GENESIS: Bk1 of The Kingdom Come Series Reviews

GENESIS: Book One of The Kingdom Come Series (All Reviews)

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Ink Master GETS REAL!


My bad, I'm three episodes behind in posting. Sue me. :) No, don't, I'm poor. 

Neo-Traditional
The artists (working in teams) had to do a male and female image. 
Everyone did faces except one team.

Bubba can't draw. Even with a reference he made the male a different ethnicity. How didn't he know the guy wasn't Asian? It was just bad. His partner, Jim, well, his was ugly. 
Sausage and Melissa worked well together. Sausage ended up having best tat of the day. 
Gentle Jay and Lydia came out ok. Her's had a few more issues, but they both allowed a purple blob to mess up their overall good composition. 
Halo and Kyle...I thought Halo's was good, just too dark. On the other hand, Kyle's was funky; the head/neck was busted, making it look odd. 
Now, here's the meat of it: King and Keith. I agree, their canvas was a %$#@^. A HORRIBLE CLIENT. If he ever walked into their shops (likely any shop in the future that recognizes him) they would've kicked him to the curb. Rightfully so. And what made it worse, he couldn't SIT! Are you Kidding me? How the hell do you go in for a tattoo, with his attitude and not be able to sit for it? So, the douche taps out, King tattoos himself to stay in the game and Keith cries about it.

That's right, Keith and Bubba were sent packing. 

Cover
You guessed it, they had to cover some old busted or regretted tattoos.

WTF do you mean JIM is "partially" color blind? WTF!!!! You could see through it based upon his color choices. 
King's didn't cover. Bad color choices. Bad design to cover with. Yellow is like the F-U color when doing a coverup. 
Jay, well, his covered but you knew it was a coverup cause of the giant HAT and the overall tattoo wasn't up to par given the level of the game. 
Everyone else either skated-by or did an overall good tattoo, except Kyle, his ended up being HUGE and totally unnecessary and odd to wear. Which is why he got a rough call-out by Nunez about being a "pigeon holed" artist.

In the end, King and Jim got bounced. 
I'll say this. King was a man about it. He's a beast and though his skills aren't where they will be one day, I think he's a badass for doing what he did and acting how he did throughout the show. 

Demons

Ok, so we all know what happened in his ep. 
Kyle's been throwing a huge tantrum since he's been on the show, even last season. So finally he had enough of his inadequacies and lashed out at Nunez, which got him removed from the show. And the funny part about it, is when asked directly if he was doing better than Scott, Sausage or Matti (though unmentioned) he paused. Kyle isn't a horrible tattooer, but he can't handle the pressure, not being able to pick'n'n choose what/when/where/why/how he has to work. It's a contest. It's business and Kyle's been a baby about about it since the word GO. So it was time for him to go.

After they played with explosives—cool gunpowder art on large canvases— everyone had to do DEMON tattoos. 
Matti's was very good. Of course.
Scott's was very good, but not really so much a demon as it was horror, so that hurt him.
Halo, who is often a front runner, over did it and made it unreadable. 
Sausage, who had a ^%$#* for a canvas, ended up doing an outstanding tat. 
Lydia's tat wasn't bad, but was weak compared to everyone else. 
Melissa made a demon turtle—I thought the same the moment I saw it—and while that doesn't make it bad, her background kinda messed things up.

In the end, Lydia's time was up and like King, she went out like a pro, which will allow her to continue her tattooing with pride. She can do really good work, but admitted this type of setting was too much for her. Some of the previous artists, well, I can't believe how they acted—They do realize they were being filmed, right?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

FACEOFF: Final 4!!!


Well, if you can count, you know I'm already over by one.

1) Daran Holt isn't here any more. He went out on a sorry robot, but it was his first one, so we won't hold it against him too much. He had some great builds. He'll be missed. 

2) Let's see if any of my predictions were right... 

So I said George was great. He's still here.
I said Tyler and Niko were both very strong. Boom! Still here.
I said Rashaad and Daran :( were the two best, but was leaning more towards Rashaad.
4 out of 5 ain't to shabby.

