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Hey to anyone who still actually watches my deviantart page, I spend most of my time on Tumblr these days at sottapop.tumblr.com. I'll keep this journal up for a few more days but then I'm going to deactivate my account here. I don't really need it.
  • Listening to: Asian Kung-Fu Generation
  • Reading: script pages
  • Playing: with shots in my board
  • Drinking: green ice tea from Starbucks
Oh hey dA. Been a while!

I just stumbled across this article on Tumblr www.newsarama.com/film/dc-anim… and saw that they've released a screencap of the Flashpoint movie I worked on last summer. They've also stated that it'll come out on DVD/Blu-Ray/yada-yada on July 30th. Right after SDCC!

The movie looks REALLY pretty (and violent, and sexy, and will make you have all the feels) so you should definitely pick it up when it comes out. :) Can't wait to see the trailer!

Also don't forget to check out Superman:Unbound which comes out in May! :D I saw the premiere at Wondercon and it came out GREAT! Full of action and humor plus a really great Lois Lane character. She's probably my favorite Lois so far. James Tucker did a great job directing it and designing the movie so please show some love and pick it up when it comes out! Here's the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPjjxh…
Hey guys!

Dark Knight Returns pt 1 came out on DVD/Blu-Ray today. It's the first half of an animated adaptation of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns and I gotta say it looks amazing. I'm not just being biased. All of the hard work that went into it paid off and I was pleasantly surprised by how good it came out in the end. (I mean I hoping it'd turn out good but I was mostly terrified that my newbie-bad drawings would ruin the entire thing so I'm happy that's not the case.)   

So go out and pick it up. :D If you're gonna buy the Avengers, might as well buy another comic book movie that's based on a classic Batman comic! ;P
WHooo!

So season 2 of YJ is gonna premiere this Saturday at 10:30 am. From what I hear they're going to air 7 new episodes for 7 straight weeks then go on another hiatus (3 months supposedly but you never know with CN). I didn't help out til the 11th episode so I guess I'll have to wait around like the rest of you.  -__-

The stuff I've seen looks AMAZING so get up tomorrow to watch it! It'll be worth it! :D

Then, while you're at it, might as well watch Korra at 11. I know a few peeps over there too and I know they'd love it if you watched.

For those of you who haven't seen the YJ: Invasion trailer, check it out! www.youtube.com/watch?feature=…
  • Listening to: Pandora
  • Reading: Fables
  • Watching: One Piece
  • Eating: Free bagels at work
  • Drinking: Cranberry-Grape juice
Guys! Guys! Guess what!

DC Nation starts tomorrow at 10 am on Cartoon Network! It's starting off with the Green Lantern series and then a new YJ episode at 10:30. In between all that will be some awesome and adorable (sometimes both) animated shorts about other superheroes! It'll be great guys! Super great! :D

Since a lot of you will be getting up early to get your Comic Con badges anyways, you might as well watch DC Nation!

For those of you at LMU... I'm sorry. LMU is a lame-butt and has CN on east coast time so it'll start at 7. But it'll totally be worth it! :D
  • Listening to: Pandora
  • Reading: Apartment websites
  • Watching: One Piece
  • Eating: Yogurt
  • Drinking: Cherry Coke
Hey guys.

So I'm looking for a roommate (or two) to live in the LA/Burbank area starting in May. I've been living in a studio apartment since last May and I've come to realize that I would be better off with at least one person living with me. Rent would be cheaper, we could split utilities, and company is always nice. Mario Kart isn't as fun with just one person.

If any of you know someone who's looking to live in the area (I'd prefer Burbank, Glendale, or Pasadena) tell them to message me. My lease is up 5/31 but I want to move out at least a couple weeks before that so I can clean house.

K. Thnx. Bai.
  • Listening to: Game of Thrones soundtrack
  • Reading: nothing at the moment...
  • Watching: Once Upon a Time
  • Playing: with photoshop
  • Drinking: juice
Anyone have any suggestions for some non-manga comics to read? (not that I have anything against manga, but I'm looking for something different)

Personally I like getting the nice bound books from comic shops so I can constantly re-read them for reference later. Plus there's something nice about holding a book as you read.

