Comikaze 2015! in Los Angeles Oct 30 - Nov 1

This is going to be a really big event for all of the different projects i've got going.

Oct 30 - Nov 1 we'll have a booth for New Praetorians! Booth # ET37 ALLLLLLL the way in the back of the convention to the left, near the signing booths.

I'll also be on 3 different panels! One one Saturday at 1pm in room 515A: "Professional Nerd Girls" with a bunch of other lovely ladies.

Two on Sunday: 2pm Room 501BC "So you want to RPG.." and 3pm Room 501A "Artist/Writer Collaborations"

I'll be bringing a hand full of #NewPraetorians items (Books, shirts & posters) to hand out so come out and give us a listen!

We will also be recording a CCDD game!!! Saturday, 3-5pm. George Rockwell will be Game Mastering and hand full of our super fun friends!

Not sure what #CCDD is? check out: http://celebritycharid20.com/

For any of you who are Table Top Roleplaying Game Developers I'll be interviewing you for the Game School Podcast at the New Praetorians booth so if you want to be interviewed please message me at Satine@Newpraetorians.com to set up an appointment time!

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WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Fri. October 30th, 2015, 1pm - 7pm

Sat. October 31st, 2015, 9am - 6pm

Sun. November 1st, 2015, 10am - 4pm

 

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Dungeons and Dragons, I... Think I love you.

This Sunday was the 40th birthday of Dungeons and Dragons. 

I have to celebrate it.

Its the LONGEST relationship I've ever had. Its the Doctor Who to my Amy Pond. 

I was around 10 or 13 or something super young when I stumbled upon the RED BOX. It was my Dad's and in storage but quickly became mine. I read everything. I tried to understand the character sheets and what the graph paper meant. It was so alluring to me. In my mind I KNEW it was the game for me, although it wasn't until I was 15 that I started playing with friends before Drama Club class. 1995. Feels like a million years ago. For those of you who know what I went through around that time, its pretty obvious that I'd pick up and fall in love with a game like this. My Best friends at the time: Dustin and Jesse... we were inseparable. Dustin was the Dungeon Master, a small boy for his age but had the intelligence and cleverness to make up for it. He would take Jesse and I on the best adventures and I felt satisfied and incredibly happy. I remember the happy. Our little escape. I don't remember us playing one long campaign, in fact I remember making a dozen characters... all the same character: "Vlahnya" Elf Thief/mage multi class. I had a dozen different ways to spell that name and I used them all. 

We played a couple times after I left to go to college in '98. San Francisco. And then I played with a group of people that went to my college. But I got mixed up with a sexy strippery group of people who thought it was more fun to do Cocaine than play childish games so I got swept up in that until one day I realized that I was wasting my life. Took 3 years to realize this... but I snapped out of it and Eventually found my way back to DnD in Australia. I think it was starting to push 3.5 at the time. My ex boyfriend and I didn't have any friends so we went to meetup.com and found a group of "ADULTS" who wanted to play and BAM i was hooked again. Upon returning to LA I convinced my best friends Zak Smith and Mandy Morbid that they needed to play and WOOSH.. they took to it and ran with it and my friends, being the amazing wonderful people they are (and wanting to get their other girlfriends to play), Created "I Hit it With My Axe". A webseries where Porn Stars and Strippers play Dungeons and Dragons. The BEST BEST BEST part about this is that we would have played without a camera, but since we're exhibitionists it just feels better to have a camera on while playing. It's just in our nature. Can't help it. It was a great campaign you can check out online. Mirror is now one of my new favorite characters who i've recently made into a Warlock on World of Warcraft. 

The thing is, we KNOW we don't fit the stereotype and we get a WHOLE BUNCH of flack for it. People think we're faking it. LOL. Who on earth would fake something as personal and nerdy as Dungeons and Dragons. Even Video Gamers look at D&D like we're all basement dwellers. But, as I later found out at Meltdown... there is no longer a stereotype. Its 2014: get with it Trolls!