Now—(coughing, clearing throat)—I did say Chole was my orig favorite to win, though I added "we'll see" and since I haven't posted anything since then, well, I was right to add the disclaimer on the end.

3) I don't think Graham should've gone out on his Mole Man. Also, I didn't think his Mad Scientist was bad either. If you've ever seen Akira, then you'd see how the Mad Scientist with the long nasty arm resembled that Anime and many others. OH WELL.
4) I liked Niko's Industrial Robot, even if I'm the only one. :)
5) While I like Daran and was said he went, if he had to go, he should've gone for his Freak of Nature makeup. 
***The whole "Mutant" thing, didn't feel Mutant/X-Men at all, as it was meant to. Everyone's felt like an animal/insect human hybrid. Only Niko and Daran's, though his failed, felt like a Hero/Villain Mutant. Hell, Rashaad's later robot looked more like a Hero Mutant than his Freak of Nature makeup.***

6) I think I had issues with all the Vampires from the last episode, but that's just me.
How do you think their upcoming Werewolves will work with their Vampires since I'm thinking each of those V-types are without a corresponding native Werewolf?

Watch FACEOFF

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Live interview with the Fantastic Sherri Rabinowitz!


Thanks again to my friend Sherri

*Here's the link, it will take a few seconds to open after you've clicked the PLAY button: LINK

It was a lot of fun. Please Share and RT if you enjoyed it.
Finally, here are some other questions we didn't get to because of our fun gabbing:

Q: When you go through your need to write time do you make deals with your friends and family?

    Well, since I do 75% of it really late at night and I’m mostly a homebody outside of my day job, it’s not so hard to get the time I need to get my mostly finished thoughts on the computer. The problem is, since my craft is mostly a hack’n’slash style and I’ve only two days off a week, one usually spent with my wife or some kinda mission of every-day-life, I really only get one good full day to write, that is, to create—whether that ends up being good creations or things I eventually throw away. It’s the process. 

Q: Does reading a good book ignite your imagination?

    Of course. You can see the way things should done: dialogue, description, narration, detail and action; also, reading can easily help you to flush-out your own ideas. And it can be something so simple as a phrase or character or w/e that then awakens you to realize something you’d been struggling with for awhile. There’s also the times when you read something that allows you to finally have the courage to blend genres, cause, well, people used to and still sometimes do frown upon it. However, you have to be careful as Steven King said in his book on writing, that you don’t write what you’re reading, which is something I feel happens to many writers from time to time, at least in the beginning, though I’d bet even the most experienced writer finds himself walking that fine line considering how media is everywhere.

Finally, I will take this time now to add to one question, which I feel I didn't answer as well as I should've—nervousness, it sucks. :) Anyway, the question was something about "Giving a taste of the best part of my story, what I want the reader to take away from it." I kinda then gave an overall/theme as it relates specifically to the key protagonist.

Keep the words of Kyle Reese in mind, "Listen, and understand! That Terminator is out there! It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.
 Here's what I left out:
"The take-away from my story is what the conflict between what is (Truly) Good and (Truly) Evil really means; rare as they should be represented in any story. The Light part is easy, I don't think many writers get these degrees of goodness wrong according to their story. I do, however, feel that sometimes the degrees of EVIL or what's represented as Evil "The Enemy" isn't always made as brutal or dark as it should be and very often than not, Evil is also made to be, well, dumb; making Evil stupid, allows the Good to survive and escape to fight another day or to win when you wonder why Evil wasn't better prepared. I try my best not to do those things; that is, write myself into such a corner. If the varying shades of  EVIL are to be feared, really feared, across the entirety of the series, they can't become a joke. We all know the jokes about Storm Troopers, right? Ok, so my baddies and their bosses won't become jokes like that, the heroes will always fear/respect them. The characters who don't (as does happen) well, you'll know what color shirts they'll end up wearing before long. My Star Trek Fans know what I'm talking about."