January 25, 2010
Scary-Crayon’s sixth anniversary!!!

YES! It’s hard to believe, but Scary-Crayon turns six years old today. I’d like to wax poetic about what that means to me, but I just don’t have the words — suffice it to say that as long as I have stuff to post (and can afford the hosting fees), SC will continue to stick around ye olde Internetz. Hopefully some of y’all out there regard that as a good thing!

Okay, as is traditional for the anniversary, we’ve got multiple features for you to celebrate with. First up, a quickie: Dusty Plastic HELLside #11. I told you the Triceratops Ranger would be appearing again… I just didn’t think it’d take him so long. Ah well, he’s here now and that’s what matters!

Next up, a long-overdue summary review of an episode of “Wuzzles”! It’s been a long time since I’ve done an article like this, so let me know what you think. I will say, however, that I kinda miss articles writing like this — sure, they’re mostly recapping, but there’s plenty of room for snark and jokes and odd analytical insights that I don’t often get to indulge in, say, the toy reviews that have dominated SC as of late.

And then we pop over to the games category for a review of the DOS version of Body Blows! Apparently I haven’t done a game review since 2007 (wow), so I really enjoyed writing this one as well. Hopefully we’ll see more of them in the future! I did pick up Power Rangers: Super Legends with intent to review it, so maybe that’ll show up on the site before too much longer. And oh, I’m trying something new here with videos. I’ve noticed that when visiting other sites I sometimes have issues playing videos with embedded players, so I’ve just gone the simpler route of uploading the videos to YouTube and including links at the end of the article. Just about everybody can watch stuff on YouTube, right? And if you’ve got the proper codecs, you can download the larger, higher-quality encodes to watch from your hard drive. Let me know what you think about those, too — they probably don’t need to be quite so large in terms of size, so I could see reducing their visual quality in the future.

Finally, our amazing, fashion-conscious contributor Mickey Glitter is here to help us celebrate with the final installment of Sarah Jane Smith Fashionista Fever! Lots of images and captioned hilarity in this one, so enjoy! I’m glad that we had the ability to share this series with all of you and look forward to hosting future articles by the Glitterific One, whether they’re rooted in the Whoniverse or not. In any case, expect more Doctor Who- and Sarah Jane-related content in 2010 and beyond!

And that’ll do it for today’s celebratory features — but don’t think that there won’t be more content in the near future! In keeping with our return to neglected categories, I’ve got a new Foodstuffs piece on the horizon, not to mention several ideas for upcoming Spectare reviews. I’d also like to do more Crayon Haiku and Dusty Plastic HELLside installments, though I’m kicking around the idea of posting them in the blog (I’d still have links to them with thumbnails in the content structure) rather than having separate single pages them that then link to blog entries. If you’ve got any strong feelings about that change one way or the other, please let me know!

And yeah, we’ll also be adding more Playthings content, but I’ll be trying to increase my focus on items that you wouldn’t generally see spotlighted on sites in our general circle. Among other things, a couple of Juku Couture clothing sets and some really kickass dollar store toys are queued up for review. So yes, stay tuned!

Before I end this entry, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of you who’ve visited Scary-Crayon over the years. Granted, I get a lot of enjoyment out of maintaining and writing for the site, but without you guys I’d have no reason to share it and it wouldn’t feel nearly as rewarding. And if you’ve got a moment, please leave a comment below — whether you’ve got something to add about today’s features or anything else. In particular, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the kinds of things you wish I’d write more about (or less about) and any other suggestions you might have. Knowing which articles were your favorites among more recent pieces might also be helpful. And if there’s something you think we do especially well here, please point it out so that we can keep doing it!

Until next time (and forevermore!), I sincerely wish y’all all the best. :mrgreen:

-posted by Wes | 3:38 pm | Comments (14)
  • Mickelodeon says:

    Happy birthday, scary-crayon! And it is I who should be thanking you for really being the impetus behind exploring my obsession with ourn Tharah! Jane! and her thartorial thelf. Can’t wait to read the other articles, too! =)

  • Brian says:

    wes.. – my favorite pieces have always been about foodstuffs.. especially your homemade concoctions, but i’ve also liked your treks like the free taco day one, etc. – secondly, the game reviews are really cool.. the X-men sticks out in my mind.. – i also liked your greeting card series.. – the obscure cartoon write-ups are great, also..

    the toy articles are my least favorite because they’re more analytical and i feel showcase less of your personality.. – but i’ll be continuing to drop by wherever you take S-C in the future..

    • Wes says:

      Thanks, Brian — I appreciate your comments! I agree that there’s sometimes less room to assert my voice in the toy reviews, but I’m hoping that reviewing more unconventional products (dolls, dollar store toys, etc.) will give me more space to do that. 🙂

      • “It might be suitably high class, but that just sounds woefully inefficient to me. ”

        Really enjoyed the Wuzzles piece — would love to see more of your takes on random animated series’.

  • clark says:

    Congratulations on six years! I wish I had found your site sooner, but I’ve been visiting it for about a year now and always like to see what’s on your mind (even though it scares me sometimes….oh yeah “scary” crayon :P).

    • Wes says:

      Thanks, clark! I suppose it doesn’t really matter when one comes around, since all of the previous content is archived on the site. Heck, earlier articles even preserve the horrendous colors of the original layout. 🙂

  • Ragey says:

    Merry six years! I’m always a huge sucker for your game reviews, and crappy fighting games always tickle my fancy so I totally loved this entire update. I think I missed out on a few of the older Sarah Jane articles, so I’ll need to catch up on those before the next part comes out!

    • Wes says:

      Ragey! I keep meaning to e-mail you… I should do that.

      Anyway, thanks! Yeah, Body Blows… so much potential, and it might’ve been more fun in a one-player capacity if the CPU weren’t such a cheating bastard, but alas. And Sarah Jane! This series of articles may be done, but I’ve no doubt that she’ll appear on SC in the near future. In any case, the Fashionista Fever series can now be more easily navigated due to the handy new links at the bottom of each installment. 😀

  • the Jax says:

    Happy Birthday Scary-Crayon! *sigh* Before you can blink, it’ll be old enough to vote.

  • DrNightmare says:

    That fighting-guy wearing the faded denim outfit and trucker hat…it’s Ash Ketchum from Pokemon! Nintendo has some splainin’ to do!


  • Catherine De Luca says:

    I LOVE the Sarah Jane articles about her choice of clothes. Don’t worry you’re not alone with family and friends walking in on you when you’re reciting the characters lines….about the banter between Rose and Sarah about monsters they’ve met. I always thought when Sarah exclaims “Daleks!” and Rose replies “Met the Emperor” Sarah should have shot back with “Met the creator”. Am I alone in this thought?

    • Mickelodeon says:

      I’m with you, Catherine. She had already wiped the floor with Rose in that scene and pointing out she’d met Davros would have been so much icing on the cake. Here’s hoping I can relive that fun (for me), scary for my brother-in-law next week. =)

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