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Hi everyone,

a while back I used to have a DA chat, but we've moved to discord now.
Since I've never announced my new hangout officially, I thought I'd finally share. 
Please read the rules before joining us, thank you. :>

Link

Rules, guidelines & general info

1. Don't be a douchebag.
2. The chat has some strong language and crude humour. Recommended for 18 and above. 
3. NSFW content MUST BE TAGGED and the automatic preview turned OFF. (add < at the beginning, > at the end of your link.)
4. I don't critique artwork, sorry. But feel free to share and discuss it with everyone. :) 
5. No roleplaying.

Have fun! ♥

Mikiko
  • Reading: David Gemmel Waylander
  • Playing: Overwatch
  • Eating: Vegetables and fruit
  • Drinking: Coffee
[Update] Translator and proof readers have been found! Thanks for all the offers, you guys are life savers :) 

Hey everyone,

right now I'm looking for a few native french speakers Flag of French Guiana with experience in translation for the french version of the digital mini comic, and was hoping one of you may be able to help. (All my go to people were too busy) 
Technically I speak french myself, but it's been a while so it's too rusty, and the Christmas rush has started now, making it impossible to find the time... OTL

If you're interested, please send me a note with your info, and we can have a chat. ^^
Currently I'm looking for one translator and then 1-2 proofreaders.

Requirements:
1. Must be 18 or older
2. Must be native level in written french
3. Must be okay with criticism
4. Must be easy to contact

Let me know what you think and what you'd expect for compensation as well.
Thanks!

Mikiko ♥
  • Reading: David Gemmel Waylander
  • Playing: Overwatch
  • Eating: Vegetables and fruit
  • Drinking: Coffee
Hermes Kl by Zombiesmile
Hermes has lost not one, but TWO of my parcels containing all books and prints I was going to sell at MCM this weekend. 
I had ordered two weeks ago, totally sure that it is more than enough time for the shipment to arrive, but I was wrong. 

Now I am scrambing to get some last minute prints done, which will arrive tomorrow afternoon. 
I will bring: 
Silk Night Sky by Zombiesmile Butterflies by Zombiesmile

Mature Content

Union Jack by Zombiesmile
Silent Scout by Zombiesmile (A3 prints) 

and

Decora Demon by Zombiesmile in A5 (seperate) 

as well as some Mini Comic goodies, but without book. T_T

Since this is a catastrophic situation, I will bring my art supplies and will be drawing a little to make up for it. 
Gotta cut my losses and try to cover my expenses at least.

Hope to see a few of you tomorrow, regardless. ; _ ; 

Mikiko

PS: there's a reason Hermes has 1 star out of 5 on every review site. I've learned my lessons. stay away! >_<
  • Reading: David Gemmel Waylander
  • Watching: Little Witch Academia
  • Playing: Overwatch
  • Drinking: Coffee
Just hanging out for an hour or so!

Link

Mikiko
  • Reading: David Gemmel Waylander
  • Watching: FMA Brotherhood
  • Playing: Overwatch
  • Drinking: Coffee
Hello everyone, 

I've recently moved to a smaller flat in London and lack space for a lot of things. 
After throwing away a lot, here's a handful of items that are in perfectly good shape, that someone else might find better use for. :) 
(Wasting things is something I struggle with!)

Let me know via note if there's anything you'd like to have! 

Shipping prices can be found here
If you're interested in something and are unsure about shipping, let me know which country you are in, if you want standard or tracked, and I can give you an estimate. 

Payment would be through Paypal.

DVD/BLURAY, PS4, PSP games DVDs Blurays, Games by Zombiesmile Books: English & German Books English / German by Zombiesmile Japanese Japanese Manga by Zombiesmile
Anime Merch, Other:  Electronics, Anime merch, other by Zombiesmile Jewelry: Jewelry by Zombiesmile Kimono: Kimono by Zombiesmile Fashion/Cos/Loli: Fashion, Lolita by Zombiesmile 

Please remember this is first come first serve, and that I might need a while to respond. As soon as I sell something, I will update the image and mark things as sold!
Thanks so much for checking it out! C:

Mikiko
  • Watching: Legend of Korra
  • Playing: Overwatch
  • Drinking: green tea
Hi! 

