Archive for January, 2009

Hey Ninja

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

When going over names for the comic, the main point we wanted to focus on is that the characters are handmade by Amu. We also understood that we’d need a name where we could get an appropriate URL. When deciding on Amu’s World, I grabbed the amusworld.com domain and forwarded it along to where the comic’s hosted. Since punctuation of the sort that involves apostrophes isn’t possible in a domain name, we just went with spelling it out.

It was later brought to our attention that a simple mistaken letter could send potential visitors to another type of website entirely, where upon much hilarity may ensue. Hilarity, or the startling realization that someone’s made a terrible mistake. It never clicked, and the thought never crossed my mind as I’d set everything up. Enter the new domain for the comic: www.heyninja.com.

The comic will still be titled Amu’s World, but from this point on heyninja.com is your point of entry (so, so subtle) for the comic. Thankfully we haven’t done much in the way of paper advertising, so we don’t need to have anything reprinted.

This awkwardness is brought to you by the letters A, M, S, and the number 6.02×10^23.

Photo Phriday 10

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

So it’s Friday and that means another edition of Photo Phriday. At some point I’m going to stop numbering them and start naming them. This one’s coming a little late because I had an idea I knew I wouldn’t have the time for until this evening. What I like about this little experiment is that it forces me to think about the characters a little more, and how I can stick them into situations that make a good photo outside of the comic. What popped in my head this time?

Too HOT in the HOT TUB!

It occurred to me that even bad, dirty little yakuza bunnies need to get clean. Here we see Warusan and Chance in the tub, a hot tub, relaxing after a hard day’s being bad. Osokun finds it to be too hot. That and neither of his friends look particularly like James Brown, which would have made a difference.

On another topic, one of the things I like to do is find out who may be talking about Amu’s World online. I was checking web traffic today and noticed someone linking us. I want to give a hearty thanks to Ninj4kitt3n on DeviantArt for the link. We appreciate you sending more eyeballs our way. And if anyone else likes the comic enough to link it, and I happen to notice it (really you can just let us know if you want) I’ll begin to toss around some shout-outs. We’re really tickled that people are talking about it.

Honestly, we’re having a blast messing around with the comic, and we’re still very much in the beginning part of a big learning stage. We’re humbled and honored that there are people who enjoy what we’re doing. Keep checking back every Wednesday for new comics, and we promise that as time goes on and we continue to learn the comic will get better and better. More than that, once I develop a strong and consistent system for putting it all together, it may even get more frequent.

Thanks again Amitowners!

Let Me OX You Sumpthin’

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Amu and I would like to wish everyone a happy Chinese New Year! We’re entering the year of the Ox, which is neither Amu’s zodiac animal nor mine. Still, we hope every Ox on the planet lives this year to the fullest. If you’re interested in your very own Ox amigurumi, look no further than edafedd‘s Etsy shop, where you can buy patterns to make your own amigurumi Ox.

Photo Phriday 11

Friday, January 30th, 2009

As I try and learn to be a better photographer I find I’m spending more time than I truly ought to on various Flickr group discussion boards. One of my favorites is the Strobist group, official Flickr group for the David Hobby’s Strobist blog, where creative off camera lighting is king. It was there I got the idea to do this:

There was a thread on how one might set up to shoot this original Gran Torino movie poster. In the thread some people emulated it rather well and I took their suggestions and tried to apply it to one of the amigurumi. I can say that I understand the technique, but this amigurumi Katamari Prince just doesn’t have enough distinguishing features to really stand out with the exception of the antennae, and even then you’d have to know what you’re looking at. Either way it was a fun shot.

I’d also done a shot of one of Amu’s Blythe dolls here. So funny.