January 25, 2009
Scary-Crayon’s Fifth Anniversary! (Now with bootleg TMNT and SCARY FACES!)

Hidey-ho, minna-san! You didn’t think we’d let the site’s fifth anniversary pass without comment, did you? Yes, it’s been five years since we first opened our virtual doors on January 25, 2004. (Much of the early site content was online since 2003, though, and some people were able to access it via Google… so technically Jax is correct.) I wasn’t sure I’d still be doing the site in five years, but here I am! Will Scary-Crayon still be around in 2010? Let’s hope it survives in some shape or form.

Anyway, before we break out the party hats, mea culpas on my part — I don’t have nearly as much content ready as I’d hoped to have to mark the occasion. That said, I’m going to post what we’ve got now and keep working throughout the day to get as much as I can up! I’m going to try to get at least one more article up today, two if I can, and three if I’m really good. If I only get one up, expect the second one tomorrow, with the third to follow sometime later in the week. If I get two up, expect the third to follow later in the week. And if I get all three up… I’ll be damned impressed with myself. In any case, there will be more content later in the week, so you can call this a week-long SC celebration if you like. 🙂

First things first — more haiku! With A Crayon Haiku #111 through 117 hitting today, it’s looking more and more likely that we’ll be able to break 200 by the year’s end. I mean, we’re almost to #120 and has a fifth of the year passed? Nope! Most of these haiku are self-explanatory, but let’s give Deep Dive Batman and Jax some love for being awesome. ‘Cause they both are. One is an action figure, one is a human being, but still. Awesome. Thanks for the scary lightswitch cover, Jax! And there’s also a “baby picture” of SC in there — that is, a screencap of the one of the earliest SC layouts, which I painstakingly (not really, though it did take a tiny bit of work since my old files were all over the place) restored from my old files specifically for today. Call it digitally remastered! I think things look way better today, though admittedly I’ll always have a soft spot for the drab maroon and grey. If I ever get my own residence, I’ll have to paint a room with opposing maroon and grey walls. 🙂

Aaaand back to mentions of awesome people, Mickey Glitter is back with Sarah Jane Smith Fashionista Fever! Part 4! I’m always glad to host guest articles on the site, and one of the highlights of 2008 for me and SC was having Mickey grace the site with her wit, writing skill, and curious obsession with Sarah Jane’s footwear. Thanks a bunch, Mick — here’s hoping for encore features involving “The Sarah Jane Adventures”! 😀

Alrighty, that’ll do us for now — hopefully I’ll have more in a few hours, In which case I will simply update this post. TTFN!

UPDATE: Well, that took a bit longer than expected, but here’s the review of the Courageous Righteous Bootleg Turtles. It’s still a little rough and needs to be checked for typos, but that takes time and I wanted it up now! So if you see some, mention them in the comments for bonus points or something. 😉

And now (after I get the front and content pages updated, anyway) it’s back to work to see if I can’t get another article up! Doesn’t look like it’ll be ready before midnight for those of you on the East Coast, but it just might make it for West Coasters. In any case, while these TMNT bootlegs are pretty awesome, believe me when I say that the best — and weirdest — is yet to come.

UPDATE: So I didn’t make it in time for the West Coasters, but here it is: a review of the greatest coloring book of all time. I really love this book, and I seriously feel proud to have posted this article. Is that weird? I think it’s weird. I almost never feel proud, but today’s articles have stirred those feelings in me.

Happy anniversary, Scary-Crayon. I love you, you inanimate, eldritch online chronicle of random wackiness. And you too, faithful readers! Scary-Crayon spreads love for all. <3

Except, of course, stuff that it doesn’t love.

-posted by Wes | 12:17 pm | Comments (12)
  • Mickelodeon says:

    Happy Birthday, Scary-Crayon! I was going to buy some crazy rubberbands and send them as a birthday present…at this rate, they’ll be late. But still, happy happy birthday! =)

  • Wes says:

    Thank you, Mickey! And thank you for contributing entertainment to the birthday party! We do look forward to more Sarah Jane Smith Fashionista Fever! in 2009. 🙂

  • Mickelodeon says:

    I totally loved that article – even *before* the reference to Adric. =) I so want to print out the images and give them to Star and Bar when they’re old enough to be over the princess/puppy/unicorn stage of coloring books…

  • i haven’t had the chance to look at the content yet.. that’ll come later tonight and in the days to follow.. – but, did want to make a quick comment and say congratulations, wes! S-C is one of the few sites i visit regularly and i really appreciate it because its so unique.. – looking forward to ’09!

  • Wes says:

    Mick: You should do that! I’m sure Star and Bar would enjoy them. And who says little girls can’t enjoy princesses and ponies and monster balls? You should send Star a Madball to test the waters. 😉

    Brian: Thanks! Here’s hoping that you are entertained when you get around to reading the pieces. Hopefully I’ll have more for the site in the days to follow as well!

  • I have a color variant on those Bootlegs. Thought you’d like to see them. 🙂


  • Wes says:

    Thanks for sharing, Stephan! Where did you happen to find those?

  • I know I’m a little late but….


    Yeah, I haven’t been here in awhile because after watching the Appleseed films (which I highly recommend, especially Appleseed Ex Machina), I decided to learn CG animation. So far, it’s a lot of fun, and some of the projects I had been planning to do in flash, I’ll probably be doing in Blender (www.blender.org), instead.

    Anyway, back on topic, those “Courageous Righteous” figures are really pretty neat. I like it when someone injects a little creativity into what is otherwise a rip-off bootleg. Those would be the next best thing to having an Our Friend Power Five toy!

    The coloring book was kinda neat, too. And, it’s another great example of adding some creativity to a knock-off. It would seem weird that the publishing company would sue somebody though. “Glass houses” and all that.

  • Stephan @ TheTurtleVan.com says:

    @ Wes

    Teh Ebayz

  • the Jax says:

    Happy Birthday SC! You brighten my day! (nyuk, nyuk) Sorry I wasn’t counting years when I made the switchplate; I only glanced at the copyrights at the bottom of your pages.

    Lots of great articles from you lately, Wes! Live long & prosper!

  • Wes says:

    Tetsu: Thanks for the well wishes! And Blender, eh? I swung by the site and saw two of my favorite terms when it comes to software: “free” and “open source.” I look forward to seeing whatever you come up with!

    Also, with respect to the company’s lawsuit, technically you can’t trademark generic monster balls… so it’s not as if Scary Faces was in violation of any copyrights or trademarks that I know of. Back then, there were probably at least three different mass market lines of monster balls (besides the generic discount knockoff stuff), with maybe a couple more that followed in the early 90s. Monster balls were hot.

    Stephan: Ah, eBay. Is there anything you can’t buy on there?

    Jax: That’s cool — I figured that that’s where you’d gotten the year! 🙂 And thank you for the well wishes and compliment as well. Hopefully SC articles will continue to brighten your days in 2009 and beyond!

  • TwinbeeMkII says:

    Hiya Wes, Twinbee from the Technodrome forums. Just thought I’d post that I believe I’ve found the origins of our bootleg buddies here. They look to be taken from “Street Surfin’ Leo” from the Next Mutation line : http://www.tmnttoys.com/97figu...../33101.htm It seems to match all the various versions of Courageous Righteous. Hope this helps you out, and keep on bootin’.

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