19 – The Choice || Mint Condition

No rant for this comic.

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Well, today we get to listen to me blab about my other hobby… Legos!

You know, those little interlocking plastic pieces that you can build stuff out of? Yeah, those are Legos for you gamers and other people who don’t know what Legos are.

So I’ve been a fan of Legos since I was… well, very young. Recently I came out of a ‘Dark Ages’ where I had about my entire collection just stacked away in some corner and started to put together all these old sets. It’s amazing how things get disorganized and/or lost during the course of some five years or so. When I was younger, my mom stressed the fact that I should try to keep the sets together – and of course, I didn’t listen. Now I’m paying, and being entertained at the same time.

Just last week I actually finally finished sorting all the loose parts that I could find around the house. I’ve been able to get some 40-50% of all the sets I own back together and complete some superior-to-when-I-was-really-young MOC’s (An abbreviation for ‘My Own Creation’ which is a cheesy term for ‘custom’), mainly trains.

Really, I think building with Legos goes along the same path as drawing, it’s this “Let’s build what we can’t get in real life” sort of idea that shows up in my drawing as well. That isn’t to say you have to be at one to do the other, but I think they complement each other.

Alright, there was some really bad logic and grammar back there, but for lack of anything to say, I give you:

*fanfare* My Brickshelf Gallery!!!

(There’s only worthwhile stuff in the Trains folder, so just ignore the rest of the crap)

And have a nice day!!!

18 – Mad Art Skillz || Pier 666

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Yeah. I ran out of time since I was coloring this other thing. Even though there’s more time between the Friday and Tuesday comic than between the Tuesday comic and the Friday comic, It seems like I have less time to work on the Tuesday comic. Confused? Me too…

I figure it’s because of the large amount of homework I get over the weekends. Bleah. As time goes on, I like weekends less and less…

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WHA HA HA HA HA HA!!!

Bleh, I really am not much of a coding person… But here’s the new layout… I think it is superior to the old one… Today’s time having been spent on this damn code, maybe tommorrow I’ll write something worth reading.

MORE!

Alright, so I’ll say some stuff about stuff. Actually, forget it, it’s not going to be worth reading.

Oh yes, if you want to laugh at some extremely crappy coding, look at the stuff that makes up this site!!! (Alright, now I’m just getting delirious) [100522: Dead link].

ALRIGHT. This point of this thing is to give readers something else to look it (Not that you’d want to I guess) between the normal updates. The gallery is gonna have everything from dumpbox quality to color quality stuff, and if space allows, I’ll try to update it often. This box just says when.

And today I actually put in two new pictures.

17 – Muzak || Delorean DMC

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Look! Color!

I started drawing this comic yesterday, and finished coloring it just minutes ago. This marks the fastest time from production to fully-colored I have ever done. w00t! (Of course, it’s the only colored work I’ve done besides the rant pic…)

No, I don’t think I’ll have another colored one for a while. Good night.

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You know, a lot of times I look at professional manga, and I wonder how exactly do they go around drawing? Like… do they draw directly on the paper? No guidelines whatsoever? Do they do one frame at a time and assemble a comic on the computer? If so, how do they get past the pixelization of their images? And you know, stuff like that…

Whereas I can’t answer any of those questions, at least I can *ahem* enlighten you all on my own process, and J-san’s process as well. (That’s process pronounced with a long ‘o’). Not that anyone would care to know… but you know…

Anyways, what I do, I start off drawing guidelines with a 2H pencil This includes perspective boxes and skeletons for the characters in that frame panel. That even applies for Chibis. I can’t draw anything without guidelines. Period.

So then I put down a rough pencil layer. This is basically the same layer that would become the finishing layer of a sketch, kind of sloppy, but it has the general shape. I don’t shade or anything on this layer, that comes in the next step.

Which, of course, is tracing. Yep. That stuff I never thought I’d use after third grade came back and haunts me. It makes for a much better finish that if I tried to just draw over the guidelines. Just trace all the lines that you need (And keep in mind, the second two layers are all in HB), and then shade apporpriately.

Then scan and assemble on the computer. Each NWars panel is 260 x 352 pixels.

