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A few weeks ago or so, I said I wanted to upload some stuff based on the stuff I've been working on lately. Couple days after that, I got word that I was invited to go to Kids Read Comics, a convention that encourages... well, you know, it's in the title. So I've been very busy with that of the late, and that's why I haven't put up anything yet. Hopefully, later after the 20th and 21st, the days of said convention, I'll be freer. Thankfully, today, or rather this night, I finished the last of the creative stuff, so that's good.
  • Listening to: Nada
  • Reading: Bakuman Vol. 5
  • Watching: Danger Dolan's 15 Controversially Banned Cartoons
  • Playing: Godville
  • Eating: Nada
  • Drinking: Nada
You know what's a great moment? That moment when you see THAT character, the character with such a gorgeous design and such attention to the harmony between appearance ad personality, you just go, "Oh, yes. That's good." Come to think of it, it's probably just me, but it's a special moment when I see a brilliant character design. When an artist can brew their essence down until every single line in place lends itself to the emphasis of personality, be they corresponding or mismatched, and when each one of those lines is in just the right place, that's something beautiful.

Unfortunately, I don't see that very often. Things don't sing the way they could. There's a weird trend to make characters look nice-looking. Maybe not attractive, per se, but generally above average in terms of looks. I've mentioned this on one of my deviations before, but I'll say it again. I don't have a problem with characters that look attractive. I don't have any problem with art styles that make characters look fairly average, either. My issue is that the go-to look for characters seems to be exclusively highly idealized imagery. I'm not just referring to the stereotypical anime/manga resting visual, i.e. big eyes, small noses, and all that. I'm referring to parents looking like their children's teenaged siblings (when this isn't intentional) because the artist didn't want to make them look old. I'm referring to the vast majority of the characters being in their late teens to early 20s because that's the age when people look attractive. I'm referring to that really bizarre yet plot-heavy situation in which there A apparently looks better than B, but you can't see how because B looks exactly like A. And of course, I'm referring to when there's a really important, really touching moment when you really need the tear the emotion out of the characters, but the power of the moment never really hits that sweet spot because the artist doesn't want the characters to look unattractive.

Yes, yes, yes, there are styles that would cease to work with less idealized looks. For instance, if you're working with stick figures, "deep" expressions might not work. If your story is about idealized beings in some fashion or another, less idealized looks might not work. And no, no, no, I'm not saying, "Draw nothing but ugly people or you're a filthy hack!" I'm saying going for the best looking characters isn't the only option, and, in my opinion, there are better options.

Some of the most interesting designs I've seen have not been ones that fit into "conventionally attractive." For instance, one of the reasons Team Fortress 2's character designs are so praised so often is because the designs are both diverse, in that the characters' appearances are intrinsic to their respective and unmistakable natures, and cohesive, in that they have a simple unity in their design via period aesthetics, coloring, and whatnot. They are stylized, yeah, and idealized, yeah, but not to the point that various aspects of their appearances are eliminated. Each one silhouettes beautifully, and each one exists in their own way. But one of the best things about them is that they're so tightly designed, chances are, you'll remember them. I really can't say that about most characters I've seen in most series. I'm not here to bash other people's styles. However, I would assume when you create a cast of characters, you probably want it (the cast) to be memorable. If everyone looks young and attractive, how would anyone remember them?

Well, that's just my somewhat disorganized, partially explored take on that matter. I'm probably gonna talk about this some more later, and I could probably go on for longer if I wanted, but now, I want food~
  • Listening to: How to Listen to and Understand Great Music
  • Reading: All-American Ads 60s
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I need to re-brand my image.
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  • Playing: Godville
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1. Freyad-Dryden - Morden the Destroying Angel
Their character description: fav.me/d4fnm8h
Status: fav.me/d60i3ny

2. Freyad-Dryden - Samael the Yellow Emperor
Status: fav.me/d61utl4

3: Freyad-Dryden - The Mother Goddess and Chronos
Status: fav.me/d64a7sk

4. Freyad-Dryden - The Gatekeeper
Status: Inking Not Yet Started

5. Freyad-Dryden - The Nine Lords of Kadhul
The characters' description: fav.me/d2qi4ee
Status: Not Yet Started

***

Huzzah! After weeks of agonizing, I've finally figured out how to more or less draw the Gatekeeper. While I was pondering this, I managed to get a ton of other stuff done/in progress, including adding more stuff to my Queue Storm.

