Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Life & Times of Optiluiz - Part VI


Optiluiz here, once again wasting time on the internet at an unhealthy hour. How've you been, folks? I guess you could say that I've been taking some time off since the year began, and to be honest. life has actually been quite eventful. In any case, hope you like the first post of the year!

Well, how to begin? This year is actually off to a good start. I once again watched 31 movies in January just for the hell of it, only this time I made mini-reviews on twitter. That was actually fun. What else? Why, the ECB's very own RASG GIRL (Maah) finally visited me in Curitiba in one hell of a crossover event. We made food, watched movies and complained about shit for a while, and it was nice (I'll actually be visiting her early next month, which is also really cool because I've never been to Rio and I want to be able to accurately shit-talk this country when I leave it).

As for the blog, I have big plans for the next few posts, and we might see a return to a more freeform style in the near future. I love the serialized stuff, but honestly sometimes I just want to make idiotic doodles so I feel like killing myself a little less, and I think that's what really matters.

In other news, I'm free from college so I'll be looking to *insert myself* into the workforce through less alternative means. I'm after money, and I figure I have about a year before I can actually move away from this godforsaken country, so I gotta do this fast.

I think that's all for now, but I'm glad we had this little talk. I hope your 2020 is at least as good as mine, and here's to an uncertain future! I'll leave you guys with an earworm that I have yet to shake off.

Love you guys,

- Optiluiz out.

PS: Did anyone else see Underwater? I liked it a lot more than I should have.

PPS: Death Stranding is a masterpiece and you owe it to yourself to play it!

PPPS: If I get shot in Rio, someone please tell Max to keep updating the blog in my absence.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The Life & Times of Optiluiz - Part V

Greetings, Epic Clubbers!

Optiluiz here once more, nearly in a new decade! Sorry for the delay, but I hope today's post makes it up to you. So, how've you guys been these past few months?

To be honest, I'm really glad that 2019 is almost over. This has been a really stressful year and I'd like the current zeitgeist to be over with. It's not all bad, of course, and keeping the blog alive is part of what I liked about this year, but I think it's time for a change.

Oh, did I mention that I'm never going back to class? Yeah, folks! I handed in my final college project and never again have to return to that godforsaken campus. For the first time in a long time, I'm about to face Christmas and the New Year without the dreadful expectation of class in the coming months. God, that does feel great.

Meanwhile, I'm working on a few new projects, including setting up an indie production company with a couple of friends of mine. It'll be hard, but I think this will be the push I need to finally escape this country and start a real career. Oh, I also adopted two gnomes that I found in front of a vacant house a little while back (which reminds me of an ancient blog character that could use a revival). I need help naming these cute little guys that most certainly won't murder me in my sleep.

You know, I've noticed that I've become way too negative these past couple of years, and maybe it's time to change that. Most people around me seem to have gone down the same hateful rabbit-hole, and I'm not a fan of seeing friends suffer for no good reason. End-of-year melancholy is a recurring thing with me, but I'm also a fan of the Holiday season and the good that it represents, and I wish more people could feel those good bits with me. I know many associate this time of the year with horrible family members and stupid television specials, but there's more to it than that. I mean, a worldwide event where people at least try to love each other a little more sounds cool to me. I do miss the snow, though.

I'm not sure what exactly I'm trying to accomplish with this garbled nonsensical text, but I guess this year has left me tired, and I don't want to go through that again. I've seen where depression and apathy can lead, so I'd rather take a sharp turn in a new, better direction. I'm tired of relationship problems, sad distant friends and nights lost to meaningless rants. From this point on, I'm using my time for stuff that makes me less unhappy, and this blog is certainly one of those things. I guess I miss feeling things on the inside, and I'm taking serious measures to be happy again. I'd talk about my love life now, but I don't think anyone really cares.

Don't worry, though, the blog won't devolve into a happy-go-lucky comic series about me smiling at kittens and feeding the homeless (I can't really bring myself to laugh at stuff that doesn't involve at least a couple of mutilated orphans and cancer jokes), I'll just feel a little better behind the scenes, and will try to complain a little less in these rants.

I think that's it for now. I let myself ramble today because this is probably going to be the last post of the year (though I hope it isn't), but I guess I want you guys to try and find the light along with me. I'm tired of most of the internet, tired of parroted opinions and pointless bickering, so I think it's time that we all sit down and enjoy the Holidays with a little joy in our hearts.

God, I'm corny. Well, thank you all for visiting, and here's to a new era of awesome adventures and loving relationships. I'll leave you all with a throwback to something I used to hear a lot back in a similar time. Hope you all have a great Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanza/whatever festive occasion you prefer.
Chainsaw (Holiday) Cheers, love you all,

- Optiluiz out.

