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REVIEW – Wacom Cintiq Pro 13″ Creative Pen Display

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Are you an artist on a budget looking for a new digital tablet with the best bang for your buck? What if I told you that you could get a brand new Wacom Cintiq for under $800?

Today we’re to take a look at the Wacom Cintiq Pro 13” Creative Pen Display.

Part of our goal for our YouTube channel and for this site going forward is to give other creators some drawing tips and tricks, as well as review tools that can help you become a better artist!

I’ve worked professionally in comics for over 15 years, both on creator-owned projects and licensed properties including a ton of licensed Disney comics.

To work on my comics and animation projects I’ve used a lot of different different tablets over the years — from a Wacom Bamboo to various Yiynova tablets, and even more recently on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil.

But to be honest, nothing beats the performance a Cintiq… even a smaller one, like this 13″ unit. So when Wacom reached out and asked for my thoughts on the 13″ Cintiq, I absolutely wanted to take one for a spin.

So let’s open this unit up and see what’s inside!

The Cintiq Pro 13” comes with hookups for USB-C and an adapter for those of us with HDMI. And of course, the now legendary Wacom digitizer.

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Now, once the unit is unboxed you can see just how sturdy it really is. This unit is rock solid and feels heavy for its size. Unlike my iPad Pro, it doesn’t require a separate stand. It’s got feet underneath that easily pop out.

And also unlike my iPad Pro, the Wacom doesn’t feel like it has any “give” to the drawing surface. Meaning, I don’t feel like putting weight on the screen will crack the glass surface.

The drawing area is comparable in size to a 12.9” iPad Pro… maybe slightly wider. And the whole unit is very thin, meaning that it would fit easily into a laptop bag.

Older computers will require the HDMI adapter that comes with the tablet. However, if you’re lucky enough to have a system with USB-C, you’ve only got one wire to contend with.

Drawing with a Wacom 13″ Cintiq

Again, you can see how compact the drawing service is. However, don’t let that deter you. Even at 13”, this is 100% Cintiq.

In Photoshop, there is no jitter at all. None. Just nice smooth lines.

And unlike Yiynova units I’ve worked with, you don’t feel like you’re drawing on a plane above your artwork. It’s the next best thing to paper.

Final thoughts on the Wacom Cintiq Pro 13” Creative Pen Display

The pros are that the unit absolutely performs how you would expect it to right out of the box. It’s a Cintiq, and for digital artwork, it really doesn’t get any better in my opinion.

Now, the size of the work area can be a pro or a con for some artists. The upside is that this unit is very portable. Again, it’s thin, lightweight and can easily fit into a laptop bag.

The con is that the screen size is pretty small, so if you’re used to working on a larger surface, you might feel a little crammed.

The price is another pro for this unit. At a suggested retail price of $799, it’s the most affordable Cintiq Pro on the market. The next size up — the 16” unit — will nearly twice as much. This makes the 13” Cintiq Pro an ideal unit for students, those on a budget or those without all the desktop space for a larger unit.

The only downside to the unit that I encountered was that I had some difficulty getting the latest Wacom driver to play nice on my main art machine, a Windows 10 PC. After some trial and error I was able to get it working just fine, and the problem was, I believe, having drivers installed for other pen tablet units.

Overall I would give the Wacom Cintiq Pro 13″ Creative Pen Display a 4.5 out of 5, with the only real drawback being the screen size.

But you simply can’t beat the performance for the price!

Bowsette?! Who or What is “Bowsette”? Let’s Explain It!

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Who is Bowsette and why does she matter? We attempt to explain the Bowsette phenomenon in the video below.

In short, Bowsette is a gender-swapped Bowser that came about thanks to a new power-up in an upcoming Super Mario game that has the ability to turn characters into Princess Peach when touched. The fandom ran with this, and hence “Bowsette” was born. But will she ever become an official Nintendo character?

[Source: YouTube]

New ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Trailer Released (…and Nagini was human?!)

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The final trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has dropped, and it’s mighty impressive indeed. The trailer also shows us a very unexpected surprise reveal: Nagini the serpent as a human being.

The sequel to 2016’s prequel to the Harry Potter series (confusing, yes) features a return to Hogwarts and many other elements of the franchise that should make muggles feel right at home.

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One of the biggest surprises is an appearance by Nagini, Lord Voldemort’s pet serpent/horcrux who is here depicted as a woman. Yes, Nagini was actually a human at one point — a cursed circus performer who can transform into a snake at will.