Also made a quick vid with some flats that'll be appearing in said Queue Storm. www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wr9LDvdv-U

How I do love Google+'s album feature.
  • Listening to: Little Women
  • Reading: Nada
  • Watching: Cinema Snob's: Midnight Screening: "Dead
  • Playing: Dragon Quest 9: Sentinel of the Starry Skies
  • Eating: Tortilla Chips
  • Drinking: Nada
I wanna draw something new, but I can't think of anything. Anyone want me to draw them something? I'm open until the end of April.

It has to be relatively "G-rated," so no raging rivers of blood or people in birthday suits or anything like that. Also, I don't like robots or furries or animals, so I'm not drawing those. Other than that, I'll be glad to consider what you ask. If it doesn't work it, I'll let you know.

P.S. Anyone gonna catch 10,000 kiriban? Also, it's the last day. Take advantage of this opportunity before it disappears!

***

1. Freyad-Dryden - Morden the Destroying Angel
Their character description: fav.me/d4fnm8h
Status: fav.me/d60i3ny

2. Freyad-Dryden - Samael the Yellow Emperor
Status: fav.me/d61utl4

3: Freyad-Dryden - The Mother Goddess and Chronos
Status: Not Yet Started

4. Freyad-Dryden - The Gatekeeper
Status: Not Yet Started
  • Listening to: Art and Story
  • Reading: Nada
  • Watching: Nada
  • Playing: Dragon Quest 9: Sentinel of the Starry Skies
  • Eating: Nada
  • Drinking: Nada
Happy Pi Day.
  • Listening to: The Life of Pi
  • Reading: Yotsuba&! 10
  • Watching: Two Saiyans Play
  • Playing: Dragon Quest 9: Sentinel of the Starry Skies
  • Eating: Pecan Cookies
  • Drinking: Nada
Freyad-Dryden did it, and now I want to, so I am. In fact, feel free to ask me about any of my characters I've listed or any you know I made up. I don't mind. S'all I know how to talk about, anyway.

1: Fuzen - Fuzen is far more of a construct than a character. What do I mean? He's far more intended to represent where he lives than the sum of his experiences. Whereas characters like Chao and Ou Ju may act their age and have character arcs that greatly change them, Fuzen stays relatively consistent throughout Axolotl with not that many changes other than lessons learned. True, he does have his own personality quirks that make him different from other characters. But overall, he, as a personality, could probably not exist.

2: Chao - Chao thinks of himself as being somewhat "progressive" or "modern" in Ao Lai. He doesn't treat his students harshly as masters of his day would, doesn't believe in hitting women, has an interest in goods imported from outside of Ao Lai, etc. I think he plays off of Fuzen's traditionalist personality pretty well.

3: Mei Leifang - The clerk in charge of the People of Ao Lai's Library, she was based fully and completely on the singing woman here. www.youtube.com/watch?v=RprUFn… She has a beautiful nose. She's also named after one of Chinese opera's greatest figures whose name is so similar to hers, I get them confused.

4: Huang Mu - I always fancied him transforming into his other forms via a kabuki quick-change. 'Cept there probably wouldn't be background people to held undress him.

5: Huang Koha - Her character was originally supposed to be the Yellow Dragon Emperor, but as details of Ao Lai's mystical world changed, it made more sense to create her and use her instead of Huanglong. 'Koha,' as an aside, is Harayin (Ao Lai's language) for 'animal' or 'beast.'

6: Jasmine - Originally, Jasmine had an unnecessarily long name: Tsai-Tsai Jasmine Peach Persimmon. When she became half-Nihon as opposed to half-Ao Liese Mainlander, she was Momo Jasmine Peach Persimmon. She's still at least Jasmine Persimmon, but I still haven't figured out if I want to shorten her name or go all out ridiculous with name length.

