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COMIC: 'Our Blazing Destiny' - Samurai Showdown!

July 25, 2006 12:40 PM |

[Our Blazing Destiny is a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. And about the indigenous people of Japan fighting in fictious historic battles against highly fictionalized historic icons.]

"I've been playing Samurai Spirits: Tenkaichi Kenkakuden and my thoughts remained on the dramas of the cute mascot sisters of the Samurai Showdown series: Nakoruru and Rimururu.

You know, considering that Samurai Showdown takes place sometime during the 18th century, I guess it's kind of odd for them all to be sitting around a kotatsu in the middle of summer. And for Rera to want five American dollars. ANACHRONISTIC SLIP!!"

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[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is sometimes a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts, other times a ninja illustrator, but in his heart, a true comic artist looking for his destiny in the sea of stars. His path on the torrid road of comics include a quarterly manga on The Gamer's Quarter and his website on the awesome collective, Mechafetus.com. Visit and take a look at the new Oekaki board!]

COMIC: 'Our Blazing Destiny' - Shenmue~

July 18, 2006 12:21 AM |

[Our Blazing Destiny is a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. And avenging your father's death by collecting capsule toys and drinking soda.]

"Ryo Hazuki is my role model in life. Girl problems? Be completely baffled yet expressionless and then make a note to apologize later while never following up on it. Searching for tattoo parlors? Gossip with the local ladies, kick a soccer ball, and raise a kitten or two. Avenging your father's death? Ignore his last words ('Keep friends close!'), leave everything behind, and go on an international vengeance trip that ultimately lands you in the middle of nowhere, rescuing deers from rivers while accompanied by random ethnic girls."

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[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is sometimes a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts, other times a ninja illustrator, but in his heart, a true comic artist looking for his destiny in the sea of stars. His path on the torrid road of comics include a quarterly manga on The Gamer's Quarter and his website on the awesome collective, Mechafetus.com. Visit and take a look at the new Oekaki board!]

COMIC: 'Our Blazing Destiny' - Super Mario Bros!

July 11, 2006 8:59 AM |

[Our Blazing Destiny is a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. And about the dramas that happen behind the two-dimensional playfield.]

Here's Persona's info on this week's slightly delayed comic, which is [*WARNING*], vaguely disturbing and ever so slightly NSFW, but hey, Nintendo, don't hurt us: "Sorry this comic took so long! I've been hit by my yearly cold and it's messing me up pretty badly. I hope the colors at least look okay on this comic.

"Anyway, I've been playing the New Super Mario Bros. for the DS lately (thanks to Aderack, Aerisdead, and Thatbox!) and the new mushrooms that either make Mario gigantic or miniscule started me on a track of thinking about all of Mario's past power-ups. Whenever he ingests something, he always has some sort of change in constitution, whether it be a P-balloon, a mushroom, or a metal cap. Not only that, his power ups usually come with a wardrobe change - from raccoon ears and tail, capes, and Hammer Bros. shells to frog suits, statues, and even Kuribo shoes!

"So is Mario some sort of cosplay fetishist?"

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[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is sometimes a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts, other times a ninja illustrator, but in his heart, a true comic artist looking for his destiny in the sea of stars. His path on the torrid road of comics include a quarterly manga on The Gamer's Quarter and his website on the internet drawing hub Mechafetus.com. He's also working on a report about his Anime Expo experiences soon to be posted here, probably within the week!]

COMIC: 'Our Blazing Destiny' - Haruhi Suzumiya 4-koma

July 3, 2006 3:56 PM |

[Our Blazing Destiny is a new weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. And anime series that just finished airing in Japan about a few hours ago!]

Since Persona isn't even ON THE INTERNET right now (omg!), we pass on a salutary message from him, as follows:

"Hello everyone! I'm at Anime Expo right now, selling my wares, becoming one with my people! Preparing for the event took an extremely long amount of time and due to the chaos, all I can offer this time is a sample from my doujinshi this year. The entire comic is devoted to Haruhi Suzumiya, a new anime about a girl who has the power of god but doesn't realize it and all her friends that try to appease her so that she doesn't destroy the world. In my doujin, they go on adventures through various video games all in 4-panel form. Everyone loves an adventure, right? Right??"

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is sometimes a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts, other times a ninja illustrator, but in his heart, a true comic artist looking for his destiny in the sea of stars. His path on the torrid road of comics include a quarterly manga on The Gamer's Quarter and his website on the internet drawing hub Mechafetus.com. He's also at Anime Expo in the Artist Alley RIGHT NOW, selling a doujinshi about Haruhi Suzumiya and Phoenix Wright! Stop by right now!]

COMIC: 'Our Blazing Destiny': Pokémon series

June 26, 2006 2:31 PM |

[Our Blazing Destiny is a new weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. And monsters you pocket and then send out to die on the battlefield.]

Well, here's the latest piece of obtuseness from our regular Monday GameSetComic. This time, weekly cartoonist Persona explains: "This comic isn't about anything at all, really." And hey - it isn't!

Leninaide!

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is sometimes a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts, other times a ninja illustrator, but in his heart, a true comic artist looking for his destiny in the sea of stars. His path on the torrid road of comics include a quarterly manga on The Gamer's Quarter and his website on the internet drawing hub Mechafetus.com. He'll also be attending Anime Expo this year at the Artist Alley selling a doujinshi about Haruhi Suzumiya and Phoenix Wright! Strange!]

COMIC: 'Our Blazing Destiny': Sonic the Hedgehog Series

June 19, 2006 12:34 PM |

[Our Blazing Destiny is a new weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. And classic style Sonic the Hedgehog.]

