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I got to go to my first night market on day 2 of my trip here in Taiwan. The food is delicious and there are so many vendors lined up along the street. As the name suggests, this market is only open at night. You can find a wide variety of food and snacks here. There are many night markets throughout Taiwan, Shilin is one of the bigger ones.

After arriving in Taiwan, everyone is hungry from their short flight. Since Chiaki is more familiar with Taiwan, she directs everyone to the night market for a quick fix. Hidaka is very much bothered by the smell of the stinky tofu. The smell is a cross between sour milk and rotten ham. I made a joke about it being the national dish, it's not the national dish, it'd be really scary if it was. Oh yes, they have little festival/carnival games in the night market too. Shrimp fishing for example is a common thing you'll see at these night markets. It's so weird, they give you a little fishing line and when you hook a shrimp, the vendor grills it for you to eat. The sausage... really, it's a sausage within a sausage. A bigger one is sliced open, pickled veggies are thrown in, and another sausage is stuffed into it. You eat it like a hotdog, so bizarre!

Departure

May. 30th, 2011 11:08 pm
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I'm sorry...
I was experimenting with vertical page style. It is a page killer, never again! It looks better horizontal with 6 panels, imo.

But yeah...
It basically spams everyone's page at full size, so click the minimized image to view a super big comic!
1.) Origami kit: Like how other airlines have coloring books and word searches, JAL has origami kits.
2.) Minna: Everyone

Gyaaaaaaa!!!!! My tickets have been confirmed I'm leaving Tuesday (tomorrow Chicago, US time). I'm flying off to Taiwan. It's been great everyone, I'm off to my vacation.

Oh, but worry not. I have two other comics pre-drawn (I couldn't finish the others), so I can post from my apartment in Taiwan. A warning in advance, the next few comics will either be lacking backgrounds or quality. The first two are okay because I drew them in Chicago before leaving, but.... after that, they will be super crude if you don't mind (I have no scanner in my Taiwan apartment, I will draw on MS paint if I must).

Okay!
The title of this comic is not a pun off the album with the same title, I'm making a reference to my own departure (but it works out the other way too). The "Attack Crew" is heading out on vacation in Taiwan for a while. What adventures are in store for them when they arrive?!

Naoya is super paranoid about how such a large metal object can fly through the sky... Shuta is horribly air-sick (I'm the same way on planes). Nissy is.... being Nissy. Shinjiro just wants to sleep undisturbed. Hidaka doesn't care as long as Shinjiro isn't doing terrifying things to him. Chiaki and Misako are enjoying their itinerary planning. Wow... I got Nissy to fit in an overhead compartment, sweet. Hahahaha, I just love the murderous fiery aura given off by Shin in the lower panel. Anger fire is the best! You do not disturb Shin when he is sleeping. Anyone notice the dead Shuta on Naoya's lap? Motion sickness is not fun.

Alright! Thank you for reading and supporting AAAttackers. There's more Taiwan comic specials coming up.
My family is from "Thailand," I'm vacationing to "Taiwan," different countries, kay.

Wish me a safe flight!!!

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I'M BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was too tired to ink this... I'm sorry it's still in pencil!
I am so tired, I actually slept for a day and a half after I got back from the anime convention. For 3 days I ran on 5 hours of sleep... I checked out a lot of panels this year and I made a few (awesome) new friends too. Apparently my hotel roommate knew a lot of people. Anyways, I had no internet access while I was at the convention so I couldn't read my e-mails or anything.

So... this is my first random comic appearance. Umm... I went to this panel, which I was having fun at... but when the spoilers came around... a certain individual on the floor nearby me suddenly left the room in shock... That individual is actually a member of this comm. Though I will not reveal who.

Comic Shin is not amused by spoilers...
I guess I'd count this one as an omake.

By the way, yes I wore a "Nodame" mongoose costume for my cosplay, pictures will be up on my journal as soon as I get the rest of them off Miki's camera.

