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I realized that a lot has happened since the last time I posted here, so here's a quick news post while I eat lunch.

I've been hired as a junior artist for Big Fish Games's Oakland studio, Self Aware. I now live in the bay area, I've been working for a week and a half so far, and everything is awesome and great. It's full time, I'm a salaried worker, I've been making awesome things, and the benefits are super good ahhhh. Everyone here is awesome and there is no bullcrap in terms of internal bureaucracy or anything like that and ahhhh you guys I feel like I hit some kind of weird jackpot here.

I spent a lot of college thinking that I'd either a) take at least a year to get a job or b) not get a studio job at all and work at starbucks for the rest of my life while working on personal art and failing.

Somehow I've ended up here, and this is the happiest I've been in a really long time.

IF YOU LIVE IN THE BAY AREA, POKE ME. I'm still new here and I have no idea what I'm doing hahaha
  • Listening to: Stuck on f*cking you
  • Reading: Noli me tangere
  • Watching: Les Stroud Beyond Survival
  • Playing: Bejeweled
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: coke
Someone brought to my attention that I haven't been on deviantART for a VERY LONG TIME, and I want to apologize for that right now. It appears I've been eaten by the tumblr beast, and I've ended up venting all of my sordid troubles there. Also I haven't made any good art for a while *laughs* but there you go, I guess...

A lot has been going on on my side of things...After a particularly bad set of breakdowns, I finally went to the clinic, and I was diagnosed with extreme depression and a month and a half ago they put me on anti-depressants, and I am a much happier person, strangely enough. I never knew that there was actually the possibility of a life without hating oneself or the things that one does, but now I'm somewhere close to living it. It makes me want to cry when I think about how little I loathe myself these days. I'm thankful for it, despite avoiding getting help for my problems for years.

There's been family drama, car accidents, some terrible things that i really don't even want to think about right now, and some great things that I don't have the capacity to talk about right now...What else, what else... I had my 22nd birthday a couple of weeks ago (WHO GOT ME A PRESENT?)! I got a job as an artist's assistant for an Eisner-nominated comic artist! I'm making a Freya-focused RPG maker fan game in my spare time.

And...I'm not sure what else. Things have been pretty alright despite the rocky bits. I'm still climbing anyway. Things will be fine. Fingers crossed.
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: Hearts in Atlantis
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Chrono Trigger
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: coke
Do you know where your towel is at?

Tell me what your towel looks like and what you've done with it so far today--or what you plan on doing.

Mine's good old fashioned purple. I am planning on using it as a whip to ward off the coyotes pawing at my back door.
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: The Exorcist
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: with my feces
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: One Piece
Sorry that I haven't been around much lately--so much has been happening, and I've been so busy, it's sometimes crazy for me to think that I used to post really really frequently here. Hopefully I'll be able to do that again. We'll see. :3  

Anyway, some really great news!

AS OF SATURDAY, I'VE GRADUATED FROM UNIVERSITY. You are now looking at someone who has a bachelors in art, and who will hopefully not be one of the many who get such a degree only to have it waste away in a corner, never used. I'm going to be tweaking up a (better than i have at the moment) portfolio, and then we'll see. But, anyway, I feel like I can take on the world. Maybe someday I'll be making comics for a living.

And, as of THURSDAY, I have an American passport and am officially and provably a Citizen of the United States of America. I can barely believe that, considering how long I've already lived in America, how long I've been trying to get to this point, and all this other junk. Mostly, I am excited that I can get a proper job now. Also, I can vote! THAT means a lot to me. I have been jealous for the past 3 years, and now I don't have to be.

I'm going to try and go back to working on Magic Train and DeviantDEAD at a more regular schedule now that I can afford to a bit more, I'm going to finish and send off tarot cards, I'm going to work on commissions, and I'm going to do my best to work towards being able to tell people my own stories.

There will be a lot to do.

On a random note, does anyone have any experience in making mini-comics?
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: The Exorcist
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: with my feces
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: One Piece
Seriously? Wow. Okay.

