Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Speak No Evil: Melancholy of a Space Mexican by Elan Rodger Trinidad

Excerpt from the author’s afterword: “But if I have any sort of political opinion on immigration, it is this: They came to America for the exact same reasons your ancestors and relatives came to America. Just because they’re illegal, doesn’t make them less human. If you’re going to tell them to leave, do it as respectfuly as possible.”

~ Worksafe and a must-see. One of the most compelling comics I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. I’ve rec’d this before somewhere, but I can’t remember on which site…so here it is again. Literally can’t rec this enough.


HERO: a story by Tongari

Premise: “HERO is a story about a perfectly ordinary boy with no memory of the past and no urgency for the future; who one day accepts a most extraordinary offer to travel to distant places and invisible cities.”

~ Tong’s elegant, surreal style makes me want to keep clicking to see the next page. I adore the way she manages to capture mood and how one panel just flows to the next. The story’s as engaging as the graphics, and her character designs are fan-freaking-tastic.


Oglaf by Trudy Cooper

~ Contains very explicit, adult themes. A sex comedy in web comic format, in all its NSFW glory. Not really crude/crass enough to be considered porn, but it does contain very explicit artwork. Love the sense of humor, and the graphics are superb. I remember reading somewhere that Trudy has a co-writer for this webcomic, but I can’t find the name, argh.


Uitspan Era by Chira and Muun

Premise: “Sfeer Theory is the biography of a semi-immortal wizard named Balzac whose duty is to uphold and guard an empire, by way of a magical version of Atlas. The Uitspan Era addresses the beginning of his livelihood, and the Uitspan Age addresses the possible end of it.”

~ Contains some gay themes. Chira/halcyonjazz is a freaking fantastic artist. She churns out beautiful art in a way that makes me feel about one inch tall. Her lines are always confident and structured, and she makes it all seem so effortless. She and Muun work their magic in this promising story, with a cast of interesting characters and an intriguing original fantasy setting.


Starfighter by HamletMachine

~ Contains mature and homoerotic themes. I first saw panels of this in one of the art comms I used to frequent. Loved the art style and the space opera-ish setting. And the boys in skin-tight suits.


Goodbye Chains by Tracy Williams and Alice Hunt

Premise: “Colin Lord is a cheerful Boston Communist, and Banquo White is a cranky half-Mexican with no philosophy beyond hedonism. Somehow they have become partners in crime, spreading a reign of terror and dialectical materialism across the plains of Colorado. Follow their adventures with explosives and ladies–and, possibly, men.”

~ Contains some mature and gay themes. I have mad respect for Tracy Williams, who’s been in the comics business for years, both traditional and online, and it definitely shows in her art. I love her inking, and how solid and easily-identifiable her art is. Goodbye Chains takes people on a pretty fun and action-packed journey.


Knights-Errant by TheYoungDoyler

Premise: “Details the lengths to which Wilfrid, a once exalted member of society, will go to reclaim favor with the courts. Inevitably involves Oswald, condottiere of the “Errant Knights” and other poor souls.”

~ Contains some mature and LGBT themes. I fell in love with the setting, which the artist describes as “set in pseudo-Europe during the pseudo-Renaissance.” Still in the first chapter, but I’m currently loving the art style and the sense of humor.


All In Your Head by Tteok

Premise: “Socially underdeveloped, Keith Alders is a walking example of awkwardness. What will it take to penetrate his shell of mistaken idioms and obliviousness?”

~ Contains some mature and gay themes. The first few pages made me fall head over heels for Keith. His vapid charm is just way too adorable. Unfortunately, the author seems to be occupied with other matters, but 35 pages of this hilarious webcomic are still up and available.

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Originally posted on August 28, cross-posting this here:

Just your garden-variety fanart recs post. I think I was doomed as soon as I stumbled across luulala’s gallery. And Gobeur’s. Title + art excerpt + notes follow.

Malik, Altair by luulala

~ I rarely have one favorite fanart in an entire fandom, but this one would be it for AC.

Ezio and Altair by luulala

~ more from the same artist, cross-generation slash ftw~

Look Ezio, isn’t it amazing? by Gobeur

~ I had no idea that the “Leo” in this fanart was Leonardo da Vinci. Or that I’d fall so hard for the char when I played AC2. 🙁 sorry, dude.

Untitled by Gobeur

~ Malik’s the first amputee character I’ve ever wibbled over. I find this weird…I thought there’d be more. Mukuro’s awesome, but I didn’t like her that much.

Accessing the Animus DS by Gobeur

~ Gobeur’s sense of humor. XD ♥

Just a Kiss by Ayleid

~ I love this Leonardo. Just the right amount of softness. ♥

Untitled by Yousui (? hope I read that right)

~ Beautiful Altair/Malik fanart. Admittedly saw this after I got into AC, but it’s too pretty not to put in here.

found you by doubleleaf

~ Doubleleaf is probably the most prolific fanartist in the AC fandom (which is awesome, because she draws so well). This is the AC artwork I love most in her gallery.

I wanted to include fanart involving Altair’s water solubility (because one doesn’t really get into this fandom without making fun of the master assassin’s inability to swim), but I can’t find one that I adore enough. 🙁 Oh, well.

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

This is going to be a huge ass post, so please bear with me.

I submitted this entry to the recent Revelations art contest (the sibling entity nagged, I relented, and who wouldn’t want signed copies of Sandman Volumes 1 – 10?). Took me a lot longer to finish than I expected, and I wasn’t completely happy with the result, but the deadline was closing in and I was just overworking the bad areas despite Sei‘s helpful crits 🙁 (I swear, that woman has the patience of a saint) The sibling entity did the legwork for the printing and mounting too, how awesome was that.

