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Hawaii in Panorama

I was just thinking about all of the panoramas that I’ve taken with my iPhone in Hawaii, and I thought, why not post my favorites? PS: The iPhone panorama feature is soooooooo much fun! I don’t need a new hobby, but it just happened! I’m powerless to resist!

…wow, that took a lot longer than I thought it would. I hope that you enjoy! *goes back to work*

(Click on the pictures to see them full-size)

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Yesterday, a friend sent me an article about falling in love. You can read it here. It was basically about creating artificial (in my mind) intimacy by answering increasingly personal questions in front of someone, listening to their answers too, and staring into each other’s eyes. I made a joke that I wanted to put all of the answers on my blog and see what happened, and somehow, this actually happened.

Don’t blame me! Okay, blame me. I am sure that nothing will happen except that you’ll all tell me to stop talking about myself and get back to drawing so that I can launch my webcomic on time, and finish all of the commissions that I’m doing, then get mangas out and samples sent out and… ahhh, so many things! Right now, though, I just finished a run, and I’m feeling like I want to write. Here we go. :)

ANSWERS: The 36 Questions that lead to love (answered as best I can, as my partner right now is a cat meows in Japanese). ((Click here to read on about how crazy I am!))

Alooohaaaaaa!

Whee! I finished reading my friend Marie’s book, Bloody Annoyances. It was a very cute yaoi story (check my review on Goodreads), and I’m super-thrilled to be reading the unpublished second book, so that I can work on the cover. I’m going to be sketching out some ideas as I go through it today. I also want to work on Living Tall in Japan, which looks like it’s going to be published Mondays. I think that I’ll start out with a whole week, though! I’ll work on it this week after the cover illustration is done, and then start next week, I think! I’m so excited!!!!!

Maybe I should do something special….

My entire body hurts today. Yesterday’s Quidditch practice was especially brutal, but in a good way. I think that I really need to get in better shape. I’ve put on a lot of weight in the last three years (about 60 pounds). I can definitely tell, but my friends here say that I don’t look any different from my old photos. Mmmmm…. well, I’ll take my own body’s word for it, as nothing fits at all anymore, and I definitely can’t wear bikinis and look like a model. So it’s off to eat healthy and exercise like crazy, at least as much as I can afford to!

I’ve also started watching Yowamushi Pedal, which makes me feel really, really, reaaaaalllllllly nostalgic for when I was a huge, insane Tenipuri fan. Way before I ever worked for Konomi-sensei! I was a huge fan of Ryoma, and then Kevin. Which makes me think about the time that I cosplayed Oshitari. Oh, those were the days…. I wonder how many photos I have left (I lost them all in a crash, but found copies of some online later), let’s look…

Oh, found them! *inserts into post* I think that I’ll end with that for today! I really, really need to get to work. It wouldn’t hurt to exercise for a little bit. Since I don’t have a car yet, riding my bike to the grocery store would work! *zoom*!

Kawaiikon!!

Yesterday, I had a meeting with Courtney from Kawaii Kon (Hawaii’s annual big anime con, with about 8,000 people).

She is such a sweetie! She was really nice to talk to.

So, I want to give you all some details. I’m going to be running three panels there, as long as no changes pop up:
1) Living in Japan (what it is like living and working as a foreigner in Japan)
2) Working as an Assistant Manga artist in Japan (you know what I’ll talk about here!)
3) Making manga the Japanese way (introducing the materials and then using them to make a short manga or illustration)

How cool is that?!

I’m looking for people to join me for the first panel (I have asked some, feel free to write me (jamie@jamieism.com) if you’re going to be there and want to contribute! I’ll also look for more people), and for the last panel, I’m going to look for sponsors. This will be a HUGE challenge for me, because I am really, really shy about asking for that kind of thing. But it would be great for a business, I think, and not much money for them, either.

I also will have a table in Artist Alley, which is a FIRST for me! Oh my god, it’s less than three months away, and I have no idea how I am going to have awesome things for it! I’m not much of a fanart-print person (though I love looking at them!), I’m more of a make-comics/books person. Can I even have enough ready by then?!?!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Okay, Jamie, stop freaking out! I’ll just post this, and then do some reading/sketching (remember that I’m designing a book cover for a friend? I’m working on that today, then going out for just a little while to say goodbye to Erin and Janet. Aww).

And one last thing… What day of the week do you want me to start publishing my webcomic (Living Tall in Japan– see a few posts down) on? Go here to vote: https://www.facebook.com/jamie.lynn.lano/posts/800043986711018

I just read the comments from yesterday, and eeeeeeep! I’m all squishy and excited inside! There are so many of you out there, supporting me when I sort of feel like I’m feeling my way through the dark. I won’t disappoint you! I promise! So… let me write a little bit about my yesterday.

