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Journal Entry: Wed Oct 1, 2014, 9:39 PM
These past few weeks have been crazy, exciting, inspiring and reminded me just how amazing people in my life are. I'm often humbled and inspired by how giving, supportive and amazing people can be. Thank you to everyone who puts up with me, you are all amazing. :love:

Had a bit of a health scare with the kitty, but he's ship-shape again, and I'm able to breathe easy. He's still an asshole, but he's my asshole. :giggle:

I've decided to start on a personal project that probably won't see the light of day for at least a year, but new challenges and projects are always exciting! Even if they're far, far off on the horizon.

There are some cool things launching on the site, and much more to come! :la:

Aaand also, if you've ever wanted to get involved in :devmcadotpables:, now's the time! There's a super special, custom Deviron up for auction, it ends tomorrow, so hurry!


Witchcraft-IV : Brietta by MCAdopts

Also, you should go wish aunjuli a happy birthday! ...aaand now she's gonna kill me. :XD: Worth it! I should hide anyway.
:sprint::couch:

That's all for now, be good to each other!
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It's my birthDAy!

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 21, 2014, 3:42 PM
As of today, my account is 12 years old. My account is almost old enough to have an account here. :slow:

It's been an incredible twelve years, and I wanted to thank everyone who has made this journey so amazing. From my friends from Neopets (OMFG, Neopets? That was so long ago! :faint:) who introduced me to this site, to my forum buddies to the volunteers and staffers who made the plethora of amazing things, leading up to this moment:

Thank you all. I cannot put into words just how much DeviantArt means to me and how much it has changed my life.

I can't wait to see what's next. :D

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My DeviantArt Story

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 7, 2014, 3:46 PM
Wow, 14 years is such a long time! And as of the 21st, I will have been part of the community for 12 of those years! :faint: DeviantArt has seen me through so much, and it's time for me to tell you all a story about it. :D

I first found DA when I was in college, writing fantasy short stories and looking for feedback for my (terrible) drawings to go with my words.

 Daria - College Life by eve-bolt Postapocalyptic Fantasy by MartaNael

To say life was different back then is an understatement, I was in a school I hated, in a relationship I wasn't very happy in, and fighting my boyfriend in said relationship because he did not like my fascination with fantasy or my Internet addiction. It was in no small part because of DeviantArt that I found the courage to end a relationship with the person I thought would be "the one" and face post-college life on my own and made the trek from the frozen, dark lands known as Michigan during fall/winter, and headed back to Texas!

2GAG - The Breakup by Drunken-Novice  Texas by incogburo

Eventually, DeviantArt sent out a request for moderators to their brand new, shiny chat system, dAmn. Eager to get involved, I applied and was accepted. That started two years as a volunteer, during that time I did all kinds of things. Chat Mod, DD selector, Gallery Director, PV... all of which now fall under the umbrella of Community Volunteer. Eventually, my department was shifted from volunteer to a paid position, and so I became an employee of DeviantArt! :dance: It was a happy day!

Volunteer by smokedsalmon55 Celebrate !!! by Niking

Since that time, I have moved to California in order to work out of HQ, I have attended and spoke at several cons, made amazing, lifelong friends and been able to do the thing I have always wanted to do: Help artists. Every day brings something new and different to my screen, I am surrounded by amazing, creative and hilarious people. Long story short: I found where I belong. As of the 21st of this month, I will have been a part of the DeviantArt community for 12 years, needles to say, it has been a huge part of my life, and of my growth as a person. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey with me, I wouldn't trade it for the world. :love:

hug lions by KeepCalmAndHugLion Knite: Llama Love by yuumei

And that's my DeviantArt story... what's yours?

sxsw devmeet '11 - 4 by randomaxes Kay and Kay by LaurenKitsune Happy Halloween (2012) by Shyree Kay and Julie Shipping by makepictures


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Those darn Vivillon.