7: Hao Shi - A character whose story comes centuries before Axolotl happens, Hao Shi and Chao have very similar personalities and character arcs. They were even friends with some of the same types of people. The only huge differences were that Hao Shi was rich while Chao is broke and Hao Shi was typically very sure of himself as opposed to Chao, who is always questioning his worth. Another thing is that Hao Shi's weakness was usually played for laughs while Chao's is usually taken seriously. In short, Hao Shi was the lesser fighter best friend, Chao is the loser fighter best friend.

8: Ano Bami - Originally, her character was some side grunt guy who worked with the first main villain, but I decided to develop them and make them from a different part of Ao Lai. Also, she's the main villain's best friend.

9: Luo Kim - This poor sucker's gone through a number of incarnations: first, Thorr (yes, with two r's), who was just some thief mastermind who killed Fuzen's caretaker for no reason, second as Ikazuchi Ro, exactly same backstory, now as Luo Kim, a young man out looking to restore his family's name and punish Founder Ao Lai supporters (Ao Lai was responsible for his family's down fall).

10: Hei - Founder Ao Lai's husband. I actually came up with the idea for their marriage from playing Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires and having that character propose marriage to my in-game Ao Lai.
  • Listening to: Tobuscus
  • Reading: Yotsuba&! 10
  • Watching: Fantasia - Night on Bald Mountain
  • Playing: Dragon Quest 9: Sentinel of the Starry Skies
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Not sure if any of you are aware, but recently, I released my third Queue Storm, 101 pieces strong.

"What is a Queue Storm?" you may ask. Well, it's when the Tumblr queue has been stocked and stuffed with a ton of posts. Or it's what I call it, at least. I've done two before, one for 24 days and one for 60, I believe; this is the biggest one I've ever done. If all goes well, for one hundred and one days, a post containing lots of retrospection and character descriptions will be uploaded to Tumblr between 9 and 10 a.m. This time, the Storm's theme is Ao Lai ghosts and culture and a retrospect of the original Axolotl comic, series that I've since rebooted.

1-21: Ou Family, Ghosts, Various Characters (from 30 Characters in 30 Days)
22-101: Old-Fashioned Axolotl Retrospective

For your convenience, here is the necessary link.

GenreChowderStudios' Tumblr genrechowderstudios.tumblr.com…

Enjoy. :nod:
  • Listening to: The Hobbit
  • Reading: Nada
  • Watching: Screensaver
  • Playing: The Sims 3
  • Eating: Nada
  • Drinking: Nada

Recent Status

Tue Aug 7, 2012, 4:34 PM
Expiration Date:


fav.me/d5aa329

Right there's an awesome pic I won in a contest held by Freyad-Dryden. The art belongs to the respective artist.

Also, Journal Skin obviously. So Premium Membership for a day.

  • Listening to: iPod
  • Reading: Nada
  • Watching: Insight on North Korea's Life
  • Playing: Virtual Village
  • Eating: Nada
  • Drinking: Nada
I had originally said I was going to wait until 100 deviations to start posting Axolotl online, but since either no sites are compatible with my needs or my software is so out of date, it won't work properly online (here's lookin' at you, iMovie), that's not an entity anymore. Sorry about that. Besides, I have an extensive process blog going on at my Tumblr concerning my comic, so feel free to check it out at the link below. I have upcoming events later this year that I'll be attending/participating in; the work concerning them is taking up my time, so my comic would be on hold, anyhoo. I'll figure it out.

Plus, now I get to put stuff up here more freely. Expect much of it to do with Axolotl later on, especially with Ao Liese culture. That stuff's been interesting me a lot lately.

-Taylor Dusty the Weeper

genrechowderstudios.tumblr.com…
  • Listening to: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
  • Reading: Oliver Twist
  • Watching: Nada
  • Playing: The Sims 3
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Cheese, I haven't been on in a while. Missed my anniversary, didn't I? It was two days ago. :shrug:

The reason why I haven't been here is 'cause I've been using this other site, Tumblr. It's actually far more effective at doing what I was using dA for, so I'm going using it more and dA less. But I'll pop by every once in a while. I'm more active on my GCSketch page, anyhoo.

