28 – Subtle Humor || Enemy of the State


Rant as of late last night — {This was an actual conversation. Over the phone though, not instant messenger…}

Usually, I leave D-san alone, but this time, his rant has really ticked me off. Ongoing experiment? Look here, this is a PROJECT we started. Not just a short term project, this is a COMMITMENT! Don’t downsize the weight it carries. Room for improvement? Sure, but if you don’t see what to improve, QUIT WHINING! Our readers come here for humor and what plot we might have, not to hear us whine about our problems. That’s why I usually keep my rants short.

Not a “showcase for dazzling work”? Okay, I agree “dazzling” is a subjective term, but if we’re not here to showcase our work, WHAT THE FACK ARE WE DOING?! FISHING FOR CRITIQUES!? If you want those, you can go wade about in the mudpool they call the M*gaT*kyo “Forums”. You’ve done that plenty already, anyway.

More: You keep having to relate our thing to M*gaT*kyo, don’t you?! Look, this is nothing like that, except for the way you’re planning it!

Oh, and about helping the 56k-ers: Look, just reduce your filesize. Thus far, my comics have been less than half the size of yours. I agree that my quality could be a bit better, but still!

Erg. I just expended all my energy yelling (yellling?) at my co-author. I have some more issues with him, but I think I’ll take those to him directly. After all, it’s hypocracy if I whine here about them after spending a whole rant trashing him for doing the same thing…


Well, long time no rant. This isn’t a rant either, but you know, better crappy content than no content, eh? And, you know, this time I have the wonderful knowledge that no matter what, I cannot overflow the rant box.

So NWars is an ongoing experiment, IMO, it isn’t a showcase for dazzling work, nor is it intended to be, this applies to both the galleries and the site itself. NWars is just another short term project (Well, I think it’s short) to work on art, and such, just as Starcrossed and Reflection were. I believe, that as of now, there is still a lot of room for improvement, even though I don’t see what to improve.

Of course, I was looking to do that ranklist signup and stuff for a while now, and it took me about four hours one morning to get what you see on the links page right now. Maybe next weekend, I’ll try to get more, but as of now, at least a few more people can see us than before. Adding on to the links, you’ll notice NWars is on site version three. I tinkered around with it to the point where I eliminated all the stupid graphics files that were holding the site together, and went for a pure html code. Not that it’s necessary right now, but that will conserve bandwith. Oh yes, it also helps the 56k’ers, I know Kooliop is one of them.

And on the lines of improvement, I stopped needing to trace the comics. I figured I was able to draw the guidelines much lighter now than before, so a 25% brightness/contrast adjustment would eliminate those lines from the final comic. This saves about 20% of the time it takes to do each comic, meaing I can work on stuff like backgrounds, and detail, and stuff like that. On the contrary, the comics look even cleaner with that extra 25% brightness/contrast thing.

Then there is that thing of PLOT. It starts on today’s comic. Oh yes, quite exciting, eh? I don’t really think I’ve developed D-san or J-san too much up to this point, but working on the first few strips of the story arc here, it really starts looking like MT – Crazy Genius/Somber, Self-Depreciating Idiot – J-san/D-san. Oh well, at least we will have some originality in other aspects which I will not reveal.

Hits HAVE been going up. We hit a record 45. And the count for the past two days have been near 30. I’m actually surprised. Happy belated Thanksgiving, and thank god for this new rant box.

27 – Scarlet Letter Comic


Alright folks, today’s stuff is a combination of me being busy, trying to simplify the layout, and Justin’s lack of a new comic. So, you should read the 1000 words here to understand the following comic which I drew for lit class a week ago. It’s from The Scarlet Letter, if anyone’s read it.

Yes, and the comic, which crams everything into 6 panels:

25 – Quotes || NWars Physics 4

No rant for this comic.


HMM. Galupd before rant. That’ll force ppl to look at my crappy works. W00t! Ha, this makes for a good rant Topic. It’s called the ‘Artistic Self-Depreciation Syndrome’ (ArSe DeSy??? LMAO)

Well, let’s go over this first: If you are always positive about something, say, getting a high score on that big ass test you took last week, and you get a bad score, you feel bad. “Oh, damn, I expected so much more, and I didn’t get it! Waaaa…”. Now, if you EXPECTED to do bad, then your expectations were met.

So, then, if you got a good score, and you had high expectations, then you met your expectations in this case. But, if you were aiming lower, you’d be like, “OMG, I did SO MUCH BETTER THAN I THOUGH!!! WAI!!!”. Well, ecstasy (No, not the drug). So what I’m getting at is that there is a higher satisfaction rate by aiming lower.

You know, the same thing applies to art. A lot of people think it’s a really bad thing to depreciate (Dammit, is this even the right word?) your own work, but there is mentality behind it. Basically, it’s like bracing yourself for whatever criticism you might receive about that work.

If you tried really hard on it, and thought, “OMG, this is so good, let’s show it off”, and you were met by, “Damn, that sucks”, well, that wouldn’t be too great. On the OTHER hand, had you worked really hard on it, then looked back and said, “Hmm, it still sucks”, and you were met by that same, “Yeah, it does suck”, you wouldn’t feel that bad.

Or that’s the mentality behind it. And this mentality usually is looked down upon as having low self-esteem, or no self-confidence, but you know, it’s this natural thing we do to help ourselves against the weight of truth.

Oh yeah, I hate overly optimistic people.

24 – The Idea || NWars Physics 3


So, this strip, as well as Friday’s, will be a small break from the toaster-pastry mini-arc, which should resume (conclude?) next Monday. Maybe I should animate something again…(sorry, those of you with slow connections).

D-san claims that his “wonderful rambling” isn’t a rant, but isn’t that what rants are for? Rambling?


If you haven’t noticed lately. I’ve been coloring stuff a lot more nowadays. So just a while ago, like this weekend, I thought, “Why?”.

You know, for the majority of the time when I was in elementary school, I didn’t color anything. Even Justin is a witness to that. Coloring on pencil drawings, with pencils, for that matter, is a real pain in the butt, especially when stuff starts smearing out of control. It also took a helluva long time.

So of course, at one point, I did Justin’s little pen thing to get rid of the pencil markings, and I actually turned out several colored works (albeit bad ones) over the course of junior high. Still, it was really time consuming, and of course, once you made a mistake, you couldn’t change it.

And so, I discovered the beauty of coloring via a graphics program. Only a couple years too late for that matter. Of course, come to think of it, I did too many things too late. That includes stuff like anatomy studies. The first time I did a CG’ed work took more than twelve hours.

The obvious answer for coloring more, of course, is that I got helluvalot faster. Whereas the entire thing of ‘Discipline’ (Which adorns the index2 splash page of this site) took the entire 13 hours, the entire thing of the traction-engine-hover-car, part of which is displayed above this rant took all of two hours (Save the smoke, which, due to my lack of knowledge in basic CG, took much more time than it needed to).

Well, that wasn’t really a rant… just another wonderful rambling…