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 2, 2014, 2:15 PM
So... I blinked, and somehow, suddenly, I'm playing Pokemon again. :XD: Don't ask me how it happened, but it did. And I have, apparently, decided that I need to complete my Vivillon collection. Those darn Vivillon. :shakefist:

Anyone wanna trade? :D I'm currently seeking the following patterns:

Icy Snow Pattern
Archipelago Pattern
Sandstorm Pattern
Monsoon Pattern
Sun Pattern
Ocean Pattern
Jungle Pattern
Poké Ball Pattern

DONE, thank you to everyone who helped! :love:

Ready? Set? Catch 'em all! :la:


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OMG Comic-Con! (Video Update)

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 28, 2014, 9:20 PM
San Diego Comic-Con was so amazing this year, I am exhausted but elated. I hardly even know where to start! Be ready, guys, this journal will be full of pictures and feels!

I got to see amazing old friends once again, which is one of my favorite parts of Comic-Con. So many artists who are not only stupid talented, but also terribly friendly and just too kind for words, who I only get to see once a year. Thanks to everyone in the Alley and at their own booths who take the time to chat! It totally makes my fangirl heart happy. :love:

akreon and vesner flew all the way out for the convention, these girls are so amazingly fun, guys, I can't even explain it. They signed a Milk for the Ugly poster! The poster is so gorgeous, a lot of people who came by the DeviantArt booth thought it was a movie poster! We had a great time at the DevMeet.... don't worry, ladies. I won't post that picture we took together. ;) Despite my hopes, I didn't get to run into dauntingfire or reapersun, but  got I did get to meet both Thiefoworld and alicexz. Alice's hair is so pink! :love:

Deadpool and Fella by damphyr

Working the Alley was just great, and we even had Fella come by this year! It was so great to watch con attendees take time out of their floor time to sit and draw, share their DeviantArt experiences with us, and (often) just be nerdy with us! This year, we handed out ribbons, buttons and two different posters. We also sponsored Artists' Alley and hosted five different panels.

...Speaking of panels. :omfg:

aunjuli and I hosted a panel together! It was so very much fun, and all the work that went into it was totally worth it. Juli was amazing and so collected. And those who attended. OMG everyone who came was so great!! I can't even put into words how great it was to be sharing stories, and talking about fandom, and being in a room full of people who understood... who got it. If you came, please give me a shout! I want to brag on how awesome all of you were :D

aunjuli did a gorgeous little write up about our panel here, and IreneAdler76 took amazing photos of it for us. We talked shipping, we worked on our fandom vocabulary, we looked in awe at so much amazing art by DeviantArt people, and then...

Then we built a ship. It was a ship that involved Capt America, a Dalek and Bucky Barns all having a romantic encounter in the ball pit. It was amazing, thank you to everyone who joined in the madlibs-style fun! Extra thanks to DeevElliott for all the advice, makepictures for all the encouragement and photos, :devdevIreneAdler76: for all the pictures and dealing with my insanity, spyed for the intro, techgnotic for the intro, advice and making it all happen... and of course, to aunjuli for doing the thing with me! It really was a childhood dream coming true. :heart:



And then... then there was the cosplay!
So many DeviantArt staffers went in costume this year, including LaurenKitsune and TharBeVikings, but I don't have any good pictures of their costumes! :noes: What I do have is madizzlee as Link, IreneAdler76 as Remy LeBeau, pinguino as Harley Quinn and then myself as Blink from Days of Future Past!

Maddy Link by damphyr Gambit, Harley, Blink by damphyr Gambit Blink 3 by damphyr

I worked so hard on this costume! It was my most ambitious cosplay yet, and considering I went into this project not knowing how to sew, never having worked with foam and never having styled a wig before, I think it came out pretty well. I ended up hand stitching over 4,000 beads! Thanks to everyone who posed for photos with me! You all had amazing costumes. :love:

Gambit, Rogue, Blink by damphyr Blink, Mystique by damphyr  Blink and Domino by damphyr  Lady Deadpool 2 by damphyr Blink and Kitty Pryde by damphyr Storm and Blink by damphyr Image(13) by damphyr  Blink and Deadpool by damphyr



It was such a great time in costume, even if the boots kind of killed my feet. I even got up the nerve to get up on stage at the Marvel booth's cosplay contest!

