My girlfriend just jetted off on a spiritual journey to India. I miss her sooooooooo much! Hopefully I have enough money to travel next year. The good side, though, is that I should have enough time to finish Denkiki by the time that she comes back. No distractions!! Except Halloween, yeah…

Justin and I are having a Halloween party at our place, which should be pretty low-key. I miss going out in Shibuya to have fun with friends and look at costumes, but last Saturday, I sprained my ankle while playing Quidditch, so walking anywhere crowded isn’t really in the cards. Oh well, more time to work! Again.

I will post more about that, but let’s take a little relaxer! I found this meme on Tumblr, and wanted to give it a go. Here we are:

25 Random Facts About Me (!)

1. I am a 35-year-old CIS female.

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I was browsing Tumblr the other day looking at pictures of Autumn scenery (again), and I ran upon this list of asksIt’s perfect for my blog! I thought. It’s so creative and cute! So, here are the questions, and my answers. :) If I wasn’t working on other things (comic!!), I’d make illustrations to go with it. In the future, hopefully I’ll have time to do things like that!


YES. If I had the chance to become immortal, then there’s no way that I would turn it down, even if I had to become a vampire. I’d go the route of looking for donors, though, instead of stealing blood from people who didn’t want to give it. And under no circumstance would I drink animal blood. Hey, if I was immortal, I could wait as long as possible to eat if there weren’t any willing donors, right?


Lately, I have been watching from abroad as the northern hemisphere turns orange and brown, and people don fall jackets and drink pumpkin spice lattes. You could argue that it’s better in Hawaii, where it’s still in the mid-80s every day, and the sky is blue and clear. We can still swim any day we want, trapped in our eternal summer.

But I totally miss fall.

It’s hot here, and there isn’t a respite from it. Granted, I’d prefer to be warm over being cold, but it’s not warm. It’s really hot.

So, I’m sure that I’m forgetting what fall is all about, but lately I’ve found myself browsing pictures of autumn leaves on Tumblr one too many times, and saved a huge folder of them to my hard drive. I guess you could say that I miss fall. Something that I honestly thought that I’d never say.

Anyways, I was idly wondering a while ago whether there were any pumpkin patches in Hawaii, and it TURNS OUT THAT THERE ARE! And they give free hay rides during October. I made immediate plans to go with my girlfriend, Thuy, and my roommate Justin.

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Meet Luna!

When I think about writing in my blog (which is every day), I begin by thinking about how little has changed and how there is little to write about… But as my thoughts wander, I realize that a lot of things have changed, actually, and I have a lot to write about. Like, a lot. A LOT. Oh gosh, a LOT. Then, I start to tally up all of the things that I want to write about, and I start to feel a little overwhelmed, and I see a huge, long, meandering blog post forming in my head that nobody will read all the way through, and I start to fret. WHERE DO I EVEN START?! WHERE DO I END?!? Then, I just decide that it’s too much trouble and move on to something else.

So, in the interest of not doing that, here I go and try to write about something that’s two months overdue: I have a new family member! Her name is Luna. Let me tell you Luna’s story so far:

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Oh my. I’m sitting here, just after midnight, fully aware that it’s my birthday. My 35th birthday, actually. I don’t feel that age at all, or at least not what I imagined that age to be when I was younger (I should write a post about that). ANYWAYS, this post isn’t about that! This post is here because I’ve been fervently working on a manga, and it’s way behind schedule, but I’m sharing the process with you. That’s the way I roll.

First off, making manga is HARD. WORK. I should know, I did it for two years as an assistant, and I’ve been trying to do it for real, at the same pace, as an adult, and found out that there’s no way to put out a quality manga in a month with the page count and art quality that I want, and do it all alone. I’m so sorry everyone for pushing the release date back, BUT you’re going to have it totally made up to you! Trust me. Well, look and see as we go along.

Today I’m writing about a NAME. A name is what they do in Japan while first writing a manga. If you’ve read or seen Bakuman, then you’re familiar with a Name and what it is. It’s basically a rough rough draft, with sloppy pictures, to put together your manga.

My name. 

You can do this a lot of ways. First, I started with a basic timeline to organize my thoughts. Then, I wrote a page-by-page breakdown of what I wanted to go on every page. I wrote general actions, and even some dialogue. Basically, this was all about getting my thoughts together and putting them in order to make sure that they worked. Does that make sense? It does to me, but I might be fooling myself.

My timeline, breakdown, and finally the actual Name on top.

Let me teach you how by actually answering some questions (that I actually get asked):

So, how do I write a Name? 

I’m glad you asked! It’s fairly simple, though it’s not easy. At least not for me. You think hard about characters, dialogue, and panel layout, and then you draw it with simple drawings or stick figures, or whatever level of detail you want. I recommend going really simple, because you’re probably going to change things as you go on.

I can’t draw. Can I write a Name? 

