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2 days ago, 8:59 AM #1
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Octopus Ink:"Mankind is the REAL monster"

Just a side-tangent to that; I wonder if people writing that trope are aware of how many birds will kill other birds' babies just because it's easier than building their own nest.
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2 days ago, 6:01 AM #2
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One week ago, 5:56 AM #3
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When I get bit by the drawing/inspiration bug, I become a cryptid who'll forego basic human needs like food, sleep and socializing to draw as much as I can until I get to that point where I absolutely HAVE to stop. Taking breaks means less time to draw and I NEED TO GET MY IDEAS ON PAPER BEFORE MY INSPIRATION-BUZZ GOES AWAY, DARNIT.

Common result is me going to work or school with 0 hours of sleep and I'll impatiently wait until any opportunity (lunchbreak, lecture, etc...) to pull out my clipboard to continue. The buzz usually dies down after 30 hours or so, or if I finish the project, but sometimes it's lasted for days with minimal nap/meal breaks in-between and I wouldn't think much of it until my husband would start becoming concerned and asking me "when was the last time you ____?". Then I'm forced to look at the clock and hear the familiar points about how I need to take better care of myself and that he misses my company. :x So I kind of feel ashamed of myself for it, but it's like this obsessive need I can't put off or else my project will likely never get done. Or just won't be satisfying to create, I guess?

Werewolfsbane:Also sometime I think I connect with my characters a little too well, since sometimes when doing the good copy, if I draw a sad character I start frowning, smiling if my character is happy, and go bug-eyed if my character has a O_O expression. And I don’t even always realize I’m doing it right away, so I’m sure at least once someone has walked in on me to ask a question, and I’m just sitting there, slowly drawing a page quietly while going O_O

Ehehe, there's a fun mental image XD Hopefully they're understanding of the situation?
I've had someone take a guess at what I was drawing based on the faces I was making.

shibazoid!:i tried to get a job in the funeral industry. there's no better research than experience and i wanted it.

Hardcore
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10 days ago, 6:33 AM #4
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@jmluvsbob You mentioned in a thread a while back that your wife picked your username, so I looked at it more closely like "Oh, the 'jm' must be initials", then my brain proceeded to keep reading jm as JIM, anyway. orz In that same camp as many others

@GuyPercinn Oh. Even though I've been reading yours correctly, somehow I never made the connection that "Percinn" -> "person" 9_6 It's a good name, sir.

@WynautWarrior Always tempted to read yours as "Walnut Warrior" XD

A lot of times if a name looks too much like a random assortment of letters at a glance (even if it isn't) my brain does a lazy and doesn't process any pronunciation and I just see the name for visual symbols with no sound assigned to it, like KitapiMD is just a K, I, some other letters, and a big MD at the end. Or in khkddn's case, it's the sound of hacking out two "k" sounds followed by "Dndn". Basically just grunting and stuff. Yet still so recognizable

Mine's just Nee-ah and "Nook" like in the phrase "every nook and cranny". Rhymes with book. It was actually all one word, being the name of some animal I made up years ago. I actually have no idea why the middle N is capitalized, except it just... looks right. A lowercase n would make it look imbalanced and the name would tip over. The big N needs to stay there to hold the name down.
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12 days ago, 7:46 AM #5
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Pfft- amazing!

Pour bars of soap in your milk and eat your soapy cereal, kids.
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12 days ago, 7:37 AM #6
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BellaRoisinDubh:

It is a very understandable thing to be anxious about, and pregnancy/parenting is exhausting. I'm also horribly sorry to hear about the marital issues on top of that. What a thing to deal with when you're expecting. :(

I had a very similar fear 2 years ago, that I'd have to give up my life's passions in order to start a family. I even posted a thread on this site asking parents how they managed to find time to keep their comics going back when I was shoulder deep in postpartum depression and feeling more like a dysfunctional machine than human, and I just want to assure you that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It took a while to realize this, but I think my child turned out higher maintenance than the norm (very active, high-strung, refused to be put down at all times, struggled at sleeping and staying asleep, etc...) but even in that situation, there's still been nights where I was able to sit down and fit a little bit of drawing in. OBVIOUSLY it doesn't happen as often as it used to (to be expected), but if you truly get joy out of something, you'll find (or make) time to do it, and hopefully you will have others who would be glad to help you when you need a break... Seriously, don't be ashamed to ask for help!

Everyone's experiences and children will be different, of course, but if it's any comfort to you, out of everyone else I know who's recently had their first kid, they've been really loving motherhood and still finding time to be their own people outside of being attached to a sweet little goober. :') Maybe you'll only be "mom" some days, but you'll get to dust off your old identity and be your own person, now and then, too. Not to mention how it kind of opens new doors to new sources of happiness and life passions.