J-san’s process is pretty similar – He does a rough sketch in pencil (But usually without guidelines), but instead of tracing it, he goes over it DIRECTLY in pen, and then erases the pencil markings. Then he shades.

Personally, I don’t like the brute force erasing thing, but you know, that’s just me. Sometimes J-san’s comics come out cleaner than mine… and I should stop before I flood the rant box.

16 – The Plan || San Francisco

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If only we could get electricity that way…

Well now, D-san’s going to start the chain of “The World of N-wars” strips (or N-wars no sekai, for those of you obsessed with Japanese terms). What does this mean? This means that coherent plot may be on the way! GASP!

Well, time to go work on another random project. Bai~!

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WHAT’s THIS? A PLOTLINE FOR NWARS?

No, in your dreams. But the next few comics will actually sort of fit together in a sequence of events as a ‘Tour of the NWars world’. This starts from this comic.

Why? Well, practice for the most part. You (Or at least I) don’t know how hard it is to get punchlines incorporated into something that’s supposed to come in a series of events. I just don’t think funny, like J-san, who is writing all the punchlines now. Hell, I’d probably do something like Starcrossed all over again if it wasn’t for J-san.

The other part is to try and gain maybe one extra hit per day or something to that extent. I think people are more inclined to read a webcomic that’s funny and follows a ‘Storyline’ rather than something that’s just plain funny. Umm… well, here’s your ‘Storyline’.

Eventually, we’re hoping to do a complete storyline, but that’ll be in a very, very, very long time. Past Christmas, maybe next Spring, most probably next Summer. Whoa, way to plan ahread. This, however, requires huge redos of the site, which I plan to do during Thanksgiving break. Convert to PHP, add some funky Java, make the site more efficient, all that good stuff.

J-san doesn’t write much. He’s just too lazy. Well, sometime, hopefully this weekend, assuming I get my new comp (W00t) I’ll put down a ‘D-san’s Dumpbox’ updating thing. It’s like MT’s news thing, but D-san’s Dumpbox thing. Yeah, alright. I’m gonna leave now. Maybe you’ll even get lucky (Or unlucky) and get that dumpbox thing next update.

15 – Funky Anime Part 2 || Detail 2

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I wonder why nobody else ever thought of this.

It was fairly obvious (to me, at least) that someone could mess with the title like this. I told D-san this joke and he laughed really really hard (that doesn’t mean you will necessarily, but I hope you do!).

Oh, and first time using color in a regular N-wars, too. See the logo? See?

Short rant this time. I guess I should do more sketches so that I actually have a gallery page…

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On the ball! On the ball! On the ball! Quoting something from Azumanga…

So, I’m not on the ball. I’m like under it if anything. I’m going to list the reasons for somehow not dedicating myself to the site for the past week or so. This being the reason we are getting so few hits as well.

First thing – I’m doing this huge thing on facial anatomy. Like, completely changing the way I do it, in fact, I’ve been carrying this miniature skull around for the past few days and just fondling (Ugh, bad word) it. And because of that, I haven’t been working on NWars.So, I rely on my backlog. So the art, IMO, is not that great, though it is still better than the stuff I started with.

Reason number two. Too much homework. Yep, apparently all the teachers are suddenly like, hey, let’s give the students more homework! It’ll be FUN! Yeah, fun for who? Definitely not the students. This is the second reason why I don’t have time to do anything with NWars. This also leads to problem number three.

Too little sleep. You know, last year I was getting like seven hours of sleep and doing FINE. This year I’m getting like seven and a half, and doing worse. And thus, I can’t stay up late to work on comics like I did last year. Thus, I get less done in general. Then there’s swimming and all these minor causes and stuff, but I won’t go into that.

So that’s why NWars is doing worse. Because of the lack of dedication.

Anyways, on a lighter note, Kooliop, one of our dedicated readers, has done a filler strip for J-San’s previous comic because J-San was not able to get a strip up last time. It can be found [100522 – Dead Link] here. That’s all we got for ya today. Stuff and more stuff.