Here's another Persona-skewed look at the gaming world - in his own words: "This comic is about consumerism and how one can forget their responsibilities when they do not curb their desires.

...I wonder what game Sonic is playing."

When the going gets tough... things happen and people die?

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is sometimes a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts, other times a ninja illustrator, but in his heart, a true comic artist looking for his destiny in the sea of stars. His path on the torrid road of comics include a quarterly manga on The Gamer's Quarter and his website on the internet drawing hub Mechafetus.com. He'll also be attending Anime Expo this year at the Artist Alley selling a new doujinshi full of game-parodies and random nonsense. Come out and see him!]

COMIC: 'Our Blazing Destiny': Sonic the Hedgehog Series

June 12, 2006 10:12 AM |

[Our Blazing Destiny is a weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. And sometimes about hedgehogs that run really, really fast.]

This time round, here's our special Persona explanation of what the heck is going on below: "This comic centers on the wonderful history of Sonic's aural representation. Ever since his first yelps of synthesized asphyxiated pain, Sonic has developed his voice and his appearances for the modern world, showing off his heroism with such choice phrases as 'NOT MY DAY!!', 'LET'S GET 'EM!', 'THAT WAS TIGHT!', and my favorite: 'HEY GUY!!'"

"Following this evolutionary path, my dream for the next Sonic game is to just have Sonic constantly screaming at me in pure Engrish jibberish as he run into walls and consequently clip through the floor to a watery grave. 'OK!' "

LET'S SPEED, KEED!!

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is sometimes a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts, other times a ninja illustrator, but in his heart, a true comic artist looking for his destiny in the sea of stars. His path on the torrid road of comics include a quarterly manga on The Gamer's Quarter and his website on the internet drawing hub Mechafetus.com. He'll also be attending Anime Expo this year at the Artist Alley selling a new doujinshi full of game-parodies and random nonsense. Come out and see him!]

COMIC: 'Our Blazing Destiny': Metal Gear Series

June 5, 2006 8:20 AM |

[Our Blazing Destiny is a new weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. And a lot of Metal Gear jokes, it seems.]

This week, Persona continues on the tres amusant Metal Gear Solid tip, and here's his explanation of the thought process this time:

"This comic revolves around Liquid and his truly disturbing fixation with 'Outer Heaven.' I mean, what kind of horrible ego-destroying child-raising did Big Boss do that drives Liquid to constantly recreate the relationship of Boss vs. Snake? Liquid's desire to succeed where his father didn't is so intense that not even designer virus-instigated death is enough to stop him! At this rate, the only thing Snake can do to truly stop Liquid is to take Ocelot and throw him entirely into a vat of molten iron, making sure every ounce of his spectre-conducting, mustached body is gone."

"Then Snake would have to jump in himself so that Liquid doesn't do some instant body-transferring from the moment Snake had to grab Ocelot and threw him in. There at the iron factory, Otacon would then sob to himself, whimpering a last 'Can love bloom on a battlefield?' (or a 'Your mother seduced me!') as Old Snake's artificially aged body gets licked by the flames of hot iron, his withered hand giving one last thumbs up to the world." So there!

Oral Fixation.

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is sometimes a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts, other times a ninja illustrator, but in his heart, a true comic artist looking for his destiny in the sea of stars. His path on the torrid road of comics include a quarterly manga on The Gamer's Quarter and his website on the internet drawing hub Mechafetus.com. He'll also be attending Anime Expo this year at the Artist Alley selling a new doujinshi full of game-parodies and random nonsense. Come out and see him!]

COMIC: 'Our Blazing Destiny': Metal Gear Solid 4

May 29, 2006 11:35 AM |

[Our Blazing Destiny is a new weekly comic by Jonathan "Persona" Kim about our society, cultural postdialectic theory, and video games. But mostly the latter.]

So, as promised, we have a replacement comic for the saintly Shmorky's strip, and it's from Persona, whose work you may have spotted in The Gamer's Quarter and elsewhere. And here's Persona himself to explain the premier instalment of what we're hoping will be a lovably random enterprise:

"The first 'Our Blazing Destiny' comic features the new Metal Gear Solid 4 trailer and all the terrifying Raiden-ness that erodes up from it. I mean, did you see the size of that boy's robo-crotch now? He could take out a Metal Gear with that monster!" Ahem.

Tactical Espionage Urination!

[Jonathan "Persona" Kim is sometimes a character animation student at the California Institute of the Arts, other times a ninja illustrator, but in his heart, a true comic artist looking for his destiny in the sea of stars. His path on the torrid road of comics include a quarterly manga on The Gamer's Quarter and his website on the internet drawing hub Mechafetus.com.]

COLUMN: Byebye, Multicart Project!

May 22, 2006 7:21 PM |

mpdizzy.gif Well, we're sorry to announce that Dave "Shmorky" Kelly's weekly GSW cartoon strip The Multicart Project, which, you may recall, "detailed the lives of Nintendo Entertainment System characters way past their prime, living in low-income housing and just trying to get by", is no more, having reached the end of its run on GameSetWatch.

At least, we _think_ our relationship is no more, according to what we could decipher of a scribbled note thrown through our window by Mr. Kelly's lawyer Oscar Acosta. All of the previous 8 episodes of the strip are available in archived form, and we will forever love anyone who can make scrambled Dizzy jokes in the same strip as KC Munchkin medical testing gags and Alex Kidd-related racism taunts.

However, all is not lost - we will be starting a brand new comic from a new author next Monday (29th!), and GSW regulars should look out for all kinds of fun from it - or at least, a brief stifled chuckle. We're keeping the identity of our new cartoonist secret for now, mainly because it's not Doonesbury or Charles Schulz - but somebody much, much funnier!