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Sorry for the radio silence around here, everyone– I’ve got a bunch of projects wrapping soon (including Hotblood! book 2!) so I’m hard at work on those! 

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every comic should rip off the Utena red sky at least once, I think

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recently my mother expressed concern that so many of my characters smoke, but it’s hands-down the best compositional device I have at my disposal

Otakon 2k14

-was absolutely wild! I wasn’t leave my table for any reasonable amount of time, but nonetheless I was able to meet so many supremely cool people, including several artists I’ve admired for ages!! It was fantastic to hear from everyone who’s been following my comic, and I just want to say that I am so incredibly grateful and lucky to have such an amazingly supportive group of friends and fans. ;v;

It may sound strange, but this time last year, at Boston Comic Con, I was very much alone and barely able to put one foot in front of the other– and now I have more than I ever could have imagined possible, all because I started a small comic about centaurs. Thank you~ 

Next Episode: Hotblood! #2 and SPX in September!

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Today on Hotblood!: real locations! Green River was apparently briefly abandoned in 1871 irl due to railroad drama, but since Asa’s company is a Pretty Big Deal in this universe, I’ve taken liberties and added a North-South rail line to cross the Union Pacific~

And yes, Larkspur (which is completely fictional) is where Yellowstone National Park is today. Crazy stuff!!

Yooo reminder that I will, in fact, be at OTAKON BOOTH M-02 this weekend! I’ll be selling lots of prints as well as copies of Hotblood! #1, U-LOCK, and the shiny new Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club zine!!

If you’re going to be at the convention, please come by~ I’m always happy to chat about comics, bicycles, and, of course, STRANGE STAR!

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Today on Hotblood!: travelin’ in style~

I, too, am about to get on a train (to Otakon) (I’ll be at booth M-02! come and say hi!!!)

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Today on Hotblood!: yeah, right.

CAN’T BELIEVE THAT I managed to accidentally rig the update schedule so that page 50 goes up on my birthday! happy birthday to me!!! also, I’m gonna be at OTAKON TABLE M-02 THIS WEEKEND, map post is coming soon~

teenileeni asked: hey!! have you posted anything on yours & kate's collaboration process? my friend and i have wanted to do a comic together all summer but we're kind of confused on splitting up the workload

I haven’t, but the way we work together is so incredibly rad that I’m surprised I haven’t found an excuse to talk about it yet! 

Collaborating on a comic project (or anything, really) can be either extremely rewarding, uplifting, and beautiful, or it can be Hell. Katie and I don’t have a set step-by-step process, because we both like to get our hands into everything we make, but here are some things we do that have unquestionably worked for us:

 we’re candid, honest, flexible, and receptive to ideas– our own and each other’s. we don’t hesitate to suggest anything, even if it seems crazy at first, or it means changing up something that’s already been decided. by doing this we’ve created a lot of trust between us– whether we’re writing, or drawing, or even just chatting, it’s very Safe and Sincere. this allows us to be solid sounding boards for each other, and lets us develop our projects much faster (and, I think, better) than we could do by ourselves!

 we tell each other how much we care and how excited we are and how much fun we’re having, a lot. like, every day. it’s super important to know that you and your partner are on the same page, creatively and emotionally! that way neither of you spend time second-guessing the balance in the relationship.

❀ we don’t do “my toys/your toys.” we share all of our characters equally, and switch between them effortlessly because of it– this also creates instant ‘outside the box’ way of thinking, because although we’re very much in sync with what we want, we still sometimes come up with ideas the other person never would have figured out on their own!

 we communicate about the work we’ll be doing, what each of us wants to do, and what needs to be done– since we’re capable of splitting the art and writing exactly 50/50, we have the luxury of being able to do just about whatever we want! we also are clear on our other work we have to do– we both have ongoing freelance projects, I run Hotblood!, and Katie has another job besides.  

 which brings me to: we’re both busy, but we MAKE THE TIME. Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club started out as something we’d chat about as a warm-up/cool-down side project, and six months later we pretty much want it  and STRANGE STAR to be The Job. so, that’s what it’s becoming~

 and, finally: this isn’t true of everyone, but Katie and I live 16 hours and 9200 miles apart, in New Zealand and Boston, respectively. we’ve never met in person! we interact via Skype, Google Drive, Livestream, Twitter, and Snapchat– and we understand that we live in different countries and have different lives outside of the computer. no one ever is made to feel bad when they have to– or want to!– get outside and enjoy the sun, or go to sleep, or finish off their other work. but we talk every day, and we have mega travel plans, and fortunately I have some extremely flexible work-from-home gigs that let me keep nocturnal hours, and Katie’s work is also p chill!

as for you and your friend, what it comes down to is: get a handle on what it is you want to make, figure out what you’re both interested in doing and how much time you want to spend on it (be honest!), and just start developing it! every day, if you can!! 

PS. SOLID #1 COMICS ADVICE: MAKE A PITCH FOR A PUBLISHER, EVEN IF YOU DON’T WANT TO ACTUALLY PITCH IT. Nothing is better for nailing a concept and plot down in a good amount of time!! Faith Erin Hicks has a great post about how to do that here~

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HEYYY EVERYONE! It’s time to officially announce that we (Strangely/Katie and Starlock/Toril) are now a comics team studio known as STRANGE STAR!! 

We’ve previously worked separately on our own independent comics, including Princess Princess and Hotblood!, but for the last few months we’ve been collaborating on our first joint webcomic project, Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club, which we are now getting ready to launch this winter!

For anyone interested in learning more about the comic, we’ve compiled a bunch of development drawings and character profiles into a 34-page b&w zine that is available for preorder here! 

Additionally, for news, info, and more drawings, please follow us on tumblr at STRANGESTARCOMICS.COM

THRILLING NEWS I’VE BEEN HELLA KEEN TO SHARE FOR AGES: Katie and I are a studio now!!!!!!! We’re so insanely happy and we can’t wait to show what we’ve been working on! Please follow us @ strangestarcomics.com for updates on our upcoming webcomic, Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club, convention schedules, and sweet merch!!