And So We Disconnect

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Aug. 17, 2015



The demand for electric outlets in my room is high because there is always a tablet, mp3 player, or any random lithium-powered gadget lying around that needs charging. My desktop workstation drains the most energy and there is a tangled sea of snake-like cords lurking under my desk around my ...

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Tools of the Webcomic Trade

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, July 27, 2015



I began creating webcomics because it was an affordable hobby. All I needed to create a page was some bristol paper, some black ink pens, a scanner and a computer. Having a digitally-formatted final product cut out the additional printing costs of traditional comics.

Eventually, I started learning new drawing ...



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Desert Island Art Supplies

HippieVan at 12:00AM, May 29, 2015



You've been tasked with illustrating the graphic novel memoirs of an evil king. Hey, the pay's alright - you can do this! The catch is, he's locking you up in an isolated tower somewhere with only three art supplies of your choice until the project is done. Assuming ...

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FEATURED COMIC --> The Ink

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, May 27, 2015



Following a late night visitation from a dark form while asleep, a girl is plagued with hallucinations that a black ink-like substance keeps seeping out of her palms. The only problem is that it only happens when she is alone. She finds solace when confessing her strange paranormal phenomenon to ...

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FEATURED COMIC --> We Made a Comic

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, April 29, 2015



What do you get when two sweet potatoes/yams decide to collaborate with each other to make a comic? Mashed potatoes!

We Made a Comic is centered around the personified yams, Allen and Scott. The premise follows the formula for gag-a-day comic strips about two couch potatoes sitting around making ...



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FEATURED COMIC --> Steel and Manitou

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Feb. 18, 2015



Steel and Manitou tells a tale of the legendary Gtchi Manitou, a Great Spirit, embodied by a white horse with a feather in its mane. The stories are inspired by the Nêhiyawak (Plains Cree) Aboriginal legends from Saskatchewan, Canada. This tale begins when a young orphaned girl, Kassidy Kerr, finds ...

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Traditional Art in Webcomics

HippieVan at 12:00AM, Feb. 6, 2015



We've talked a few times in newsposts and Quackcasts about how tablets have made digital art more convenient than ever. But as much as I enjoy the clean lines and bright colours of digital drawing, when inspiration strikes I still often find myself reaching for my sketchbook and ProMarkers ...

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Handmade versus Store-Bought Gifts

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Dec. 15, 2014



The tradition of creating handmade gifts began sometime in elementary school when it was not only appropriate, but expected, to give our parents original creations. Eventually, a handmade knick-knack has a difficult time competing with the latest smart phone or drawing tablet and is pushed aside to make room for ...

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Día de los Muertos

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Oct. 27, 2014
tags: Day of the Dead



Living in Southern California makes me no stranger to to the Mexican holiday of Día de Muertos, otherwise known as Day of the Dead. However, I had never experienced one before and lucky for me, when the opportunity arose this weekend I jumped at the chance.

I decided to dress ...



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FRIDAY NEWSPOST - Comic Book Idols

HippieVan at 12:00AM, Aug. 29, 2014



Yesterday, August 28th, was the anniversary of Jack Kirby's birthday. This has prompted some people to talk about how his work affected them, and made me think a bit about comic book influences and artists we look up to. Although I wasn't actively a huge fan of Kirby ...

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