Illustration and comics from New Zealand. Howdy.

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Contact/talk to/hire me: strangelykatie(at)gmail.com

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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!

Anonymous asked: Is the flowers of any importance in Breakfast Club or is it more of a visual thing? I've noticed you seem to like to draw flowers growing everywhere (including on people)

It’s kind of a little bit of everything! They function as a visual metaphor, as well as being important to the story/characters, and also Toril and I just really really like flowers haha. I’m glad you picked up on it though! We’re planning to make a lot of small decisions visually that we hope people will notice~!

Anonymous asked: Hi, I just wanted to say that I love your art, and your rockin comics were so inspiring that I've decided to write my own! Any advice for someone totally inexperienced in comic-making? Also, do you have any webcomic recommendations? Thanks <33

Oh I’m so glad you’re inspired to make comics!! Just sitting down and creating them and putting them out there has brought SO MANY wonderful things into my life, I can’t stress enough how important it is just to get started!

In terms of advice, here’s what I think has been especially important for me on my journey:

  • READ LOTS OF COMICS! 2 years ago I didn’t have the remotest concept of the broadness and scope of stories that were possible to tell through comics. But there’s honestly SO MUCH there and even though you will definitely forge your own path, it’s great to find work that really speaks to you in the way it tells its story as well as the content itself.
  • START SMALL AND PRACTICE HEAPS! My first ever finished comic was only 8 pages! It was a good length to start with, because it allowed me to see it through without losing courage or motivation - the end was always in sight! Also you can share the finished product much quicker, which is a really good feeling. You’ll also improve wildly as you go, so it’s nice to start out a little smaller and not feel pressured to go back and make changes as you’re working on something/become more aware of your mistakes. That said,
  • MISTAKES ARE COOL AND YOU SHOULD MAKE THEM! It’s way better to make mistakes because you were actually out there doing stuff and trying and experimenting than to not make them at all! I look back and CRINGE so hard at my previous comics but it’s okay - we’re learning all the time, so if you get too hung up on ensuring all your output is of The Highest Possible Standard, you’re gonna spend a lot of time agonizing and revising. Definitely do the best you can, but also breathe and let go.
  • MAKE STUFF YOU REALLY REALLY LIKE! Don’t worry about what a comic “should” be. It should be whatever the hell you damn please. If you wanna draw a hard scifi political thriller, do it. If you wanna draw cute boys working in a cafe, do it. Never ever feel bad.
  • TALK TO OTHER PEOPLE MAKING COMICS! One of the coolest things is that there are SO MANY PEOPLE making amazing comics online right now, and another cool thing is that they’re all super excited about it and are generally pretty dang nice!! Tumblr isn’t bad, but honestly you should grab yourself a Twitter if you haven’t already, it’s where so many comic/webcomic artists hang out and it’s really easy to yell nice things and start conversations!! Peers are really important to have, and a huge part of why I’m still excited about comics every day! I’m so grateful for Twitter for letting me get to know the people I always admired and even work with them and have them in my life!!

As for recs, I definitely have them but this post is already fairly long and I’ve actually been meaning to do a big detailed webcomic recommendation post for a while! So I’ll end this here and ask you to look out for that soon~

I hope this was able to help a little bit! Best of luck with your comics!!

Anonymous asked: Hi just wanted to say it was awesome meeting you today at smash and your art is seriously amazing!!

Ohh that’s so sweet, thank you!! ;o; It was a pleasure meeting absolutely everyone so whoever you are, it was great to meet you too!

Seriously, thanks so much everyone who dropped by today. Thanks to you all I had a fantastic (though v tiring) day! I sold out of a lot of stuff including Princess Princess because I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but there are still a few prints left in case anyone is coming on Sunday! I’d love to meet you!!

A little vent (good vent) doodle ~ ❀

A little vent (good vent) doodle ~ 

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

Hey guys! If you’re in Sydney, the madly talented Choo and myself will be sharing table 24 in the artist alley and we would love it if you dropped by to say hello! 

I’ll be selling copies of Princess Princess and the Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club zine as well as a range of prints, and Choo will be selling beautiful prints, stickers and books! 

We hope to see you there!

Happy birthday dear Toril!!! ❤❤❤
 I&#8217;m so used to drawing you things I can&#8217;t post that I actually forgot I could post this until now! HB! is such a huge inspiration to me that I absolutely had to draw these fellas (with flowers of course)!
It has been a total privilege and joy to get to know you throughout this year, and it&#8217;s safe to say my life has changed for the better. So much better. You are such a strong, intelligent, motivated, thoughtful and very cool person and every single day I&#8217;m chinhandsing so hard that we have what we have. Thank you for literally every single possible thing, you know how much you mean to me and how happy I am to have you in my life!! 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I&#8217;M SO EXCITED FOR TRASH FUTURE!! ROARS!! 

Happy birthday dear Toril!!! 

 I’m so used to drawing you things I can’t post that I actually forgot I could post this until now! HB! is such a huge inspiration to me that I absolutely had to draw these fellas (with flowers of course)!

It has been a total privilege and joy to get to know you throughout this year, and it’s safe to say my life has changed for the better. So much better. You are such a strong, intelligent, motivated, thoughtful and very cool person and every single day I’m chinhandsing so hard that we have what we have. Thank you for literally every single possible thing, you know how much you mean to me and how happy I am to have you in my life!! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I’M SO EXCITED FOR TRASH FUTURE!! ROARS!! 

teenileeni asked: hey!! have you posted anything on yours & kate's collaboration process? my friend and i have wanted to do a comic together all summer but we're kind of confused on splitting up the workload

starlock:

I haven’t, but the way we work together is so incredibly rad that I’m surprised I haven’t found an excuse to talk about it yet! 

