Still in Japan for a few more days, but I put this together right before I left so I’m gonna post it now for you guys!
Here’s the Kawaii design, from initial concept to sketch, color mockup, and finished design. I’m really glad it resonated with people! The number of people who stated a desire to get it as a tattoo was astounding (which I’m cool with by the way, please send me photos if you get it done!) Anyway, thanks guys!
Omigosh I can finally share this! At SPX last year I was asked to draw something including the words “TOO KAWAII TO LIVE, TOO SUGOI TO DIE.” Afterwards, Ananth and I asked if we could elaborate on the sketch and make it into some sorta design and then I did.
We posted the second half of my 2013 hourly comics over at Johnny Wander! Man, I was extra boring this year. Although this is pretty much what my average day looks like; work a lot and don’t leave the apartment.
We’re doing a release party for Johnny Wander V3: Ballad of Laundry Cat at Bergen St. Comics! I think we’ll have a projector set up - the plan is to do some drawing games with you guys! We’ll have the books and probably some other stuff - hope you can make it!
February 16th @ 7:30 PM Bergen St. Comics 470 Bergen St. Brooklyn, NY 11217 718.230.5600
I did a lot of art this year! Unfortunately, most of it is unpublished and/or for unannounced projects. And while I prefer to put this yearly meme together with exclusively private non-fanart work, a good deal of fanart/published/professional work made its way into the spread.
I would like for 2013 to be a “keep your head down, work work work and don’t stop” year, though that was the intention for last year and I didn’t get half the things done last year I wanted. Or maybe I keep unrealistic expectations of myself.
Funny how the year both opened and ended with Dhio and Kaia! Maybe I should do another portrait of them before the month is over.
I think I made an arbitrary “animal group” name for Maws at one point, but can’t remember it. It was either a cackle or a chatter I think. Maybe a prattle? A gibber? A nattering? I can’t remember anymore.
A few more things I’ve designed to be available through the Johnny Wander Kickstarter (which has just over two days left)! A patch of the Maw logo (to be 2.5”x2.5” and with an iron-on backing) and a solid 1.5” acrylic charm of Rook.
I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting the Kickstarter; pre-ordering, promoting, every little thing has helped! Ananth and I have been completely humbled by the response we’ve been getting. Thanks so much, you guys! ♥
Everyone who pledged over $50 to the Johnny Wander Kickstarter now gets these three sticker sheets! While coloring these I spent a lot of time thinking back to my middle school sticker-collecting obsession and the sorts of palettes those stickers used. (see also: a bunch of Lisa Frank)
Gosh, I cannot thank everyone enough for pledging and promoting this thing! It’s gone so far beyond everything we ever expected. Thank you, thank you, thank you. ♥
(edit: Just so you guys know, the sticker sheets will be available together as a pack in the JW Topatoco store after the Kickstarter!)