and 4 page breaks

Sometimes you need to get real with yourself. Don’t pretend those tabs of youtube videos and fanfiction take precedence over that maths homework you need to get done. Don’t tell yourself you’ll get up early and do it, because chances are, your alarms will go off and you’ll snooze it automatically. Then right before the dreaded fourth period you will be stressed to no end and you’ll feel the feeling. You know, the feeling. When you can genuinely feel the list of tasks and responsibilities build up on your shoulders. That stationery will do nothing to save your grades if you don’t actually use it to make your revision materials. Don’t click onto youtube as a study break and find that 3 hours and only 4 pages of reading later, the glare of the screen gets a little blurry when you look at the time and look at your to do list with your priorities highlighted. I don’t care how much self control you think you have, or how much discipline you think you’ve honed, because when you make the decision to put of work that needs to get done and you’re relying on this new found immense self discipline that future you will just suddenly obtain, you know you’ve already lost. And it’s a double loss because not only have you lost to laziness and short term ‘happiness’, future you has lost to stress and possibly even not getting the grades or the qualifications you could’ve gotten that would’ve led you to take the path you’ve wanted to take. So please, for the love of your future self, get it done now. 

Taking a little break

I just feel so tired recently. This blog has been consuming too much of my time. Although I can manage to divide my time between school works and ask blogging, I can barely get enough rest and sleep. Oh but I’ll still be active on my main blog! And the askbox is still open for you guys.

importantliverrighthere  asked:

Lucky that you live close enough to Universal to get to go. I went there in 2010 or 2011 once, it was great! There weren't as many cool rides then, and I was p young so I don't remember much, but the Simpsons ride at the front of the park was my FAVORITE thing ever, think i rode it like 3 times in a row... Also it's not that math sucks. I actually like math a whole lot! It's calming and relaxing and very logical. But not at 12pm on a 4 page worksheet that's all the same problems, on SUMMER BREAK

Yeah I have always lived like an hour away from LA but never really enjoyed anything in LA before??? This is onlhy my fourth time being here despite being so close. First time was for a Twenty One Pilots concert and on that same day I met an internet friend in person @angelstakecamelot, second time was to see Dan and Phil at the Dolby for Tatinof, and then now I’m here for Universal for the second time. It’s kind of high strung and crowded here but I enjoy it enough, though I’ll need a week to recharge after so much social interaction. (Also yeah that amount of math can be tedious)

A Gentle Roar

Greetings from DC’s Young Animal Control Center, a.k.a. The ZOO!

We want to start giving weekly updates on the progress of the Young Animal books. This is the first. In these updates you will see art and commentary from the collaborators, editorial, and myself.

Emerald City Con was wonderful—I met so many amazing artists, writers, colorists, letterers, and editors. The support we received across the board for Young Animal has been amazing, and it is fueling us through the next stages. Those stages include conceptualizing, storytelling, scripting, drawing, building, and a number of other processes to get these books ready to go.

Each week the team goes into Dan DiDio and Jim Lee’s offices to talk direction, ideas, art, and where we are heading. It is an amazing part of the process and gives us a chance to get on the same page and shape it together. That part is essential.

Today I want to share some art and talk a little bit about things, starting with DOOM PATROL.

Here are two pieces by DOOM PATROL artist Nick Derington. The first image is a shot of Cliff Steele, a.k.a. Robotman. This is the first image Nick created for fun, and we (myself and the editorial team) were so moved by it that I knew we needed to start working together immediately. There is something about Cliff sitting there and looking off, thinking to himself, that captures some of the energy we were going for. I’m also a sucker for Cliff’s costume from Grant Morrison and Richard Case’s run.

The next image is super exciting; we get a look inside the process of creating a new character. This is a concept for Casey Brinke, one of the newest members of the Doom Patrol, also drawn by Nick.

I don’t want to give away too much about her, but some of you might notice the costume was inspired by Black Sabbath (Black Sabbath has been really important to my personal creative process for DP), Sigourney Weaver in Alien, and other inspirations like Starlight Express (!). Some may also notice that the costume appeared on an image Becky Cloonan created for the original DC pitch years ago based on my initial designs (which I will share one day). The character has since changed drastically. My first stab at DOOM PATROL involved a very cynical character that I didn’t feel like writing anymore—the whole take was fun but it wasn’t what I had in mind years later. Casey Brinke is who I want to write—as you mature, you change as a person and as a writer. The ambulance from the original pitch remains, though. Nick and I spent a bit of time creating her and Nick spent a lot of time drawing her—shaping her—so that when the writer starts scripting, the artist can start to hear the character’s voice, and then the character develops even more once the artist brings them to life on the page.

Once we started to get a footing on Casey and other members of Doom Patrol, we then moved on to SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL.

I thought about the legacy of Shade a lot in the initial concepts/feelings/impressions. They are a character that goes through incredible change (hence the name), and is such an interesting character from the first incarnation, as created by the legendary Steve Ditko, and on to their experimental incarnation brought to us by Peter Milligan and Chris Bachalo. The character has a special place in my heart.

