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Madoka-themed art always makes me happy. I can't wait to watch the new movies based on the anime series.

So, for anyone wondering, the Gaiman thing was amazing. He read extracts of his new and upcoming books, and answered questions in a devilishly adorable manner. There was even a bit of Doctor Who talk. Very cute! I am quite smitten.

This weekend has been full of people. I headed out on Saturday with a friend to the center of town. We forgot there was an anime con and a gay event happening at the center of town this weekend. So we bathed in a sea of costumed, happy people having fun twice. In both cases, it was kinda suffocating but awesome. Unfortunately, we didn't have access passes for either events, so we just contemplated the fun in the crowd on the sidelines. My breath got taken away by the vision of the greatest Asuka (evangelion) cosplay i've ever seen.

In less fun news, i've been told at work that my fatigue was influencing the quality of my work at the bookstore, so i'm determined to take more vitamins, to go to sleep earlier and take more walks in the next couple of weeks. See if anything improves. Lately, i'm not sure if the fatigue is 100% work/comic work related. I feel like something else is off. I've also been getting constant headaches, so maybe a little something has been off in my body and needs to be re-aligned. We'll see.
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 So, lack of posting again. I'm sorry. Lately, it feels difficult to put one word in front of the other. Which is probably why i've been preferring tumblr-slash-deviant art where I can just silently toss drawings into the internet's void. I feel like I lack things to say. Generally, things go well, but i've been just working, sleeping and drawing day in and day out. I'm attempting to finish some comics. It's going well. I'm not feeling stressed in the least. I do feel a bit like a printer though.

At least I still have time to draw some magical girls. I've been obsessing over that genre lately.



Tomorrow, I get to meet one of my heroes. Neil Gaiman is coming to Montréal to talk about his new book and I managed to get tickets. I'm really excited. I love him because he's the type of writer I want to be. One that calculates when he writes his stories, so that every detail matters and is awesome. Not to mention his love and knowledge of mythology is impressive. I'm just... really psyched for this!

I'm putting the finishing touches on the inking for the final page of Namesake's third book. It's like, woah. I can't believe I managed to draw this much. This is like... 300 and then some pages of comics. It's far from being over, but I think at this point I know i'm going to see this through. I'm proud of myself for getting this far. There was a few slip ups along the way, story and art wise (and management wise, sorry about the kickstarter being slow, you guys). But still, I think we did good. Working on a webcomic is special, because it's more then a storytelling platform. It's a freaking masters class in comicking. Working every day, interacting with artists online, you are just always learning and improving. And you are never as close to your readers as you are on the internet, and they teach you a lot when they interact with you. Oh. And shipping is fun to mess around with.

It's cool during the night now. I love this time of year where I can just open the window and be snug in the blankets and feel awesome. This is a good month, you guys. 

Because it opens with a confty bed and some Neil Gaiman. Hee.


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 So for some reason, I wasn't really able to log into my account, and now I can, with the exact same password. No idea what happened there. 

So what's new, what's new?! Well, I started watching that new anime every one is raving about : Attack on titan. It's basically a story about a bunch of giant killers trying to survive in a merciless world thanks to big walls. It's good. I'm not... hugely into it. Something about it bugs me. It might be the hero. But in any case, it's nice to see an action show that respects it's female protagonists. It does have a different flavour then most of the anime released this season, and i'm always happy with something different!



I'm also deliriously happy that the How to train your dragon 2 trailer is out because hot damn I  want some of the amazingly animated flying action. The internet was somewhat baffled that Hiccup seems to have grown in a way that can only be qualified as the Neville longbottom effect. Awkward to hotty or your money back. I look forward to more dragonesque adventures. Too bad I need to wait about a year for it. 

I'm also casually taking advantage of the current sales to stock up on sweater for next winter. My workplace is really cold in the winter. I now have adorable sweater in all the colors of the rainbow. Aw yeah. 

Been trying to practice digital coloring. Mostly, i've been trying to find a style. It took me a while to find a style with my inking, so now I guess i'm up to colors. I'm currently insanely jealous of people who master color. Darn you talented rainbow tamers. Darn you all.

