I would like to thank all those that suggested that I take a closer look at Xlibris before trying to publish with them; I had not imagined that the lies would go as deep as they did, and I can't believe how much of a scam artist the company is. Hell, they even told me they had a AAA rating on the Better Business Bureau...but when I went to look it up, the BBB has NO record of the business as being legitimate in their files. Never trust someone that can pleasantly lie to your face. If you hate scam artists and want to have a good laugh, I encourage you to visit this link: xlibris.pissedconsumer.com/
And I'm sure there are more complaints where that came from...
So...yeah. That was a very hectic and unpleasant surge of activity, and I hope I never have to go through something like that ever again. On the plus side, at least I now know how Kickstarter works, so I'll have an easier time making a project there when and if I get the chance to publish my material with a legitimate company.
Oddly enough, though, this does present me with the opportunity to talk about a revelation I had a while ago that I haven't told you all about yet.
Now, I am not one to speculate much in my journals, but I have hit upon something that, if it proves to be true, could be HUGE for the next Pokemon game, which I (along with most of the internet) is titling "Pokemon Z". This also involves the Pokemon TCG, so if you are not that familiar with it, I suggest you do a little research on it.
For the first time in my life, I have gone ahead and pre-ordered a Booster Box (which contains a massive total of 36 Booster Packs per box) for the upcoming BREAKthrough TCG set; it will have 164 cards in the set, allowing it to tie with Skyridge for having the most cards in a single set within the TCG. Normally, the trainer cards in a set are designed to reflect the generation of games that are currently out or will be out before the generation is over. As such, it is not uncommon to see criminal organization characters, Gym Leaders and so on in the cards, but the key is that they should correspond in some way to that generation (though admittedly, characters like Professor Oak and other major Pokemon Professors do cross boundaries, but I think that's just reflective of their integral role in the Pokemon world as a whole).
But BREAKthrough has something different. One of the trainer cards, as well as an ultra-rare full art card, has the visage of a character from a much, much older time: Giovanni.
Now, to clear things up, Skyla is also in the set, but the artwork used in that card is pretty much just a repeat of artwork used an earlier card bearing her visage. But the card art for the regular Giovanni card has never been made before, and the full art version depicts a fully-drawn image of him that has NEVER been seen before. What is really striking is that the artwork seems to depict a younger Giovanni, younger than he was even was in the original games.
What does this mean? Well, the easiest explanation is that he is included as a nod to the anime, as it is the first set to focus on the Mega Evolutions of Mewtwo. There's just one problem: Character relationships from the anime only are NEVER used in the TCG. It just doesn't happen. Which could mean something entirely more radical, something even I didn't think was ever going to happen:
Giovanni might be coming back. Or at the very least, a strong reference of some sort towards him may be featured in the next main-series Pokemon game(s).
Again, I normally am not one to speculate, but this could be huge if it pans out. It just feels weird for him, of all people, to be in this TCG set otherwise...
I would love to hear your opinions on the subject, and I will continue to investigate this further. Until we meet again, have a pleasant day everyone.