These are what I've read so far:
Lots and lots of Hellboy
BPRD: Plague of Frogs vol 1 (that giant version) - I just started reading this. Any vol. people suggest?
Fables (the deluxe vol. up through 3)
V for Vendetta
Watchmen
Long Halloween
Dark Victory
Year One
The Killing Joke
Return of Bruce Wayne
Hush
War Drums & War Games

As you can tell there's a lot of Batman in there. haha. I'd like to read more comics about other superheroes but I'm not sure where to start. There's a LOT to choose from and I know very little about the others.
  • Listening to: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep soundtrack
  • Watching: Supernatural season 7
  • Playing: with my new touchscreen computer!
  • Eating: raspberry dark chocolate
  • Drinking: herbal tea
It's been a while since I've posted a journal or drawing or anything. Work has been busy (but awesome!) and in my spare time I just veg or doodle. After long days it's kinda nice to just do whatever.

Since it's almost the end of 2011 I shall join millions of others in reflecting on this year. It has been one heck of a year. It's had incredible highs and a few very low moments but that just means it balances out. Overall it has been amazing and I have a lot to be thankful for. For starters, I got my dream job working on my favorite kinds of shows. I even got to draw Batman. If the world really does end in 2012 at least I got to do that. Still, I'd like to see the final product in 2013 so please don't end, World. I'd greatly appreciate it.

Actually, to be honest, I don't think the world will end. I haven't seen this Mayan calendar up close so I don't know how it works, but what if the guys making it just ran out of room or made some small miscalculation? We have to remember that it's people who made it. Since when were they perfect?

All n' all, I'm glad I got to live through 2011 and I'm looking forward to 2012. There will be new projects when I get back from my short vacation (THANK YOU HARRY POTTER MONEY!) and I can't wait to see how they'll go. :D

Anyways! I hope you guys had a good 2011 as well and here's to a 2012 where the world won't end!
  • Listening to: classical music
  • Reading: The Time Machine by HG Wells
  • Eating: raspberry dark chocolate
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola
Hey guys!

So :icontaffygiraffe: has opened up 10 commission spots! She's going to be doing some "sketchy" (I don't think she knows what sketchy means 'cause they look pretty darn clean to me) drawings for $20. She could use the cash!

More info and sign-up here: taffygiraffe.deviantart.com/jo…
  • Listening to: Here It Goes Again by OK Go
  • Reading: The Time Machine by HG Wells
  • Watching: Tiger & Bunny
  • Playing: Pokemon Heartgold
  • Eating: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola
Episode 10 is going to air (on TV this time!) at 6:30 pm this Friday and then all of the new episodes will follow every week. I'm SUPER excited!!

'cept I don't have any way to record it and I'm still going to be at work when it's on TV. :( And since I'm in the industry now I feel really awkward about watching it on Youtube. It's JUST NOT THE SAME!!

So you guys should watch it for me (if you've got a TV or know someone with a TV).
  • Listening to: Paint It, Black by the Rolling Stones
  • Reading: My Time Capsule
  • Watching: Tiger & Bunny
  • Playing: Pokemon Heartgold
When I graduated high school in June of 2008 (yeah, I just made some of you feel OOOLLLDDDD) my mom had most of my family on both sides write letters to me for a little time capsule that I couldn't open until today. I just opened it and read a bunch of really adorable notes from everyone. They weren't very long, but they all were full of predictions of who I might be when I turn 21. Most were about how I was graduated from college and I'm now working at a studio (one even said I would be working at Pixar on Shrek 6 and I'd be dating Chet Spielberg. hee hee.). If I had read those letters the day after they had been written, I would have thought that was silly! There would be no way I could be working at my dream job already.... and yet... here I am. It's mind-boggling. It's like, well, something out of a movie.