After we stopped filming "I Hit it With My Axe" I just couldn't stop. I started a gaming group in Hollywood at Meltdown Comics where we play every Sunday. Through creating this community I've had to learn how to Dungeon Master (studying my favorite DMs: Zak Smith and Keith Baker: Creator of Eberron ) ... And Keith.. oh man, the fun we have!! I love Charity and Volunteering so we put together "Celebrity Charity DnD" at Meltdown and raise funds for "Reach Out and READ" where they supply books to pediatricians to teach parents how to get their kids to read at ages as young as 6 months. Incredible. Future Gamers of America! we had so many new players i created a new way for people to play where they could combine their powers in a Voltron way (the more people you voltron with and make it make sense you can +1/attack/personadded). Makes for faster battle play. Even more people wanted to play so I created a Battle arena where two teams of 6 play against eachother to attain an item. It was great to get them to fight eachother and i'd really  just have to pay attention to magic & trap triggers and who goes when. Another person would take charge of the monsters and another Assistant DM would be my other eye and help me keep tabs on everything. DnDMelt became Epic. 

I love the Community. I love the Game. Madly, deeply in love with it. I've tried to play other games but its just not for me. Even Pathfinder... Its nice.. but its not "Dungeons and Dragons", the name that fills my heart with warmth just like when I was a kid. But i'm not the only one! Many people started emailing us asking for beginning classes or lessons saying that they have always wanted to play but their big brother/ex boyfriend/cousin wouldn't let them... or that they did but killed them instantly. I had no idea how many women wanted to play too. Our group soon became the most diverse group of D&D Gamers i'd ever seen. It was beautiful. I was their BroodMomma and I made them Pancakes.

And especially as an artist, its helped keep my creativity flowing, excesersizing my brain. All the puzzles, figuring ways to attain the goal, team building. My gaming buddies are going to be friends for life. I know it. 

Dungeons and Dragons: Its a beautiful thing.

And in honor of this 40th Birthday... in honor of my 20 year anniversary of falling in love with D&D... I offer these images. I truly love you DnD. I can't wait to see what's next! <3

Satine Phoenix (aka: BurningQuill)

The following images are the brainchild of Greg De Stefano who was awesome enough to ask me to model with these dice, inspired by the American Beauty photo. And thanks Kyle Vogt for the hookup to get these dice. What a great group of creative people! All for the love of D&D.

Follow us on Instagram for more Nerdy goodness

@GregDeStefano @SatinePhoenix

 

 

A couple of fun thoughts

Check out the new Post on the SEX page: What Sex Can Teach You about Marketing.

And the VEGAN JAMBALAYA recipe on the FOOD page. AAAand the Dark Horse Teasers on the Comic Page.

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Fake Glasses are the new Fake Boobs?!?! Check it out on Jen Friel's webpage: http://talknerdytomelover.com. Jen is the nerd girl next door. She's cute, nerdy and has TONS to talk about. Go check her out!

Jen Friel the cutiest cutie pie!

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Public restrooms. 

They TOTALLY freak me out! Never sit ever... WHY? Once I was at the airport and I realized how many people actually use the restroom between the time it's cleaned and the time I get there. So, here was the situation: I needed toilet paper. No toilet paper. I reached back to get one of those silly toilet paper covers and there were none. What was there was a number. 250 pieces of toilet cover. That's at LEAST 250 dirty booties and virginias squishing their personal fluids upon the seats. Luckily I learned when traveling to Japan that not all people sit on seats to do their.. uh.. dooty. So my message to you all: Learn to squat. 

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Dear Stalkers...

Please stop stalking my girlfriends & myself. Its just Rude. 

~S

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I've received an abundance of letters from friends regarding unfaithful partners. Its like a fraking epidemic! 

