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A Word With Street Fighter Artist Ivan “Vancamelot” Camelo

4 Jun

I recently had the opportunity to interview artist Ivan “Vancamelot” Camelo who currently resides in Colombia. He’s been making major news lately over his Street Fighter art. His art has recently been published in the Street Fighter 25th Anniversay Tribute Artbook.

(Please note: Vancamelot is not fluent in English but was gracious enough to do an interview with me)

Could you give the readers a brief background on who you are? 

I’m a 35 years old Colombian artist. I have always been a full-time geek, drawing most of my time, even in my spare time and in family gatherings. I started off deciding to study graphic design. After that, I got involved in boring jobs designing logos, making Web pages – which I hate doing, really hate it… and educational courses, but I kept drawing. Then I got a job in animation and love it… but I need a lot of time to make an animation …and I always made the same character day after day …then I became a little bored, there I met two of my best friends, after that I met a great woman (“Klaus”) who is my Muse, my special support and my lucky amulet.

Now I am creating art for social network video games and I feel that only now I really love my job….not even feel it’s a job….LOL…. but they pay me. 🙂

What got you into Street Fighter? 

I saw “Street Fighter I” when i was 14 years old. It was love at first sight, 5 years later Capcom had given me more hope with “Street fighter II”. That game had so many characters with individual move sets, combos, and fighting styles. Capcom continued to fuel my love for their video game franchise with a great anime series, a spectacular Animated Movie, toys, tons of art books, console adaptations and more sequels ….

When I was in the university I saw the best game ever…. “Street Fighter III” , I was freaking out with their animation and their bigger sprites This game is one of the most strategic games I’ve ever seen. ( The story still continues… )

Street fighter has always been my companion throughout the years…. Thanks again Mr. Ono. 

Who are you inspirations?

My inspirations are Arthur de Pins, Akiman, Yoyi Shinkawa, Cheeks , Zeoarts and Hirohiko Araki.

Who is your favorite Street Fighter character and who is your favorite character to draw? 

My favourite character is Guile and for Drawing is Akuma.

Do you plan on coming to the US in the future? I would love to see you in an artist alley. 

I really want to share my time with other people, fans ( I love them ) and trolls (they really amuse me) around the world… So my first place to go will be US. I will try to go in the Next year.

Did Capcom publish any of your art?  

My art was published in the MEGAMAN TRIBUTE ARTBOOK and now in the STREET FIGHTER 25TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE (This limited edition set is a “must-have” )

Any last words and shoutouts? 

Drawing all day, and to love my chick “Klaus” all the time.

Greetings to the people who really enjoy what I do…. and remember “Don’t feed the trolls”.

(After the interview, Vancamelot sent me original DJ Teddy Eddy art and a message:)

Please accept this Gift!!! ( The Picture…Lol!!!) 

Greetings Bro!!!

Thanks so much for the art and interview! I love the DJ Teddy Eddy Art!

Vancamelot’s Deviant Art Page:

http://vancamelot.deviantart.com/

I Work Out

29 May

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Yeah, like many people, I get lazy working out. Hopefully, this blog will help get me out of my funk and start working out regularly again. To do this, I plan on reviewing new and old mixes of different DJ’s while I get my fit on.

If you know of any mixes I should check out, let me know.

Just like LMFAO – I work out!

Filipino Video Game Site Back2Gaming: A Word with Vincent Haoson

16 May

I recently had the opportunity to interview the creator of Back2Gaming, one of the Philippine’s top gaming blogs as of late. We talked about a little about the history of the site and even the local game scene.

What is the history of Back2Gaming (B2G)?

B2G started off as just a formless idea for myself when I was still studying. Since I wanted to write for Game magazines back then. After years of false starts B2G finally came about when I decided to just go start it almost 4 years ago when I was still a freelance game reviewer. The name came from a friend of mine. We were just chatting and I threw him my thoughts about setting up the blog which was nameless back then. When I said goodbye and told him I’m going back to gaming he told me why don’t I use that as my blog title jokingly. I decided to go with it, even if he thought it wasn’t really a good name.

