Standard poodles are stereotyped as timid, froo-froo dogs, but they’re anything but. They’re incredibly smart, even-tempered, generally enjoy the grooming process (they’ve been bred over centuries to tolerate it, since their famous haircuts actually served a purpose when they worked as water dogs), and are surprisingly strong.
Long story short, if a standard poodle doesn’t want to stand still and get Ernie and Bert shaved onto its ass, there’s no way in hell the groomer’s going to be able to do it.
…Not sure what to say about the white German shepherd, mind you. It’s rare to see one get shaved, let alone fancy-shaved.
Yo, so I guess this is gonna be a real thing. Me and some pals are looking to put together the first of hopefully a series of gaming fanzines. Each issue ideally will tackle a different theme, and for the first one we’re going to cover the original, fat, brick-like Game Boy.
The man who made this illustration passed away today. Hiro Isono, the man who created promotional illustrations for the Secret of Mana games (including this one and this one), did something that not many artists working for video game companies can do: Rather than just drawing from the game itself, he envisioned the essence of the it, that spirit of adventure and all that, and in doing so he created an entryway into a colorful, new world. It helps that these games had a big impact on me, but I actually think the art stands up on its own. Why else make art than to dream up something up that doesn’t already exist in real life and make the viewer wish so badly that it were real?
Secret of Mana has one of the simplest but most beautiful RPG openings on any console, and the artwork is no small reason for that.
Animal Crossing’s Villager receives his Smash Bros. invite
From what I hear, y’all went nuts with your Villager memes this week, which I’m sad I missed (hardly checked Tumblr during E3). I love that people have turned this unassuming guy into a stone-cold killer. And I love this strip by KakuJomics/Bryan Lacie.
Oh, here is an eight-minute video all about the 3DS and Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros., with portions devoted to Mega Man, Villager, and Wii Fit’s trainer:
Nadia used to write for Gamepro Magazine (RIP) and has had work featured in Playstation: The Official Magazine and Pocket Games. She also works with animals, and has written articles for Just Labs Magazine and Animaltalk, a news magazine published by the Toronto Humane Society.