Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Finally, day 30 - the favorite pokemon of all time.
It seems so natural, to like the pokemon so obviously connected to what I love doing the most. It's almost so natural that it isn't fair. Yet, I like smeargle most.
He's goofy looking, and he paints thing with his tail.
Speaking of the tail, where does that paint comes from? It supposedly oozes from the tip of the tail, if so, that's gross. What is it made of?
I hope you've enjoyed my 30 day pokemon challenge.
Now that that's over I'm going to be focusing more time on comics. I like the recent water color journal strips I've been doing, so I'm going to keep those up. I'm not sure I'll be able to do them every day, because of work and Egg-Man and other comics. But i'll try.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
A single stage pokemon is one that doesn't evolve. Sableye is an interesting looking thing. It's eyes are made of gems, as a result of it's only eating minerals and rocks. It lives in small, dark caves, and the gem-eyes help it see in very little light.
Once again, I'm thinking about the way in which explanations are provided for the strange physical features of pokemon.
Biologically, I don't think a creature could have rocks for eyes, but the reasoning behind the need to refract light sort of makes sense.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Day 27 - the scariest pokemon.
I don't think there has ever been a more frightening pokemon than Jynx. Otherwise known as the drag queen pokemon, the description I looked up actually says it is supposed to seductively wiggle it's hips when it walks.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
I'm trying to figure out how to turn these new strips into a cohesive story, so some will be presented out of order. If you have trouble following along, I apologize, but I'm still going to be posting stuff as I draw it. Just maybe not as frequently.
You can also follow me on tumblr: www.kevin-budnik.tumblr.com I'll make sure to tag all the comics with "our ever improving living room" so you can find them easily.
Today's theme is the favorite man-made pokemon.
This is Voltorb. Voltorb is designed to fool people who think it's a poke-ball, the device used to catch pokemon. Apparently, they were created in the same factory that first manufactured the pokeballs. Some sort of by-product of the process must have mutated them into actual sentient poke-balls.
The more I think about this, the more acts of science gone horribly wrong in the pokemon world are exposed.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Day 26 - the "cutest" pokemon.
Another subjective concept, but then again most of these things are designed to be cute, aren't they? That's the idea behind it isn't it? to create an army of adorable mascots that children the world over will lap up like candy?
Slakoth is a sloth-thing. I like his vacant expression and his scruffy appearance, those are the ideal traits of cuteness, in my head.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Today is day 25, which means it's holiday-day!
This challenge was originally designed to be done in december, but I decided to do it in April.
I wanted to pick whatever holiday fell on the day I posted the drawing, so I looked up April Holidays and it turns out "Barbershop Quartet Day" is in April.
My mistake was that Barbershop Quartet Day is actually April 11th, which means I miscounted when I was planning my days - oops.
The original eevee family are today's pokemon.
The concept of evolutionary stones in strange. Eevee is a creature that can be changed into elemental things based on what stone it's exposed to. There are many pokemon like this.
The first thing that comes to mind is that these stones are radioactive and are changing the genetic make-up of the pokemon, probably giving them horrible radiation poisoning in the process.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
In the original games, mew was the most sought after pokemon. In an attempt to control the world, the villains tried to clone Mew, and ended up getting a really evil and powerful thing called Mewtwo.
Yet another opportunity to impose a moral agenda upon the kids who become obsessed with this game - Do the creators of pokemon believe cloning is wrong? We know from countless science fiction tales that it is dangerous to play god. Maybe they want us to consider to what end science is used when intervening in nature.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Aren't "coolest looking" and "favorite design" pretty similar concepts? I think coolness is probably just as subjective as favorite design. There are no rules of cool.
That being said, I think Xatu is a pretty design-y pokemon. I really like its color palette and it's geometry. It's reminiscent of Native American, Mayan, or Aztec art, which makes it unique in my mind, as not a ton of other pokemon are as influenced by culture.
Also, it's interesting that it is a psychic-type, implying the link between ancient peoples, intuition, and spirituality.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
Day 21 - ampharos is some sort of electric kangaroo (i think). Yet he evolves from a family of electric sheep. Either way, he was an asset when I was playing pokemon gold.
Today's theme calls into question the ethics of pokemon battles. If these are supposed to be our friends, these creatures, then why do we mercilessly pit them against each other for our own personal glory? Furthermore, why is it alright to capture and collect as many as you can, in order to become the "Pokeon Master"? That smacks of forced serviturde. Are these pokemon really our harmonious eaquals, or simply tools for fighting?
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The theme for day 20 is "baby" pokemon. The idea of a baby pokemon was another afterthought added in subsequent versions of the game, but it raises questions. When a pokemon evolves, is it reaching a higher level of power? Does evolution have something to do with sexual maturity? It must, otherwise the baby pokemon themselves could mate with each other.
Also, is it possible to create new species of pokemon by crossbreeding existing species? Is that how they got from 150 to 600-whatever they're at now?
Either that or it's an effort for them to just make existing pokemon cuter, to encourage people to buy further variations of the game.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
There are only 3 legendary dogs. That's a pretty narrow field to pick a favorite from. It came down to personal preference between what they each represent: Fire, Electricity, and Water. Water is calming, the other two make me feel threatened. Fire and Electricity are too angry.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Sorry I drew myself on the toilet, but I saw no reason not to.
Here's a teaser panel of my two-page comic in Animal Crosszine, a zine anthology dedicated to Animal Crossing, one of my favorite games.
If you've never played, it essentially simulates the process of buying and furnishing a home, with all the fun that comes with it.
In all seriousness, Its a really charming and fun game, and holds a special place in my childhood. It reentered my life recently, and I found it sort of therapeutic. It's kind of nice to simulate a virtual life when your real life is hard to deal with.
I made a counting mistake, yesterday was actually day 17, not 18. Day 18 is "favorite bird" - I got a little confused because yesterday's pick was a bird also.
Anyway, I like Spearow. I like the idea of going back to the original Blue version and filling out your team with six of the ones that are available to catch right away, then just keeping that team for the whole game.As far as the Spearow vs. Pidgey question goes, I think Pidgey is more favorable when you're young, but one grows to appreciate the scruffy anger of the Spearow.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Day 18. I like Murkrow a lot. I mean, it has a hat built into it's skull. That's pretty cool, right?
I never really got the concept of the "dark" type in the games. The other types of Pokemon are based on traditional elemental forces (fire, water, rock, etc.) The dark type came about in later games, but if we are to assume that it is similar to the other elements, are they implying that certain Pokemon are evil by birth? Rather than being raised to be deceitful, is Murkrow naughty by nature?
Does this mean the creators of Pokemon believe mankind can be either inherently evil by nature or inherently good? Do we not get a choice?
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
I had a Dratini beanie-baby when I was a kid - It was from KFC. I remember begging my Dad to stop there on his way home from work in order to pick up dinner, but more importantly buy the set of 4 pokemon dolls they offered.
gosh I was spoiled.
I had a hard time picking a favorite "dragon" type. I never particularly liked dragon types.