Our 24 hour game challenge

We started work on our newest Knifetank game on Saturday morning at around 10:30am… we finished (mostly) by 10:30 am the following day. I think the game works great, looks stylish, and is fucking hilarious. I can’t wait for it to go online sometime soon. we’ll post it on Knifetanks.com as soon as we can.

Don’t forget, you can still get our Knifetank: The Albumhole for hella cheap here.

 

SF Zine Fest 2010 pt 4: KnifeTank fan art

While sitting at my table at the SF Zine Fest a few people stopped and asked if I had any KnifeTank merchandise. I was totally caught off guard every time. I didn’t have any signs up about KnifeTank, nor did I tweet about having anything with me. Nevertheless, I did happen to have a few combo packs with KT patches, envelopes, and a 1 gigabyte USB with the albumhole.

I was also lucky enough to receive a few pieces of KnifeTank fan art from George Webber and Jeff Plotkin. Here is George (aka NoCashComics) piece:

KnifeTank by George Webber!

And here is Jeff Plotkin’s, which you can see in this recent video interview I posted yesterday:
KnifeTank fan art by Jeff Plotkin

 

Two Flip cameras and yo-yo: Stereoscopic Doc Pop

Stereoscopic Yo-Yo: Doctor Popular at Flip Video Night at AT&T Park from Flip Video on Vimeo.

I was recently asked if I’d like to come to a Giants game and shoot some video with some Flip cameras. “I’m always down to shoot, as long as I don’t have to edit.” I replied. I’ve been experimenting with creating 3D effects in my comics and illustrations by using an animated gifs (see here), so I pitched the idea of recreating the steceoscopic effect with video to the folks at Urgent Content (who were organizing the event at the ball game). I was able to build an EXTREMELY simple rig to hold two cameras with just a few bucks in parts from a hardware store. My goal was to keep the lenses about two inches away from each other and try to keep the cameras as lined up as I could. After shooting the footage, the folks at UC made lined up the footage from each camera so that I was always in the same space. Then they weaved the footage from each camera together so that each frame alternated from left to right and back again. Whether or not the result gives you the feeling of depth, it certainly is an amazing effect. By keeping me lined up, I really seem to “pop” from each video. At times it almost appears as though I was standing in front of a green screen.

I’m really happy with how this experiment turned out and I hope I can try it again someday. BTW, the music used is a song called “Crimson Dreams (remix)” from our recent KnifeTank: The Albumhole. It features rapping and beats by yours truly with Beefy on the second verse and many of Crashfaster’s original sounds and singing throughout.

Thanks to Unwoman for helping me shoot most of the footage and to the folks at Urgent Content for doing such a great job editing it all together. Oh yeah, I also realize I may sound like I’m shilling for Flip cameras right now. I’m not on their payroll or anything, it just happens that due to their small size, these cameras are great to experiment for things like this. After the shoot, I was allowed to keep the cameras, and I’ve been using them for all the recent Zine Fest videos I’ve been posting.

DocPop With SFGiants Flip Cameras