It just goes to show how much my family believes in me. (aw man, now I'm tearing up. It's like some sappy heart-felt movie. haha) So, while many of them are wishing me a happy 21st, I want to say how much I love my family for dreaming bigger than I did and supporting me for the last 21 years.

Thank you and I love you!

PS. One also said that I would have studied animation abroad in Japan, got an Asian boyfriend, and became a Japanese anime historian. That actually sounds really cool. Maybe I should work on that. :P
  • Listening to: the A/C try to freeze me to death
  • Reading: work e-mails
  • Watching: Tiger & Bunny
  • Eating: Honey-Nut Cheerios
  • Drinking: apple cinnamon tea
So, my first summer in LA (or to be more precise, Burbank) is starting to wrap up. I know, I know. I'm not in school so why am I still calling it summer? That is a very good question.....

Last night after work I took a walk around LMU to see the new animation labs on the third floor of the film school. For those of you unfamiliar with LMU (Loyola Marymount University in LA) and the Animation Department, our computer labs had been mainly congregated in the basement of one of the liberal arts buildings (St. Roberts Hall) and a random room on the third floor of the same building. We also had a room in the film school (COM 118) where we learned to animate traditionally on paper with light boxes and "lunch boxes" for pencil tests. There were a lot of fond memories between those locations (especially when pulling all-nighters with everyone!) BUT NOW WE HAVE A WAY COOLER SPACE THAT IS THE COOLEST EVER AND ... yeah. I don't want to spoil it for those returning in the fall just yet. :P

As I was getting to, walking around campus and seeing the new labs was touching. I felt incredibly nostalgic and I half-wish that I was returning in the fall with most of my friends. I want to keep taking classes there ('cept I don't want to pay haha) and I want to work on projects with everyone. I wish there was a way to return to school.

What keeps me from going down the the Registrar's office to tell them I want to come back (besides the fact that they're only open when I'm at work in Burbank) is that work at WB is amazing and I don't want to give it up. They've finally announced my project and it's going to be really cool! (not biased at all) I'm diving deeper into the "literature" of my favorite superhero and (hopefully) my art has been improving. I've met a lot of my idols in the animation industry and I'm making a lot of friends. And even old friends from my days at LMU are around! I swear, LMU is taking over WB Animation. haha.

Even though I'm not paying tuition anywhere I still consider myself a student. And that's probably why I'm calling the last few months "summer" like the rest of my college-attending friends.

Summer was great and I can't wait to see all my LMU friends again!

P.S. All of you should be watching Tiger & Bunny. IT IS AWESOME AND I LOVE IT.
  • Listening to: Elly Malosh Ghaly by Khaldon Sodan
  • Reading: The Devil's Company by David Liss
  • Watching: Law & Order: SVU
  • Eating: Yogi Granola Crisps
  • Drinking: Pepsi Vanilla
HOOOLYEEEEEE COW!

So, it's been just a little over a week since I finished up my junior year at LMU. Will I have a senior year?? At this point, probably not. Work is too AWESOME!!

I'm pretty settled into my job and my new apartment. Or, well, mostly settled in to my apartment. I still need to put my bed together. >.>

I've met some INCREDIBLY talented artists who I get to work with and even make friends with. :D Yay friends!!

And now, the long road begins. :3 Can't wait for them to announce what I'm working on!
  • Listening to: Elly Malosh Ghaly by Khaldon Sodan
  • Reading: Expose 8
  • Watching: Soul Eater
  • Eating: Redvines
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola
ALRKJLSKDJFSDF!! It's almost the end of the school year!! D8 WUT EESS THEEEES??!?

but I'm excited. It's been a great year. I've learned WAY MORE than I can put in numerical terms. I've made new friends. Discovered a ton about LA and Burbank. And....... I got to live a dream by drawing superheroes.... *___*

Oh, and Soul Eater is awesome. I don't know why it's so addicting.... but it IS!

