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Bro Calendar 2016 [22 Jul 2015|05:01pm]
[ mood | excited ]

I'm a bit late on this this time around but… it's time for signups for the sixth Bro Calendar! As usual, most of this is copy-paste from previous years as not much has changed, but if you're interested, please glance over everything to make sure you're clear on guidelines!

The Bro Calendar is a 12-month calendar that features that special, awesome relationship between two (or more!) people that may or may not be related. Think Jet and Spike from Cowboy Bebop. Or Vash and Wolfwood from Trigun. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Those sorts of relationships. This calendar is to celebrate characters being bros. You can see the 2015 calendar here.

Technical Details:
-Image should be at least 8.5"x11" (landscape, NOT portrait!) and the resolution should be AT LEAST 300ppi.
-Due date is Friday, November 13th.
-Color is preferred, but shaded greyscale is acceptable too.
-PG-13 max, please!

Any groups of FICTIONAL characters are allowed! It doesn't matter if they are from an anime series, manga, video game, American comic, TV show, etc, etc. They're all okay. And gender DOES NOT MATTER. Sure, it's a "bro" calendar, but female characters are DEFINITELY allowed. You are free to draw characters used in previous Bro Calendars, but please do not draw characters that are already being used for the 2015 calendar. If possible, I'd like to have only one page per series (so, not like three months of One Piece characters, even if they're all different characters), but I won't stop anyone from signing up for a series that is already being used as long as the characters are different!

I cannot pay you, but for your effort and troubles, you will be sent a copy of the calendar. You DO NOT have to live in the United States to participate, I will happily send you a calendar whatever country you live in. And your images are your own, please feel free to use it for prints at Artist Alleys or the like! (I do not make money off of this project, any money gained from these sales will go directly to recuperating printing costs. In the off chance that I make enough to cover costs, the profits will go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.)

If you would like to participate, please comment on this entry with the following:
-Characters you want to draw and series they are from
-Month you'd like to claim (NOT NECESSARY)
-How you'd like me to contact you (usually I will try to reach everyone through LJ PMs, but if you'd prefer email or a Twitter DM, let me know!)

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment here, send me a LJ PM, a message on twitter (@kaitou_ace), or email me at dragynstorm (at) gmail (dot) com. I will be trying to remain in contact with all participants, giving updates and reminders on due dates.

Thank-you for your interest and time!

Months available: Currently ALL MONTHS are available! The cover is open as well if you are interested in drawing that!

ensuing - Ledo and Chamber - Gargantia
queenvera - Hisoka and Illumi - Hunter x Hunter
bishieobsessed - The Elric Brothers - Fullmetal Alchemist
@kaitou_al - Wild Tiger & Barnaby Brooks Jr. - Tiger & Bunny - OCTOBER
@elisabeth116 - Karasuno Volleyball Team - Haikyuu!
sygmus - Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey - Ace Attorney
@elisabeth116 - Asta and Yuno - Black Clover
@466_P - Zap and Leo - Blood Blockade Battlefront
@BluVortechx - Lisbeth and Asuna - Sword Art Online
@Nayung - World Trigger
@Animikean - Kino and Hermes - Kino's Journey
ensuing - Ushio and Tora - Ushio and Tora

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Japan Trip 2014: Nagano C: A Day of Relaxation, 10/09/14 [11 Apr 2015|11:40pm]
[ mood | anxious ]

60 Images. Worksafe. Little bit of the swears, but a grand lack of ranting!
A Buddhist Temple and a Temple of MangaCollapse )
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Japan Trip 2014: Nagano B: A Ball of Fury, 10/08/14 [06 Mar 2015|10:42pm]
[ mood | frustrated ]

Warnings: 54 images, ranting, tmi?, ranting,RANTING, swearing.
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Japan Trip 2014: Tokyo C and Nagano A: DID YOU SAY TRAINS?, 10/06/14-10/07/14 [17 Feb 2015|10:56am]
[ mood | uncomfortable ]


Warning: 46 images, work safe, ranting, trains, more ranting
A wealth of trains and getting to NaganoCollapse )
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Japan Trip 2014: Tokyo B: WORLD TRIGGER, WORLD TRIGGER, and WORLD TRIGGER, 10/05/14 [22 Jan 2015|06:27pm]
[ mood | hyper ]

Somehow I have not uploaded any World Trigger userpics yet. That's crazy.

