Saturday, February 12, 2011

Generic Superheroes

Seriously, that should never happen.
But, as quoted in the movie The Incredibles, "when everyone's super, no one is".

We can take the general group dynamics of any team or group of heroes and villains and break them down into archetypes. City of Heroes/City of Villains has done this fairly well.
There's always some genius-level-and-beyond intellectual, someone who can take the abuse and throw it right back, and others who fit somewhere in between those two.

Spider-Man is one I like to think of that fits in between the two.
He's no Reed Richards or Lex Luthor, nor is he the Hulk, but he can usually out-think most of his oponents, and he takes as good a beating as he gives.
Batman is one that balances the two.. he's tougher than most any normal person, and smarter than even the super-powered intellects out there. But he stills gets beat down and outsmarted every now and then.

I don't know why I coloured this guy like one of the fellas from Orange Box/Team Fortress 2..it's not bang-on for the colours, but close enough he could blend into the crowd, providing no snipers are looking for him.

What's the general heavy-hitter on a team? Big. Almost hulking/oversized to a comical proportion. Most never have long flowing hair (Thor... yeah.. let's not discuss Thor right now. 'gods' don't count as heavy hitters, imo.. they count as ace-in-the-hole people) but either short hair or no hair (hulk & the thing come to mind). They also tend to have very big hearts (literal pun intended, why not).
So, here's my take on a generic heavy-hitting super hero.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

More because huhn?

So.. yeah.
Valentine's Day is coming up soon. Another Hallmark Holiday.
Where 60$ gives you a dozen red, dead/dying flowers that supposedly proclaim how much someone means to you.
I have been single for every Valentine's Day in my life. And as much as I hate seeing all the constant lovey-dovey reminders of my `failed attempts at couplehood` (or perhaps, my successful voyage in singlehood!),
I do try to do something nice for someone I know who is single as well.

My roommate and I used to date. Then, one day, we both just kind of looked at each other and went `I like you and all, but I just don't see a future with you`. We're roommates now, which is awkwardly cool. We're much better friends than we were boyfriend/girlfriend, which is both weird and awesome.

So, today, while doing some chauffeur(I offered, because I know how some days go) my roomie and her familial-co-workers around a bit, dropped them off, and as much as I would have preferred to do this and surprise her with it, she was with me while I had the opportunity..so, oh well... I got her a lil something.
I had seen them in the paper a few weeks ago.
Lil super-soft plushie animals that turn into pillows.
So, my roomie got a new USB-corded mouse(corded mice are getting harder to find), and a lil super-plushie bear/pillow. Happy mother^*$#!ing valentine's day.

If I'm going to do something nice, it's damned well not going to be because some mark on the calendar says so, or because it's the social thing to do..but because I want to do it. ...granted, said mark on a calendar is a nice "excuse"..it helps me keep my macho robo-exterior intact..somewhat.

So.. more of things that, huhn?!?! Just because I wanna, here's another of those things creeping in my head alongside Hero Hippo and Villain Zebra..only, away from the animal theme this time.

Sgt. Zippy McLeadfoot (or something)


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Add it to the pile

Bad things happen. And they keep happening. Some, we bring on ourselves, others, people hoist upon us regardless, and some, people do intentionally, making themselves assholes among assholes.

To sum the last year and a half up, I've been looking for work. Editing my resume to apply for the positions of my education, and editing it again(basically taking my education off, and playing up my labour skills) applying for the "regular ho-hum" jobs (gas stations, working in a warehouse, positions where your brain won't be too stressed on a daily basis once you've got the layout and S.O.P. down).
Nothing.

I've averaged about 2 to 3 interviews a month, which, I'm told, is pretty good. But okay, why no jobs? I answer the questions honestly, trying to be upbeat about things, turn scenarios around that could end badly into ones that end in a good light, find solutions to hypothetical questions that make everything ok.... and nothing.
On a lark, I've applied to a couple places across the country..who want me, just as soon as I can get there.
No money(or potential employer support) means no travelling, means no job across the country.

December is a hectic time for people.. mail crawls to a drudge of slow-pace as it's choked with letters to santa and other such things. I was fully expecting a letter from the National Student Loan Service, once again telling me that I had to prepare to payback my student loan(as they had sent me once before), to which I would apply for repayment assistance, basically, extending the period of time where they wouldn't harass with my phone calls and basically ruin my credit rating for about 6 months.

No such paperwork was forthcoming. I got a call yesterday saying I was late in making a payment for January. Now here's where I start to get angry with these people: There is supposed to be a note in my file to call after 7pm (my phone doesn't cost me time/money after 7, according to my phone plan), and they called me at about 1/4 to 2pm. I answer my ringing phone, to hear an automated voice tell me 'this is an important call, please don't hang up' and am then put on hold.
Do not call me and put me on hold because you want to speak with me.

After dealing with the girl on the phone, who really didn't seem to know what was going on, I talked to a friend, and if what they told me is accurate, I can fill out this paperwork, and be denied assistance because there's a lapsed payment they'll want before my application for assistance could be accepted. Though they'll still want me to fill it out, and confirm my (lack of) income and such all over again.

One of the main reasons I left military service was because of the beauraucratic red-tape and BS paperwork, in quintuplicate. The NSLSC does this in spades, furthering their push to the top of my Shitlist.

To help themselves climb to the top of the list even quicker, I'm told the NSLSC mailed me out a form for my taxes (apparently I can deduct the loan repayments, so there's a little goodness there), and that they mailed it out January 14th of this year(2011).  So they lie to me.
How do I know it's a lie? Because a call on the 8th of February gives the Canadian Postal Service the better part of 15 business days to deliver a letter.
And for inner-provincial mail, once the Post Office has it, they're allowed 3 business days to get it where it needs to go. So if I allow that it took the NSLSC 1 day to print it, 1 day to mail it, the Post Office 1 day to pick it up, another day to sort it, then another to ship it, and finally 1 more day for it to arrive here, I should have received said letter January 24th, 2011.

As it stands, I still have not received said piece of mail.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is one of the many kinds of beauraucratic bullshit I try to avoid.

And for tonight? Hero Hippo staring down Villain Zebra in ink-outlines and quick watercolours.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Villain Zebra!

And yes, he/she/it lives at an Ice Station (a little humour for fans of Ice Station Zebra).

Villain Zebra isn't white with black stripes, or black with white stripes.
Villain Zebra is actually green and wheres the black&white tiger-stripe paint getup to blend make sure people know he/she/it's an anthropomorphic ZEBRA!

Eventually I'll probably give Villain Zebra an orange cape with vampire-style neck-cowl. Maybe.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Heroes you'll never see

except here.

Why? Because I can. Do I really need a reason to make things like this?

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