j95 – nPod Commercial

[5/29/2006]

Hello! The comic that I had intended to post was not ready (needed reworking, etc.). Plus, I was busy this weekend (long weekend, but I was still busy).So, I have prepared this nPod advertisement. More may follow…

On another note, an early happy birthday to Adrienne E.

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j94 – Searching

[5/22/2006]

Today’s comic features a cameo from my British Literature Honors teacher (see second and third panels). By the way, “bereft” means “lacking”.

Silly sotry about today’s update: I was drawing frames, and was almost done with them, when I realized that the frames were for the comic after this one. So, I had to quickly draw all the frames for this comic. What’s funny is that this error made the past two days my most productive weekend in a long time.

Sam told me, “You should make mistakes more often.”

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[060522]

I was going to rant about active improvement and some other stuff, but I got lazy. This is the last episode I’m going to post of the Aerith arc, so get what you will out of it. Next week we’ll get 401 and the continuation of the main arc.

j93 – YAAAAAAYY!!!!!!

[5/15/2006]

Last time, on “J-san’s Rants”:

” I’m planning to do this entire mini story arc in this ‘manga’-format.”

Wait, what happened to the manga format?

The “entire mini story arc” was the previous comic only. It was the “Whatever happened to the Lesser Demon and the co-worker after the ‘Door to Heck’ mini story arc” super-sub-micro story arc.

Anyway, as mentioned in the first panel, this mini story arc is going to have a severly shortened introductory material so we can get to the chewy, uncooked bits of the story in the middle. Yum!

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[060515]

So, two things before another long rant. I have four pages done for this Aerith mini arc, but it didn’t turn out very well, and page four was simply terrible. Not necessarily in terms of drawing, but just in general. So I’m going to stop after number 3.

No reason for changing the rant picture again, I just like this picture more than the Pikeru sketch.

ANYWAYS. I have something to talk about next week already. Apparently I have a lot to say these days.

This week I was going to talk about my drawing style during summer of 2005. But now I realize that I don’t really have much to say about it, I just think it was this, and I quote myself: a high point in my drawing.

I’m not quite sure why I think that way, maybe it’s simply the different method of shading, but I felt as if I put alot more work into those drawings that into any of the drawings I do these days. And a lot of my all time favorite drawings were done during that period – as I mentioned, among those are “Clamp Season”, etc.

Well, guess I didn’t have that much to say, here is a bonus picture for you all: 033 [100607 – Dead link]

j92 – Fault 2

[5/8/2006]

I had no classes today. AP exams got in the way. Just peachy, isn’t it? I’ve only got one AP to go … YAY~!

So, for today’s comic I have decided to break with the standard 4-panel format. I’m planning to reduce the size of the 4-panel format to make it more accessible to those of you with smaller screen resolutions. Furthermore, just for a change of pace, I’m planning to do this entire mini story arc in this “manga”-format.

Huh? Story arc?

Yes, you read me right. (Hey, it’s a pun. Right, write, get it?)

What happened to the panel exiter saga?

What do you mean, “what happened”?

Shouldn’t it have some sort of satisfying conclusion?

Please look at the title of this webcomic. Not this update, this comic.

That doesn’t bode well for this mini story arc, does it?

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[060508]

So. Back here I mentioned that I should write about Aerith and Chikara. Just yesterday I remembered that I made the above comment in “episode” 77. Apparently it’s only now that I’m getting around to it. This one is going to be picture intensive, I think.

Compared to many characters in the Directorate story, Aerith and Chikara have been around for a long time. They are the only two characters not based upon people I actually know (Mad Scientist J-san MIGHT be in this category, but it is up for debate). In fact, Aerith, though unnamed, and a far cry from the current character, was first sketched as the THIRD NWars character, after D-san and J-san. Our good friend Mad Scientist J-san, aka J-sama, was fourth.

I believe I’m repeating some material from various earlier rants here, but I will repeat them nonetheless. Aerith was intended to be a stereotypical “Magical Girl” character as this early sketch suggests.

Chikara’s character design, drawn up maybe a week or two later, was intended to reflect the stereotypical mecha-girl, and with that, we’d have a set. Just as with Aerith, the original sketches of Chikara reflect the design idea. Unfortunately, I don’t have an early sketch, so this will have to do.

With regards to NWars and the NWars storyline, Aerith and Chikara were largely ignored for almost three month. Despite that, the two are, in my opinion, the best representation of style changes from then to now in my drawing, as they appear consistently in my sketching and/or comics for a good part of the last year and a half, unlike D-san and J-san and the rest of the NWars cast. I have a lot of interim pictures such as the NW 2004 Christmas “Special”.

With the advent of the Directorate storyline, Chikara appears, though nameless, in the comic series starting with CHOBIT. Getting a bit further ahead of ourselves, Chikara shows up consistently up through CLAMP Season (Arguable one of my favorite drawings to date), before I temporarily stopped drawing NWars strips. At the same time, Aerith never made a comic appearance. However, both appear several times in a non-comic oriented “Relative Max” of my drawing “career” (You know, when the rate of change of drawing quality goes from positive to negative; this is another rant topic I have had in mine for a while), as shown in these drawings: NW46 and Pwned. The latter, again, is one of my all time favorites.

Sheesh, this is long. I’ll quote myself for the next part, concerning the appearance of Aerith and Chikara in TIAIIS: I’ve “stolen” characters from all over the place; the first sketch has cleaned up versions of Aerith and Chikara – originally supposed to be the mechs in the NWars Directorate storyline, which is, sadly, incomplete. Aerith (Who was going to be “Sakura” [Sakura and Chikara sounds like a pretty good set, huh?] [And “Chikara” is derived from CLAMP’s “Chi”]) is probably the most minor character in TIAIIS. Their character designs (Both almost a year and a half old, now) are both based off the stereotypical magical girl/school girl characters in stereotypical manga. You’ll notice the change in style. I’ve been apt to call this a step down from the previous generation of drawing.

The current versions of the two bear the characteristics they were given in the brief life of TIAIIS. They are both mechs, though Chikara, the earlier ‘model’ is of conventional build, whereas Aerith, the later ‘model’ employs the all-famous, all-hated nanomachines, in order to give her magical girl capabilities: transformations, wings, etc. Their current character designs most closely resemble the redo of that second picture I mentioned.

Here’s a picture for y’all. Inspired by that second sketch I showed up there 036.

j90 – Lying down Looking up

[5/01/2006]

One AP exam down, 6 (7?) to go…

Anyhoo, today I bring you a colored update! Granted, it only had one frame, but I’m still really happy with it. I especially like the way D-san’s hair was colored this time.

A wallpaper version of the last panel will appear in the gallery shortly. I really need to go fix those pages …

Oh, I just noticed … This is our ONE HUNDRETH update!! Well, not really, granted that there are weeks we missed, and that there are special image updates. The current update is labeled jcomic077, so I still have some more to go for a full 100 comics … plus, there are some non-comic images included in the numbering system, so I really have no idea when the “true” 100th update will be.