Collaborating on a comic project (or anything, really) can be either extremely rewarding, uplifting, and beautiful, or it can be Hell. Katie and I don’t have a set step-by-step process, because we both like to get our hands into everything we make, but here are some things we do that have unquestionably worked for us:

 we’re candid, honest, flexible, and receptive to ideas– our own and each other’s. we don’t hesitate to suggest anything, even if it seems crazy at first, or it means changing up something that’s already been decided. by doing this we’ve created a lot of trust between us– whether we’re writing, or drawing, or even just chatting, it’s very Safe and Sincere. this allows us to be solid sounding boards for each other, and lets us develop our projects much faster (and, I think, better) than we could do by ourselves!

 we tell each other how much we care and how excited we are and how much fun we’re having, a lot. like, every day. it’s super important to know that you and your partner are on the same page, creatively and emotionally! that way neither of you spend time second-guessing the balance in the relationship.

❀ we don’t do “my toys/your toys.” we share all of our characters equally, and switch between them effortlessly because of it– this also creates instant ‘outside the box’ way of thinking, because although we’re very much in sync with what we want, we still sometimes come up with ideas the other person never would have figured out on their own!

 we communicate about the work we’ll be doing, what each of us wants to do, and what needs to be done– since we’re capable of splitting the art and writing exactly 50/50, we have the luxury of being able to do just about whatever we want! we also are clear on our other work we have to do– we both have ongoing freelance projects, I run Hotblood!, and Katie has another job besides.  

 which brings me to: we’re both busy, but we MAKE THE TIME. Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club started out as something we’d chat about as a warm-up/cool-down side project, and six months later we pretty much want it  and STRANGE STAR to be The Job. so, that’s what it’s becoming~

 and, finally: this isn’t true of everyone, but Katie and I live 16 hours and 9200 miles apart, in New Zealand and Boston, respectively. we’ve never met in person! we interact via Skype, Google Drive, Livestream, Twitter, and Snapchat– and we understand that we live in different countries and have different lives outside of the computer. no one ever is made to feel bad when they have to– or want to!– get outside and enjoy the sun, or go to sleep, or finish off their other work. but we talk every day, and we have mega travel plans, and fortunately I have some extremely flexible work-from-home gigs that let me keep nocturnal hours, and Katie’s work is also p chill!

as for you and your friend, what it comes down to is: get a handle on what it is you want to make, figure out what you’re both interested in doing and how much time you want to spend on it (be honest!), and just start developing it! every day, if you can!! 

PS. SOLID #1 COMICS ADVICE: MAKE A PITCH FOR A PUBLISHER, EVEN IF YOU DON’T WANT TO ACTUALLY PITCH IT. Nothing is better for nailing a concept and plot down in a good amount of time!! Faith Erin Hicks has a great post about how to do that here~

Reblogging here because it’s really important to me and every word Toril says is good and true and exactly what I would hope to tell anyone thinking about a collab!

river-wood asked: Hey Katie, thanks for being so awesome. You're such a huge inspiration to me, and I was wondering how you deal with art block? I'm in a bit of an artistic rut and I could use some advice on getting out of it.

Hello! Ahh man, feeling art blocked can be really scary, but don’t worry you can TOTALLY smash through it!!

To me, art block isn’t a thought so much as a habit? It’s thoughts that turn into habits, maybe is more accurate. Of course a big cause of it is just feeling bad, bored, uninspired or inadequate for whatever reason, but what makes it an actual block is when this starts affecting your ability to draw and produce.

So my advice is to try and reverse engineer that shit and focus on changing your habits first! Just sit down and make yourself do some work, on anything! It can be studies/life drawing, thumbnailing a comic, writing a script, attempting a finished piece, trying an artistic challenge, or just filling up pages in a sketchbook. The important thing is to just keep at it! Set aside some time to draw and don’t let yourself put it off with excuses like “too tired” or “don’t feel good”. Of course you MUST take breaks and rest when necessary, but the thing about breaks is that they feel a whole lot better when you’ve done some work first! haha

You’ll still produce things you’re unhappy with - but you’ll be producing! You won’t be stagnant! “Art blocks” are temporary, and I think the best way to overcome them is to get busy. I draw literally every day, and it leaves me with very little time to get blocked! I definitely have bad days (some very bad) but when that happens I do as much as I can, then go to bed and pick up the pencil the following day.

I hope this helps a little!

annadevitt asked: I just started reading Yotsuba again and remembered you like it too, so who is your favorite character other than Yotsuba??

Ah you are very attentive!! Yotsuba is indeed my favourite manga ever! What a cute question, as much as I love everyone it has to be Mr Koiwai. I mean, he’s such an awesome dad?? And when I was at uni he was one of the main reasons I wanted to work from home in Japan and live in boxer shorts (both of these goals have been achieved so). He also seems super laid back and isn’t afraid to be just as childlike as Yotsuba.

This is also a very timely ask as well, I’ve been wanting to Get Stronger at slice of life stories a whole lot lately, and I’d love recommendations of good slice of life comics, manga, webcomics etc if you guys have any!

sketchdoodle!

sketchdoodle!

Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club is the show a cast of voice actors work on in an upcoming comic by Starlock and myself!
Matsuno (the girl) has been put in charge of remedial lessons to help a bunch of shounens improve their mahou. There are interesting results.

Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club is the show a cast of voice actors work on in an upcoming comic by Starlock and myself!

Matsuno (the girl) has been put in charge of remedial lessons to help a bunch of shounens improve their mahou. There are interesting results.

Trueform Midna, and the last fanart print I am gonna do for a very long time&#8230;.

Trueform Midna, and the last fanart print I am gonna do for a very long time….