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At long last, here it is: Anakuro.com, Kuro and my little several-months-in-the-making webcomic pet project. The comic is posted, (most) of the links are live, and there's a brand-new, uncharted forum for all you little forum bunnies to explore, populate, and propagate. I hope you all enjoy your stay, make yourself at home, and invite some friends over. This is just the beginning of what hopefully will be a long, fun, and fulfilling road.
|Going LiveTitle: Going Live|
Alright people, after working on the back-end for quite a while, I think its ready to go.
I don't really have much to say either than the CMS is handling our input fairly well and everything for now seems to be in order. We were noticing some problems/glitches in the site earlier so if you notice anything please drop us a line through our contact page. I've been testing thoroughly on both IE7 and Firefox3 although haven't had much of a chance to test with Opera nor safari, so if you use any other browser and notice the site breaks, please drop me a line and tell me what is happening (along with what you are using).
So far under construction are: About us, Fanart, Blog Archive, Comic Archive, and the Anakuro Store (which in the future will be handled by Zazzle).
Thank you all for your support.
|A couple of site changesTitle: A couple of site changes|
Hello again readers.
We have changed a couple of things on the main site that might be of interest for you. Since our last post, we completed the “Fanart”, “Blog Archive”, and are just about done with the “Contact Us” section. So far we haven’t encountered any severe problems and have found out that we have an amazing demographic of screen resolutions, browsers, and operating systems (we even had a couple of PS3 and Wii browser hits).
I noticed that the majority of people use either Firefox or Internet Explorer. Nevertheless if you use Opera or Safari and notice any problems, feel free to drop us a line through our forum or through Contact Us page… once it’s done that is.
|Comic Number Three is Up!Title: Comic Number Three is Up!|
Anakuro.com is now three weeks old, and three comics in I've finally gotten around to drawing something vaguely akin to a background.
I'll admit it: backgrounds aren't my strongest point, nor are they my favorite thing to draw. However, I do plan on including them in nearly every comic hereafter, so hopefully drawing them will become easier and more enjoyable with time.
...personal problems aside, I hope you all enjoy this week's installment, and look forward to future environment-infested comics :}
|One more to go!Title: One more to go!|
Comic #5 is up!
...Ana's in quite a pickle right now, isn't she? She left her stun gun in her purse on the kitchen counter, and thanks to the actions of the shadowy figure pinning her to the bed, she might be missing the better half of her face. OH NO!
Just one more comic to go and this little intro arc will be over ^w^
|The End?Title: The End?|
...and that's it for the intro arc. Looks like a happy ending for everyone this time (even the stalker gets a show), but I can't guarantee that it'll stay that way...
Next week we'll begin the first real chapter of the comic (with backgrounds!). Hope you all enjoyed our little introduction, and plan to stick around for the rest ^w^
|A new chapter begins!Title: A new chapter begins!|
Today's comic update is...the cover of Chapter One.
The story won't officially start until next week, but look! I drew a background! ^w^
Surely that counts for something.
|MOAR Backgrounds!Title: MOAR Backgrounds!|
...man, you guys better be enjoying all of these beautiful Spanish seascapes, because they add an extra hour or so of work to the comic-making process ~_~
That being said, I'm actually starting to enjoy drawing backgrounds, and I admit that the comic looks better with them than without. In other words, to those of you who criticized me for not drawing backgrounds...
|Animal Instincts!Title: Animal Instincts!|
It's time for an intermission! ^w^
Chapter One will continue next week with a change in perspective, but this week's update features our first "Animal Instincts" gagstrip :) There will be several of these, strategically placed for comic relief when the story gets too serious (and when the artists need extra time to flesh out Kuro's backstory). Enjoy!
|Site problemsTitle: Site problems|
Recently the Anakuro.com hosting server has been having some problems (in specific our SQL server). You may have noticed that at specific points, if you try to access anakuro.com, or the forum, you will receive a "Too many sql connections" error. I am still trying to troubleshoot this problem and am doing everything I can to minimize the frequency of said error.
If anybody else notices any other errors on the site, please notify the administrators (Ana or I) through the forum or through our E-mail addresses. Thank you everyone for your patience.
|Where's the Comic?Title: Where's the Comic?|
Weeell...Kuro and I went to visit family during our fall break from classes, and we didn't have the time nor the internet connection to finish up this week's comic.
I'll try to post something for filler in the next couple of days, but the actual comic will resume next Tuesday.
