Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Contest Update

According to a response made on 2ch, it would appear that the Japanese RKS community is also working on entries to AmethystViper's Schwer and Schwer Alike RKS Fanart Contest. That's exciting to know, and that means we'll be getting even more art entries. Let's keep this up, and make RKS popularity grow! Thank you to everyone participating!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Schwer and Schwer Alike's RKS Fanart contest

I, ViperAcidZX, will be holding a fanart contest across deviantArt and Schwer & Schwer Alike to help spread the awareness of Rosenkreuzstilette. There will be two categories to chose from: Talent and Humor.

The Talent category of the contest will a test of your artistic talents. You will draw any character/s of your choice from the Rosenkreuzstilette series and make the best use of your artistic mediums to make these character come to life. Here's an example of Talent: [link]

The Humor category of the contest is not as serious as the Talent category, since in this category you will try and put these characters into some sort of comical situation, but try to make your art decent at best. Here's an example of Humor: [link]

Should there be any entries that has not made it into either Talent nor Humor, an Honorable Mention will be held for these who came the closest in either categories.

Now for the rules of the contest, so pay attention! Ahem!

~Contest Rules~
- Rosenkreuzstilette characters ONLY! Below is the list of eligible characters of your choice. There is quite a handful of characters to chose from, so pick one, or two, or any number of characters of your choosing and get to making art!

- NO Yuri nor Yaoi. This includes Shojo-Ai, Shonen-Ai, GL, and BL. No I'm against homosexually. But I don't to end up offending anyone for any Spiritia-and-Freudia action that might come up.

- NO tracing, baseart, or the like is allowed! Please don't be a dork and trace on someone else's work or use a "baseart" to make your submission. That also goes for art thieves, too who try to steal people's work and claim it was their own.

- Keep the submission PG-13 or lower. If anyone sends a submission containing terrible use of language, graphic violence, or nudity WILL be disqualified from the contest!

- One entry per category only. You can take part of the Talent AND Humor categories of the contest, but you can not send no more than one entry for each category. Everyone deserves a chance to to win, you know.

As long as you abide by these rules, go nuts! Once you posted your submission on deviantArt for the contest, sent a link to it at my deviantArt via Note with the subject: "RKS Fanart Contest Submission - [category]".

You can also sent them to me at either my Gmail (viperacidzx AT gmail DOT com) or Yahoo accounts (viperacid72 AT yahoo DOT com).

Now the contest will have three judges, Letty Whiterock, Superjustinbros. and myself. We will pick our own choice on who wins on Talent and Humor, as well as Honorable Mention, if any. So there's sixr possible winners and three worthy mentions. The new deadline is December 19th, 2009, which is on a Saturday.

UPDATE: There is no prize in stake. I'm sorry if you're only in this for a prize, but there isn't. I'm broke and I don't have credit card, so I'm doing this like MasakoX's and Vegeta3986's Naruto: The Abridged Series fanart contest.

UPDATE 2: Superjustinbros. has been appointed judge within my authority..

That all is and I hope many will participate.

~Eligible Characters~
Spritia Rosenberg by WOMI
Freudia Neuwahl by WOMI
Zorne Zeppelin by WOMI
Trauare Wrede by WOMI
Luste Teuber by WOMI
Grolla Seyfarth by WOMI
Sichte Meister by WOMI
Liebea Palesch by WOMI
Schwer-Muta Casasola Merkle by WOMI
Lilli by WOMI
Zeppy by WOMI
Talos by WOMI
Raimund Seyfarth by WOMI
Count Michael Zeppelin by WOMI
Iris Zeppelin by WOMI

Dolis Warmind by ひっさつくん
Strudel by Shizuku
Pamela Arwing by alphes
Eifer Skute by zaku6
Schirach Fühler by ダディ
Lecht & Rink Refraktia by REDMOON

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Anger Spikes and Wiki Nonsense

Alright, I haven't been checking the RKS Wiki change logs as much as I used to, but I really feel like I shouldn't have to. I figured that the many of you who follow RKS and are part of the RKS fandom know better than to fill in baseless, stupid information into some of the various articles. Some are a little better than others, but the entire point was to prevent misinformation and not be fucking retarded about it all.

