What country do you live in, and if applicable, what state?
I live in the United States in the beautiful Northwest state of Washington near the City of Seattle in the Suburbs of South Hill Puyallup.
How do you choose what Miis you're going to make? Do you have a process?
I have always been a dreamer (some say overly) Chosing a Mii to design in the beginning was easy. When the Wii came out I was a huge fan of Mii Sports and loved making Miis for it, for that they were interesting to me. Since I have always enjoyed superheros, Star Wars and cartoon characters, I would often spend hours making Miis to fill up my baseball team and to bowl with. After a while it seamed I was making more Miis than playing Wii sports, and then came the CMO Channel. I was so consumed by it that I often made as many as 15 Miis (8-10 hours) a day. At first I had little goals like getting on the popular list. Before long I had mastered the pieces and really began experimenting sometimes spending hour upon hour designing Miis. I really got interested in canvas Miis by making cars, planes, the capitol building, the Eifle tower and everything was now a potential Mii for me. Growing up toys for me where limited to Tinkertoys, Lincoln Logs, and Legos, but I always took the limited pieces to the max. and creating miis are no different. As I neared 400 Miis on the CMO Channel my goals had increased I wanted to get to number one and be on the worlds top 50 with the great Mii artisians like Bobby Bobby and Toons&Animi. I knew that it would not be easy. Now nearing 500 Miis with an army of superheros, villans, scifi figures, cartoons, canvas art and hair art, I finally grasped hold of my final goals of making the world top 50 list with my version of Venom and number 1 on the CMO Channel on May 4th, 2008 along with the great honor of being profiled here now on Miiplaza.net.
Which Mii do you feel is your best so far?
One day I was sitting staring at the hair-dos and with the fat face and the long hair appeared the roughness of a body of a cat I had already made a pretty decent Garfield head and I just knew I could turn the hole thing into a Garfield body and all. The pieces almost fell into place (the really good designs just seam to do that) and in no time I was looking at what I thought of being a great Mii, it was totally him, orange and complete. A tribute to one of my lifelong favorite cartoonists Jim Davis and the loveable lasagna eating cat Garfield. When I posted him on the CMO Channel he immediately went five stars. But because the hundreds of Miis I have uploaded to the CMO he very rarely makes his way to my Artisian page, but Iâm still very happy with him.
What one (and only one) Mii piece would you add to the Mii Channel if you could?
I like the limited pieces it really makes it challenging. However, I wonder if it is getting old and often envision a version 2 of the Mii channel designer tools. Wouldnât it be interesting to have a freehand tool for instance. Of course every design so far would be obsolete creating a new era of Mii2âs
Do you do any sort of art by trade? What other creative outlets do you pursue apart from the Mii Channel?
Iâve always excelled in art. I schooled in art and have mastered just about all forms of art. I taught art for over 5 years in my 20âs, owned several businesses surrounding graphics and design. Iâve spent many, many years in commercial design and produced mass amounts of work for small businesses and Corporate America businesses. I am presently a production manager for a graphics design & signage company. I design & produce all kinds of commercial art for business like the full color graphics that you see on semi trucks, auto graphics, all kinds of business store front & interior signage, apparel screen printing and embroidery, And even though I have succeeded in an artistic career, I still indulge myself in my own personal growth and the love of art in general. My lifelong dream has been to be a commercial cartoonist. Cartooning was the favorite art classes that I taught & I have over the years been developing some different cartoons that maybe someday I will get to share with the world. But, for the moment that dream is on the back burner as I have not known how to break into the cartoon movie business etcetera. I have also been paranoid about showing the wrong person my work as I have put a lot of work into my person creations over the years and still need to get everything copyrighted before I can show them publicly. I always figured if I didnât get to be a commercial cartoonist while I was young, that itâs what I will do when I retire. I dream of building my dream retirement home with a full scale art studio thatâs designed just for me to finish my creations (kind of like George Lucasâs Skywalker Ranch).
What's your favorite experience with the Wii so far?
Everything about the Wii has been fun and enjoyable from the moment I bought it. But in the future I imagine I will always remember how every morning before work I was checking the status of how I was doing on the CMO Channel. As a daily routine I could not miss checking it
What game do you feel is missing from the Wii line-up most right now, given the Wii's unique control mechanic?
I have thought about this a lot. Now, shouldnât Lucas Arts really be trying to get on the whole Star Wars experience with the Wii. Since the beginning of seeing the Wii remote, I always envisioned a controller in the shape of a light saber. There could be Sith and Jedi versions of the Wii remote and the game could start with learning the ways of the force like Luke trained using a drone on the Millinium Falcon . Then advance into competing against all the Star Wars universe and the lightsabers of other characters including General Greviouss (4 handed lightsaber). I know The Force Unleashed is close but it spends most of its emphacis on the force powers. I want more of a lightsaber game. Add- ons could include all the lightsabers for a special Wii remote collectables package (for all my fellow Star Wars collector addicts) Now, I know Iâm just and old Star Wars fanatic, but doesnât that sound really cool?
Any additional props, plugs or comments?
Its really been fun being on the Miiplaza (thank you Jose Nintendo) Iâve really liked the ability to share the experience with so many others here that are interested in Miis too. I have also been privileged to be featured on other sites like showmii.com and miicharacters.com so I would like to give a shout out to them and a warm thank you to them as well
Since not all my Miis are posted here on miiplaza.net, I would like to share with you how you can view more of my Miis on the CMO channel. Navigating through them takes an understanding of how I designed an unorthodox naming system for all my Miis. The Miis are named in categories instead of descriptive name. For instance, Spiderman, Batman and all my Superheros are all named Roxiihero and Roxiihero2. This allows browsers to view more of my Miis when they click on the call friends button. This way the browser can call a full page of Roxiiâs superheros instead of calling all the Miis with the like name of Spiderman for instance. Other groups I have are under the names of Roxii, Roxitoons, Roxiipeeps, Roxiithings, Roxiiceleb, Roxiiscifi, Roxiianima etcetera etcetera. So, if you want to see more of my scifi characters, just call friends and a variety of my other scifi miis should open up (Note: I have more than 50 Miis in some of these categories, so if your wanting to see more of my characters in these categories, call friends on a variety of my characters and this is how you would hunt more of them down).
Happy Mii creating to all and thanks for all your enthusiastic support
You can find more of Roxii's Miis on his user page.