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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: November 20, 2017, 02:27:32 AM »
Hey guys, excited for the gift-giving goodness this year, as always. :guts: As a special bonus, I created a 5th anniversary postcard to share with everyone, regardless of whether they're participating in Secret Schnoz or not (Please PM me your address if you'd like one). See a sneak preview of the card here:




Of course, those who already sent their addresses to Incantation and I will receive a postcard automatically. The cards have been sent out to print, so look out for your cards in December sometime! :ubik:

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Favorite Volume Cover (Poll Results)
« on: November 17, 2017, 04:24:13 PM »
Cool stuff, thanks for sharing, Walter! A worthy top 5 (even if my personal fave, Volume 18, didn't make the top 10! :sad: ).

I'm glad that Volume 39 is getting some love! I have to say that I'm surprised that 13 got such a high spot. While it's a pretty iconic cover, it doesn't exactly bring up good memories. Plus, Dark Horse slapped a sticker on the front of mine that I'm still too scared to scrape off! :magni:

I wonder what a poll like this would look like for Japanese-speaking fans. It's always interesting to see what stands out to different cultures.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 12, 2017, 11:34:24 PM »
Sorry that you won't be able to join us this year Johnstantine! Hope you have a lovely holiday, regardless.  :griffnotevil:

Just a quick note to everyone who's still thinking about participating - you still have 3 days to PM Incantation and myself. :guts:

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2016! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 06, 2017, 04:15:16 AM »
A pleasure as always, Rhomby! Thanks to those of you who have sent in PMs with your addresses and gift preferences for this year. I'll be sending out a reminder in a few days.

And I should also mention that this year's banner is up. Sorry for the delay, I have been under the weather (another staple of the season). :judo: Anyways, enjoy! The banner is on display on the front page, and the banners from previous years have been freed from the curse of Photobucket. Hurray!


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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2016! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:40:02 PM »
Good to have you back in the game, Branded! :guts:

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 01, 2017, 05:09:18 PM »
Guess what, guys! It's that time of year again! Secret Schnoz 2017 is about to get underway, so as usual, please PM Incancation and/or myself with the following info if you'd like to participate in SK.net's very own Secret Santa game:

1. The address you'd like to have your gift mailed to.
2. If you want to leave the option open for a potential digital gift, or are not comfortable giving out a physical address, provide a Steam ID or email.
3. Please provide 3 gift preferences. These preferences can be anything from t-shirts to Berserk-themed merch, to games and movies!

Don't forget to refer to the first post of this thread with rules and other important info.

Since this year is a big one for us, Incantation and I have a special extra gift planned for all of our friends! This year we'll be mailing out a free 5th anniversary Secret Schnoz postcards to anyone and everyone who requests them. You don't have to participate in Secret Schnoz to receive a postcard, so please feel free to PM me here or elsewhere with your preferred address, and I will send it in the next couple of months.

Excited for another year of gift-giving and fun with you guys! Please stay tuned for an updated Schnoz banner, in the meantime. :slan:

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Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: October 16, 2017, 04:26:09 AM »
My color sense is still really pretty weak, I started out with everything kinda candy color and just kept remixing it until it didn't hurt my eyes, and then tried to get the Team a little more saturated than the rest.  Then overall color washes/adjustments to make it hang together properly.

 :ganishka: It's good to know that our methods of coloring aren't so different!

Thanks!  It took me forever yeah I kept changing my mind about stuff, and I was only working on it while I was playing D&D.  The big looming guys with hats are my faves I think.

One of many things I do love about this color is how you can better make out all of the creatures drawn for this single spread. It's a little overwhelming (in a good way) in black and white, but seeing it all in color is just great. I have the feeling that a lot of people, including myself, might be changing their wallpapers!

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 90
« on: September 13, 2017, 07:04:27 PM »
A tad late to the party, but just finished the last morsel of listening here at work. Great work on this podcast, guys! You can bet that next time I see someone going on about Guts using the beherit, they'll be getting a link to this thread. :guts:

As a sidenote, I'm really relieved that none of the burning questions included discrepancies about the names of Guts or Casca. Those used to be so much more prevalent, sad to say.

