a lovestruck romeo, sings the streets a serenade

Dear Wonderful World

I will get around to reprinting this little book of two stories later this year (only made about 30 copies on the first run because they were kinda expensive to print). While waiting here is the story I like more of the two.

It is a story about a gently depressed bartender who makes a wish and then thinks about it (instead of the other way around as is generally recommended)

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Let me know if you'd like a copy when I get.. around.. to it. Happy Monday
a lovestruck romeo, sings the streets a serenade

The ocean of words I want to say to you (part 1)

I was going to post an explanation but that became too long. In summary this is not even a Senbasa doujin any more, just a story about how not to survive a relationship consisting mostly of long absences and telephone silences. I was drawing something for my friends' wedding while finishing this so if it is kind of sappy I apologize.. It is pretty long so let me break it into two posts

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link to part 2
a lovestruck romeo, sings the streets a serenade

Drops in the Ocean

After months of putting it off here it is at last: post-con sales post for the ~50 copies of Drops in the Ocean I had reprinted recently. I'm sorry it took so long to get this up! Here is some information about the book.
  • It is a rather ambiguous* story about a wish made in an aquarium, and how it was granted (or not?), and features a grumpy talking rabbit
  • It is 28 pages long (22 pages of actual story, of which 8 are in colour and the rest greyscale)
  • The colour pages are not as bright as in the previews (after CMYK conversion)
  • It is 7" x 10", quite flat, with laminated covers, the paper used for the pages is kind of thin (Sorry to be anal, I felt I should mention all this because this is not CF and you can't flip through it before buying)
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So. I'm back in the tropics now and it is 8 days to Comic Fiesta and counting! My books will be ready next Friday night!! The printing company is full of angels!!! I will be sharing a booth with KC and Amei and Wrats!!!!! hopefully I will not pass out from excitement and not too many people will be scared away and I will get to meet new friends!!!!!! And I should go easy on the exclamation marks, and look up what number our booth is. Yes. I will make a proper information post after work. I came back to SO MUCH WORK it's not funny

The Basara story is still wip 6/12 :D; I will probably just print it myself last minute as a mini-comic or.. put it online... Also while I managed to explain the ocean book to the printing company with lots of vague handwaving, I do not know how to even begin explaining the concept of Basara, let alone "modern-day sengokujidai AU in which Ishida Mitsunari is an angry schoolgirl"

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Ok back to work. It is my first week back and I am already feeling like someone who defuses bombs for a living. A KANCHEONG SPIDER

1) Actually this was a good strategy; the avalanche of guilt I got off this splurge prevented me from spending any more money for the rest of the trip

2) So surreally WKW-ish it is deserving of its own post, although the fact that I immediately thought to write about it as a story right after it went down is very illustrative of how "people who write about their friends may end up with no friends"
a lovestruck romeo, sings the streets a serenade

a guide to eating in KL

Y's mates visited last weekend. This resulted in an eating tour in the general vicinity of KL, following which I decided to document a template of said tour for future guests. This assumes arrival on Friday evening and departure late Sunday afternoon.

* 8PM: Garlic/cheese naan & best tandoori chicken (roadside stall opposite Ampang Point)
* OR the above + curries, masala, satay, Heartstopper(1) if late enough (Naan Corner, Ampang)
* 10PM: Wine & siew yoke (Vintry, Kota Damansara)
* 2AM: Indomie burger (Darussalam mamak, Sri Hartamas)

* 11AM: Eggs/toast, belacan fried rice, hainanese chicken chop, roti babi, roast pork, coffee, butter cake (Yut Kee, Jalan Dang Wangi)
* 4PM: Pasembur & cendol (Jalan Ampang/MRR intersection)
* 8PM: Salted egg / chili crab and other Chinese stirfries (Mei Keng Fatt)
* 10PM: Booze (Brussels Beer House)

* 10AM: Nasi lemak (Kampung Baru)
* OR roti canai (Risda Corner, Jalan Ampang)
* Or both
* 3PM: Nasi ganja(2) (Kudus, Jalan Tunku Ab Rahman)

1) Share this with a friend. It is a regular sized Ramli burger with two heart attacks worth of grease jus and sos
2) Well no it's nasi kandar actually. But he puts three types of curries on your rice by default so tis so good you might as well be eating ganja

The only thing you might have to line up for is Yut Kee so try to time that right (11AM is just my guess at that lull between breakfast and lunch crowds). The other places are not so bad on weekends. I will make a map soonish since getting anywhere in KL is more murder than fun.

CF kakis / partners in crime: We might not have time for everything that weekend but I will tweak this to accomodate schedule / eating on weekdays! Also since CF is in Berjaya other places might make more sense like pork noodle and that notorious tai chow off Imbi. Also also there are other things that are kind of far away that I haven't found a decent KL-ish place for like dry bak kut teh, char kuey teow, dim sum, you tiao..

Now you all know why I never update this thing, we're always GONE EATING
a lovestruck romeo, sings the streets a serenade

the tatami galaxy / 1600, winter, osaka

I had a day off which I intended to spend watching The Tatami Galaxy (四畳半神話大系) (as subbed by Funimation / animecrazy if you live outside of the US). I've only gone through two eps and they were delightfully weird and entertaining. Not sure how long the repeating plot device can sustain itself, but I thought the animation style was pretty unusual and very cute. Also I really like Akashi AND I LOVE OZU ALTHOUGH HE DOES INDEED LOOK LIKE A YOUKAI


But my plan was foiled because the night before I had a sad dream about Mitsunari so obviously most of my day off was blown drawing a comic about an SB3 stage, and taking liberties with Gyoubu. Like the Misogi film club president says, "why do you keep making these ridiculous things no one else understands? it's disgustingly masturbatory"

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says something like, you and me babe; how about it

"you and me, babe, how about it"

Not so long time ago in a community not that far away a couple of MIND BLOWING drabbles were written based on a magnificent idea regarding the hypothetical romance of two anthropomorphized MMOs. (I can only imagine their meeting: of how they did look each other up and down, and L2 did disapprove, and WoW did say 'hi baby').

And my mind was indeed blown, and buoyed by the wind under the wings of this unholy love, and an extended saga of BOTH great hilarity and powerful emotional metaphors, I may have drawn some stuff. FOR WHICH I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE

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So there. The brilliance and the blame lie not with me ಠ_ಠ

PS. Finished Kavalier and Clay, or, I spent uncountable hours floating in A SEA OF BEAUTIFUL WORDS, also aughh escapism, loss, illusion, COMIC BOOKS, I have been stunned into forgetting how to express myself