Otaku Day

May. 19th, 2011 02:33 pm
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1.) Oda-san: Eiichiro Oda, creator of the "One Piece" series.
2.) Kawaii: Cute.
3.) "I'll bite you to death": Famous quote by Hibari from the "Reborn!" series.
4.) Hey Kid Your Head is on Fire: Reference to the main character of "Reborn!" when he is in combat mode, also used as the title of the "Reborn!" fan panel.

This is the lovely ACen special for AAAttackers.
In tribute to the anime convention being in town right now, all of AAA will be attending and cosplaying at their own anime convention.

Nissy:    Luffy (One Piece)

Naoya:  Pikachu (Pokemon)

Shuta:  Death the Kid (Soul Eater)

Chiaki:  Celty (Durarara!!)

Hidaka: Gray Fullbuster (Fairy Tail)

Shin:     Hibari Kyoya (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!)

Misako: Fuu (Samurai Champloo)

Nissy looks so cute in his Luffy cosplay doesn't he? Naoya... I don't know why I put him in a Pikachu outfit... it was random... but he looks good in it! Not only did Naoya get glomped, he totally got dog-piled! Hidaka is being a perv, he is too into character, lol. The only reason you can tell which one is Shuta is because of his double piercing. Other than that, everyone looks so different in cosplay. I didn't know what Misako would dress up as, I was deciding between Miku (Vocaloid) and Fuu, obviously Fuu won... but Miku would've been more appropriate. I can easily imagine Shin in all his awesomeness cosplaying as Hibari from Reborn! Chiaki is Celty because I wanted at least one person in Durarara!! cosplay.

I will soon be off to my nerdy anime convention. This is being posted now because I leave for the convention early Friday morning. There is a high possibility that I will be able to respond to comments super early Friday. Other than that, I'm gone the entire weekend. I'm cosplaying too... pictures will be on my journal when I return.

I'm off to go have fun. Enjoy the comic and have a great weekend!!!

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Yay! I finally got some business cards for the site. I ordered them last week and they finally arrived!
I love my design on the card. Though... I am hoping to change the second job title soon. I'm running out of ideas.

I ordered a big stack of cards.
 
I'm so glad I have these cards now because it's easier to give people the website without digging around for pen and paper and not to mention the length of the web address which many people have misspelled.

Oh come on... Shuta goes through more hair styles than I go through pudding cups. Aww man.... Shuta and Naoya changed their looks again.  *repeatedly slams head into wall* More revising for me to do.

Naoya and Shuta will be revised soon...
 

Fan Death!

May. 16th, 2011 03:03 pm
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1.) Atsui: hot.
2.) Omake: additional bonus.
I've started doing footnotes to avoid confusion with non-otaku / non-Japanese speakers.

Wahhhhh! I took too long with this one but it's finally up!!!
When I was in Japan during one of their worst summers, the only word that came out of peoples' mouths was "atsui..." Everywhere I went, people whined and sighed... atsui. It's one of those things where you hear something way too much that you say it subconsciously. Thanks to "Nihao Kai-lan" I can't stop saying the Chinese word for slippers...

This story was based off my friend Robert's experience with "fan death."
The omake was added to explain the randomness in the comic above.

But yes.... believe it or not, there are people in Asia who really believe in death by fan. They really do think that you can die if you leave a fan on in a closed room. I am not kidding, heck my mom believes in it... we aren't allowed to turn on the fan unless we leave the door open.

Anyways, it's finally starting to warm up. Who wouldn't want to lounge in front of a fan all day? Shuta would've enjoyed his nap if superstitious Naoya didn't interrupt with his craziness. I've brought back Naoya's super tackle... he'd be a good glomper... I think the ice cream may have melted during Naoya's fan assault since he dropped it by the door. Aren't these two awesome?! Bwahahaha! I gave Shuta's wall a "Durarara" poster! Its a poster of Izaya because he is a cool cell phone destroyer.
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The next comic was meant to be put up tomorrow...
However, I seem to have forgotten to bring my drawing supplies again.

