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I have been neglecting this page for over a year. I have been neglecting a lot of things really. One of the few things I didn't neglect this year was the Brattle Theater competition and here is the link for my entry back in July. Received the runner-up prize. Written, animated, directed and voice recorded in less than two weeks.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rImMMF…
Check it out. Starring a Cloud Strife look alike as WAR and a Sephiroth look alike as DEATH. Did you think they can be funny?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwjz14…
It's a shame that good die young. She was the meekest feline companion one could possibly ask for but she had to be put to sleep. I should at least be able to give her a proper funeral.
Well, good or bad, here is the first teaser.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo0Ski…

This movie will be longer, darker and have more characters and body count than the first one, as all sequels are supposed to. As such, the amount of work still needed for this movie is daunting. While I wish to finish this by May 2009 for the Anime Boston convention, we will see how it goes.

I will be leaving on my long deserved vacation at the end of this week. Hopefully it will be an opportunity to recharge and recover from all the stresses from works, finances (ouch) and other tribulations of life.

Also, I made a preliminary version of the website for the Boston Action Film Festival. Clearly needs more work but it's a start. . .

www.bostonactionfilmfestival.o…
I actually found myself quite impressed with this event, much better than my expectations or the poster suggested. Granted none of the films would win a short film oscar, but most of them had impressive action choreography and some of them actually had good production values. A few of them even had interesting stories and scripts.

An extra point to ponder:
Jeff, who organized the festival, said one of his motivations for organizing this event was the upcoming establishment of the Plymouth Rock Studios AKA Holywood East. The official website of the Studio: www.plymouthrockstudios.com/
An old Boston Globe article: www.boston.com/news/local/arti… If you would like to learn more, just google Plymouth Rock Studios.

Once established, it will fundamentally change the film making landscape in New England, he implied. And organizing this film festival was a part of his efforts to be ready for this change. He wanted to bring together and network film crews and stunts people.

I think also for us artist types the possibility for changes and opportunities cannot be discounted, even if you are not a filmmaker per se.


It was also an opportunity to meet other filmmakers in the area. I talked with Jeff the organizer, as well as some other filmmakers, about the idea to have some kind of website or blog going to keep the filmmakers who participated in the event in touch. He was positive about the idea and should be in talk with others to have some online presence going as I write this.

Beside all these, the festival itself was quite an enjoyable event, clearly a plenty of entertainment for the admission price, and if it returns next year I would clearly recommend it to most people I know.


P.S. If you are local to the Boston Area, don't forget the Boston Zine Fair this weekend: www.papercutzinelibrary.org/zi…
My action-packed parody anime "Manga Wars" will be shown at the ("First Ever!") Boston Action Film Festival this coming Sunday. While I don't know what to expect, it looks like a fun event filled with locally made B-movies, not to mention an opportunity to meet other filmmakers in the area. Here is the link:

Boston Action Film Festival:
www.regenttheatre.com/events/b…

Manga Wars Youtube link:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyQlfS…

This will be my second opportunity to hold a little Q&A session. I had my first Q&A session about "Manga Wars" at the ConnectiCon on August. That event had about 15 people coming to my screening/panel. That number was not too bad for a panel held on Sunday morning, I suppose. It was a little intimidating but clearly interesting experience. I only wished I had more materials to present.

BTW, Manga Wars  on youtube now has about 12000 hits. Not too bad I say. Also, check out the Boston Zine Fair www.papercutzinelibrary.org/zi… if you have a chance. Our comic group (the Boston Comics Roundtable) will be organizing and selling our comics at the place.
The Brattle Theater Trailer Smackdown has come and gone. Although my entry did not win the final prize, the event was still a blast. It was a celebration of the campy cinema mixed with our own homage to the said art form. I was happy to be a part of the event and would clearly like to participate again next year.

The official link to the event:
www.brattlefilm.org/brattlefil…

My own animated entry, done in just four (sleepless) days.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqlgSx…

Please check out my Starwars Fanfilm Contest finalist if you haven't:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyQlfS…
I passed another birthday of mine. (Yes, I am a Cancerian) This time I would say I am reasonably happy with the way the first half of this year turned out. Can't stop the tide of time, but we can try to make each day count.

Manga Wars! Ambush at Beantooine (An animated short and a finalist for the official Starwars Fanfilm Contest 2008.) The award ceremony takes place on July 24th at the San Diego Comic Con.
www.atom.com/funny_videos/sw_m…
The link to the official contest:www.atom.com/spotlights/starwa…

The first issue of Inbound, an Anthology from Boston Comics Roundtable. (Includes my 8 page short comic)
www.bostoncomicsroundtable.com…

Brattle Theater Trailer Smackdown (July 17th at the Brattle Theater, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Featuring "fabulously horrible" fake-trailers made by the filmmakers around the Boston Area, including my own animated entry.)
www.brattlefilm.org/brattlefil…

Also this year, I completed an art class at MassArt, and survived the combined sinus and tonsil surgery. I should keep working on to make the rest of this year count!
After over two and half months of hard work, Manga Wars! Episode 1 has been released. It's an action packed Starwars/Azumanga crossover fan anime that has been submitted to the official Starwars fanfilm contest.  The movie is available from youtube now.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyQlfS…


Also, the very first issue of Boston Comics Roundtable's antholgy series is in our hands. The first issue, 60 pages long, includes my own 8-page comic, and will be available for sale at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival in New York City (June 7th-8th). Following the festival, you will be able to buy them at comic shops around the Boston area. Kudos to everyone involved with the editing and publishing of our first issue.

Overall, the end of May turns out to be a milestone for my efforts to live a creative life. I just hope this is a beginning for greater things to come.
After a month of work, I present the first trailer for "Azumanga Wars."  a Starwars fan/parody animation with an Anime protagonist.


www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXm1aG… Youtube link

h1.ripway.com/arkadyrenko/azum… link with a better quality video

I am shooting for May 27th deadline of the official Starwars Fan Film contest. I suppose I am half way there.

I still need someone to play Chiyo the Protagonist. If you can sound like Chiyo, or Bubbles from Powerpuff Girls, and would like to help me finish this movie, please let me know.
Well, Anime Boston 2008 has come and gone and kudos to everyone. While I am a full time software engineer living and working in Massachusetts, art has been my life long passion.

At this Anime convention I did not have a table, but had art pieces displayed at the Art Show section. It has been quite successful as I sold several pieces to pretty much cover all the expenses for the convention. Clearly, the most popular was the Cloud piece.  It was somewhat amusing to see everybody and his sister dressed as Cloud Strife from FF7: Advent Children at the convention. While it says something about the lack of originality in our society, who am I to criticize this since I drew him too and made money off his popularity. Thanks goes to the certain metrosexual broadsword wielding biker.

In coming days this page should have a lot more works and links. So check back some time!

As a side note, welcome to the deviantArt page of the 2008 Anime Boston Virtua Fighter champion.   (Yes so I am a geek on multiple fronts. :)) I got a DVD as a prize and my Virtua Fighter buddy ironzen (the runner-up) received a t-shirt. Kudos to everyone I met at the tournament and at the con.