Archive for April, 2009

Re: Of Blue And Rue

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Confession. Ninja’s experiences tend to be slightly autobiographical in nature. I don’t think it’s intentional, because I didn’t really make the connection until trying to think of what to write to accompany the strip. Today’s comic, incidentally, seems to be about when I made the jump from private Catholic school to public school as a kid. Really!

Catholic school was very homogenized. From the uniforms to the almost enforced hairstyles, it was close to a military experience. I struggled with just how alike everybody was. It was a sea of yellow polo shirts and dark brown slacks, and I was part of it. How do you get noticed when everybody looks the same? Tuition spiked and my parents couldn’t afford putting 3 kids through private school any longer, so it was off to Public school I went.

This wasn’t quite like I’d expected, or hoped. I loved that we didn’t have to wear uniforms, but what this meant was that it took something very different to stand out. I’d have had better luck wearing my old private school uniform than the average clothes I ended up wearing. I was in a different sea then, but it was very much the same. It was a mess of different things so hodge podge that picking a single one from the crowd was a chore.

It wasn’t until high school when I’d figured out that the more I tried to remove myself from the crowd the more I succumbed to the branded sameness of stylized cliques. I hit the grunge scene pretty hard, especially in respect to fashion. In fact, as of graduation day I’d held the record for most times sent home for dress code violations. I did some strange stuff, and was even voted ‘most unique’ in my graduating class. True story. I have a certificate and everything. Did this mean I succeeded? Did I finally become different enough to satisfy whatever urge I’d had for so many years as a youth to stand out?

Not really. No matter what I did I always felt rather average and normal. I still do, in fact. Now, however, I’m perfectly fine with that to a degree. Sure there are areas in which I’d love to become outstanding, but for most of the stuff I’m pretty content being just some dude. I can only hope to be the best dude I can be.

Syndicated Incorporated

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

It never ceases to amaze me the number of things I don’t know. Doing this comic’s taught me some things I simply didn’t know before. I didn’t know the Galapagos Islands were part of Ecuador. I didn’t know what sound an alpaca makes. I didn’t know there were blue marshmallow bunny peeps. I also didn’t know that LiveJournal had a RSS syndication feature.

I got a tip from blogger (and reader? maybe?) VCNeilson that not only does LiveJournal have this service, but she went ahead and added Amu’s World for us. So awesome! So if you’re on LiveJournal and wish to get your amigurumi comic fix delivered directly to you there, go check it out.

I’m not running ads, so I don’t necessarily need your eyeballs on this site. I would, however, really love more eyeballs on the comic. So add away, and tell your friends, and comment. I’ll be popping by to check out what people are saying and may start replying to comments there. Thanks!

Cute Monsters

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Some folks I know get up to some pretty neat stuff. Such is the case with fellow webcomicker Jamie Noguchi, artist of Erfworld. He’s begun an illustration tutorials site called Monster Cutie that’s much awesome. Last week he posted an hour long digital painting tutorial and I figured I’d follow along and do my best to follow the instructions.

This reflects the first 14 minutes or so of the tutorial, with Jamie’s monster on the left, and my attempt at digital painting on the right. It took me about an hour to get to this point, as I would play the video, watch, pause it, switch to Photoshop, and mimic what I just learned. My goal was to spend an evening and do it this way, then record my own attempts at doing it on my own all by myself afterward. The evening had other plans, and I only got this far.

Soon I’m going to finish the tutorial and I’ll share what I’ve drawn. After that I will absolutely make my own video of my botching an unassisted attempt at recreating it all. I foresee it turning out better than I’d originally thought, actually. You see, I’m a terrible artist, and for me to produce what you see above speaks volumes about the quality of instruction you’re going to get out of Monster Cutie. It isn’t the same monster, no, but it’s a crap ton better than I expected out of myself. So check it out and get your digital painting on!

Photo Phorgot!

Monday, April 6th, 2009

So I managed to forget to do a photo on Friday. Just slipped my mind, but I promise to have a late one up sometime this evening. My brain’s been a jumbled mess for a few days and after a tremendously busy weekend I’m finally getting back on track. Sorry about the delay.

Photo Phriday 20 – Late Edition

Monday, April 6th, 2009

So yeah, I made a boo boo. I forgot to take a photo for Friday’s feature and I’m now a bad person. I went ahead the threw something together while taking photos for this week’s comic, and here it is.

Ted’s decided to show us how much HE loves Katamari by wearing a tiny katamari ball hat. Amu made this hat for a tiny doll, but it fits Ted perfectly. I beg of you all to forgive me, it shall not happen again..erm, anytime soon, maybe.

Re: Guess What?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Last weekend, Amu and I went down to D.C. to attend the Cherry Blossom Festival street parade and eat lots of food. It’s become a tradition over time, and every year the weather decides to be temperamental. Not once since we’ve been going has the weather been 100% cooperative.

The first year we went together it rained, no, poured practically the entire time. To escape the rain we ducked inside one of the museums and managed to be lucky enough to see the Hokusai exhibit while it was still there. It was very inspiring and fit the mood quite nicely.

The past couple of years it mainly rained some. Not a lot. Not too much at all, but just enough to be inconvenient when it did. This year the wind was almost intolerable. At lunch I probably ate as much dirt as food. The wind kicked up huge sheets of dirt that threatened my food and my camera. Fingers are crossed that next year we break this strange weather thing we’ve had going on for a while.

Photo Phriday 21 – TRIBUTE

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Yesterday I found out that Dave Arneson, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, passed away on Tuesday evening. It hit home, and I was forced to go over how important this game was to my youth. Specifically, it helped me survive the more tortuous adolescent years. This is the second time I’ve had to go through this.

Almost exactly one year ago the other creator of D&D, Gary Gygax, passed on. That hit me hard. I owe these two men more than a ‘thank you.’ I owe them more than my sorrow, my sympaties, and my tears. I am who I am today because of D&D. I’m a grounded individual today because of D&D. I honestly can’t say where I’d be if it weren’t for the outlet this game gave me to overcome some of the most trying and troubling times of my life.

Last year I took a tribute photo for Gary Gygax. This year, I make today’s Photo Phriday my tribute to Dave Arneson. Keep on playing, Dungeon Master. And make them 20’s, because THIS IS HOW WE ROLL.

Happy Easter

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Amu and I would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter. Take care, eat lots, and thanks for reading.

And above? Yeah, that’s a hint.