I was in such a hurry to leave school and Chicago that I forgot to grab my supplies (yay no more school!). Miki will be transporting them to my current location tomorrow. It takes about a day and a half for me to finish 6 panels, that includes scripting, storyboarding, backdrop design, inking, and photoshopping.

EDIT: Curses! I'm too tired! Today's comic is still in it's sketching phase... I didn't think it would take me 3 hours to do Shuta's bedroom. I said I would get it up on Sunday and I couldn't, I'M SUCH A FAILURE! I will attempt to finish up the rest in the morning. I've sketched half the page... then I need to ink... then add text. I hate my slow pace...


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I was juggling this and work... *sigh*
But I finished and I'm posting it on Saturday like I normally do. Yay!

Yeah... I kinda pulled this one out of thin air, but it does fit with the remark Shuta made in "Fool!". Shuta finally got his revenge... See, I told you he was secretly scary. And why is it that "everyone" can easily break into Shin's apartment? I don't know, but they just can. I attempted to draw Nissy's "Otameshika!" outfit and it turned out pretty good. I was curious about what Shin would have looked like... But Shin is so pretty!!! I improvised, but he is seriously hot! *facepalm* Shin screams and faints at his reflection.

I did this for fun, Shuta's pose in the final panel is the Fairy Tail gesture (if anyone is familiar with that)

2554

Apr. 20th, 2011 06:48 pm
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I'm sorry that I'm behind by a whole week and a half. Things have been a little crazy... with Thai New Year going on ALL MONTH for me and crazy projects for school. I feel so much better to finally post this one up. Better late than never, right?

But yes! Thai New Year is indeed this month. It is celebrated by all and wherever Thai people can be found (a good amount of them living in Japan). Normally we'd use buckets to splash people but then... the Europeans brought Super Soakers and powned everyone. The water festival has been practiced for centuries as an act of cleansing oneself for the approaching new year. And yes... there are plenty of elephants that REALLY participate by hosing people with water.
btw it's the year 2554 because the Buddhist Calender is 543 years faster than the Roman Calender.

Anyway... Naoya and Hidaka were on their way to the ultimate Gundam museum/store when they unexpectedly ran into Nissy. Misako and Chiaki basically took Nissy to the festival to check out the food. Nissy, on the other hand, wanted to play with water pistols and obtained a really big one somehow. When Nissy says, "better start running" it was implied that he would be the one chasing them... but it totally turned around on him, *face palm* poor Nissy.

Side note: Misako is holding a skewer of grilled meatballs with sweet and sour sauce, a common festival food (darn I want some now). Why Tako-chan is outside and not in water? (unexplained mysteries) Guess what, it's an amphibious pet octopus, so there!


CHAIYO!
(hurray, cheers, huzzah, etc...) Happy New Year!!!
I made a color picture of the Songkran (Thai New Year)

Fool!

Apr. 2nd, 2011 02:30 am
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This is the one day late April Fools special. I decided to do a full 9 panel spread...
The title is a reference to an Excalibur quote from "Soul Eater." The prank itself was recycled from "NewS," if anyone knows who they are.

Oh no! It's a distressing phonecall. What?! Naoya's disbanding AAA?!
Oh wait minute... HEY! I can totally imagine how Shuta would react to Naoya's resignation. Everyone would be freaked out if Naoya left. I don't know why Chiaki and Shuta are buying groceries, something along the lines of Shuta shouting "It's the end of the world as we know it!" then dashing to the nearest supermarket with Chiaki.

By the way, Shuta's ringtone is "Easy Go" by Kazuki Kato.
The song got addicting after a while.

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This one is the first comic in a long while...
I changed the style of the profile view as well as adding more 3/4 positions for the characters. (which I haven't done before seeing as all the old drawings were primarily profiles and full frontal)

While I was drawing this... it made me think of AAA, which made me think of Japan, which made me think of my friends... and in turn made me really depressed. On the bright side, Japan's economy gets a huge boost and they get to build themselves up again. There have been a lot of people helping them. Lots of donations from all over and lots of helping hands too. "In disaster or glory rise again from the ashes." Japan is strong and I keep telling my friends over there "watcha worried bout, everything will be okay." And it will be okay, just stay strong.