First of all, I have to ONCE AGAIN call you out, SuperJustinBros. I really don't want to have to waste my time dealing with your crap, but once again, I don't have much of a choice. Your Super Justin Wiki (or whatever the hell it is) advertises [erka:es]'s characters as part of your "Super Justin franchise." I'm completely sick of you claiming these characters to be yours in any way, and I'm tired of you stealing everyone else's shit to make it your own. I actually addressed this very thing with you when I discovered that you wanted to use Axelle Blitzdonner, her likeness, and anything associated with her. Rather than respecting me, you basically told me to fuck off by claiming that Axelle's supposed brother Wrenchi, which is pretty stupid as it is, was, and I quote, "'planted deep' into the series, so taking him out would be like blowing the circuits to a house." You took a character of my design and creation and decided that she was yours to work with, so you gave her a brother with a dumb name and an even dumber design. You didn't approach me about this. You just took it upon yourself to make it happen. And I'm not alone here. You've taken every single one of [erka:es]'s characters and made them your own by giving them "siblings" and then planting them into your "franchise." According to your Wiki, Iris Sepperin's first appearance is on a game called "Super Justin PC." No, she is not. I don't care if that's the case within your own little world where Rosenkreuzstilette and its creators don't exist and you're some arrogant prodigy with the creativity and skills to invent these characters and games, but in the real world, you're an uncreative abortion of an artist with absolutely no respect for those who do have the creative minds to come up with such things and have put forth the time and effort to make something out of their ideas. Instead, you are helping spread misinformation about the Rosenkreuzstilette series, and I am not going to tolerate that.

Case in point, in this art request post by AlchemyOtaku17, you did absolutely NOTHING to let this person know what the hell Rosenkreuzstilette actually is, leaving him to claim to his various art viewers that Rosenkreuzstilette is "some lolicon game." I had to come in and basically pick up your slack, something I shouldn't have to do, so it doesn't make the series look like some pedophilia hentai game to the people who have never seen or heard of it. I shouldn't be having these problems. These shouldn't be problems at all. However, they are, and it's all thanks in part to you. And I'm fucking tired of it.

I don't know who you think you are, but you, not your art, are an affront to the entire artistic community. When the Japanese RKS community derails their own game discussion to laugh at your artistic nonsense, that's one thing. When Kiora actually e-mailed me, asking for my help to get you to start improving and stop flooding pixiv with your incredibly terrible pictures because he, as an actual artist, could see that you have absolutely no intention of improving on a level that actually matters, that's another. You're also pretty lucky that most of the Japanese can't read English very well, because I can only imagine what would come of them finding out that you're essentially stealing [erka:es]'s intellectual property for your own amusement. How do you think [erka:es] themselves would feel about you doing this? I whole-heartedly suggest that you take a step out of your little Super Justin box and realize that the world does not revolve around you and that it's about time you start taking real artistic criticism to heart. Get the hell away from DeviantArt for a while, because those people are not going to help you. They will claim your art is great, no matter what you do, and it will simply spiral into a circlejerk of idiocy, and in the end, you insult actual artists who are original, do care about the overall quality of their work, and actually put forth the effort to make it acceptable. Bad art exists, of this there is no doubt, but you continue to think that your art is somehow excusable and that harsh criticism does not apply to you just because you go "yeah, it's bad, but whatever." Make an effort to do something with yourself and start taking your art seriously on all levels. Don't just work to improve the quality of the aesthetics. Work to improve your creativity, and make something that is actually your own. Do anything else, because as it stands, you're doing absolutely nothing for the RKS community, and if you have no intention of bettering yourself for your own sake and making it so the rest of us aren't embarrassed to be associated with you, then we don't fucking want you.

Now, on to the wiki nonsense. Justin, this goes for you too. I'm not sure who all is doing it, but people are uploading information to the wiki that is either wrong or just plain stupid. Things like claiming that Iris Sepperin is a former member of RKS are on the minor side of things. (She was not ever a member of RKS, because Count Sepperin made it a point to hide her powers from everyone, including the other members of the Order. She was never a member herself.) That's not a big deal. Claiming that certain characters may be references to other anime characters because they share similar archetypes is pretty bad. Just because Luste likes tomato juice doesn't mean that she's like any other character in the entire anime realm that like tomato juice (this is just an example), so please, unless something is a VERY clear reference, don't assume. But when things like "Schirach slightly resembles a bat" comes up, I have to speak and tell the lot of you to stop putting utterly nonsensical, completely baseless, entirely moronic claims and information in the Wiki. There is absolutely no reason for it, and as the only reference guide for "accurate" RKS information in English, there is absolutely no place for it. Please don't do this anymore, and if any of you see it, please do something to handle it or report it to me. I have been very impressed with some of the things within the Wiki, and I ask that you guys keep it up, because it's awesome. However, things like that simply don't belong, so I ask you all to not do it. Thanks a million.

Well, that's enough of that.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Terrible Art Revue Part Deux

I spent most of last night looking up pictures for some of my other fandoms. Some of them were undeniably awesome. Some were unspeakably terrifying. And some were... Violinist of Hameln, I guess? But by and large, most of the art was pretty good!