There are some simple truths about being in a relationship:

If you don't talk to your partner you'll not understand them or their decisions on things. Always asking them Why they do this or Why they do that or WHY can't they do things right. When you have to look into yourself and realize that only YOU think that your opinion is the right opinion. If your dating someone who doesn't do the dishes, your yelling at them to do it won't make it better. Instead find something else for them to do that they do like/or don't mind doing. The time you spend arguing with your partner could have been time spent doing the thing you are yelling at them about (honestly it only takes a few minutes). The extra time you now have that you used to fill with arguing can be spent showing each other how much you love one another.

I mean you're not forced to be in a relationship. You have a choice. You always have a choice. Its better you be true to the person you love than be devious. That negative energy is like poison. Best to be honest with the way you live. You'll get more out of life. 

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The End.

Satine Phoenix

AVATAR and my day :)

I woke up wafting in the smell of passion beneath the sheets. Saw my boyfriend off to work. Read the 4 issues of Pax Romana by Jonathan Hickman. (which i'll be reviewing sometime between moving and Avatar today). Then picked up the Nerf arrows strewn about the house that the cats got into. What a Splendid morning followed by lunch in little Ethiopia here in Los Angeles with Destin Gerek, Mastermind of http://EroticRockstar.com where we talked about love, life, connecting and personal spiritual philosophies over too much Ethiopian coffee. 

As beautiful as today has been what i'm really excited about is AVATAR!!!!!!!!

Somehow Joe and I have been able to avoid seeing any promotional material for this movie. We've heard a lot about it, know the behind the scenes stories of the movie but have not been tainted by commercial garbage. Tonight at midnight we will see AVATAR! I haven't been this excited since my friend waited in line in San Francisco 22 hrs to get us seats for Star Wars. Here's a secret people: ARCLIGHT CINEMA. You can purchase your actual seat before even getting to the theater. If you're late, no worries. you can still have that perfect seat. So, that's where we're going. To the one in Sherman Oaks. Life is good.

Movies Movies Movies. This week has been full of new Trailers and upcoming movie MANIA! 

Here is the new CLASH of THE TITANS trailer that came out yesterday and the new Robin Hood Trailer. So much information to share. Too bad I have to move stuff today, there's so much to write about. 

Marvel Museum

I was distracted yesterday but this is what I was going to post. Our home sweet home.

Joe is a HUGE fan of Marvel Comics and as we just moved in to this place we don't have everything up. We have enough art to cover the walls and that's not even including my paintings. I had to leave my 7ft paintings back at the loft I was living in. A loft is a loft is a loft. The fun thing about moving in together is putting our stuff together. His display of Marvel figurines mixed with my collection of DR. Who, bender and random sculptures & Nun chucks turned out pretty ok. One of the cool things about his collection is that he has some cool comics framed. I never thought of that. What a GREAT idea! So up our staircase to our house are various issues of Spider Man. Maybe Mark Millar will be at Comic con next year and we can get him to sign all of our Kick-Ass comics and we can line the other side of the wall with that. Oh I love decorating. 

And just as cool as that, we have joined forces in video game consoles. I used to have all of them but through time and moving things have fallen through my fingertips. All I have to offer is my Atari 2600, my original NES system and a Wii. Mix that with his Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and 60 inch tv... who needs to leave the house. Especially when your couch is a queen size mattress covered in pillows and fur. It doesn't get more cozy than that. 

And to top it off we bought our dining room table for optimal (and comfortable) Dungeons & Dragons play. That's right I said it. I play D&D. been playing off and on for 15 years. (yea, I'll be 30 next year) And it never stopped being fun to play. I find that you're either into it or not. And that's ok. What I do behind closed doors is my own business. Weather its playing D&D or organizing a Hedonist Party. Who's to judge. :)

 

My favorite comics is the Sandman Series By my favorite author: Neil Gaiman. ... anything by him really is fantastic. Bloom County by Berke Breathed is my favorite comic strip.

Off to go Play D&D with some of my hot friends. 

~S.P.~