I've also dusted off a couple of my old projects. It's pretty much the season to go back to poking things other then Namesake. I'm pretty excited about it.

Here are a couple of things I drew but could not post due to whatever ate (or attempted to eat) my account.

Doodles )

Anywho, looking forward to adrawing this week, and maybe thinking of checking out Pacific Rim, the Evangelion of the West. 

Been enjoying the sun a lot. Cuz you know, it's not snow. Yeeeah.

-Isa


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 For some reason, i'm really focusing on period costume art right now. I got a couple of new books with gorgeous dresses, and i'm just going nuts. I honestly think that if I wasn't doing comics i'd be in fashion/costume design because noting makes me as happy as designing clothing. 

So far, June is disappointing. I was hoping to be able to run along in the grass under the warm, warm sun, but so far, i've been feeling like a cold, wet dog. It's rainy and brisk here in Montréal. I miss you, sunlight. Thankfully, strawberry season has started, so if I can't have sunlight, I can at least eat something that reminds me of it. Seasonal strawberries are much smaller and tastier then the big imported winter berries we get all year long. I adore it.

In other news, since all of facebook knows, may has well spill the beans.



Yup, i'm engaged. To "Link" as you folks know him, with whom i've shared 10 years of my life. He's a good fellah, and i'm happy about it. It's going to be super duper small and nerdy as far as weddings go for economical and personal reasons. But yay! Rejoicing is to be had! Whoop whoop!

Have some of the results of my historical costume obsession : A special Namesake update featuring Emma and Warrick in 1900 clothing and the cover of chapter 15 which just debuted recently, inspired by a pin-up girl seen in said design books :





Montréal and internet folks may have trouble catching me this week because i'm headed at my parents. But i'll be back! I'll be back for all of youuuuu!

-Isa
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May was pretty crazy. I'm glad it's almost over. Work was crazy since the schools are finishing up their budgets. Home was crazy because art and cons and contracts. This was a rough month. Thankfully, after this last con this weekend, it's vacation time! I'm going to take some time to hang with friends and visit New York. Woot woot. I just finished packing my suitcase - starting tomorrow i'm going to be in the states for a week.

Despite the serious busy crazies, I took a day mostly off for my birthday. I was indulged by my boyfriend and got to see Epic. For anyone interested, Epic was pretty decent, probably Blue Sky's best up to date. Rich world. Kinda felt like a mix between Narnia and Ferngully. The characters are really fun, the forest world is gorgeous and this movie wins the prize for "best use of product placement in plot" (it's an iphone - keep your eyes peeled for it). The villains could have used more work. There's this weird trend lately in animated features where the villains are kinda weak-ish (they lack motivations and backstories). The best one I saw lately was the Wreck-it-Ralph one, who was pretty scary.

In other news, I drew a lot of fanart lately, to produce for cons. I did a few non-fanart things, mostly educative stuff. I really love doing prints or posters with lists, or diagrams, or maps. Sorta like "all the types of time travel" or "Types of swords." This time, I made one about Lolitas, as in the Japanese fashion trend.



Full poster under cut. )

It's a fashion trend I adore, because it's basically like small pockets of history, walking around, inspired by Rococo and Victorian fashion and design. I wanted to draw two posters, one showing the different types of Lolitas, and the other showing the proper layering required to achieve the Lolita look. So far, i've only done the "type" one, but it's a good start!

Technically, only 4 "types" are actual types, the others are more like themes. The main 4 types are classic, punk, gothic and sweet.

I posted this on tumblr and it got like 8000 notes, so this bodes well for con sales...

Welp, off I go! Time to zip up my bags and prepare for adventure. 

See you all later!

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So, i'm pretty sure that's the longest i've ever gone without updating my LJ. Stuff got pretty crazy in the beginning of May, as predicted. Convention stuff started, so i've been going a bit nuts mixing preparing convention materials with comic pages. I've also been doing a lot of school contracts and administrative contracts, so i've felt glued to my chair. Good thing the weather has been moody lately. Because having gorgeous days while being trapped on a chair is torture.

