Month: February 2021

We Interviewed Artist & Cosplayer Erika Algarin!

1. What started your artistic journey? 

I started drawing at a really young age, I always thought I would be an artist of some kind but I never expected to be a textile one. I drew all the time in middle and high school.

When I was around 12 I saw a flyer at a local used game store for an anime convention at the University in town, I didn’t even know they were a thing at that time so I was really excited to go. My parents let me go with a friend and seeing all the people in costumes and artists selling their work just blew my mind. It was shortly after that I started trying to sew costumes for myself, although it was a few years before I could do it on my own.

It was a few years after I had gotten decent at making costumes that I started making plush. I’m totally dating myself here but that was back when merchandise was a lot harder to come by in Canada/USA. There wasn’t a plush of my favorite anime character so I made my own. Surprisingly when I posted it online someone offered to buy it and it just went from there.

2. What is your favorite piece you made? 

My most recent piece that I’ve made that’s been my favorite has to be a small human Quetzalcoatl from Fate: Babylonia. I love Fate and I have one lovely client who has been commissioning me for a lot of characters from the different shows and games. They’re fun to make since I know the characters, especially Quetz since she is one of my favorites from Babylonia.

3. What advice would you tell other artists who are new? 

Don’t be afraid to use tutorials, there are tons of free patterns and advice for beginners available on the internet. Even I buy tutorials and patterns from people occasionally, it’s a great way to learn how to do different techniques you may not have thought of. 

Don’t be afraid to use cheaper materials to start off as well, not everyone has to use minky or expensive embroidery machines to make nice plush. The same goes for costumes, you don’t need expensive sewing machines or 3D printers, just a basic sewing machine can go far.

Most importantly have fun and be kind to yourself, starting out can be frustrating but with practise you will get better!

4. Favorite cosplay you’ve done? 

It was hard to choose but I think my favorite costume I’ve made to date is my final armor Fuu from Magic Knight Rayearth. I did armor making for the first time with worbla, as well as used different techniques like resin casting and foam carving/prop making. It was a dream costume of mine for a while but I never thought I’d have the skills to make it on my own.

Of course the lovely photos I got from Photos by Krista Cher helped too, they’re probably one of my favorite cosplay photo sets I’ve gotten. I’d like to wear it again but re-make my belt since I feel like I can do a lot better with Worbla now.

5. Plans for 2021

I don’t really have many plans for this year, I won’t be doing conventions again until at least 2022. I’d like to do a new costume this year at some point for next year, but other than that I’m concentrating on my online shop at the moment and building my online presence. 






Avatar: The Last Airbender Expands With An Animated Film In The Works

The world of Avatar: The Last Airbender is about to expand even more. Thanks to Nickelodeon, more original content will be coming that takes place within the franchise in the form of films as well as animated series.

The announcement was made during ViacomCBS’ presentation for their new streaming service, Paramount+ that will launch in March. Both series creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will be running Avatar Studios, a new animated production that will solely focus on growing the universe of Avatar: The Last Airbender. All of this content will be available on Paramount+ as well as Nickelodeon with third-party platforms and theaters to follow. The first project being made is a theatrical film that will be starting production this year.

“Avatar: The Last Airbender and Korra have grown at least ten-fold in popularity since their original hit runs on Nickelodeon, and Ramsey Naito and I are incredibly excited to have Mike and Bryan’s genius talent on board to helm a studio devoted to expanding their characters and world into new content and formats for fans everywhere,” ViacomCBS Kids & Family President Brian Robbins said in a statement. He also added, “Creator-driven stories and characters have long been the hallmarks of Nickelodeon, and Avatar Studios is a way to give Mike and Bryan the resources and runway to open up their imaginations even more and dive deeper into the action and mythology of Avatar as we simultaneously expand upon that world and the world of content available on Paramount+ and Nickelodeon.”

Speaking with EW, DiMartino and Konietzko discussed their return to the Avatarverse. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 19 years since we created Avatar: The Last Airbender,” they said. “But even after all that time, there are still many stories and time periods in Aang’s world that we are eager to bring to life. We are fortunate to have an ever-growing community of passionate fans that enjoys exploring the Avatarverse as much as we do.”

