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aidosaur:

Gumi.  photoshop.
A long while back, Magnolia got me into Vocaloids music via osmosis.  I like a bunch of Gumi’s songs but don’t really care much for her canon outfit and Mags has been trying to get me to give a shot at dressing her up.  Dunno if I hit what I was going for, maybe I’ll give it another shot later!

Whuh, cute

aidosaur:

Gumi.  photoshop.

A long while back, Magnolia got me into Vocaloids music via osmosis.  I like a bunch of Gumi’s songs but don’t really care much for her canon outfit and Mags has been trying to get me to give a shot at dressing her up.  Dunno if I hit what I was going for, maybe I’ll give it another shot later!

Whuh, cute

arpelayre:

The other inked piece I did the other night. This is Penny from Lucky Penny, a comic by the talented duo, Yuko Ota and Ananth Panagariya. Lisa had done a piece for them as well and we had thought they were going to be at ECCC, but unfortunately we were mistaken! So we’ll have to wait until another time to hand them off :(. I made a comic about our first meeting with them last year and they kindly reblogged it, which sent a good amount of traffic my way. I wanted to do this drawing as a way of thanks :). Hopefully we’ll get to see them at a con again soon!

AH this is rad! 

arpelayre:

The other inked piece I did the other night. This is Penny from Lucky Penny, a comic by the talented duo, Yuko Ota and Ananth Panagariya. Lisa had done a piece for them as well and we had thought they were going to be at ECCC, but unfortunately we were mistaken! So we’ll have to wait until another time to hand them off :(. I made a comic about our first meeting with them last year and they kindly reblogged it, which sent a good amount of traffic my way. I wanted to do this drawing as a way of thanks :). Hopefully we’ll get to see them at a con again soon!

AH this is rad! 

Aki Irie Part 2

Picking up from last time, here’s some more of Aki Irie’s work. This is just odds and ends I couldn’t fit into the last post… I mostly reference Gunjyo Schooldays, a 4(?) book collection of her short stories. 

Compression/Decompression: I like how she handles it. A single page can cover years, and this one in particular conveys that and more nicely (and without words!): the grave is important to her but not to him, but SHE’s important to him, so he sticks around. He’s aloof, but clearly their relationship is close enough that he’s present during these visits. And over the course of years, she changes much more than he does. 

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By contrast, some moments slow down immensely. A whole page just to capture a particular mood:image

I love how cozy her comics are. Everyone is comfortable in their own skin - sex is warm and friendly and just kind of is:

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These parents are pretty cute:

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Haha … kids.

Hair looks incredible:

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Nice alternating panels of the ocean to describe the feeling in her chest:

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Music in comics is interesting - Decisions that an artist makes about what’s important and what isn’t. Aki Irie is all about that feeling:

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I really dig the trick with the rain along the center of the next page - it emphasizes weather, sets mood, and allows time to lapse in a very concise way:

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I love the atmosphere here:

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And I just really like this sequence of a super smart scientist at work:

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I like short stories a lot. A good short story is a concise statement of an idea or a soft statement of atmosphere & mood. Irie shows a lot of range in these short stories. Whenever we get the chance to do short stories on Johnny Wander I’m probably thinking a little about how Aki Irie tells her stories, specifically the sense of wonder and delight she manages to capture.
(Most of our Aki Irie books came from Japan, but if you live in NYC you can find them at Kinokuniya, or Bookoff if you’re lucky. The short stories seem really difficult to find.)
polygondotcom:

How to make dating games with a little help from your friends
Conrad Kreyling designed a visual novel engine to run games in web browsers, and fell into a job with Namco Bandai along the way.
When Conrad Kreyling took a job in game development, he didn’t realize it would mean biking into a federal disaster area to rescue a computer.
On October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy hit New York City.
It brought a storm surge, causing the East River to overflow into lower Manhattan, flooding seven subway tunnels and cutting off power to the area for days. At the southern tip of Manhattan in Battery Park, the surge was almost 14 feet high.
(Link to the full story)