Last week, I went to TCAF and shared a table with the creators of The End, a sci-fi webcomic. The artist, Ran, gave me some wonderful fanart of Namesake :



As always, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival was intense and amazing. I met so many friends while I was there. I also got to meet one of my comic heroes Boulet (and gave him a copy of Namesake, which was a bit nerve-wrecking! Aaah!) I got less books then last time. Last time, I filled an entire suitcase. This time, I only got 12 books. Pretty tame. We also had a large gathering of comic artists at a Korean Barbecue which lead of of them to write the most hilarious restaurant review i've ever read.

Now that's i'm back, i'm still sharing my time between contracts, comic pages and convention preparations. I've done a couple of mini prints, both fanart and fairy tale stuff.



This piece is inspired by one of my favorite fairy tale figures : Baba Yaga, an old witch who lives in an enchanted forest, rides a mortar instead of a broom, lives in a house with chicken legs and usually has three magical sons. I have an obsession with witches in general, but something about this old Russian spell caster really captures my imagination. Basically, this is a young version of her. I always loved stories about people gradually turning into witches or monsters...

And of course, I drew some doctor Who. 




And some Homestuck, although I don't know the story very well, I love the character designs : 




Now i'm working on some pony prints and possibly something with Madoka.... Hummm.

Back to work!

Isa
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I posted this on tumblr recently... It's the resume and an illustration I drew of a story I wrote as a pre-teen :

Life is pretty hard for Josephine, fourteen. Her mom accidentally killed a witch, and is now turning into one. There’s boxes everywhere in their new house, formerly her uncle’s. He’s still around though. He’s the fire spirit in the hart. A couple of the boxes went missing, taken by the power-hungry miniature warlocks in the attic. To top it off, Josephine has a big magical key for an invisible door, and a crush on a strange boy who eats fairies. And it’s raining.

Josephine and the house nobody wanted is a story I wrote in junior high. It was heavily influenced by all the European comics I read as a kid, but I still love it and feel the need to draw these guys once in a while. I should definitely revisit it once day.


I wrote a ton of stories when I was a kid and teen. Sometimes I feel the need to revisit them. None of these stories are that good. Several have predictable twists and turns, and sometimes completely rip-off stuff I was reading at the time. But each story has a little something I can build upon, which is why I keep my kid notebooks preciously.

Lately, i've been poking at my muse a lot, trying to find new things to do with my comics. I've been thinking that I wanted to try the one-panel webcomic format some artists have been doing (namely Emily Carroll and Michelle Czajkowski). It's a format that works nicely for visual storytelling, and seems to work well for kid's stories. I've seen it used for a couple of French comics too, such as Yaya's Ballad, that use one to three panels per page in these small, rectangular shaped pages : 






I really like this format. I really, really want to try it.

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Still working on making a zillion pages. Creating buffers is long!

The new Game of Throne episodes are quite tantalizing. It's too bad I don't have cable. I'll most likely do what I did for the first two seasons - watch them online and then buy the DVDs. I really like the ladies in this show. Especially Sansa and Dany, who display opposite spectrums of badass.

Last week I went to a Draw and Quarterly event : a talk by Alison Betchel (mostly know as the comic origin of the Betchel test). I picked up her books while I was there. I mostly knew her for her strips called Dykes to watch out for. This is my first time reading her graphic novels. The first, Fun Home, is about her father. The second, Are You My Mother, is about her mother. In both cases, it's also about how Alison grew up, about the evolution of her sexual identity, and the evolution of her general identity. I love the spot color used in both books. I love the drawing style that reminds me of classic strips drawings like those of For Better or for Worse. It really adds to the story, i'm not sure why. Maybe because cartoon strips are so associated with family life? The story is very interesting too. It's unique, just like it's composer, which is appropriate since it is her life. The book also analyses literature and the value of the memoir genre. In general - a great read. Cannot recommend enough.



On the subject of comics, I was surprised to learn that a rather dated French comic series (from the 70's) is being currently addapted to the big screen in an american/korean co-production. The original comic is called "Transperceneige", which translates to Snowpiercer, the title of the movie version.



The film is set in a future where a human engineered Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snow Piercer, a train that travels non-stop around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. The train is divided into a harsh class-system. The story is difficult to describe because it's so ambient in the books. Basically, picture this as a strange mix of Space Opera with the Hunger games. It's got virtual realities, revolutions, weird science, military conspiracies, religious sects, everything. The movie looks like it's going to kick-ass with it's multi-cultural badass cast. 