Well anyways, I had a horrible experience with soy sauce at a joint in Japan. I swear it looked like tea! Come on, it was in a teapot! Idiots like me would assume it was "tea." I wanted to retell my stupidity... and an epic win for Nissy, disposing evidence... into the wrong place. Nissy's logic never ceases to amuse us and Shin's confusion at the end is priceless.

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Yay! It has been completed!!!
Now that we're out of the weird military theme...
I've switched to a "Red Soul" Themed webpage... Although, when I showed some random friends some of my concepts, they did a double-take of the title and asked me... "Is it a mafioso web-comic?!" *face-palm*
So apparently... this new heme has become: Red Soul Mafioso. Not what I was going for...

I've been using all this unposted time practicing, so here's what I did:

New Webpage Layout

If you haven't seen it already...
Please visit the AAAttackers Hompage.
I changed a few things and it looks totally awesome!!!

New Character Profile Pictures

But of course, for a better look at these; I've updated the "Characters" section so please visit that page.
I was finally able to color everyone properly. I did some design changes for some of the characters, actually, some are still being developed. But others look a little different. For example, Shinjiro looks a lot angrier than usual and Naoya has softer eyes.

I'm pretty happy with the results.
 

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION!
(Come back on March 24th, I might be done by then)
 

The character profile section is under construction as well. There will be some new concept art added to the "char. profile," but the regular art will remain the same since I'm not ready to change the style yet.

I've been spending all of my downtime training and practicing my drawing skills. Now I have finally acquired the ability to color to a certain extent (still working on it). As you can tell... Nishijima (above) looks very happy to be colored in. Improvement is still far away... I will be back (as stated) in about 3 weeks.

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TEMPORARILY CLOSED

I'm temporarily shutting down AAAttackers because I am way too depressed to draw.
I hate myself... I hate my art... Though it is more of a personal issue with other things in life gone wrong.

See you next month or months.
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I'm having so many problems this week.
I was supposed to post the comic yesterday, but after I arrived at work 50 miles away from home, I discovered that I hadn't brought any of my drawing supplies with me. Not even a pencil.

I got stuck drawing everything in pen. I can fix my mistakes with a pencil, my professional inking pens provide contrast in volume and darkness, my measuring tools, and I left all of it at home!

Since I can't erase ball-point pen, there's no obligation to draw well. I'm quite sloppy with ball-point pens anyways...
Bear with me folks.

Wahhhhh! My drawing looks like garbage, no pun intended.
Actually, the angry Shinjiro in panel 4 turned unexpectedly good.

The more mature members seem to be enjoying their little break because I made them look like doodles and they don't feel the need to be doing anything important.

As for the other guys. They came across a "freegan" website and decided to go dumpster diving for the cause. All around the world, some countries have a surplus in perfectly good resources and food which they stupidly throw out like nothing instead of giving it to those in need. Freegans raid dumpsters, industrial and business, and give out the perfectly good food, blankets, books, chairs, etc. to fellow freegans or those who need it. Freeganism is like reverse recycling.

Nissy is being a little mean to Shin here since he is implying that Shin had thrown his life in the trash. By the looks of it, they borrowed some equipment from the "Crash" video (Shin's search light). I should have added a pickax. It's still a really productive thing to be doing while I get the next comic set up. Tako-chan has made another surprise appearance and Hidaka seemed to have misplaced her for a while.

This is not an official comic, it will not be added to the "Chapter Index."

Pownage!

Jan. 19th, 2011 04:29 pm
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Shuta... never argue with someone who plays the same game as you.
Who would've known that Misako has an account for that online game too. But using the instant death text command, that was pretty clever. Yep, you don't want to mess with "darkov3rlord_misa" (non-existent username, but it sounds so cool). All that for a manicure?

