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Monday Works Roundup, 1/8/2018 January 8, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Winter Nights (art | Miranda, Jany, Bianca | worksafe)
Graveyard Stars (art | Miranda, Sparrow, Bianca, Patrick, Poe | worksafe)
Silhouetted Singers (art | Camellia, Bianca, Patrick | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
All Downhill From Here (fiction | Leif/Thorn, vampires | worksafe)
Oh, Bats (art | Leif, a harmless swarm of innocent bats | worksafe)
Window Seat (wallpaper | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Gravity Falls
Starry Pines (art | Mabel/Dipper | worksafe)

Fishy Boyfriend (sketch | Cronus/Mituna | worksafe)

Read or Die/Witch Hunter Robin/Little Orphan Annie/etc
The Allies (art | Yomiko, Nenene, Joker, Paper Sisters, Robin, Michael, Amon, Annie, Mickey, Kim | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
To Unite All Peoples (art | Usagi, Chibiusa, Luna | worksafe)

Wizard of Oz
The Nationwide Network of Oz (fic! | Dorothy/Ozma, Scarecrow/Scraps, ensemble | T)

Xmas Chibi (chibi commission, worksafe)
Chibi Ridley (reward, worksafe)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Leif debates doing some possibly-seditious Googling.


New Year’s Resolution: update ALL THE PAGES December 26, 2017

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I kept telling myself I could print the original BICP pages, readers liked the art well enough at the time, or at least the ones who didn’t like it didn’t stick around as readers, it would be fine….

Then, at last, I caved and started doing updates.

Full shading! Touched-up lineart! Slightly nicer textures and effects!

The new versions of chapter 1 and chapter 2 are now live. (The original versions are still available at the Smackjeeves mirror, and I’ll put some side-by-side comparisons on the BICP Tumblr.)

The cover images are completely new — that’s happening for every chapter, at least in the early volumes. (The first five chapters had simple splash images that involved less effort than a typical page, not more, which didn’t seem right.)

All the new ones are homages to cover art from other series, mostly anime and manga. Points to readers who can track down the references.

For the interior art, the total shading alone makes it a lot fresher. And I’m more willing to mess with lighting and adjust local color to make the focal points of panels stand out. Sometimes it’s as simple as fading the background so it’s easier to see where a character is actually standing.

And then there’s the lineart. The most persistent issue is this reoccuring face-skew — if a character is in 3/4 view, almost invariably the forehead is sticking out while the chin is kinda sunken in. Which makes it kinda fun to flip back and forth between original and updated art, and watch everyone’s heads change shape.

At this point most of the working files only have two layers. Speech bubbles get their own layer, but gradients, textures, lighting effects, they’re all flattened together. Aaaaawkward. If you look closely, you can see that I got more aggressive about redoing textures between chapter 1 and chapter 2, extra time investment and all.

So, yeah, it’s taking a while. I got through most of the audio version of Carpe Jugulum (Discworld) while updating chapter 1, and did a whole start-to-finish marathon of Sherlock working on chapter 2. (Rounded off by an episode of the Thinking Sideways podcast…by complete coincidence, #233, which references a Sherlock episode.)

For chapter 3, let’s find out what the library has in stock.

In between all this, I’ve been transcribing And Shine Heaven Now strips from 2005. That’s 6 years older than the BICP pages from 2011, which in turn are 6 years older than the present. Symmetry!

Trippiest moment: transcribing a Shine sketchbook page from 2005 that collects what I called “old, bad sketches” from 2004. To my 2017 eye, the 2005 art — which was shiny and new and hot-off-the-pages at the time — does not actually look any different.

It’s comforting to see that things are appreciably better by 2011. Back in 2005 you have to squint to pick out the wonky-face issue, because everything is so skewed and funny-looking that it doesn’t even stick out.


New Year’s Resolution: to get more than half of BICP updated and available in print over the course of 2018. At the current pace, that’s more than doable.

…it would be nice to get the Josh/Marian/Saxon interlude published in time for Easter, but that’s probably a little optimistic.

Monday Works Roundup, 12/18/17 December 18, 2017

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Yuletide deadline just whooshed by! I got my fic posted well ahead of time, then sat around waiting anxiously for my gift to show up. Good news is, it appeared within a few hours of the deadline.