Cecil Castellucci and I started working together very early, and we shaped Shade, with Cecil doing most of the heavy lifting after I told her my initial concept. I fell in love with Cecil’s writing immediately—it has a visceral and dangerous quality to it—very raw, emotional, and wildly imaginative. Her first issue of SHADE is a knockout.

Putting teams together is half the fun, and the editors did an incredible job with this—bringing me lots of art to see—and we chose the teams together.

Which brings us to the amazingly talented Marley Zarcone—someone whose art Cecil and I fell in love with.

Here is an image, much like Nick’s take on Cliff that captured the energy of the character while bringing an alien couture to the table. The Young Animal team is very big on fashion—the perfect thing to juxtapose the wild and uncontrollable nature of the madness itself, and the darkness of the story.

Here is Marley’s Shade!


Tommy Lee Edwards and I have been wanting to work together for some time. In 2015, Tommy and his partners flew me out to be a guest at their NC Comicon—it was an incredible experience and we bonded right away—I had been a fan of Tommy’s ever since my brother Mikey gave me a copy of Marvel 1985, and Jon Rivera (who I will get to more later) sent me a bunch of Tommy’s Star Wars art. Tommy and I talked about doing a Batman project together, but as I tried to get in the headspace of Batman, I realized I wasn’t ready to take that on—I felt like I wasn’t in a dark enough place, to be honest! Maybe one day.

But MOTHER PANIC is something different altogether. Even though Bruce Wayne is a famous person, I could bring things from my personal experience as a musician into the character of Violet Paige, a.k.a. Mother Panic, filtering these elements through a different lens: the red carpets, the galas, the weirdos you meet, the fame and the negativity, addiction, misery, combat. Tommy and I created a character that saw a very different Gotham, and we found a whole other world to explore in Gotham—the underbelly of Gotham’s wealthy and famous, the secret things that happen, the secret world. Tommy began designing the character using only some of my crude ballpoint pen notebook scribbles of the character. Mother is still a work in progress, but Tommy blows me away with every design.

Getting Jody Houser on board as writer is the part that glues everything together, and she puts her heart into making Violet come alive. She understood the character right away and immediately found Mother’s voice. Jody is one of my top favorite writers, and I expect to see her writing many different characters in many different genres over the course of her career—she is one of the most versatile writers I have ever met. She took to crime drama immediately. She’s having fun with this and you can tell. We are learning about Violet (and Mother) together. I’m overjoyed that Jody is part of this.

Another exciting announcement is the addition of artist Shawn Crystal to the MOTHER PANIC team! Shawn will be rotating as part of the art team with Tommy Lee Edwards and John Paul Leon, and we are all extremely happy to have his talents on board.

Here is one of my favorite images that Tommy created to get the initial vibe—simple and elegant, like a witch or a ghost walking the streets in downtown Gotham. This captured the energy to me.

Collaborating has been the best part about working on Young Animal. Projects are so much better to go at as a team, and you develop bonds. I feel like the entire team of Young Animal is like a band, every piece supporting the other and bringing in new ideas all the time.


Writer Jon Rivera and I go way back. We met in art school and stayed very close, working on developing television and film projects together throughout the years. Whenever I needed to bounce an idea off of someone or gain some insight, I went to Jon. When I thought about Cave Carson (and his cybernetic eye) in my head, I knew Jon would be thinking the same thing—so much potential here for humor and drama and…well, caves.  

I am also a fan of his writing, and always have been—Jon has published comics of his own as a writer and an artist. He took to Cave Carson right away, as I knew he would, and we started to develop a “season” of CAVE CARSON. We laugh a lot, just like we made each other laugh back when we met during a comedy writing course at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. CAVE creates a warm place in my heart—it is an adventure series, sure, but it is also very human.

And that brings us to one of my favorite artists, Michael Avon Oeming.

I had been reading Powers for years. I remember what an exciting time in comics it was when it first came out—it was a real game-changer for art, writing and storytelling. As we got deeper into developing Cave, Mike’s art began to line up with what we had in mind, plus we know he is so great at delivering complete characters and capturing mood.

A little-known fact: Mike inked 4 of my pages many years ago, when I was trying to break into comics as an artist. Jim Krueger was one of the first people to commission me to do professional work for his comic The Footsoldiers, as well as a backup story involving a young girl Frankenstein.

So we have this interesting history together and Mike is phenomenal, but I’m sure you already feel that way. Here is his take on Cave, which I feel captures the character perfectly as a one-time action hero turned dad, exploring the unknown and answering the call to adventure.

This has been a lengthy update! I don’t know if they will always be this long, but it is nice to finally be able to share these characters with you and share some of our process. Expect many updates and images leading up to our launch in September.

