dcomic 445


So here’s 445. In other news, though:

So my parents bought me my D830 this summer for roughly 2k when all expenses are considered. For the most part, I have no qualms about this laptop, specially when you consider I’m moving over from 14 inch laptops. I do, however, have a qualm with this shitty little auditorium swing-out desks that don’t give you enough room to do anything. So while my D830 sees heavy use on my desk in my dorm, my 500m is getting a new lease on life due to those shitty desks. Can you believe they make us TEST on those desks? It’s ridiculous.

Anyways, I realized recently this wasn’t the best plan for laptop purchase. Here I bought ONE $2k laptop for college, meaning it’s supposed to last about four years. But this is the wrong approach. What I should have done was bought TWO $1k laptops, once every 2 years. At the end of four years not only do you have TWO laptops, but the second laptop will have better specs than the $2k laptop you bought at the beginning of four years in the first scenario. This is also a more flexible solution: now that I consider those shitty auditorium desks, I’d go back to a 14 inch laptop in two years.

Speaking of computers, the D-san collection of computers has grown to ten units with the acquisition of a Dell Optiplex at the beginning of Thanksgiving break. For great justice.

Speaking of justice, compare C071126 to C061106 from just over a year ago. The latter image reigned as my signature work for a few months before being superceded by 070211. Anyways, it’s a good comparison because they’re both ToTA fanarts. It’s nice (for me at least) to see that progress is still there, despite being imperceptible (to me at least) for much of the year. I can only hope for the best in the coming year…

Anyways, the general idea behind the current method (my colored work can apparently be grouped by the “methods” they use: if you look at my DA gallery http://bradlycolin.deviantart.com/gallery/, 071120 and 071126 are done approximately the same way; 070928 through 070703 share a different method; 070612 and 070522 are the same, etc, etc) is to use OpenCanvas’ inking tool to imitate my hacks on pencil lineart. I’m making use of a quantum principle that noise on a microscopic level does not translate into noise at a macroscopic level. A “noisy” piece of art, when “noisy” at a low enough level will not translate into a “noisy” piece. The other piece of the puzzle is that perfection is the wrong direction to go. Don’t even try to make anything perfect, it’s not worth the trouble.

The methods are somewhat cyclical; the next thing I try will probably once again be using a pencil lineart…

Oh yeah, I think NWars traffic has actually risen by a miniscule amount since the beginning of the year. At this point I’m tempted to reset the counter and take a look. What amazes me is how this comic is actually in the top 10% for “the webcomic list”‘s ranking system. Maybe it’s just a bug in their system and we should actually be in the bottom ten percent, but if that top 10% is actually true, it means we aren’t too bad despite my worst fears. Anyways I’m tempted to reset the counter and take a look. Total traffic for the past two years has been like 17k including reloads.

Ok, that’s it I think. Have yourself a nice day.

J171 – Of; Agenda



Hey, look, today’s comic is jcomic123 ! Of course, in hexadecimal that’s 7B, so I guess there’s nothing really special about that number. It is divisible by 3, though.

Anyway, I suppose I have to say this, because no matter how hard you try someone always takes something the wrong way. I’m not making fun of anyone or anything here (at least not intentionally), except perhaps for J-san’s zaniness. I simply found the idea amusing.

Now that that’s over with, onto the technical aspects of the comic. I used a lot more references for today’s comic than I’ve ever used before. This is due to having things in the comic such as the White House, the Oval Office, or maids, things that I have no idea how to draw correctly, as much as I like to think I know what they look like. Also, you may have noticed that the backgrounds in panels 1, 2, and 3 of the comic on the right were left uninked. This is a sort of convention I’ve adopted (see some of the later Sandstorm comics, for example) to help the characters stand out from what’s behind them and draw more attention to themselves. At least, that’s what I’m aiming for. I’m hoping it works.

Anyway, you may have noticed that there is a small “” in the upper-right-hand corner of the webpage. I’m not sure what causes it, other than that it’s caused by the first block of PHP code executing. This problem seems to afflict other pages as well, up to and including a “check the weather” widget on an iPhone. Go figure. (The irony here is that, to get “” to show up here in the rant, I had to type in special character sequences.)

Oh, I finally caved in and got a deviantART account. Yay! There’s (almost) nothing on it~! Also, the site’s code hates me. It wants me to put all my art in the category “Fan Art”, which it most certainly is not. Come to think of it, I don’t think we actually have *any* Nonsense Wars fan art. (Okay, there is this picture of π-tan, but I don’t really count her as a Nonsense Wars character.)

Anyway, that’s basically all for today. Ciao~!

J170 – Discrepancy; References


The first of these two 4koma was inspired by a trip I took to IHOP one day to have breakfast for dinner. It was fun. I will be repeating the stunt on Wednesday. I like the waiter guy, but, like the police chief in Sandstorm, he has that difficult-to-replicate-correctly non-inkable hair. Why do I torture myself so~~

The second one started out as a two-line exchange I thought of on my own. (The exact lines are not represented in the comic.) The final form and dialogue were inspired by a conversation I had with Derek while trying to figure out the lines for another 4koma, which has not yet been drawn.

