On hiatuses and the stress of producing paid content.

So it’s been a while.

When I shut this blog down last year, I had wanted to do so with a grand send-off, a farewell, and a series of excellent articles. But things didn’t go that way. I was in a bad way when I posted my last update and simply couldn’t bring myself to write a proper explanation for the downfall of the blog, or why things ended the way they did. Over a year later, however, I feel it’s important that I explain myself and delve a little into what happened.

The first part is focusing on Patreon.

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Katsuhiro Otomo’s Memories Review

I love short form experimental media. People simply working with a basic premise or prompt, given a deadline and a budget, and told to make something short and simple. Short stories, one-shot comics, all appeal to me on a profound level. So it should then come as no surprise that I would like short movie collections, like Katsuhiro Otomo’s Memories. Memories is a collection of 3 sci-fi shorts from 3 directors, crossing genre lines and merging themes into a medley of unique works.

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Patreon Thank-You Post for April 2017, and Delayed Apologies

This past month or so has been insanely busy and stressful to a point that is difficult to articulate, and it’s felt like the world has done all it can to prevent me from getting updates out. I had the laptop that I do most of my art, writing, and assorted activities on die on me, I had difficulty dealing with customer support on my protection plan, I had to prepare for and plan a trip to Boston (and while in Boston had little time to write), and had to work through all of that. As a result, I found myself unable to capture screenshots from games or DVDs, lost any and all free time to dealing with tech support, and didn’t even have time to properly convey why updates had been delayed yet again.

Having said all that, I’ll be damned if I see out the month without a single update. I’ve more on the way that should hopefully come out soon, but as of this post going up there is an update on Patreon for $10+ backers. I would like to apologize for not getting this out sooner, and would like to give a huge thanks to all the backers who made this possible. Thank you to Aleena Tuabin, Steven Hopkins, Space Queen Galacta Q, ChorpSaway, and Bad Game Hall of Fame! I apologize yet again for the delays.

Patreon Thank-You Post for March 2017

Apologies for how late this got out, I’ve been suffering major burnout lately. However, I’d still like to take a moment to thank everyone who continues to support me and this blog, even after my recent announcement. My sincerest gratitude to Aleena Tuabin, Chorpsaway, Steven Hopkins, Space Queen Galacta Q, and Bad Game Hall of Fame! Thank you all for your support, and I hope you continue to enjoy my writing even past this blog’s lifetime!

Endings, Farewells, and What Comes Next

When I started Evagaming, the precursor to Skirt Defense Force, it was never meant to be more than a dumping ground for my writings about games and anime. I eventually moved to WordPress to avoid the community and UI of tumblr, and set up my Patreon when I lost my job to help keep myself afloat. Since then, my blog has grown in ways I never thought possible and people have supported me in ways I can never repay. It has been a very meaningful two years for my blog.

It is thus with a heavy heart that I must announce Skirt Defense Force will stop updating by the end of May.

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Patreon Thank-You Post for February 2017

February was another rough month for me in terms of writing, but I am getting better at keeping on top of stuff and not letting myself get too far behind! I would like to take a moment to thank all those who have stuck with me while I get things in order, including Steven Hopkins, Space Queen Galacta Q, Chorpsaway, and Aleena Tuabin! Thank you so much for your support, and I hope you continue to enjoy reading my blog!

On Mature Themes in Children’s Media

Around the time Pokemon Sun and Moon came out, I heard some odd murmerings. Numerous people could be found saying the game was too dark, that they should have left out the darker undertones of the story. One comment that particularly struck me was someone saying children’s media should strive to depict the world as we want it to be, not the darker aspects of the world that is.

Now, I am not one to advocate for ultra-dark themes in Children’s media. I’m not looking to scar kids, and I certainly don’t want to scare them away from growing up. That being said, I think it’s important that media targeted at children shouldn’t be afraid to tackle issues which crop up in the real world. Both because children can handle this, and because it’s something they likely will, or even may have already, encountered.

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