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Preparing for Racist Vampires...
Posted by Swain on 10 Nov 2007
... for real this time.



I am finishing the script for the 2-minute Racist Vampires segment I recently decided to make, a little something to get people warmed up the characters before I devote time and heart to a more full-length project. This, of course, will come after I've got the Ghostmas Contest flash done for you. On that subject, here is some progress on the award painting:



The left image is the Blockhead set with added lighting and background color. The right is me holding a Munny figure, which I have already started painting to look like The Cop from my Time Squad series.
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Cameos, Paintings
Posted by Swain on 08 Nov 2007
Sorry for the late update, but I'm in Miami at the moment and content work is difficult to pull off. Doesn't mean I don't have news for you, though!

The Blockhead Ghostmas Special won 1st place for both the Newgrounds 2007 Halloween Contest and the Best of October awards. With all of this sweet victory in the air, I thought I'd talk about the prize I've been making for the winner of the Ghostmas contest. That's right, making. It's not just some sketch, but a set of three Blockhead acrylic paintings. One will go to the Ghostmas winner, one will go to the Newgrounds office as a little keepsake, and one will stay with me for the time being. They're all meant to be identical, so I wanted to share my progress with you and hopefully include you in the madness that has come out of this whole Ghostmas Contest thing. This way, everyone who didn't win will still get to be a part of it.



So far I've only painted the base color over the canvas, which is now awaiting the actual color areas that will appear on top. As for the Flash, hang tight - I'm in Miami, like I said, so progress has slowed, but I've already picked a winner. I just don't want to announce it. That's Blockhead's job :D

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In other news, Blockhead also played a cameo roll in Squeakytoad's Halloween cartoon over on Newgrounds. He pops in near the end, so don't get to anxious waiting for him.

I also helped Tyler Glaiel out on some backgrounds and interface graphics for his new game, Blockslide 2. Pop over to his site to play it, and then tell me what you think :D
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Mastermind
Posted by Swain on 01 Nov 2007
I'm just news-crazy, aren't I? You couldn't squeeze an update out of me more than once a month, but nowadays its twice a week. And not only that, I'm updating with content. I am a good Swain.

I wrote more dialogue than I intended for the Ghostmas Contest cartoon, so I have to finish recording those before I can post it (obviously). But I've already decided on the winner, and the prize, which will come in two parts. One will be a Blockhead shirt from the new shirt set that is being printed outside of Cafepress, and the other will be a personalized piece of Blockhead artwork. And no, not some crappy pencil sketch that took a few minutes to whip up and sign. I've got something up my sleeve and I need to spend this weekend collecting the supplies.

"So Swain, what content DO you have?", you might find yourself asking. Well, go watch Mastermind. It's not exactly rated G, but...well, you'll see.

And just to iterate what I posted yesterday: if you've got Blockhead-related photographs of your Halloween/Ghostmas, send them to me at mike@theswain.com. I'd like to put up an album of them if I collect enough!
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Merry Ghostmas!
Posted by Swain on 31 Oct 2007
Have fun and be safe!:) Don't do anything Blockhead wouldn't (or even would) do.

You still have time to print out your Ghostmas decorations. And if you've got a Blockhead themed costume for Halloween, or anything TheSwain.com-ish, then make sure to take lots of pictures and send them this way. It would be fun to have an aftermath record to show here on the site!

The Ghostmas contest results will be posted soon...
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