Aug.01.13 at 08:45 am
Heya Guys!

Since we're between chapters and I'm crazy busy doing commissions and getting ready for Otakon, I was thinking of running some quick Q&A-style comics over the next week.
So basically, I was wondering what general questions you guys might have about the world or the characters. Obviously I won't answer anything that'd be too spoilerific, but I figured this'd be a good time to give a lil' backstory while I draw commissions and make buttons.

So drop me a line here if you have anything in mind! and I'll make a big post about where to find me at Otakon soon.
Jul.29.13 at 02:36 pm
Things have been crazy over here, but Monday Music finally returns with a special segment this time!
When I mentioned that I consider Blood Sugar to be one of Gear's themes, people asked what other music I tend to associate with various characters.
This is something I actually think about a lot, so here's a big post for those that are curious!

In general, each major character has an associated genre of music. They also have a song or two that I consider their 'theme', which might or might not match said genre. I'll also list a DDR song that I associate with the character, because that is also a thing I do for no good reason.


Genre: POP
Theme: When I Grow Up
DDR Track: Cartoon Heroes


Genre: ROCK
Theme: Take Me Out
DDR Track: Captain Jack


Theme: Secrets from the Future
DDR Track: Matsuri Japan


Theme: Baccano! no Theme
DDR Track: Mobo Moga


Theme: All Along the Watchtower
DDR Track: Rhythm and Police


Theme: Junebug
DDR Track: Speed Over Beethoven


Theme: Apex
DDR Track: Trip Machine


Theme: Fasten your Seatbelts
DDR Track: Dynamite Rave

Jun.24.13 at 02:47 pm
So, since I've tweeted about this and people be asking questions, I wanted to take a bit to clarify what's going on.
In mid-October, I will be moving to Japan to work as an English teaching assistant with Interac. Yep, you heard me right! I'll probably be living there for two or three years.
Basically, I'll be going in October to their Tokyo HQ to receive training. I volunteered for their alternate program, which means I'll be hanging around Tokyo doing random jobs until a full time position opens up somewhere. Most likely it'll be a random rural town, but I won't know specifics until I'm about to go.

As for what this means for my comic work, it's hard to say exactly. KB will continue as usual for the next couple months, but I may very well need to go on hiatus while I move and get set up in Japan. But as soon as I have time and am in a place where I continue, I plan to resume comics time. KB is really important to me, and I'm excited to show you guys what I have in store for the future!

Meanwhile, I also want to do journal comics while I'm over there, to show people what's going on and what it's like to live in Japan as a foreigner. I may or may not be planning to draw everyone as cute animal people like so.

But those will probably just go on my tumblr or something.

In any case, this is something I've been interested in doing for years and I'm really excited to finally have the opportunity. But it's definitely not something I'm choosing "over" comics, and even if I need to take a short break, I'll be jumping back in with more experiences and skills to inform my work than ever! And I'm sure I'll have some pretty interesting stories to share by the end!

Just a heads up, and I'll see you on Wednesday as usual for whatever the heck is going on in this chapter! >: )
Jun.17.13 at 05:52 pm

Image links to a playlist of select songs on youtube

Like many of these groups, Pendulum has contributed a chapter title to Kiwi Blitz. In this case, it was The Vulture for Track 9.
As I mentioned back then, Pendulum is my favorite band. Their songs are full of so much energy, and they all mesh together well without being repetitive or boring. I'm constantly changing which song I consider my "Favorite", because there's just so many amazing ones!

Pendulum came out with three albums while they were together:
The first, Hold Your Colour is my favorite and probably their most solid. Hold your Colour, Through the Loop, Sounds of Life, Tarantula... They're all grade A as far as I'm concerned. I can loop this album for hours and never get tired of it.

Their second album, In Silico, is probably my least favorite, but still has a lot of really great songs like Propane Nightmares and Showdown. It just doesn't have quite as many memorable tracks as the other two.

But they brought it back with Immersion, their third and final album. Immersion starts to move closer to dubstep in some places, but songs like Witchcraft and Watercolour bring back the sound that made HYC so impactful.

Bonus note, I consider the single Blood Sugar to be Gear's theme song. Don't ask me why the guy put a picture of Haruhi up on that post.

Unfortunately, the band reformed as a dubstep group called Knife Party. I do love dubstep, but I feel like their newer music just doesn't have quite the same impact as their D&B work. But it's still solid stuff that I'll continue to keep up with, and meanwhile I'll be forever loopin' their older songs.
Jun.10.13 at 04:49 am
WARNING: Today's Post features extreme levels of ANIME GIRL VOICES. Be advised!

If you've been to the right places on the internet (like, cough, my tumblr), you've probably run across images of this gal. You may have wondered what anime she is from, which is a reasonable question. The answer, however, is far more weird and complicated than that!

But, while she's made appearances in anime and video games, Miku is first and foremost a Vocaloid.
Vocaloids are a line of voice synthesis programs for music composers. Each voice bank is purchased separately, and is represented by a particular character. The one on the right is Hatsune Miku, who really kicked off the popularity of the software. Many more vocaloids have been released since then by various companies, to the point that even I can't keep up with 'em all. But that's more or less irrelevant, because my fascination with the whole enterprise doesn't rely on any particular voice bank.

Much as webcomics allow people of many various interests and skill levels to create comics and put 'em out there for others to enjoy, Vocaloids enable random guys on their computers to compose songs without the need for a singer willing to engage in their craziness. The result is a lot of crappy music, of course, but also a lot of really crazy stuff you wouldn't get from a major record label.

The most popular 'loid

The other really important part of the Vocaloid scene is the collaborative aspect. While composers use their skills to create songs, artists create music videos. Usually they star the vocaloids that were used in the song's creation, though not always. So you end up with a bunch of crazy songs on all kinds of topics, with interesting independent music videos to match.

That said, lemme pimp some of my favorite composers for anyone I haven't already lost!

JIN (Kagerou Project) (link to a playlist of MVs)

The Kagerou Project is a series of rock/pop music videos that tell the story of a group of kids with magical eye powers. It's actually pretty damn hard to follow the overarching plot, but I like the songs so much that I don't care. Several of them have pretty complex music videos, too. Mekakucitydays is on itunes and contains all the earlier songs.

Oh! The same guys also made a music video about browsing tumblr gifs. It is pretty great.

Ryo/Supercell (link to a playlist of select MVs)

Supercell is group of artists and composers that have collaborated on a lot of projects, including vocaloid pop music in this case! Melt was one of their first songs to really hit it big, and since the success of their self-titled album, they've all moved on to lots of interesting projects. Ryo himself has gone on to compose more music with actual singers, which is always an interesting transition to see!

Wowaka (link to a playlist of select MVs)

Wowaka's one of my favorite composers, but his work isn't the most accessible. I guess the main word for it would be "angsty", but in a way that I find very real and relatable. I love the manic energy that makes me want to rock out while crying.

His album with all his major songs is available on itunes!

Anyway, that's enough rambling about my strange love of Japanese robot composers! I also have a general playlist of Vocaloid songs I like by all kinds of random people. They aren't for everyone, certainly, but it's really interesting sometimes to see little anime girls singing dubstep or metal songs!

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