Here's the link to my Tumblr for anyone who wants to see it: genrechowderstudios.tumblr.com…

- Taylor Dusty the Weeper
  • Listening to: Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Japanese)
  • Reading: Sanitize Trilogy: Vol. 3: Who Am I?
  • Watching: Mythbusters
  • Playing: Dragon Ball: Raging Blast/DBZ: Ultimate Tenkaichi
  • Eating: Nada
  • Drinking: Nada
Hmm. It's funny.

At first, I really liked Superman. He was super-strong and stuff, and he flew around and saved people, all while living amongst them as bumbling reporter Clark Kent. :w00t:

And then I hated him. He's too strong, he has barely any character flaws, the way he defeats his opponents is usually not intuitive at all, and pretty much all he does is be strong and do everything. :thumbsdown:

But now I see him really differently. Really differently. I started reading the first few hundred comic strips from 1939, and it's so obvious. Superman's not supposed to be a deep, intricate character. He was created in the first half of the 20th century, when times were really awful. The idea that someone can just fall from the sky, grow up, and take down the bad guys day in, day out, without batting an eyelash, and smile, and not wavering is what everyone wants. Or at least what I want. I mean, think about it, how Superman would actually make you feel? A person who actually wants to save whenever, wherever, however he can, always ready with some cheap, corny joke when the bad guys come to stop him? He's the ultimate hero! :eager:

I think the 21st century has gotten way too wrapped up in "the written character" and the tech of writing. Not every hero has to have an intensely deep back-story for why they become heroes. If your argument be "It's more realistic," then not everyone who becomes a firefighter, a police officer, a soldier, or any other type of hero is really a hero. Because not every one of them had years and years of whatever happening to them to want to become one of those things. A hero is a person who gives up something for the good of others for a not selfish reason, if I'm not mistaken.

Not every villain has to have a supremely relate-able motivation. If your argument be "It's more realistic," then the money-grubbing curs in the world, the government power-hogs, and the bullies that drive kids to suicide aren't villains. Because not every one of them has had years and years of junk building and building and pushing them 'til SNAP! The breaking point, and then they were evil. A villain is, if I'm not mistaken, the antagonist to the story's protagonist. An antagonist is a force that goes against the protagonist.

Ironically, we always try to write up our villains with extensive back-story, saying "Just wanting power because it's power or just wanting money because it's money isn't realistic," but why do most people want money? Because it's money. Why do most people want power? Because it's power. Not everyone is redeemable. In our struggle to do something "realistic," we ended up being really unrealistic. I admit I have characters with so much intensive back-story and motivations, I consider them campy. =P

In retrospect, I think that "believable back-story" is mostly just a chain of plausible events that someone's reacting to in a way that seems plausible that produces something plausible.

Of course, cliches are stupid and trite, but a cliche is something that's been repeated to the point of being hackneyed and deep-dish cheesy. I doubt I'm the only person who thinks the dark and morbid back-story is becoming a cliche. Oh, the dramatic irony! (Sorry, Osiris.)

Now don't get me wrong. As someone who loves detail, momentum, logical conclusions, and the like, I love a good back-story. In fact, my being so critical of everything makes it all the more enjoyable when I find something I can't nitpick for my pet peeves. I'm going to leave all my characters' obscene amounts of back-story right where they are and probably develop more until people stop abusing the word 'hiatus.' But I don't clutch it like most modern writers do today like some mega-special gift unlike any other of my kind anymore. Of course, it's something to proud of; I spent a nice chunk of my life writing about Sheldon and his life. But it's what I communicate with those seven, eight years of writing, not necessarily that I wrote it at all. I want to show off Sheldon's essence, not his back-story. (Fuzen, you officially got a little cooler. :dance:)

Which brings me back to what I started this with. Superman, as a written character who needs to get from psychological Point A to Point B as a protagonist, is a dreadful character, but why does that matter, really? What should matter, I think, is the fact he can save people and that that can make us feel good. Does the story have a fun feel? Is it interesting? Is it engaging? Yeah, my questions are totally subjective, but even so, 'fun,' 'interesting,' and 'engaging' hold some universal basics I'm sure most people agree with. And the fact that the creators really cared about their creation should mean something to somebody. A good story is supposed to communicate an idea, I think, and that should be that good guys will always win, not that the writer can type a metric butt ton of exposition.