I'm sure there will be an inundation of people saying that I don't deserve it, and that's quite alright--just keep in mind, folks, that I didn't ask for it, right? It's not up to me if someone likes my doodles, and if you don't like it, you can tap the shoulder of the person who gave it to me. I'm just sittin here workin on school junk. Anyroad, this was a surprise myself, and I'm grateful and a little befuddled. I think it's a bit hilarious, actually!

ANYWAY

Thanks TheCreativeJenn for the feature, and thanks to the people who've enjoyed it thus far. I'm graduating in a week, so things have been super stressful, and this is a nice little thing to come back to. *salutes* Now, back to business, all!
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: The Exorcist
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: with my feces
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: One Piece
Life is busy. I'm sorry for the lack of updates around these parts! A lot of shit has been  happening.

Things that have happened:

Yesterday, my mom became unemployed. She's been fighting with really bad arthritis for years now, but it's affected her back so badly that she can't stand or even sit up for long periods of time anymore. Doctor told her that she was unfit for work, and she ended up having to quit her job as a cashier at Target. She's depressed about it, and things are going to be harder and even busier around her because of it. Things have been financially very tight lately, and now we just had another income stream cut off. I can't get a job because of the citizenship shit that I'm STILL dealing with. My 19 year old sister is trying to get more part time work now in order to try and help out. I wish there was something I could do, but you can't fix the world, I guess. I'll just sit here being useless as usual.

Yesterday, I submitted my portfolio to Nick. It's probably not going to happen, but better to have done something than to sit on my ass and lament the world as is typical, right? Fingers crossed anyway. In the end, at least I have some new pieces to show for it.

MAGIC TRAIN has been on a small hiatus, despite my best efforts. The next page is slowly in production, but school and the past month spent pulling together a portfolio has gotten in the way of it. I'll update once it's finished, though, no worries!

DEVIANTDEAD...you guys already know what it means to wait on that one. I am so sorry XDD I promise it will be finished. It will be one of the few things that I will finish in my life. Ned's too near the end of this story for me to back away. And anyhow, I just re-introduced Birdie. I'd be an asshole to not do something with that. BUT, it will be done. You just have to wait a midge bit. (On another note, there's an epilogue to DeviantDEAD after I finish the story... I was considering opening up for donations--just enough to deal with some current hurdles I have to face in regards to getting my American (!!!!!!!!) Passport, and release the epilogue when I reach a certain amount. It shouldn't be too much, I'm just sort of desperate right now, and I don't have time for commissions as of this moment because school is HORRIBLE and it'd take even longer to get stuff to people than even my typical slow pace. What do you think?).  

PROCESS TUTORIAL will be done when I have time. I initially started this out because I had a friend at school asking me how I do my art, so it was to help a classmate and friend out. I was surprised by the reaction. Thanks guys. You'll get to see the rest sometime soon. If Mattie Ross had to depend on me, she'd have died from snake poison already.

Is there anything else? I don't know. I don't think so, anyroad. Hm...

Well, I guess for a more personal thing, I'm reobsessing over Final Fantasy IX as of late, in particular Freya and Amarant. Maybe during one of my very very small breaks, I will draw something for them. I miss posting something every other day >:C And I particularly miss spamming you guys with my unconventional pairings in hopes of hypnotizing people into doing something with them so that i can sit back and watch myself instead of doing all the work.

First five people to draw or write me something that is GagaLennon, Freya/Amarant, Rooster+Mattie, or ZeldaGanondorf will get a free doodle sketch request. I sit here sure that I will not have to worry about doing any of this stuff, because hardly anyone pays attention to these pairings and anyway, this note is at the bottom of a long journal about myself, which means most people won't read it. I have beat the system and proven a point. HA.
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: The Exorcist
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Professor Layton
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: One Piece
I'm a bit surprised at the amount of people who have taken a look at my Process tutorial, and i just want to say thank you to all the new people who has started watching me, and I hope that everyone who's seen the tutorials will find some use in them! I'm busy with school right now, but the next tutorial is being done on my breaks, and taking a bit longer because it's somewhat more incomprehensible. We'll see.