I will not shake my present before reveals, I will not shake my present before reveals, I will not….

But I’m A Cat Person
Trim Up The Tree (art | Sparrow, ensemble | worksafe)
Deleted Scenes 2017 (sketches and panels | ensemble | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
All Downhill From Here (art | Leif, Thorn | worksafe)
Embassy Staff Gems (art | gem!Leif+Katya, Thorn, Elisa, Ludolf, Sigvard | worksafe)

Dangan Ronpa
Play Ball (sketch | Leon/Sayaka | worksafe)
Careful (sketch | Mikan/Hiyoko | worksafe)

Fullmetal Alchemist
Fire and Metal (sketch | Roy/Ed | worksafe)

Wizard of Oz
Princesses of Oz (dolls | Betsy, Ozma, Dorothy, Glinda | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Patrick made pie! All by himself. Delicious.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
The embassy guards scramble to save Szélanyanatt.

Monday Works Roundup, 12/11/17 December 11, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
Remembering those we’ve lost, 2017 (sketch | Henriette | worksafe)
Pillowed Patrick (sketch | Patrick | worksafe)
BICP Cover Tests (art | Patrick, Bianca, Sparrow | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Northern Lights (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
All Downhill From Here (art | Leif, Thorn | worksafe)

Big Hero 6
Hamadacest (sketch | Hiro/Tadashi | worksafe)

Fake News
Galactic Amity (fic! | “Stephen”/aliens, “Stephen”/Jon | NC-17)

Harry Potter
Talk Murder To Me (sketch | Bellatrix/Voldemort | worksafe)
Written? Smitten! (sketch | Ginny/Voldemort | worksafe)
Snarry (sketch | Harry/Snape | worksafe)

Precure(/other magical girl series)
Wild Card (art | Joker, Nanoha, Cure Black, Usagi, Madoka, Sakura | worksafe)

Seraph of the End
Feed me Yuu (sketch | Mikaela/Yuu | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Timothy picks up another ally for the quest of Team Not-Killing-Beings.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Leif is safely out of the way, and gets to enjoy a week of wrestling.

Monday Works Roundup, 12/4/17 December 4, 2017

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Leif & Thorn
Flex, girl (sketch | Del | worksafe)
The Famitrine (art | Sigrún, the guards | worksafe)
Apartment Entrance (art | architecture | worksafe)

Attack on Titan
Eruri (sketch | Erwin/Levi | worksafe)

Dangan Ronpa
Servant and Mastermind (sketch | Komaeda/Monaka | worksafe)

Kingdom Hearts
Akuroku (sketch | Axel/Roxas | worksafe)

Me Loki, You… (sketch | Loki/Jane | worksafe)

Frisky Cuddling (sketch | Frisk/Sans | worksafe)
Skeleton Waltz (sketch | Sans/Toriel | worksafe)
Pop-Up Chara (sketch | Chara/Papyrus | worksafe)

Yuri!!! on Ice
First Place In My Heart (sketch | JJ/Phichit | worksafe)
One Shake, Two Straws (sketch | Phichit/Guanghong | worksafe)

That tongue tho (sketch | Ghirahim/Link | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Miranda drops some backstory, and Sparrow definitely has questions.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Target practice! The local knights and the away team in a faceoff with arrows.

Give yourself an early Christmas present, in snowbound short story form. December 1, 2017

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I finished an original story!

Coming out December 20.

I thought about giving it more lead time, but, look, it has flying reindeer. It would feel a little silly to have that drop in January.

All Downhill From Here is 13,000 words of fantasy survival hurt/comfort m/m. A diplomatic conference is derailed by an avalanche, leaving native groundskeeper Leif and visiting knight Thorn buried together in the snow. Featuring romantic tension, divided loyalties, malfunctioning magic, and hungry vampires.

It’s a standalone Leif & Thorn AU, which means it’s totally readable if you don’t follow the comic. And you better believe I have plans for more.

You can preorder the story in ebook-friendly formats on Smashwords, or watch this page right here to buy an illustrated DOC/PDF starting on the release date.

And keep an eye out for more of these, because you better believe there will be.

