Illustration and comics from New Zealand. Howdy.

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strangestarcomics:

Here is a small fraction of some of the development work we’ve done for the comic, starring Gomi & Kenta (the OTP)

While we were picking through our folders for things to share with everyone, it turned out that half the time we can’t tell who drew what anymore. A true miracle!

pls enjoy a tiny amount of the otp sketches me and toril have been drawing for literally half a year. I’m really excited for the comic and hope you’ll ship them half as much as we do

A bunch of sketches from my Twitter! The only postable stuff I have at the moment tends to be fairly sketchy, so I feel more comfortable posting it over there. It’s accumulated a bit though, so here’s a little dump

gigi-mango asked: What brush settings do you use in ps to get that art liner look???

Kyle’s Brush Pack > China Marker > 15 or 20px > 40% min diameter> 300dpi > 30% of full res!

starlock:

HEY ALL I’m gonna be at SPX TABLE B-13 this weekend alongside my roommate cryptovolans (listed as Emily Smith in the con directory)! I’ll be selling copies of Hotblood! volumes 1 & 2, StrangelyKatie's Princess Princess,  and Katie’s & my Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club zine!!
I hope to see you there~! 

(small reminder that for those of you who can’t make it to the con, Hotblood! books are available to buy here and MSBC zines are here!)



If you’re at SPX this weekend make sure you stop n say hi to Toril!! She’ll be sellin her cool comic, my cool comic, and our cool zine!

starlock:

HEY ALL I’m gonna be at SPX TABLE B-13 this weekend alongside my roommate cryptovolans (listed as Emily Smith in the con directory)! I’ll be selling copies of Hotblood! volumes 1 & 2, StrangelyKatie's Princess Princess,  and Katie’s & my Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club zine!!

I hope to see you there~! 

(small reminder that for those of you who can’t make it to the con, Hotblood! books are available to buy here and MSBC zines are here!)

If you’re at SPX this weekend make sure you stop n say hi to Toril!! She’ll be sellin her cool comic, my cool comic, and our cool zine!

Anonymous asked: It looks like Princess Princess is sold out! Any chance there will be more up for sale sometime soon?

Yes it is! Thank you so so much to everyone who bought a copy, I’m honestly so incredibly grateful!!

There will be some copies for sale at SPX this weekend at table B-13, courtesy of the lovely Starlock and Cryptovolans!

However if you’re nowhere near Maryland, I’m looking into printing services at the moment that’ll let me distribute without so much stress, so please stay tuned!

Sorry I haven’t posted much arts lately! I been workin on cool things~ One of those cool things is Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club, which is gonna be a webcomic by Strange Star Comics (me n Starlock). This is Gomi, one of the main characters! He likes music and flowers (and boxers)

Sorry I haven’t posted much arts lately! I been workin on cool things~ One of those cool things is Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club, which is gonna be a webcomic by Strange Star Comics (me n Starlock). This is Gomi, one of the main characters! He likes music and flowers (and boxers)

It’s always interesting drawing characters you haven’t in a while, it definitely shows you which parts of their design you remember. These idiots are always fun!

It’s always interesting drawing characters you haven’t in a while, it definitely shows you which parts of their design you remember. These idiots are always fun!

Anonymous asked: I feel like i started reading a book and was suddenly cut off from reading so, being somewhat of a creative person i understand the feeling of being done with a story and not wanting to continue but is there a chancel you will one day continue the "Girl in Hell City" story or maybe release a digital book/novela. The characters were all soo interesting and well developed I can't help but want to know what happens next. Sorry if you have been asked before

Aww thank you, this is a very sweet ask! I actually still really love the concept of the comic a lot, so at some stage way way in the future I would like to come back to it! It just needs waaay more development and, well, cleverness basically haha. A combination of text/images would be ideal for me!

starlock:

starlock:

strangestarcomics:

HEYYY EVERYONE! It’s time to officially announce that we (Strangely/Katie and Starlock/Toril) are now a comics team studio known as STRANGE STAR!! 

We’ve previously worked separately on our own independent comics, including Princess Princess and Hotblood!, but for the last few months we’ve been collaborating on our first joint webcomic project, Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club, which we are now getting ready to launch this winter!

For anyone interested in learning more about the comic, we’ve compiled a bunch of development drawings and character profiles into a 34-page b&w zine that is available for preorder here! 