First off, THANKS for helping spread the word about my Kickstarter667 backers pledged £14,101 in total.... which is completely insane and definitely not what I was expecting! ^o ^ The book will come out as schedule in June/July, if all goes well.

Now, I am attending the Leipzig Bookfair (Manga Comic Con) this weekend. 23rd to 26th of March.
Here's just a few things I want to share with my German fans who plan on going: 
LBM artike p1 by ZombiesmileLBM artike p2 by Zombiesmile

If you're around, I'd love if you popped by to say hi! C:

All items will be in my shop (after the fair, reprinting etc) in mid to late April. My shop is currently closed until I return, but once it reopens, you can order things here
See you soon! ♥

Mikiko

PS: The comics listed above except 'RAMEN' are all available in GERMAN here. c:



  • Playing: Overwatch
  • Drinking: Red Bull
banner-KS 2 by Zombiesmile

[Update!] We've reached our goal and also our first stretch goal! Next stretch goal is coming up, we can do this!


Hello everyone!

You might have wondered why there haven't been many updates recently, and the reason is, I was planning and preparing this Mini Comic Kickstarter!
It will be running for 30 days and I hope we can reach the goal together.

I am super excited to finally make this project a reality, and hope some of you might help me get the word out. ^w ^
Please share and I will love you forever. ♥

Thanks so much for reading and enjoying my work, it means a lot!
Mikiko
  • Playing: Overwatch
  • Drinking: Green Tea
Hello hello! ^o ^

Last weekend was the 17th Comic Salon Erlangen, where I attended the award ceremony for the big award you guys have been busily voting for...
Well, what can I say, thanks to everyone who voted, we did it! 
It was REAL CLOSE (only a handful difference to the next guy) in the end, but we beat the odds. 

Here's a few pictures of the event and the day after. c:
(Full report is on my Patreon. ^w^)

on stage by Zombiesmile 
Preis by Zombiesmile
Hooray! being on stage was pretty crazy, I think my voice might have cracked a bit. 
Also took quick pic in the hotel, which I sent to all my friends and family to annouce the results!
(probably woke a few people since it was real late then! Oops...)

woooo by Zombiesmile
Proudly posing with the medallion and my buddy Chris by Pyramond's booth the next morning. ♥
We celebrated the night before and were mostly running on caffeine.

If you're interested, here's an article about all winners. (German) 
Also, a video of my short banter with Hella von Sinnen (comedienne and host).




So again, thank you so so much! This really means a lot to me, and I will do my best to make it up to all of you.
There's a bunch of new art and projects coming up. Can't wait to share!

Hugs & Kisses, 
Mikiko
  • Listening to: Sigur Ros
  • Reading: Legend - David Gemmell
  • Playing: Overwatch
  • Drinking: Cold Latte Macchiato vanilla
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[Edit 27.4.2016] Updated voting link for the final round! This will determine the winner. :)

Hello, how are you doing today?

It's a bit sudden to ask for help once again, but man, I AM SO EXCITED!
There's this thing in Germany called Max und Moritz Preis, which, for comic artists, is one of the coolest things you can get nominated for.... AND GUESS WHAT, Crash 'n' Burn, my Manga (read it here), has been nominated this year!
:iconexcitedplz:
Last year I won the golden Kibo 'best Mangaka award' thanks to your amazing flood of votes but it never arrived, and honestly, I was crushed.
Now this chance presents itself, I just couldn't help but ask you again selfishly, to perhaps make a dream of mine happen.
♥ ; - ; 
You can vote here, by selecting Crash 'n' Burn from the list and then hit Absenden.
If you could get friends to vote too, that would be awesome!

Voting ends May 26th.

Thanks so much for helping me out. I owe you big time.


(my actual face right now is more like this: :iconcryforeverplz: )

Hugs & kisses,
Mikiko
  • Listening to: myself freaking out.
  • Playing: Rocket League
  • Drinking: Cafe Latte


(English below)

Hallo! 