Tuesday Works Roundup, 11/21/17 November 21, 2017

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Leif & Thorn
Leaf Pearl’s First Opal (comic | Violet, Leif, Thorn | G)
Second Life Resource Center (art | architecture | worksafe)

Matching Sweaters (sketch | Kankri/Mituna | worksafe)
Fishy Shipping (art | Meenah/Feferi | worksafe)

Legend of Zelda
Underwater Royalty (sketch | Link/Sidon | worksafe)

Steven Universe
My Healer (sketch | Steven/Lapis | worksafe)

Teen Wolf
Plaid Cuddles (sketch | Stiles/Lydia | worksafe)

Tokyo Ghoul
Protector and Servant (sketch | Tsukiyama/Kanae | worksafe)

Shopkeepers and Swords (commissioned art, worksafe)
Mastodon? I hardly knew ‘un! (commissioned chibis, worksafe)
Hoard of Knitting (commissioned chibi, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Patrick is totally down with this plan.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Swords and sorcery! Okay, mostly just swords.

Monday Works Roundup, 11/13/17 November 13, 2017

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My computer needed some expensive maintenance last week. Click for more details & what you can do to help.

But I’m A Cat Person
Starlit Fights (wallpaper | Poe, Kara Lynn, Patrick, Reseda, Cybele | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Deleted scenes 2017 (extra panels, worksafe)
A Mouthful of Leif (art | Leif, vampire!Thorn | worksafe)
Two Years of Leif and Thorn (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Harry Potter
Doe-Eyed (sketch | Lily/Snape | worksafe)

Ultimate Sailors Rip + Laura + Helena (art | Rip, baobhan sith, Helena | worksafe)
Ultimate Sailor Integra x Alucard (art | Alucard/Integra | worksafe)
Integra-Seras Role Swap (comic | Integra, Alucard, Seras | G)
Highland Lady (art | baobhan sith | worksafe, shockingly)

Cute in a Coat (sketch | Sherlock/Molly | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Out Of This World (comic | Ronaldo/Peridot | G)

Voltron: Legendary Defenders
Let Me Show You Why They Call Me Loverboy (art | Lance/Lotor | worksafe)
I’m Following You Now (art | Keith/Lance | worksafe)

Doctors and Diamonds (commissioned art, worksafe)
Hands and feet (life drawing, worksafe)
Trial of the Century (commissioned art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Miranda’s lurking in graveyards again. This time she has company.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Violet drops off her assignment, and asks about her sister.

Monday roundup, 10/23/17 October 23, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
We’ll Call You (art | Walker, Gaillard, Köhler | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
A hope-we-don’t-get-caught kiss (comic | Leif/Thorn | G)
Making Keyite A Thing (comic | Leif/Thorn | G)

Ultimate Sailor Alex + Enrica (art | Anderson, Maxwell | worksafe)
Ultimate Sailors Heinkel x Yumie (art | Heinkel/Yumie | worksafe)
Ultimate Sailor Alucard x Walter (art | Girlycard/Walter | worksafe)

Figure drawing 10-21-17 (life drawing, NSFW)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Sparrow’s gonna get the hang of teleporting any week now.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Happy second anniversary to the comic! Also, Violet has a solo adventure.

Monday Works Roundup, 10/16/17 October 16, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
We Are The Crystal Masters (art | Bianca, Miranda, Sparrow, Patrick | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Moss and Thorn (art | Moss, Thorn | worksafe)
Rebuilding (wallpaper | Mata, Pato | worksafe)
Gone Floating (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Teaching something new (sketch | Birch/Annie | worksafe)
Cooking together (sketch | Leif, Katya | worksafe)
Objectified Objects (art | Leif/Thorn, Katya | NSFW-ish)

Ultimate Sailors Pip x Seras (art | Seras/Pip | worksafe)
Ultimate Sailor Kim (art | Kim | worksafe)

Revolutionary Girl Utena
Ensnared Juri (art | Juri/Shiori | worksafe)

Rick and Morty
You Would Be Great On The Council (sketch | Rick/Rick | worksafe)

Figures, Hands, and Feet (life drawing, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Jany tries her hand at hacking! Not on her own, thankfully.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Leif gets an update from Katya, and wants to go visit Thorn…if he can finish his work first.