Warnings: 40 pictures, worksafe, light swearing, extreme fangirling

You can never have too much Osamu.Collapse )
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Japan Trip 2014: Tokyo A: Lotsa Places, 10/01/14-10/04/14 [19 Jan 2015|07:49pm]
[ mood | amused ]

It's been over three months since I got back from the latest Japan excursion and I'm finally getting around to posting. There are reasons for this!! Good reasons!! …the most prominent one being that I'm very, very lazy. But enough about that, ON WITH THE PICTURES!

101 images, lots of rambling, list swearing, fangirling. Worksafe.
So a mother, a king, and a fujoshi go to Japan…Collapse )
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Bro Calendar 2015 [21 Jun 2014|05:21pm]
[ mood | sleepy ]

Suddenly it's Summer and that means... Yes! It's time for signups for the fifth Bro Calendar! Wow, I can't believe this is the fifth one. Yikes, time goes by so fast! Most of this is copy-paste from previous years as not much has changed, but if you're interested, please glance over everything to make sure you're clear on guidelines!

The Bro Calendar is a 12-month calendar that features that special, awesome relationship between two (or more!) people that may or may not be related. Think Jet and Spike from Cowboy Bebop. Or Vash and Wolfwood from Trigun. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Those sorts of relationships. This calendar is to celebrate characters being bros. You can see the 2014 calendar here.

Bro Calendar 2015 DETAILSCollapse )

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Dragon Drawing Prompts [17 Jun 2014|09:08pm]
[ mood | exhausted ]

Hey all, long time no post! Things have been crazy, but that's not what I'm here to write about.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is out! It's great!

I thought I'd do a call for dragon prompts like I did when the first movie came out.

So give me one noun and two adjectives and I'll try to make a dragon out of it!!

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Doodles: World Trigger, Psyren, Pokémon, World Conquest Zvezda Plot, + Asst stuff [08 Mar 2014|10:56pm]
[ mood | refreshed ]

It's been a while since I posted doodles. The last year or so has been pretty busy, so I haven't been drawing all that much. I've been drawing a lot of World Trigger stuff because it's my beloved baby, but maybe I'll just post most of that stuff together later. It's very silly stuff.

22 images, sexual references in text, otherwise worksafe!
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Prop Making 2013 - CinderClaw the Terrible Terror and Skyspear the Deadly Nadder [17 Nov 2013|06:08pm]
[ mood | groggy ]

At the beginning of the year I went to see How to Train Your Dragons Live and had a super great time. I left the show wanting my own giant animatronic dragons, but that's a little… beyond me, so I decided instead to make some small dragons and cosplay as Hiccup at San Diego Comic Con.

I wanted Nur to cosplay with me and he eventually agreed and we went as Book!Hiccup and Movie!Hiccup. (I was going to be Movie!Hiccup and I tried to get him to cosplay Astrid, but for some reason he refused. Huh.) This post is going to show how I flailed around for ages and eventually created two small dragons to carry around as we cosplayed.

Warnings: 55 Images!! Some swearing! Rambling!
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Prop Making 2013 - Jack Frost's Staff and Maou's Pauldrons and Horns [11 Nov 2013|07:07pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Every big cosplay project I work on I'm trying to take pictures of so people can see how I did things and learn from my successes and avoid my mistakes. This post includes how I made my Jack Frost staff, my Maou pauldrons, and my first set of Maou horns.

Warnings: Regular rambling. 25 images. Worksafe!
It was NOT a good idea to put live connectors powered by 8 AA batteries on my hands…Collapse )

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The Emperor's Army - San Francisco 2013 [10 Nov 2013|06:11pm]
[ mood | bouncy ]

Yeeeeeesh, it's been forever. I've had all these things I've wanted to post about, but I wanted to post a bunch of photos with them and I've been super lazy lately and didn't want to sort/resize/etc them. And I kept telling myself that I shouldn't post until I posted about older things, but I'd never post older things, and it's been this terrible cycle of never posting. Gah.

Life has been good. Busy, but good. Went to Japan Expo USA at the end of August, had a great time (will probably post later on it, hahaha). Been playing lots of Tales of Xillia and doodling something for every day I play it. I've been posting them to my twitter, but I'll post them all here too once I finish the game (I'm pretty close to the end now). Nur proposed and I accepted, so we'll get married at some point. Nur and I went to Hawaii at the end of October to attend the wedding of Melissa, my bestest Poké Pal. I had a blast, and there will definitely be lots of pictures from that later. Halloween was lots of fun, had a great time stalking around my parents' place, then hanging out with Minna no Anime people over the weekend in SLO for the MnA party.

