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Okay, let's be more direct: What retro gaming mag would you like to see me cover next (or again)?
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Sorry for the delay in entries again (thanks for all the kind words last time, btw, in case I missed anyone)...I just began a part-time job doing phone surveys that typically has 6 to 11 PM shifts, so I'm either too damn tired in the morning or too damn tired at night. ANyhow, it gets the job done.

Also, trust me when I say that since last month, I have spent a large chunk of time working on picking out work for a Mini-DDs comeback (which would be easier if it weren't for one artist who was crazy talented, but kept deleting their work every month or so whenever they updated their characters...yeesh), but then my other, paying work got in the way...namely Robotic Gaming Monthly #4. Anyhow, I've been tardy in promoting the new entry, but I'd really love it if anyone reading this could comment on it...largely because at least 80% of the people who comment on it apparently didn't make it past the first page. >_< Understandable, given the content, but that was ironically the part I worked on the least compared to everything else...for crying out loud, I featured 30 friggin' trailers, even more than my E3 special...

Anyhow, I also have to get on some work for this month, & wouldn't you know it, that just happens to include this review copy of Destiny I just received! And wouldn't you know it, I'm also streaming it on my Twitch channel at 9 PM EST in about 10 minutes or so (assuming things go well), so come join me as we learn about them wizards what came from the moon & whatnot! 8D
  • Mood: Satisfied
  • Listening to: "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Sticks" by Ian Dury
  • Reading: Lumberjanes
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Roundabout
  • Eating: Mille Feuilles
  • Drinking: Cherry Vanilla Blue Sky
CHOOSE THE DATE OF RECKONING. CHOOSE WISELY.
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Golden Fefcaine Award by SlyDante

Okay, so honestly, today I was just simply going to use this journal to pimp Robotic Gaming Monthly #3, the latest edition of my gaming column over at Topless Robot. And I guess I'm still doing that, so...um, sorry. ^^;

But having noticed this was deviantART's birthday when I woke up this morning, I got to thinking, &...well, actually, this is still kind of relevant. Because just in case anybody who might randomly be reading this should know, my biggest claim to fame here was writing articles called Mini-DDs that featured what I thought were DD-worthy artwork. Came up with my own award and everything. And as past journals here will reveal, I've always been planning to write more, but crap keeps getting in the the way and I tend to get derailed, but I keep preparing &...well, that's not important.

Anyhow, here's how my story goes: I joined DA in 2005, largely due to my admiration of the mad skills of everyone I saw there, and not because I was a skilled artist (far from it, as my gallery can attest to). I began starting to suggest work to be featured for Daily Deviations, but when some stuff that I really adored wasn't getting any attention, I asked one of the administrators I was suggesting stuff to what else I could try. He suggested writing my own sets of features, so I went at it...but for some reason, just simply slapping a few thumbnails in a journal & calling it a day didn't seem right to me. I mean, that just didn't convey how incredible the artists I would feature were.

So I whipped up an award for starters, the Golden Fefcaine Award (seen above). An actual award for what I thought was truly superb work. And I would add written descriptions like the real deal. And I would even put on an elaborate framing device, make it seem it was more than a showcase, but an actual show. Hell, I put up actual award shows at the end of years & gave away prizes! I loved doing it! It made me happy! And those I featured loved it as well, and I was actually surprised when some of them said they considered it an honor to get a Golden Fefcaine Award from me! Life was good!

So what happened? Well, after getting my first job at a crappy call center, the backlog started piling up, then when I got fired from that job, things kind of came crashing down for a bit, & the backlog never stopped. Oh, it's still there. I have plans. I never stopped. When they will go into action...can't say I know.

But a few years ago, I had also stumbled onto Topless Robot. A nerd culture website. The second website I keep open in my browser near-24/7. I eventually started to get into it more & more, get closer to the community, comment more, and kind of became a general follower. When I noticed that some of TR's Daily Lists came from freelancers, I asked then-editor Rob Bricken if I could write an article about some of the best games from E3 2012. He said yes, & I whipped one up, & I had fun. Rob left later that year, replaced eventually by current editor Luke Y. Thompson. I asked Luke if I could write a list about games to look forward to in 2013. He let me do so, then I followed it up with a list on kid-friendly games, and he revealed that holy s***, I can actually get paid for doing this (and should have been)!

So for about a year, I wrote more and more article, mainly video game-related work, and eventually making it to the point where I actually earned the title "Freelance Journalist". And after several successful video game lists and reviews, a change earlier this year prompted Luke to start up the idea for a monthly column on video games, and he wanted me to write it! And now...

Well, here we are!

So I guess what I'm trying to point out here is that I honestly feel that writing Mini-DDs for years here at deviantART helped me hone my writing skills over time, or even more importantly, gave me confidence in my work. And I realized - corny as it may sound - that while I wasn't skilled in the visual arts, my knack for crafting written articles could be my own artwork! And over time, I went from featuring artists to a small audience to writing whole columns that I get paid for on a website that gets between two and three million viewers a month!...Though how many of those read my column, I don't know. And kinda worry about (seriously, take a peek when you're done, we, um, require your attention).