Bist du aus Hamburg oder am Samstag in Hamburg? Ich werde um 14-18h im Wacom Experience Center, Rentzelstraße 36-40 sein und auf der Launchparty einen Workshop geben. C:
Ich kenne mich nicht so gut aus dort, also würde ich mich sehr freuen wenn ein paar Leute auftauchen! 
Hier ist die ganze Info zum Event: Click!
^o^
Freue mich schon tierisch! Bin nur etwas nervös weil ich nicht weiß wieviele kommen weil die LBM zeitgleich ist...! 
Hoffe jeder bringt Freunde mit... 
Wer will kann auch meine Mangas mitbringen, ich habe immer signierstifte dabei. ♥

Freue mich auf dich!
Mikiko

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Hi!
Are you in Hamburg this Saturday? I will be at the Wacom Experience Center, Rentzelstraße 36-40 from 2-6pm and will hold a workshop, chat and present a new tablet at the Wacom launchparty. C: 
I am not very familiar with the area, so I'd be super happy if people showed up. Here's more info on the event (German): Click!
^o^
I'm super excited about this, but also slightly nervous since the biggest german con is running at the same time in Leipzig....! 
Hope you bring friends...
You can also bringt my manga, I always have my signing pens on me.♥

Can't wait to see you there!
Mikiko
  • Reading: Brene Brown - Daring Greatly
  • Playing: SWTOR
  • Drinking: Cafe Latte
Hello!

I recently added Scout and Carmen (both A4) as well as Autumn Leaves (A5) to my store!
They're all printed on 250mg² paper (nice and sturdy!) ♥

:star: New!          :star: New!          :star: New!
Silent Scout by Zombiesmile   Carmen Rylatar by Zombiesmile   Autumn Leaves by Zombiesmile

There's also a handful of items on sale, since I am no longer printing them anymore, so check them out before they're gone. :> 

SALE ITEMS (starting at $2.50)

Mature Content

Medusa by Zombiesmile
Red Blades by Zombiesmile Amazing Japan - Calendar Cover by Zombiesmile Fire and Brimstone by Zombiesmile Tiger Warrior by Zombiesmile Qilin by Zombiesmile Ko's Study by Zombiesmile

Thanks for checking it out! (✿◠‿◠)

Mikiko
  • Listening to: Sigur Ros
  • Reading: Brene Brown - Daring Greatly
  • Playing: SWTOR
  • Eating: Milchschnitte
  • Drinking: Latte Macchiato


Heya,

it's been a while since I wrote up a journal.
The past week I've been in London and I am planning to go to Bristol this Friday! The reason for my trip is to visit a friend, who is opening up a board game café in the centre of Bristol in March.
I've been following the progress closely and might have had a tiny hand in helping with the logo~ *cough*
Today, they finally launched a kickstarter to help with the last bit of funds to make the opening as awesome as can be.

Now, I figured, I am a massive nerd who loves games and board games (pen & paper as well!) and I figure, well someone among my watchers must be like me even just a little, right?!
So if you're from around the area and want to see this come to life, please check this out! 
Or alternatively, just share with friends and family. c:

It would be awesome if we could all hang out and play games there soon!Emoji04
Cheers~ 

Miki

 
UPDATE: Deviantart has wiped my description and won't let me comment on my own work, since it thinks it's spam.
Issue has been fixed!

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I am pretty upset, since I put a lot of work into writing a heartfelt description with all the necessary info on my post about Scar's preorder. 

Mature Content

SCARS pre-order OPEN! by Zombiesmile

When I tried to comment on my own work, it says I can't. - _ - 
Errors everywhere. Anyway, I tried to rewrite the description as accurately as possible.

Original description

Since spring this year I've been working on this new project and it's finally done! 
Scars is the first comic I am bringing out since my work with Tokyopop, and I it's been entirely funded by people supporting me on Patreon. ^o ^ Thanks so much for making this possible!

Here's a bit of info for you.

Genre: Hentai, Fantasy
Pages: 48, black and white
Price: €7
Languages: German and English
Ships worldwide

I am so excited! Pyramond also makes sure I get a much bigger share of royalties than anywhere else since they're still quite indie, so every sold book supports me greatly!