Now let's get these posts about things a million years ago going!

Warnings: Some of the swears, rambling, possible misinformation. 30 images, work safe.
The Terra Cotta Warriors of the First EmperorCollapse )

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San Diego Comic Con 2013 [26 Aug 2013|04:01pm]
[ mood | devious ]

FIRST THINGS FIRST. Still looking for Bro Calendar participants!! Guys, I'm getting desperate now!! I'll now take pre-drawn images, as long as they fit the theme and size requirements, and haven't been in a previous Bro Calendar! You can also do multiple entries! You'll get an additional copy of the calendar (or any in-print manga volume of your choice) for each additional calendar!

Okay, now, other things. This is only over a month after the convention, hahahahaha…

Warnings: Swearing everywhere, rambling, fangirling. 7 Photos.
SAN DIEGO COMIC CON 2013: We Came, We Saw, I FangirledCollapse )

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Various recent happenings [03 Aug 2013|09:46pm]
It has been FAR too long since I made a proper LJ post. I meant for this post to be about Comic Con, but that's only half-written and I don't have the energy to finish it tonight.

But yeah, went to Comic Con a couple weeks back and had a great time, but I'll ramble for pages and pages about that in another post. The weekend before that, my brother, dad, Nur, and I went to an A's game vs the Red Sox. Great game, the A's won, had great seats, everything was great. Except that we left like an hour later than I wanted and missed out on the giveaway for the game; a Reddick jersey replica. Reddick is my favorite A's player, I wanted that, boooo. My dad told me I could leave early to get one, but I wanted to go as a family, so… bah. Oh well, I can make my own or something.

The day after the game was my dad's birthday and it just happened that my uncle and aunt from SoCal were staying at my parents' place that night on their way to Seattle! We had a nice dinner with lots of pleasant conversation.

Last week Nur kindly took me to a local jewelry shop… to get my A's hat signed by Eric Sogard! Because for some reason he was signing there? He's really cute and seems nice and now my hat has a nifty signature on it! The next day we went to the J-Pop Summit in J-Town and participated in the Real Escape Game which we TOTALLY WON (along with like 600 other people BUT STILL, we've never won/escaped before). Saw awesome people there too, and it was generally just awesome.

Uhhh what else has been going on… oh! The always lovely Jump crew was kind enough to let me join them on last week's (7/29's) Shonen Jump podcast! I give terrible opinions and advice! I'll also be on the next episode (8/5's), because I happened to be in the office that day, but I'm still terrible in it, so yeah. But I did get to talk a bit about two books I worked on that are coming out on 8/6 (Nura 16 and Tegami Bachi 14) and say a few words about Ayatsuri Sakon. The awesome editor for Blue Exorcist is on the 8/5 podcast too, with some great Blue Exorcist discussion. The podcasts talk about the current Jump issue, so beware of spoilers!!!

I went to visit Viz on Friday and ended up coming home with a box of books because I'm a manga loverhoarder. It was like 30lbs and I had to drag it from about Pier 39 to the Embarcadero BART station which is… pretty far if you're trying to lug around a box of manga. Nur came to my rescue and ended up carrying it the last four or five blocks to the BART station and then from our stop to his car. T^T~♥ Like I told him in my plea-text for help, my eyes are much bigger than my muscles. Then we came home to three big boxes from RightStuf, a bajillion books from like… four different HUGE orders from the last three or four months. It was manga madness in our apartment, got something like 125 new volumes in total yesterday. Where the hell will I put all these? At least right now I feel pretty satisfied with all my manga… stuff. Like there's nothing nagging in the back of my head, reminding me to pick up this or that. I should have pretty much everything I follow preordered for the next few months and hopefully I should be able to avoid any major orders or manga splurging.

Oh, I also got the Tsuritamas BluRays in from Sentai yesterday. Love dem fishing boys. SPEAKING OF WHICH! Anyone want to cosplay Haru from Tsuritama at Japan Expo USA? We have a Yuki, a Natsuki, and an Akira (with Tapioca!!), but no Haru yet. =(

I'm also trying to finish up John Doe from Dream Eater Merry for Japan Expo USA, but I'm sorta thinking I'll just take it slow and wear it for Minna no Anime's Halloween Party? Ehhhh… I haven't decided.

