What I Enjoyed, October 2017

October was a solid month! I spent lots of time drawing Inktober illustrations and Waves comics. I didn’t spend too much time digging into any film directors, authors, or video games, but here are the two things that stood out.


Blade Runner 2049

I love the look and story of this film. It lives up to the high bar of the original. I particularly like how it ends. There’s clearly this large overarching narrative and world, but the film chooses to focus on the human* relationships at play. I really respect that.

The sets and colors throughout are spectacular. While the setting is grim and dark and wet, there’s still distinctive colors and settings.

It pays homage to the original and expands the world without being annoying about it all. I’m excited to go back and watch the original, as well as the three short films again to see if I have a new perspective on them.

My only gripe is that I miss Vangelis’s score. I’m tired of fog horns. And it’s not that 2049‘s score isn’t good, it’s just not great.

2049 is my favorite film of 2017 so far. I left the film feeling incredibly inspired creatively, which is one of my favorite aspects of the medium of film. The medium can convey visually and aurally something unique and stunning, and that impacts me at my core.

A sidebar: thinking back to Ghost in the Shell from earlier this year, 2049 explores the similar territory and visual aesthetics in a much better way. I think in different hands, Ghost in the Shell could have been something quite special.


Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana


I’m a big fan of Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs), and I’ve been really loving the long-running Ys series of games lately. The latest title, Ys VIII takes place on a deserted island. The fast-paced action feels great, and I love orchestral rock music.

Here’s a trailer of the game to give you a sense of what it’s like:

Read my full impressions on Peaceful Respite, my blog about video games.

What’s Coming Up in November

There’s nothing in particular that I’m looking forward to in November. I’ve been playing a little bit of Super Mario Odyssey, so I’ll continue to play that, as well as Ys VIII. I’d also like to watch some films and read some comics, but I don’t have anything particular in mind.

Now that Inktober is over, I’m going to scan all of my pieces and put them together into a little ebook. It should be a good way to get familiar with that process. I’ll also be starting a new, non-serialized comic project in November. I’m not quite ready to share details about it yet, but I will soon. 🙂

Author: Brett Chalupa

day: software developer, night: adventurer, video maker, writer

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