Heres to a great last few weeks of school! :)


PS. I think I've gone insane. I just pulled an all-nighter to revise a storyboard from last semester.... FOR FUN.... ?????
  • Listening to: Vitamin String Quartet
  • Reading: Batman: War Games
  • Watching: TV before the Oscars start
  • Eating: what food i can find
  • Drinking: juice
Lately I've been looking for a place to live here in LA starting in May. There's plenty of apartments to look at which isn't the problem... the problem is finding someone to live with. :(

I'm not all that comfortable living on my own the first year out of school. Plus, it's cheaper to live with someone and split the cost. But everyone I've talked to is hoping to live on-campus their senior/junior year or they've already made plans with someone else. Or they just don't know and don't want to make any commitments. All valid reasons, but it makes me wonder if I should just look else where....

I've also been wondering if I should just look at places in Burbank near my job. A few people have suggested this. However, that's unknown territory for me and that's a little scary. I don't even know where to begin!

And again... I'd like to live with someone, but my friends are still in school. Most don't have a car. And I wouldn't want to make that commute so why make them?


... oi.... I need help. >__< I'm losing hope that I'll find someone to live with.

aks;djfalksj;dlafj

In other news, Oscars are tonight. :D
  • Listening to: Epic soundtracks on Pandora
  • Reading: A Splurch in the Kisser by Sam Wasson
  • Watching: Young Justice
  • Eating: what food i can find
  • Drinking: raspberry lemonade
I went to Annie Awards last night which gave me an excuse to dress up with my friends and oogle over celebrities we were standing next to! Too bad I couldn't join my friends in the picture with Jay Baruchel. :( (Voice of Hiccup in HTTYD if you don't know).

Still....SO AWESOME!

Besides getting to take pictures of famous people, my favorite part of this occasion is the excitement my friends and I share over this incredible industry. There were so many talented artists nominated and recognized for various achievements in movies, tv shows, video games, and even commercials, I'm truly in awe.

As soon as they put the videos up, definitely look up Brad Bird's acceptance video for his Winsor McKay award. HILARIOUS! It's better than Tim Burton's last year and that was ridiculous.

Anyways, I'm off to write a paper on how awesome "Waking Sleeping Beauty" is for my Motion Picture Analysis class. It helps that it was awarded a Special Achievement Award last night. :P
  • Listening to: Epic soundtracks on Pandora
  • Reading: A Splurch in the Kisser by Sam Wasson
  • Watching: Updates on Twitter
  • Playing: How fast I can get better
  • Eating: saltine crackers
  • Drinking: OJ, Water, and gallons of Tea
So I woke up Monday with a nasty cold. It came out of nowhere!

But this is what I've been reading to keep me going: twitter.com/cteez/youngjustice…

Best thing ever. I can't tell if I'm amused simply because I'm sick or 'cause it's really hilarious. I hope it's the latter.

Anyways... working to get better by Thursday so I can actually leave the apartment!
  • Listening to: a quiet apartment
  • Reading: The Devil's Company by David Liss
  • Watching: Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Playing: Mario Kart
  • Eating: vanilla ice cream
  • Drinking: Peach Citrus Fresca
So, I'm just about done with my first week of classes. The only class I haven't had yet is my figure drawing class tomorrow, but I've had a different section of it last year with the same professor so it shouldn't be too different. I love my animation classes and my film classes so far. I think it'll be a semester to really figure out how to get into the industry not just cool things that happen in it. I feel like I'm actually prepping to leave, which is sad, but it's also productive! I've never had a class that will teach me how to put a great reel and resume together on top of practice interviewing! I know for sure I'll learn something in that one. :P

I also just had my first super productive and rather focused thesis meeting of the semester with my group tonight. I'm really excited for the ideas we've come up with! What's REALLY cool is the idea that we came up with them together instead of just coming up with ideas individually and then pitching them to see if there's a chance anyone else likes it. I feel like it's more of a group mentality and we're coming to figure out what the group wants as opposed to what we individually want.

Makes me wonder who'll be directing/producing this since that's usually assigned to the person who's idea it is... but... we all came up with it, in some way? ... we'll have to figure this out.