Went to another A's game today, another lovely game, but I slept terribly the night before and the sun during the game sapped my energy. And I also got sunburned, lol.

It's been sorta busy lately, but in a fun way. Good times.

The Bro Calendar 2014 is still looking for participants! Please sign up! Tell your friends!
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General SDCC Plans [16 Jul 2013|09:43pm]
[ mood | apathetic ]

Sorry about the radio silence! Things have been VERY busy. Been prepping for Comic Con. Hopefully I'll have a bit more down time when I return from the convention (probably not because I'll be putting together two costumes for Japan Expo at the end of August hahahaha).

But yeah, heading down to Comic Con. Here are the panels I'm interested in. There are a lot and I'm not entirely sure of my schedule, but the things I'm definitely planning on at least TRYING to go do are in bold.

Comic Con 2013 Schedule Interests:


11:45am - Room 6A - Dreamworks Animation Filmmaker Focus
2:00pm - Room 28DE - Cartoon Hangover (Bravest Warriors, Bee and Puppycat, and Friends)
4:00pm - Room 7AB - VIZ Media Panel
5:30pm - Room 24ABC - Funimation Panel
5:30pm - Room 4 - Kodansha Comics
5:30pm - Room 26AB - Making a Living in Manga : New Trends Worth Watching
6:30pm - Room 26AB - Lost in Translation

11:00am - Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront - Adventure Time
1:00pm - Room 23ABC - Thief: What's Yours Is Mine
1:00pm - Room 32AB - VIZ Anime Featuring Neon Alley
2:00pm - Room 6BCF - AssCreed IV Live Demo and Q&A
2:00pm - Room 9 - Cyborg 009 and the Legacy of Shotaro Ishinomori
3:00pm - Room 32AB - The Character of Music
5:30pm - Room 26AB - UDON 2013
6:30pm - Room 28DE - The Yen Press Crew
7:30pm - Room 28DE - Beyond the Valley of Tezuka: Manga Legends You Don't Know But Should Know

10:00am - Room 29A - Behind the Creatures
10:00am - Room 7AB - Urban Fantasy: Myth and Magic in the City
10:30am - Room 24ABC - Film and TV Production Designers of the Art Directors Guild
11:00am - Room 7AM - Gravity Falls
12:00pm - Room 30CDE - CBLDF Presents: Defending Manga
12:30pm - Room 5AB - WSJ Podcast: Live Recording!
3:30pm - Room 8 - Adventure Time Comic Book Panel
3:30pm - Room 26AB - Fantagraphics/Drawn & Quarterly Preview
4:00pm - Room 6BCF - Person of Interest Special Video Presentation and Q&A
5:00pm - Room 23ABC - BrickJournal: LEGO as an Art Form
7:00pm - Room 23ABC - Best and Worst Manga of 2013
2-5pm - Behind Convention Center - Shonen Jump Meetup
10-12pm, 2-7pm - Near Hard Rock Café - Wild Nadder running around!

12:00pm - Room 32AB - Build Your Own Monster with Oni Press and Friends!
1:00pm - Room 25ABC - The Art of CAPCOM
1:45pm - Room 6DE - Cartoon Network: Ben 10 Omniverse
2:00pm - Room 7AB - 25 Years of the Disney Afternoon: The Continuing Legacy
2:00pm - Room 24ABC - Witches and Fey, Monsters and Mortals

This whole con will be How to Train Your Dragon cosplay con for me. On Thursday, Nur will be in Movie!Hiccup and I'll be in Book!Hiccup, Friday I'll be in my Toothless hoodie, and Saturday I'll be in Book!Hiccup again. Sunday we'll probably skip the convention and go to Book-Off instead. Not entirely sure yet. As Hiccups, we'll have dragons with us… a Terrible Terror and a baby Nadder. So please say hi if you see us! And if you're attending and have evenings free, maybe we could get a group together for dinner or something? I dunno.

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Bro Calendar 2014 [10 Jun 2013|04:05pm]
Hello friends, it's that time again! It's time for signups for the fourth Bro Calendar! If you've participated before, the big things are all the same. You can see the 2013 calendar here.

