Whoops, forgot to post on this site that I'm (sort of) back. There's not a new page or anything, but an explaination of why there's not a new page.
Media Comment: Unlike a lot of anime, which starts good and then declines, Nastsu no Arashi has kind of a terrible opening and then starts to grow on you. The goofy opening is fun, but some of the character art is lacking (and they frequently screw up the perspective with their faces).
Bad news, guys: schoolwork has finally overtaken me, so I'm having to call a one week hiatus while I finish this semester up. I'll try to come up with some filler content, but no promises. I also can't promise that this won't turn into a two week hiatus: I hate to say it, but I have really been dropping the ball lately and might not be able to get everything finished in just one week. :(
In good news, one of the projects I'm working on is a port of my Kerberos Battle Engine, over to the Wii. So that'll be fun once it's done.
Media Comment: Too much work to be done, sorry.
I've decided to go ahead and put up the panel layouts for the next page, but I have to confess that Nashi-con offset my whole shcedule by a full day... including hanging out with my bro and finishing Toradora. :) Sorry? I promise the artwork will be up tomorrow, and in the meantime, check out the cool new page numbers.
Media Comment: This is going to be the next show Nashaii and I watch on a regular basis: it looks like it's going to be a great show (the ending sequence is beyond sweet). There are a lot of things they're doing very very right, and I hope more animes will follow suit.
The art for today's page could have been touched on more, but I needed to prep my digital ahead of schedule: going down to Nashi-con this weekend will cause disruptions in my upload schedule.
Media Comment: If you get a chance to see Waltz With Bashir, I highly recommend it, particularly if you like my comic, they have a lot in common (sorta). It's a painfully gripping movie, utilizing the exact opposite of the normal storytelling drive: you realy don't want to know what happens next, but you're going to watch it anyways.
I decided to stop redrawing the last page and focus on the next one, only to run into the same problem: I am severly lacking in reference for the girl. Oh well, I'll redraw the center panel tomorrow. :(
BTW, I managed to get that new feature up and running that was thwarting me last Friday: if you hover over page 7, the dialog now shows up properly (pure CSS-y goodness, yesssssss). I've also added a code snippet that will annoy the crap out of IE users: the reason for this is simple, I hate that browser and want you to upgrade for your own good.
Media Comment: Ooohh, not what I expected at all. Too early to make a judgement on this anime, but it definitely has my attention: we'll see if the story holds water or not in a few episodes. :)
No page today either: I had a pretty cool Sandstorm feature to show off, but then at the last minute I found a show stopping bug (friggin inconsistencies), which might take a while to fix, because I'm pretty much having to scrap what I've already written. We'll just call this an off week and I promise I'll come back full-force next week.
Media Comment: You start Shigofumi and think 'Oh, this could be cute.' Then you get to the end of the first episode. o_0 You then spend the rest of the night watching the rest of the show, because it is incredibly arresting. This show gets top marks for making me think more than 99% of the other animes I've watched.
The last page in SC continues to defy me, so I'm posting some other stuff as today's update. Specifically, I am putting up a crude typesetter I have thrown together to alow you to type in Yarboan. This is quite a graphical challenge, because the language laid out totally different from an indo-european langauge.
The other big update is that SC now has its own independant domain and hosting: I put in some extra hours at the office the past few weeks, and invested that extra money into getting some new hosting. Things are looking up for SC. :)
Media Comment: Man, talk about a show that can shine when it wants to. Some of the stories are just so touching it hurts. I'm a huge fan of the episode "The Promised Tree", it very almost made me cry. (That might be because I've been very emo as of late).
Double digits starting today, whoo! This page is rather rushed, because I delayed starting on the girl much much too long (she always takes 10x as long to draw as the guys.
Media Comment: I'm a latecomer to this one, but Wall-E was awesome. I loved every second of that movie, it was extremely well done. If you like movies period you should watch it. (Oh, and last ep of Toradora was fantastic... at last an anime with a decent ending).
Today's page... doesn't translate into just linework very well. My production process had me setting up the textures for the first panel long before the art for it was produced, after which I realized that the first panel doesn't stand up very well without the textures to provide full context. Oh well.
I added in a new feature to the site. If you replace the page number in the url with 'latest', 'last', 'first', or 'start', you'll go to those places. If I ever somehow work up 314 pages, I'm totally adding 'pi' to that feature too. =D
Media Comment: Two of my bros (one literal, one metaphorical) got up with me this weekend and we had a Toradora marathon. Sooooooooo good. Taiga is friggin toradorable. (See what I did there?)
This page came together much quicker, because I didn't have to draw the girl. Whoo! Too bad that I ran into some new shortcomings. Anyhow, check out the new linework, look for color tomorrow night, as usual. Dialog is probably going to happen soon, which leaves me considering a site feature: the dialog will be in Yarboan, so it might help fan-lators if I keep an interactive index of used words at the bottom on each page, or perhaps a matrix on it's own page. Thoughts?
Media Comment: Ladyboy has to be one of the funniest songs I've ever heard.