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Ultra Publications Updates

CTU Episode 20 at 40%, Plus Other News 

Episode 20 of Chrono Trigger Unglued is now at 40% complete. This is a little slower than I might have liked, and I guess I can blame that in part on some distractions (such as Final Fantasy XIII), but part of it has been that even in the simplest of episodes there can be parts that take a lot of time make everything happen. It never ceases to amaze me how large chunks of the episode can be done in short amounts of time, but parts that last maybe 10 seconds can multiple nights to make. Such is the way of making animation in flash, but I actually knew this particular part was going to be brutal well in advance. I guess once you've worked on flash long enough you begin to get a sixth sense for these sorts of things. If this episode isn't out before the end of next month, I probably deserve to be shot (I hope I don't regret saying that).

Speaking of my love for Final Fantasy XIII, the Fifth Podcast Episode will be out soon and is about the history of Final Fantasy. I just have to edit all together and stuff. I wonder if anyone ever actually listens to these?

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Progress on CTU Episode 20, Plus Episode 4 of the Podcast 

Episode 4 of the Ultrapublications Revue is finally here, and it's all about Chrono Trigger Unglued! While there is a lot of useful information in this one, especially that many people not in production might not be privy to, I realize now when I relisten to it that I could have filled up an entire extra episode with stuff I wish I had talked about. Perhaps some time in the far off future we'll do another episode about CTU, this time preferably with Andrew "Cryo" Himes being there. Anyways, sorry about the massive delays in getting this latest episode out, I hope to have future episodes out in a far more timely fashion.

In other Chrono Trigger Unglued related news, production on Episode 20 is now really getting underway! I've already recorded and animated the Gaspar Sequence, created an all new preloader, and animated completely 2 of the 18 pages comprising the script for Episode 20. There is a very good chance that the next episode of CTU will be out sometime within the next two weeks, huzzah!

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Work-Study Has Official Cross-Over Event With Patchwork Family 

Work-Study recently had an official cross-over with Patchwork Family, the other comic by the same artist who works with me on my comic. In Page 59 of Patchwork Family, Jason - while attempting to talk to someone thinking about applying for a job at Gamestop, has a most unfortunate follow up run in with the infamous "Bullshittian" that once tried to get a free Xbox 360. This event counts as an official occurence in both the Work-Study and Patchwork Family universes.

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Epic Chrono Trigger Parody Webcomic You Should All Read! 


Actually, despite being involved in a major Chrono Trigger parody myself, I rarely am a fan of the parodies of Chrono Trigger that are to be found on the web. This here webcomic, which I fell in love with tonight, is the second time I found a parody that I whole-heartedly approve of (the first time, of course, eventually lead to me inheriting CTU). It was around page-4, when Gato showed up, that I knew I loved this and had to see more; coincidentally, it was in episode 3 of CTU when Gato showed up that I fell in love with it as well. Anyways, this is something I demand all fans of CTU rush out and go read right now.

In other news, I promise I will start working on CTU-20 soon. Certain sleep deprivation issues that were preventing me from working on it may be resolving soon, I am very sorry that there has been a new episode yet. I swear, I have not abandoned the series!

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Elegy for a DS, Plus Some Work-Study News 

Well, my DS that I've had since February of 2005 has finally decided to recieve a mortal wound. The right hinge is busted out completely; while it still turns on and all that good stuff, it can only go down hill from here. With all the essential wires to the upper monitor being in the left hinge, this increased ability to move around in wrong ways will insure that it's only a matter of time before it all comes to a very bitter end. Oh well, it's been a full five years of faithful service at this point... and besides, I was looking for a good excuse to justify to myself the purchase of a DS-Lite for quite some time now. Well, my DS, this Code Red's for you... *pour*

Special thanks to Laserkid forced me to take this DS as a gift when I, still angry with the GBC and GBA, was completely refusing to even look at Nintendo's fourth era of handhelds. Otherwise, I would never have discovered the likes of Professor Layton, Phoenix Wright, or the Elite Beat Agents! Now wouldn't that have been a shame for Work-Study?

Anyways, speaking of Work-Study, our newest page is the beginning of a rather lengthy story arc (at least by the standards of Work-Study) that I've been promising for a long time now... I hope you all enjoy it as much as I've been looking forward to it happen.

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