I started a numbers series for my little cousin, Luke. I gave him the first five numbers for his Christening yesterday, and numbers 6-10 will be forthcoming. Obviously, I have chosen to go with plants for this series - drawing endless fern leaves can be remarkably relaxing, believe it or not!
A Delicate Balance: Why You Should Read Ai Yazawa’s Nana
Why you should read the manga Nana, by Ai Yazawa.
Ah! I did it again, folks! I wrote another piece for The Mary Sue, this time about Nana. =]
Changing the Face of Women in Anime: The Importance of Ugliness
Since the “girl power” wave of the 90s and early 2000s, many media-makers stateside have been much better about including diverse female characters in media directed toward a younger audience. But while Sailor Moon was one of the forerunners of this well-intentioned movement, much of the material from Japan which has been licensed for release in the States is marketed toward boys or men, and magical girls have fallen out of popular favor (recent reboots notwithstanding). Needless to say, when there are female characters in this kind of media, they are often a love interest, and they often fall into one of a handful of anime stereotypes.
All right, folks. I’ve officially hit it big time - I wrote a piece for The Mary Sue! How incredibly exciting!
I have already gotten a couple new followers from this, and for that I thank you all most sincerely. The warm feedback I’ve received from this is really doing a great deal of good for my confidence (oh my God, I can write and people care about it!). You’re awesome, thank you!
New folks might not know that I also have my own little webcomic, though it’s very rarely updated these days. That can be found at theretailvampire.tumblr.com - take a peek if you’re so inclined!
And once again - thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou. I feel very blessed right now.
So, here’s page 5 and 6 of that tendershipping comic based on “Ordinary World” that I started ages ago. I actually have through page 8 laid out, but the last couple pages need some serious work before I’m comfortable sharing them.
Anyway, no idea how long this project will end up taking. It’s something I make when I feel like it, and maybe someday I’ll ink it and/or color it or something.
I hope you enjoy what there is for now!