Trust the process

October 16th, 2017

1. Script

The script is written directly on the comic pages, so you know how many pages the comic will be. This is especially important when there is a strict page limit. This also lets you know how much space you need for the dialogue bubbles, narration boxes, and sound effects.

Page 1 script
Page 1b script

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Ephemeral Unnatural Balance

June 27th, 2015

For the past few months, I have been working on character illustrations for the Toho Project fangame Ephemeral Unnatural Balance, developed by ExPorygon.

See a demo of the game (that uses my illustrations!) here.

Like traditional Toho games, this fangame has a strange English title and a three-stage playable demo. Here are the character illustrations for the first three stages.

Playable Characters
Rin Satsuki
Kasen Ibaraki

Stage 1 Midboss: Mononobe-no-Futo
Stage 1 Boss: Soga-no-Tojiko
Stage 2 Midboss: Minoriko Aki
Stage 2 Boss: Shizuha Aki
Stage 3 Midboss: Aya Shameimaru
Stage 3 Boss: Momiji Inubashiri

In the story, the balance of power in Gensokyo has suddenly turned upside down. Servants have become masters, and the apocryphal Rin Satsuki has become the resolver of incidents. Who is behind all this? The answer will surprise you.


December 21st, 2014

Twitter user @sfried0, from Florida, gave me my first commission since 2009. I offered him the same rate of $2/hour that I charged back in the day. His request was to draw his original character, the Aria-esque heroine Mayumi, in an art gallery demonstrating her Relm/Harold-like ability to bring her pictures to life. I committed 25 hours to not only draw the picture, but to describe my process.

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Search for Tomorrow

November 29th, 2014

A brief history of my NIS America art contest submissions.

NIS America Winter Art Contest (2006)
Game: “Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories”
Submission: “Wizards of Winter”

Result: Consolation Prize
Prize: Prinny and Ledgem stuffed toys.

Embarrassment: Low. Stuffed toys are socially acceptable.

Ar tonelico 2 Art Contest (2009)
Game: “Ar tonelico 2: Melody of Metafalica”
Submission: “Melody of Metafalica”

Result: Winner
Prize: Jacqli dakimakura.

Embarrassment: High. But at least it wasn’t Cocona.

Firefly Diary Art Contest (2014)
Game: “Hotaru no Nikki (The Firefly Diary)”
Submission: “Search for Tomorrow”

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Result: Who knows?
Prize: Hopefully, a limited edition version of the game with my entry printed on a canvas.
Embarrassment: None (whether I win or lose).

Twilight Campaign

September 30th, 2014

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Intermission (2)

September 23rd, 2014

I’ve run out of jokes for Lotus Cobra is Evil. Of course, the logical thing to do is start upgrading all the old strips. But whenever I try to do that, I get bored really fast. The mark of a professional is to forge ahead and do your job even when you don’t feel like it, so I’ll have one upgraded strip for you next week. Since the upgrades take less time to do than the new ones, I’ll have spare time to draw the stuff I feel more like drawing.

I’m sorry for not being able to keep my promise to give you one new strip and one upgraded old one every week. I’m no better than a politician or a sports league commissioner.

This week, you get an intermission with stuff from some other card game. My hope is that I will get my motivation back eventually.

Shion and Silk are from Tanto Cuore: Expanding the House.

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For some reason, these two are my favorite characters from the first expansion. Maybe it’s because they have that heroine look to them. You can totally see them flying down the corridors of some mansion, dodging the knives thrown by some enemy maid.

Wrath of God

September 16th, 2014

So the Theros expansion block of Magic the Gathering was about Heliod, the sun god, recruiting the planeswalker Elspeth Tirel to be his champion. Xenagos, a planeswalker who had found a way to achieve godhood, was sowing chaos across the universe as a new god of destruction. Heliod’s godly power and Elspeth’s planeswalker power were enough to defeat the planeswalker god, and Theros was saved.

And then Heliod killed Elspeth. The official statement was that he was afraid that Elspeth might want to become a god too. Heliod is such a jackass, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that the official statement is a total lie. Heliod’s true reason is much more detestable.

It’s been said that God hates Cleveland.

That’s totally not true. Any city with Bill Watterson and Mike Polk cannot be hated by the Judeo-Christian God, or any other gods.

Now as for Cleveland sports

well, some gods hate Cleveland sports.

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Nice Boat

September 9th, 2014

Today would be the perfect day for Diamond Faerie and her mother Frost Titan to debut on Lotus Cobra is Evil. But unfortunately, I was unable to come up with a satisfactory joke.

Instead, today we commemorate the demise of the Ship creature type, which now exists only in the joke set Unhinged.

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Jace vs. Vraska

September 2nd, 2014

When Jace was younger, he would sometimes dress in a non-traditional manner for fun. But now that he’s the Living Guildpact, a government official tasked with keeping the peace between the diverse guilds of Ravnica, he’s a lot more concerned about his image…

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Be Very Afraid

August 19th, 2014