Good luck to you and your family, I hope one day soon you can look back on your fears and smile them off!
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12 days ago, 5:59 AM #7
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Y-you call these bad? >__>
These are masterpieces, I hope you know.
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12 days ago, 5:57 AM #8
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andygruba:cilantro leaves taste soapy to some people and not others because of genetics!

Now what does that mean if cilantro tastes like soap to someone yet they developed a liking for the taste over time, anyway? XD mm-mm, the fresh taste of soap grass
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12 days ago, 5:56 AM #9
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That episode of Spongebob where he tries to write his essay is an emotional roller coaster of me reliving countless days of my life.

...In all seriousness, this topic is hard to narrow down to a shareable few!
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7th Jul 2021, 10:48 AM #10
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Not from the area, but been there a few times for family and school trips, so to share some very limited knowledge:

The Pleasure Pier is the big tourist gimmick with the themed restaurants nearby and rides. Like a mini carnival over the water. Never been on it, but my sister has and all I remember her saying about it was that she enjoyed the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co restaurant (a reference from Forest Gump, if you're familiar with that movie)

The beaches aren't very pretty, but you can have fun on them without having to spend any money :') Watch out for the man-o-war jellyfish, though. They're lovely, but not fun to touch.

There's a Schlitterbahn water park there, too.

Moody Gardens was the highlight of my visits down there. It's got various attractions, including ferry rides and those 4D theaters and such, but their main feature is their pyramids, one of them being a rainforest theme where they have exotic plants, butterflies, monkeys, birds, etc... and their aquarium pyramid which has penguins, sea lions, and an underground tunnel where you can see fish swim overhead!

I wish I had more details to give about crime areas or hidden-gem type places that you won't find listed on any pamphlets, but anyway, hope your vacation goes swimmingly!
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5th Jul 2021, 8:52 AM #11
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5th Jul 2021, 7:54 AM #12
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Just popping in late to say I absolutely love the idea for this exchange, it sounds super fun and would totally love to participate if it continues in future years >:)
and maybe by then my villain would actually appear on more than 4 pages, teehee
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1st Jul 2021, 5:10 AM #13
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jmluvsbob:^ Oh my god that last one. “Hubba Hubba” indeed. I did not think I would ever see Yokiro like that with them, even in a hypothetical.

Yeah... It was one of the weirder things I've gotten the urge to draw, but the out-of-character absurdity made it all the more amusing. XD
Was so close to putting sunglasses on him.

DHManga:Ha, I get what you mean by shot.

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That pun wasn't intentional. HA!

ShaRose49:I love Tatsuma with glasses!!

Great! explosions included.
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30th Jun 2021, 4:28 AM #14
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Tatsuma wearing glasses


Wow Yokiro, stop being such a ho
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24th Jun 2021, 2:39 AM #15
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My heart goes out to those who wish their peers cared a little more about their comics. I'm the kinda nosy and excitable person who'd be thrilled to check out a friend/family member's creative work (music, art, etc...) so it's hard for me to comprehend why so few family members/friends are curious about what we spend hours toiling away at. :P Different interests, I suppose!

My husband basically reads everything I draw, which is very nice. He considers himself a fan and it makes me happy that I finally have someone I can blabber about my comic with, and likewise, he gets to share his own writing and character ideas with me. :')

My immediate family and some distant friends know I draw stuff and I think eldest brother actually read the first few chapters of my comic a couple years ago! My mom doesn't read it, but is supportive and has apparently told people about it, because I had some unfamiliar lady from church come up to me saying that she liked my comic, lol. That was surreal. Besides that, not much. My sisters usually just critique my art (mostly comments like "That one looks like an old lady" "Why doesn't that girl have boobs?" 9_6) It'd be exciting if any of them wanted to read it, though these days I'm worried they'll read into details and think I'm basing certain parts off of myself.
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23rd Jun 2021, 3:34 AM #16
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The Accidental Ninja:I'll come up with the plot and she'll "fix the dialogue so that it sounds good and natural" and she'll also do the art.

Ouch. :(

How familiar is she with your work, anyway? By the sound of it, she gets a lot of praise for her work, so I wonder if she's just making the assumption that her editing will make things much better, regardless of whose work she's editing. (an "it's not you, it's her" situation?) I don't know. It would understandably leave a sore spot if she was looking down on your work like that. That and sometimes with older siblings, it can also be hard to accept when your younger sibling is good at something that you're also good at.

