Posts Tagged ‘katamari prince’

Photo Phriday 27 – Lineup

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Today’s photo isn’t exactly inspired, but we’ve been really busy trying to put the finishing touches on things we’re bringing to our first convention appearance representing the comic. Excitement is through the roof. These guys can’t even face it.

OK, very bad pun at 1:30am. These Katamari Prince amigurumi are show awaiting faces, but let it be known we will have some at Balticon. If you’re a fan of either the comic or Amu’s amigurumi, or if you’ve missed out on one of Amu’s amigurumi princes in the past, stop on by to pick one up.

This may be our first con, but we’ve got 3 more appearances lined up through the end of this year. We hope to see you at one of them.

Photo Phriday 38 – Wawaya

Friday, August 7th, 2009

In a tremendous error in judgement I managed to pack my camera up for our trip to the beach without first taking a photo for today. As such, I’ll be posting a photo taken by Amu at the Maryland Herb Festival back a couple years ago.

In this photo a very tiny Prince shares a tiny strawberry meal with a character from one of Amu’s favorite amigurumi sites Wawaya. Look at’em relaxing and enjoying themselves. As you read this, I’ll be at the beach, trying to take photos and not get sand in my camera. Good times.

Photo Phriday 45 – Scale

Friday, September 25th, 2009

I’ve mentioned scale before, and how tiny Amu likes to work. I’ve also talked about the Katamari Damacy amigurumi being one of the first things she started selling at conventions. She’s made 4 different sizes of Katamari Prince dolls. The sizes are Tiny, Normal, Large, and Jumbo.

Above are Tiny and Jumbo for comparison. The Tiny size doll is made from yard that was split twice, and this is the only one that exists. He’s a close to actual scale at 3 inches tall!

Photo Phriday 49 – Goodbye Prince

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Nothing can last forever. We must say goodbye to one of our cameo characters that has spent far too much time in the comic for JUST a cameo.

Alas, if we want to own our comic properly and justify maybe printing a book sometime way down the line we can’t have licensed characters running amok. Over the next year we may see him back once or twice, but otherwise he’s being removed from the strip. Goodnight, sweet Katamari Prince.

Fan Art Contest – Winningness

Monday, November 16th, 2009

PREFACE

Here we are. I was so excited to have the comic reach a year’s worth of updates I wanted to celebrate with a contest that would reward readers. I’d figured some Fan Art would reward readers by showing off the comic’s characters in a way they haven’t been seen before, and reward the contest winner with some handmade merchandise and a photo print. What I’d failed to consider was how hard this would be. Here’s a hint: IT’S HARD!

I wasn’t sure what to expect at first. If I’m honest I have to admit that lately I’ve become a very Glass Mostly Empty kind of guy and thought nobody would enter. While I’m glad I was wrong I have to admit that NONE would have made the job of selecting a winner much easier. 🙂 This said, I look at the THREE submissions I received and am very happy to have held this contest. I’m in awe and am humbled to have such talented people read the comic and take the time to create and submit an entry. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who entered. Now onto the submissions.

THE SUBMISSIONS

Bunny Huntin’

The first entry I received was from buddy and fellow webcomics dude Jamie Noguchi. If you don’t know Jamie, here’s a list of SOME of the things he’s up to online: angryzenmaster, Erfworld (Book 1), Monster Cutie, Headline DS, Super Art Fight, and I’m sure there’s more. Here’s his entry.

My initial reaction to this was a rapid fire blown away torrent of excited curses and ill-enunciated gibberish. SO. FREAKIN’. AWESOME! From his e-mail:

Ninja and Kunoichi sharing a tender moment. And then… BUNNY STEW!!!!!

Seeing the characters (especially Chance) portrayed realistically is beyond surreal for me. I spend so much time looking at these little crocheted guys I hadn’t even imagined them in this style. I love the worried little bunny expression on Chance. It’s art like this that reminds me that if he doesn’t start to show the internet more comics soon I’m going to have to BEAT HIM UP!

Thanks, Jamie! My mind = Blown the frig up!

Crafty Ninja

Less than 20 minutes later I received the second entry from Kristie. Kristie is a reader who follows me on Twitter and who makes some precious amigurumi and plushies. In fact, you can see some of them at her Etsy Store. You should probably BUY THEM! 🙂 She’s also a great mom. When Amu and I talk about having kids it’s always about how we won’t be. We both have a myriad reasons why this is. Kristie’s Twitter updates, so full of happy and fun times with her child, remind me some of the ways I think we may be missing out. Here’s her entry.