But yes, thank you everyone! And if there are any questions, feel free to ask and I'll try to answer them the best of my abilities. I'm still learning myself, but like I said, maybe I can serve as a jumping off point.

Now if you'll excuse me, I must get back to work and junk like that.
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: The Exorcist
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Professor Layton
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: One Piece
I'm sorry for general lack of activity, and maybe taking a bit to reply to comments (or even sounding a little cranky on comments--unintentional!). University's been eating my brain like it was deep fried in batter.  As long as I pass all of these classes, then I am graduating this semester, which of course means that the workload is about a thousand times heavier than it was the many semesters ago. I am getting very little sleep, I am working hard, and I'm doing my best. Bluh.

Not much in terms of life-wise updates apart from that, and the fact that I might open up for some form of cheap $5 quickpaint commissions, or some other kind of commission special soon. I need to start working towards my American Citizenship, and I want to help out my fiance, who is going through worse financial straits than me, after having lost their job and denied unemployment and denied financial aid from university and their laptop and car went kaput, and goddamn, I'm just so happy they can manage to not-drown in self-destruction at this point. In other words, I might try and start raising money in order to try and 1) put it towards my citizenship (so I can get a job here) and 2) help my fiance repair the laptop so that the job search doesn't mean taking the bus to the library or attempting to do it on their phone.

Also, for my Capstone project, me and another awesome animator are teaching stop motion to kids in a day care.  I just had my first session with the kiddiewinkles this past Friday, and they are so sweet and Goddammit, I am going to keep saying, over and over again, that kids are a billion times smarter than people make them out to be. I hate having to explain that to people in how I portray some characters, but I am just constantly reminded. Also, there is something fucking adorable about discussing zombies with a cute 4 year old blonde girl.  The project is slightly stressful but so far is feeling fantastic. I hope that works out.

Now to go back to hard work and no sleep. Curse you, University! Hopefully the bachelors in arts I'm gonna get isn't going to be useless (though it will be, maybe, if I don't get my citizenship taken care of. Greencard--if I had one--expires in May. blech), and maybe someday I'll be able to go out into this big scary world and do what I love for a living. Here's hoping.
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: The Exorcist
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Professor Layton
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: One Piece
Jesus is shorter than me. He is 68 years old, with slightly lazy blue eyes, short brown hair, and his voice is so quiet sometimes you have to strain to hear. When he speaks, tinges of a Southern drawl--Texan, he reminds people often--mix with the influences of California and a life that has seen the rest of not only America, but the world. He wears glasses and a denim jacket. He had worn a leather jacket earlier, coming out on stage singing "The Age of Aquarius," but had shed it soon enough, hanging it on the back corner of a rocking chair while complaining that it had become too hot too quickly.

I don't know how many of you know who Ted Neeley is, but if you've seen the 70's film version of "Jesus Christ Superstar," you've seen him. He played the Jesus Christ with the rockstar voice 40 years ago for the movies, but he basically lived through the beginning of the Rock Opera, when theater finally accepted rock and roll into its repertoire. He was in Hair, in Jesus Christ Superstar, played Tommy in the Who's Tommy, Billy Shears in Sergeant Pepper's.  A drummer from a little podunk Texas town, who moved out to California to pursue a career as a musician, ended up auditioning (and getting a role) in Hair because of a bet with an artist over whether it was harder to get a job as an actor or a musician, and then became the Jesus despite wanting originally to be Judas.  

AND he is probably one of the nicest people I've ever met. If ever there was a Jesus, I would like to believe he woulda been something like Ted Neeley.

