Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Week in Retrospect - Scary Faces

What a week! Work was so busy (in a good way) and I got to combat the crazy with some fun - played this awesome board game called Avalon on Thursday night (deception! betrayal! guacomole chips! and lots and lots of yelling!) and dinner with the coworkers on Friday night, which is always a good time. :)

Then cue AMAZING weekend!!

Saturday consisted of an adventure back into the city! We decided to combat the St. Patrick's Day Irish pride by dinner at an Italian restaurant and a trip to the Asian Art Museum! An amazing amount of cool stuff, and a couple of uh... questionable scary things?

Holy Jesus that is frightening.

This is awesome though! One of my favorite pieces I saw :)

There was this awesome graffiti outside of a great ice cream spot called Smitten over on Octavia. (I mean, it's real ice cream from scratch. I could taste the mint leaves in mine. SO GOOD.)

Sunday consisted of a trip to the zoo (with a great view from Skyline Boulevard, I FINALLY saw the Golden Gate Bridge, yikes). Weaving in and out of all the children that were there (shakes fist), I saw lots of avian friends! 
 Penguins! They had a little setup a la the Shire going on. :)

Ever wonder why there's always peacocks running around ever single zoo ever? Me too. 
Silly babies.

Alright, time to get (back) to work! Until next time!


Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Week In Retrospect - Japantown


Sorry about not posting last week - that week was pretty mellow as far as adventures go so I didn't really have much to talk about!

This week proved a little more interesting. It was a great week at work, I accomplished quite a bit on my end, but as always there is stress the accumulates.

This banana knows what I'm talking about. I'm so sorry, banana.

But enough about that! This weekend I conquered my fear of going into the city by myself. I was convinced I was going to get hopelessly lost on the BART, but it turns out the trains are usually pretty easy to figure out.

I came into the city to meet up with a new friend! We went to the ever-awesome Japantown for lunch and a look around. I am now spoiled on authentic ramen (as opposed to be pre-packaged stuff I'd been eating) from Tanpopo. Make sure you stop by sometime, great food and a great atmosphere!

Then we went on a quest for doggie key caps. We didn't find the ones I'd been looking for, but the journey was pretty awesome nonetheless. There are a ridiculous amount of great stores in Japantown, with a ridiculous amount of awesome/adorable things you won't find anywhere else.

Almost picked this up for you, Kathy!

On the walk back to the BART station we found this awesome church. I may be no great shakes at drawing architecture yet, but I have a weird appreciation for awesome buildings.

Look at that! So huge and majestic! I had to play tourist for a moment...

And on the walk back to my apartment from the CalTrain station, I saw what looked to be a human figure on a balcony. Upon closer inspection:

Luxor madness is sweeping the nation, it seems!

All in all, an amazing day. It feels great to get out of my apartment and explore the city that has so much to see and do!

Gonna stay in today, though. In addition to all my "housekeeping" tasks, I received my Elements "test deck" in the mail this week and I found a lot of adjustments I need to make. Here's a sneak preview!

Until the next adventure! Away!


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Week in Perspective - Space Jam

Had another fairly straightforward week, with a couple of highlights here and there.

Had Monday off due to Presidents' Day, and then Tuesday we had our epic basketball game against our rival studio. We were intimidated at first because they all looked freakishly tall, but it turns out they weren't as scary as they looked.


We played two twenty-minute halves and wound up beating them 25 to 22. It was a great game despite some, ah temperamental moments (there may have been a guy or two on their team that took the game waaaay too seriously) and lots and lots of yelling (we didn't have ref so we had to make due, haha). We're hoping to have a rematch sometime in the coming weeks.

(Sweaters, Blue Eyes, Rayx2, Catalan Fly, Fences, 
Rossco, KCDC, T-Wayne, Trigger, and Big Country.
Awesome photo by Evan.)
We went out for celebratory food/drinks afterwards at a place called Blue Line Pizza, which was quite possibly the best pizza I've had in a while. Great staff, too!

I'm fairly relieved it's the weekend. I'm hoping to finish formatting my first round of Elements playing cards and maybe get those sent off to be printed next week. I'm also excited to watch the Oscars tomorrow (although the capacity and location are yet to be determined).

Welp, that's all I got until next time!


Friday, February 22, 2013

Fran Sanfisco Comics #2 - The Neighbors

So I'm on the third floor of my apartment building in the middle unit. I have 3 distinct neighbors that I'm aware of but have never seen - the Baby People, the Pot People, and the Hacking Cough People (or person). The comic above is an accurate description of the Baby People and how the dad copes with his crying child. I can't tell if the Pot People are actually potheads or if they just leave the window open a lot and the smell drifts in from the neighboring building, and the Hacking Cough Person I have never seen but I imagine she looks like Mama Fratelli from the Goonies.

