Out of the roughly 1071 pages of comics that make up Miyazaki’s NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, there is, exactly, one panel without a border (called, sometimes, “full bleed” although in a black and white book like this, I’m not sure the same would apply, and besides, it’s manga and i have…



Tuesday tips — Costume Design 101.

Costume design is a very important part of character design.  It tells you a whole lot about your character; ie. age, personality, what she/he likes, time period, strength, … etc.  It supposed to enhance a character’s personality.  

Here are my process in tackling costume design.

1.  Find a good reference.  Inspiration is key!

2.  Look for a good shillouette that is recognizable and different from other characters.

3.  Pick one shillouette and find smaller shape within.  Do tons of variation and have fun.

4.  Color variation.  Use variation the same color combination for all the design.  Keep it simple!

5.  Finish up and have fun.  It will also a good idea to think of texture and material.


Some thoughts on costume design, courtesy of grizandnorm

Artists are not helper monkeys; they’re not in it to visualize ‘your’ story, because it stopped being ‘your’ story the moment you engaged in a collaborative medium. From here on in, it’s also the artist’s story, and if you’re working with an illustrator who’s any good at all, you as a writer have to tamp down any control-freak tendencies you suffer under and relax into the process.




It is ridiculously difficult to find any fanart from The Thrilling Adventure Hour.

Let alone any that shows the science aliens from Sparks Nevada.

Science aliens, you say?? Well, here you go, pal!


By tvskyle


By Adam S. Doyle

(Shoutout to @bnacker for doing the Twitter legwork in excavating these from the internet.)

calebcleveland has some GREAT artwork in his archives, too!

Aw, you’re too kind! Here, have a couple!