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fave_manga_anime_girlsMy friend VampyBitMe challenged me to list/write about my favorite female manga & anime characters the other day. I thought long and hard about it and was surprised at how difficult it was for me to come up with a top ten. I couldn’t settle on just ten, actually I easily had 20-30 characters in mind, but I thought it was important to list the ones that really stuck out for me. In no specific order, check out my picks for best anime & manga gals! Click below for the full list…

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DSC00447I don’t know what it is lately… I used to dread time passing by. The feeling of getting older and life going on. Recently though I’ve been feeling extremely happy and content with life as it happens. It is with great pleasure and thanks to my friends & those around me, that I am feeling as good as I am now.

There’s no real point to this post other than a small update showing that life is good and there is always something to look forward to. Keep happy an avoid situations and people that just suck your life dry. Take care everyone!

comic-con_panelI had a blast at this year’s Comic-Con International. I took the entire work week off from my Mad Catz duties and decided to focus on having a good con. It was a good move on my end as usually my July month is filled with stress and planning for a number of events and shows. We just got back from EVO 2014 a few weeks ago so going into Comic-Con I was a bit excited just to see some friends that I only usually see/hang out with once a year.

This year I hosted another panel for Bandai Namco Games. Working closely with the TEKKEN Project Team and big boss Katsuhiro Harada is always an honor… This year was focused entirely on their upcoming free-to-play PC title, Rise of Incarnates and the forthcoming TEKKEN 7. Here is a link to the panel, just in case you missed it!

Other than the above responsibilities… My Comic-Con is just pure enjoyment now. I don’t care about the panels, the exclusives or any of that as much as I care about pleasing my team, loved ones and those I care about more. Thanks for letting happy flow, Comic-Con!

Don’t let this post make you think I’ve lost my geeky touch though. I can get shit done at Comic-Con like no other! Until next year! 😀

EVO_COMMENTARY_FINALSI had the honor of doing commentary (along with Aris from ATP) of the top 8 finals for TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 during this past weekend’s EVO 2014! Some of the best TEKKEN players from around the world gathered to battle for the title of EVO CHAMPION! Also! On Sunday right before the main event finals, my friend and boss man, Katsuhiro Harada took the stage to make an amazing reveal. TEKKEN 7 was announced at EVO 2014! Click below to check out all the action (in order)! Read More

photoMadonna anyone? Okay never mind, I think I’m too old. Anyways like a prayer… More work-related stuff coming that was announced by our partners at ATLUS recently! The Persona 4 – The Ultimax  Ultra Suplex Hold Arcade FightStick TE2 by Mad Catz is on it’s way to Japan (yes, Japan only for now)! This marks our (Mad Catz) first time working with ATLUS to collaborate on an official arcade stick release. I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been a fan of the Persona series since the original Revelations: Persona game on the original PlayStation. With how much the game has grown/changed (Persona 3 to Persona 4, notably) from an RPG to now a full fledged fighting game series, I am so happy that the series and it’s fanbase has really taken off to bigger and better things! I love Persona and fighting games, how could this go wrong? It didn’t. 🙂 Check the announcement blog post from the official Persona site below!

mark-julio-message-memeI’ve been a bit busy with work and travels so I haven’t had a chance to update my personal site as much as I would have liked to… However! I can’t pass on the opportunity to talk about a recent Facebook conversation turned internet meme that I just happened to be involved in. It was early morning on June 26th, someone on Facebook decided to message me (in a harassing sort of way) to get my attention. When I finally replied and asked them to stop, they took it to offense. Even though I had the best intentions in helping them, their last reply was so rude, funny and awesome at the same time… I just had to share it with the world. It quickly turned into something more. I was approached by a good man and company to see if we can turn something negative into a positive, and we’re doing just that. For more information on ‘Your behave is just f#ck’ shirt to benefit the fighting game community, click below!