And then there's me.

No noise complaints yet, but I'm waiting for it.

Have a good day everyone!


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Week in Perspective - Field Trip

Hullo friends!

Another week in SF. The highlights of this week consisted of a work field trip to the Cartoon Art Museum in downtown, where we saw the ParaNorman exhibit! In addition to concept art, they had a couple of large sets from the movie and a lot of the character figurines. I'd never seen any sort of stop-motion sets or props up close prior to this, so I was awestruck at the level of detail and craft put into each and every thing.


In addition to the ParaNorman stuff, they also had a large collection of original Chuck Jones drawings and paintings. It's absolutely astounding to look at some of these animation frames and know EXACTLY the cartoon they were from. Plenty of Bugs Bunny, Daffy, Elmer, Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner there!

After the exhibit we went out for a light dinner and cocktails, and then a few of us disbanded to go watch this incredible giant pillow fight in the plaza by the Ferry Building. It looked pretty vicious from the sidelines, with plenty of feather and cotton stuffing flying everywhere.

After the fight we looked around the city for a little bit, including a tour of the Mission District. We stopped at Dolores Park and got a marvelous view of the city.

It was another great week, and I can't wait to see what next week has in store!


Friday, February 15, 2013

Fran Sanfisco Comics #1 - Acclimation Issues

Attempting to spice up the blog a little with some art! I've been drawing these "spice of life" comics lately and I thought I'd share them with you!

From what I've gathered about weather in SF, it's fairly comfortable throughout the day but can increase/decrease by about 20 degrees throughout a few hours, so everyone here preaches wearing layers. It never really gets "hot" or "cold" and stays pretty mild.

Everyone I've met who has moved here from a generally "colder" state has admitted to acclimating to California weather. For some, this isn't drastic - wearing a sweatshirt or light jacket during 45 degree weather. Not unheard of. But it's the space heaters, the winter jackets, hats/boots/scarves/gloves combos that makes me go, "CALM DOWN YOU ARE NOT GOING TO DIE".

For me, the acclimation experience has been interesting. I can definitely tell I'm getting used to the "winter" weather and there are times where I am legitimately chilly. But I still refuse to wear anything more than a sweatshirt, I haven't touched the radiator in my apartment (for several reasons), and I haven't yet felt any need for a space heater or fan. So far these things seem to be working out pretty well but sometimes my body still gets confused about whether I'm stifling or freezing.

As for the snow-drowned/freezing rest of the states - I feel you, bros. I feel you.


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Week in Perspective - Cloud 9

G'day guys!

It's been another marvelous week in the Bay. I'm getting a little more familiar with the area - every day goes by and I've explored a little bit more of the neighborhood. I've been getting to sample some of the restaurants around town and there is some DELICIOUS food about - there's a gyros place I'm especially fond of. I also got to explore the library this week, which was actually pretty huge and had a decent selection of art books. Apparently Daniel Radcliffe visited there too - there's a signed portrait of him hanging up near the children's books! Crazy! I also made my first trip on the CalTrain last night and got to run around Hillsdale for a bit, which was fun. Seems like there's quite a bit to do around here! 

Work has been going well; I'm falling into a good routine and finally getting all my technology figured out. We're working on some pretty exciting stuff right now, lots of good games coming up in the coming months!

Speaking of games, I joined my company's basketball team and we've been practicing a couple of days this week. Ordinarily I am not a very active person and the idea of competitive sports isn't my favorite, but I have been reveling in the workouts. It's been weird transitioning from a very active job (dog handling) to a sit-down desk job, and believe it or not I've been looking forward to getting off my butt and running around like a hooligan for an hour or so after work. I'm also getting to know my coworkers a little better and that's always cool.

In addition to all of that, my Elements project apparently went viral this week! I've been featured on The Mary Sue and io9 and they've even shown up on Cheezburger and imgur and have been getting emails and notes all week from people about getting merchandise, or just telling me they loved my work. It's been intense!

My only downside for the week was an ant problem in my apartment; I came home on Tuesday night and there were quite a few of them in my kitchen sink and in a straight marching line across the floor and into the living room. They seem to be coming from under the windowsill, which makes me worried there's a giant colony just behind the wall. I had the same problem when I came home from work on Wednesday. So I picked up some bait traps, and I came home on Thursday night and aside from one or two stragglers on my counter I haven't seen any others. So hopefully that's taken care of!

All in all, this week has been utterly fantastic. The amount of good things happening is mindblowing, and I am trying to soak up every minute of it because I don't want it to go away!

I do miss everyone back home, and my MIAD buddies too. Come out and visit me, it's way too awesome here!

Until next time!