And Aaz, you cracked me up with "take that, Tolkien!" You sure showed him, bud. :ganishka:

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Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: September 11, 2017, 06:47:23 PM »
Great work Lith, as usual! The rich green color of the forest floor has just the right amount of yellow, and Serpico's cloak stands out nicely as a result, and yet without clashing. Impressive!

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: September 04, 2017, 01:16:46 AM »
So... The Return is over.

I think I'm still in shock, but my main thought at the moment is that I like how Lynch and Frost took the one indisputable"fact" of the show, Laura's death, and turned it on its head. I'm still trying to unpack everything that's happened, including the mind-boggling last half hour of episode 18, because there's no doubt that there are a few easily-missed details that may help explain what we just witnessed. Richard Horne turned out to be a red herring, and Audrey and Coop never had their reunion! I'm really sad about that. I also wish that Coop would have gotten some more time with the rest of the old cast.

What do folks think about a potential fourth season at this point? I feel like it could go either way. There was no doubt from the beginning that Lynch and Frost had no intention of answering every lingering question from the original run, but I feel like a lot of new characters and ideas were introduced without much of an idea of what they were intended to communicate. What was the deal with the drug addicted lady saying "119?" What about Bob's "Mother"? Who was the friend of the Fireman who held Laura's orb and gave it a good luck kiss? And what in the hell ever happened to Billy?! :ganishka:

Ultimately, I enjoyed the ride, but I'm still raring for more. Time to pre-order my copy of the Final Dossier. :casca:


EDIT: Forgot to add that this episode gave me some classic Lynch/Lost Highway vibes. The theme of somebody not being who they think they are, or their identity changing, is a theme you see in a lot of Lynch's work. The inconclusive nature of the last moments of the episode definitely carried that feeling, as well.


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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Forum nostalgia
« on: August 07, 2017, 04:02:58 PM »
Nice thread idea Mr. Fancypants! :slan: Sometimes it's fun to remember the good ole days, and I have many pleasant recollections regarding this forum. Here are my answers to your questions:

1) How did you get to this forum?
I think I had just been searching around for a Berserk forum after starting the manga waaay back in 2005. Lurked around for a while and eventually joined up. Twelve years later, here we are.

2) Do you have some funny/interesting anecdotes?
  • Following my participation in the Ladies of SK.net calendar (which is a fun story in itself), the user Handsome Rakshas PMed me, asking me to send him the Rakshas mask I'd made. I tried to explain to him that the mask was nothing fancy, and just made out of printer paper, but he really seemed adamant about getting one. He did this at least twice, but he never sent me his address. :ganishka:
  • Back in the days of the Flash chat, Walter or Aaz or Griffith would sometimes let loose the chat bot Mecha Xech. It was apparently a reference to a much-hated troll user named Xechnao, but I didn't know that at the time. We would have so much fun trying to run circles around Mecha Xech, who would try to keep up with our conversations with it. When it got confused, it would fall back on its favorite phrase, "Enough about that, let's talk about my dress!" - a saying that I still use to this day.
3) Do you miss another user that is not in the forum anymore?
There are times that I've gone back to old threads and wondered what happened to certain people. There are people who I never had a chance to talk to like theSkyTraveller, or folks that I wish were still around, like CnC, Handsome Rakshas, Serpico, SaiyajinnoOuji... Sarah of Borg, where are you? :judo: :judo: :judo:

4) Do you miss something in particular of the old days regarding forum stuff? (Idk how to express it...Maybe you miss a chatbox or an old forum style)
As glitchy and unpredictable as it was, the old Flash chat was where it was AT back in 2006. The summer of 2006 was really where I think I truly fell in love with the forum and the people here. Discord is nice too, but I haven't been hanging out in there for a while. I guess I should give it another try!