Buy the German version
Buy the English version

Here's an English translation of the order form! (Vereinigte Staaten is USA)

:la:
Hope you'll like it.

For more erotic works, check my tumblr called  silk-and-opium. (Cannot link due to DA rules. NSFW)

(This post is flagged as mature content since you need to be 18 to order)*

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*this obviously no longer applies since I can't flag journals as far as I know.
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  • Reading: Color and Light A guide for the realist painter.
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Hey everyone,

just testing out twitch for a bit. Feel free to join.
My Twitch Channel

Rules: don't be a dick, no links/spam, and respect the mods. Thanks!

〜( ̄▽ ̄〜)
Mikiko
  • Listening to: radwimps
  • Playing: BL2
  • Drinking: Latte
Hi everyone! 

Thanks for the feedback on the last journal, I will give Twitch a whirl sometime when I have the time and keep all your advice in mind. :3

Now, I updated my Tapastic by adding a 'series' of my tutorials (all available in my gallery here too) and thought, I'd really like to make a few more.
My next Patreon goal would unlock monthly tutorials, so I want to plan ahead, even if I my total hasn't changed in 6-7 months. xD When I do hit the goal eventually, I want to be prepared.

When I do art streams, I generally get repeated questions that are ansered in my FAQ, so I plan on including some of those if I can, too.

Here's some ideas.

1. What tools do you use/tools in general
2. How can I draw like you/practice and essentials
3. Critique
4. Panels
5. Backgrounds
6. Toning
7. Inking
8. Character design basics
9. How to get a publisher (comic edition)
10. Cel shading
11. Anatomy
12. posing/perspective
13. watercolour /traditional art 
14. Drawing from/with reference
15. Drawing hair
16. Basic writing tips for artists
17. How to AVOID making a Mary Sue
18. Hands and feet
19. Drawing fabric
20. How to draw wings (fairy/demon/angel)
21. What is a 'style' and why you shouldnt worry about it.
22. Drawing animals
23. How to price your commissions

^adding ideas as they come in. thanks!

Let me know what sort of tutorial you need, want or can't find! 
Tell me what sort of thing you'd like to see explained. I will collect these and make a list for myself of the most popular ones. 
No promises when I will get around to it, but I wanna have time to think about how to set them up. C: 

Thanks!
Mikiko
  • Listening to: radwimps
  • Playing: BL2
  • Drinking: Latte
So recently a lot of people joined my chat (thanks guys!) and many have asked if I plan on streaming again...but instead of art, GAMES that I play. I was surprised, to say the least, but hey, I am up to try something new if there's a demand and who knows, it could be fun.

So I went and made a twitch account/channel (sadly, all the names I wanted where taken of course. T_ T).
My drawing streams have become so crowded and unmanageable that I have been avoiding them outside of Patreon, but I'd probably need mods and setting up a stream may end up being a lot of work.  So I guess what I want to know is, do you watch streams on twitch? 
Would you be interested?

Personally I don't follow any streamers because I find it boring to watch people play games for the most part, but that's why I am asking you. XD For all I know I am just a really boring gamer. haa. If enough people want to see me clumsily play, I am willing to give it a whirl at least.

Thanks in advance for reading and commenting! I probably can't reply to everyone, but I do read and appreciate it when you guys give me feedback. :3

Mikiko

PS: Games I'd play are probably older ones I just feel like playing. Currently Borderlands 2, Terraria, Hearthstone. 
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  • Drinking: Latte
This week is a week of thank yous.
I just returned from Gamescom and met lots of wonderful people, my life's been amazing ever since I got Patreon, and now, DeviantArt is turning 15.
The 10 years I spent here were full of ups and downs, but mostly ups. 