Entertainment Weekly has published an article on actress Claudia Kim, who’s been keeping the plot twist secret for well over a year now.

The actress reveals that when Crimes takes place in 1927, Nagini can transform from human to snake at will, yet due to her mysterious blood curse she knows that eventually, she’ll become a snake permanently. “She does feel sometimes it’s not controllable,” Kim says. “She is bound to [permanently] transform at some point to a beast so she feels this pressure that the clock is ticking.”

Other familiar elements from the Harry Potter series include the Mirror or Erised, Thestrals and, of course, Jude Law playing a younger Albus Dumbledore.

The movie looks to be a pretty exciting addition to the rapidly expanding Wizarding World franchise, and it’ll be interesting to see how it performs at the box office compared to its predecessor. Some felt the original Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a bit too detached from the familiarity of the previous Potter films, which might have turned off some moviegoers.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens on November 16, 2018.

New Marvel Shows Featuring ‘Avengers’ Stars to Debut on Disney Streaming Service?

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When Disney launches its streaming service next year, it could feature news series with some familiar faces from the MCU, including Loki and The Scarlet Witch.

According to Variety, there are exclusive shows in development right now that will feature stars from the Avengers films including Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) among others.

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While the MCU is no stranger to the small screen with shows like Daredevil and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., these projects would be overseen by Marvel Studios head Kevin Fiege himself and would feature prominent superheroes from the Marvel films.

But there is concern about how much these shows will cost the company.

The pricey gamble with one of the crown jewels of the Disney film empire is a sign of how much the company has riding on its direct-to-consumer platform. As companies such as Netflix and Amazon continue to grow their user base, Disney is trying to find a way to establish a toehold in the streaming revolution upending Hollywood. The company has kept the details of the service close to the vest, beyond saying that it will likely cost less than Netflix and will launch at some point in late 2019.

And its not just the Marvel shows that could run the streaming service into the red. Disney is also developing several other high-dollar shows like a live-action Star Wars series, original movies and more.

Plus there’s the cost of the service itself, which is considerable.

Disney has already started to unwind its licensing deals in order to put as much premium content on the platform as possible. That’s meant that the company is forfeiting billions of dollars in profit, as well as shouldering the cost of developing the technology.

Now, for those of you expecting a Captain America or Black Panther series, don’t hold your breath. According to source, Marvel Studios will be holding back on the A-list characters who’ve already had their own movie franchises. Instead, the streaming series will focus on B-list fan favorites, like Hiddleston’s Loki.

Still, it’s an exciting prospect for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Let’s just hope that Disney doesn’t break the bank on this one.

[Source: Variety]

 

Disney Announces Marvel Studios ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ To Hit $1 Billion

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Avengers

The Walt Disney Company announced that Avengers: Infinity War will pass the $1 Billion mark at the box office by May 5.

Only 33 other films have passed this milestone from box office sales. This would be the 17th time a Disney film has done and and the 6th time a Marvel Studios film has done it.

What’s special about this is that it’s done in record time being the fastest film in history to cross the $1 billion mark.  As of May 4th the film was at a world-wide total of $974.5 million.

Avengers: Infinity War also broke the record for biggest domestic opening weekend total with $257.8 million dollars, beating Star Wars: The Force Awakens by almost $10 million dollars.

Internationally it was at over $604 million by May 3 and the film won’t release in China until May 11.
I’m really interested to see how it’s going to do in the coming weeks. I don’t think it’s going to have much competition until Deadpool 2 comes out on May 18 and Solo: A Star Wars Story comes out on May 25.
If you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War, make sure you check it out. It’s an amazing movie.

Disney’s Doing Special Ticket Offers and Giveaways To Get Audiences To Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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Disney is turning up the promotional heat for the Solo: A Star Wars Story. Offering ticket specials and free stuff if you go and see the movie.

So far the film has been receiving less interest that usual for a Star Wars film. Which is surprising as Han Solo is one of the most popular characters in the franchise, but then again this isn’t Harrison Ford.  Rumors have been swirling for awhile about the quality, or lack there of, with this film.  But other than what we’ve seen in trailers and the fact that they did switch directors, it’s all rumors until it’s released.

Or is it? Because it looks like Disney is trying to push hard for Star Wars. The push came very late, which was surprising. I think they just thought if it said “Star Wars” in the title the fish would jump into the boat, but it’s not looking like that’s the case.

Let’s look at their “incentives” for getting butts in the seats the first couple weeks of opening.

