So. I’m very lazy these days. Summer is like a repressive burden that kinda slows you down in anything and everything… Makes you lazy. I have a bunch of these paintings which I have never posted. I’m just going to go through the lot of them, that’ll give me another four weeks of updates. Maybe I’ll decide to draw sometime between now and then.

I’ve given up on a “painting process” rant. It’d be just like a tutorial, and I’m not keen on writing a tutorial. Especially on a method that I’m not at all terribly adept at. The gist of it is to use as few “features” as possible, and just keep to the brush. Plus this “tutorial” would be in OpenCanvas, which… few people use.

I do have another rant that I’ve been meaning to write (For MONTHS now), but I really don’t feel like gathering all miscellaneous pictures and stuff needed for it, and then scanning it all. Again, it’s also just a consolidation of a bunch of previously spoken, random material.

The header on this site says “Updated weekly” for a reason. It’s “Updated weekly” as opposed to updated on a certain day.


j99 – The First Absentee Update

No comic today.
I do have other things though.
See rant for details.

Wow. That was a haiku.


Alright then. No comics, but there is an Art Gallery update. Also, note the nifty poll at the top. This poll will run for six weeks. That seems appropriate, given the traffic we get. Well then, that’s all for the first absentee update. Bai~!

EDIT July 6, 2006: The poll has been changed to run for only about two weeks.

j97 – Chris’ Daily Life


A little change of pace. I felt like I needed to use Chris some more, since as of now his character development makes him resemble a clone of J-san.

And now, on to the primary “Supposed-to-be-a-rant-but-not-so-long” topic.

T-shirts and jeans/long pants. A lot of my characters wear those. Exceptions (for regular characters in N-wars) are:

D-san (Wears polo shirt instead of T-shirt)
Chris (Whears chess jacket instead of T-shirt)

Now that Chris is wearing a T-shirt too, D-san is the only regular character character without a T-shirt (as pants are not usually shown, they don’t really matter in this discussion).

So what does this say? I’m not sure. Possibly that I’m just too lazy to think of new character designs. However, I think that right now T-shirts makes sense because, after all, it’s summer right now in the northern hemisphere. I’ll try and switch to jackets, etc, in the winter.

Actually, come to think of it, I don’t think I’ll like the way long-sleeved shirts look on my characters.

Well, we’ll see what happens.

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I just wanted to say that college visits are some of the most boring things… ever. And that New York doesn’t seem to be all that it’s made out to be. I’d prefer California any day.

If you look at Air Force 1 down in whatever panel it appears in, it’s a scramjet.

j96 – Sketch Dump 1


Alright, today’s update is a “sketch dump” of sorts! Let’s get started!

Image 1:

This is an updated version of Vector-tan. She’s supposed to be armed with that arrow-headed spear that she was carrying in one of the older sketches. Kind of a cheerleader-ish pose here. Sketch was not finished since … well, not sure really. I don’t think the legs were coming out right, though.

Image 2:

This is my representation of D-san before one of the past BayLUG meetings. Some of you fellow Lego users may know what D-san is talking about. For those of you interested, D-san wound up buying those slope bricks at the meeting.

Image 3:

My attempt at creating a Mecha Musume for one of the boss ships from a SHMUP (Shoot-em-up) that I downloaded. This ship, to be exact (the ship, incidentally, is called the “Deus Ex Machina”). I like the way her hairstyle turned out. Costume could use some work though …

That’s it! Check back again next week!

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Ok. I want to write something significant this time, but I really don’t have the time to. It looks like I will have to delay the two rants I have had planned for a long time… again. Delay the rants again, that is.

As you can tell, the storyline is going again, I have two more reserve story comics after this one, and then two more non-story comics done after that. If I had started doing two updates a week like I wanted to a month back, I’d be done by now.

Anyways, something I want to try this summer is placing a simple NWars advertisement (Paid, that is) on a notable site and see if it will increase traffic. I see this as doing two of two things (Wow, what a concept)… wait, no, a few of a bit more things… no… screw it.

For the most part, it might increase traffic. That would mean that our content is good, and people who visit the site for the first time actually want to come back, and we just aren’t doing an effective job advertising to begin with. OR, if it doesn’t increase traffic, or only for the time period that the advertisement is run, it means we have work to do.

Frankly, I think NW is better off than a lot of the very low end webcomics out there (And yes, I do rate NW as one of the very low end webcomics out there, no offense to either myself or J, I just set my standards high, or try to, I think). Anyways, amount webcomics of the same caliber I think we are pretty well off, we just need a slight push either in the site itself or the advertising.

For that matter, I hope this will prompt J to write something. Hell, he’s already updated before me, and I haven’t read his update either, but usually when I post something this, I can ween (Is that a word?) a good, hefty response from him. Of course, by saying this, I might just be deterring him from writing more, but whatever.

On that note, J suggested that I write about how he likes to bug me about his drawing and stuff, whilst I never bug him. I’m sure that says something about his character, but I certainly cannot put my finger on that. Hell, I can’t interpret what humans write, I certainly cannot interpret their thoughts or whatever.

Ok time to keep studying Brit Lit. RAWR. Or GAO if you prefer. Or really a MEH works just as well.