Comic Site Rant: Diamond Sparkle

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I was going to wait until after I went to bed to post this, but given I’m so hyped up on stuff, I figure I’ll put the comic up now. There’s really not much to say here, as I think its best for you draw your own meanings from it. The artwork is mostly good. Tina came out nicely, and I’m happy with how creepy I rendered Anno. Rets’ lineart is a bit wonky, but it gets covered but shadows so it all works out. I’m using a set of pens to clean up the sketches now, rather than a mechanical pencil. A friend of mine got me a set of Copic pens as a late Christmas present, and I was delighted to see that they had a 0.03 mm size pen. A long time ago I used to use Sakura Mircons, and whenever I used the 0.05mm it broke on me. I’ve been using 0.3mm Copic for a bit and it has yet to die on me. At this rate I may go back to using actual ink! Actually, does the lineart look slightly thinner?

I’ve been messing with the site design lately. If it looks funny just force reload and it should be ok. I’m not sure how I feel about the black. I may tone it down a darker grey, but anything is better than unresolved white.

Recently got that Max Factory Pachira from HLJ, and let me tell you, it’s quite a lovely figure. I can’t say I’m enamored enough with MagiPokaa enough to buy figures from it (though, I do like the character designs. I may pick up that Uma if I see it at a con again), but this figure’s gimmick was too awesome pass up. Those in the know should have a good idea as to what I’m on about :3. The only real problem is that during the cast-off process some red paint rubbed off on her chest. It’s nothing major, but it’d like to clean it up. Anyone got any tips?

The current crop of stuff airing hasn’t been all that impressive lately. I just finished Moyashimon, which was a weird show. Not weird in the way that I wanted it to be, though. The promo material suggested the show would be all about the microbes, but they really take a back seat to bizarre plot twists and character interaction. The show has fun sitcom-ish qualities to it, along with some strange drama-ish aspects, but never did it really act on what I expected out of it. I doubt I’ll watch it again, since a good half of it is extremely boring, but I guess it was fine in the end. I’m also not too taken with Clannad. The stories are fine, but they lack a lot of the overdone drama that made both Air and Kanon engaging to me. The characters, while well-written, don’t really leave much of an impact on me either. Maybe I just like poorly written stories better? I dunno. Kaiji is pretty DBZ at the moment, but it seems like they moved out of that with episode 15.

As for the new offerings from the winter season, I am again mostly not too taken. Gunslinger Girl 2 is an absolute depressing wreck. I may give it the three episode test, but it’s just too sad to watch. Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is of course genius, so I’ll just leave it at that. So far the best thing I can think off that’s not a sequel this season is Spicy Wolf. Episode 1 was boring, but by episode 2 I am beginning to see truth in Cunningham’s words on the original novel. Horo and Lawrence’s banter is entertaining, though I’m not sure if that alone will keep me for 13 episodes. It really seems like it’s a good time to catch up on old things, so I guess I’ll watch something like Devil Hunter Yoko tomorrow, or these Crusher Joe things that came down the pipes this morning.

I guess I’ll try to get some sleep now. Later.

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16 Responses to Comic Site Rant: Diamond Sparkle

  1. reckless says:

    lol, the comic was great. Nice figurine you got, too bad about the paint though. Luckily it’s black so finding matching paint to touch it up yourself shouldn’t be too hard.

    Spicy Wolf is definitely good stuff, both leads are pretty interesting and likable characters. Seems like it could develop into a good story. In any case it’s always nice to have something different than the hundreds of love triangle – school dramas that get churned out… On that note, guilty pleasure of the new season, True Tears -_-

  2. Annubis says:

    The tissue box chicken was genius. Though at first I thought he was going to do something ‘else’ with it ¬_¬

  3. digitalboy says:

    I can’t see comic. no matter how many times I reload, it won’t appear. i blame the completely emo site design.

  4. Yeah for some reason index2.php has been having troubles lately. Force reload then try.

  5. digitalboy says:

    it finally goddamn worked, great comic.

  6. I’m thinking it may be a problem with the Amazon ads. I’ve taken them down for the time being and things seem to be working alright.

  7. 3x as random says:


    I’ve been searching randomly when I feel like it, but no luck yet.


    Aspect ratio is facked so you have to fix that on your own with VLC or zoomplayer or MPC or something.

  9. Meh says:

    I loled hard at the comic.

    Perhaps some subs will appear for the movie from some decent fan sub group before they get a C&D.

  10. Chris says:

    Yeah I had issues with the amazon ad script freezing up the page awhile back. I had to turn javascript off to get it to load :P

    I have yet to see spicy wolf, was trying to finish off ef and nagasarete before I started up all the new shows.
    Yeah, my winter season guilty pleasure would definetly be Rosario + Vampire.
    Friggen love that show, despite so many people saying it’s too ecchi.
    I didn’t know there was such a thing :P

    Good luck with fixing the figurine, it looks like it’s a nice piece of work.

  11. MoYFan says:

    That comic was awesome it just stunned me when I scrolled down. Spicy wolf is a fox-girl lover’s anime lol. I read the manga first and just had to see the anime and yeah episode 2 was a lot better than the first. Rosario + Vampire got to love fan service ^_^.

    @wildarm: I saw Devil Hunter Yoko quiet a long time ago and it is very good if you love nude magical girl transforming scenes with the occasional sex scenes throne in*^_^.


  12. TheBigGSN5 says:

    I still recommend Shigurui. Even managed to find the manga being translated.

  13. Kuyukly says:

    Oh god. Am I the only one who felt chills on that last panel? XD

  14. Blacques says:

    Anno is still a fucking genious

  15. Seth says:

    First time i saw that comic i thought he appeared naked between them. Wasn’t until the third time that i saw he was wearing a top.

    If you ask me it was much funnier him appearing naked between them.

  16. Lol, yeah it’s really kewl!