I'm looking forward to it because, let's face it, more cool European comics SHOULD be adapted in big budget movies. There's a lot of stories in European comics that are unique. It's a group of comics that needs more translations and adaptations because it's chock full of amazing things for all ages. 

I just hope that in the Snowpiercer that upgrade the gender roles a bit though - because in the 70's comic version, all the guys are stoic badasses and all the girls and sexy emotional minxes. So yeah.


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Been working on pages lately, i'm trying to build an efficient buffer for May, when i'll be out and about at conventions and stuff. 

Aside from that, i've been working on costume designs, since most of the characters are getting a new wardrobe in the next chapters. I LOVE designing clothing. It is my favorite thing. Sometimes I wonder why I didn't go to fashion school or something. Designing weapons and clothing is something I love. I could have been a costumer or something *laughs*



I've also been re-watching Futurama while I ink and honestly, Futurama is still one of my favorite shows. I love how it's funny and sad at the same time, I love the characters, I love the silly-retro-futuristic universe....

I wanted to share with you guys a really great post by Gail Simone - an american comic writer - about breaking into the comic world. A lot of these ideas can also be applied to the writing and publishing world in general. She's a great lady. I adore her!
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We grew up believing no one would love us.

Don’t tell me that hurts less then a broken bone. (X)

I was really touched by this poem by Shane Koyczan about bullying, it made me want to draw this picture. It's the type of subject that really makes me want to take arms and defend the weak, the depressed and neglected. Because it reminds me a bit of my own life, but mostly, because it reminds me of the harsh lives of so many of the people that are beloved to me.

The characters in the image are a bit the... stereotypical underdogs, in a way. People with disabilities. People who are punks and geeks. People who are homosexuals, people who are minorities in mostly white schools, people who are told they aren't pretty... And people who are punished because other people want to own them. When I first drew them, they seemed a bit too much like stereotypes, but then again, those are the types of people who are still getting the raw end of the deal. It has not changed yet. It changed in a couple of spots. A few towns and schools got better. But you still have so many places where black kids are called dirty, where girls are raped and then threatened to hold their tongue,  where people don't want to touch the "kid with the weird hand" because they are afraid they will catch something. As it turns out, people are so afraid of what's different, that what is different has not yet changed, despite us suppose to have had evolved. Sexism, ignorance and racism is not gone. In fact, the more I think about it, the more it seems strong. I want to fight it when I can, by treating kids in school well, by letting them talk, and in my art. 

Long story short I suppose... injustice and bullying bothers the hell out of me. If you can donate to an organism that helps kids in your area, please do. 

In other news, seems I need new glasses. *sigh* A new pair is always an expense, but my eyes are my main tool, so I need to treat them well. I have a bit of a minor infection thing too, due to the dryness in the air. Urgh, my poor eyes. 

I also finally saw les Miserables... It wasn't bad. They really sing all the time though. I would have appreciated less songs and more spoken dialogue. You know, make the songs seem more pretty and epic rather then the constant dispensers of story. I got a bit tired of the constant close-ups too. I was, however, really amused by Javert extremely romantic song about catching people. Javert wants to catch people so hard.
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 Lately, i've been thinking it would be nice to spend a day jamming to music and drawing "mood comics". Just drawing comics based on the music playing, no matter how strange the stuff turns out to be. I've been thinking about that because Link just got the Journey soundtrack (fromt he game with the little hooded folks eagerly crossing their world). It's so gorgeous, it makes me want to draw strange things...

I also had fun re-drawing an old drawing of mine I called "Phoenix girl", first drawn in 2011. The new version  and the old one look so different. I'm not really sure which I prefer. It's fun because this type of thing really allows you to see what changed in your art style. I seem to be shifting more and more towards a European-ish comic style. The body types are less cartoony....





In other news, the Croods was pretty fun! Good female protagonists, wonderful animation, nice emotions... the story was a bit too... simple for my taste. Nothing was really deep or explained. Everything just felt like a big pointless family road trip, but then again, maybe that's what they were going for? It's not Dreamwork's best, but it put a smile on my face, big time. Also, Eep is amazing. I have a thing for girls who can toss their boys on their shoulders and walk off into the sunset.

