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Trust the process

Monday, 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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Touhou Tuesday Interview

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

My interview with Touhou Tuesday aired last Tuesday, April 17.

The show has been archived here so you can listen to it.

Like I said in the show, I’ll be at SP13 in the exhibition hall at Sakura-Con with my publisher, Doujin Press.

Thanks to Scott (@TouhouTuesday) for having me on the show.

Thank you to my Japanese readers

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Motomachitencho, who has been kind enough to translate my Toho comics into Japanese, asked me to write a message for all of my Japanese readers.

If you have followed me on pixiv, or bookmarked, rated, linked to, or commented on any of my works on pixiv, thank you. I am honored to receive your feedback.

Often I visit the pixiv page of a person who bookmarks me, to see what interests they have that line up with my work. Once, my book Autumn Children, starring Lunasa and Shizuha, was bookmarked by an artist named Harusame. When I visited his page, I saw that he had drawn over 300 pictures of Lunasa. It was easy to conclude that he had bookmarked Autumn Children because of his love for Lunasa. I am proud to be bookmarked by a super-fan like him.

Sometimes I know the name of someone who follows me. For example, I once saw that I had been followed by Gensoukoumuten, who Western Toho fans consider one of Gensokyo’s master storytellers. I am flattered that he would find something to like in my stories. I am proud to be followed by a highly regarded creator like him.

Most of the Twitter tweets that link to my work on pixiv are in Japanese, and I can’t read them. But I am proud even of tweets that I can’t understand. It means that my work made a strong enough impression on someone that they want to share that work with their friends.

On the English forums where I’ve shown my work, many of my mistakes have been pointed out. The flow of the dialogue is weak, and the characters don’t differentiate themselves by their way of speaking. I’m not good at drawing character expressions, and often the faces of different characters look the same. My line art is sloppy, and I seldom use screen tones. Whenever I get a low rating on pixiv, I wonder if it’s because of one of my known weaknesses, or of some other fault I’m not yet aware of. But even a low rating is an honor to me. It shows that a user cared enough to tell me to do better next time.

Again, thank you for everything. Thank you for the comments, the bookmarks, the follows, the links, and the ratings, high and low.

I put a lot of effort into my works. I try to make each new work better than the previous one, by overcoming my weaknesses as an artist and a writer. And I do this because people like you are waiting to see what my next work will be.

Adrian Ferrer (Sixten)
Seattle, Washington, USA

PS. Once again, thanks to Motomachitencho, who translated Fairy Ring, Autumn Children, and Use Your Illusion into Japanese. I wouldn’t be getting all this feedback from Japanese readers on pixiv if he hadn’t made it possible for them to read my work.

Notice of silence

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Drawings will continue at the rate of 10 hours a week, but there will be no new blog posts until Sunday, October 27, 2013. On that day the complete first chapter of Use Your Illusion will appear.


illustration: HAL

Twitter will continue to have updates, but they will probably be mostly about food and sports.

Everybody wants Reisen

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

After finishing the second page of Use Your Illusion, I stopped. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go through with it. I felt like I had typecast myself, and should do something new, something with more action, something that wasn’t an optimistic story filled with round-faced children.

I contacted my brother (a far better writer than myself) and he promised to give me a story to work with.

Then, at Sakura-Con:


Sanae (male cosplayer with amazing outfit): Your Toho books are awesome. I’ll take one copy of each.

Me: Thank you.

Sanae: What’s your next book going to be like?

Me: I’m not sure. I started on a Youmu x Reisen book… (takes out a cheap inkjet print of the Use Your Illusion cover.)

Sanae: And of course it has Sanae.

Me: It’s a rule on Pixiv that all Youmu x Reisen pairings must be moderated by Sanae.

Sanae: I’m glad you know the rules. Just last week I read a doujin where Tewi gives Sanae a potion and she drinks it like this… (poses with a foot up on a box like Captain Morgan and pretends to drink a potion.)

Me: And Sanae turns into a small catgirl, and proceeds to troll the crap out of Youmu and Reisen.

