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!