Strong redheads give me such Slayers nostalgia.


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For starters, the Namesake hardcover designs are done, and look how gorgeous they are! Link did the coloring this time, to help out, and he did a great job. I'm really amazed by how well these turned out. This is a HUGE thing to take off my to-do list, so i'm glad!





In other news, I watched the movie "The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki" by the director of Summer Wars. It was awesome. Most of the movie is bitter-sweet. It's about a young woman who marries an enchanted wolf man, who then dies, and she's stuck raising alone two magical children. The mother in this movie deserves the most badass mother of the year award. She suffers so much because she's scared for her kids, because Japan is harsh to single moms, but then when people start to help her out, and when her kids can finally decide if they want t be part of human society or part of nature, it's so sad, and rewarding at the same time. Great movie, full of human emotion, with a poetic and slow pacing... I just can't recommend it enough. Bring kleenex though. Most of the time, it's heartbreaking. In a good way.



On the other side of the spectrum, i'm really HATING the new Oz movie that came out : "Oz the great and Powerful". On the good side, this movie is absolutely gorgeous, I liked the character of the China Doll, and the story is pretty okay, even though it's the basic "white tortured male comes around to distant land and safes everyone because the natives can't" plot that I don't really care for much. What bothered me about this movie was this :

In an interview, the director of the Oz film said :  " …during the years that I spent running Walt Disney Studios — I learned about how hard it was to find a fairy tale with a good strong male protagonist. You’ve got your Sleeping Beauties, your Cinderellas and your Alices. But a fairy tale with a male protagonist is very hard to come by. But with the origin story of the Wizard of Oz, here was a fairy tale story with a natural male protagonist. Which is why I knew that this was an idea for a movie that was genuinely worth pursuing."

…Jesus dude, have you ever even read fairy tales? There’s a crap-ton of male heroes. Yes, most are nameless and don’t really have personalities, but that’s also the case with all the female character’s you have enumerated because characters in original fairy tales are plot devices. Recent remakes gave them personalities. Not to mention all the ladies you just listed get saved by dudes in the end… Aside from Alice.

Also, have you ever read Oz books? Oz books are about how amazing ladies are. If you really wanted to do something with a male hero, pick someone who isn’t a “coward” in canon. The Wizard is a bad, bad guy who needs to redeem himself in the series several times. I would have preferred seeing a movie that really rolled with the fact that he's an awful, manipulative bastard. Maybe something that explores why Glinda tolerated his nasty lies. Again, they could have kept the love story between him and Glinda that they shoved in this flick, but made it tragic?

This movie just feels like it craps all over the feminism and the originality of the Oz stories by being as pandering and predictable as it can be.

I feel like this guy was just angry that there was no male character in the Disney princess line or something. I'm tired Hollywood movie directors who find concepts from the 1900’s too adventurous for american cinema and just want stuff to be all about boys and boy things. 

Isa out!
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I finished the cover for the Namesake book 1 (Hardcover version). Well, I finished the inking anyways! This version, unlike the softcover, is a wrap-around cover. took quite a while to ink, but I find the results are stupendous.

Sorry for being so quiet you guys... I sorta feel out of it. I feel like I need a break. I feel like i've got nothing to talk about, not that much motivation left... Even talking about Namesake grosses me out. I think i'm a bit tired of always working. It's probably time for a big-ass vacation soon. I'm not depressed or anything. I just feel overly tired, and like there's a zillion little obstacles to deal with all the time. I don't really feel like talking or typing. Like everything requires energy I don't really have anymore.

But I still work, and my work still looks good, so it's just something to trudge thru until I can get some time off and breathe a little.

Today is the international women day (as dictated by the UN). So, a good day to read comics done by amazing ladies. :)

Oh, re-watched Wreck it Ralph. Still love it. Although kudos to Disney for making a genuinely distressing villain. Holy cow.  