ADORABLE! This Kunoichi plushi is made of black fleece, felt, embroidery floss and yarn. While I’m not a crafter myself, I live with one. I see the trial and error involved in creating something in person. I see the needle stabbed and yarn welted fingers. I witness the hours of twisting wrists and hands that give ME arthritis just watching! On the few occasions I’ve helped Amu prepare for selling her handmade items at craft shows or conventions I learned how much time and concentration goes into making even the most basic of things. I nearly lost my mind attaching limbs to some of her cellphone charms.

Above all I learned to respect how much dedication goes into hand crafting a plushie, or amigurumi, or doll. It’s nothing I could ever do and I admire those who have the manual dexterity to MAKE AWESOME THINGS.

Thanks so much, Kristie! So squishy, huggably awesome.

Heroes Of Amitown

The third entry was quite the buzzer beater. Right at the end I got a nice surprise as I had yet another reason to be glad I do this comic. Ami, who does the webcomic The Glass Urchin is someone in the webcomics world I’ve only met online, via Twitter. The East Coast webcomics scene has been a nice, welcoming little family. Ami’s comic is autobiographical, cute, funny, and contains one of my favorite webcomic updates of all time. I say this because this comic is SO DANG TRUE!

There’s a lot I do to escape my day and explore new places, ideas, stories, and characters. Comics is one of those places. To be a part of that, and be part of a family that is a part of that, is amazing. Ami’s also reached a milestone in publishing her FIRST BOOK, which collects the first year of her webcomic in print form. Hooray! Here’s Ami’s entry.

SO CUTE! I love it I love it I love it! In her e-mail Ami mentions that she loves Hidalgo, Juan’s attack alpaca. In truth, I’ve had more people tell me he’s their favorite character than any other character. I think that’s HILARIOUS because he almost didn’t make it into the comic at all. It was on a whim that Amu mentioned we should add him. It’s wonderful to see him in this style. The tongue is super cute and I love the colors. I was hoping people would depict the characters in their own style, and this is why. This is so sweet my teeth have rotted away, been replaced with dentures, which have also been destroyed by the cute sweetness.

Thank you Ami for contributing MAXIMUM HIDALGO CUTENESS!

THE WINNER

This is one of the harder things I’ve had to do, and after much thought Amu and I have decided that ALL THREE HAVE WON!

Don’t think it wasn’t difficult to make this decision. I personally spent HOURS going over the entries, talking to Amu, and getting feedback and advice from people I trust. After going back and forth with myself over how to select a winner it was ultimately Amu who swayed me to this result after stressing that we got three entries, and all three are fantastic. There wasn’t any way we COULDN’T reward everybody for taking the time out to make such flattering pieces for the contest. You’re all wonderful and did an amazing job. We’re so lucky to have gotten such phenomenal art.

So Amu and I are going to be working hard to get Jamie, Kristie, AND Ami each an Amu’s World amigurumi, and a large print of THEIR CHOICE from any of the Photo Phriday pictures. If those photos weren’t enough of a selection, I’ll extend your options to a large print of ANY comic if you had a favorite instead of a Friday photo.

I’m going to hit each of you up with an e-mail for your information, and as soon as you’ve selected which photo or comic you’d like a print of I’ll make the order and Amu will get cracking on an amigurumi for you. Thank you so much for participating, and I hope it was fun for you and all the other readers. I’m humbled.

OBSERVATION

All three pieces of Fan Art for the contest featured Kunoichi. As a result, I’m soon going to be exploring a Kuno-focused story. I’m looking forward to delving into her story and fleshing out her personality.

Photo Phriday 57 – Puppet Master

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Alright, so I admit it’s technically not Friday anymore. At least not on the East Coast it isn’t. I managed to get my camera out of commission and forgot to take a photo for today before getting it back up and running and onto time lapse project. So here’s an old one that’s slightly different than the rest.

puppetmaster

Back when I did Balticon I was asked to provide a photo to put in their program. I’d decided on a “Puppet Master” theme, and while these guys aren’t puppets, I thought it was fun. So here’s one of me with Ninja and the Katamari Prince, looking far too unshaven for my own good. Hehe. As a side note, I hate shaving. HATE IT!