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Back to Square One Page #038 — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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is this on? *taps mic*

so let's pretend half of this is intentional and not trying to cobble something together last-minute so I can move on to the next thing
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Caan — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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reminding myself how to draw

rough profile of Caan, haven't decided if this is the final version
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Back to Square One Page #037 — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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I found this page particularly difficult to do, even when just pasting in the background, because it's increasingly evident that I'm a writer who happens to draw because it's easier than asking someone else to try to get exactly what's in my head. The main reason I persist at this point is, well, it's easier to eventually Lucas something that's already been made than something that hasn't.

Pasting in the backgrounds is actually something I would have done from the outset except the IRL location analogue is eight hours away and I never seem to get proper reference photos even when I take them locally. I really should use that DEGREE I got and just make 3D models, but that's even harder... all I really learned was I have a terrible sense of 3D.
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I found this page particularly difficult to do, even when just pasting in the background, because it...
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Back to Square One Page #036 — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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Hey, let's see if anyone came out of a year-long hiatuscoma.

Maybe?
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DC, Meryl, & Virginia — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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My attempt at "OC" characters/palette swaps for Them's Fightin' Herds: DC, Meryl, & Virginia
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Referenced Source: Them's Fightin' Herds
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Caper Erratus — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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Tracy: "I don't get what's going on anymore."
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DOWN WITH ORPHAN WORKS — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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U.S. COPYRIGHT LAW IS ABOUT TO CHANGE.

Please write to the Copyright Office and explain how this will affect YOU.

idk about yíall, but the proposed changes will basically kill any motivation Iíve had in ever creating anything worthwhile again, if itís loads more work to not really prevent infringers from adjusting the contrast and making a completely ďnewĒ piece of work to use at no compensation to me [though if anyone steals the above image, whatever, it took like three seconds to make]




Late edit: Hoping this counterpoint is accurate. Either way, that "Orphan Works" is even an idea is crazy because, with the possible exception of photographs for historical value, how "important" is it to license a piece of artwork? There are SO MANY artists who would LOVE to make something COMPLETELY NEW for you (for a fair price!).
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Regen — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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felt like writing a thing... I want to write like Tolkein, apparently--all kinds of glimpses into this world I made...

