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Result in thread: notifications
Two weeks ago, 11:50 PM #1
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naisu!
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Result in thread: Air your grievances here.
22nd Jun 2020, 7:58 PM #2
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ok but seriously whenever I try drawing recently it hurts so damn much-- I choose to power through it because I can't live without drawing, but I know it's bad for me.
I just want a better arm. Can't I get a replacement?
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Result in thread: Air your grievances here.
21st Jun 2020, 6:16 AM #3
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here's my vent



anyway yeah I'm very tired
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12th Jun 2020, 12:36 AM #4
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If I actually legitimately get weepy when a scene meant to pull heartstrings comes up, then it's undebatably good in my eyes.

Not many comics actually pull that off, but it's super cathartic when they do.

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I realized I should probably provide examples, but aside from some manga like Siúil A Rún and Houseki no Kuni, I can't think of anything off the top of my head. I think the best advice I can provide for that is pay attention to the page structure, lighting, and composition. Even though it's not the same thing, this video about applying emotional impact in filmography seems to have the right idea. You can easily apply similar rules to your comic, while at the same time using methods that can only be seen in comics. (For another explanation on that mindset, see this analysis comparing the Houseki no Kuni anime to the manga)
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Result in thread: How do I do dis?
11th Jun 2020, 5:06 PM #5
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usually what I do when it doesn't work is bang my head against wall repeatedly

works every time 1% of the time
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Result in thread: How do I do dis?
10th Jun 2020, 5:09 PM #6
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try licking it?
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Result in thread: No it doesn't
10th Jun 2020, 4:56 PM #7
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what if it did but couldn't?
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Result in thread: No it doesn't
8th Jun 2020, 5:24 PM #8
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You Are (Not) Correct 2.0
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Result in thread: Air your grievances here.
27th Mar 2020, 1:19 AM #9
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- my jacket has been stolen at work. It's been a week, still no sign of it. That was a really good jacket, too. 90 fuckin dollars, man. Not cheap.

- tried taking a shower just now, tub faucet broke. Can't turn it off.

- septic tank is also overflowing apparently

- 24/7 Plumbers are currently unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions being taken.

- unimpressed with my employer, learned they have not installed acrylic shields for cashiers and the only gloves they have are latex, which I'm allergic to. They're so fucking incompetent. Good thing my mom has non-latex gloves I can use, but not everyone has that luxury. Some of us are allergic to latex and DON'T have nurses in their family.

- so sick and tired of my job, I've come to actually see it as actual HELL. I hate being essential personnel. I hate having to bend to the will of the masses. I hate the people. I hate the noise. It makes me want to fucking end it all. I want to scream.

- my phone has stopped charging, even on the wireless charger. Basically I own a fancy brick now, and I probably won't be able to get a replacement until all this virus stuff blows over.

- my birthday in two days. Won't be getting any gifts and won't be going out. I guess this is the least of my problems-- if I were to cry over that I'd be considered petty, haha

- neighbor's cat has been harassing my cat, growled and hissed at me as well. Had to use wolf piss after she went back inside to make a barrier around our porch. We'll see if that worked, but god she is such a bitch.

- feeling like people hate me and my comic. this is normal tho. A little more extreme than usual, I guess.

- so anxious my stomach is upset. This has been happening a lot recently. It's kinda new.

- the running water is making me all the more stressed

[UPDATE]
managed to hire a 24/7 plumber, but it cost like 700 or something and the guy used a little form to put the credit card info on which was really super shifty tbh. If I had known better, (or rather if I weren't such a dumbass) I would have asked them to just bill us by mail. I feel like I added more ruination to my life.
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Result in thread: Writing for Yourself/Others
17th Jan 2020, 11:05 PM #10
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Trying to formulate my thoughts on this matter and it's being really, really difficult tbh.

I.... think I'm a for-myself sort of writer. But then again, what I put out is also readily available for public eyes because I want to be able to connect indirectly with my readers.... for a variety of reasons. Intrigue, emotions, interpretations, etc, all kinda coagulate into a big ol' craving for communication.