“We’re excited to be back at Nickelodeon where Avatar began, doing what we do best in the biggest way possible. We can’t wait to build the great teams and productions to make all of this fantasy a reality.” Their beloved franchise has earned accolades from fans and critics for their world-building and their influence from Asian and Native cultures around the world while also tackling subjects that affect us today.

The franchise began with Avatar: The Last Airbender, which followed the adventures of Aang and his friends as they protect their world from the wrath of Fire Lord Ozai and the Fire Nation. The series ran for three seasons from 2005 to 2008. It was soon followed by the sequel series The Legend of Korra, running on Nickelodeon in 2012 for four seasons following Aang’s successor Korra. Thanks to streaming platforms like Netflix, the franchise has seen a resurgence as new fans have discovered the shows. The series also included graphic novels, a live-action film, and an upcoming live-action series being developed by Netflix.

With the involvement of the original creators at the helm, the Avatarverse will offer tons of more content for fans to check out.

Pokémon Presents News

Today was an exciting day for Pokémon fans all around the world. It’s been a while since we’ve last had any news about anything but the new Pokémon Snap game. More was revealed about it, namely that it takes place in the Lental region.

As a funny sidenote, when I was watching, I was just like “Lentil region? As in beans???” I wasn’t the only one, of course.

However, the biggest news of the day are the two new games coming.

Sinnoh is finally getting its long-awaited remakes in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. It’s slated for a late 2021 release.

The games will feature two distinct art styles: the overworld which aims to faithfully recreate the original, while the in-battle will feature more comprehensive 3D modeling.

However, we aren’t just getting one Sinnoh game, but two. Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a new game coming for the Switch. It delves into the era before Leagues, gyms, and even the concept of being a trainer existed. The main feature of the game is that it’s open world, something we’ve been begging for for years at this point.

The player will still get to choose a starter as they embark on the journey of creating the Sinnoh region’s first Pokedex. However, they’re foreign Pokemon: Cyndaquil, Rowlet, and Oshawott.

This new take on the series looks like it’ll be a good time. I really can’t wait for it. 2022 can’t get here fast enough!

2nd and Charles

I went into a 2nd & Charles for the first time this year looking for a birthday present. I had never heard of this store so naturally I decided to take a look. I was completely shocked at what I found. It was like a time portal. I go in looking for a birthday present but then my focus shifts on buying everything I saw. If you never heard of 2nd & Charles I highly suggest you go there right now to have your minds blown. You can trade in your used books, movies, music and video games for cash or store credit.

2nd & Charles was started in 2010 by Books-A-Million as a unique store concept. The store of course offers books just like Books-A-Million but that’s not what it’s about. The first thing I saw was all of the Funko Pops. After the Funko Pops I saw their video game selection. The video games they had for sale were amazing. 2nd & Charles sells Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Playstation, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Nintendo 64 and other old such video games. Of course they are all used but the point is that there is a retail store that sells these video games. It made me feel like I was back in the 1990s browsing a Blockbuster.

Beyond video games are the comic books and action figures. It was like being at a Toys R Us and my local comic book store. It was fun to browse and fun to choose what to buy. I hate that 2nd & Charles has so much to choose from because before I knew it I was already filling my cart up ready to spend my whole pay check but it was worth it!

DVDs and Blu-Ray were of course at 2nd & Charles. If you are like me you don’t buy physical media but its still to browse them and think about if you do need to buy them. Game of Thrones is one physical media purchase I’m still glad I own and 2nd & Charles of course has it!

After browsing the DVDs and Blu-Ray I look over on the nearest wall and see guitars hanging off the wall. There were actually guitars in this store! What the heck kind of store is this? This is awesome! I did not expect guitars to be here. By the guitars were books on bands, musicians and anything related to music which was a nice touch to this section of the store. Not too far from this section of the store was a wall of shirts like Hot Topic display their shirts.