My boy Conrad! I get quoted here a few times. 
I’m really glad they opened with that Hurricane Sandy story, it’s one of those stories that nicely encapsulates the kind of person Conrad is: 

On October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy hit New York City.
It brought a storm surge, causing the East River to overflow into lower Manhattan, flooding seven subway tunnels and cutting off power to the area for days. At the southern tip of Manhattan in Battery Park, the surge was almost 14 feet high.
At the time, Kreyling worked at Muse Games, located next to Battery Park. On the morning of October 29, Muse had just launched its latest game, Guns of Icarus Online. But for reasons having nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy, Guns of Icarus Online needed a patch. And the only computer that could make updates was trapped in the office in Manhattan, in the path of a 14-foot storm surge.
Kreyling took it on himself to brave the storm, reach the computer and issue the patch. Manhattan had been declared a federal disaster area, and the flooded roads had halted road traffic. Trains weren’t running. So Kreyling biked his way onto the island, pedaling against the tide. Once at the office, he convinced building security to let him in, grabbed the computer, left his bike behind and hitched a ride on one of the few remaining evacuation buses.
Hours later, at his boss’s apartment on the Upper East Side, Kreyling and his boss finished the update and shipped the patch. Guns of Icarus Online was saved. And Kreyling started to realize he was spending too much time on work, and needed a creative outlet of his own.
Less than a year later, he would create his own game engine, start his own studio and make his own game. And he would do it all to help others.

That’s Conrad 24/7… he’s ready to go that extra, torrentially flooded mile for you at the drop of a hat. 
Also, bravo for printing:

"I’m like, hey, this is a beautiful space sci-fi drama in which boys kiss and fuck."

Conrad and Datenighto are currently running a Kickstarter with Hamlet for her Starfighter: Eclipse Visual Novel— check it out!

polygondotcom:

How to make dating games with a little help from your friends

Conrad Kreyling designed a visual novel engine to run games in web browsers, and fell into a job with Namco Bandai along the way.

When Conrad Kreyling took a job in game development, he didn’t realize it would mean biking into a federal disaster area to rescue a computer.

On October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy hit New York City.

It brought a storm surge, causing the East River to overflow into lower Manhattan, flooding seven subway tunnels and cutting off power to the area for days. At the southern tip of Manhattan in Battery Park, the surge was almost 14 feet high.

(Link to the full story)

My boy Conrad! I get quoted here a few times. 

I’m really glad they opened with that Hurricane Sandy story, it’s one of those stories that nicely encapsulates the kind of person Conrad is: 

On October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy hit New York City.

It brought a storm surge, causing the East River to overflow into lower Manhattan, flooding seven subway tunnels and cutting off power to the area for days. At the southern tip of Manhattan in Battery Park, the surge was almost 14 feet high.

At the time, Kreyling worked at Muse Games, located next to Battery Park. On the morning of October 29, Muse had just launched its latest game, Guns of Icarus Online. But for reasons having nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy, Guns of Icarus Online needed a patch. And the only computer that could make updates was trapped in the office in Manhattan, in the path of a 14-foot storm surge.

Kreyling took it on himself to brave the storm, reach the computer and issue the patch. Manhattan had been declared a federal disaster area, and the flooded roads had halted road traffic. Trains weren’t running. So Kreyling biked his way onto the island, pedaling against the tide. Once at the office, he convinced building security to let him in, grabbed the computer, left his bike behind and hitched a ride on one of the few remaining evacuation buses.

Hours later, at his boss’s apartment on the Upper East Side, Kreyling and his boss finished the update and shipped the patch. Guns of Icarus Online was saved. And Kreyling started to realize he was spending too much time on work, and needed a creative outlet of his own.

Less than a year later, he would create his own game engine, start his own studio and make his own game. And he would do it all to help others.

That’s Conrad 24/7… he’s ready to go that extra, torrentially flooded mile for you at the drop of a hat. 