A separate and completely unrelated, but amusing, conversation follows below. Some background: There is currently an anime airing in Japan called Clannad. It’s based off of a visual novel of the same name, produced by a company called Key, which has also produced several other visual novels. Most of them follow similar plots, which have been summarized as “Guy moves into new town, meets an improbably large number of girls who all have issues”. That said, the ending animation for the Clannad anime features animated dango, a type of Japanese “dumpling”. (animation). These have been described as “moeblobs” (moé), and represented with the emoticon ( ” )  . Alright, with that out of the way, you can now read and make sense of the following IM conversation. (kenocolin is me and c0mmander w0lf is Derek.)

kenocolin:   uh oh: [ EDIT: long link removed. ]
c0mmander w0lf:   AH HA HA HA
c0mmander w0lf:   OH DUDE
c0mmander w0lf:   they had
c0mmander w0lf:    like clannad canned bread
c0mmander w0lf:   or something
c0mmander w0lf:   like that
kenocolin:   oh dear
c0mmander w0lf:   yeah
c0mmander w0lf:   OH
c0mmander w0lf:   they had
kenocolin:   they might make a fortune if they start selling dango
c0mmander w0lf:   Kanon jam
kenocolin:   ( ‘ )
kenocolin:   er
c0mmander w0lf:   lol
kenocolin:   that one was one-eyed
c0mmander w0lf:   ( ” )
kenocolin:   ( ” )
kenocolin:   (- -)
c0mmander w0lf:   lol
kenocolin:   (‘ )
kenocolin:   looking left
c0mmander w0lf:   ( )
c0mmander w0lf:   back side
kenocolin:   ( ” );
kenocolin:   lol
c0mmander w0lf:   _____
c0mmander w0lf:   roadkill
c0mmander w0lf:   ok
kenocolin:   (‘ x)
kenocolin:   kenshin
c0mmander w0lf:   lol
c0mmander w0lf:   ( ” ” )
c0mmander w0lf:   siamese twins
kenocolin:   lololol
kenocolin:   / ”
kenocolin:   armor-plated
c0mmander w0lf:   lol
kenocolin:   // ” \
kenocolin:   further plated
c0mmander w0lf:   ”
c0mmander w0lf:   white dango
c0mmander w0lf:   in a
c0mmander w0lf:   snow storm
kenocolin:   good one
kenocolin:   oh man
kenocolin:   this could so be a post
c0mmander w0lf:   this could be so retarded
kenocolin:   [ ” ]
c0mmander w0lf:   (which it is)
kenocolin:   cubist dango
c0mmander w0lf:   lol
kenocolin:   (= )
kenocolin:   american-style
c0mmander w0lf:   I dun get it
kenocolin:   like
kenocolin:   an “american” smiley
kenocolin:   is horizontal
c0mmander w0lf:   oh
kenocolin:   a “japanese/asian” smiley
c0mmander w0lf:   ehhh
kenocolin:   is vertical
c0mmander w0lf:   I don’t know if you can
kenocolin:   okay, fine
c0mmander w0lf:   generalize
c0mmander w0lf:   like that
c0mmander w0lf:   but
kenocolin:   horizontal dango
c0mmander w0lf:   I get it
c0mmander w0lf:   lol
kenocolin:   _____(= )___( ” )___( =)___
kenocolin:   rolling dango
c0mmander w0lf:   ah ha
c0mmander w0lf:   ( .. )
c0mmander w0lf:   top view
kenocolin:   >=={}===( ” )
kenocolin:   missile dango
c0mmander w0lf:   might as well have
kenocolin:   ah, good top view
c0mmander w0lf:   >-( xx )->
c0mmander w0lf:   speared
kenocolin:   oof
kenocolin:   ( ‘ ° )
kenocolin:   monocle
c0mmander w0lf:   ) ” )
c0mmander w0lf:   with a bite
c0mmander w0lf:   taken out
kenocolin:   more like
kenocolin:   erm
c0mmander w0lf:   oh oh oh
c0mmander w0lf:
c0mmander w0lf:   lack thereof
kenocolin:   ) O O )
kenocolin:   er
kenocolin:   hmm
c0mmander w0lf:   (      ”     )
c0mmander w0lf:   obese
kenocolin:   lololol
kenocolin:   er
kenocolin:   no
c0mmander w0lf:   and
c0mmander w0lf:   (“)
kenocolin:   be politicially correct
c0mmander w0lf:   anorexic
kenocolin:   “horizontally challenged”
c0mmander w0lf:   LOL
c0mmander w0lf:   ok copypasta this into your rant
c0mmander w0lf:   when you write it
kenocolin:   sure, let me save
c0mmander w0lf:   ok
c0mmander w0lf:   my own
c0mmander w0lf:   shower
c0mmander w0lf:   tiem
kenocolin:   ^( ” )^
kenocolin:   dango with Haruhi ribbon



“… so this … this is what having a p***s feels like …”

Anyways, before I begin, that’s not my caption. Just fyi.