2nd & Charles Locations

2nd & Charles has one or more states in the following states. Hopefully 2nd & Charles will expand to more states in the near future!

  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia

2nd & Charles is one of the most unique retail stores around. I highly suggest you go there and check it out.

Hunter’s Corner: Monster Hunter Rise Rampage Trailer

Hello everyone, I’m Monster Review Girl. Today I’d like to talk about the Monster Hunter Rise Rampage Trailer that debuted on the 17th of February.

General Overview

The newest trailer shows off two new maps, two brand new monsters, several returning monsters the fans have been missing. We also learn a little more about the Rampage and how Kamura Village and its culture has been influenced.

New Maps

One of the newer maps is the Lava Caverns, a volcano map with harsh, hot lava flows and cool, clear springs. Of course, the monsters here are dangerous, and this is no area to hunt in unawares. Monsters that live here include the brand new Rakna-Kadaki and the returning Baserios and Volvidon. 

The other new map, the Sandy Plains, is a desolate wasteland with very little life. This region is scorchingly hot during the day but mercifully cool at night. We know very little about this land except that one of the new monsters lives there.

The new Monsters

This trailer revealed two new monsters, the Temnoceran Rakna-Kadaki and the Leviathan Almudron.

Rakna-Kadaki, a member of the arachnoid Temnoceran class of monsters, seems to draw basis from the Japanese Yokai Jorou-Gumou and a real animal, the Giraffe Spider. It has a fire/lava breath, can shoot webbing at the hunter to slow them down, and launch their young to glue the hunter in place.

She is the first Temnoceran that isn’t a Nerscylla or a Nerscylla subspecies. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a new Temnoceran or any monster based on a creature with an exoskeleton. 

Next is the Leviathan Almudron. Living in the Sandy Plains, this creature hunts by manipulating the mud and earth around it. It appears this animal is based on a mix of an oriental dragon and the mythical giant catfish that supposedly was pinned beneath Japan that would cause earthquakes when it moved.

Returning Monsters

In this trailer, they revealed three returning monsters not already seen in previous trailers. These were the Flying Wyvern Baserios and the Fanged Beasts Volvidon and Rajang.

Baserios is one of the few monsters that is actually a juvenile form of another monster, the Flying Wyvern Gravios. Despite being weaker than its parents, this monster can still pile-drive you into the dirt if you are unprepared.

Volvidon, the Fanged Beast, however, is small, fast, and really annoying. His paralysis-inducing saliva and rapid rolling around the area can make him a real pain to deal with. He’s also one of a trio with the already revealed monsters Arzuros and Lagombi.

And finally, the last new monster revealed in this trailer, the Fanged Beast Rajang. Rajang has a strong basis in the Sayain race’s Oozaru form, except the Rajang has horns. If anyone doubts it, look at its attacks. It has a golden-beam attack, a “super sayain” form, and can even generate a reddish aura around its body.

The Rampage Quests

This trailer also gave us some info about the Rampage Quests. Namely, they are absolute free-for-alls. 4-5 monsters in the area. Whether there will be dupes or not is unclear. It may be a random assortment with each quest. It’s either four hunters or people from the village actually helping us. 

As a result, in this trailer, we found out what weapons the villagers use. Iori, the little boy in charge of the animal companions, uses a Charge Blade, one of the most technical weapons in the game, so props to him! Yomogi, the village cook, uses a heavy bowgun the size of her entire body. And the quest girls, Hinoa and Minoto, are using a bow and lance, respectively. It looks like they’re emphasizing that these quests are a threat to the entire community of Kamura village. 

We Interviewed Artist UsagiBaka!

1. How long have you been doing art?

I’ve starting drawing when I was 4 years old and right now I just turned 20 last Feb 5

2. What is your favorite thing about being an artist?

My favorite part of being an artist is actually interacting with other artists, especially those people who compliment my art… I don’t usually get complimented and being told that my art is pretty makes me really happy

3. What inspired you to start?

When I was young I really looked up to my 2 older sisters, when I saw that they know how to draw I immediately joined the wagon until I realized how fun it was actually and continued to draw even when they stopped.