Blink5 by damphyr Blink2 by damphyr Cerebro by damphyr Blink4 by damphyr  Blink3 by damphyr 

All in all, it was an amazing time. Thanks to everyone who said hi or even just followed along on my twitter! (Which is kaydamphyr, btw) It was a year I will never forget, thank you all for sharing it with me. I have so many feels about this year! It's difficult to top your first Comic-Con, because.... it's your first Comic-Con, but outside of that, I think this may have been my favorite. Time to head back to work and normal life, which just seems so dull after all this!

If you're in any of these photos, please give me a shout! I want to send people to your page so they can see the awesome things you've made.

That's all for now, I need hot tea and vegetables. The road to comic-con recovery is a slow one.

UPDATE: I made it into a cosplay music video! Thanks to Franchesco for pointing it out. You rock, man. :love:
I'm at 2:40 doing a kick. Woohoo, didn't fall on my ass! :dance: It's a real risk in those boots.



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Comic-Con 2014, here we come!

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 14, 2014, 11:42 PM
In case you didn't get the message: Don't Panic! Prep the TARDIS! Call the Banners! Comic-Con is (almost) here! :la:

I'll be heading down to San Diego with a brand new, shiny costume to man the DeviantArt booth, meet and greet deviants, hang out with fellow fans and, this year... co-hosting a panel! :faint: aunjuli and I will be hosting a panel Sunday at 12:30, discussing fandom and all things ship! We hope you'll join us, if you're heading to Comic-Con.

If not, not to fear! We'll have lots of stories and updates. I'll also be updating live this year... I've joined Twitter! :omfg: This is a new and horrifying thing for me, DeviantArt is the only social network I've ever been a part of. Please excuse me if I fail a little at Twitter etiquette. Give me a shout at @Kaydamphyr. While I'm stumbling through Twitter, I'm so excited to be able to share pictures, events and the whole Comic-Con experience in real time.

And now, I must scramble back to my soldering iron... this cosplay isn't going to light itself!

Be good to each other, hope to see you at Comic-Con very soon!
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Thank you All!

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 25, 2014, 11:28 AM
Thanks everyone for all the birthday wishes! :heart: I had a lovely day and made some real progress on my little project. I wanted to give a shout-out and a thank you to kozispoon, who drew an adorable toon version of me, which is now the header on my main page. It is so friggin' cute and I adore it. :love: It's nice to have a new graphic there, since my old one said $damphyr... and the $ is no longer in use on the site. :XD: Oops.

Not much more to update with just now. Labyrinth Ball is fast approaching, and I'm so excited to get my owl on again. I've added more feathers and more lights this year, hoping it'll be the most glamorous year so far! :la:

I hope to have some exciting things to update you all with in the very near future, but for now, this is all I have. Be good to each other and have a great day!

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THAT day

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 17, 2014, 8:11 PM
Yep, it's that time again... at least it's my time again. Time to celebrate another trip around the sun. As of 3AM, in 7 short hours, I'm officially another year older. I can't say I'm doing a bit celebration this year, but my mother was in town for weeks--literal weeks--so I'm kind of socialed out. :XD: I plan to spend the day chilling at home with Cosmos, video games, my kitty, and working on a little something for Comic-con. It's gonna be a good day! :D

Hope the day sees you all well, if you're so inclined, please raise a glass to me on my b-day. I'll have a drink to you, in return. :D

Be good to each other!
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Flight Rising

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 3, 2014, 12:11 PM
Hey all!

Just wanted to pimp a little project I've had my eye on for a while now... :iconflightrising: is open for registration, for today only! Head on over to flightrising.com/ and adopt yourself a dragon! My screen name there is also damphyr, so feel free to say hi, though I've literally just signed up and have not had the time to get to know the secrets of the site, so I won't be able to help you too much just yet. You can check out their dA group or just poke over to neondragon's page to see some previews of their dragons. So go on, check it out and show 'em a little dA love!

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Projects

Journal Entry: Thu May 29, 2014, 10:39 PM
Projects by damphyr

The things that keep me busy up at night.