Anyway, enough of that, today, I went to a concert he was holding in Ventura's Rubicon theater--I found out recently that he actually lives really close by; I guess that's one of the advantages of living in Southern California.  I wasn't really sure what to expect when going to the concert--all I knew is that the first time I had heard the song Gethsemane, I'd decided that I wanted to meet this guy, wanted to see if he could still sing those high notes. What I got was great, man. The dude can still sing, and he spoke a lot to the audience, a lot about his experiences, how charmed his life was. He sang quite a few songs from Hair, a LOT of his original stuff (some of which was in a pretty forgotten movie called "Blame the Night,"  which I think critics hated and Mick Jagger wrote XDDDD but his songs were really good, actually).

But I think the highlight of the night was when he decided to sing "Gethsemane" from Jesus Christ Superstar. This is what we had been waiting for, and holy fuck, the 68 year old man can STILL hit those notes, and I'd say he sings it better now than he ever sang it in the movie. I honestly started crying.

After that, he was weeping, and it was a little painful, and more than a little touching to see. He explained that it was because he remembered JCS so well--how much of an effect it's had on him. He met his wife on the set of the movie (she was one of the dancers), and travelled the world because of it, heard so many stories of people who had been affected by the music (one of the stories was actually something my friend Aletheia told me, about how in Soviet Russia there were no religious materials allowed at all, so just the album of Jesus Christ Superstar was contraband, was illegal but being passed around), and of course his deep friendship with the spectacular Carl Andersen, who played Judas in the original film.

He recounted how they had planned a reunion, how they were planning a world tour...and then Carl found out he had leukemia. And soon after, Carl died of Leukemia, and Ted spoke about how it suddenly felt like he was doing it all alone. He was crying because he was remembering Carl--and explained that he sang Gethsemane at Carl's memorial, how he felt his presence, and every time he sings that song, he sings it in memory of him.

And then to counteract that, he sang Paralyzed. For an encore? The Beatles Medley at the end of Abbey Road.

We met him after the show, and he seemed genuinely interested. Spoke about our experiences in the theater.  He had asked me if I was in the theater group too, and when I told him I was an artist, he sort of smiled at me, and told me how important artists were in telling stories.

He then told me to follow my dream. Go for it.

"I am. I'm chasing it like a beast, I promise."

"Well, you're a gentle beast. I can tell."  

It was strange. it felt like a religious experience. Not just because he played Jesus before, but just someone who I've seen so many times before just being so humble and attentive and real, and really caring about what I had to say and who I was, who I wanted to be. There are so many fake people here in California, I hate to say it, but it's true. I wanted to cry. It might as well have been Jesus who told me to follow my dreams. And so I'm going to say he did. Jesus told me to follow my dreams.

And then he gave me a hug.

Jesus gives the best hugs.

Best day ever.
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: The Exorcist
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Professor Layton
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: One Piece
Last month I challenged people to write me some short stories starring the Beatles, and since then, I'd received some fun stories. They've ranged from the serious to the silly, what-ifs, slices of life, and sometimes fantasy, and they were all a joy to read. My fellow judge (my fiance, who visited earlier this month) and I read them together (out loud--it was a lot of fun, especially for some of your entries), and I'm being honest when I say it took a bit of thought to try and choose the winning entry. I almost wished there could be more than one, but this is how it goes, I suppose.

WINNERS

THE FIRST PLACE ENTRY, which will be drawn into a small comic, whose writer will receive a 3 month premium membership, a free sketch, and a physical copy of their comic is..............

The Art of Dying, by Flightstorm

This entry made us cry. My fiance, ever the optimist, would like me to tell you that while they like to pretend that John Lennon never died and is in fact in secret retirement in Bora Bora, that if they had to accept the fact that he was gone, they'd like to look at it the way that you had written it. It was emotional and well-written, bittersweet in its sort of vague optimism at the end, and beautiful. Plus I'd get to draw John and George in all sorts of stages of their lives. Very well done, and I'll get in touch with you to talk about the comic, and the free sketch. Thank you!  

THE SECOND PLACE ENTRY, which will have a scene from their story illustrated, will also receive a 3 month premium membership, a free sketch, and a physical copy of the winning comic is........