I actually had a  fabulous time yesterday, and totally fell right asleep when I got home, which is why I’m writing you all (and myself– this blog is also to myself) in the morning instead. :) Janet and Erin are in town!!! Erin, I’ve known for… at least ten years now. We met in Japan through Eda, and together, the three of us traveled all over, went to a jillion Tenimyus, and just basically enjoyed life. Erin introduced me to her childhood friend Janet somewhere along the way, and although she lived in Osaka and I in Tokyo, we got together a number of times over the years and performed various hijinks. Like the crazy people that we are!

I love them both so much!

We were supposed to meet up at Iolani palace in the early afternoon, so I took phone calls and started to work on LivingTall, until I realized that I had to catch the bus and get out of here! I did, and made it over to Iolani Palace a little bit early. I like being early, and besides, I was excited! I’d only just barely learned that Janet and Erin were even in Hawaii! But I fell victim to Erin’s lateness.

In Tokyo, Erin was so notorious for her lateness that once, Eda and I told her to meet us at Shinjuku station an hour earlier than we actually needed to be there. Of course, that was the one time that she was on time! In her own words, as we were laughing about that yesterday, “I figured that I’d get my sh*t together and be all on time for once!” So, yes… yesterday, her and Janet were so late that I ended up walking all over Waikiki, buying them some macadamia nuts, and then finally just meeting them. It turns out that they were listening to a time share presentation…. and actually bought in! Ahaha! I thought it was hilarious. But this is good, as I’ll actually see them again next year, I hope!

We ended up resting for a bit in their hotel (the first time that I’ve been in a hotel in Hawaii! And now that I think of it, I’ve NEVER been in a hotel room in Tokyo. Ever.), and then we went to have dinner on the beach. I took them to Islands Bar&Grill, where the hostess thoughtfully sat us right next to the band, and we had to shout over each other to be heard.

At least we had fun anyways. I even ran into someone that I know while waiting for the bus home. This is getting to be a common occurrence.

Today is going to be a really, really busy day. I am babysitting my friend Drea’s daughters for a little while while she’s at the doctor, and then at 5, I have a meeting with Courtney from Kawaii Kon to talk about my panels. After that, I think that I’m going to another friend’s place for our weekly Pretty Little Liars viewing party. I SO need an A t-shirt!

Somewhere in there, I am going to try and finish reading the book that I’m doing the cover for. That’s my main goal for the day. Although I kinda only want to draw….. but I suppose that it’s just one day. I can wait for tomorrow, right? Well, maybe a chibi before I get dressed…… stay tuned to my twitter/instagram for art/pics!

I’m sitting here this morning over breakfast, and wondering exactly what I was going to write about today.

Ah, that’s right! Announcement!! Well, there are a few, and they are all comic-related!

(17 hours later)

…. Oh dear, I’ve had this post open all day, and I was thinking about what picture to use. I drew some, but they weren’t right. I looked at some more, and they weren’t right, either. This photo is the one that you get! And there’s a reason to it..

You see, this notebook holds all of my secrets. Well, all of my manga secrets. Most of them, anyways. There are some others, scrawled out on other pieces of paper here and there, and all over. There are also some notes in my phone, and in my old phone from Japan, too, as I still use that one for… well, everything, really.

I’m getting tired, but I want to make my announcements first! I’ve decided what way that I want to go about things.

#1) WEBCOMIC! It will be (definitely) called “Living Tall in Japan,” and it’s sort-of based off of my real-life journey to Japan. The characters will be fictional amalgams of myself and real people that I know, with plenty of ad-libbing thrown in. The events, though, are mostly based around real things that happened to me there, and real feelings that I felt there. To be accompanied by notes or blog posts about those topics when appropriate. It’s a 4-koma, typical Sunday-morning paper style, in b&w unless I decide to add color here and there. I hope that you’ll like it! I am building the website and hope to launch later this week, with updates once-a-week until things get going. I’ve been toying around with the idea of Patreon to support more frequent comics, but we will see. Of course, as a webcomic, it will be freeeeeeee!

#2) Real comic #1! “Denkiki,” a pet project of mine, has gone through a lot, lot, LOT of morphations in my mind. I’ve changed settings, themes, storylines, but throughout it all, the main character (Maigo) has remained the same. I’m aiming for this to be a REAL comic. I’ve done a number of pages, but I always have a lot of apprehension about what I draw, and trash it all and start over again. I really, really need to get over that. I guess that I have this idea in my head that nobody will like it (or me, anymore) if it’s not perfectly drawn and perfectly written. I worked in the manga industry, but I was an assistant. I wasn’t writing my own stuff (at least not professionally). I can do great art, and I like my stories, but…. are they pro level? Hmm.. Well, in any case, the release date for Denkiki is the middle of February, at the latest. I want to get in the habit of doing a chapter per month, but we will have to see.  Oh, and Denkiki? It has yaoi and yuri in it, though nothing explicit. You could say that it’s a study of children, sort of. There will be a lot of dodgy things in it, that might make you uncomfortable to think about. Maybe. If I’m doing my job right!