So today we’ve got some doodles instead of 445. J and I were talking about… er… what the crap were we talking about? Whatever it was it got me doing these re-interpretations of old characters and J’s characters. Oh yeah, we were talking about doing a BKS related one-shot. A one-shot like Sandstorm. But better. Hopefully.

Anyways, the first scan mainly depicts Keno Colin and on the right, Bradly Colin. These two are (my and J)’s original original characters dating back to July of 1998. This rehash is based off the version of Keno I used for Reflection, though it fixes his hueg chin and hueg hair. I tried to give him somewhat of a bishie appearance and I think it turned out pretty well. Mentally I think of Keno as the cool and composed older brother, something of a Ryosuke from Initial D. At the same rate, I imagine Bradly to be like Keisuke.

Second picture is of Senator Kaska, leader of the senatorial forces against Bradly and Keno. He should be an internal ugly character, but Reflection seems to suggest that he and Keno were amicable at some point in time. Of all the redrawn characters, Kaska is one of my favorites here. He looks a bit younger than he does in Reflection, though I feel like I corrected it a bit in some of the iterations.

Then comes the Lesser Demon and her Co-Worker. Somehow Lesser Demon seemed to come across as an irritated white collar worker whereas her co-worker seemd to be more of the onee-chan type. I think these impressions come across rather well in the sketches. J was mentioning how her cap was backwards because it was hard to draw forwards… I completely agree. It’s a Pokemon League cap if you didn’t notice. Because Pokemon is the devil. Her sunglasses were a bit annoying too. The way they’re shaded isn’t very happy’ it looks better if they’re left unshaded. But then you can’t tell that they’re sunglasses. It just doesn’t work well with the open-rim hack.

Fourth picture shows Checkout Robot Cachiera and Zan. I imagined CRC as perpetually having a neutral expression (Similar to what’s her face Evangeline’s mech in Negima, emphasis on similar). Her cooling fans reminded me of oversized headphones, so I thought she’d look good with a hairband. However, J claims she looks like Haruhi with the hairband. Anyways, the upper left drawing is my second favorite of the lot. As for Zan… well, it’s Zan. J can elaborate, I don’t know what the hell is going on with that guy XD.

Finally, we have a painting of Chikara. Good grief she’s come a long way since her Introduction three years ago. It’s less comprehensive, but I think this illustration is going to replace C070211 as my “Featured Deviation” on my DeviantART account.

Alright, that’s it. Will probably have 445 and 446 in the next two weeks. And then it’s done with Part 4.

dcomic 444


Recently, before I write an update these days, I usually go to J and ask him whether or not he has an entry idea… aka something to write aboout. Usually he gives me something lame that I don’t use, but this time around he thought of something reasonable. He tells me to write about uncompleted projects and/or the process of creating a so called project.

No unlike I don’t have many uncompleted projects. I was even telling him that I didn’t have any, but that isn’t true because I have ONE uncompleted project. Just one. But then again, I don’t have as many so called projects to start with so maybe that’s a factor. You may recall an entry I wrote concerning a short story called There Is an I in Spaceship, aka TIAIIS, in particular the entries for episodes 77 and 79. TIAIIS can be downloaded in pdf format from here when the server, Colette, is online [100613: Dead link]. Which she isn’t at the time of writing.

So about the unfinished project, it was supposed to be called “Back to Square One”. I got that from the Yugioh card of the same name. There were some concept doodles done, some pages written, but nothing came of it and I stopped writing it and did TIAIIS. There is one piece of BtSO art floating around and it’s a redraw from last year [100613: Dead link]. They’re not terribly good drawings but the real thing was even worse, though art that I didn’t really like wasn’t the only reason I stopped.

For the most part, I avoid these short story type things because I can’t really think of anything good to write about. In general. Same goes for this entry, that’s why it’s J’s idea. I can never think of anything that I feel will have some sort of “punch” to it, something that’ll actually come across in twenty pages. Of course I have trouble thinking of original stories in general; I’m just not that original of a person. That’s why I just work on this NWars storyline. It has a rather overused idea, but I just fuck with it a bit and pretend it’s original.

To sum it up: No idea = No project.

The BtSO story was supposed to be something like Reflection where it’s a small bit of a bigger picture. but in general I just felt that it was even worse. The few pages that are drawn are among the many psd’s in the above link, though I don’t remember the exact numbers. Prolly near the psd’s for TIAIIS.

Errr. Nothing really to say on this, I don’t do enough project-ing to have anything to say.