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I’m Back… And with a Connecticon 2013 report!

Hey everyone,

It has been long… too long. I am alive and well though, and still working hard with everyone else at Senpai Magazine.

We have decided to change things a little bit. The Goal of Senpai Magazine was to share our interests with others as much as possible. Right now, we feel this goal can be best reached by making as much free content as possible.
ImageRight now we are putting out a FREE newsletter called “Chibi Senpai.” Basically, it is our magazine in a very condensed format, delivered regularly to your inbox at absolutely no charge.
Additional details are here:  http://senpaimagazine.com/chibi-senpai.php

So what have I been up to lately? Well, still cannot fully grasp Tumblr… It just seems like a collection of very messy blogs. I’ve also been playing a lot of Warframe… too much really. Read more…

Making a magazine is freaking hard!

Hey everyone,

When we started Senpai magazine, it was $18 a pop! I mean our magazine is awesome… and I’d tell you how good it is compared to our competition but I almost got us into trouble with my last rant… let’s just say I believe in our mag, but 18 bucks is just too much.

Lately we’ve been able to provide a cheaper option, our mag for ten bucks. To keep it at that rate, we need to print in bulk, but that takes money, which we sorely lack this early in our company’s life (we’ve only been around for a year)

To help get issues to people at a more reasonable cost, we started a Kickstarter account. If you have any interest in the stuff I rant/rave about here (old school anime/gaming/etc) then please check it out. Check out our video which introduces the different people behind the magazine and, if you’re so inclined, feel free to back us.

We are giving away prizes for different amounts of backers. Even if you only pledge $1, you will get an honorable mention in an upcoming issue, and a special thank you!

I understand times are VERY tough right now, and all I ask is that you just watch the video, enjoy, and maybe tell a friend about the quirky alternative to the mainstream that’s known as “Senpai Magazine”

– Furry Senpai Mikekun

Rethinking Duke Nukem Forever? Preview of upcoming Fall issue!

Hey everyone. Previously I sorta ripped Duke Nukem Forever a new one. Honestly, when I sat down to type up my thoughts on the game, I didn’t realize how much I hated it. Prior to typing I thought the game was “so-so” but once I started writing nothing but hate seemed to come from my paws to the screen.
 I stick by most of what I said, but I have had some second thoughts lately. At Connecticon I had the privilege to speak with Jon St. John, the voice of Duke, about the game. I was expecting him to put up his hands and say something like “Hey man, I just do voice work, I cannot speak for the quality of the game.” However, that was not the case. To my surprise, Read more…

Back from Connecticon 2011!

July 12, 2011 1 comment

Hey everyone, I’m back from Connecticon 2011!

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I spent much of the con in the Artist Colony, but I did manage to have some fun!

HIGHLIGHTS:

Day 1: HOLY SHIT I MET JON St. JOHN ! AND CARLOS FERRO!
With my buddy Duke (Youtube him under “Duke009”) I got to interview Jon St. John (voice of Duke Nukem) and Carlos Ferro! (voice of Dom in Gears of War saga) The full interviews should be in the Fall Issue, but both men are extremely proud of their gaming roles, and are both A LOT of fun to talk to. This was actually my first interview ever, and needless to say I was a little star-struck meeting both of them.

Yes yes I know I ripped Duke Nukem Forever a new one in my review, and what I said are my honest feelings about the game. However talking about DNF with Mr. St. John really made me think about the game again. Perhaps I was too harsh on it? I would be lying if I said I didn’t have ANY fun playing it afterall. Admittedly, there were a few really cool moments… Perhaps I will make a “Second Opinion” about the game, as I discuss the points that Jon St. John made.

Mr. Ferro also had a unique perspective of the GoW saga and his character that never quite occurred to me. I will describe that all more in detail when I transcribe the interview in the coming issue, and am now even more excited about the third game!

Day 2: FURRY PARADE!! AND CJ HENDERSON!!
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Connecticon!!

Well I’ll be at Connecticon this weekend! We’ll try to sell some magazines and are going to have a lot of fun!

Sadly I won’t be in cosplay very much. I just simply didn’t have the time/money/energy to do anything. Yes, I could go as a colonial marine, as I have in previous years, but lugging that gear around is a real pain. And it isn’t worth the hassle – Last year I made sure to get my gear checked and tagged as soon as I checked in, but every five minutes I kept getting stopped by security because of the resin orange-tipped pulse rifle. I COMPLETELY understand safety, so much so that I actually broke the one working part on the gun (the ammo counter) since the switch was technically a “moving part” before the con. In hindsight it was a little extreme I guess, and even that extra precaution wasn’t enough to keep security off my tail. Read more…

Newz about the blog, vlog, and Summer Issue

Hey everyone,

I know my promised VLOG about Bug Hunters is taking awhile. I’ll be honest… Going into it, I thought it would be relatively easy to make a decent Vlog. You just turn on your cam and talk as if you’re talking to a buddy, not hard right? Well I was wrong, it is A LOT harder than people like Doug Walker and those at sites like Thatguywiththeglasses.com and SpoonyExperiment.com make it appear. Just getting a clean take without a “uhm” or “uhh..” was tough, especially since I have a slight stutter when I am talking about something I like. It is especially difficult f you didn’t go to school for film and even the most basic functions of Windows Movie Maker seem odd. However, I am a man of my word, and it IS coming.

Speaking of learning tech, I recently got a graphics tablet. Since I was in highschool I always enjoyed drawing, but I get easily frustrated dealing with different pencils, papers, erasers etc. Drawing digitally addresses a lot of my issues with doing it “old-school” but again, I’m still learning.  ”

Now just a head’s up to Senpai Subscribers
After a talk with teh boss, I will have two pseudonyms in future issues. Just know that “Mike” is the same guy as “Furry Senpai Mikekun” with “Furry Senpai Mikekun” being attached to my opinion columns , and reviews/reports will be under my normal non-furry Mike name.

I’ve also been promoted…. yay… So now I’m also an editor too for Senpai Magazine. So this means my written workload will decrease, but the quality will improve.

Right now we’re putting the finishing touches on the summer issue.

And I’m really proud of what I put into it:

– Scifi Channel and the pre-toonami Anime scene… in America
– A look back at Paranoia Agent

– Hyperdimension Neptunia Review
– Marvel vs Capcom rant

– and Rio… ok , maybe not too proud of that one.

– Furry Senpai Mikekun

Been sick, Summer Issue newz, MORTAL KOMBAT!! (again?!), Sony craziness, and feeling old

Hey everyone!

Unfortunately it seems my next vlog is going to take a little longer than I hoped. I wanted to have it done by this sunday, but I’ve been really sick lately and, as you can tell, am a bit of a noob when it comes to video editing. I want this next video to be better and going to take my time getting used to the software.

If you hadn’t guessed already the game I’m going to cover is Bug Blasters: The Exterminators.

And I wasn’t kidding, I really really really don’t like this game. Yes, E.T for me is not THAT terrible, I can give it some slack since it was an Atari 2600 game. Granted the 2600 has plenty of great titles in its library, but there’s also a lot of unplayable (much of which really is unplayable) trash in there too. Compared to the absolute worst of the 2600, ET really is not that  bad. I will admit it was probably one of the most DISAPPOINTING titles to ever come out for the 2600, but that’s a subject for another time.

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