Bees, turtles and Ena at the butterfly conservatory (I did get a bunch of photos of the butterflies as well!)

Back in the reading teacup at the bookstore

Back in the reading teacup at the bookstore

Here’s the sushi cake Marisa made for my birthday. Yes, this is all cake, icing and sprinkles!

afuchan:

Just felt like drawing Pira. And Happy Birthday to Josh.
By the way, you can preorder Spera: Ascension of the Starless Vol. 1 here.

What an awesome image to end a birthday with. I’m sure this will be perfect inspiration for my writing tonight.
Thank you, Afu!

afuchan:

Just felt like drawing Pira. And Happy Birthday to Josh.

By the way, you can preorder Spera: Ascension of the Starless Vol. 1 here.

What an awesome image to end a birthday with. I’m sure this will be perfect inspiration for my writing tonight.

Thank you, Afu!

atelier-sento:

The Coral Cave - Postcard
First product available on The Coral Cave's online shop!This illustration is an introduction to the atmosphere of the game.The life of Mizuka, our little heroine, is bound to the mysteries of the sea.
This postcard is avalaible for 1.50 euros (+1.00 euro for shipping) in our online shop:http://thecoralcavestore.bigcartel.com/product/the-coral-cave-postcard

atelier-sento:

The Coral Cave - Postcard

First product available on The Coral Cave's online shop!
This illustration is an introduction to the atmosphere of the game.
The life of Mizuka, our little heroine, is bound to the mysteries of the sea.

This postcard is avalaible for 1.50 euros (+1.00 euro for shipping) in our online shop:
http://thecoralcavestore.bigcartel.com/product/the-coral-cave-postcard

Marisa, Ena, Finnegan and Luna all banded together to get me the Essential Jacques Demy for my birthday. This will be my proper intro to Demy’s work — looking forward to it!

UPDATE: Opened up the box, so here are some new photos!

Ken Niimura’s great beauty

Jean Demers sent in this terrific Pira fan art. Thanks, Jean!

Jean Demers sent in this terrific Pira fan art. Thanks, Jean!

Adel’s Return, the Spera: Vol. 3 short illustrated by Rebecca Mock, can now be read online. Click the page above for the full comic.
If you haven’t read the books, you’ll want to read Adel’s Return (illustrated by Polly Guo) first. Click here for that one.

Adel’s Return, the Spera: Vol. 3 short illustrated by Rebecca Mock, can now be read online. Click the page above for the full comic.

If you haven’t read the books, you’ll want to read Adel’s Return (illustrated by Polly Guo) first. Click here for that one.

So, Dino Crisis 2 might be the best action game on the PSX. I just finished this for the first time and it felt closer to Shinji Mikami’s later action works (P.N.03, Resident Evil 4, Vanquish) than the classic Resident Evil formula it’s superficially modeled after. That’s my not-so-impressive completion score above.
There’s the tank controls (the best kind, with a quick turn button), atmospheric pre-rendered backgrounds, and quiet moments of nonsensical puzzles (all short, quick and there to break up the action). And then there’s the shooting of thousands upon thousands of dinos, pretty much all the ones you were afraid of as a kid, with each successive kill adding to a combo meter that leads to EXTINCTION POINTS that the player then uses to buy bigger, badder weapons to shoot more dinos with. Everything you need is purchased from a store panel that shows up like Resident Evil typewriters/merchants.
There’s a better encounter variety than you might expect at first glance, with flying enemies and turret sequences that are closer to light gun games than anything modern. The underwater sequence is actually a highlight of this game.
The story involves dinos and time travel and an unresolved cliffhanger. It’s beautiful.
Dino Crisis 2 was directed by Shu Takumi, creator of the Phoenix Wright series. As good as Phoenix Wright is, I’d like to see him go back to the action genre, if only for one more game. Imagine what he could do at Platinum.

So, Dino Crisis 2 might be the best action game on the PSX. I just finished this for the first time and it felt closer to Shinji Mikami’s later action works (P.N.03, Resident Evil 4, Vanquish) than the classic Resident Evil formula it’s superficially modeled after. That’s my not-so-impressive completion score above.

There’s the tank controls (the best kind, with a quick turn button), atmospheric pre-rendered backgrounds, and quiet moments of nonsensical puzzles (all short, quick and there to break up the action). And then there’s the shooting of thousands upon thousands of dinos, pretty much all the ones you were afraid of as a kid, with each successive kill adding to a combo meter that leads to EXTINCTION POINTS that the player then uses to buy bigger, badder weapons to shoot more dinos with. Everything you need is purchased from a store panel that shows up like Resident Evil typewriters/merchants.

There’s a better encounter variety than you might expect at first glance, with flying enemies and turret sequences that are closer to light gun games than anything modern. The underwater sequence is actually a highlight of this game.

The story involves dinos and time travel and an unresolved cliffhanger. It’s beautiful.

Dino Crisis 2 was directed by Shu Takumi, creator of the Phoenix Wright series. As good as Phoenix Wright is, I’d like to see him go back to the action genre, if only for one more game. Imagine what he could do at Platinum.

Josh Tierney is the creator, writer and editor of Spera-Comic.com and the Spera series of graphic novels from Archaia.

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