Where are your parents?! Spike, Kel, and Amanda talk about the trope so common in YA stories and Anime, dead or missing parents. Why are these children left to their own devices and what does that do for the story?
The Dead Deception page 33 is up.
If you’d like to read the comic pages early click here! Right now The Dead Deception page 37 is up
Working on more You are the Chosen One art. This time I sat down to design Meia’s mother and grandmother. Meia’s kingdom goes down from mother to daughter, rather than father to son. So I wanted their outfits to be practical and easy to move in but still push the feminine look. So both of them have their hair styled out of their face but down in the back. While both their dresses spread out in the hip area. Underneath, you can barely see, they are wearing pants. Meia’s mom in particular, the skirt just several layers of fabric with slits in it. Their climate is hotter than were most of the other character live, so I tried to imply the fabrics are light weight and their arms are bare. I also made sure their shoulders looked powerful and the pointer seems help their style stand out compared to nobles in the main area. I need to sit down and design Meia a few outfits that are closer to these looks for the beginning of the series, before she starts to adopt the local look.
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Hey all, right now everything in my store is 15% off with the code “GIFTS” until December 15th. This is my first time doing a holiday winter sale on my site and it’s thanks to having White Squirrel take over my store. I haven’t done holiday sales in the past because I usually have a kickstarter running this time of year. But also because Christmas time usually makes me depressed and didn’t want to add more stuff to my plate when that basics are hard enough. So I’m really grateful that White Squirrel is taking the lead on my shop. It and any extra funds this sale generates will help with what is usually a tough time of year for me (both mentally and financially).
This months plans are mostly keep writing You are the Chosen One so I can launch it next year. I posted an art round up for the concept art I did this month. I’ve got about 200 pages scripted. So when I’m done with the chapter I’m working on, I’ll probably start drawing. Then I’m gonna switch focus to the next The City Between book. I’d like to kickstarter that in June, so I need to make some headway. Not a lot mind you because like I said, I always have some serious depression issues around Christmas and probably won’t get a lot done.
I’m still on my manga kick this past month. (Also, last month I tried to imbed a video into my newletter for Delicious in Dungeon. It worked in all the preveiws mail chimp let me see but not in the newsletter. So here is a link) I finished up Silver Spoon, which I mentioned last month. My favorite character has to be Tamako who is a fat girl that takes zero shit.
I also read a whole bunch of Love is War by Aka Akasaka. The premise of which is two teens at an elite private school like each other but think the person in a relationship who makes the first move ends up in the weaker position of the couple. Neither wants to surrender the high ground, so they are engaging in a battle of wits where each is trying to trick the other into admitting their feelings. Basically, the first to say “I love you” loses.
It’s extremely over the top and rather funny. So even them playing old maid is presented as EXTREMELY dramatic. And half the time neither of them ends up succeeding but they over complicated everything.
With catching up on those two series, I’ve mostly caught up on/looked into the manga I’d heard good things about. So my reading for December will probably stick American comics on my “to read” shelf. Some of those have been sitting there for a couple of years.
As for stuff this month that some of you might have missed. I already pointed you to the art round up on Patreon. My patreon also hit it’s first goal, so I’ve been posting the reference photos I took for each page of The Dead Deception. Then my Patreon has a round up for those as well. Cat Farris posed in most of them this month. So big thanks to her.
My Patreon dollars this month are going to internet bill. As I said, December is usually tough for me, so I can’t put it to fixing/replacing something this month. Any new patrons or purchases from my store would really help me out.
Other things folks might have missed this month are:
- Dirty Old Ladies did two interviews this month. Since Spike, Amanda, and I are all US based, we chatted with some comic gals outside the US to compare notes. The first was with Kate Ashwin to talk about comics in the UK. Then we talked to Nina Matsumoto about making comics in Canada.
- Also, apparently my facebook updater (which I use to update my facebook page) is broken. I’m trying to fix it but you’re better off following me elsewhere for update reminders.
Thanks for all your support. I hope December treats you all well.
One of the longer scenes in Chapter 1 of You are the Chosen One is gonna be in the blacksmith shop that Rhinnon works in. So I sat down and figured out everything that needs to be in the background. It needed a lot of stuff