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Free Comic Book Day!

Journal Entry: Sat May 3, 2014, 6:12 PM
It is, once again, one of my favorite times of the year... Free Comic Book Day! This year, myself, kozispoon and her hubby hit up three stores! Well... two and a half. Our first stop was... Meltdown Comics!

We were greeted by these awesome young ladies handing out free comics, lanyards and Hellboy candy! Check out the goods!
Photo 2(11) by damphyr
Meltdown also had pros with accessories and candy, as well as a cute little craft fair out back! We hung out, chatted, shopped, posed and Kozi dropped off her FCBD book.
Photo 1(11) by damphyr Photo 1(12) by damphyr Photo 3(8) by damphyr Photo 2(14) by damphyr
  Our next stop was Golden Apple Comics... well. At least that was the plan. Golden Apple shoppers were serious about getting their free books! :o
Photo 1(10) by damphyr Photo 4(2) by damphyr Photo 5(1) by damphyr
 The line was literally wrapped around the block and not moving at any real speed and another stop to make, we waved hello to GA's life sized R2D2 model and headed off to our next stop, House of Secrets.

There was also a line at HoS, but not nearly as long... and we had entertainment! A Joker cosplayer entertained the children waiting for their comics, especially those in costume. Spider Girl rolled up on her four wheeler and was very not amused when the Joker tried to steal it. Fortuately, his evil plan was foiled by the appearance of Batman.

Photo 2(13) by damphyrPhoto 3(7) by damphyr
 With stacks of comics in hand and having successfully acquired a hard cover Mouse Guard, we bid the comic shop a fond farewell and went to page through our loot and eat some delicious soft tacos. It was another great year of seeing new, young and old fans all coming together to celebrate our love of comics. Thanks to all the stores who put on events, gave away books and invited artists and cosplayers out. It was great, as always!

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Wondercon!

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 21, 2014, 11:17 AM
Saturday was a very fun day, when myself, IreneAdler76 and spotted wandered off to Wondercon Anaheim! I had not planned on going, and only realized I had a ticket and a ride on Thursday afternoon, so it was an  unexpected pleasure. Fortunately, my Jack Harkness costume is so easy to throw together, I was still able to attend in costume, even if my hair was not terribly Jack-like.

Wandering Artists Alley was a blast, as always. I got to see lots of old friends and picked up a few snazzy pieces of art, too! I also left with a ton of inspiration, the cosplayers there were amazing, accurate and/or so original, I simply cannot wait to get started on my next costume. :ninja: Thanks to everyone who said hi, asked for photos and/or stopped to let me take photos. Also, Capt Jack says a great big Hello~! to the 300+ people I streetpassed with my 3DS!

Here's some of my favorite pics of the con.

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Now, on to the next one!
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Buckles!

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 11, 2014, 11:37 PM
I still am not sure how it's the year 2014, much less three months into it! It's been a busy, crazy but good time. I have been Pokemonning and the book I've long been waiting for, the second in Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series, Words of Radiance just came out. I've had a very difficult time putting this book down, it will be over far too soon.

Speaking of far too soon, it's already time to start looking forward to the summer, when I will be all costumed out. Labyrinth Ball falls so close to Comic-Con and I always find myself scrambling to have costumes ready for both events. I've long been gathering materials and getting ready for these, but one particular piece for one of my costumes continues to elude me. I figured I would give a shout out to see if anyone well versed in ordering items like this may have a clue. It's a long shot, but hey, a girl can dream.

Buckle by damphyr

I am looking for something very close to this. A metal side release buckle with the little wing releases, not the push-in-the-sides kind. I know, it looks very similar to the plastic backpack/dog collar buckles that are cheap and everywhere... I am a crazy person and am not satisfied with those. I am after both metal and this kind of shape. Just to make things extra tricky, I really want these buckles in black or a very dark, brushed/not glossy metal, and most everywhere seems to want me to buy at least 500 of them. I need... three. :XD:

I've found some similar, but more complex and pricy ones made by Cobra, which I may resort to. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, my Google-fu has failed me, and you may be my only hope!