Also, small note: Photoline does pretty reasonably-priced large prints while you wait at their Robinsons Pioneer branch. Mine came out a bit dark, though, but may have been the fault of my uncalibrated monitor. Anyway…

A few days after the Revelations / Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards event (crazy talent and awesome winners this year), I saw the first, second, and third winning art entries of the art contest (may have been via Azrael Coladilla‘s flickr photo log), all of which were fantastic (I really, really, really love the third prize winner, BTW, just saying. I’d have licked it if it wasn’t unseemly). I wasn’t among them, of course XD But I kinda expected that.

Jump to the following day, and I receive an e-mail from Fully Booked. Excerpt follows:

“Congratulations! We’re pleased to inform you that your entry to the Revelations Art Competition, ARMAGEDDON, tied for second place. Your prize is a copy of Absolute Sandman volume 1 signed by Neil Gaiman.”

I was happy and confused at the same time, since I’m pretty sure winners’ lists would have mentioned ties or something like that. But far be it for me to complain XD (omfg, the adorable talented writing man person who keeps coming back to the Philippines to leave us money and awards liked my work?!) I’m shooting Fully Booked an e-mail right now to ask for details if they’re not too busy. I know how my life goes, and I wouldn’t put it past fate’s whimsy if that e-mail turned out to be a long series of typos.

Edit: Fully Booked replied very promptly to my query (yay!), and I think they thought I meant the PGFA when I mentioned the winners’ lists and did it tie because it won a People’s Choice or something? :X Good job of exposing yourself as a noob, Lyn. They said that the art competition was separate from the PGFA (I swear I knew that beforehand) and that Neil Gaiman had been the one to choose the winners for the art contest (I knew that too!). So I guess the only reason I didn’t know that I’d tied for second was the lack of one of those sticky flower badge things. Guess they didn’t expect Neil to declare ties either!

This totally makes up for my not having been able to get a kiss+hug combo from the guy. Although, not really. I hear he gives very awesome, bone-crushing hugs. 🙁


Photograph via Fully Booked’s Facebook Page

I know this is very geeky to say, but that photo kills me. Neil Gaiman is right beside my artwork. Vaguely pointing at it for the benefit of anonymous camera guy/gal person. Need to remember to breathe now.

The sibling entity dragged me to Rockwell (on a weekend. in the middle of a hot day. through traffic and overcrowded areas teeming with sweaty hipsters), and I managed to take pictures of the artwork they put on display. They only set up 20 of the entries for the small gallery, though. Makes me wonder how many in total there were.

Sorry for the glare in the shots. The camera, I know not how it operates.

Sign at the entrance of the gallery.

Okay, whoever yanked the entry tag out of this one needs to have a brief moment of embarrassment involving mismatched socks in one form or another. My OC-ness rages. It’s the first thing you see in that gallery and it’s the only one without the detail tag 🙁 I hope the artist surfaces online.

“He’s Leaving Home,” by Marianne Justine Aquino Galvez

“Dreams of a Kindly One,” by Ruben A. Nacion

“Armageddon,” by your resident junkie, sometimes known as Poor Lyn Who Wishes She Can Take Pictures Without Glare But Can’t (her last name is Make Lemonade). Full version is at the top of this post. The print on display also somehow obtained a scratch just right above the quote 🙁

“The Other Mother,” by Melanie H. Lim

“Nada-An Offer You Can’t Resist,” by Jonathan M. Quines. Love the pattern and the details on this.

“Tiny Heart,” by John Paul Abia

“Peek-A-Boo,” by Kamille Anne U. Areopagita. I’m surprised this didn’t win something, I think it’s fab. Hopefully it tied for something, too.

“Despair Gets a Tan,” by Jon Benjamin C. Corrioso

“Went Fishing and Caught Delirium,” by Julius Christopher F. Fonte

“Stardust,” by Gerald Cura

“Lycoan,” Ken Steven Chun

“Pieces,” by Rai Perez

“Boundaries,” by Elle Battung. Have to admit that I didn’t get this at first, but damn, took me a while to realize that those silhouettes are all cutouts. How awesome is that?! That and the whole mood of the thing really did it for me. Lovely work. Grand Prize Winner!

“Trio at Dawn,” by Ronna Lara-Bes

“Bird,” by Ronna Lara-Bes. I love the composition and the vivid colors on this one.

“Together with Barnabas,” by Marie Franz Canares. The concept + the coffee medium makes this nummy in more ways than one. Second Place Winner!

“He Saw Wolves,” by Kara Beatrice Chung

“Paradox,” by Kevin Marie D. Becira. The corrogated cardboard frame is kick-awesome and works so well with the piece.

“Hole,” by Rea Uypitchitig. I adore this one, made such an impact on me when I first saw it. Curious last name on the artist too, wonder what its origins are. Third Place Winner!

That’s the whole exhibit. Was fun viewing it with my sister and taking pictures.

Also, Neil Gaiman’s post-visit reaction is downright adorable. Chocnut! Haven’t had that in ages and he has a bunch in his trunk!

The talented Saberkite has a blog post on the event [here]. The grand prize winner wasn’t even aware she’d won until someone linked her to Saberkite’s post, which is both funny and kind of disturbing. o.o;

Progress shots of Armageddon can be viewed [here]. Made with Painter 7 and Photoshop CS.

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