And it's because of deviantART. They helped me make it to where I am today (writing-wise, at least). And if they can take me to bigger places, hopefully they can do so for the types of artists I admire.

So thank you, deviantART. And happy birthday!! ^_^

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...Oh right, I need the damn thumbnails for that badge. Well, I didn't have time to dig deep, but here's an assortment of work I've featured over the years in my Mini-DDs. And with any luck, I'll be adding to them again. And maybe you, the person reading this, can be among these one day...Maybe. =P

Little McCloud by themieInner Demon -Raven by griffsnuffLurking by LucidDreamPopDon't Blink by ZakenoCassette Demons by cubecrazy2Beware the Dead Sisters by JWiesnerThe Rake by KastiaRelaxation by griffsnuffMachinarium by MoogleyMogThe Great Recycler by aphaits
  • Mood: Pride
  • Listening to: 10cc - I'm Not In Love
  • Reading: Jam
  • Watching: Krush Groove
  • Playing: Back to Bed
  • Eating: salted caramel cookies
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola Zero
Seriously, I haven't made a journal here in seven freaking months??? God, I suck at this...

Anyhow, while I've still been regularly active on DA when it comes to checking out & faving artwork on a daily basis, I must admit that a lot of my time recently has been devoted to actually building a career as a freelance journalist over at Topless Robot, where I'm more regular now and where I have a monthly video game column, Robotic Gaming Monthly. In fact, my latest column just came out today and...okay, yes, I am shamelessly shilling my work here. But I may as well at least shill my current header artist as well, CITRUSKING46, who is just really damn amazing. Seriously, I totally recommend that you commission him if you need a quality artist. Heck, he helped adapt Sly & Fefcaine over there quite nicely, they seem to be doing well. ^_^

I wish I could say much else has happened this year so far, but it hasn't...still on the quest for employment, still unsuccessful at the moment. Still planning a big comeback on DA, but still getting screwed by either things getting in the way or artists who will ditch all their or put it into storage at the drop of a hat (come on, get it together). I have been dabbling in Let's Plays over at Twitch, which I suppose is something, and pulled off some major E3 coverage, but that's about it. God, I need a job again to achieve something...anyhow, sorry if I come off as a downer, but things are still going okay. But dang, do I need to be more active here in other ways...need to figure a better way to work on that...any suggestions?
  • Mood: Shame
  • Listening to: Killing Joke - Changes
  • Reading: Jam
  • Watching: Short Circuit
  • Playing: Shovel Knight
  • Eating: pizza
  • Drinking: cherry limeade

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SlyDante
Kyle LeClair
Canada
Current Residence: PEI, Canada
Favourite genre of music: Post-punk, dance-punk, stoner rock, new wave
Favourite style of art: Anything cartoonish, fun, wild, creative, features cool OCs, etc.
Operating System: Windows Vista
MP3 player of choice: iPod Touch
Favourite cartoon character: Bender, GIR, El Tigre, Bumblebee, several gaming characters
Personal Quote: "Reality just kind of...Sucks."
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Sorry for the delay in entries again (thanks for all the kind words last time, btw, in case I missed anyone)...I just began a part-time job doing phone surveys that typically has 6 to 11 PM shifts, so I'm either too damn tired in the morning or too damn tired at night. ANyhow, it gets the job done.

Also, trust me when I say that since last month, I have spent a large chunk of time working on picking out work for a Mini-DDs comeback (which would be easier if it weren't for one artist who was crazy talented, but kept deleting their work every month or so whenever they updated their characters...yeesh), but then my other, paying work got in the way...namely Robotic Gaming Monthly #4. Anyhow, I've been tardy in promoting the new entry, but I'd really love it if anyone reading this could comment on it...largely because at least 80% of the people who comment on it apparently didn't make it past the first page. >_< Understandable, given the content, but that was ironically the part I worked on the least compared to everything else...for crying out loud, I featured 30 friggin' trailers, even more than my E3 special...

Anyhow, I also have to get on some work for this month, & wouldn't you know it, that just happens to include this review copy of Destiny I just received! And wouldn't you know it, I'm also streaming it on my Twitch channel at 9 PM EST in about 10 minutes or so (assuming things go well), so come join me as we learn about them wizards what came from the moon & whatnot! 8D
  • Mood: Satisfied
  • Listening to: "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Sticks" by Ian Dury
  • Reading: Lumberjanes
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Roundabout
  • Eating: Mille Feuilles
  • Drinking: Cherry Vanilla Blue Sky

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:iconsigoogle:
Sigoogle Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave! :meow:
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Illus-luvs-POCKY Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student
Thanks for the fav! ovo
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gourger Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for add
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J0N-Lankry Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:iconthxfavplz:
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Pixx-73 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the fav. Thanks for everything! Have a nice day.
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Retromissile Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Kyle!!! =D
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Empyrisan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014   Digital Artist
Hey there! Happy Birthday!  Party
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leothefox Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014   Artist
Meow-thank You Thank you for faving

Dark Castle by leothefox  
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Fire-Link Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Hey are you still on Deviant Art?
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SlyDante Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Well, I just wrote a journal entry last week & have been consistently faving stuff for the past several years, so yeah, I'd say I'm still here. =P
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