Like, for instance-- Some of my characters and their stories are connected to my experiences growing up, past traumas and present-day struggles, fears for the future etc, and they help me to push through hard times, encourage me to keep going or 'try again'. I let these characters exist on the canvas in the worlds they were made for because maybe there's someone out there that also needs to see these characters doing their best, or going through hard times, and maybe they'd be able to relate to that. I've had a few people tell me that my characters resonated with them, and that really is an incredibly liberating feeling.

Other reasons I guess are goals I have yet to achieve. I habitually leave cookie crumbs and puzzle pieces scattered about the pages of my works in hope that someone will maybe take the time to piece them together and garner some kind of meaning out of it. It doesn't matter if they actually "get it" or not; Usually there's like... very little "it" to get. I don't do life lessons, political agendas, etc-- actually my stories are usually written with single-word 'recurring themes' in mind. Things to just play with, and see what happens. They're the backbone of the story, sure, but in the end they exist in a vacuum. If that makes any sense. (Probably not?) But seeing a reader analyzing the puzzle pieces and spinning their own meaning out of it is something I strive for every single day. If I can get just ONE person to pull some philosophical mumbo-jumbo out of my stories, I'll know I've done my job. But that's something I need to really work hard for. And that would require, I dunno... finishing what I've started? lol

So maybe who I'm really writing for would be... both myself and others. Whether my work is considered "good" or "bad" is secondary to my concerns I guess, especially since at this current time my hand injury makes it so I can't afford to waste time trying to achieve perfection. It's probably selfish-- Actually, no, it IS selfish. I just want to get my stuff out there before I die. And in getting it out there, maybe I will have connected with lots of people and feel like an actual human being.

Kinda like Key the Metal Idol.
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Result in thread: More content flags
17th Dec 2019, 5:16 PM #11
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seriously, comicfury is probably the only site I know of that, when it does make changes, they're actually good ones. Thank you Kyo!
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Result in thread: new genre: fan-fiction
7th Dec 2019, 6:02 PM #12
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Ha! Awesome! I have two fan-comics, one for a game called Kenshi and one for Final Fantasy IX. The FFIX one is on hiatus at the moment-- but I'm definitely going to apply this tag to both of them! I always kinda wished it was a thing. Funny that it would be Pokemon that broke the camel's back.
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22nd Nov 2019, 8:58 PM #13
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Kyo:I hope you're staying hydrated


actually today I almost passed out at work due to dehydration. First day back from medical leave, too. Fun.

Anyway, does this mean some files could be potentially lost, or nah? I think I'm gonna finally make backups for the comic sites I care about regardless... just in case Dreamhost decides to pull something even more villainous, somehow, if that's even possible at this point.
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20th Nov 2019, 3:48 AM #14
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Thank you for all the hard work Kyo. I think you deserve a bit of a vacation after this. Or at least a really good booze.
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Result in thread: Time for yourself.
24th Sep 2019, 8:09 PM #15
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So, this kinda struck my interest because it hits a little close to home. I've had a hand injury (now a double hand injury haha) for going on a year now and I'm constantly working with my doctor to figure out what exactly it is; it's no carpal tunnel, that's for sure. The most we can say about it is that it's a repetitive lifting injury, induced by lifting at an odd angle, and it's causing muscles and tendons to tighten and contract beyond what they're supposed to and pull at the joints during flareups.

I'm lucky enough to have someone with medical experience in my family and just in general a family that doesn't do what yours is doing-- so I don't know how to deal with that. All I can say about is please, for your own good, get out of there as soon as possible. Nobody deserves that level of abuse. (I recently found a really good resource for people looking to escape abusive households.) And I dunno about you, but reacting to your injury with higher work expectations and "pranks" threatening to damage your hand further counts as abuse in my book.