Love ya, Big Blue. :superman:

- Taylor Dusty the Weeper

P.S. It could be argued that morally, Superman's beginning is better Batman's. Bruce Wayne would probably still be Bruce Wayne if the people he knew as his parents hadn't died. Clark Kent became Superman, and the people he knew as his parents didn't have to die for him to make the leap.

But Batman's still cooler. :batman:
  • Listening to: Blue (Da Ba Dee)
  • Reading: Sanitize Trilogy: Vol. 3: Who Am I?
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  • Playing: SimCity DS
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I wore white today. :iconhurrhurrplz:
  • Listening to: The TV
  • Reading: Sanitize Trilogy: Vol. 3: Who Am I?
  • Watching: Smallville
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genrechowderpot.blogspot.com/2…

That there link'll take you to the new blog post, watchers. And the new post, as my journal title mentions, has got exclusive content on it. So be sure to check it out. :nod: And if it's not too much trouble, read the text and tell me what you think, alrightee? Thanks much. =)

- Taylor Dusty the Weeper

P.S. You guys think I oughta do more "Making Of..." blog entries in greater depth?
  • Listening to: French Music
  • Reading: Sanitize Trilogy: Vol. 3: Who Am I?
  • Watching: 60s Batman Movie
  • Playing: Nada
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Well, I have a cold again, big surprise for me, which means I sleep worse than I normally do. Equaling pretty darn bad. But there's an upside to progressively turning into Doctor Claw's rejected voice actor. (My nose is half swollen shut as I type...) I was able to spend the night finishing my mom's Mother's Day present. It took me a total of 12 hours, I think, from start to finish. I did about seven hours last night, and I finally did it! :dance: Since it's pretty much what I'm good for, it's a picture, and I'll upload it later for you guys and gals to see. :nod: After Mom's seen it.

But wow... What's not normal about this cold is I actually lost my annoying voice. So if I try to talk at a normal volume, I'll stop sounding like a robot and won't sound like anything at all. Hunh... And it wasn't even a bad cold. Even weirder is I'm getting over it.

Now on to other things. I realized I missed out on seeing the classic Disney movies, and as a fan of the Kingdom Hearts game series, I had another excuse to watch old Disney films. And I quickly realized that if the movie opens with slow, waltz-like music and a book, the movie is going to be awful. The only reason why I sat through Sleeping Beauty and Snow White was so I could see Maleficent and Grimhilde respectively. And as a side note, Maleficent's name is in my online spell-check dictionary, but Grimhilde's isn't? Why? :ohnoes: They fit Ponyo's maiden name in there. Meh, who cares? :shrug:

But anyhoo, the later Disney features, for all their flaws, were so much better, both with characters and delivery of story. I actually still have The Hunchback of Notre Dame in my DVD player; it's officially my favourite Disney Renaissance movie. Curse Esmeralda for making Frollo die because of himself. I only watched it 'cause I heard Hellfire, one of the awesomest and deepest bad guy songs I've heard. It would have been better if those gargoyles hadn't had so much screen time, though I understand why they were there. And curse that abomination of a sequel they made. Destroy Esmeralda? Hah! Destroy that sequel, please, and have no mercy on it!

Beauty and the Beast was also surprisingly likable. Gaston was hilarious, though I (honestly, not joking here) almost literally gagged when he did that hair thing...

I even searched down some "House of Mouse" episodes, and while not knee-slappingly hilarious, they are incredibly entertaining. Full of reference joke, an engaging structure, and the most innocent yet loving couple in animated history, Mickey and Minnie. Plus, it's my type of story: lots of characters from different stories made by the same studio in one place. And when people burst out singing, it makes sense.