Additionally, for news, info, and more drawings, please follow us on tumblr at STRANGESTARCOMICS.COM

THRILLING NEWS I’VE BEEN HELLA KEEN TO SHARE FOR AGES: Katie and I are a studio now!!!!!!! We’re so insanely happy and we can’t wait to show what we’ve been working on! Please follow us @ strangestarcomics.com for updates on our upcoming webcomic, Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club, convention schedules, and sweet merch!! 

Heads up that the zines are now in stock and I’ll be shipping out the rest of the preorders tomorrow!! Quantity is fairly limited so if you’re interested in owning one, it’s best to order soon!

(I have also set aside copies to sell at SPX and MICE!)

Thank you ~  

Just a little notice that zines are back in!! And will also be buyable at SPX at table B13!

princessprincesscomic:

Hi guys! For anyone who would like to purchase a hardcopy of Princess Princess (thank you!!), you can finally do so! Yay!!

The book is 44 full colour glossy pages, and can be purchased here on Storenvy for $25+ shipping! 

Or if you happen to be at SPX, you’ll also be able to pick up a copy at table B13 from the lovely Starlock and Cryptovolans! I won’t be there but they’re kindly giving my girls some table space (and will have their own fab comics for sale so grab those too!!)

Thank you, I’m so happy people are interested in a printed version! Spreading the word is very much appreciated also~ 

Thank you so much to everyone who has bought one or spread the word!!! ;w; I really appreciate it!

(via strangelykatie)

princessprincesscomic:

Hi guys! For anyone who would like to purchase a hardcopy of Princess Princess (thank you!!), you can finally do so! Yay!!

The book is 44 full colour glossy pages, and can be purchased here on Storenvy for $25+ shipping! 

Or if you happen to be at SPX, you’ll also be able to pick up a copy at table B13 from the lovely Starlock and Cryptovolans! I won’t be there but they’re kindly giving my girls some table space (and will have their own fab comics for sale so grab those too!!)

Thank you, I’m so happy people are interested in a printed version! Spreading the word is very much appreciated also~ 

walrushit asked: katiee im not sure if it's just me, but I can't seem to purchase the princess princess book, said something's up with yer paypal ?

Ahh I’m a dofus! That should be fixed now! ;___; Thanks for the heads up!!

Anonymous asked: hi! i love your art! i was just wondering, is your comic "hell city" dead? are you going to finish it or what?

Hey, thank you so much! I’ve mentioned this a couple of times but I guess it doesn’t hurt again - no, I won’t be continuing it. Since I might as well turn this into an educational exercise for others, here are some reasons why!

1. Feeling like you “should be doing something” is very understandable - we all like to feel constructive! But sometimes, doing a thing just for the sake of it is not a constructive decision at all. I definitely felt like “webcomics are cool, I like comics, I should make a webcomic!” so I made a webcomic. This is not a good reason to make a webcomic, haha.

2. If you have an idea, you really need to make sure it can outlast that initial spark. A new idea will always light you up and fill you with passion! It’s exciting, it’s fresh, it has limitless scope! And once you start making characters for it it becomes even more exciting! However this initial spark can fizzle out really quickly if you don’t spend the time developing and continuing to add interesting things to it and making sure you believe in it enough to sustain it for a long period of time! 

3. Which is why you should definitely take the time to do lots of research and development! Make the entire project a learning exercise and push your skills - a big problem for me was that I felt complacent, like I was doing “just enough”. Any comic I do now I want to make me learn new things, and get better at old ones!

It kinda bites admitting I made a decision I regretted, but at the same time it’s put in a place to better understand how to create a good relationship with comics into the future! And nobody should ever feel ashamed to drop a project if it’s making them unhappy or feel weighed down, as Hell City did to me. So if this experience helps anyone out, I’d be really happy!

Anonymous asked: hey because yours & toril's zine is set for preorder, when do you expect it to ship out and stuff? I've never actual preordered anything before so I don't really know how it works :U

They should go out sometime around the first week of September! We’re both exceptionally happy that we sold out of our first print run, so we’re just waiting on another. Thanks so much to everyone who has bought a copy!! We appreciate it so much!

Anonymous asked: Is the strangestar Take 2! Zine concept art and character studies for yours and starlock's upcoming comic? Or is it something else?? (I'm planning on buying so I wanted to know ha ha)

Yup, its for Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club! Basically there’s a profile on each of the characters, as well as a range of character study drawings by both me and Toril, and a lil omake comic about us at the end!

Thanks so much if you end up buying it, we’re so happy with everyone’s response so far and all the support really really means a lot to us! ;w; We appreciate it so much!