I love new projects. I love figuring out how to organize them. Figuring out ideas. Coming up with concept art/storyboards. I really like figuring out the production pipe-line. I doubt I'll get to do this again for a long time (if ever) when I join the work force. Might as well take advantage of this while I can, right? Unless I find my way into developing, but that's scary water to tread from what I've heard.

It's still up in the air if I'll be around for the whole thing but I really appreciate that my group is still willing to keep me even with that unknown factor. I don't feel like an outlier floating around in space. I feel like I've got a place I belong and can turn to when I'm in a tight spot. Thanks guys! :iconkolidescope: :iconbreecrust: :iconkimbeee: I know whatever happens, we're off to a good start at least! :)

Oh... and maybe I'll get to put up some artwork on a regular basis! My schedule til February will be a lot easier than last semester. Still... I strangely miss practically killing myself over my storyboarding class. It definitely brought out the masochist in me. Is this a good thing? Still, I hope I find something to be passionate about to drive me this semester. Especially since my darling roomie will be taking the class I took last semester. Shall I bring you food at 3 am, Kona, when you're struggling to finish your final board?

Here's to a great spring semester you guys! :D
  • Listening to: Daft Punk
  • Reading: The Devil's Company by David Liss
  • Watching: stuffs
  • Playing: Epic Mickey
  • Eating: Spritz Cookies
  • Drinking: whatever I can find
I am SUPER late to this whole Happy New Year's thing. Oh well.

I'm back in LA now. Break was good. Relaxing. Got nothing done. Got a ton of tea for Christmas (tea party anyone?? I'm serious). Saw Tron twice and finally saw all of Tangled (yay!). It was a good break.

Now I've got a week before classes start. I'm got things to work on (sadly) but I can't wait to see roomies and friends! It's lonely in the apartment. I seriously don't know what to do with myself, how lame is that? I mean I know what I need to do... I just don't have any motivation. Plus there's no food so it's hard to reward myself with things.

I've discovered I love Epic Mickey but agree with most of the complaints about the camera. It does get in the way at times. But I really like it so far.

Here's to an exciting new term (however long it may be) and to a great 2011!
  • Listening to: stuffs
  • Reading: BOOKS!
  • Watching: movies
  • Playing: Mario Kart and Soul Calibur
  • Eating: Pasta
  • Drinking: water
So... apparently the semester is over.  I still can't believe I just took finals. I didn't realize it was finals week until Tuesday (after I had already taken 2 finals).

I guess that's what happens when you pull 2-weeks worth of all-nighters. I seriously DID NOT SLEEP the last two weeks... or well... not a full-night's sleep at least. I took naps here or there.  Friday I slept 19 hours. (9 pm Thursday to about 4 pm on Friday). IT WAS AMAZING!!!

So.... next semester. The big question really. Will I continue with school? Where will I live? Will I start working in March/April? Will I intern? I dunno.... but whatever happens it'll be tremendous! I'm leaning towards the job, but I know for sure that I want to finish my degree so I can get that out of the way.

Plus, I've really bonded with my fellow class of 2012 and I'd hate to not graduate with them. We've been together since August of 2008 and I feel we're pretty close. Or, well, I hope we're close after all those late nights in COM 118 freshman year and then the Labs. As I've told my friends, I don't want to be one of the people who leaves. We started off with about 15-20 people and now there's only 8-9 of us. Some people moved, some people dropped the major... and at least one of us is graduating early. It's kind sad, really.

But, what is the point of college? It's to prepare for a job, right? So... what if you've got a job offer already... what's the point of school? I've been asking myself this all of finals week. And honestly, I don't know. However, I've heard it's one of the best times of your life before you meet the real world. Maybe I am ready for a job talent-wise, but I don't feel ready emotionally yet. It's a rather rough transition especially for someone out-of-state with her closest family being in Oceanside. That's a 2 hour drive one-way!

Still... it's a dream job. *___*


Anyways. Happy Holidays you guys! :D It was a tough semester, but we SURVIVED!!