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Spring Break!

Taking a break so I can party work…

Spring Break, Chumps!

Spring Break, Chumps!

While it’s been years since I’ve actually had a Spring Break, I thought I’d take some time off from blogging about comics and other random mess so I could focus on the important things in life – namely work.

Don’t fear all four of you who comment on my blog, I’ll still be tweeting away so you can get your foulmouth fix in the left sidebar. I’m just really burnt out and since my job requires that I type a lot, I’m starting to notice my cyborg arm is getting easily tired easily. Anywho, follow me on Twitter or possibly Facebook if I accept you as a friend, which I will because I can always use more friends.

One a completely random note, you should do yourself a favor and pick up Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh). It’s a fantastic album and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched Window Seat (which you can watch below!).  I thought the video was beautifully shot even if I wish she didn’t traumatize white folks on street by stripping (how hard would it had been to get a permit?)

Oh and a completely other note, watch Fringe.

The Best Show on Television - Fringe

The Best Show on Television - Fringe

It’s one of my favorite shows and it just keeps setting the bar higher and higher for prime-time Scifi dramas (V, you should be taking notes).

Later, hebrews and shebrews.

10 Years of Afghan Ant (AfghanAnt)

The Internet History of Afghan Ant (AfghanAnt)

“telepathy is an unusual power for a computer to develop”

AfghanAnt Circa 2000

AfghanAnt Circa 2000

This been my personal tag line since forever actually. Why am I telling you this? Because I recently imported all of my old Livejournal post that date back to 2001. That’s right – my blog now has 10 years of my history.

I find it hard to believe I’ve been writing about myself and things I enjoy for ten years but here we are. It actually makes me feel old as hell but I guess I did start blogging when I was 17. Before that I would just troll in AOL chat rooms pretending to be older to see dick shot from middle age men (true story).

Gay Red Ranger Scandal

I’m not sure why I started a Livejournal account (strangevisitor) but I updated it faithful until 2008.  Most of the post were either about a boy I was dating, a boy I liked, or a boy who I recently broke up with and I wanted to kill him. Amidst of these emo post, I was also a member of a notoriously bitch group of posters on the OHNOTHEYDIDNT. Even though I submitted hundreds of stories during my run, none of them can compare to my 2006 post, the notorious “Go, Go Porno Ranger” article.  This story made everyone and their mom shit bricks. Here was the story of a teenage children show star turned desperate “gay-for-pay” performer.  Needless to say, the story eventually went viral and the likes of Perez Hilton and Snopes.com stole reposted my original story. However, I spawned a new urban dictionary term, “red ranger“, and even had a YTMND videos created.

Go Go Porno Ranger

Go Go Porno Ranger

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AfghanAnt’s Tribute to Magibon

Hello from AfghanAnt. :)

HeroForce: Ink’s Freedom Force Meshes Available

New HeroForce Team

New HeroForce Team

When Ink and I created HeroForce back in 2004, I had no clue five years later we want still be around nor one of the largest and most active Freedom Force skins, meshes, and add-on content sites. I’m extremely glad to have Ink back (even if its just his old content) because it makes me feel like the site has come full circle. For a while, HeroForce was just a skin site but it is rapidly evolving into more. Hopefully with the Freedom Force series being on Steam and loyal gamers always looking for new content – Freedom Force and HeroForce will continue to grow.

HeroForce - Freedom Force Skins, Meshes, and Add-ons

HeroForce - Freedom Force Skins, Meshes, and Add-ons

Sharbat Gula – The Afghan Girl

Sharbat Gula - The Afghan Girl

Sharbat Gula - The Afghan Girl

Since I first saw this photo it has been forever burnt in my mind and is probably why I chose the internet handle “AfghanAnt”.

The Secret History of an Avatar – AfghanAnt

Like many Freedom Force skinners, I’ve designed and redesign my avatar more times than I’ve skinned any other character. In fact, I realized that after I completed my latest reskin of AfghanAnt I should do a blog post about the evolution of the character. So without further ado I present the secret history of AfghanAnt.