"Thank the deities for end of week," Greif gasped, grabbing for her pack of smokes--empty at the moment, but the gesture was enough to slow her cravings. For the moment. "Even the bad ones, I thank them."
"Mychelle, ma belle son lay mo key vont tres bien ensemble," cheered Astraea, a stupid grin on her face.
Greif's fist clenched, crushing the pack and setting off her arthritis. "Remind me why I talk to you."
Astraea shrugged, turning up her nose at Greif and parading from the lounge as though finishing her turn on the catwalk. This had persisted for as long as the frank teacher had been at Cross-Two University School, regardless of how many times Greif had reminded her that she didn't speak the language.
The holiday nevertheless served as insufficient recuperation time for the stress of work, between seven hundred kids, looming pay cuts, and her own nagging insecurities about her place in the world. The usefulness of germane studies had declined, with global distrust stemming from rumours of Delta Naught-Six causing revolts that spread into Gamma Naught-Five and Tri-Seven. She worried a little about the new student starting next week, too, wondering about how best to alleviate the culture shock and help acclimate her to the school.
As she gathered her paperwork and stepped into the hallway, Greif paused at the sight of a lone student standing at the exit. A near total, palpable silence had blanketed the school not a min after the closing bell, such that Greif didn't expect to see even another teacher.
Yet the boy at the door stood as still as a statue, not even the slightest of tail twitches betraying signs of life. Greif glanced out the window and noticed a drizzle.
"Guten Tag, Herr Grey," she greeted as she approached.
Darian did not budge.
She thought about giving him another lecture on deference to one's elders, but it felt as futile as making the sea stop eroding the shoreline. "Are you waiting for your ride?" she asked in germane.
"No," he conceded to answer, in common.
"Then why do you not enjoy the holiday like everyone else?"
"It is raining." He had a low growl in his voice, as though losing patience.
"Would you like to share my umbrella?"
"Lass mich in Ruhe!"
The remark startled Greif such that it took her a moment to realize he demanded to be left alone. She collected herself, then arched her back, voice stern. "Regardless, students may not remain in the building after hours without supervision. If you do not have a pass, you must leave." She pursed her lips. "Or I must stay."
Darian gave the most imperceptible of sighs before replying. "Fine, let's go," he muttered.
With that, the boy burst through the door with an energy that might have taken the door off its hinges, and Greif almost didn't get out her umbrella in time. She hurried to catch up, fumbling between that and keeping her bag of paperwork dry. It astonished her to see such a fussy boy, who arrived late to every class after straightening his mane, charge through the downpour in this manner.
"Where do you live?" she ventured, hoping she didn't come across as too intrusive. "I can give you a lift."
"Ich glaube nicht, keinen Gefallen wollen."
"You don't have to accept a favour, but I must offer."
"Please don't."
Again, Greif hesitated. Is this the first time he's said please to me? The slightest of tail wags accompanying the words made her wonder--in canids, that meant happiness or excitement; in felines, it meant indecision; but in jirds, she had no idea.
They ducked into a bus stop shelter, but Darian's expression did not change as he took a seat and crossed his arms in his signature pout. "The next shuttle is in an hour," she remarked.
"I know."
"Are you sure you do not want a lift? It is not a problem."
"It IS a problem!" he shouted, taking her aback. "You are not my sitter, you are not my custodian, session is over, and you have papers to grade! My business is my own, and you will not leave me to it!"
He pushed himself as far into the corner as the bench would allow, facing away and slamming his eyes shut, as though in disgust at her having tainted his vision.
They had butted heads too many times to count over the season, and it still took all of Greif's sense of decorum to calm herself. The boy before her did not cry because he had been abandoned, she thought, regardless of how the rain made him look. In a year, he would graduate, but he already demonstrated more maturity (if not sociality) than some seasoned adults. Maybe she ought to afford him the dignity he requested.
"As you insist." Greif straightened her bag and clasped her umbrella with deliberateness. "I shall not need to grade yours, of course, though I am still obliged to remind you that class starts promptly on the hour. This comes from higher up; I cannot change this, though it hurts your otherwise perfect grade. Perhaps I do involve myself too much--but I hate to see a life squandered as maybe I did mine."
If the words reached him, she could not determine, but she had done what she could. She could not help someone who didn't want it.
"Auf Wiedersehen, Herr Grey. Wir sprechen uns spšter."
Darian remained still, eyes still closed as though trying to sleep. With some difficulty, she held back any further meddling and turned to leave. A low thunder rolled across the campus, garbling any hint of stifled sobs fighting their way out upon her departure, or what her overactive worry would imagine as such.
No, the boy just had a surly sense of independence, she reminded herself, thinking on her nieces and how they defied the patriarchy's heel-crushing. If he held any secrets that should concern her, any of the other teachers would corroborate her suspicions. Not every antisocial kid would turn into a Marius Black, after all.
Still, she couldn't help wanting to hold the door open just in case. Teaching had to mean at least THAT much, didn't it?
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felt like writing a thing... I want to write like Tolkein, apparently--all kinds of glimpses into th...
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Thya — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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Sometimes I feel a little sad that I havenít had the opportunity to both design and flesh out all the characters Iíve created (yay needing to pay for food and rent)... hence why I love extensive character creators so much. Unfortunately, I can only get so close with even the best paper dolls, so I have to coax myself to draw once in a while =p

Thya might look a little familiar, and thatís a bit intentional. Some folks might want to recreate themselves out of sheer narcissism, but when given a limited set of choices, Iím always drawn to ďhas blue hair.Ē What can I say.
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Sometimes I feel a little sad that I havenít had the opportunity to both design and flesh out all th...
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Swap Meet — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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So this'll amuse like one person... basically I got this hankering to do palette swaps a la Skullgirls and etc., but it turns out it gets kinda weird when the "model" characters are a completely different species from the target.

I was tempted to do a contest thing for naming all the inspirations for the non-default palette, but I don't really have anything to give out... free book? =p (ARGH at international shipping costs, though!)

