So life got a little crazy since my last post. Without being too specific, there was a week where I couldn't work on anything (even non game related) and was unable to continue on the game. Things have calmed down a bit and I have been able to continue with the 3D Buzz tutorials. I'm right at the end of the first disc (the 3 cannon tutorials) and things seem to be going well. A lot has been reiterated from the XNA Book I was working on, but that is to be expected. I'm very happy with the way things are going and feel like I'm on the right track.
Also, this weekend, my brother and I finished Batman: The Brave and the Bold. I have to say, I was extremely impressed with the art style and animation in the game. It is definitely inspired me to add a certain visual flare to my game. The studio that created it, Wayforward Studios, also created Justice League Heroes: The Flash, which directly influenced the game I'm working on. Its top notch animation and execution of the whole comic book/superhero feel fueled my urge to create my own game. Finally, continuing my love of high quality, hand drawn animation: Michael Gagne released I HD version of his film "Prelude To Eden" on Youtube. He is the world's premier "effects" animator and I'm sure people will see a direct influence in my game as I aspire to have my destruction match his quality.