Sanae: Wait, you know that doujin?

Me: Nyan-Pani, by Soichiro Hoshino.

Sanae: I approve the hell out of your Youmu x Reisen book. You better have copies for sale next year.

Me: I’ll think about it.

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The Learning Pad (14 hours) – COMPLETE

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Thanks to my allergy medication, I’m currently on a $2 per day “Breathing-the-Air Tax”, but despite the whole being dependent on medicine for a normal life thing, I’m actually feeling pretty good – neither spacey nor congested in the face of a high pollen count and looking forward to the convention.

So anyway, the world needs some more Cirno x Suwako:


Full size

It’s based on The Learning Pad in Port Washington, Wisconsin.

Sixten @ Sakura-Con 2013, March 29-31

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

From March 29-31, I will be representing my publisher, DoujinPress, at Sakura-Con. I will be staffing a table and selling Fairy Ring, Autumn Children, and books by the other DoujinPress authors.

Also in attendance will be DoujinPress owner and yuri queen Kira, who is driving up from California, and fellow DoujinPress author Melanie Herring.

Spring is here and my allergies are worse than they’ve ever been. I’m spaced out from all the medicine I’m taking, although that’s way better than not being able to breathe through the nose. I also have a sinus headache that will not go away and keeps me from drawing or playing video games. In my experience I get used to the medicine after a while and the headaches stop, but right now all I want to do is sleep. I’m taking a break from everything except my job for the next week or so.

Things should be better by the time the convention rolls around. If you’re attending, I hope to see you there.

Edit: (March 23) Pollen counts are high but my medicine has proved equal to the task, and I’m neither congested not spacey. Let’s do this!

New front page

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

For the longest time, the front page of www.houseofsixten.com has contained nothing but a picture and a link.

Not anymore.

Notice what it says underneath the Autumn Children text.

That’s right, Autumn Children can now be preordered on DoujinPress. Please support your local Toho artist.

@houseofsixten

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Ever since Lotus Cobra is Evil gave me some measure of popularity, people have been recommending that I get a twitter account, @mtgcolorpie in particular saying “all the big kids are doing it”. But I don’t upgrade unless I need to – I’m the type that goes into a Verizon store and asks for “the dumbest phone available.”

What finally made me cave was reading the tweets about Autumn Children on pixiv and finding a conversation between @SekiyaHiroshi and @Minoriko_A_Key about asking me for permission to translate Autumn Children into Japanese. I tried to think of a way to join the conversation and let them know “it’s okay, go ahead,” and finally settled on the most obvious solution.

My twitter handle is also the most obvious, @houseofsixten.

Interesting twitter fact 1
This first tweet comes from @kenkyukan, where Takahiro has the following things to say about House of Sixten:

どうやらこの方は男性みたいなんですが、絵がかわいすぎますね。これは男性の描く絵じゃないわ・・・。それにとても日本的な絵柄。http://t.co/7W0ACdsO ブログのサブタイトルが「cute makes right(かわいいは正義)」とか日本を分かりすぎてて怖い。

My super weak and clumsy translation: “This person appears to be a man, but his art is too cute. These are not a man’s drawings… Also, the drawings are very Japanese in style. His blog’s subtitle is ‘cute makes right’ (‘kawaii wa seigi’), showing a scary understanding of Japan.”

I consider this a high compliment, and have tweeted my thanks to @kenkyukan. I wish I was better at Japanese so we could converse more freely.

Interesting twitter fact 2
Twitter’s artificial intelligence recommends that I follow @Gayarou. This is unusually dumb for artificial intelligence. Have I done anything to indicate that I would be interested in the things Gayarou does?

Status report
I am resting my hand after straining it during the wild rush to complete Autumn Children. When I have recovered I promise to start up A Song of Guns and Roses again. I apologize to the Youmu x Reisen fans for making you wait so long.

Kito no Yorozu 2

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

So it seems that my favorite Japanese illustrator, Kito, has decided to unleash another artbook upon the world.

Given what I had to pay for the first one, I’m hesitating to contact Kira to special order the second one.