Finally gearing up for the next chapter of my webcomic, with the bit of extra time thanks to the pandemic forcing everyone to stay at home. I've managed to get back into working on my webcomic and picking up the story once again. It's very strange to revisit the story now, after I spent the later part of last year working on an outline for it's graphic novel version. Now working on it without those restrains of a graphic novel, feels a bit more liberating, and I'm so excited to get back to drawing my children.

Here is the complete process from sketch to finished page for one of my comic pages, this is page 32 of Tea & Potions.

The rest of my C97 haul arrived along with some other trinkets. Mai Yoneyama's SHE & THE ONE doujins are so incredibly beautiful, her art is amazing. The way she portrays female characters is so appealing and I just can't stop looking at them. She has worked as an animator for some Triggers shows, but her illustration work is also wonderful. Definitely recommend picking up any of her doujins if you get the chance.

Had so much fun this C2E2 it was my first time tabling there and being part of a panel as well. I was really excited to see friends and meet some new people,so happy I got the chance to scream about fictional characters with y'all, looking forward to the next con!

Got a small batch of books made that collects the prologue and short comics of my webcomic, ever since I started this comic it has been a small dream of mine to compile the pages into a perfect bound book, so this was very exciting and fun to see, there are some errors on it like the logo pixelation as well as some words missing in a page. So if I ever run a bigger batch I know what I need to fix!

I put together a little zine with all of my *nktober drawings from last year, it’s all handmade! I did all the cutting and stapling myself, I also realized I spelled Senza fine wrong after I had stapled them all together. I will change the the typo if I ever print it again lmao, I guess stuff like this happens even after much practice.

Some new books, I’ve gotten my hands on!
Takahumi Horis newest Genga art from C97, it has his work from the Steven Universe Movie as well as Carole & Tuesday and other works.

Tarou’s Kicks Vol. 2 I’m a huge fan and sucker for some well drawn shoes (plus some very cute girls as added bonus!) as it was a must get.

Takashi Mukouda’s Fortissimo, which has his work he did for the later half of the Kazetsuyo anime, I truly love the cover for this!

The Children of The Sea genga artbok is so very detailed and just so breath taking, I can’t wait to see the movie once it hits theaters in the US.

Baby I Love You Daze is an animated music video created for Lotte’s 70th anniversary, and it got an artbook, if you haven’t seen the music video I highly recommended!
https://youtu.be/etKuJ7ibrvc

Natsuzora opening artbook.

Saito Kengo’s Animation Works, which has the work they did for the Galo-Hen short from Promare.

Here U Are, I’m a huge fan of this webtoon it is so sweet and so lovingly drawn so I totally jumped on the opportunity to get the physical book.

Atarashi Hoshi (New Star) Kii Kanna’s (3peace/niwa) latest doijinshi, and to no one’s surprise it’s a Promare doujin. Looking at her website and blog it’s hard to not notice what a big fan of Promare the artist is. I love this book, it’s definitely one of my favorite’s from her (as a big Promare fan myself I might be a bit partial to this lmao). If you’ve read her serialized manga Umibe no Étranger then you know she has a very unique and silly way to portrayed her characters, so to see her interpretation of Galo and Lio be just as silly and cute was a real treat!❤

I’m still waiting on a few other books, but this is a great start to the year! Looking forward to what new books I can get my tiny gay hands on as the year continues!

Flipping through one of my old sketch zines

Then, and Again.
Spent most of January sick, so I’m pretty happy to finally get back to comix, a smol comic of my boys to get back into it.

Zines (2014-2019)

Organized a bunch of my zines and doujins and came across my own self-published zines, the oldest ones dating back to 2014, and also the ones with the best covers (i think).

When I first started out making zines, I actually made 3 for my first zine fest at Chicago Zine fest (This was during while I was still in college). One was called The Planet & The Star and that was the first ever short comic I had completed that was longer than 3 pages, it was about a star becoming friends with Earth. The second zine was a collection of two short stories, one was about a girl who (i think) had trouble balancing the right amount of healthy selflessness and self-love, Ice Cream Girl. While, the other accompanying comic, Cupcake Boy was about a boy who had trouble putting his feelings into words and thus feeling like the people he thought he wanted to have a relationship with failed to connect with him and his feelings. Vocaloid, specially Deco*27 was a huge influence to me at the time so it’s no wonder that my early comics read like some very bad and cryptic vocaloid song. I still enjoy flipping through them though, the covers are I think still my favorites. That same year I also printed a sketch log with most of my doodles and illustrations I did that past year.