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The Namesake book 2 kickstarter ended and, i'm sure you're all shocked, we made our goal! WOO! Now on to step two - working on finishing the book's design and working on the ad campaign. The good news aboutt he kickstarter too is that we actually made enough to print HARCOVER VERSIONS. I'm thrilled about that. You might not know this, but European comics are almost always printed by default with hardcovers, to the contrary of american editions (where hardcovers tend to be a big, fancy deal).

So doing hardcovers feels kinda special for me.

I'm planning on designing covers specifically for the hardcover edition, with a wrap-around cover style (like they do for comics like Fables).

I'm pretty excited about this, guys.

In other news, I'm shopping in baby stores a lot lately. Many of y friends are pregnant, and I've never been to so many baby showers in my life. The store clerks are starting to look at me funny....

I've also been thinking of trying out Scandinavian baths in an almost desperate attempts to relax the stress out of my poor back by using something I love to do - aka dunking in warm water. It would probably work better then stuff like massages, which I hate (just like Kuzko, i,m not big on the touchy). They have a couple of pretty cheap bath houses in Montréal... So it's very tempting. Hummmm. Yes. Isa likes warm things.

We got a pretty neat Namesake review today - be sure to check it out : http://io9.com/5986320/saturday-webcomic-namesake-is-an-incredible-return-to-oz-and-so-much-more

And here a few of the ads I designed. You might see these around Deviant art!



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Life is a bit weird lately...

On the positive side, the kickstarter just got over 400 people, so i'm happy! I'm making plans to rebuilt my portfolio using a wordpress platform, so I can include a copy of this blog on it (in case LJ dies). I'm also designing Namesake ads for the future advertisement push, and the ads are made of pure badass. I took it easy a bit this week and enjoyed Hotel Transylvania, which was better and cuter then expected!

On the negative side, I can't shake off this sick feeling i'm having. Everyday, I always feel weakish and sickly, and I keep getting nightmares. I'm thinking it's stress, but stress doesn't usually do this to me. Link is in a bad spot, since he was let go from work yesterday (nothing to do with his performance though, it was a company structure/budgeting thing). Work is a bit weird on my side too. It's not bad, but it feels a bit... off? Like there's so many unhappy people at work that it's rubbing off on me. 

I'm glad my personal life and art life is lively (all my friends are wonderful)! But i'm a bit worried about my health and about money for our household for the next months. I think we'll do fine, but if one of us is jobless, it always adds a bit of uncertainty. 

For some reason, the mood i'm in makes me want to re-watch old movies like Star wars...

- Isa

Deep cold

Jan. 24th, 2013 09:33 pm
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First thing first; the kickstarter is doing well - we made our goal! Yaaaaaaay! We have less backers then the first time though. I'm hoping to have at least 400 backers. That would be amazing. All sorts of flavors of amazing!

In other news, it's bloody cold. This week is the coldest of winter so far (with the wind, we even went down to 40 degrees below zero). I'm glad my days off seem to coincide with the worse of the cold. I can at least stay home. Home has been a bit chaotic though, since Tuesday and Wednesday, the electricity kept going out... And today, the heater is broken. I've been surviving by staying in the studio with an electric heater. I feel a lot less productive though :( Wednesday was a complete bust for comic work due to the electricity frizzing out every hour. My poor computer...

Since my Kickstarter is launched, I gave myself a bit of time after my online work meeting to doodle something fun. There’s a lot of evil-corrupted-by-pitch-Jack-Frost fancomics and fanart going around tumblr in the Rise of the Guardians fandom. I really like the designs of evil Jack - he looks like a big icicle. A depressed icicle. So I decided to doodle corrupted Jack. Tooth sorta slided her way in, her hand on his face slightly melting the ice.



This kinda reminds me of the finale of Howl’s Moving Castle. Anywho. Angst. Fun, amiright? The original creator seems to have enjoyed my dubbing of this jack as "depressed icicle jack" because she drew this response to it :



This all really fits with the cold outside. Maybe i'll draw some more...

- Isa
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Hey gang, just a quick word to let you guys know that the second Namesake kickstarter is now live! 

You can access it here : http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1987386669/namesake-volume-2

Also, color me impressed, we already got 1/9th of our goal in less then 30 minutes. Seriously, internet. You amaze me. Woah.