PS: I'm 25 now and feeling so goddamn old. I think that's part of why I need this blog to stay sane.

PPS: Currently playing Death Stranding and loving it, even if it is kinda slow.

PPPS: Get ready for a gnome movie, and a few announcements in the next post.

PPPPS: Max, if you're reading this, we should totally make more comics soon, and play some MtG.

PPPPPS: These posts also serve as a kind of weird time capsule where I pour my thoughts at any given moment and then reflect on them years later with a certain amount of cringe. Hunh, I guess I was the ECB's target audience all along.

PPPPPPS: We really need a better layout, though.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Life & Times of Optiluiz - Part IV

Greetings, Epic Clubbers!

Optiluiz here with yet another new comic, fresh from the oven! This marks the end of the first page of "The Life & Times of Optiluiz", and despite some severe shortcomings, I'm rather proud of where things are heading. Hell, I'm always happy to get the Mothman involved in my work.

Anyway, how have y'all been this week? I'm working on a new horror short featuring spooky paintings and photographs while also dealing with reviews, so I've been quite busy. It seems that the sky has been falling nonstop for these past few days, with random thunderstorms and apocalyptic lighting, and I think that's a sign that I'm on the right track.

I've also been playing a lot of Days Gone (once again, thanks to Sr. M for that!), and while it's a decidedly weird experience, I've actually been enjoying it quite a bit. My only real issue with the game (besides introducing the hordes way too late into the campaign) is that there is just way too much to do. Too many repetetive sidequests and meandering story missions that move the narrative along at a snail's pace. Meh, at least setting people on fire with molotovs is fun.

Traditionally, September is Lovecraft month for myself, so I'm getting ready to reread a few of his tales in preparation for my new short films, and I also finally managed to find copies of a few adaptations that I've been looking for since 2009. I've also got Amazon Prime now, which should make acquiring books and movies a bit easier.

To be honest, I don't think I have anything substantial to say today, so I'll leave you guys with a song that's been stuck in my head for way too long. Thank you all for visiting, and don't forget to stay in touch through the comments section and social media.

Chainsaw cheers,

-Optiluiz out.

PS: Going to see the new Rambo tomorrow. Wish me luck.

PPS: Next time I should tell you guys about my latest D&D adventures.

PPPS: 24 Hour Party Peopleeeeeeeee!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

The Life & Times of Optiluiz - Part III

Greetings, Epic Clubbers!

Optiluiz here once more with a comic that isn't obcenely late! I mean, I know we technically haven't been following a schedule for years now, but I like how weekly updates look on my dashboard. Don't you? Anyway, how've ya'll been this week?

Today's comic has actually been ready for quite a while now, but I was rather busy with class, work and social shenanigans this week. Luckily for you guys, today I'm just wiping pizza grease off my fingertips, having just had one of my traditional double-feature picture shows. The movies in question were Detroit Rock City and Gags The Clown. I enjoyed both, but the former more than the latter.

Thanks to Sr. M's tragic lack of free time and a fortunate willingness to lend me his stuff, I've also been playing a lot of Days Gone this past week. It's no masterpiece or anything like that, but I'm having fun with the game, and I actually enjoy the motorcycle maintenance. It feels refreshing to play something recent for a change, though I think I'm going to give Mario Galaxy another try after I'm done with this one.

Well, as September rolls in, the decade is one step closer to a horrible death, and I'm not sure what that means for us but there's no stopping it, that's for sure. I feel like I've always been particularily sensitive towards what people refer to as the "zeitgeist", and I admit that I've been feeling a certain amount of anxiety about the passage of time. However, it probably has more to do with the fact that I'll be 25 years old soon, but I'd rather not discuss that right now.

I think that's about it for now, but keep tuning in for more comics. The structure of this story is going to be a bit different, but I hope you guys enjoy the new direction. Plus, I've been thinking about a change in art-style, but we'll talk about that another time. Thanks for visiting, and keep on rocking in the free world. I'll leave you with a song that I've been listening to every night for a while now. Hope you enjoy it.

Chainsaw cheers,

-Optiluiz out.

PS: It Chapter Two was good but I'm still frustrated with the changes to the book, though I think a re-edit of both films as a mini-series would work much better.

PPS: Don't forget to keep up with my work at Strategy Informer and Bloody-Disgusting!

PPPS: I've been reading ECB's back catalogue, and despite the cringe, I really fucking love this blog. That doesn't mean it's good, though.