And of course, anyone who knows me from back in the day knows that I was all about the old oekaki. That was a sort of chatroom in itself, and at one point I think I was spending 4-5 hours a week just on Berserk oekakis. Again, it was based on Flash and had its share of glitches, but it was a special place and holds many a fond memory for me. Shoutout to Lith for saving all my old doodlies!

In general, the forum used to feel like a much smaller place. Now, the forum has grown with Berserk's notoriety, and while that isn't a bad thing, it's harder to get to know people unless they post enough to really stand out.

5) Did you make friendships here that go beyond the forum?
You betcha. :badbone: I married one!

I mean, if someday when Berserk ends and this forum closes or you just leave, would you keep in touch with someone you met here?
I would try to stick around here as long as I possibly could. You guys can't get rid of me! That said, I think we'd all somehow end up hanging around in the Berserk subreddit if SK.net truly were no more.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Lord Fancypantaloons at your service!
« on: August 05, 2017, 04:55:04 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Mr. Fancypants! I like the cut of your jib. Hope you stick around!

I found the 1997 anime and it kicked my pantaloons.

+1 Karma for giving me my first laugh of the weekend! :ganishka:

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: August 04, 2017, 03:22:20 PM »
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the movie, Delta! I don't think I'll ever end up seeing it (barring its inevitable SyFy airing :void: ), but it's sad to hear that it's about what everyone here expected.

I still think making The Gunslinger would have been a better choice. It's short enough, you could pretty much just use the book as the screenplay, and it would make for a fantastic movie, imo, with the option to continue the series if it did well.

I would agree, and it seems like the same pitfall that Berserk has fallen into with regards to adaptations. The most easily digestable, adaptation-friendly part of the series keeps getting left behind! :judo:

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 89
« on: July 31, 2017, 08:55:22 PM »
Sorry guys for the poor quality of my audio at the beginning. :judo: I had messed up my microphone settings, but it got fixed by the time of the actual reread portion. As always, lots of fun talkin' Berserk!

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: July 31, 2017, 07:27:01 PM »
This latest episode was a real disappointment, particularly Audrey's reveal. Billy Zane hasn't aged well at all!! :troll:

All joking aside, I'm not sure what Lynch and Frost were hoping for us to get out of this episode. I'm actually starting to miss the girl with the creepy rash.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: July 23, 2017, 03:12:40 PM »
This chart has come in handy when revisiting Season 2. That said, I would still recommend suffering through the second season in its entirety, if you can manage it without doing this -->  :mozgus:

I think that, like Walter said, Fire Walk with Me got a bad rap back in the 90s, but among Lynch fans nowadays, it's all good. So go forth and enjoy, once you're done with the rest of Season 2, that is. :carcus:

One piece of advice I would give is that you shouldn't necessarily feel like you need to rush to the "finish line" that is Season 3. Try to enjoy the ride and have a good time before worrying too much about the grand scheme of the Twin Peaks universe. You can only enjoy those big moments once!

Finally, hey guys, I finished the Untold History of Twin Peaks book, and I thought it was truly awful. Ask me anything!

Bummer! I still haven't gotten around to finishing the audiobook version, myself. I found a lot of the initial history to be dreadfully dry, but once I got past some of the more lengthy explanations, it was a lot more enjoyable. One thing I'm confused about (based on what I've heard from others) is how there are some apparent inconsistencies with the show that have lead people to believe that the book's referencing an "alternate" Twin Peaks in which some events involving the cast are slightly different. What's your take on that?

All that aside, I'm excited for the new episode tonight. Lynch has been doing a great job of juggling surreal/metaphysical and more mundane events in the show, and the past few episodes have been a fantastic example. I, too, am relishing every moment we have now with Dougie. Is anybody else bothered by Tammy's distracting wiggle-walk? I wonder if the actress was specifically directed by Lynch to do that. It just doesn't look natural.

