Posts Tagged ‘new year’

How I Do It

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Before the year ends I wanted to make a post detailing how I shoot Amu’s World. Below is a setup shot for today’s comic, panel 4 specifically. One thing some of you may have noticed is that when I show feet, it’s on wood. This is the Kotatsu. It’s the only consistently clear flat surface I can set up the shots I use for the comic. It’s also the best invention ever. Really.

Back when starting the comic I knew there would be a learning curve, and I knew it would be a while before the comic found its own voice. I also knew it would take some time for me to hammer out a system for making the comic quickly and consistently. This still hasn’t happened as I’m still mostly doing each one at the last minute. As such, I still have yet to work on custom settings. I plan to change this in the new year.

I’m often lighting with two 500-watt photofloods through umbrellas. This shot shows only one, and a reflector, because one of my bulbs died on me and I haven’t had the opportunity to replace it yet. I have my backgrounds draped over two lightstands.

Oh, and there’s a Munny and a shoe that managed to get into the shot because I lacked the forethought necessary to clean up before showing the world how I set up for shooting the comic.

I’m glad to learn new tips and tricks, so if you see something that can be improved, shoot it my way and if it makes sense for what I’m doing I’ll be happy to experiment with implementing any suggestions.

Photo Phriday 58 – New Year’s Mochi

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Between the holidays, snowstorms, family events, playing with new toys and a myriad other distractions over the past couple of weeks I confess to missing last week’s Photo Phriday. I was going to make it up, but figured I’d give myself I break (like I need one of those) and just focus on the new year and getting things rolling for 2010.


Speaking of the new year, Ninja’s starting it off traditionally with some Kagami Mochi. This prop was made by a new friend Kelly [her ETSY, her DeviantART]. We met her at Nekocon and adore her tiny little charms, jewelry, keychains, and other little gems. She even made a custom Amu’s World Gift Box for a couple of items Amu commissioned from her. She’s super awesome and you should check her out.

To Live And To Die

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Around this time of year folks look back at the previous year’s goals, whether or not they’ve met them and begin planning for the coming year. I’m not going to be doing this. 2009 wasn’t the year I wanted it to be on many levels and if I can leave it behind and not look back ever again I’ll be content. I’m not a calendar year kind of guy, and have been trying to lump my goals by my age. Later this month I’ll be turning 33, and will seriously begin making plans for the next year on THAT schedule.

The holidays treated me far better than I probably deserve to be treated, though that self-indulgent bit of modest martyrdom aside I won’t complain about it. For as good as I was treated, however, it didn’t feel like the holiday I remembered it to be. I was stressed, poor, worried, unhappy with myself, and couldn’t muster enough holiday spirit to get into things. It was just sort of this thing I was expected to do and take part in. It didn’t feel right, and I vow to make next year more festive. I’ve always liked the holidays and want to get back to really taking a part in it.

The one thing the year end holidays bring like clockwork, which I enjoy far too much, is New Year’s celebration. We don’t drink, so our celebration is a bit different from most other folks. We mainly just eat a lot. Every year Amu and I throw a New Year’s breakfast for a few invited guests. Two years ago, on a dare, a tradition was born. I introduce to you, THE DEATH CREPE:


We’d begun doing a traditional breakfast, with eggs, bacon, toast and the like. Amu’d been in a crepe making kick, so we also used the opportunity to have a crepe breakfast. Tuna melt crepes and whipped cream with strawberry crepes were the order of the day. I was dared to combine some things for a MANLY crepe, and did just that.


The Death Crepe is a bottom crepe, cheddar cheese, bacon, an egg fried in bacon grease, and [not pictured here] another layer of cheese, with a second crepe to top it off. It’s hardened arteries on a plate, and a suicidal tradition at the beginning of the year.

This year, being our third year surviving the Death Crepe, we brainstormed how we could make it MANLIER! Next year we hope to make it EVEN MORE DEADLY! We also hope to survive it long enough to show you.