It's going to take all my willpower to do something else then stare at this counter and weep quietly from awesome all night...

Isa
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For those wondering - the manga conference went well. None of the teachers showed up though, only the students. I was expecting the teachers to be a bit snobbish since they hardly consider manga a valid medium, but honestly, not having them show up at all seemed rude. The school principal was a bit angry about it too.

I'm almost done with the Namesake book 2 contents... I plan to put the finishing touches on the last of the art Friday. And then, done! That makes me really happy! The next big things to draw are going to be banner ads, as we are planning to do a big marketing push soon. 

I need to find good ideas for banner ads. 

I drew this crossover art based off stuff people wrote on tumblr. I want to draw more. I have no idea why Hogwarts is such a good spot to do alternative universe stories in. Most badass school of all time or something...



I really want to find good recipes for fish... I,m getting a bit tired of red meat, so lately i've been eating more and more fish. My stomach seems to like it better. Suggestions?


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Tomorrow is the big day - big ass manga conference time. I hope it goes well. It's in a high school, which is always fun. I had to "boob check" the books i'm bringing thought. To make sure nothing too revealing was in the example books I was bringing because the teachers at that school really, really have a lot of prejudice towards comics in general. I don't want to give them reasons to blindly hate what i'm showing.

I love you, shonen manga, but sometimes you go crazy with the fanservice.

I'm being anti-social this week, I think i'm recovering from the holidays. Hopefully by next week, i'll be back to my usual self.

I'm debating whether to go see the Hobbit and Les Miserables in theatres or not. I mean, i'm pretty sure both movies are excellent. But i'm like a kid. If a movie is over one hour and a half, I get really stir crazy. I wasn't able to sit through a single showing of Lord of the Rings. I always have to pause and come back later. It's also why I always watch movies while drawing. I need something else to distract me. So i'm thinking i'll wait for the DVD release. I'll probably enjoy it more at home then in the theatres while my brain is going "oh god is it over yet?".

I got the art book for the Hobbit. For a fantasy artist, it's great inspiration. The details in the locations and the costumes are insane. I especially like the part about the dwarves, but you guys know I adore dwarves.

I watched the live-action Kenshin movie with Link this week. It's pretty good! The story is sortoff a mashup of the first 3 storylines. It's pretty hard to follow if you haven't read the manga. But if you are a fan, you'll be very satisfied with it. The actors are incredibly well chosen. I think my only complaints would be that there is a small lack of awesome in the battle scenes (they went for realistic, so it lacks epic a bit). And Kaoru is really, really lacking... something. She doesn't feel badass or interesting in the least. Megumi was a far better character. The movie is mostly about Megumi and Kenshin. 

Finally, I started wearing fingerless gloves and thicker socks at work and... I'm less cold! I'm cold all the time, usually. But apparently, covering up my palms and feet makes a big different (I was burning up by the end of the day). I guess that's where my heat is leaving my body. I'm incredibly happy about this, because winters are really hard on me most of the time. I need to buy multi-colored fingerless gloves I think. :)

Finished the designs for Namesake's second books cover. I'm rather proud.



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I love fish-out-of-water situations. Namesake gives me a setting that allows me to have a bit of that, so i'm happy. Most fantasy worlds don't have ipods, or they have stuff way better then ipods, so either way, it's funny.

Went to visit my family for the New Year's, watched a lot of movies so lame they are actually hilarious (looking at you, Journey 2). Kinda been sick since Christmas. Maybe i'm just burned out and I don't know it. I haven't really had much of a break since summer, so maybe that could be my goal for February. 

I don't really have any resolutions for 2013. I do have a few goals, like fixing up a few sites and projects that are lying around. I guess my only real resolution is that I want to make sure I have a bit more fun and relaxation because i'm really working a lot, and I think it's starting to affect my personality in a negative way. I'm envious (jealous, even) of a few of my friends who always seem to be lying down and yet get plenty achieved. Blergh. I should take it easier and not let the negative feelings take over my brain.

I'm heading back to work tomorrow. Back to book peddling and teaching in schools. I tried really hard to memorize my presentation over the holidays but it just would not work. The merry cheer was too distracting. Thankfully, I still have 4 days...

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