Did another comic jam with Ben! We have coined our comic jams to be called JUJAMIN because it merges both of our names, haha.

These comics got really weird really fast, as... expected?

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I will always insert animals into comics... raccoons are so cute. Pumpkin is one of my favourite raccoons to follow!

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Hello Kitty is still really popular but I never really got into her as a character. I was more into Pochacco, but in hindsight, I'm not sure what the appeal of Pochacco was either. Apparently there are some truths to this story in relation to Ben's wife. The specific snacks drawn in one of the panels are fish strips and fish sausage.

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This story came about because we were chatting about the cross-canada train ride (aka the scenic route across Canada). Then it turned dark and violent, and of course, shameless insertion and plug for Super Life on the Hill.

I spent a bunch of time redoing my website at dirchansky.com! I took down a lot of my old drawings but put up some old comics. I'm still keeping this freetalk blog here though hehe. I've also been working on an OC page for myself and drawing profile pics for that.

Today's music post: Finesse (Remix) by Bruno Mars Feat. Cardi B. There's a part of my musical tastes that loves 90s sounding music, so this is such a great throwback!

It has been a while since my last post. I recently had the pleasure of hanging out with fellow comic artist and game maker Ben Rivers to chat about comic creation process, as well as to do a quick comic jam! It was interesting to see his process and working documents (script writing, thumbnailing, etc.) and how regimented his process was. Something that I can definitely aspire to! Check out his games Alone With You and Home, both of which I've played and enjoyed, as well as his comic Snow! Honestly too prolific...

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One thing that I flagged about my own process is that I should probably slow down, do more research, and take more time to think through character actions, personalities, motivations, voices, etc. I think this is especially true for longer form comics that are primarily character driven. I'm starting to build those frameworks now, but it's nice to have starting points from the internet! I recently retook a personality test and got ISTP-A (Virtuoso), which is different from my INTJ result from a couple of years ago.

Since I changed my home desk to be a stand desk, I have been very unmotivated to stay on the computer (haha) and have been doing a lot more analog writing in a Leuchtturm1917. Today I just finished writing the first drafts of 8 chapters of Here We Are, half with a wine coloured felt tip pen, and half with a TWSBI Eco with stub nib in Absolute Brown Waterman ink. Such an enjoyable experience!

Although this comic will have zero readership, I'm stil feeling pretty excited about getting started on it! I'm also feeling jazzed that I can start to link all my modern-day OCs together in a world, even if they're all living individual lives.

Oh, and Love Love Hill got into Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2018, so looking forward to seeing all you comic lover/readers on May 12-13 2018!

Today's music post: Show You the Way by Thundercat (feat. Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins). There is also a live version here. I am a big fan of Kenny and Michael's previous collaboration This Is It, so I am delighted to hear their voices tripleted up with Thundercat's voice and instrumentals!!!

Looking at drawings from 10+ years ago and it doesn't really look stylistically that different from how I draw now...I just draw slightly more confidently now perhaps? And probably some general technical stuff I'm better at drawing (clothing and hands?). I still admire ppl a lot, but I'm also at the point where I've settled in to what I do artistically (even if that means I'm not the best).

I started to draw the comic mentioned before, Here We Are.

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Loosening up my inking after 2010 was a good idea I think, probably both visually and physically (for my hand).

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Some day I will also draw buildings better, haha!

Today's music post: It Ain't Fair (The Roots feat. Bilal). This song really reinforces all of the garbage that has been happening in the world... lyrics are here.

I was on a long flight with no in-flight entertainment, so I continued to plot out a longer-form comic that I hope to slowly release online mid 2018. I feel adverse to the idea of doing weekly updates, so it's more likely that it will be chapter releases every couple months. It will be titled Here We Are. I have 8+ chapters outlined thus far!

The idea for the comic is neither epic or particulalry interesting; it starts with the relationship between Jake and Austin from FujoSports/Expired Seafood: Tied Up, and may eventually branch out from there. Not unlike my other comics, it is really all about the feelings that people experience in every day life.

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The name inspiration comes from Gloria Estefan's Here We Are.

Finished and submitted the comic for the next Love Love Hill zine, Love Love Heels! It's a pretty short story compared to what I usually cook up.

(Cover WIP here)

Thumbnails in notebook

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Larger thumbnails in fire alpaca

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Inking in fire alpaca

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Photoshop bitmap tones and test prints (600dpi, 70lpi round)

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Please look forward to the comic in the fall!

Love Love Hill's next zine is the older lady counterpart of Expired Seafood! I'm drawing a quick short story for it, featuring the characters below. Big thanks to Papermaiden for planting the seed and inspired this story.

One of the characters above originally appeared in the Expired Seafood 1 anthology...!!!!!

We are going to debut it at Lake's International Comic Festival happening October 13-15 in Kendal (UK)!

Stay tuned!!

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