Tell me about your site Back2Gaming.

Back2Gaming is a blog composed of gamers (up until recently when we added another writer who’s mostly into anime, manga and figmas) where we cover local and international gaming industry news. We also review games and as you can see peripherals and the occasional hardware that passes by our hands.

I think back2gaming is a really good name, what is the goal of your site?

It’s basically a news site concentrating on the video games industry in all forms. We hope to eventually become one of the names in the Philippine’s gaming scene that provides not only up-to-date news and updates but also top-notch video game related content that only we can provide.

Is it true that B2G won an award for Best Video Game Blog in the Philippines?

Yes we did, we were awarded the Best Video Game blog during the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards.

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For the international readers that do not know much about the Philippine video game scene, what could you tell me about it?

The Philippine video game scene is pretty diverse. The biggest share of the gamers fall into two major classifications which are the MMO players and the MOBA/ARPG gamers with the local market mostly composed of people who would rather play games at net shops. The F2P model which can be found on MOBA/ARPG and MMOs are the general favorite. However there are dedicated groups for each of the major consoles and mobile platforms.

What do you know about the fighting games scene?

The local fighting game scene in the country is pretty niche however there has been a strong following by individual gamers who have their own consoles at home or have enough funds to continually hang out at arcades. There are organized groups that cater to specific titles such as Pinoy2DFighters (http://www.pinoy2dfighters.com/) which are composed of mainly patrons of the 2D fighting genre such as Blazblue, Street Fighter, Marvel Vs Capcom, etc. On the other hand the 3d fighting game scene is dominated by Tekken who is currently enjoying steady stream of fans and in fact even Katsuhiro Harada (Tekken creator) has shown favorable support to the local Tekken fighting scene.

I personally am interested in seeing the Philippine fighting games scene grow. I would love to see more media coverage of it which is important for growth. I know that you have specialized B2G fighting game writers for this as well.

Yup, on a more personal note, I’d love to see the day when other video game genres get as much fans as, say MMOs and the MOBA scene. I’d like to think that the local gaming scene has a more diversified sense of taste at least in video games which sadly has been a frustratingly disappointing (but enduring) hope of mine.

As for specialized writers, I have Billy Anonuevo to cover the fighting games scene but there are other writers who are either into or are familiar to the fighting game genre and community.

Nice! What could you tell me about the rhythm games scene in the Philippines? I heard games like DJ Max and Technika are popular there.

Yes that’s right. The Rhythm games scene in the country is alive and kicking. You’d get to see people line up on games such as Guitar Freaks, Drum Mania on weekends or during cons since most of the players are anime/jpop/kpop fans as well. You’d also see people sweating it out on dance games and even DJ Technika players on certain days and occasions.

I heard that your site was going to get more into anime and have a new anime writer. What could you tell me about that?

Me and Bossmac used to also co-write and manage another blog that’s catered to the otakus. However since we wanted to expand and have a wider range of topics we decided to invite the main owner of otakuako and my RL friend Jonathan Ang. He’s mostly into animes, mangas and even prepares cosplay galleries at Otakuako, and hopefully we could bring that into the mix in Back2Gaming as well.

What is the link to this site?

www.otakuako.com

I’m pretty happy that there are people such as yourself helping the Philippine gamer and anime scene. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Well, my heart has always been on the video game scene since the day I first held my famicom controller player so yeah so I’d like to think that video games has been in my blood since I was a child. However, I’d like to say that video games have and always been a means of entertainment and shouldn’t be a person’s whole life unless you plan to make a living out of it. Either you can go for the pro league where your work is basically playing video games competitively or you can follow the game journalist route, where you’d need to be not just knowledgeable in video games generally, you also need to know how to construct sentences.

If you want to prove to the world (or your parents, siblings etc.) that video games is more than just a passing hobby, prove it with actions and keep the passion! Because the road is not easy but something that’s worth it is never always easy to get.

Thanks for the interview!

Thanks for the opportunity!

www.back2gaming.com