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Creation Station / Re: The Art of Rapaz!
« on: July 17, 2017, 04:06:51 PM »
Fantastic work, as usual, Rapaz! I love the lighting and color choices. As far as subjects for illustration, this isn't one that you see very often. :slan:

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Happy Birthday, Kentarou Miura
« on: July 11, 2017, 02:56:55 PM »
Wow, another year already? A very happy birthday to Mr. Miura, I hope he doesn't spend it working. :ganishka:

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 39 release
« on: July 10, 2017, 05:38:36 PM »
Nice catch there, Sareth! Slimming down the neck was a good call.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: June 26, 2017, 04:08:40 PM »
This was definitely one of those episodes that will help you to improve your Lynchian vocabulary. :ganishka: It has a lot in common with Eraserhead, Mulholland Drive, and Lost Highway, but to me, still had a very distinct Twin Peaks feel, probably (to my surprise) I was able to unpack so much of it while it was happening. If anyone hasn't yet started on the History of Twin Peaks, this two week break might be a good time to get into it (I'm still working on it myself, but am already seeing some connections).

Gob and I were discussing the significance of the "birthing" of Laura Palmer's soul (or so it's heavily suggested in this episode). I'm still not sure how I feel about the idea of Laura being produced as an anti-Bob measure. I always liked the idea of Laura just being an ordinary girl faced with unspeakable evil. Anyone else have thoughts on this?

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: June 15, 2017, 03:30:56 AM »
Wondering what folks have made of the Arthurian connection yet. The Black Lodge is connected to Glastonbury Grove - Dougie lives on Lancelot Court, and Janey E. arranges to meet those men in a park with a cross-street called Guinevere. There's a chin-rubber!

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: June 05, 2017, 05:27:04 PM »
Another fantastic foray into the mysterious world of Twin Peaks! :ubik: I think that this episode did a great job of answering some questions while bringing up even more mysteries. A few observations:

Cooper seems to be taking his time getting back to his old self. The antics and frustrations that come up as a result of Cooper wandering around in Dougie's life feels very reminiscent of a comedic take on Lost Highway. I'm finding myself very curious about the boy and the addict woman living across the street from Dougie's parked car. I also am wondering what's going to connect the threads of the guys trying to kill Dougie, the $50k that Dougie owes, and the casino people.

Dr. Jacoby's side-business seriously cracked me up. The creep at the Bang Bang Bar that grabbed the girl was pretty scary - Gob has informed me that this guy's name is Richard Horne. Could it be Audrey's son?! Becky reminds me very much of Shelly from back in the original show: young, broke, and romantic. Her husband looks like a dope, but at least he's not an abusive dope. I definitely didn't recognize that the guy whose job he interviewed for was Mike(!).

The South Dakota plotline turned out to be my favorite part of this episode. I can't wait for more revelations on that end of things!

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 01, 2017, 09:30:35 PM »
The Directors Cut of Kingdom of Heaven is another example in the same way as Prometheus in that it's a massive letdown because all the work that went into the movie can't save it from the few glaringly obvious bad decisions. On the one hand this is a movie I really want to enjoy because it's a historical epic about the crusades that looks fantastic, has a great cast and if you're like me and enjoy long movies like the Godfather or Apocalypse Now, Kingdom of Heaven is four hours long and made in the classic Hollywood tradition containing an overture and an intermission. Scott could have a masterpiece on his hands here, even with the liberties taken with the actual history. But despite how much I want to like this movie I have no desire to ever sit through it again (although I did sit through it many times out of fascination). For the average person, once is enough, like Prometheus.

Man, this takes me back. The tragedy about Kingdom of Heaven is that it had what I felt like every opportunity to be a truly transcendent film: an ensemble cast, beautiful soundtrack, and a pretty unique setting that you don't see getting rehashed often. On top of that, there was some gorgeous cinematography and scenes that hinted at its potential greatness, but in the end it ended up feeling like a bit of a whoopee-cushion-gag-version of the Gladiator. I just don't know what happened with that one.

I think the part that ended up driving me most crazy were the two fellas that die in the very beginning of the movie, the Nordic-looking guy with the pig-tails and the other one who looked like he might have been North-African. Why kill off the two most intriguing-looking guys right at the start?! :ganishka: 12 years later and I'm still not over it, clearly!

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