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Moving on from Bosskey

Bosskey has been a success. And now, it is time to move on. We set out to create great content and a great community, and we did. My thanks go not only to those of you who helped build this site, but also to those of you who have contributed content, posted replies, or read our content. Thank you all.

Bosskey will remain online far into the foreseeable future as an archive of the great work done here. The rest of this post is dedicated to listing how you can keep track of the amazing contributors Bosskey has had. Many are creating new content all the time, and you should check it out! Keep following the Bosskey Facebook page for announcements of new projects from these wonderful people!

Alistair Baxter

Contributor. Ali is currently working on a webcomic and art site, coming soon!

Andy Billings

Contributor. Andy is in a band called The Midnight Fire
Youtube: The Midnight Fire | Facebook: The Midnight Fire

Dante Buccieri

Contributor. Dante is now a writer for Rhymes With Geek.
Rhymes with Geek | Twitter: @IndigoLantern

Brandon Deichler

Twitter: @BrandonDeichler

Jonas Loman (Platonist)

Contributor and music guru. Jonas is currently working on some really exciting music.
Facebook (solo): Jonas Loman Official | Facebook (label): Reunion Net Label | SoundCloud: Platonist

Justin Moore (OnePark)

Twitter: @JustinianFlynn | Tumblr:

Zoë Moss and Jacob Strick

Webcomic creators and Disneyland excursionary specialists. Jacob and Zoë run a webcomic and make art in animation, film, and beautiful words.
Webcomic: Pizza Day Comics
Zoë's art: Brainfarto | Zoë's tumblr: | Zoë's Twitter: @zoeemoss
Jacob's website: Internet White Knight | Jacob's Twitter: @woxel1

Aubree Portune (Sintar)

Tumblr: | deviantART | Flickr: Aubree Portune

Eric Proctor (TsaoShin)

Logo and promotional artist.
deviantART: | Facebook: Tsaoshin Fans | Tumblr:

Suzanne Rozier

Programmer and co-founder.
Website: | Twitter: @suzubara

Mickey Thaler

Editor and contributor.
Twitter: @mithaler

Joshua Whitman

Founder and editor-in-chief. I'm currently working on a writing project - more info coming soon!
Tumblr: | Twitter: @joshura

This is not a comprehensive list at the moment, and will grow with time. To all of those that have fallen out of contact: I miss you, and you're awesome, and thank you.


To celebrate our first anniversary, Bosskey 2.0!

One year ago today, we officially launched Bosskey. And to celebrate, we are delivering to you a new and improved website!

This is Bosskey 2.0. The website has undergone major improvements, some more obvious than others. Overall, things will run more smoothly and look prettier! As always, send your endless praise to our developer Suzanne, who's been working tirelessly to make this update possible. Look forward to a few more things and bug fixes coming in the next week or so. Check the development thread in the coming days for more details.

Also from today, we've revised our mission statement. The focus of our articles is shifting in a way that should provide you with more unique and interesting content more regularly.

Bosskey entertains and informs its users at the whims of its content-creators. Writers write about what they like, which often includes content related to video games, TV & movies, comics, and other popular media. The forums and blog posts are meant for a community to enjoy itself casually, and for its members to feel at home among people of like minds.

We love our community, and want you to enjoy yourselves while you're here. That's the goal of our content, and that's the goal of this update, and that's what I hope you'll hold us to.

As the site moves onward, we'll be advertising to new user bases and syndicating our content much more often. You'll notice a return to regular updates, more interesting content, and a few new writers! As always, we take on all comers, so if you're interested in writing, we'd love to have you.

Thank you for your continued support, all!


Mega Ran's Language Arts Volume 3

Teacher, Rapper, Hero.

In defining a creative endeavor, whether it be your game blog, your music career, or your potato gun, it is vital to have a set of words that capture the essence of your work. Mega Ran, also known as Random, has just released volume 3 of "Language Arts," an album series apparently devoted to proving his creative identity. It succeeds!

Compared to the previous two Language Arts volumes, this is the one I prefer most. There's songs throughout the trilogy that will remain on my playlists for some time, but this most recent installment delivers the fullest package of good rhymes.

You can find it at Mega Ran's website for $7, or $10 to receive a physical CD (how novel!). Continue reading for our full review, or see what we had to say about volume two.


Humble Bundle now selling eBooks

Humble Bundle has become well known for its "pay what you want" game sales including packs of critically acclaimed games, where a buyer can choose where their money goes - charity, developers, or the site itself. They're now doing an ebook sale, debuting the new feature with Old Man's War by John Scalzi, Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow, Pump Six by Paolo Bacigalupi, Zoo City by Lauren Beukes, Invasion by Mercedes Lackey, Stranger Things Happen and Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link, with the bonus "pay over average" book as Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean's graphic novel Signal to Noise.


by Joshua Whitman on Oct 10, 2012


Music Review: Mega Ran's Language Arts: Volume Two

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from teacher, rapper, hero Random (a.k.a. Mega Ran), other than the fact that he loves games. I listened to his newest album, Mega Ran in Language Arts Volume 2, and enjoyed it. The music, while not really my style, was quite catchy and more than once I found myself head-bobbing along to the beat.