Anyone else working on costumes/cosplays? I may be considering attempting contacts this summer, for the first time. I've never been able to get them in before, so we'll see. :fear: I'm such a wuss when it comes to putting things in my eyes. I need to decide soonish, because I need to make an appointment with my optometrist if I decide to attempt it. What big costume/cosplay challenges have you faced?


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The Wind Rises!

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 21, 2014, 10:50 AM
As you may or may not know, I am a huge Miyazaki fan. Howl's Moving Castle is one of my favorite movies ever, and Kiki's Delivery Service has been warming my heart since I discovered anime. I won't even mention Grave of the Fireflies, because I am literally unable to watch that movie again, it broke my heart so thoroughly. It is for this reason that I greet Miyazaki's retirement movie, The Wind Rises, with mixed feelings. I don't want him to stop making these gorgeous tales, animated in such a beautiful way, but I do believe Studio Ghibli can successfully carry on without him. I plan to brave the ehater with screaming kids (uuugh) to check out The Wind Rises, and I'm beyond giddy that dA is hosting a contest for it!

Check it out here!

How about you, do you have a favorite Miyazaki/Ghibli movie?


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The Pokemon Obsession

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 9, 2014, 9:22 PM

Wow. So, 2014 has come in like a lion. I won't go into details, but it's been a healthy mix of good and not so good.

...well! That didn't take long! You guys are amazing. :D BEHOLD!
Untitled Drawing by damphyr

BRB, life is made. If anyone is interested in trading Kyogre and/or Arceus for keeps, give me a shout. As for now? Life is good, and I can start farming shinies. Hurray for shinies! :la:

One of the things to finally arrive? Pokemon Bank! ...That's a mixed bucket, as it turns out. The app is far from as useful, intuitive and user friendly as it could be, but hey, it gets the job of getting Pokemon from the old games into my new one done. Speaking of getting Pokemon into the new game...
Untitled Drawing by damphyr

I am two Pokemon short from a perfect dex... and sadly one of them is holding me back from a Shiny Amulet/Shiny Charm. I need this. I really freaking need this. So, I'm on the hunt for two legendary Pokemon!

damphy is currently seeking: Kyogre and Arceus

While Arceus is obviously the more rare/in demand Pokemon, I really need a Kyogre in order to get my charm. I would love to do a trade-trade back, just to fill the dex entry, will also talk about trading for good, if you're interested in trading for keeps. If it is trade/trade back, I have a whole pokedex minus those two to offer. If you're looking to trade for keeps, I have several legendaries and/or shinies I'm willing to part with.

If you know someone who has one of these and send them my way, I will be grateful and will happily give you something special as a thank you/finders fee. I'm just really really desperate for a Kyogre ASAP.  If there is a pokemon you really need or want, I'll do my best to help out in return.... even if the 'return' is just helping spread the word.

Thanks!



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Comikaze!

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 1, 2013, 11:37 AM
Heyo, deviants!

These last few weeks have been a whirlwind, but the end is near and I am so looking forward to Comikaze! Will anyone be attending? I will be roaming the halls on Saturday dressed as Captain Jack. If anyone spots the dashing hero, please do say hello! If you play Pokemon X or Y, be sure to say the secret password Sewer Chic and I will give you a rather lame Pokemon... but it comes with Pokerus so you can power level your EVs!

I hope everyone had a very happy Halloween and that November brings only good things.

Be good to each other!

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The great Pokemon Debate

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 8, 2013, 7:46 PM
Pokemon has been a huge part of my life since the original Red and Blue games. My brother and I both begged, whined and pleaded until my parents (who are amazing!) got us each a copy for our giant brick of an original Game Boy system. I got blue, as you can probably guess from my journal skin. :XD:

Blue was fun, and I went the extra mile and beat the whole game over again in Yellow, falling for the gimmick of paying for the game all over again just to have Pikachu follow you around hook, line and sinker. Totally worth every penny, I should add.

