads Monarch to the high-altitude jungles of the Yunnan Province. Dr. Emma Russell and her team discovered a temple housing a giant cocoon with a “quickening heartbeat.”

• 2012 - Houston Brooks received a coded message from his son containing information about Kong.

• 2014 - The “Battle of San Francisco”, fought between Godzilla and two MUTOs, revealed the existence of giant superspecies to the world. As a result, Monarch went public.

• 2016 - An extraordinary superspecies is discovered beneath the Antarctic ice. Monarch, led by Vivienne Graham, built a containment and research facility in Antarctica around the dormant creature. Her classified field notes contain a mysterious footnote: “The Devil has three heads.”

• 2019 - MONARCH THREAT ASSESSMENT: CONFLICT INEVITABLE — LET THEM FIGHT!

• 2020 - MONARCH THREAT ASSESSMENT: CONFLICT INEVITABLE — KONG IS NOT THE ONLY KING!

happy birthday to zero (´∀`)♡

Why your art comment section is dead & how to get seen

I keep seeing more and more young artists become discouraged from posting their artwork in online art communities due to lack of feedback so here’s some thoughts.

(Disclaimer: The following article is based on personal observations, both as a self-thought hobby illustrator and as a graphic designer working in the advertising field, hence I do not guarantee any scientific accuracy.)

The good news:
Your art does not suck.

The bad news:
You might have to find a different way of presentation.

Here’s why.

So, I assume most of us come from a time where forums were a thing, LiveJournal was the blogging place-to-be and deviantART and similar art communities were flourishing. You’d log in and have a two-digit number of notifications. Comments, favorites, maybe a personal message or two. I remember spending hours on the site and logging in several times over the course of one day in order to write back and forth with my fellow artists!

Today? Dust and tumbleweed. If you hold your ear to the inbox close enough you can hear the chirping of crickets. But why?

Here’s my personal theory:

The dynamics of online communities are an ever-changing phenomenon as the learned behavior of users is strongly influenced by user experience and design trends. From my personal experience, the peak of activity in art communities seemed to have been around 2005. That’s 12 years! Remember your first clunky cell phone vs. your current smartphone? That’s how incredibly fast technology advanced in just a small fraction of your lifetime. It’s basically the same for user experience and online behavior, just that it’s not so easy for us to see because it’s more of a mentality you feel than an actual, physical object we can see, touch or buy.

In the past 12 years, lots of things have changed. The concept of Like buttons started popping up everywhere. Microblogging like Twitter is a thing. Some news stories are nothing but slideshows with minimal caption. Snapchat and Instagram stories are booming. Why? Because the majority of users do not sit down for hour-long sessions on their desktop PCs after school any more and go through all of their messages. Instead, thanks to smartphones, users do it on-the-go wherever they are; like or reply to messages on their smartphone as they pop up, swipe them away and move on to the next, in the course of minutes or seconds. This means: Today’s users are used to quick reception; short, quick posts that can be consumed in seconds. This is why Clickbait, for example, is a thing, and Tinder happened.

TL;DR: Users are no longer used (and hence willing) to spending time writing comments or reading articles unless they’re very, very devoted to the subject itself. In an online world where it’s easy to drop a quick Like to give props to the artist, or even share or reblog a piece without comment if it’s relevant enough to your interests, the concept of forum- and comment-based online art communities is outdated.

This has been creeping up on us very, very slowly and is hence often – understandably – interpreted as lack of interest, so it is not surprising that some artists feel discouraged by the regression of written feedback, resulting in doubt of their own skills. Let me assure you: Your art actually rocks! In these times it just requires a different form of presentation.

So what can artists do?

  1. Make peace with the fact that in today’s online community, likes and shares have replaced comments and journal features. It is people’s way of telling you that your art is awesome.
  2. Post your art on social media channels that are currently popular. Not as a link to your deviantART gallery with a preview image where people have to tap through tumbnails three times and spend 10 kilograms of data volume through 273 redirects, but as an actual, native image post. The faster the user can see the actual piece, the better.
  3. Keep captions short and simple. If you have a lot of personal stuff to say to an image, include a link to a more detailed version (e. g. in a personal art gallery) in the caption or put it under a cut. Why? Again, the faster the user can perceive the whole thing in one, the better. Also, from my personal experience, people will refrain from reblogging art that has a lot of personal text under it (= displaying it on their personal timeline or profile) because they simply do not identify with what’s written there, and why should they?
  4. You know that annoying feature where sites like Twitter will randomly display your likes to your followers? Rely on that shit. I’ve stumbled upon some really cool art that way, and people will find your art that way as well (granted you post it publically).
  5. Use tags! This works surprisingly well, especially on Instagram, for example. I’ve had strangers drop by and like my stuff just because it contained a tag that was somehow relevant. And if it mostly makes “like for like”-commenters come to your posts? Even better! People like that tend to have a huge network, and as long as there’s traffic on your page, the website algorithms will do their job and your art will eventually pop up in strangers’ “posts you might like”.
  6. Timing is important! People’s timelines and feeds are cluttered with input that’s impossible to consume in one sitting. Make sure to post at the right times, e. g. when people sit down in the train back home from work and check their phones. I’m not going to elaborate on this in-depth but there’s enough studies out there that will help you.
  7. This one can be skipped if you’re financially dependent on selling your art, but as someone who just does art as a hobby it helped me a lot so I’m sharing it: Try to internalize the fact that you’re drawing for yourself, and only yourself. It’ll spare you a lot of frustration and save friendships; trust me.

I’m no doctor but I hope this posts helps a little and I could put a tiny ray of light into the online experience of my discouraged fellow hobby artists who are struggling with lack of self-confidence.

Please keep going – your art is awesome!

sad bzp story time

Alright so it’s around 2005-2007. I submitted an application to “lavaside rahi” to be a guest star in his sprite comics. I never really asked to guest star often, but I saw that he was taking applications, and I went for it.

Few months later, I discovered that he put me in a comic. When I read it I felt absolutely awful, because the punch line was me getting thrown into some kind of void, and I couldn’t even figure out why. I remember showing my mom because I felt so upset, and she said something like “well, at least the ending pun was clever”. I didn’t care though, 10-12 year old me just didn’t know why my character deserved that.

Fast forward 10 years. Every so often my brain reminds me of that comic. It actually haunts me a little. For some reason I get determined to find this comic. After about an hour of digging, I actually found it. Behold:

(I censored my name because it’s full of regret. also I’m 99% sure my bio said something about cats and my self moc’s powers)

anyway according to his profile page he currently writes MLP fanfiction, and I’m unemployed, so clearly i came out on top in the end