While the start of the album is slow for my tastes, it picks up rather well in the second half, at least sound-wise. The love story message didn’t resonate well with me, but I was really impressed with Random’s ability to rap without taking the easy way out and filling space with a myriad of swearing. Many of the lines were quite clever; the man puts thought into his lyrics. His voice is also quite clear and fits the music well. It’s also worth mentioning this album has a continual overarching storyline (along with volume 1 and the soon to be released volume 3), which adds a bit more depth to the music.


Bosskey at Otakon!

Hello everynyan! This weekend, Bosskey users and staff will be represented at Otakon 2012 in Baltimore, MD.

Our recently interviewed friend Eric Proctor will have a table at the Artists' Alley there, at table K05. Additionally, he'll be conducting a panel on digital painting using Photoshop. For more information on his panel, check here. Come by his table to meet him or other friends of the site, or even myself!

If you're visiting the site after having heard about us at Otakon, welcome! Our forum users eagerly await your contributions, and our article archive eagerly awaits your reading! I hope you enjoy what we've got to offer here, and I really hope to see you again.


Interview: Digital artist Eric Proctor

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with a highly regarded artist named Eric Proctor, known to many by his online handle TsaoShin. His work has appeared in magazines, as well as many sites, including Kotaku and Smosh, and he's received the distinction of "daily deviation" multiple times on DeviantArt. His gallery on DeviantArt has received over 700,000 views, with nearly 60,000 favorites. He sells his work at conventions, primarily Otakon — where this year he'll be teaching a course on digital painting (taking a break from selling).

By day, Eric is a graphic designer, making a career out of his skill with visual media. Though the techniques used in painting and in design are different, both pursuits aid his growth as an artist.

He's shared with us some of his views on art, his inspirations, and his advice to others out there wanting to find joy in art. Let's get started:

Any text noted beside the orange line is Eric's response, while text above it contains my comments or questions.



How I went from loyal customer to dirty pirate thanks to DRM

In my freshman year of high school, I begged and pleaded and frothed at the mouth for my parents to buy me an iPod. Now, years later, having sunk over a grand into iTunes, I pretty much exclusively pirate all my music.

That's because it would cost me $300 to transfer my legitimately purchased $1000+ worth of music to my new mp3 player.

After years of being shackled by iTunes’ DRM technology, copyright policies, and well-marketed plastic portable music players…this is the story of how Apple finally drove one girl to piracy.


Bosskey Updates June 2nd

Hey everyone! I just want to direct your attention to some recent site updates that should make all of our lives a little easier.

Most importantly, our syndication options have been fleshed out! The RSS feed is now fully functional and waiting to be used for your convenience. If you prefer to keep track of our updates over Twitter, there's a Bosskey account there as well. Follow us, subscribe to us, do whatever! You can also find these links in the sidebar, which is of course also home to our Facebook information. Like us! These tools should make it easier for you to keep track of our E3 updates starting today with Nintendo's pre-E3 shindig.

There's a variety of other small changes and fixes including the implementation of the thread rating system. This should allow users an easier means to sort threads by how useful and/or interesting they are. So, if you think a thread is particularly well executed, say you like it! Or, say you don't if you think it could be improved. There's tweaks coming to this system in the future, so we're always open to your opinions.

Check the full list of updates here, or let us know what you think should come in the next round here! Have a beautiful day!


Bosskey's E3 Plans

E3 steadily approaches, taking place next week starting Monday. This annual event is a nucleus around which game industry news revolves. Members of the industry are bracing themselves for the massive amount of information that will shift the focus of game conversations towards the future. Fans everywhere are getting more and more excited as they anticipate exciting news.

But, E3 is more than the conversation, more than the news - it's a truly global community event. With most of the major press conferences streamed live, people across the world can share the experience of being the first to see new, important news. With this unity of information, fans eagerly gather for discussion, wanting to share their laughter, their joy, or their anger.

Bosskey plans to serve that discussion. Starting next Monday at 9:30 am Pacific time (UMT -8), we will be hosting our own live blogs during each press conference. Our live blog will contain a steady stream of news as it comes in from the conference, as well as a means for readers and viewers to provide their own commentary instantly. Those of you unable to watch the events as they occur can keep up with not only the news, but the Bosskey community's reactions. After each conference concludes, the entire log will be saved, providing an easy means to keep track of each announcement and/or the reactions of the Bosskey community.

Keep reading for more details and a schedule of conferences/live blogs.