The year after that is when I began to seriously brainstorm some stories and comics about something I would like to draw in a long form format, and that’s when Zahir and Eliot came about (actually back then I think their names were Rafael and Eriol). That year I did two sketch/illustration zines because I was mostly trying to play around with the two characters, however I managed to complete another short comic called Blueberry Jam. A sort of continuation or related (but kinda not) to the ice cream girl and cupcake boy comics. Blueberry Jam was about a character that felt she had gone bad or spoiled after bottling in their feelings for so long in order to not appear weak in front of others, however they manage to find the strength to speak out whether to complain or to express themselves as long as they let their voice be heard they feel a trace will at at least be left in the world and that’s a lot stronger than letting silence eat you alive (or something like that, I was and STILL AM LEARNING HOW TO WRITE COMICS please forgive).

It is 2016, and I think, I finally have some sort of direction of where I want to take Zahir’s and Eliot’s character, that year is when I debuted the first test pages for The Witch of Luminoza at Small Press Expo. I also compiled all of my Noragami doodles into a fanbook! (still working on the second one, maybe once I catch up with the manga again).

The year after that 2017, I got really into Yuri On Ice!!! (and to be honest who wasn’t?) I was able to put together a fanzine most of the illustrations were in black and white to save time, but I’m still proud that I managed it. My second fanzine yay!

2018 I tried making a coloring book mostly inspired by the beauty of Mexican dresses and @cyanparade on twitter (also known as kidchan) who did their own coloring zine with hijabi. I was so happy with the quality of the paper and texture that the printer used, but was devastated to learn that the print shop closed down later that same year and that was the last book I had printed with them. (please support you local businesses!!!) My first zine was printed at a local print shop a few blocks from where I lived and worked, sometimes (most of the time) I was very late in compiling my books and it was a lot faster and cheaper to have them printed locally, that save time on shipping. The print shop was family owned and very friendly, I really can’t stress enough how much I miss this print shop. The last zine was a compilation of sketches I did throughout the month of September, that one I was able to print at home, it’s a very small 5 x 5" little thing, I realized I really like this size and might print other small zines this size.

Last year was a bit of a chaotic year, I was very focused on searching for a path to take on my art as well as a time that I took to step a bit away from my art and just (ya kno, kinda) live and somewhat rest. I was still working on The witch of Luminoza comic and working on a new outline for it but I took that year to also step back from my art and think about what I wanted to make of it. So now this year, getting back into gear, and back into zine making I’m excited to see what I make with my new found determination and path in art.

Been slowly playing through Link’s awakening

Chachis

During New Years I got an awful cough and a cold so to past the time I started playing Ni ni Kuni 2 since my brother got me a playstation for Christmas, I’ve been enjoying it so far and I’m so ready to catch up on all the games I’ve been missing out on now!

About Colors in the Witch of Luminoza.
I often get comments about people pointing out that they enjoy the colors in the comic and I’ve been wanting to talk about the use of colors in my comic for a while, because I love playing and using color palettes to bring out the most out a scene. I did this deliberately in Chapter 1: Blue Monday. As the tittle of the chapter says Blue plays big role in this chapter, used to portray the solitude and uninterested aspect of Zahir’s first day of school. Gradually as the chapter progresses and he meets Eliot there is a bit more of saturated color that sprinkles into his surroundings, and by the end of the chapter there is now a warm light that envelopes Zahir to symbolize his new found friendship. I think colors have so much power in storytelling it’s very fun to play around and see what you can get away with or what you can incorporate more of and improve. So if you work in color I encourage you to also think of your story in hues and colors but most importantly have fun with it. I think what makes me enjoy the coloring process the most is picking the color palettes and seeing the pages, colors and narratives come together along with it.

Wish I had been able to muster up the strength to make a new Illustration for the new year, but alas having caught a cold during new year’s must be a sign for me to rest, and get my strength back. There are many things I wish I could’ve gotten done in 2019 (like learning how to drive lmao OTL) but I will give it my best this year to complete more things, but most important of all to stay happy. Let’s do our best this 2020!

Also had plenty of fun at Con Alt+ Delete this year, saw some old and new friends. A bit tired after working on commissions for most of the weekend but I think I’ll be ready to get back to drawing again soon! Thanks so much to everyone that came and stopped by ❤

A holiday-type of comic

Last week we welcomed a new tiny friend home, Chachi! Everyone has quickly fallen in love with him and he has steadily become the center of the household.

The latest episode of Chihayafuru really hurt, even though I made sure to catch up with the manga in order to prepare myself for the sadness, it still hurt. oh no. Unfortunately it only gets worst for Taichi from now on..well, it eventually gets somewhat better though, I think??? I hope. I’m cheering for you Taichi! 😭