But for the immediate future, in terms of maintaining an injury that you don't fully understand while still having to work through it, here's my hot take:

- You should buy copper compression gloves. If your injury goes up into your arm, you might want compression sleeves as well-- I've tried out long compression gloves, but their major flaw is that they don't compress the most crucial part: the wrist.
Compression gloves seem to actually work, either by some placebo effect or by actually constricting your muscles' movements while keeping blood circulation going. (That's what the copper is said to be for-- circulation.) So far I've ended up actually having to depend on these things on a regular daily basis, but they definitely do seem to help. Wear them whenever you have to do any heavy lifting that you can't get out of, and wear them when you're at the computer. I also tend to wear a brace on whichever hand is hurting most when I go to bed, so that it doesn't bend in off positions and get agitated while I'm sleeping. One thing you could be doing is bending your hand backwards while you sleep and that would definitely not be helping things.
If your stupid family makes stupid comments about it, or tries to get you to stop wearing them, or even so much as try to harm you further, that's even more of a push to leave.
Here's a type of glove I commonly use
this too
and just for reference, here's an arm compression sleeve


- Do mild stretches, nothing too heavily-leaning towards carpal tunnel stretches because you don't actually know what it is. Could be tennis elbow. Could be a mystery. Who knows. It might also help to get massage tools to assist in these stretches.
here's a resource on not only two of the most effective exercises for carpal tunnel, but methods to test the condition of your hands
and here's a video on massages, some of which actually work on me despite my issue not being carpal tunnel.

- Definitely work on getting yourself insurance so you can have a primary care physician that can help you deal with this. Medicaid might be your best bet at this point in time. Kokoenos' link on the replacing your vital records is a start in the right direction-- I must also tell you though that you don't actually need to learn to drive in order to get an ID of some sort. "A passport trumps all", is a mantra I've heard many times in my life now. The process to get one could be long and grueling, but in the end you'll be thanking yourself regardless, no matter what you use it for. This could also help you in getting out of that household, too.
here at least is an official starting point on how to get one.
this is the best resource I can find on getting yourself set up on medicaid

- And just as an extra bonus, I want to point you towards EBT cards for in case you do move out to live on your own or find a roommate, and still need assistance in even so much as getting food into the house. Because even if you do get a job, that might not be able to cut it. Please consider it.
This is the official starting point for getting an EBT card.

And uhh that's all I have to say. I hope things get better for you soon. That's a really shitty position to be in.
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Result in thread: Picky Critiques 2
7th Aug 2019, 7:30 AM #16
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Thank you very much for the critique! I honestly forgot I even requested one, lol

I do admit that I too have issues with some of the bits looking too immaculate for the setting, and some details not being grunge enough-- that's part of what's been keeping me at bay from continuing it for a while now, haha... every time I look at that stupid comic I want to just scrap it and redo. But then again I know that if I even try that, or even if I just try to edit small details, I probably won't have the energy to continue any longer. All I can do at the moment is keep going forward and fix that later, maybe once I've finished it (whenever the hell that may be hahaha*sobs*)
But also how can I go forward knowing previous pages are so horribly stupidly wrong...? I really don't know what to do with myself there. Hating the way my comic looks and not being able to continue because of it... almost makes me wanna cry from the sheer frustration lmfao

I think I remember mentioning the intro being an issue of mine too... So yeah. That's definitely on the list of things I want to change, though I have zero idea how. I already edited it a bit ago to just change the wording. I could just get rid of it altogether... It is just one page, after all. Nobody would miss it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The fuzziness might be easier to fix, tbh-- That's kind of a result of a filter I added for some kind of retro effect. I've been playing with vintage emulation filters for a bit now and I think I might have something that's both easier to pull off and less eye-strain inducing. I could just 'go without' as the comic didn't actually... have those filters starting out... but really, I felt like it needed something. Eh, it's a work in progress.

As for the character dynamic between the two androids, I can see where it might come off as what you described. All I can say is that it's definitely not that simple. ...I really can't say anything else without spoiling it. Things just aren't what they seem.

Honestly I'm not worried about the number of subscribers or frequent readers-- not for this one at least. The whole reason I allow myself to go at a snail's pace with The Third Arbiter is that I know it's meant to be a short(-ish) story and not some serious attempt to gain notoriety. So I won't bother with improving the pacing at all, haha... I'm not even putting too much effort into the art itself, for that matter. And it's for that reason that I'm shocked when people praise it. Grateful, flattered, but still very shocked. xD

Once again, thank you. I was anxious about this at first, since I'm not used to getting critiques-- but it wasn't that bad. I feel a little better now, actually. If I ever feel like I need another critique for something else, I think I know who I'll be going to!