But then... I fell away from the series, and I really can't give you a reason other than a combination of school and not liking the starter Pokemon. Pokemon was competing for my attention during college, when I was extremely short on both time and money, and against games such as Dragon Quest Monster, which just had a much bigger and more interesting breeding system... not to mention randomly generated dungeons! The DQM series, sadly, did not stand the test of time, and I did not come back into the Pokemon fold until Emerald.

It turned out that my timing could not have been better, as the Generation IV games reignited the lukewarm interest I had in Emerald. I played the pants off of Pearl and SoulSilver, transferring my Emerald Pokemon over and managed a 100% complete Pokedex. Black was another exciting chapter, watching the story line grow up was pretty much what I needed. And I was lucky enough to transfer all my important Diamond Pokemon over before my copy of Diamond was stolen from my bag at a convention. :faint: Talk about luck!

...Then there was Black 2. By this time, I was used to the style of the game, and while the graphics were interesting the first go round, they were gaudy, janky and jagged to my eyes in Black 2. I appreciated the nods to the first games, but found it all too familiar and thus tedious. Still, I am nothing if not determined, and beat the game and completed my Pokedex yet again.

Then there was the X Y announcement. Most fans reacted with joy. I felt my heart sink a little.

While I was not a fan of the pixels overlayed over 3D graphics of Black/White... the idea of the game going all 3D is even worse in my mind. Camera angles and the addition of 3D graphics has seen me bow out of more than one fandom, including Zelda. There is little I hate more than having to dick with a camera in the middle of a dungeon or while exploring a field, for some reason it simply enrages me. :slow: I'd played with the Black/White Pokedex, I'd seen these monsters in 3D graphics... and I hated it. So within hours after hearing the announcement of X and Y I simply stopped paying attention to Pokemon. I had no interest in this new game. It made me sad, but it really was that simple.

Last week, the IMs and in person questions started. Which game was I getting? Was I excited about (this spoiler) or (that spoiler)?? Which starter am I getting??

It was the spoiler questions that got me looking at the game again. :XD: I'm still not a fan of the new graphics, many of the lines still look janky and painfully ugly 3D, despite the cell shade. Look, folks, I won't like. I hate 3D graphics. I play some games that have them, but I find them ugly as hell, either over textured or under textured, jagged at the edges and just generally terribly proportioned and thus terrifying. There's something about 3D graphics that my brain hates, and it's true for everything from Pokemon to WoW to How To Train Your Dragon. I can tolerate some, I just really hate looking at it, thus I mourn the dead of my cute little pixel monsters. :(

...but then they added Pokemon Amie. :doh: I have mentioned that some of my best memories are Pokemon Yellow already... and I am that idiot who spent hours in Amity Square, giggling like a loon every time I talked to the Pokemon following me around. So,  as silly of an addition Amie is... that may be the deciding factor in if I get this game or not. Also, I need solid confirmation one way or another if Nintendo has added a 'jump' feature to this game, because if I have to start jumping holes and timing leaps onto platforms, I will ragequit the game on the spot. :XD:

So here I am, eying my DS and wondering if I'm going to have a new game in the nearish future. The 649 monsters all lined up in numerical order in my PC are all waiting to go on their next adventure, and I'm not entirely sure I'm ready to take them there. I'm honestly shocked that they're shutting down the Dream World, rendering several key features of Black and White completely unusable, even customizing your Cgear and Pokedex cover! I wish I were as excited about this release as I have been past games... but maybe I'm just in that same slump that I found myself in during Generation II and III? And it's not even like I can wait until the game goes on sale, because Pokemon never goes down in price. :slow:

So, this is a huge long ramble of me walking down memory lane and wondering if Pokemon will be a part of my life in the future. I guess we'll find out soon enough! I'm keeping an eye out for sales (yeah, right), as I do think curiosity will get the best of me if the price is low enough. Thanks and sorry to all who made it this far, I honestly don't have a lot to say other than memories.

If you are getting the game... or if you want to but can't get it just yet, which version are you getting? Do please share gameplay experiences once you get your hands on it, I'm eager to see if the controls are more visually appealing and streamlined than in B/W, and again... jumping. >.<

Do you have a favorite Pokemon memory?