#3) Ssoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. I really, really want to draw a yaoi comic. (And a yuri one) It’s just an idea in my mind, but I want to draw one before Yaoicon happens. I don’t know whether I will get a table or not, but I just want to put that out there. After reading In These Words (digitally, up through chapter 9… they said that they’re releasing a new print compilation this year and I WILL BE RIGHT THERE WAITING FOR IT!), I realized that it’s time that I progressed beyond reading and role-playing yaoi, and into the drawing stage. I’m not sure if I can measure up, but we will see. I have two sketchy stories that I might use, and I’m not sure which I will choose yet, both of which are based after really old concepts:

A: Ytheru and Alix: Alix, a French-Canadian boy who, thanks to a traumatic incident in his childhood, sees it as his duty to rid the city of those who do bad things. He is fed information through his tip line, and ends up at the house of a rich playboy, who is tired of the usual fare, beginning a dance with kismet.

B: Kyou and Taku: Kyou is a Japanese-American acrobat for Cirque du Soleil, but nobody knows that he is in fact a half-vampire who feeds off of human energy. One night at a dance club, where he usually find his victims, he actually meets his match in a character from the underworld. One burning hot and the other ice cold, the demon and dhampir begin a very delicate dance that leads them to dangerous places.

Like I said, they are very old characters that I created with friends, and want to completely rewrite and illustrate in a manga format. I don’t know why it’s so easy to write yaoi, and so hard to write decent yuri. I should fix this. Anyways, which concept do you like best? Yaoi Con isn’t until September, so it’s a ways off still.

#4) I’m doing the cover for a friends’ book! The first book was called Bloody Annoyances:Chi no Ai, and the girl who wrote it is a really dear friend of mine whom I got to know in Japan. I didn’t do the cover for the first book, but I’m going to match the style for the second, so it might not be exactly what you’re used to seeing from me, but I think that it will be awesome! I am reading the second book now, in preparations for doing that. Actually, I’m going to get into it right after this. :)

Well, those are the big announcements! Right now, I need to get ready for bed, then sink in and read, and then tomorrow I am actually seeing some other dear friends from Japan who decided to visit Hawaii! I’m so excited to see them!!!!! I do hope that I can finish some more work on the webcomic site before that, though. Wish me luck! Sometimes I just let my excitement get the best of me. :3

Oh, PS: I kind of liked the trailer for the new Fifty Shades of Grey movie, so I tried valiantly to read  the book. I am embarrassed to admit that it couldn’t hold my attention. It was really, really bad. I didn’t even get to the bondage. I bet it makes a lot more sense as the fanfic that it started out as. At least I tried.

Good night, everyone!

Can you BELIEVE it? I’ve been in Hawaii for six months. That’s SIX MONTHS! WHOA.

Shouldn’t more, better things have happened in six months? Well… things just don’t always go your way. I’ve been bouncing around from job-that-makes-me-miserable to another-job-that-makes-me-miserable, with a few awesome things in-between. Like, I drew a cover for Sparkler Monthly (it isn’t up anymore, but you can see a tiny part of it there! By the way, Sparkler is awesome. Join it!!), and met up with people from Kawaii Kon (the big Hawaiian anime con), who offered me a free table in artist alley and are in talks with me over panels to host.

I’ve gone through a whole slew of emotions while I was here, from elation to peace, and depression. I know, right? Depression on one of the most beautiful islands in the world! I must be crazy! That can’t happen! Except that depression doesn’t work that way. I really wish that it did, because I’d recommend that everyone with the perpetual blues moved here! A friend remarked the other day that I was fun to be around because I was so happy all of the time. It’s just a facade, though. I make the happiness, because I want to be truly happy. If I mope around, then I will never get anything done, and I will never change my life. Which I really, really want to do!

I’m going to start updating every day, and talking about all sorts of things, including what I’m planning on, what’s been going on, and tons of pictures of all the random things that I can! Much like when I had a livejournal.

OH…. and some big announcements tomorrow. If I write them here, then I will definitely get things done! <3 Right now, I will leave you with some pictures that I took walking around Waikiki yesterday afternoon. It was really sunny and hot, and I just love taking photos as I walk along.

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