So Little Time, So Much To Know, by XTheAuthoressX

Very well written, with a lot of fun imagery (those costumes!) thrown in, it'd be something that would be fun to draw and something fun to read. I'm not saying this just because it's a GagaLennon piece, either, before anyone suggests that.  The portrayal of both John and Gaga was well done, and you've got their voices down decently. We saw the scenes very clearly in our minds eye. Very good, I'll contact you too soon!  

***

AND HOW ABOUT A COUPLE OF HONORABLE MENTIONS?

Even though the rest of you didn't win anything, we'd like to mention a couple of stories that at least made us laugh and were fun to read. We loved every single entry that we read, but these hold a special place in our hearts for (silly) reasons.

FIRST HONORABLE MENTION

The Applesauce Abomination by SawyerFan

Mostly because "Paul's apple-shaped ass" is now an inside joke between me and my fiance. I hope you're happy. A lot of funny and silly moments, and a lot of fun to read.

SECOND HONORABLE MENTION

Norwegian Wood by Silvia

Sadly no link, because I got this through my email, but it was a very sweet entry, and was written by someone whose first language isn't even English! In the end, we got a whole lot of fantasy story, and it was a whole lot of fun. Fiance and I read it together at a hotel, and I lost my voice because of it. Thank you so much.

ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED! I HOPE YOU ENJOYED! WE CERTAINLY DID. <3
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: The Exorcist
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Professor Layton
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: One Piece
Not official as it's bein run by the Beatles, of course, but I think that goes without sayin.  Official as in the other one I wrote like 2 weeks ago was more a query on interest. So here you go.

:music:Beatles Short Story Contest:music:

:music:Contest: Write me a short story about the Beatles. You can give it to me in either story form or script form, and in any genre, as long as it's a short story and...well...about the Beatles.

:music:Theme: Just go for it! There's no theme, so feel free to write whatever you feel like writing. Except for porn or anything overly sexual but I am sure you know that.

:music:Rules
:bulletred: MUST be a short story. No Chaptered epics here, thanks.
:bulletred: No porn or overly sexual themes. This isn't that I can't take that kinda stuff or want to ruin your fun (if you have fun with that), but for some reason, I am not sure how comfortable I am with drawing, say, Paul McCartney's...well you know. Or John Lennon's even though we already knows what THAT looks like.
:bulletred: I can't think of any more. BUT if you have any questions or are unsure about anything, feel free to give me a note and I'll get back to you.

:music:How to Enter:
One of two ways!
:bulletred:Post your story on deviantART or somewhere else online and send me a note linking to it
:bulletred:If you don't want to post it online or don't want to use deviantART notes for some reason, email me the document or the link to your entry
Email: jacks10_31@hotmail.com

:music:Deadline: CHRISTMAS (but if any extension is needed and you have a good enough reason, just note me and I'll try and accomodate--ain't no huge deal, guys, this is just for fun, after all).

:music:Prizes

FIRST PRIZE
:bulletred: Their short story is drawn into a mini comic
:bulletred: A physical copy of their mini comic sent to them
:bulletred: A free sketch
:bulletred: 3 month premium membership

SECOND PRIZE
:bulletred: One sketched scene from their short story
:bulletred: A free sketch from me
:bulletred: A copy of the winning mini comic
:bulletred: 3 month premium membership

Additional Notes: I'd be using the mini-comics as thank you's for donations towards my citizenship at a later time, but I won't be making any money off of them. Just a heads up if that ends up bothering anyone.
Also If you want to participate as a judge, or if you want to donate either points or prizes (badges, art, etc), feel free to contact me. I won't be expecting anything, but it would be nice!

Thanks guys! Hope to see what you guys have in store!
  • Listening to: You and I -- Lady Gaga
  • Reading: The Exorcist
  • Watching: The Regular Show
  • Playing: Professor Layton
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: One Piece
So I went to see another Beatles tribute band this weekend at the behest of Paul. It was the Fab Faux at the Orpheum theater, performing the entirety of the white album. Paul had told me that it was one of the best (musicianship-wise) tribute bands that he'd ever seen, so I was looking forward to it.