Sorry for the delay :(
Here's the filler ^w^ It's a picture of Shiroji, aged 21, 12 years after his first appearance in the comic. We'll be updating the character page soon with his biography.
|I'm on a roll! Of being...not on a roll.Title: I'm on a roll! Of being...not on a roll.|
Comic's going to be late again this week.
These past several days, I've been having to devote almost all of my free time to a project for my animation class. It's due this Wednesday, so once that's out of the way, I should be able to work on the comic. If it's not up later this week, it'll definitely be up by next Tuesday, so keep a look out :}
|Looks like Kuro's the "butt" of the joke again...Title: Looks like Kuro's the "butt" of the joke again...|
...and now you know (one of the reasons) why our comic is rated PG-13 ^w^'
Or maybe you don't. If not, I suggest you go visit an online text translation site like babelfish.yahoo.com to find out what Ana thought Kuro's name was ;)
|An esoteric gag for the Twokinds crew...Title: An esoteric gag for the Twokinds crew...|
This is why there’s no comic this week. I'm modeling Ana in Maya for my animation final project and the textures were due yesterday.
I wish I would’ve known when I signed up for my college’s animation program 3 1/2 years ago that what I was actually doing was signing my soul over to the Art Department x_X
|Based on a true story!Title: Based on a true story!|
...at least the part where Kuro gets stung by a jellyfish is, anyway.
And because I wasn't sure how to illustrate this kind of injury on a fur-covered character, I made him lose his hair from it.
We'll just pretend it was an allergic reaction to the jelly-venom :P
|Ew...what's wrong with the comic?Title: Ew...what's wrong with the comic?|
Um, about that...
My tablet pen, which first began showing signs of illness several weeks ago, finally bit the dust over Thanksgiving break. Without it, it's darn near impossible for me to get the level of detail and range of values I need to finish the comic :(
As soon as I'm able to get a new pen, I'll go back in and touch it up. Until then, here's the unfinished version :3
I just ordered my new tablet pen today, so I should have it by Christmas :)
Got the pen and updated the comics ^w^ Expect new arts soon!
Today's comic is extra long in honor of the newest (and first quadrupedal) addition to the Anakuro crew, Pepper the ferret! Kuro and I got her, somewhat impulsively, on our holiday trip to Chicago last weekend :)
I'll post some pics of her in the Pets Thread as soon as I take some decent ones...she's a feisty little devil who refuses to stay still for more than half a second, so all I've got so far are blurred images and shots of her retreating 'tocks ^w^'
|Site UpdatesTitle: Site Updates|
Hello again people.
I have finally manged to get off my butt and get something done. I've finished the "about us" section and added a color chibi version of human Ana and I. Also added the comic archive but note that I have given up on doing anything cool with it.
I did try to create a flash interface for browsing the comics while seeing small thumbnails fly by as you scroll, but it became much too user unfriendly. I don't like that we do not have comic names or previews, but I hope you guys can manage for now.
|Just one more semester...Title: Just one more semester...|
Comic's gonna be late again...I just started my final semester of college yesterday and things have been a bit hectic around here :/ Give me a week to settle in, and I should be able to crank out a comic by next Tuesday.
Hope you enjoy the ferrety filler! ^w^
*EDIT* The new comic WILL be up sometime this week. I'm just not sure when ^^;
*EDITEDIT* ...so I lied. I'm working on the comic now, and will do my best to get it done by tomorrow. SORRY D:
The new comic is up! ^w^
This one's a two-parter, so make sure you click the BACK button once before you start to read :)
|Less than 3Title: Less than 3|
A rumor may be going around somewhere that our old webcomic "Lazycomics" may not be dead yet. But what is going to happen to the characters? What of Kumoi, Stoph, JT, Cyn, and Lilith? Soon you will hear more about it ^_^
|Dun dun DUUUN...Title: Dun dun DUUUN...|
...if this were Twokinds, it'd be time for a scene change ;)
In case you didn't notice, Anakuro is currently operating on a (temporary) bimonthly updating schedule. There'll be a new comic every other Tuesday until I graduate from college in May, at which point I should be able to return to the once-a-week schedule.
|AK transferring hosting companiesTitle: AK transferring hosting companies|
Riakt Studios (our hosting company) is going out of business and we need to transfer our domain and hosting. So during this transaction, AK will be down for a bit and the forum too. This also means that anything on the forum that isn't backed up (probably a day's worth), will be lost.