My older sister is also a really talented artist (does lots of professional level/traditional type art but also dabbles in comics) and when we did collab projects for fun, it was obvious she had some issues with my art (that she mostly kept to herself), but all the same, as I got older and kept producing comics, I think she's seen my improvement and accepted that we just have different styles? Or at the very least, if she still looks down on my work, she's actually complimented some of my pieces, so there's that! lol. I just hope your sister sees the strengths in your comics and accepts that it's good in its own right, you know? And if not, keep a firm hold on your love for what you create, because there'll always be something special in it, whether she recognizes it or not.
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23rd Jun 2021, 2:56 AM #17
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HeSerpenty:LOL to be fair............now that I am an old 30 yr old I would think a coupla kids wanting to go pet a cat past curfew is shady too haha!

Question: Did you ever want to pet that cat at that time of day BEFORE there was a curfew or is there a secret rebellious streak in ya? Hahaha

(poor kitty..no pets XD)

Oh yeah, I totally understand why that man did what he did, but it was scary to two kids who just wanted to pet a cat XD I don't remember why we had to do it then of all times... maybe we tried earlier in the day and didn't see the cat, maybe we just didn't want to walk in the hot summer sun, but uh... as typically well-behaved kids, we did occasionally get the urge to break rules that we deemed "stupid"

Jessie Blue:

Oh, didn't know that about changing the soil, but I will totally make note of that!
Will look into those plants. We planted some english ivy in a mostly shady spot and as some leaves are starting to turn brown I'm trying to figure out if it's getting too much sun or something. @_@ I appreciate the advice
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19th Jun 2021, 8:19 PM #18
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Kokoneos:Idk if I ever shared this but here we are
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"Local Artist Mauled by Micro panther"
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That clip was so well timed XD
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19th Jun 2021, 8:10 PM #19
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Jessie Blue:First, things like basil are annuals and they only live a year so you didn't kill it, it just reached the end of its life cycle. Most food-type plants are annuals, you have to save seeds and propagate them the following year. Onions and garlic are bulbs though and will spawn their own next generation. Potatoes you just have to cut some eyes off and resow or leave some in the ground to make more.

Have you tried some hardy/sturdy things like irises (which will spread themselves)? Some succulent type things like sedum or hens&chicks that are really hard to kill? And look into native plants to your area. If you are trying to grow things out of their range it can seem like you are cursed with black thumbs when it is the climate that is killing stuff.


Oh really? I don't know if this changes anything, but my basil was indoors (tip: the leaves didn't taste good, probably from lack of good sunlight, but it wasn't acclimated to the full sun and I didn't have outdoor space available at the time). When it died, it was behaving like it was sick, with various leaves shriveling and rotting off until the entire plant was a blackened stump. If that was it dying of old age, then that'd be uplifting, haha :') Usually the plants seem to die from bacteria forming in the soil, I think?

That climate bit is a good tip; I'm actually trying that with plants that do well in this climate, because it's pretty horrid in the summer. Citrus and peppers are some of the few things that thrive where I live, so I'm hoping my baby orange tree will survive long enough to see it bear some fruit! (fingers crossed!) And morning glories grow in the wild out here, too, so hopefully by next year I can have a fence full of blooms. Thanks for the advice!

HeSerpenty:I have another confession I should get off my chest....and this also counts as probably one of my most embarrassing stories I'm gonna share on the internet because why not?

Well at least you got a fun story out of it! The spiderweb bit was the perfect icing on top! lol
That reminded me of something that happened when a hurricane knocked our county's power out for 2 weeks and they enacted a temporary curfew. My younger brother and I were both kids (maybe 10? 13? Around there) and there was a friendly cat a few streets down that we decided would be a good idea to go pet late at night during a curfew.

Because of the power outage, there were no street lights, but we could see our way via moonlight and memory. We were almost at the house where the cat lived when some older 40 or 50-something man came shining a flashlight on us and barking at us about what we were doing. He did NOT believe us when we explained to him that we were just going to visit a cat. XD So after several minutes of heckling us, trying to find our "REAL" motive, and making sure he knew where we lived, he let us go. But we had been successfully intimidated off of the streets for the rest of the curfew. We never did get to pet the kitty, that night!
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15th Jun 2021, 7:38 PM #20
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I've always loved greenery. Flowers, trees, plants. I love the overgrown aesthetic, I enjoy nature walks and spotting the flowers. I'm drawn to the idea of having a big lush yard to grow fruits and vegetables. My own comic started because I made flower-themed characters! Heck, I named my firstborn child after my favorite tree!

Maybe not as much bizarre as it is just a cruel irony, but I can't freaking keep any plants alive to save my life. I think I managed to have a basil plant live for a year and that was a record for me. (R.I.P. Babo-Basil) I read up on it and follow directions and I don't know why, I just suck at gardening, man.
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[Edit: Also, I forgot to mention how much OP makes me laugh]
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