Be seeing you,

anonymous asked:

Hi! How can I stop procrastinating? Sorry for my English 🙈 Thanks in advance 💋

I’d say commit yourself to do 5 minutes of the thing, just 5. After you’ve spent 5 minutes on it its very unlikely you’d continue to put it off and will want to see it through and complete the task.

anonymous asked:

Not trying to be pushy, but will there be any more of the Jack& the Scholar comic coming out? I understand if you're too busy, lost interest, have writers block ect, but I was really enjoying it. Loved the great artwork and the deep storyline that was set up.

Hahah I actually have 4 more pages sketched out, but I kinda took a Samurai Jack break to focus on Rick and Morty :P

As much as it pisses me off to type this, I’m trying to get my goddamn carpal tunnel under control, so I’ll be taking a two week break from drawing.  Fourth is only 4 pages from being finished, but I don’t wanna aggravate my CTS so… alright.


For everyone who don’t know, I’m an amateur music compositor and i was thinking about the v14 fight and decided to write a… kind of soundtrack based on it???

Basically, these are the main points i worked with:

chap 138
(0:00-0:27) page 1-4 (Kaneki entering v14 and seeing the “corpse bloom”)
(0:28-1:00) page 5-14 (Kaneki seeing Arima and battle against Owl)
(1:00-1:15) page 15-16 (Arima’s first attacks)

chap 139
(1:15-1:37) page 1-3 (Kaneki starts to break, babbling inconsistently)
(1:37-2:02) page 4-10 (Kaneki tries to land a hit on Arima, who just calmly avoids altogether, and Kaneki reciting poetry)
(2:03-2:15) page 11-14 (“You can’t go any further than v14”, Kaneki’s final attacks)
(2:15-2:34) page 15 (Arima’s attack takes Kaneki out through the back, and the battle ends)

How to study in college

Let me first start off by saying that grades always used to come easy to me. I had straight As in school until I was a Junior in High school. Because of that, I never learned how to actually study and when I went into college and started taking harder classes, I was dumbstruck about what to do. I’m in my final year of undergrad and I finally figured out a system that works for me; and may work for other people as well.

1.) Talk to other students about the class you’re going to take before you take it, preferably talk to people who did well in the class and ask whether the professor was heavy on book material or lecture material, or both.
2.) That being said, you should still read the textbook, especially for harder classes. It’ll help reinforce the material you’re learning in class (the only exception to this is if the professor does not draw from the textbook very much and focuses mainly on what they’ve lectured).
3.) Download My Study Life; I discovered it recently and it has helped me so much with planning and organizing my assignments and what I should prioritize on. It’s a free app for iPhone (I’m not sure about android) and there’s also a website associated with it. You can input your exam dates, assignments, and class schedule. I love the assignments feature because it’ll tell me how many more days I have to complete an assignment and you can mark how much of the assignment you’ve done.
4.) Rewrite your notes! This is a great study technique and I’ve found that it helps me absorb the material so much quicker and easier. My method is this: type out my notes in class, fill in any missing details from the power points (if provided online), then rewrite the notes by hand.
5.) Split your assignments into sections. This is a great way to keep you from getting overwhelmed. Have a 20 page article to read? Split it into 5 small 4 page readings, and after each section, take a short break and then go back to reading. What I’ve found that helps the most is to read a section and then work on another assignment, one that requires less concentration, like rewriting my notes.
6.) Don’t study at home. Over the years I’ve found that if I study at home, I’m more likely to get distracted. The solution to this is to go somewhere else to study like a cafe or the library. It minimizes distractions and will also help you create an association between that place and studying, which may make you more motivated and concentrates.
7.) Don’t understand something? Ask. I know this is hard, especially for introverts and shy people, but I promise you it will help tremendously. Go to office hours, find a tutor, or talk to TAs.
8.) Make study guides/review sheets. When it comes to study guides and review sheets, I’ve found that instead of just restating facts, it’s more beneficial if you make questions about the material that you think you may see on the test and consequently answer them.
9.) Make sure to get enough sleep. This is so important when it comes to studying and also well-being in general. If you’re not getting enough sleep, it’ll be harder to focus on what is being lectured to you in class, you won’t have as much motivation to do your assignments, and it’ll be harder for you to think clearly.
10.)Take breaks!!! If you’re just constantly studying and constantly doing assignments you are going to get overwhelmed and run down very quickly. Do something for yourself to relax like taking a bath or watching a movie or going for a walk. I hope these help 💕

The Cost of Fan Fiction

(Or: Why You Need to be Kind to Your Authors - Remember This is (not) Free)

Writing is easy! And fan fiction is even easier because you have all the work already done for you in the source material! Putting those words to a page and writing is super easy and goes super quick! I mean, the reader only spent twenty minutes reading your chapter, so it must have taken you only twenty minutes to write, right?



Look, any author will tell you that writing is hard. Super hard. Writing fan fiction doesn’t mean it’s any easier. Writing and editing and working through stories takes time. A lot of time. Sometimes, I’m not even sure that all that time (such as drafts and editing and rewrites) can even be accounted for. But don’t worry, I’m here to explain in easy to understand, monetary terms the actual cost of your fan fiction, and why you need to be kind to your writers about updates and requests.

Ready for a breakdown? Good. Let’s go. 

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