J204 – Sudden Recognition?

[7/23/2008] And, welcome to the second away update! This rant was written just minutes after the previous one (w00t, linking to an update that didn’t exist at the time of this writing!

Caramelldansen. The Lesser Demon’s last line in today’s comic was originally going to be “UA-UA-NO-O~!”, but I ditched it. Ah whatever, you can pretend it’s there. The last panel doesn’t even have to happen for the plot (?) to work…

Anyway, on to some other stuff! Dark secrets ahead~! (?)

So, in a past IM conversation, Derek told me something to the effect of, “I like the little fuzzies in the Lesser Demon’s ears.”


Thassright, fuzzies. (he actually did use that word. I thought it was kind of cute.) Not sure what they are. They aren’t a particularly original thing anyway — a lot of animal-girls have them. Actually, I have to admit that the ears on the Lesser Demon were basically lifted from this character (I have no explanation for the filename. That’s what it came as (though converted to jpg from bmp (!) for internet use).) I was trying to avoid doing the exactly the same thing, which is why in the early comics the Lesser Demon didn’t have the fuzzies. I guess I just gave in and added them at some point.

Well, you know what they say of things that aren’t broken…

J203 – Sudden Recognition

[7/23/2008] So, the first of the away updates! Man, it’s been a long time since I drew Cachiera. No panel-breaking for 518 this time…

So, in last update‘s rant, I mentioned “J” style characters (crazy and active) and “D” type characters (the “straight man”), in my half of Nonsense Wars, bascially creating your usual comedy duo. An interesting observation I made the next day: All of the “D” characters wear glasses, and almost none of the “J” characters do. (I could say all of them, but Grav’s under development. She might be another character type entirely.) Weird.

J202 – Parsing

[7/21/2008] Moar panel-breaking with 518! Breaking panel 4, 6, and the corner of 7! Heck, even her speech bubbles are breaking stuff! It’s a complete break-fast!

Crap, I totally ran straight into that pun without thinking about it. No, really, I mean it!

So, I’ve been waiting to do the joke in today’s comic for a long time. Basically, it was initially supposed to run something like this:

Unit 518: Let’s work together!
Sam: Bite me!
Unit 518: *chomp*

I thought this way was pretty awesome, though. However, it brought up one problem which I hadn’t really addressed: How much taller than is Unit 518 than Sam?


That’s right, taller. See, because of her wolf-feet, Unit 518 is digitigrade, meaning she walks on her toes. So, after some sketching, I determined that Unit 518 is about half a head taller than Sam. Of course, she’s bending her knees and ankles, so she could probably be quite a bit taller if she stood up straight.

Anyway, in an IM conversation with the real-world Sam, I articulated the thought that my half of Nonsense Wars fundamentally only has 2 types of characters, then blew up part of my observation so I could feel better about my characterization skills. Make what you will of that. The conversation (formatted for the web) appears below. As usual, kenocolin is me, and SmallestInfinity is Sam.

kenocolin: hmm
kenocolin: I think I like character-driven sturff
kenocolin: *stuff
kenocolin: like
SmallestInfinity: I enjoy it
kenocolin: if you can do an entire plot
kenocolin: with
SmallestInfinity: but
kenocolin: okay
kenocolin: yeah
kenocolin: I underrstand
SmallestInfinity: I can’t create it real well
kenocolin: I don’t think I’m too good at it either
kenocolin: see
kenocolin: for example
kenocolin: Nonsense Wars
kenocolin: effectively hinges on two character types
kenocolin: one is the J type: crazy and active
kenocolin: and the other is the D type
kenocolin: which is
kenocolin: the “straight man”
kenocolin: in the J group, we have: J (obviously), Chris, Lesser Demon’s Co-Worker, Unit 518, and to an extent Grav
kenocolin: in the D groupp we have: D (obviously), the Lesser Demon, and Sam
kenocolin: Cachiera doesn’t fit anywhere
kenocolin: but that’s because
kenocolin: I’m kind of characterizing her robotically
kenocolin: as in
kenocolin: she’s bascially had no lines
kenocolin: the few lines she’s had are in
kenocolin: Store Defense Mode
kenocolin: and those are recorded messages
kenocolin: so basically
kenocolin: writing dialogue for Sam and 518
kenocolin: is essentially the same as writing dialogue for J and D
kenocolin: I don’t know why I do this
kenocolin: but
kenocolin: my characters tend to fall into these molds
kenocolin: come to think of it, that happens a lot with two-character interactions
kenocolin: probably because
kenocolin: with 2 crazy people, the plot is uncontrollable
kenocolin: and with 2 “straight man” characters, nothing happens
kenocolin: okay, you can comment now
SmallestInfinity: I have absorbed the rant
SmallestInfinity: I feel spongy
kenocolin: hmm
kenocolin: I should just post this today
kenocolin: nothing to say in response?
kenocolin: or do you feel that the observations are accurate?
SmallestInfinity: the latter
kenocolin: well, it’s time to play around with the characterizations then
kenocolin: I think 518 is less
kenocolin: completely crazy
kenocolin: and more
kenocolin: “likes teasing a lot”
kenocolin: contrary to what I said earlier
kenocolin: I think
kenocolin: he dialogue between Sam and 518
kenocolin: is not the same
kenocolin: as the dialogue between D and J
kenocolin: see
kenocolin: a J and D conversation would go like
D: You’re stupid.
kenocolin: and
kenocolin: between Sam and 518 would be more like
Sam: (with conviction)
518: Oh, really~?
Sam: (uncomfortable) um….
kenocolin: I don’t know if that makes any sense
SmallestInfinity: a little
SmallestInfinity: well
SmallestInfinity: very little
SmallestInfinity: but i get the idea

Anyway, I leave Thursday on a trip to Europe, but fear not! I have drawn updates in advance for the next two weeks!


What‽ (Interrobang‽) You don’t think I’m capable of that?

Tsk, tsk. Unbelievers.

dcomic a11 a12


This update actually being written pretty damn early. Anyways, here’s two of two paintings I was doing last week and the week before that. It’s another “benchmark” painting if you will.

Highlights of this illustration over the one two weeks ago: I kinda pushed this red thing I like to do a little further; all the light areas are done with the same three or four reds whilst the dark areas are done with their respective blues, browns, yellows, pinks, etc. The darkest areas also all have a bit of the same red as well. Lineart is done a bit differently from the past few paintings; in that characteristically cyclic way, I’m back to doing linearts more or less the same way I did ’em in early 2007. It’s better though.

Ultimately I think lineart and painting (that background is a great example of lazy) are both slightly better than so-so, but the combined effect seems to have turned out pretty damn good. I’m tempted to displace Yuki as my “best” illustration on my DeviantART, but I ain’t done it yet. If you zoom in about 200-300 percent it actually looks pretty sick. In an I’d almost use it as a desktop kinda sick.

In general linearts could use more work, but so could the painting. I think it looks pretty nice the way I’m doing it now, but it’s really kinda “fuzzy” if you will. Lineart wise I’m going to try to start scanning comics and re-inking them digitally. It’ll be time consuming, but I have time and should be “stepping out of my comfort zone”. I hate those words, but sadly I think it’s true…

Anyways, a quick trip down memory lane again for the sake of the “benchmark”. 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007. The 2004 one is actually pretty damn good for the time; I’m still kinda surprised. On the other hand, the 2006 one is pretty shitty for the time and I’m pretty surprised again. I always thought that 2006 one was pretty good until I looked at it now. 2005 one I’ve always liked quite a bit and the 2007 one is just meh.

Anyways, that all for now.