Rebuild an Omnipresence in [the] Wired

 
While I had watched anime prior to 1999, no particular series grabbed me so completely as Serial Experiments Lain. It was Christmas vacation, and my friend Grant (from bakacafe) and I were wondering through a Suncoast Motion Picture Company store. Today the chain is all but gone, but at the time, it was the only place in Minnesota where you could get the newest anime.At this point, we knew only the few shows provided to us by the Sci-Fi channel's Saturday Anime. The original film version of Ghost in the...

DiscordiaComic.com to make a return?

 
It seems that the webcomic Discordia is prepping for a return to publication. The comic has been silent for months, the last post being a guest strip from Tselsebar of The Wotch: Cheer!. While I enjoyed the comic during it's active months last year, I was saddened to see it go cold.Discordia (the comic, not the religion), ranks among other unwitting transformation comics such as Abstract Gender, Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki, and the mighty Misfile by Chris Hazelton. The story centers around...

Draft 4?

 
I've been thinking of reviving a plot element in Novella that I did away with a year ago.Currently Novella is in what's called "Draft 3". Drafts enumerate major changes in a story's plotline. The first draft was a more fantasy oriented story involving a pen that could control fate. It fell into the hands of a college age androgene, Novella. Although I toyed with the idea for quite some time, it never got very far. Eventually I recycled the character into another story more fitting...

deninet5.1 and Starlights Beta

 
One thing I've been working on for the site, in addition to the new Starlights (or Akisa Web) theme is a general upgrade. A new core version of drupal had come out, and several modules had updated since I first started to use Drupal. I took this as an opportunity to update the whole lot. Now deninet is running Drupal 4.7.4. Several modules were updated, and a few new ones were added:Capcha - Was installed but never enabled. Updated. im - Never enabled. Removed.logintoboggan - Was enabled, but never...

Transgender Day of Rememberence 2006

 
You are not forgotten.This year I actually managed to post one before the 20th. I spent the last three days putting this together. It's perhaps the most complicated layout I've yet done. It required three separate drawing layers with digital compositing. Even then the coloring was tricky given the complexity of the piece and the interplay of the reflected layer.The concept is that you're looking through Novella's eyes. In the glass of the frame is her reflection post Transition. She's looking at a...

Akisa Web Theme #7

 
Okay, so the site kinda ground to a halt for a while. The last three weeks I've gone from occasional artistic output, to absolutely nothing, to a few cryptic posts. Let me give you a quick run-down:Three weeks ago I had a horrible, horrible weekend. My laptop suffered a strange library corruption that required a reinstall of windows. My Satellite radio broke, requiring a replacement. And finally, I got into a car accident in my new Kia Rio 5. As you can imagine, I was not happy about any of this. The...

Zombie Tess

 
To make things clear, I'm not dead, nor is the site. The last two weeks have been rather difficult and it hadn't left me with much time or energy in order to do anything creative. I hope that this will change...

Bakacafe.com

 
I threw this together for a friend that is starting his own blog site.The idea was pretty simple. I needed something that would resound both "cafe" and "baka" -- the Japanese word for idiot. The cafe part was the easiest, a simple cup and saucer. But how do you exemplify the "baka"? Perhaps my brain is poisoned by too much anime, but I can imagine some hapless waitress character mistakenly serving a dead fish in a coffee mug.Hence you have the baka -- the dead fish -- and the cafe. Put them together and...

Not so stuck...I think

 
I've been having quite a bit of trouble with the new Akisa Web Theme, and unfortunately, there seems no end in sight. Still, I've finally made some headway.By far the biggest problem I've had with the image is the background. Usually I only give terse attention to anything except the characters. For the most part, this approach works well for me. Eventually I have an idea of what the background should look like and I start drawing it. The downside of this method is occasionally, I foul things up...