You sure can! Have you heard of Death Note? Bakuman? Hikaru no Go? Those were all written by one person (whose drawings are terrible) and drawn by another. You can definitely write a comic if you can draw stick figures. Maybe you can find someone to partner with you to draw it, or you can submit it to a publisher. They may not listen, but who knows? They just might, if you have a really amazing, original story.

What format do I use?

Whatever is comfortable for you! I used normal old white printer paper, folded in half to look like a book. The proportions are similar to a manga page, and it was something that I already had on hand. I used a regular mechanical pencil with .3 lead, my favorite. Okay, and I used a pen sometimes, when I felt like it. The point is that you can use anything, any format. Some mangaka draw little tiny thumbnails of pages as their names, and write the dialogue on the side. Some put 4 on one page. Some use the whole page (which I have done). Some don’t even use printer/copy paper, they use special notebooks in Japan that look like manga paper, and are made specifically for Names. I used to own one of these, but it never really worked for me for some reason.

What if I don’t know how to draw the layout?

My best advice is to just draw whatever comes to mind, even if it’s bad, and then move on. When you’ve finished the chapter, you’ll have new thoughts about the beginning and be able to change it. I think the beginning of Denkiki went through 5 or 6 revisions before I was happy enough with it to start drawing.

No, I really don’t know how to draw layouts.

You can always use your favorite manga for reference! I am not saying to copy. It wouldn’t be your own original work if you copied it. But look at the kinds of panels they use, and use that as inspiration. I pulled out my favorite mangas (of the same genre) over and over again while drawing.

How long should it take to finish a complete name?

This is going to depend on a lot of things, like the length of your story, your inspiration and ability to concentrate, and how much experience you have. I worked for years in manga, but I am still a bit of a newbie when it comes to writing names. It took me almost a whole week to draw my name and revise it, and come to something that I really like. That’s about 50 hours, since I was working 10 hours a day. That’s a lot, I know. Arina Tanemura claims that she writes all of her names in one day. Konomi-sensei always seemed to be working on next month’s Name in the studio while we were busy with the current month, so maybe he was on the slower side, too.

Happy drawing, guys! No, it really is that simple! It’s not easy, it is hard work, but it will really pay off when you have a completed story in your hands and can’t wait to get down to drawing it!

Let me know if you have any other questions, and in the meantime, help me reach 100 preorders for my manga! I really, really need everyone’s help, and you can even consider it a birthday present to me! You can order here: http://jamieism.storenvy.com/products/13801038-denkiki-issue-1-is-finally-coming-preorder

That comic that I’ve been working on FOREVER? Well, I’m finally taking the leap. I’m scared to death, but I’m going to make the leap without a safety net, really. Harness, pshhh, who needs it?

When things are hard, fall back on what you love. I found that although I’m lacking in sleep, I’m actually feeling a LOT better, if that makes any sense. Or, I could be delirious. Thuy and I are good. I love drawing. Obviously, I need sleep. I’ll go do that (and please order the book while I’m sleeping).

Please go order a copy RIGHT NOW!

There are three options for the comic. You’ll be getting the same story, same content, but either ebook or physical copy (or both), plus little extras that I’ve been dying to make. Here are the options:
1) Ebook only
2) Ebook and physical copy (perfect bound)
3) Commemorative edition (physical book, ebook, signed original postcard, and collectible acrylic charm)

I’ll base the printing quantity on how many orders I get. Whether I continue the comic will also depend on how many orders I get, so please help me spread the word! I promise you won’t be disappointed! For more details, read the link (and don’t forget to order right now!).

I’m really exhausted, because I’ve been up for nearly two days straight with only three hours sleep, I will be updating regularly on my progress, so buy copies, share this post, and stay tuned!!

Blank space.

I keep crying. I feel like I’m on a rickety old roller-coaster, with my feelings going up and down wildly, propelled on a track laid out before me that I can’t control. All the time, there is a fear hanging over me when some part of the foundation crumbles, I will fall to my death.

It’s like, I should be optimistic. But how can I be when a promise doesn’t mean anything anymore?

Two days ago, she said that she’d never leave me. Then yesterday, she wanted to know whether if we ever broke up, we could be friends. Then, again, she said that she’d never leave me.

I am going to have to get another job to make ends meet right now, as I’m just not productive enough. I hate the idea, because out of everything that I want right now in the world, I want to 1) Spend time with my girlfriend (and feel loved), and 2) create stories/comics that people love. I thought that it would be impossible to juggle all three, because she won’t make the time to see me every day if I have such a rigid schedule, but she promised that she would.

Yet, I haven’t even found a job yet, and she’s already saying that she wants to spend days away from me, and I can’t come over.

It’s breaking my heart. I wish that I didn’t have to complain, but I don’t have any other outlet, really. I can’t lose her, not when I’ve fallen for her so badly. Not someone that I care for this much. But I also can’t bear to not see her. Sometimes it feels like it would be easier if I didn’t exist at all. I mean, then nobody could hurt me, and I’d never have to cry like this.

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