Being mentioned so many times as your 'all time favourite artist', I just really want you to know how grateful I am. DA has always been and probably will remain, my internet home.
Since I get a lot of memes and tags from people, I figure this is the one I might have to join in for once. :3 
Enjoy.
  1.  How long have you been on DeviantArt? 10 years.
  2. What does your username mean? Just a zombie's smile. Wanted to change my name to 'Mikiko' for years, but it's taken and a dead account. :C
  3. Describe yourself in three words. Positive, hard-working, silly
  4. Are you left or right handed? Right.
  5. What was your first deviation? I don't remember, probably some Death Note fanart.
  6. What is your favourite type of art to create? Comics, anime style.
  7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? Lineless digital painting. 
  8. What was your first favourite? According to my favs, this one, but I am sure I removed some older ones at some point.
  9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most? Stuff I want to learn from. Things I can't draw that way.
  10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist? Endling.
  11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? I'd like to meet einlee, kidchan and a few others I've been admiring for many years. :3
  12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life? Met my best friend who encouraged me to draw more original work. I then just quit fanart altogether and today I am known for my own ideas.
  13. What are your preferred tools to create art? Pencils and Paint tool Sai.
  14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art? At home, where no one can interrupt me. (preferrably at night)
  15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory? When my ex had a medical emergency (USA), Deviantart got together and raised an insane amount of money to help him out. To this day, it's one of the most amazing things I've ever experienced. 

Hope you all have a great summer. ♥

~Mikiko
  • Drinking: Coffee
Hi everyone, 

I have been considering getting a Cintiq for a while now, especially after having done work for Wacom before. Unfortunately, the price is always the reason I keep pushing back the purchase. 
My aim is to get a 22HD, but then I started seeing more and more people using BOSTO as an alternative. 

If any of you have experience with BOSTO, would you mind sharing with me? 
Is the quality acceptable?
Driver trouble? (I have a lot of Wacom driver problems)
Affordable extras? (Wacom extras are extremely overpriced)

Sadly all the reviews I find are either amazing, or horrible, no middle ground. This makes it difficult for me to judge if I should take the risk. 
Either way I will save up, but even with my discount (as a Wacom partner), the price of Bosto tablets are hard to ignore.  u _ u 

Thanks for taking your time to read/comment! 

Mikiko
  • Listening to: Pandora.com
  • Watching: Aibou
  • Drinking: Coffee
Hello my dear watchers! 

Some of you may have been wondering where I have been lately, but worry not! I am not dead. 
In fact, very much the opposite!

The past moonth or so, I have been travelling a lot (visiting family in Japan, going to a czech con, working on a new manga project!) and actively posting updates on Patreon about these events.
Mini comics are sorta kinda on a hold for now, because I am doing a Patreon-exclusive series that is not yet completed. (Miki's Japan trip travel comic!)
As a result, things seem very quiet here.

If you feel like getting more frequent updates though, I have been recently using my Twitter more for tiny updates and photos, especially when I am on the road. Instagram also, though not quite as frequently.
♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪ Feel free to follow me there! 
<- clicky ♥
I do have a tendency to show a more personal side (selfies, and yes... those pesky food-photos) though, so you have been warned. XD

Just thought it's pretty nice to keep you all informed, since DA is still my main hub and online place I call home.
Hope you're all doing well! 
Thanks so much for your favourites and comments too, I read everything, but don't always have time to respond to all. 

Hugs!

Mikiko
  • Listening to: Nightwish Radio (pandora.com)
  • Reading: Amanda Palmer, The Art of Asking
  • Watching: Better Call Saul
  • Playing: Pillars of Eternity
  • Drinking: red bull red edition
[English below!]

Hallo meine Lieben,

Crash'n'Burn wurde von der Animania für den diesjährigen Award nominiert! 
www.animania.de/animania-award…
Voting endet am 30. Juni, 2015.

Ich bin total aufgeregt weil ich es diemal nicht komplett verpennt habe, und würde mich mega über eure Stimmen freuen. > ///v///< ♥ Danke!

LG~
Mikiko

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Hey everyone,

Crash 'n' Burn has been nominated for the Animania award this year! Even though the actual voting is probably Germany-only, feel free to tell your german friends about it or something. XD (obviously you can vote however you like, but I'd truly appreciate your vote for my work.<333)

www.animania.de/animania-award…

Voting ends on June 30th, 2015.

Cheers! 
Mikiko
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  • Reading: Comments! ♥
  • Drinking: red bull