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11 Years Today!

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 21, 2013, 3:52 PM
I am so far behind! :spin: I have so many journals to write, so many stories to tell, so many pictures to share and so much to talk about! ...And I'm caught in that feedback loop of because I'm so behind, I'm putting off writing these things and because of that I'm getting even more behind. :slow: I'm so sorry, more will be coming soon, but I had something which I felt required a little post today.

Today is my 11th birthdAy. :dance: Eleven years haunting these green-gray walls, it seems crazy. It's amazing how much art and deviantART has influenced and changed the course of my life. I've seen so much amazing art, met interesting and mind-blowingly talented people and even crossed paths with a few of my heroes along the way. It's always an honor and an adventure to serve the deviantART community, and I'm so happy that dA is in my life.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this adventure, here's to eleven more! :w00t:

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SDCC... with a Dashing Hero like Me!

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 14, 2013, 8:30 PM
In just a few more days I'll be heading off to San Diego for Comic-Con, and I am so excited I can't even with this!! :excited: Today gave me a taste of what is to come, because I got to take my cosplay for a trial run! aunjuli had a craft fair at Whimsic Alley here in LA, and I showed up in costume to help promote her Doctor Who teas. She took some amazing photos, check 'em out!

Jacktea by aunjuli-d6di2m8 by damphyr Jack by aunjuli-d6di2l7 by damphyr Jack2 by aunjuli-d6di2n1 by damphyr
aunjuli will be in costume too, if you see either of us at SDCC, you should totally say hi. We may potentially have tea samples. :ninja:
Also! I should mention that Aun-Juli is my hero. OMG I would love to meet John Barrowman and get photos while I'm in costume. :la::faint: I'm a nerd, I can't help it, guys. :XD: I'm ridiculously anxious to see if TeamBarrowman tweets back. :giggle: A girl can dream.

So yes, the purple hair is on hiatus for a bit. If you see brunette!me, don't be shy about saying hi. :D For those who play Animal Crossing, I'll be sporting my cosplay in the game! Plug in my dream address and come check it out: 4400-2222-0370. For anyone at SDCC with a 3DS, I'll be switching back and forth between my Mii and my Jack Cosplay Mii, so keep an eye out for us there! See you all at SDCC, and if not, I'll be certain to share lots of pictures so you can get a taste of it all!

Be good to each other!
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  • damphyr (damn-FEAR) deviant. 1. A creature of the night; Female half-vampire/half-human hybrid. 2. Generally a friendly and helpful creature. 3. A nice being until it decides not to be. 4. Is always spelled with a lower-case d.

San Diego Comic-Con!

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 12, 2013, 1:04 PM
The excitement is building and time is running out! :faint:

I will be attending SDCC again this year, working Artists' Alley, as in the past few years. I'm so excited to get to hang with old friends and meet new, awesome artists and deviants. You can find me in dA's booth half the time, I'll be sure to put up when you can find me once I get my schedule. :XD: I will be cosplaying again this year during my off time. I'll have some teaser photos soon. ;p

I also have the great honor of speaking on a panel this year! If you want to check it out, or have an interest in fan art, please come by! The Business of Fanart panel will be on Friday at noon in Room 2 Upper Level. I'll be speaking along side Artgerm, BrianKesinger and :devmakepitures:, as well as people from Baby Tattoo Books and Mighty Fine Inc, who make awesome t-shirts. You can find out more about the panel, our other panels and our general time at Comic-Con here! I'd love to see you there!

Just to warn, I will not be sporting my usual purple hair this year! :omfg: I know, it's kind of terrifying. It didn't work with my cosplay, but I promise I'll have pictures to give you all an idea of how to spot a non-grape-flavored-head damphy.

So... who else is going??

Hope your weeks have been amazing!
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  • damphyr (damn-FEAR) deviant. 1. A creature of the night; Female half-vampire/half-human hybrid. 2. Generally a friendly and helpful creature. 3. A nice being until it decides not to be. 4. Is always spelled with a lower-case d.