((also pretty annoyed that I could only "fit" mostly white characters in any recognizeable way but that's why I stopped at seven))
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So this'll amuse like one person... basically I got this hankering to do palette swaps a la Skullgir...
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It's Sherbert Day — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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oh I remembered when Koís bday is

yays
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Capebutt — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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#capebutt
#lolidunno
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#capebutt #lolidunno Artwork © 2015 Julie Miyamoto Additional Credits: NeoGeo, ADK Referenced Sourc...
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Chocolat — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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HAPPY DISCOUNT CHOCOLATE DAY

also D's birthday

(no I don't remember when Ko's bday is 'cause he acts like that's EVERY DAY)
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HAPPY DISCOUNT CHOCOLATE DAY also D's birthday (no I don't remember when Ko's bday is 'cause h...
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Dust Cosplay: MAGFest 13 — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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I didnít actually have much time to tweak this from last year (I was actually working up until nearly the last minute on a different one that didnít pan out), so itís not too different from before.

Also, it doesnít help that my cameraperson from last year wasnít around and I had to enlist Tripod-san, but weíll see.

I did spot another Dust at MAGFest this yearóif anyone happens to have video of us bustiní a move (Dust-a-Move?) or any other photos, please share!
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I didnít actually have much time to tweak this from last year (I was actually working up until nearl...
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Kotaang — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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1/4th of a thing I know I won't finish because go away 2014
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Minzoku's 2014 Art Summary — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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I saw this and thought I'd try it... and now I feel completely self-conscious about how little I had to choose from each month other than, like, May =|

[December's is a quickie I did just to have something new, a thing I don't know if I'll finish but occupied a lot of my brainspace for a while]
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Collie — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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found an old sketch, thought I'd touch it up

[also, got wondering if I should pick at the book some more]
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Back to Square One Page #035 — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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On this, the third birthday of Back to Square One (web comic edition), I have decided to take a bit of a hiatus... Unfortunately, three years of this hasn't gotten any easier, and life has been such that it's pretty much not GOING to get easier. Please also consult the iFAQ if you so desire: http://b2s1.tumblr.com/ifaq

Thank you for reading... I'll be sure to have some other (easier) project on the horizon that will be just as interesting but faster to produce, so keep watching! (especially for feisty felines who enjoy a good headbutting)
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On this, the third birthday of Back to Square One (web comic edition), I have decided to take a bit ...
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B2S1 retro-style adventure game test [low/high res] — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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what it says on the tin
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Back to Square One Page #034 — By Julie Miyamoto (Minzoku)
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Maybe shoulda led with that, Alex. YAY SOCIALIZING AS A SECOND LANGUAGE [or third]

As this is otherwise never going to come up:

Alex is most genetically and racially similar to an African or Indian [as in, from India], culturally more Japanese. Darian is genetically most like a redhead, but treated racially most like a "Mexican" [in contrast to "Latino"] or a "ginger"--though he doesn't have a particular cultural identification. Kotaro is solidly Latino with a dash of Californian, just because I met a dude who seemed to fit the mold so well I couldn't get him out of my head.

This isn't a direct translation of "all squirrels/voles/cougars = such-and-such race" [mostly because I've diversified the cast to avoid too much species overlap and as per the interracial reality of the world they live in] so much as a mental shorthand for keeping their characters accurate to what I originally intended. I'm not pulling that lazy "race stand-in" crap, except in specific, "only in this one respect and no other stereotypical ways" way. [I'd give examples, but that feels spoilery.]

On the other hand, there are a few species stereotypes [cats always land on their feet], but I promise that "SQUIRRELS LOVE NUTS" is not one of them |=I

[come on, I'm trying to make this SORT OF clean here]

[[you can unfollow me now if SFW-ness is gonna be an issue]]

Anyway, this page was inexplicable misery to get done [due to LIFE] and is in fact posted "unrefined," but thankfully this is the end of the scene, and I will have one more page before taking an indefinite hiatus to rethink how I'm doing this. Once-a-month subpar updating really isn't working out...
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Maybe shoulda led with that, Alex. YAY SOCIALIZING AS A SECOND LANGUAGE [or third] As this is ot...