It was suggested that I use more non-AAA references because some readers are non-AAA fans. Anyone familiar with "Ragnarok Online?" It's a MMORPG (online game) run by the Gravity game company. "@die" was my second favorite text command for the game, because if I didn't feel like walking back to town, killing yourself and warping was much faster. It was easy, type "@die" into your chat bar and hit "enter," and instantly return to the save point. But the downside is, you lose 1/8 of your money and 25% of your gained exp. Umm... I did this to an international student staying at my house before. He refused to help me with my math homework, so I typed @die during his game... He was so mad, but I yelled back, "I'm a lvl 104 LordKnight, I could've killed you in one hit anyways!"

E-A-T Test

Jan. 11th, 2011 09:16 pm
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One whole day late, but oh well.
First comic of the year!!!
Happy Birthday Chiaki!

Although I'm still on winter vacation, having a guest around seems to be just as time consuming. I'm surprised at the amount of drawing I couldn't get done.

Anyways, Chiaki wanted to go visit some friends in Taiwan for her birthday. The rest of AAA bid her farewell and sent her off with a box of delicious pastries. Well apparently not all of them. Impersonating airport security, is there no end to Naoya's obsession with cake...

This was actually based off a similar scenario from "Dub This!" (a discontinued web-comic). The illustrator of Dub This! bought a cinnabon before going through security check. Before getting checked, a guard sees the cinnabon and suggests to confiscate it and do an E-A-T test. Then he tries to snatch the cinnabon in a failed attempt as the illustrator recoils. Then both of them laugh about it.

Kanpai!

Dec. 30th, 2010 09:44 pm
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Happy New Year everyone!!!!!!
You probably know where I'm going with this week's comic.
So enjoy the new comic... the last on for this year, YAY!


In tribute to "Billiam" for this situation was loosely based off him.
Ahh... I still remember how silly he was... and he was the on who brought it.

This is a rough illustration of what concoction Nissy drank:
Note: Apparently, some of my fans who read this are children, so I drew a cactus on the bottle instead.
It is a deadly mix indeed.
You know what Hidaka... being Nissy-handled isn't such a bad thing... (ignore that)
And Shinjiro who is not present, sits at home (not at all sick) laughing his butt off about how he got out of going to Hidaka's New Year party. Ahahaha!!! I put up a "King of Fighters" poster on the wall because I needed to fill up the empty space. I enjoy drawing random irrelevant posters.

See you all next year!!!!
Or tomorrow depending on how fast you reply.

Gotcha...

Dec. 16th, 2010 07:30 pm
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Happy birthday Hidaka and Shuta.
The two consecutive birthdays... long overdue but finally putting it up now.
Enjoy the double feature! Two pages of awesomeness...




If you were directed here from[community profile] attackallaround you don't need to read this little section:
(THIS APPLIES TO THE RANDOM CLASSMATES I GAVE THE LINK TO, PLUS MY FRIENDS AND COUSIN)
Anyways, there are a handful of people here who are new to this web-comic and the world that is AAA.
First things first, as you already know, AAA is a j-pop group.
"Hallelujah" is one of their greatest hits. There's one scene from the music video where Hidaka dives and his bandmates catch him, then catapult him backwards, that's where the comic reference comes from.


(You guys can read these, they're my open thoughts)

I think this is really funny. Nishijima totally set-up Shuta.
Because Naoya's a cake addict he always makes special appearances in the birthday specials. But isn't Nissy so cute?! Oh, and in case anyone was wondering this, those actually are Hidaka's English lyrics for half of his rap (yes, I know they don't make sense).
The animations for this one were fun to work on. They're very simple for now.

Notification:
Since I did one really big comic I'm taking a break Christmas week (next week).
I'll probably get the next one up either New Year week or the beginning of next year.

Happy holidays everyone!!!


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Bear with me...
I've been sick for the past two days, so I didn't have time to work on anything. I have an upset stomach (probably the rotten grapes I ate) and my head hurts. I will get something posted as soon as the room stops spinning. I get to eat chicken noodle soup all week, muahahahaha!!! *cough*

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