4. What advice would you give to newer artists?

Practice is literally the most cliche but correct thing to say to new artists. Don’t be afraid to look up references and take criticism like a pro

5. Do you have a favorite piece. Is so why?

My favorite non-commission piece atm is this one probably because my art is usually all pastel or have light colors, I really like how this turned out looking all edgy.

My favorite commission piece is this one because It was the first time I got commissioned to draw a full-body furry illustration.. I don’t really get commissioned to draw furries and I’m not the best at it but I’m really proud of this one!

6. What are your plans for 2021?

My plans for 2021 is to try new stuff especially in my art, I want to discover new art styles and coloring techniques as well since I don’t really see much difference between my art style these past few years/months

socials/sites: https://twitter.com/UsagiBaka1 https://patreon.com/UsagiBaka https://ko-fi.com/usagibaka https://hazelpinote01.wixsite.com/usagibaka

Viz Media’s HUGE Announcement!

Viz Media made HUGE announcements on twitter. Here are all the updates you need to know!

The Creative Gene releases Fall 2021

Animal Crossing: New Horizons-Deserted Island Diary releases Fall 2021

One Piece Box Set 4 releases Fall 2021

Demon Slayer Complete Box set releases Fall 2021

My Hero Academia: Ultra Analysis: The Official Character Guide releases Fall 2021

One Piece Pirate Recipes releases Fall 2021

Kaiju No. 8 Vol 1 releases Fall 2021

Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater, a collection of action-packed short stories from the famed creator of Dragon Ball, drops Fall 2021.

Fullmetal Alchemist: A New Beginning releases Fall 2021

Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End Vol 1 releases Fall 2021

Senrio PomPoms releases Fall 2021

Mao, Vol 1releases Fall 2021

My Love Mix Up Vol 1 releases Fall 2021

Rosen Blood Vol 1 releases Fall 2021

Pokémon Journeys: The Series, Vol. 1 drops Fall 2021!

Pokémon Pocket Comics: Sun & Moon drops Fall 2021!

Burn the Witch Vol1 releases Fall 2021

Deserter: Junji Ito Story Collection releases Fall 2021

Fullmetal Alchemist: A New Beginning Release Date!

Fullmetal Alchemist: A New Beginning now has a release date! Viz Media announced it will be available in English in Fall of 2021!

“In Rush Valley, Winry starts working as an apprentice for Mr Garfiel, a somewhat unusual automail mechanic. But her view on how automail outfittees relate to their prosthetics changes as she meets a young boy who tragically lost a leg only to have a badly fitted replacement leg which causes him regular pain. Winry struggles to win his trust so that she can give him the kind of leg he needs to improve his daily life, but his anger and distrust make her think of Ed. There is also a short story where Ed is interviewed for a news story. Ed’s vanity is hugely stoked– until he sees the published result.”

One Piece Pirate Recipes Release Date!

VIZ Media announces the release date of One Piece Pirate Recipes. In Japan it was released in 2012 and now it is coming to North America in Fall 2021!

One Piece Pirate Recipes: Sanji’s Gut-Stuffers (サンジの満腹ごはん Sanji no manpuku gohan?) is the second cookbook to be released for the One Piece series. It includes some forty recipes inspired by the canon, from the Baratie Arc to the Fish-Man Island Arc. A bonus feature, Sanji’s Eye, includes information about Oda‘s own eating habits and the food typically served at his workstation and household.

The book comes bundled with a silicon mat imprinted with an image of Sanji holding a wineglass, which can be used as a bottle opener or a potholder.”

Viz Media Announces Burn the With Vol 1 Release date!

Viz Media Announced the release date of Burn the Witch Vol 1. The volume releases in Fall of 2021!

Burn the Witch (stylized as BURN ☩HE WITCH) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. It was first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump as a one-shot chapter in July 2018. A serialized continuation of the one-shot is being published with a seasonal release schedule. The 4-chapter first season was published in the same magazine from August to September 2020. A second season of the manga has been announced. An anime film produced by Studio Colorido premiered in October 2020.”