Remembered [this picture from almost 2 years ago] the other day and felt the urge to redraw it. Thinking about it, it’s one of the first KH fanart I’ve ever drawn and certainly the first time I’d drawn Axel or Kairi.
Below are quotes - actual quotes - from a Skype chat me and a bunch of tumblr history nerds are in. Yes, we use Skype. We’re losers. Also here’s a disclaimer: it’s a private conversation where messages are typically sent without passing through our brains first. Do not take anything seriously. Also, reading this might will cause cancer.
I first came to Japan almost 2 years ago. I took a bus from the airport into Tokyo, and it entered the city near Asakusa. I sat alone looking out the window, listening to music and watching the chaos of Tokyo growing nearer and nearer from the elevated highway, the Sky Tree looming above us. Even now I can remember that day well, how beautiful Tokyo looked, how I knew that I was at the beginning of something completely new, that I would be a different person at the end of it.
I don’t go Asakusa often, but yesterday I went for the 三社祭, Sanja Matsuri, one of Tokyo’s biggest Shinto festivals, together with someone I’ve recently come to enjoy spending time with. It was the hottest day of spring so far, and the streets were filled with people eating, drinking, yelling, and carrying 神輿, mikoshi, or portable shrines, and the music of taiko drums and flutes. We walked the streets, sweating but happy, drinking beer and sake, eating snacks, and looking at the mikoshi. I brought an old film camera that I recently found at a used camera store, and wore it around my neck, and we both agreed that we were glad to feel like tourists again, even if just for the day.
Eventually it grew dark, and we wandered, exhausted and tipsy, away from the chaos and toward the Sumida River. As we walked along its edge, the noise of the festival slowly disappeared, and we chose a spot to sit alone in the quiet darkness looking across the river toward the Sky Tree. We watched its alternating colored lights, talking about the places we’ve lived, and how strange it is the way things happen, but that we couldn’t imagine life being any other way. We talked about how we sometimes miss the stars in our hometowns. Then we were quiet, and I could hear the sounds of the cars passing overhead on the elevated highway, the same one that I entered Tokyo on that first day 2 years ago.
It’s hard to know exactly how I’ve changed since that day, though I know I have, and I know I want to continue. I want to explore, to keep learning, I want to let myself feel love, even if I don’t know what will happen in the end. The constant uncertainty of my future used to make me nervous and scared, but recently I haven’t felt that way. I want to let myself experience things with happiness as they happen, content with the knowledge that while nothing about the future is ever certain, I’ll be ok no matter what happens.
hi! i have a friend who's trying to figure out where they could post a new comic. i know there was drama about tapastic, but it looks like grassblades has its own domain now? do you have any recommendations?
Grassblades has had its own domain almost from the start, over 2 years ago! It’s just that it gained more of a readership on Tapastic, before the whole drama blew up and I stopped posting there. (the pages I had already posted are still up; I’m still trying to decide what to do about it.)
If your friend has the money to spare for it, I highly recommend having your own website! That affords you full control over content and layout, and you aren’t at the mercy of the whims of whatever corporate entity owns the hosting site you choose. So your own website is always a good choice!
If you aren’t confident about web-design (and gosh knows I’m not - I’m a tech-neanderthal) getting one up and running is fairly easy! I host Grassblades on DreamHost, which has a one-click wordpress install, and I use the Comic Easel-theme for Grassblades. I put together the look of the site in less than an hour, and I didn’t even try to make it fancy. I know other people use Grawlix CMS and are very happy with it!
But if your friend doesn’t feel ready to do that, there are a few other options!
Smackjeeves - this host has been around for a long time, and has gone through a few changes, but they’re fairly stable, as far as I’m aware. I have several friends who host on Smackjeeves! You get pretty much everything you might want - a few customisation tools, easy uploading process, comments, etc.
Webtoons - More geared towards vertical-scroll comics, Webtoons does have comments, etc. like Smackjeeves does, but Webtoons does not give you, the creator, any way of keeping track of those comments - at least not to my knowledge. I don’t use the site myself. The readers also tend to demand very regular, and very LARGE updates. As in, every time you post an episode, they’re expecting multiple pages, even if you post several times a week.
You already know about Tapastic, and as far as I’m aware, they’ve removed the drama-causing clause from their TOS, but I am personally not interested in going back there. If your friend wants to try Tapastic out, then they should feel free to do so - I just advise them to keep a really close eye on any changes to the TOS. Although that goes for ANY hosting-site that isn’t your own. Keep an eye on your publishing rights, they’re important.
If you or your friend have any other questions about webcomics, I recommend they head over to the Comic Book Hour-forums! Lots of webcomic creators for you to ask questions of. :)
tagged by @fluoridestream !!! thanks!!!!!! this is such a fun meme and i learned some cool stuff abt u :0
5 things you’ll find in my bag -my laptop -a single pencil -uuuuuh i dont take stuff to school and never use handbags,, this is hard - -
5 things you’ll find in my bedroom -my camera -a little drawing mannequin still in the box -a bunch of necklaces i never wear -my violin + sheet music -a very big kappa board with the guy from treasure planet on it. its like the size of my whole bed almost. its from my birthday 2 years ago
5 things that make me happy -people sending me messages.. like wow i have friends huh -barbie movies -thinking up weird impossible crossovers between stuff i like. just shoving everyone in different stuff -drawing the love of my life lady fire -monster girls that are actually monsters and dont have weird jiggly tits
5 things i’m currently into -thrilling intent -fashion history -tarot -prequel adventure.. ive been into it for a while but its still very good -overwatch (i assume this is for new stuff?? so im not saying things ive been into for a long time)
5 things on my to-do list -actually practice drawing -actually do my schoolwork -write a fic!! and some fanmusic!!! i cant do either yet -fix my tablet bc its been lagging for a while -develop my ocs more and draw them mayb
5 things people may not know about me -im a Coward. heights??? just climbing up stairs can make me so dizzy i have to stop. needles???? ive whined my way through elementary and middle school without getting vaccinated so im prob gonna die of like 20 diseases soon lmao. if i see a single bug in my room i cant sleep bc what if theres a whole bunch of them. what if they fall on my face -i had this game idea a long time ago which started as a parody of misogynist tropes but it developed and i got super attached to the characters.. im not doing it but theyre so good i love my five daughters -i have p bad scoliosis so i have a plastic thingy on my whole torso -im jewish?? i guess i dont talk abt it a lot -i like vocaloids theyre good and got some impressive technology