The Bro Calendar is a 12-month calendar that features that special, awesome relationship between two (or more!) people that may or may not be related. Think Jet and Spike from Cowboy Bebop. Or Vash and Wolfwood from Trigun. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Those sorts of relationships. This calendar is to celebrate characters being bros.

Bro Calendar 2014 DETAILSCollapse )
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FANIME! 2013!! [06 Jun 2013|09:49am]
[ mood | apathetic ]

Oh wow, so I guess I hadn't posted anything about Fanime yet? Let's remedy that.

I'm going to do this like kiwimangoodness does, because I like that way.

Warnings: A few photos? And some words. Yup. That's it.
Let"s Relive Fanime 2013! Yahoooo!Collapse )

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Cosplay: Inga (Un-Go), Hakuoro (Utawarerumono), and Utsuho (Itsuwaribito) [23 May 2013|06:37pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Fanime starts tomorrow and while packing my costumes, I realized I never posted anything on LJ from my last photoshoot from last November, lol. So I finally picked out the ones I liked.

But before that! Fanime! I'll be there the whole time! I'm working during the con and I don't know my hours, so I don't know how much hang out time I'll have, but hopefully I'll be free in the evenings! We'll see! If you want to hang out, send me a text! If you don't have my number, let me know and I'll DM it to you. Let's have fuuuun. =D

Warnings: 31 pictures, lots of stupid stuff, OOC woooooo yeah
Let"s Prance Around The Backyard!Collapse )

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Once Again, It's Con Season. [06 May 2013|04:34pm]
[ mood | busy ]

Mentioned it last post, but things have been pretty busy what with work being busy and conventions right around the corner. But things are going alright! It's stressful, but fulfilling at the same time!

So Fanime is less than three weeks away. This may not be my final costume list, but most are pretty firm:
->Colonial Jack Frost (Rise of the Guardians) - The outfit is almost done, but I won't be able to do any of the frost embroidery on anything until after Fanime. It should be done for Comic Con. I hope. I still have a lot to do on the staff and in all likelyhood it'll end up a huge mess, but it lights up by my touch! So at least it'll have that going for it. And also I might electrocute myself with it. WHOOPS. I'm working on measures to prevent that. Ugh, and I have the wig to do too. Lots and lots of work to do with the wig. @_@
->Jacuzzi (Baccano!) - He's been done for ages, but I'm redoing the lining of his vest, so I gotta make sure to get that done before I forget. Again.
->Sadou Maou (Hataraku Maousama)- Super super excited about this costume, actually. I still need to make the MgRonald patches, make his horns, seal the pauldrons, make his cape, and style his wig, but he's getting close to being done. I probably won't have the MgRonald embroidery on his shirt or hat for Fanime because I'm not going to rush it myself and because the local embroidery place hasn't gotten back to me, grrrrr. But oh gosh, I think this costume is going to be a lot of fun.
->Inga (Un-Go) - He's done, but I might touch up his wig. Not sure if I'll bring him or not.
->Yuki Sanada (Tsuritama) - He's done, but I don't know if I'll bring him either, pretty much because I'd have to bring his fishing pole, and I don't know how the prop load will be yet. And I want to make a Hemingway apron, but I don't think I'll have time to get it done before Fanime.

Lots of rambling... About the Animation Party, going to Arizona, and some photos of Easter Eggs and stuff.Collapse )

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Bancho Effect: A Half-Assed Comic or Something [03 May 2013|05:54pm]
[ mood | devious ]

Sorry I haven't been commenting much on entries lately! Cosplay and work have taken over my free time. But I've keeping up with my friendlist! …Just not commenting.

But yeah. I drew something half-assed. I've been playing around with the terrible, TERRIBLE idea of a TERRIBLE Mass Effect High School AU thing. And High School AUs are almost always TERRIBLE, so yeah. I wanted to make something dumb but amusing, so Bancho Effect was a-go. I started this idea like two years ago and every six months or so I get really into it again and doodle a bunch of horrible things and never really do anything because my art sucks and stuff. But I figured if I kept waiting until I was a good artist to draw the stories I wanted to play with, I would never get around to drawing them. SO DOODLE COMIC, GOOOOO!

Warnings: 4 images, terrible art, characters off-model everywhere, terrible handwriting, probably not amusing. Also sorta spoilers for the beginning of Mass Effect 2?
Shepard plays hockey, okay? He"s pretty good at it.Collapse )

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