For the first time since 2011, I have a holiday themed wallpaper for everyone! Just click the thumbnail to visit Ashes’ gallery page and download different sizes!
Once more I must apologise for the dearth of updates. The biggest reason apart from rhe usual RL situations is that comics are no longer a fun hobby anymore. It’s become a stressful hobby that feels like work. I used to draw comics just for fun, and just for me. I thought I could recapture that with Laiyu as an illustrated novel with less art involved, but I quickly became obsessed with its perfection early on in development (I’m still going to do that story, but it’s going to be delayed; it probably won’t begin until ’16-’17).
So what can I do to recapture the fun? Well, I think the main reason that caused me to lose the fun to begin with was that I started to believe my work was good enough to publish. And that made me obsess over perfection, which only caused unnecessary stress.
So I believe that in order to find that spark of inspiration and enjoyment, I need to step away and do something that I will not- cannot- publish. So I’m going to do a short graphic novel on my iPad. The art & comic apps I use (Procreate & Strip Design) are incapable of saving work at high enough resolutions for print (eapecially Strip Design, but other comic apps capable of high res don’t have as many features). Since I can’t publish it, I don’t have to worry about getting it ‘just right.’ Plus the less accurate nature of drawing on an iPad will force me to stay loose plus shrug off certain mistakes.
This will be just for fun, just for me. Oh, I’ll still post it, but don’t expect my best.
SO what will this comic be about? Well, it’s loosely inspired by one of my favourite video game franchises: Harvest Moon. It’s about a 16 year-old city girl named Chloe who moves to her aunt’s farm for the summer. A light-hearted slice-of-life with some teenage drama thrown in. I’d like to name it ‘Rabbit Farm’ in Latin, but I’m not sure whether that would be Lepus Firmam, Ager Lepus, or Cuniculus Rus. So, anyone out there who knows Latin, I need a bit of help. I only know un peu de Français; I have no Latin.
Hey all my fellow pokénerds, I’m currently trying to breed a 5-6IV shiny feebas. No luck yet on the shiny front, but after 300+ eggs, I have 9 feebas with 6IVs. All of them are Bold, most are Oblivious (though a couple has Swift Swim) and they have the moves Haze, Captivate, Dragon Pulse, and Hypnosis. If interested in trading for one, please comment below!
Some minor rules:
- I cannot give you a rainbow scale to evolve this feebas, however if you have your own, I am more than willing to have you trade your feebas back to me to evolve it into Milotic, then back to you.
-These feebas come from about 20+ hours of effort, so please trade me something good in return. I like legendaries and shinies, but will consider other pokémon (especially those with good hidden abilities).
-Once we set up a time to trade, please honour your appointment. I understand that emergencies come up, but please let me know ahead of time if you cannot make it.
-I have chat disabled on my game, but if you want to talk while we trade, we can text message over Skype or AIM.
-These are first come, first serve. The first people will their pick of gender and/or ability.
I’m still feeling creatively drained on the comics, but there have been a few positives in Real Life this week. I’m starting to get my itch back for sculpting, and to both get back into practise and cheer myself up, I made some chubby animals. One is the famous Pusheen, the other a bee of my own design. They did succeed in their purpose as I go ‘squeeeee!!’ whenever I look at them.
The second good thing is that I bought myself a betta fish. I adore fish and used to keep a tropical fish tank but haven’t the room or health to maintain one for years. A betta seemed to be a good choice since they are low-maintenance and take up little room. I’m quite thrilled to have a finned friend once more.
Hey guys, a friend of mine from college, Eddy Fettig, is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for a graphic novel named Down Right Fierce, which he describes as: ‘A tribute to Street Fighter and the Warrior’s Journey; a narrative comic about young adult women coping with the passage of time.’
For the ladies (and men, too!) who read my comics, you might be interested in his work, as he strives hard to create and represent women who are not just strong, but real people dealing with real issues.
While Eddy mostly writes fanfics, this is an original work, and he really needs support for the project. If you can’t back up the Kickstarter finacially, it’s at least worth expressing interest in the project so he knows there is definitely an audience for it- an audience of gamers who are also feminists.
Be warned, though, that Down Right Fierce is for mature audiences, and contains strong language and adult material.
You can view the Kickstarter by clicking here!