GARY OLDMAN WAS THERE, THAT WAS KIND OF SERIOUSLY AWESOME OH MY GOD. HE WAS INTRODUCED AFTER THE DUDE ON STAGE SAID "IS PAUL M's BEATLES CLASS HERE TONIGHT?" SO HE WAS LIKE, BROUGHT OUT AFTER WE WERE MENTIONED. Pretty awesome.

Anyway, it was a fantastic show. The whole thing about the Fab Faux is that they wanted to bring the music that the Beatles never brought to stage (as any fan knows, they stopped touring in '66 due to a mixture of exhaustion and the fact that the music had become too complicated to reliably reproduce in a concert setting). They reproduced the white album practically note-for-note, using the correct vintage guitars, and doing little touches (using a megaphone during "Honey Pie" to reproduce the gramophone scratch effect in the second line of the song; doing the bass lines vocally during "I will" as Paul had done in the original; putting in the bits like John saying "take two" and what false starts were in the album) to really bring it together. Which was brilliant. The guys were really funny too.

THere were a lot of fun parts. I particularly enjoyed Helter Skelter and Yer Blues, and While My guitar Gently weeps was particularly poignant as they did a tribute for George Harrison (who died ten years ago this year), but I think the highlight of the night for me was...oh man. When I say they reproduced the enter White Album, I mean the entire white album. I NEVER THOUGHT I'D SEE SOMEONE EVEN TRY TO PULL OF "REVOLUTION 9" ON STAGE, BUT OH MY FUCKING GOD. THAT WAS GODDAMN HYPNOTIZING. What a performance. Jesus Christ.

Anyway, all in all, it was good. Paul had tried to get us to compare it to Rain, asking which one was better, but we had to agree at least that at a musicianship standpoint, it was all in all brilliant. The concert ended, as it should, with Hey Jude.

So happy. Now back to work. :3
  • Listening to: White Album
  • Reading: The Big Pink Job
  • Watching: One Piece
  • Playing: with your souls
  • Eating: your souls
  • Drinking: NOTHING
I've been bothering my family about the greencard situation and the citizenship situation here, asking what I can do. Finding job is pretty difficult in itself, but with the current complications with my green card, it's even harder. Citizenship, though, was something I wanted. I want to be an American Citizen, yeah, and so I was poking and prodding and asking what I had to do to be an American Citizen.

My dad looked at me a little surprised and announced, "You are an American Citizen."

What.

Well apparently technically and legally or something. Since I was a minor when I legally immigrated to the U.S. in 2001, or something, he started saying something about immigration laws and citizenship. He said that the problem was that we didn't have proof that I was a citizen because he had "forgotten"  to fill in the paperwork when we first came here.

Oops?

$600 to file for proof of citizenship now. And being jobless, basically...

NARGH I am just thinking of so many things that could have happened YEARS AGO that would make my situation SO MUCH FUCKING EASIER THAN IT IS RIGHT NOW, BUT OH WELL RIGHT ARRRRRRRRRRRGH BACK TO "WORK"
  • Listening to: White Album
  • Reading: The Big Pink Job
  • Watching: One Piece
  • Playing: with your souls
  • Eating: your souls
  • Drinking: NOTHING
Working on deviantDEAD, will have a full run down on how my weeklong birthday went, and I'm chiselling away at commissions between homework! But, folks, tell me something...

From the looks of it, I might have to take an extra semester in school in order to graduate (i should've graduated this spring DX). That isn't so bad, except that I won't be getting the waiver I've been getting, so that means actually having to pay the shitty 20+% increased tuition next year, which family can't afford. So I've been looking and applying for scholarships all over the place like it's a job. And looking for jobs. Finally finished what-can-pass-for an online portfolio, and updated my resume. Been looking locally and on craigslist and shit. Aw yeah. Crispy's being a hardworker for once in her fucking life.