Argh... I could go on for a while, but I don't wanna use up your time, so I'm-a signing off. :salute:

- Taylor Dusty the Weeper
  • Listening to: Clopin Singing
  • Reading: Sanitize Trilogy: Vol. 1: Am I Real?
  • Watching: The Hunckback of Notre Dame
  • Playing: Nada
  • Eating: Nada
  • Drinking: Nada
Prepare for sensational news...

I have set up a new deviantART account, GCSketch, gcsketch.deviantart.com/

Now I'm still going to be active on this account here, but GCSketch is specifically for traditional arts minus a couple very special things, like my devID there. :nod: I already have some stuff up there, so go and check it out if you have time. It's good, I think. Thanks for reading.

- Taylor Dusty the Weeper
  • Listening to: People Outside Yelling at Each Other
  • Reading: Sanitize Trilogy: Vol. 1: Am I Real?
  • Watching: Nada
  • Playing: Nada
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This little punk just ran across my deviantART toolbar and stole the dA logo. :wow:
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  • Reading: The Willoughbys
  • Watching: The Biggest Loser
  • Playing: Nada
  • Eating: Cheerios
  • Drinking: Grape Juice
Anyone else nervous about April 1st on dA...? I know I am.
  • Listening to: My Computer
  • Reading: Sanitize Trilogy: Vol. 1: Am I Real?
  • Watching: Little House on the Prarie DVD
  • Playing: Nada
  • Eating: Hah, I wish...
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Heya, guys. Just popping in to tell you guys that there's an exclusive picture on my blog and a short description of Sheldon. =)

So, you know, if you guys want to go there, I'd appreciate it. The link's in my signature, but I'll put it here too for easy access. :nod:

genrechowderpot.blogspot.com/2…

- Taylor Dusty the Weeper
  • Listening to: The TV
  • Reading: Sanitize Trilogy: Vol. 3: Who's Taken Me?
  • Watching: Heavy
  • Playing: Nada
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  • Drinking: Nada
I watched Twilight. I didn't like the plot, any of the major characters, most of the other ones, the message, or pretty much any of the story. And my God, the special effects were such garbage... :disbelief: I don't even remember the name of that guy who was beating Bella up in that last fight scene, but he was almost more annoying than Edward Cullen. Almost. Also, that hospital scene when Bella was stuttering and stammering and staggering all over her words was just not well done at all. Neither was most of the acting.

Another thing. Why did she not take out a restraining order against Edward when he started stalking her? So awful... Clingy girl is obsessed with creepy stalker freak who is also a vampire. Not including the fact that other creeps are trying to kill her, that's the heart of the plot. No serious movie plot should look like that. The thing that's especially aggravating to me is the fact that stuff like this gets published but I  can't get published, and I'm sure I write better than Twilight when I'm half awake! Though I do remember this site where you paste a box of your text and it relates your work to a notable other. I distinctly remember literally shouting "NO!" when Stephanie Meyer's name popped. And half of the characters looked bricked. :pills:

However...

I was expecting it to be the biggest load of dump I ever watched, but it wasn't. I honestly don't think it warranted all the hate I heard about it. Sure it was really awful, but it's not like I was stabbing my eyes out or throwing garlic at the screen less than an hour into the movie. It was mildly to moderately bearable. The scenery was beautiful, and I really like the lens they filmed this in. =D Plus, I did laugh when Edward said "Money. Sex. Money. Sex. Cat." :lol:

And while the actors weren't that great, they fit the roles they were cast into. If you wanna have a creepy vampire stalker guy, get that guy who was Edward. Need a needy, annoying girl who can function on her own? Pick that chick who played Bella. Scott McLeod wannabe? Get that guy who beat Bella up.

To sum things up, it wasn't a horrendous monstrosity of atrociousness, but it wasn't very good at all. At least, I can dislike with reason now. :|

Now if you excuse me, I'm going to watch something with class.

- Taylor Dusty the Weeper
  • Listening to: Nada
  • Reading: Sanitize Trilogy: Vol. 3: Who's Taken Me?
  • Watching: Hamlet
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