Comic Site Rant: It’s Cold Outside

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I think I’ve squeezed all the life I’m able to squeeze out of Gundam 00 jokes at this point, especially considering that I haven’t actually watched the show. However, with the second season around, I couldn’t very well be quiet about it, and thusly this comic was created. It was also a good chance to expand on Tina’s developing insanity. She is insane. They both are.

It’s been rainy for the past couple of weeks, so I wanted to do a comic in the rain. I didn’t really like the rain effect at first, but it’s come to grow on me much like a parasite. The first panel looked good to me at first, but after a while I noticed that it looked like Tina is trying to dodge Rets’ umbrella, when she’s actually skipping nonchalantly. The second panel is the only one I really like, mostly because Rets gets his own special dramatic lighting, not dissimilar to Light Yagami. Notice how the shadows on his face in that panel are the total opposite of everything else in the comic? Panel three is ok, but it could have been better. Overall I’m pretty indifferent about this comic.

I’d like to take a chance to thank you readers for a great many things. Well, not a great many things, but two things that deserve a great amount of thanks. First, I’d like to thank you people for reading and liking the comic. I’m really hard on myself, and think just about everything I do is total crap (no, really, I read through the entire archive the other day and hated it all) but encouraging words make me feel good. I’m practicing drawing more often, and also making attempts to streamline my writing, so you hopefully in the future you’ll like the comic more than you already do!

Secondly, I’d like to thank the people who’re buying things through the ads on the site. Specifically, the CDJapan ads. I’ve gotten a decent amount of people purchasing things via my links, and they also tend to purchase a large amount, so I thank you all for that. I’ve already made about 50 dollars in commission, so keep buying! They’re having some hot sales right now on DVDs and CDs, and it’s not too late for an ’09 calendar! Buy! Buy! Buy!

Alright, that’s enough adbot stuff. On to other things. Like Touhou. I understand this will enrage the denizens of /jp/ (everything I do enrages them, so I can’t really win) but I’ve been reading some Touhou doujinshi lately. I read some gag comics by FLIPFLOPs, then went on to read their adaptation of Perfect Cherry Blossom, which was extremely well done, and I really liked it. Following that, tried my hand at more of the games, but I kept dying since I just suck at video games. They’re still fun though–just challenging, even on Easy Mode. Yes, I’m kimoi, shut up. Anyway, I’ve been doing all that while listening to things by Silver Forest, and I have a whole playlist of COOL&CREATE tracks to get through, so chances are I may become an honest to goodness fan in time. Right now I’m just casual. (ps I like Cirno. And Chen.)

Moving right along to professionally produced pieces of Japanese entertainment, I finished both Gankutsuoh and Mushihi tonight at MIT, and was mostly happy with them. Gankutsuoh gets really good when all the pieces come together, but the end is real lame. Mushishi is more or less the same until the end, which was incidentally more or less what I was expecting! They’re both decent shows though, and I may even buy Mushishi if I’m feeling crazy enough. However, Gankutsuoh failed to take the place of Best Gonzo Show in my mind, despite some people saying it’s about the only good thing they’ve ever done. The best Gonzo show is, by the way, Strike Witches. Closely followed by Blue Submarine No.6, which was just a really cool cartoon. Didn’t make much sense, though!

That’s all for tonight. My computer contracted a horrible Trojan before I went out tonight, but seems to have gotten better after giving it some medicine. Hopefully it won’t blow up in the middle of the night.