Anyway, I guess I've been considering any and every avenue to try and help myself afford school next year, so I ended up doing a couple contests and researching for a few.

Well, I guess I could be asking you guys for contests and possible scholarships, which is all well and good to pass onto me if you think it'll help!

But this is one of those weird thought journals. I ended up looking at a few DeviantART contests, and you know how some people have the prize being "I'll give you a free commission or THIS person will give you a free commission if you win" ?

...how much of an asshole would I be (and how much of an asshole am I for considering) entering one of those contests where the prize art is an artist well below my skill level just for shits and giggles?

AND PLEASE TELL ME I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO THINKS ABOUT DOING THIS SOMETIMES.
  • Listening to: White Album
  • Reading: The Big Pink Job
  • Watching: One Piece
  • Playing: with your souls
  • Eating: your souls
  • Drinking: NOTHING
has somehow magically without me realizing it come to launch. Which feels... strange and giddy to me. How did this happen? Two years of planning man. And now I am here.

By which I mean YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

Welcome to the Express

Synopsis: The adventures of 9-year-old Marie after she stows away in a train that she had found in a forest. The guests are strange and the crew is friendly...apart from the Conductor and head honcho Mr. David Q, who apparently has a permanent stick up his you-know-where. Did we mention the train goes to the ticketholder's personal paradise, where they most want to be, the place of their dreams? Marie's willing to work for her own golden ticket.

So basically if you like little girls, trains, and cranky old scottish men, this comic is for you.

...oh shit, that sounds like a horrible combination D: WELL, IT'S STUFF I LIKE SO STFU.

By which I mean, please read! Thanks a bunch. :3 Update schedule is anywhere from Friday to Sunday at Midnight.
  • Listening to: White Album
  • Reading: The Big Pink Job
  • Watching: One Piece
  • Playing: with your souls
  • Eating: your souls
  • Drinking: NOTHING
I was going to start working on deviantDEAD again, and then I discovered that half of my comic thumbnails are missing--FOR FUCK'S SAKE AUGH. Do I really have to redraw everything again? RAAAAAAAAAARGH

Anyway, I really should finish deviantDEAD, though comparing my fourth round to the fifth, I get all disappointed in myself. I worked so hard to make the fourth round pretty, coloring it and plotting out every background + details, and then, under time pressure, decided to just bash at the fifth round with a "must get this done" hammer. I'd really like my remaining pages to be in full color, like the last chapter... and if possible, to go back and redo the first pages of the chapter so that it looks presentable.

I was considering setting deviantDEAD up as a webcomic at the moment, with weekly or biweekly updates so that I can get it done at a steady pace, and hopefully renew interest in what's going on. Though considering how many pages I have left, that might mean taking 3 months or so to get this last round done, including the final epilogue. EESH! Though, to be honest, I'm not under much time pressure at the moment, I don't think... but all the same. :c

I really want to finish this comic. Before this round started, I had begun scripting/planning/drawing my actual webcomic (You know, the one with TRAINS that i've been planning for years), and had decided to put that on a couple month hiatus while I finished DeviantDEAD, which is where I get all sad inside thinking about, because that might mean having to push it back a little more. Or I can work on everything simultaneously... Who knows?

All I know is that I want to make what I have left of this round worth reading.

But first, redrawing those fucking page plans AUGH. >8C
  • Listening to: White Album
  • Reading: The Big Pink Job
  • Watching: One Piece
  • Playing: with your souls
  • Eating: your souls
  • Drinking: NOTHING
Went onto tumblr today and saw a very familiar picture roaming around...

Namely this one:



Anyone who's looked on my front page too long knows that it's my webcam on this site! I had sort of mixed feelings about seeing it there. Because, first off, I didn't draw that cartoon. And that isn't even the whole cartoon. I tried to take a picture of the original (which I have), but my camera's fucked up at the moment so that'll have to wait.