Also, bravo for printing:

"I’m like, hey, this is a beautiful space sci-fi drama in which boys kiss and fuck."

Conrad and Datenighto are currently running a Kickstarter with Hamlet for her Starfighter: Eclipse Visual Novel— check it out!

Aki Irie

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Yuko and her father always stop at used books stores when they take trips to Japan. Several years ago she brought home 2 books of short stories called Gunjyo Schooldays, by author Aki Irie. I adore them… there’s a lightness and whimsy to it that really does it for me. The next time Yuko went to Japan she surprised me by bringing back Irie’s entire bibliography. Yuko’s the best.

Irie’s since moved on to a series called Ran to Haiiro no Sekai, so this is going to feature pages from the short stories and her newer series. I was originally going to make this one post but I just kept going and decided to break it into two … oops. 

There are a few things about her work that really get me. The linework is pretty tight for the most part, but it feels loose and there’s something elegant and energizing about it. I like her ability to increase and reduce detail at will - the texture in the hair, the drape of the jacket, the crinkle of the shorts and then the clean stroke of the legs down to the socks (I also love her big-ass sneakers):

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There’s a lot of manga where the backgrounds are technically gorgeous but they lack personality. Aki Irie’s backgrounds live in the same world as her characters. One of her short stories is about an old woman who takes a magical walk through the forest and it’s all about the environments:

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Beautiful messes are a staple:
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Most of her stories revolve around women. There’s a feeling I find difficult to explain, except to say that I get the sense that Aki Irie really loves women. Whether they’re lovers, mothers, friends, and whether they’re having fun or making mistakes, the women in her stories are shown through a lens of joy. It’s a difficult feeling for me to articulate. 

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I think i’m going to do a follow-up post at some point… mostly images I couldn’t get into this one. 

aidosaur:

sometimes I draw really self-indulgent art of my characters and then turn into a flustered baby and don’t post it, the end.

Cuties

aidosaur:

sometimes I draw really self-indulgent art of my characters and then turn into a flustered baby and don’t post it, the end.

Cuties

gunshowcomic:

oh MY GOD IM ON FIRE OH SHIT OH GOD
Good news, you crazy so-and-sos: Midnite Surprise Volume 2 is finally available to anyone who didnt jump on that old kickstarter for it! We got plenty of copies of the hardcover deluxe version and the regular paperback edition! Both very handsome  and good books, one of them is just more sturdy if since it is harder. 
Been busy with a lot! Some of that lot is graveyard quest but not enough of it. Give me another week then hell or high water we’re just gonna dig in.

Love you KC

gunshowcomic:

oh MY GOD IM ON FIRE OH SHIT OH GOD

Good news, you crazy so-and-sos: Midnite Surprise Volume 2 is finally availablto anyone who didnt jump on that old kickstarter for it! We got plenty of copies of the hardcover deluxe version and the regular paperback edition! Both very handsome  and good books, one of them is just more sturdy if since it is harder. 

Been busy with a lot! Some of that lot is graveyard quest but not enough of it. Give me another week then hell or high water we’re just gonna dig in.

Love you KC

(Source: gunshowcomic.com)

laurenzuke:

Hello everyone!!

Recently I got a job offer to work as a full-time artist on something SUPER COOL, maybe the coolest thing in the universe, but it’s all the way over in California! 

Unfortunately I work a retail day job and I need help getting out there. I’ve set up a GoFundMe, where in exchange for your help I have a ton of cool prizes, such as an exclusive print pictured above, a PDF copy of The Closet Game (not available anywhere else!), commissions, PRINTED commissions (:O!), sketches, and a private Google Hangout, where I’ll draw whatever you want and answer any questions, PLUS all the other stuff listed!

You can read more at the GoFundMe page, which is located here:

http://www.gofundme.com/LZtoLA

Even if you can’t contribute, reblogs are appreciated! thank you so much!

Lauren is rad as hell, help her out! ♥︎

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