14 – Kcomic 1 || Clean

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C0mmander W0lf: want to draw something
C0mmander W0lf: really quick
C0mmander W0lf: for a filler?
C0mmander W0lf: for the time
C0mmander W0lf: that J-san didn’t update?
Mr Kung Fu Dude: are you asking me?
C0mmander W0lf: ya
Mr Kung Fu Dude: i dont have a scanner
C0mmander W0lf: well
Mr Kung Fu Dude: or a d camera
C0mmander W0lf: draw stick figures
C0mmander W0lf: in Paint
Mr Kung Fu Dude: Lol
Mr Kung Fu Dude: ok
Mr Kung Fu Dude: i can do tha
Mr Kung Fu Dude: t
C0mmander W0lf: and make it funny
C0mmander W0lf: and add a short rant or something
Mr Kung Fu Dude: haha you know i iwll
Mr Kung Fu Dude: does it have some dimension?
Mr Kung Fu Dude: like 300×432141413
Mr Kung Fu Dude: or something?
C0mmander W0lf: umm
C0mmander W0lf: 260
C0mmander W0lf: x 1448
Mr Kung Fu Dude: k
C0mmander W0lf: 260 width
Mr Kung Fu Dude: yes
Mr Kung Fu Dude: i got that
Mr Kung Fu Dude: lol
Mr Kung Fu Dude: its not going to be a rant..
Mr Kung Fu Dude: its gonna be a situation that i thought that was funny

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Last week’s Friday comic was the biggest filler we’ve had to do so far. In fact, I don’t think we’ve had to do a filler before that.

Anyways, I’m in this kind of drawing depression, where I’m in the bleak state of realization that my art has some major flaw in it, and I’m not in the mood to fix it, and then I don’t want to draw anything either. Stack that on top of reading Negima 3, and yeah… I’m really glad I have that backlog. If you didn’t understand that past paragraph, it says, “I can’t draw lately, sue me”.

Anyways, I think my current lack of dedication is what’s causing the very large drop in traffic we have. It’s been going downhill since Monday, September 25th or something. I don’t think the filler that week helped either. Gotta go do SOME kind of advertising, but I have no idea what.

Yep, life sucks, and so does this comic, in the words of J-san. At least the current comic doesn’t suck that badly, even though I’m using frames from #005 or something.

Alright, gonna do something productive.

12 – The Call (animated) || Detail

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Well, since no one told me what strip they wanted, I just went ahead and animated “The Call”. Here it is, starring the voice talents of D-san as himself. Alrighty. I will improve my animation technique for when I post another one of these, but expect a normal comic for Friday. Now, I must go work on the art, or I’ll never finish. Good night.

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And so, I left off in 1998 in my last random train of thought, when J-san and I first started doing comics in a crappy, generic shapes attached to each other in generic ways, style. This style is WORSE than the first panel of the October 1st comic. Actually, it’s the same style, just less refined.

For four years, I don’t do anything in terms of improving my comic art. That’s right, four years. In those four years I worked on doing machines, and they got better, but the comics still sucked. Yes, that means crappy art and crappy punchlines. If I was less lazy right now, I’d fire up that scanner and show some of my old stuff.

And, the second pivotal date is April of 2003. That’s when I picked up a copy of Clamp’s Chobits, and thought, ‘Holy crap, my comics suck’. And then I was bit by the manga bug. So that means I tried to draw manga, after having worked with an awful style in the past four years. I do have an example of my second generation manga works here [100613: New link].

And yes, it would continue to suck for another year and a quarter. Third generation was the beginning of Starcrossed and SC ended with fourth generation stuff. I started assembling the comics in PSP at this time as well.

and then there was Reflection, the complete work of which is in the gallery, and that was actually consistent in style and mechanics, though both were bad. Obviously I did not place in RSOM 4. I have a certificate to prove it.

Blah, blah, blah. I’m pushing sixth generation manga now with some improved facial anatomy. So you know what, if my art ain’t great (And I know in the eyes of a lot of ppl who know what they are doing, it isn’t) it’s only because I’ve only been doing this for a year and a half.

What was the point of the last two rants? To tell more of my life’s story. Joy. These crappy rants must be the reason why we get so few hits.