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Originally designed for a weekly comic strip – Hyperion, the Hyper-Man was the proto-AfghanAnt. He was an alien superhero who was stranded in Japan and being chased by an being known only as the Cosmic Dual Spoon Witch – insane. Created on 03/08/03,  Lord Ehmsidy modeled the original mesh and I provided the skin for the character. Even though his name was “Hyperion”, many people on the pre-Freedom Reborn referred to him as AfghanAnt which was my username and it just stuck.

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In 2004 during the height of the “Similar-6’s” era, this version of my avatar was created by Ink for the opening of our new site – HeroForce.

V2 had a few changes, he became more adult looking and his cape switched locations over all he was the same. It wasn’t until his reimagined history for Dr Mike’ mod, Tales of the Navigator did he become something new. Instead of an Japanese Superman, AfghanAnt became Afkarr N’nant, a warrior/diplomat of the Z’zen people and member of the H.I.V.E.

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Created in late 2005, V3 of AfghanAnt became the focal point of a whole universe of original know as HIVEworld. Now AfghanAnt had an nemesis in Nox Blatta, a sidekick in Pupae, and a sister in Halal Hornet.

This version of AfghanAnt received the most attention from the Freedom Force community and this generated numerous other characters to fill out his universe and backstory. V3 was the longest used of my AfghanAnt avatars and was  redesigned by The Ultimate Evil, Courtnall 6, and Tomato.

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V4 of AfghanAnt was created on a whim back in late 2008. I wanted to return AfghanAnt to his “Hyper-man” roots and decided to update Lord Ehmsidy’s original mesh to match my original drawing. I severely depowered AfghanAnt V4, his hyper-bands no longer gave him Superman-like powers and he relied on a pistol known as “Killer Sting”. This version of AfghanAnt appears in the Freedom Reborn avatar mod, in the HF promo by The Ultimate Evil, and in my blog’s banner – look up.

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Inspired by Tap43’s redesign, I decided to update my avatar once again but this time I wanted something that would last. So I combine my Photoshop skill with my design knowhow to not only make AfghanAnt look more alien but militant. I decided to make him golden hued as well as change his eyebrows and hair color to reflect his departure from the previous versions. I think sub-consciously I was channeling Ed Mcguinness in the look. Overall with this redesign I just wanted something super clean and well executed. After all these years, I think I got him right.

So there you have it – seven years of my avatar AfghanAnt. If you want to see more of my work, stop by HeroForce and feel free to comment about the change.

Freedom Force Skins, Meshes, and Add-ons @ HeroForce

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The New HeroForce

As some of you may know I create add-on content for Irrational Games’ Freedom Force and its sequal Freedom Force vs The Third Reich (FFVTR). What you may not know is that I’m 1/4 of a content site called HeroForce.

While its mostly Freedom Force skins and skopes/meshes, HeroForce is increasing its content to also include more add-ons, such as fxs and maps, to enhance gameplay. To do this we had to recruit a new member – Unkoman.

For about two years now, Pod, TUE and I have mostly created owned content for the game but with Unkoman being a part of the team not only do we get a mapper and fxer, we get a sleuth of originals and Irrational skins for Freedom Force. I am personally excited to have his content on the site because it shows that Freedom Force is just as much of a Superman vs Wolverine game as it is an Originals game (I should have taken been notes from House Quake and Carravaggio for a long time).

Even a Marvel and DC Comics junkie like me has his own universe with my HIVEworld. Based on idea by Dr Mike’s Tales of the Navigator, HIVEworld is a sci-fi universe where insect-like superhumans exist – I personally think it is pretty intense. I also have a couple of original characters from an abandoned mod with Unkoman called Weird World. So you can see HeroForce becoming a more rounded and better content add-on site for Freedom Force and FFVTR which is good thing creatively and for our fans. And now that you can buy the Freedom Force Bundle on Steam, expect some really amazing original Freedom Force content from me (and maybe the other guys too) soon.

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HeroForce is Back, ya'll

For high quality Freedom Force skins and add-ons from some of the best, visit HeroForce.

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Blackest Night: Blue Lantern Afkarr N’nant

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Blackest Night: Black Lantern Afkarr N’nant

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