Opening Night

The film opens on May 25, but a lot of places offer early showings on May 24. There will be fan events for the 24th. According to Starwars.com:

 In addition to seeing the film one hour early, fans attending will receive an exclusive poster, novelty buttons and be given a special event-only concession offer. At AMC theaters, fans will also receive replica dice from the film.

Solo Saturdays IMAX at Regal Theaters

The first two Saturdays after the opening are going to be “Solo Saturdays.” On May 26 and June 2, the first 1,000 who will receive an exclusive ticket featuring art by Tom Whalen. While supplies last, there will also be a poster version available at Regal Crown Club stores.

Solo Sundays IMAX at AMC Theaters

Sunday May 27 and Sunday June 3 guests who purchase a ticket for Solo: A Star Wars Story in AMC IMAX theaters will receive an exclusive print with art by Marko Maney. Here’s the catch, by the way the photos are named I think one is for May 27 and one is June 3, so to get both you have to buy tickets both Sundays. Which boosts ticket sales for Solo. This to me says they are worried.

Cinemark

If you go to opening weekend to watch Solo: A Star Wars Story in Cinemark XD (at participating theaters) you will receive a character poster.

Alamo Drafthouse

I love this one! Alamo Drafthouse is allowing and add on, exclusive Solo: A Star Wars Story glass by Mondo, to your advanced ticket purchase. They are designed by Oliver Barrett and feature characters like Han, Chewie, Lando and the Millennium Falcon.

This reminds me of the days when you could get Star Wars glasses at places like Pizza Hut.

Fandango

If you are buying tickets through Fandango, while supplies last, you will receive an exclusive poster from the Fandango FanShop. The FanShop is also offering a bunch of Star Wars collectibles to celebrate the “tickets-on-sale date.”  See site for more information.

I think Disney knows they need to do something to increase they interest and they hype. Just the name Star Wars on it isn’t going to do it anymore.

When I was to Avengers: Infinity War on opening night the packed theater reacted wildly to the Deadpool 2 trailer, but were on their phones, making negative comments, or were getting up to pee during the Solo trailer.  I remember when people would go to a movie just to watch a Star Wars trailer and then leave.

I’m hoping for the best, bracing for the worst, but either way you can score some cool extras if you are going to buy tickets anyways.

Solo: A Star Wars Story blasts into theaters on May 25.

Source: Starwars.com

 

VIDEO – BENDY and the Ink Machine CHAPTER 4 Gameplay

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Bendy and the Ink Machine (BATIM) Chapter 4 – Colossal Wonders

We play through BATIM Chapter 4… until we get stuck with a nasty glitch during a fight with Boris! But this Chapter of Bendy has ramped up the graphics, the challenge, the fun and the fear factor!

What are Bendy and Alice Angel up to this time? And who or what is Bertram?! Watch to find out!

Deadpool. Celine Dion. MAGIC!

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Celine Dion has just released a soaring new single for the greatest love story of this generation — Deadpool 2.

And the video is pure magic.

The video for “Ashes” was introduced this morning on Disney-owned Good Morning America.

(Because apparently they want Deadpool 2 to completely obliterate Solo at the box office. But hey, Disney’s buying Fox so whatever.)

The latest Celine Dion video features Deadpool dancing sexily in high heels, like the dirty little boy he is.

Afterwards, Mr. Pool tells Celine to dial it down, because he’s the star.

Deadpool 2 opens on May 18, 2018.

[Source: GMA]

Donald Glover Gives Tour of the Millennium Falcon

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On the Star Wars Youtube channel they shared a video of Donald Glover giving a tour of the Millennium Falcon from Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Of course, we all know Han won the Falcon from Lando in a game of sabacc, and the rest is history. But this is the Falcon from back when she was Lando’s personal ship. It’s an interesting, cleaner, and much more polished Falcon that we usually see.

Take a look:

I love that Lando has capes for every occasion!

You can catch Lando and “his” Millennium Falcon during Solo: A Star Wars Story hitting theaters May 25!

VIDEO – ‘The Last Jedi’ Sucks (and Women hate it, too.)

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You’re not allowed to dislike the latest Star Wars movie, or you’ll be labelled as a “misogynist.” And a “man baby.”

BUT WAIT — actual female fans hated the latest Star Wars movie, too!

We discuss the increasing backlash against The Last Jedi and what that means for the Star Wars franchise going forward, as well as the fandom.

Check out our video post below.

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