Until, that is, I decided to search for RosenkreuzStilette. Now, don't get me wrong. I love the fans. You guys are pretty cool, on the whole. But there is some not good artwork out there. Letty has, of course, already pointed this out, but I would be remiss if I didn't do a little commenting of my own. Let's go on with part two of the bad fanart roundup, shall we? Now 50% shorter and with 60% more Freudia.

Disregarding the fact that I would have been perfectly content not knowing such a thing as the Furry Doll Maker even existed, this image is just plain unflattering. Freudia has the skin of a Simpson, the eyes of Sonic, and the hands of a Disney character. And for some reason, she's incredibly sassy about the whole thing. Now, I realize this is the fault of the Furry Doll Maker and not JigglyPuffGirl, but that doesn't make the sight any less frightening. I feel like lightning should strike and horses should whinny uncontrollably every time I type "Furry Doll Maker".

This is supposedly a picture of Schirach Fühler. I tried standing like this once. I dislocated my hips and had to go into the ER. And then I noticed that there was in fact a seam in the picture itself. As though part of it came out undesirable, so Black Shaddow Walker just decided "eh, nobody'll notice" and cut it. Perhaps the stock picture of bricks didn't line up correctly under that ridiculous blur filter. I like the Carmen Sandiego coat, though. It really sheds some light on the true motivation of the Black Cross Organization: They just want to sing a cappella with the RosenkreuzStilette. It's admirable, really. Unfortunately, there's just not much room in all-male groups for female voices. Still, I say do it, Rockapella!

I'm sorry, Justin. I promised myself I wouldn't pick on you, but I couldn't let this one go without comment. (If you don't have a deviantART account, here's a direct link to the picture, since I don't believe you'll be able to see it otherwise.) In this picture, either the laws of gravity don't exist, or Zorne and Trau have been using an awful lot of hair spray. You can do so much with the way hair hangs! Zorne's would likely be lying flat, and Trau's could be dangling in front of Zorne's face in some sort of enticing manner. It's funny that only a few minor modifications would make this picture so much better to me. It still wouldn't be great, but it would be better than it is now. Keep it in mind the next time you give this a shot. I'm glad you've stopped running the Emboss filter over all your pictures, at least.

Oh my god what is this I can't even. Every time I think I've seen everything wrong with it, I notice something else and I just laugh even harder. Unless you work in a boob factory, this is bordering on not safe for work. I really hope this was intentional on the part of the artist, but I sincerely doubt it.

Since I like leaving things on a good note, have this. It's the best piece of RKS fanart I've ever seen, and in fact one of the most beautiful fanarts I've seen in general. Admittedly her chest looks a bit odd, but do you fault the tiger for his stripes? No, because the tiger wouldn't be able to understand you and he would end up eating your face off. So what I'm saying is that Freudia's boobs are tigers. I think. The point is that you should give the artist some props.

There it is: Part two of the terrible art revue. Significantly shorter than the last one, I realize, but Letty's the one who knows where to find all the bad stuff. If you happen to find your art here and you were genuinely offended by the things I had to say, I apologize! But maybe next time, consider drawing better.

A Quiet Frontier

Nothing new in the world of RKS that I can see. There's some new art showing up on pixiv and DeviantArt, I guess. The pixiv art is pretty good; most of the DeviantArt stuff just makes me angry. I really don't want to start ranting about it, so I won't, but for the love of all that is holy, stop doing this. I barely see art on DA from people who are actually fans of the game. 90% of it consists of SuperJustin art trades, and it's really irritating, especially when the characters are portrayed so inaccurately. (While I have to say that there's something quite endearing about that Schwer, THAT'S NOT SCHWER.) It's genuinely rage-inducing.

So I'll be in Atlanta this weekend for Anime Weekend Atlanta half-advertising This Is Not An Anime Podcast!, so if any of the Schwer readers happen to be going as well, we can meet up and yell at people for not cosplaying as RKS characters, unless there is an RKS cosplayer, to which I will hug them, male or female.

That's pretty much it thus far. Unless something big happens prior to Freudenstachel's release, it's pretty much up to you guys to provide content. And I'm open for anything.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Rosenkreuzstilette Chinese Language Patch is done!

I received word from leozx telling me that the Chinese language patch is complete. They weren't able to get a website up, but more information is available here. I guess you could head over that way and show your support!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

More New Information

"My money's on UNBEKANNT having a seperate number. That'd be hilarious."

Not so much, Dragnfly. Not so much.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

New Information

Here's a neat little tidbit of information.

Unlike we assumed in the wiki, Dolis is actually RKS013, not RKS010. This begs the question, "Who are RKS010-012?" We know that Schirach used to be a member of RKS, but that still leaves Pamela, Eifer, and the Refraktia twins, who are not listed as being members of the organization. Are these characters going to be assigned numbers, or are there MORE members of The Order of the Rose Cross that we don't know about? Interesting, to say the least!