I'm not sure when this is going to happen, just don't freak out ^_~ when it does. I am backing up the forum nearly every day just in case if my hosting company shuts down all of a sudden without warning.
This week's comic is going to be a few days late. I was sick on Monday, so I'm running a bit behind. It'll be up by Friday at the latest, but I'll try to finish it before then. Sorry! :(
|It's OVER!Title: It's OVER!|
...Chapter One, that is. A year and ten days after Anakuro's debut on the 'net, we're finally moving on to the main storyline ^^; Several new characters will be introduced in Chapter Two, and we'll learn a bit more about Cyn, Becca, and that hawk guy. Stay tuned!
|There's one in every comic...Title: There's one in every comic...|
Meet Fiona, the secretary at Ana's yet-to-be-named graphic design company and Anakuro's very own despicable ho-bag! :) She's been done so many times, she's pretty much a walking cliché. She's so morally depraved, her legs cross themselves (But not for long, amirite?). She's so loose, her-
...all right, you get the point. That's Fiona for ya, the embodiment of everything that makes me ashamed to be a woman. Oh, well...at least she's hot! :B
|This is a joke about inbreeding.Title: This is a joke about inbreeding.|
You know...in case you didn't get it. If you did, I applaud you, because while it was clear and coherent and, well, actually funny in my head, now that it's on paper it's just...not. There's no point in telling a joke if you have to explain it afterwards, but because this particular joke has an element of truth to it that is decidedly unfunny, I think it needs an explanation.
White tigers like Fiona are not a separate subspecies (or in her case, race), but are rather tigers that are homozygous for a recessive gene that causes the distinctive coloration. Because of the nature of its inheritance, white tigers are rarely seen in the wild. When a homozygous white tiger breeds with a normal orange tiger, the resulting cubs are carriers of the white fur trait, but unless the orange parent was a carrier itself, all of the babies will display the normal orange fur coloration. The only way to ensure that an all-white litter is born is to breed two white tigers together, a feat that is occasionally accomplished in captivity through inbreeding. Some tigers bred in this manner are born relatively healthy, but others suffer mental and physical handicaps due to reduced genetic diversity and the expression of latent deleterious genes. While I have no problem picking fun at kissing cousins, people who claim that "incest is wincest," and anthropomorphic animals that choose to knock up their sisters, there's nothing funny about forcing an animal to breed with its relative for the sake of producing a pretty circus attraction.
...I felt kind of sorry for Fiona while I was writing this, but I got over it pretty quick. Her parents aren't related, so she doesn't have an excuse ;)
|Forum downTitle: Forum down|
Not sure why, but it seems that "bandanamanstudios.com" is down... even though my other hosted domains (like this one) seems to be fine. I'll look into it as soon as I get home from work.... if it hasn't fixed itself by then.
Its back up now.
|Anakuro is on Twitter!Title: Anakuro is on Twitter!|
Until I'm able to maintain a regular update schedule, I'll be posting site and comic updates on Twitter. Check us out at http://twitter.com/AnakuroComic! :)
After an extra long hiatus, Comic 31 is finally up! I still need to add tones and tweak the dialog a bit, but I figured I'd go ahead and post what I've finished so far. I'll upload the final version sometime tomorrow, so keep an eye on the Blog and Twitter (AnakuroComic) for updates. Thanks for stickin' with us!
*EDIT* The finished comic is up now. F5 away!
|We're not dead yetTitle: We're not dead yet|
Hello guys and gals.
Sorry we have been gone for so long. We've been somewhat unmotivated and restricted on time to do all the things we want. A couple of things Ana and I have been tossing around is changing the site a little bit (site design) and having a more consistent post schedule. Ana has been really busy as of late and being exhausted by the time you get home really doesn't help get comics done.
Meanwhile I've created a game dev interest group called "Four Play" (in honor of the comic I've always wanted to start) and we are working on a song driven terrain generator. There are currently 4 of us and little by little we are making this game a reality. Also, the mini-Arcade project is temporarily on hold due to emm.. financial complications. Its a little above my predicted budget :-(
We'll get back into the swing of things eventually. Hopefully soon.
|We're Back!Title: We're Back!|
Hey, gang! It's been a while. :)
Hope you enjoy the new comic! Please bear with me as I adjust to my new style.
|Fill in the blanks!Title: Fill in the blanks!|
As you can see, this week's comic's still a WIP. I'll continue to update the image over the next couple of days until the strip is complete, but in the meantime, feel free to speculate on the forum! ;)