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Comic: The GameSetWatch Comic

Column: Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic - 'Welcome to the Pokecollege'

July 25, 2008 12:00 AM |

['Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic' is, once again, a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about the continuing adventures of our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games.]

Returning to a previously explored subject (Ash from Pokemon's awkward social situations) has brought fruit once more for a colorful Mr. Persona, we see, as he explores the post-watershed years for the master of monsters:

Ash suddenly gained and lost a lot of weight during those college years...

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts. When not continuing Pokeoffice stories, he continues the Mecha Fetus revolution on the Mecha Fetus Visublog.]

Column: Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic - 'Welcome to the Loneliest Slime'

July 15, 2008 4:00 PM |

['Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic' is, once again, a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about the continuing adventures of our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games.]

A tale of two similar species that traveled down very different  evolutionary paths

EDITOR'S POSTSCRIPT: Well, we're delighted to say that Persona is a) over his Persona 3 comic fixation and b) back in full effect and full color, examining the telling differences between Slimes and Puyos. It's comitragic!

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts. When not recovering from anime conventions, he continues the Mecha Fetus revolution on the Mecha Fetus Visublog.]

Column: Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic - 'The State of Things'

July 5, 2008 8:00 AM |

['Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic' is, once again, a weekly comic by (or posted on behalf of!) Jonathan "Persona" Kim about the continuing adventures of our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games.

A little note from Persona this week: "I had a friend do a comic for me this week while I was at Anime Expo selling my comic stuffs. It's about the soon to be released Sonic Unleashed and the sorry state of Sonic. If you want to write up a little info about my friend for the entry, his name is Radrappy and he posts on the Visublog (http://visublog.mechafetus.com) along with the rest of my buddies. His hobbies include crying over what the next Sonic game will be like, while simultaneously having hope and great despair in his heart for the state of Sonic Team." Fair enough!

He actually has head cancer

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts. When not working on doujinshi material, he continues the Mecha Fetus revolution on the Mecha Fetus Visublog.]

Column: Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic - 'Welcome to the Persona 3 part 2'

June 28, 2008 8:00 PM |

['Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic' is, once again, a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about the continuing adventures of our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. This second in a series of two pokes fun at Atlus' cult PS2 RPG Persona 3.]

He actually has head cancer

(SPOILER: Persona explains of this one to me, for those terminally confused - OK, with slight paraphrasing by the GSW editors: "In case you're wondering what this week's comic is about, in Persona 3, one of the main characters, Junpei, is always wearing his hat - even in the hot springs and the beach. This has lead me to assume he has a shiny noggin.")

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts. When not working on doujinshi material, he continues the Mecha Fetus revolution on the Mecha Fetus Visublog.]

Column: Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic - 'Welcome to the Persona 3'

June 17, 2008 4:00 PM |

['Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic' is, once again, a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about the continuing adventures of our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games.]

Aha, this latest GameSetWatch Comic references the Atlus-created cult PS2 title Persona 3, and for those not aware of the general conceit, here's Wikipedia explaining neatly of the RPG:

"The player uses weapons and magical abilities gained by the use of "Personas" to defeat foes in a turn-based combat system. An iconic feature of the game is the method by which the members of SEES release their Personas: by firing an Evoker, a gun-like object, at their head, which does no damage but causes sufficient emotional stress to cause the Persona to appear."

So there. Commenters, explain the other references for the unworthy/insufficiently geeky.

I choose you, Bulbasaur!

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts. When not working on doujinshi material, he continues the Mecha Fetus revolution on the Mecha Fetus Visublog.]

Column: Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic - 'Welcome to the Castlevania'

June 10, 2008 8:00 PM |

['Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic' is, once again, a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about the continuing adventures of our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games.]

This latest GameSetWatch Comic deals with the classic, slightly mangled speechifying of Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night - and presumably what happened in the version we didn't see onscreen. Ouch.

Don't worry, once you go offscreen he should be okay.

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts. When not whipping vampires, he continues the Mecha Fetus revolution on the Mecha Fetus Visublog.]

Column: Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic - 'Welcome to the Phantasy Star Online'

June 5, 2008 8:00 AM |

['Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic' is, once again, a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about the continuing adventures of our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games.]

This time around, Persona takes a look at one of my favorite online games of all time, Sega's Phantasy Star Online, with a particular eye to the treasures like the super-spectacular weapons that may (or may not!) be hidden within the secret item boxes that you bring to the in-game store. Haw.

Those tekkers are just messing with you

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts. When not playing horribly addictive online games, he continues the Mecha Fetus revolution on the Mecha Fetus Visublog.]

Column: Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic - 'Welcome to the Love and Berry'

May 28, 2008 4:00 PM |

['Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic' is, once again, a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about the continuing adventures of our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games.]

Aha, this time Persona brings us an adorable little tale based on Love & Berry, "... a cross between an arcade game and collectible card game from Sega, targeted toward girls usually between ages six and twelve years." Make them 'dress up & dance', folks. (Also Sega, parody is permissible under one of those Amendments, so please Hammer, don't hurt us!)

I think I put over $40 into this game already...

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts. When not playing horribly addictive card games where you dress up little girls, he continues the Mecha Fetus revolution on the Mecha Fetus Visublog.]

Column: Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic - 'Welcome to the Street Fighter'

May 21, 2008 12:00 AM |

['Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic' is, once again, a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about the continuing adventures of our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games.]

Next up following his intensely deconstructed Metal Gear Sold vs. Mega Man opus, Persona takes on everyone's favorite Street Fighter wall-crawler in his brand new 'Welcome To The...' strip. Yay.

His mom was probably Asian

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts. When not working on cute low poly models, he continues the Mecha Fetus revolution on the Mecha Fetus Visublog.]

Column: Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic - 'Welcome to the Megaman Solid'

May 13, 2008 8:00 AM |

['Welcome to the GameSetWatch Comic' is, once again, a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about the continuing adventures of our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games.]

Following his triumphant comeback comic, Persona again graces us with his 'unique' worldview. This time, it's the classic Mega Man franchise, but seen through a distinctly Kojima-esque lens. Snaaaake!

[Also, bonus marks for anyone who uses the comments to explain the comic to the less lore-intensive among beloved GSW readers.]

I'm you! I'm your prototype!!

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is a 3rd year character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts. When not working on cute low poly models, he posts stuff on the Mecha Fetus Visublog.]