But. The original irrelephant cartoon is by a funny cartoonist named Zach Phillips, and it was a clipping straight from the Daily Nexus, the school newspaper from University of California Santa Barbara. And as happy as I am that my edit of the cartoon is being seen (I know it's my edit, because it's less than half of the original cartoon and in a completely different composition) , I feel really bad for good old Zach Phillips, who has made me laugh on more than one occassion.

I know it's totally unnecessary to point all this out, really, because rounds on tumblr is harmless, but I just wanted people to know the origin of that elephant. Zach deserves some credit.  

Thanks for listening to my silly ramblings! The more you know.
  • Listening to: White Album
  • Reading: The Big Pink Job
  • Watching: One Piece
  • Playing: with your souls
  • Eating: your souls
  • Drinking: NOTHING
I didn't know that they had laid off Ivan, the art technician.

Went to a rally regarding the budget cuts in California and the CSU system.

I came for the pizza, I left a little bit upset and reminded of things that I had stopped paying attention to when the work pile got huge XD

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
  • Listening to: Han Solo talking
  • Reading: Perfect Storm - Sebastian Unger
  • Watching: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Playing: with your souls
  • Eating: your souls
  • Drinking: NOTHING
I hate being a Filipino who can't speak Tagalog.

It's not so much that I can't understand what my parents are saying when they're arguing or talking behind my back, nor is it that I have relatives with very poor English who can't articulate well apart from Tagalog. And I've dealt with my dad calling me a coconut (brown on the outside, white on the inside--thanks dad >.> ), even though I think that personally he's gotta take some blame for not raising me on the language; am I supposed to have some magical filipino gene that makes me speak tagalog along with liking nilaga and white rice?.

>:C but RIGHT NOW mostly it's cuz i can't read this fucking awesome looking graphic novel.

HEY, ANY FILIPINO OUT THERE WHO'S READ "ANG MUNDO NI ANDONG AGIMAT" BY ARNOLD ARRE? My auntie sent her secretary got me this a few years ago, and I finally got to completely flipping through it. I can understand a tiny itty bitty little bit of it, as well as picked up on the idea of mutants/meta-humans and shitloads of violence and ass kicking, mixed with a lot of superstition and pretty cool black and white art work...

But still. No idea on a lot of the details.

So if anyone can heeeeelp...

Oh well, it's fun to look at anyway. I like it when people can make places actually look really grungy and dirty.
  • Listening to: Han Solo talking
  • Reading: Perfect Storm - Sebastian Unger
  • Watching: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Playing: with your souls
  • Eating: your souls
  • Drinking: NOTHING
1. Is it possible for me to become Jackie Chan when i grow up? Not like Jackie Chan, BECOME Jackie Chan. I don't know if it's because I'm Asian or if it's because of my childhood, or if I just appreciate the genius of prop comedy mixed with martial arts, or if it's me lamenting the fact that my accent has slowly become more and more American over the years, but like...

Do i have to eat his heart or something? Can someone get that for me? Thanks.

2. Does anyone remember the old MIB series from the 90's? I've been let it play while I work. I realize how much I fucking loved that cartoon and I wish I could have some more, please :c

Though I was slightly irritated at the comment someone made saying "90's cartoons, please come back and show the people who make today's cartoons how it's done. Signed -your generation" because I believe that there are good cartoons these days if you're open to them...Plus the fact that the people who are making today's cartoons I know for a fact grew up with the 80's and 90's stuff that we want them to learn from so... Seriously, people.

WHICH I GUESS IS SLIGHTLY IRONIC FOR ME TO SAY AS THE POINT OF THIS IS TO SAY "AUUUGH I WANT MORE 90'S CARTOON, GIVE ME." :c It makes me want to make epic cartoons.

3. AUGH THERE IS NO REAL TIME EVER FOR ANYTHING I HAVE SO MUCH TO DO WHY AM I WASTING IT DREAMING ABOUT JACKIE CHAN AND ALIENS FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU--
  • Listening to: Han Solo talking
  • Reading: Perfect Storm - Sebastian Unger
  • Watching: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Playing: with your souls
  • Eating: your souls
  • Drinking: NOTHING