(EDIT:) Also I love how both the stories you just reviewed are sci-fi stories about robotic characters and yet are completely tonally opposite.
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Result in thread: Apocalypse Plans
8th Jul 2019, 8:15 PM #17
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If it's an asteroid or something that affects the global environment, I'd take a trip to Kennedy Space Center, either hijack a shuttle or work together with NASA faculty to get an impromptu abandon-earth shuttle arranged, and jettison my ass into the Outers of Space.

If it's any of the other things I'd probably bury a cache in a very obvious Holy Shrine-like location containing all my artwork, including the raunchy stuff. Just out of hope that some time in the next x-thousand/million/billion years, a new race of sentient beings will rise from the ashes of humanity's decimation and, in their quests to uncover the dark secrets of the Earth's history, discover my work and regard it as some kind of holy relic.
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Result in thread: Air your grievances here.
1st Jul 2019, 12:17 AM #18
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I've been crying almost daily now.

I finally got that driver's license, but for some reason it doesn't make me feel any less trapped. I'm having headaches again, probably from high stress levels-- focused around the osteoma on the back of my head as it usually does. I can't focus on my comic because of it. This time it's accompanied by some kind of pressure on my nasal cavities n stuff. Very not good feeling. Taking ibuprofen only helps a little.

My hand is showing improvement, but I still can't keep the compression glove off for long while doing stuff before it starts to hurt again.

Basically, I'm in a lot of pain all the time and I'm losing my frickin mind. And I have to get myself in gear as soon as I get the physical version of my license so I can, like... apply for another job or something. But idk if I have the willpower to do anything at all while I'm feeling this shitty.

Can't even work on comic stuff without a struggle, honestly.
There's more tbh... one hell of a lot more. Emotions up the wazoo. But I can't be assed to list it all. My brain's just on the tremendous physical pain I'm in rn.
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23rd Jun 2019, 7:53 AM #19
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cintiq alternatives that I heard are very good and don't have to cost you an arm and a leg:

- XP-Pen Artist (That was already mentioned in here)
- Huion Kamvas (probably has the best track record imo)
- Huion GT
- Gaomon PD (I actually don't know for sure if these are any good but they've been popping up lately)
- Parblo Coast
- UGEE, but the models and versions are all over the place and they're really freaking disorganized about their product marketing
- Artisul (I don't think any of their products have hotkeys on them, idk if that bothers you or no. Deals only in tablets with screens, I'm pretty sure.)
- Yiynova
- Monoprice MP (I remember Monoprice! They were the first company I ever got a drawing tablet from. It had a funky dotted grid thing going on on the drawing surface. Ah, the memories... Guess they've gotten into the with-monitor business now, huh)
- Veikk VK (this one's a brand new one-- only heard of it very, VERY recently. but it seems to be out-performing all its competitors. Even Wacom.)

I keep an eye on these things all the time, mostly because my own cintiq is starting to die (as the realm of darkness slowly bleeds through into existence from the lower left corner of the screen *grimaces*) but also because I love techie stuff and it's fun to listen to people review these things. So far I've been leaning toward either a Huion Kamvas or Parblo Coast, but with that Veikk VK suddenly popping up out of nowhere, I think it's drawn my attention...

Keep in mind most of these can cost between 200 and 600 USD, which is honestly pretty reasonable (a steal, even!!!) considering.
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Result in thread: Well, I have a garden
19th Jun 2019, 6:48 PM #20
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MK_Wizard:I would LOVE to have blueberry bushes, but they are hard to find.


tbh we didn't expect to see a blueberry bush at a grocery store, but we did. There's a Market Basket the next town over that we had never been to before, and I decided that since we were in the area we might as well take a peek. The store is much bigger than the one in my town and has all assortments of things you can't find elsewhere. This was basically the first thing we saw before even going into the store, and mum and I spent an entire minute staring at it and being like ",,,, do we get it? This might be the only time we ever get the chance..."
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