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¤ August 8, 2015 ¤

♬ かわいいですね?

This post pertains to: ArtComicThoughts

I might have stretched the truth a bit in my latest Q&A response.

Yeah, it’s true that I considered a realistic style in the fetal stage of my comic, and yes I am very inspired by Meduka Meguca.

However, it was never once in my mind that my comic was cute. I did not actually intend it to look like that. I did not associate my style with “cute.” It was just “cartoon.” When people started saying that it was ‘cute,’ I was really confused. “It’s cute? It’s just a cartoony look.”

Eventually I just kind of rolled with it. “Yep, it’s a story about a cute girl.” I guess it just happened that way. I now kinda facetiously advertise it as such.

♥ Posted at 10:03:26 am CDT

¤ August 3, 2015 ¤

♬ Adventures in Copyright Infringement

This post pertains to: ComicThoughts

It was brought to the Tapastic community’s attention today that there was an extremely scummy site that took comics from Tap without the creator’s permission, and forcing people to pay for reading them. Talk about copyright infringement.

From several investigation posts, the person seems to be from Indonesia and has done this multiple times. They foolishly used their real name for the site registration and didn’t buy WHOIS protection, where they also had a LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter under the same name (Tya Restami). She also happens to play a lot of MMOs and has her name featured on a lot of Indonesian gaming sites. Too bad she’s a scummy bitch who steals other people’s stuff to try to make money off of it.

Anyway, with a couple of hours, the site got taken down after asking the host (which was thankfully American) about the situation.

However, though I wasn’t a victim of it, the thought of some asshole stealing my work like that infuriates me. I read another comic where they have a small watermark on each of their pages. It’s not distracting, but it’s also still visible with their comic group’s logo so people know where it’s from. I think I am going to start putting that kind of watermark on all pages from now on.

♥ Posted at 1:36:14 pm CDT

¤ July 31, 2015 ¤

♬ Charms

This post pertains to: ArtConsumerismThoughts

Many moons ago (in May) I ordered a sample pack of charms from Zap! Creatives, as I was interested in getting into selling merchandise at cons. Approximately 50 years later, I finally got the pack. Turns out I had ordered it right when they were getting new printers so I had to wait a thousand years to get my shit.


They have various different charm finishes but the one I like the most are still the clear ones (bottom left). I guess the coloured backing ones could look nice if you have a complimentary colour scheme (or I was thinking I could use characters based on their associated colour, like Echan yellow, Magnus pink, Alif purple, etc.), but the clear just looks overall the cleanest and feels good. They have wood ones, I touched it and instantly recoiled. I hate the feeling of wood. However, the wood ones are the cheapest ones from the site, so that is something to consider.

Making/selling charms is a pretty interesting thing. A lot of the time I see them priced at $8-$10, for a tiny 2 inch thing. I personally wouldn’t buy that, no matter if it was my favourite anime character or not. It is extremely pricey to make them, too. Since Zap! is an English company, it’s even more pricey to convert and ship across the pond – the cost for 25 2-inch clear double-sided charms is about $99. Not taking shipping into account, it comes out to $4 per charm. Yikes!!!

That stuff is really expensive, so I’d have to come up with something that would really sell. I don’t know what that would be. Some popular timeless character. Maybe a pokemon? Who knows.

♥ Posted at 10:27:03 am CDT

¤ July 13, 2015 ¤

♬ Whoa…

This post pertains to: Thoughts

So yea… this is me not writing a post in 3 weeks??

I’ve had nothing to talk about to be honest. Well, I’ve gotten more and more involved in the web comic community ever since I went to CAKE at the start of June, and I’ve made many new friends. My comic hit 1,000 subscribers on Tapastic, though I can’t say I’m not a little jealous of my other friends whose comics have been featured on the Tapastic app’s “Daily Snack” and gotten 600+ followers in a day. But that’s just me being greedy.

I went to Anime Midwest on July 3rd…that was fun. I am going to go to Con+alt+delete in the winter.

Next month is my comic’s birthday, on August 1st. Not sure what to draw for it since there’s still only two characters. I’m also happy to admit that I have finally completely scrubbed off any links to this site when searching my comic on Google! My identity here is safe!

I also have an interview tomorrow for an associate designer job. I love the people I work with here but I don’t get paid enough and I absolutely fucking loathe driving. I have to do my best.

♥ Posted at 9:07:04 am CDT