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Spring Update --March 21st, 2024--

Spring update! I love writing update posts just at the cusp of season changes. Luckily I also have plenty to talk about this time. It might have been a quieter month among these gallery sections, but there's been a lot of happenings in any case; also, whenever I'm not in a drawing mood it just means I'm in a writing mood instead, so there's still additions to my site. Starting off with the artings this time around!
  • New digital illustration featuring the gang shopping in Stargate Fantasy, which was an actual emo/scene shop me and my friends used to get all our spiked bracelets from. A little memory piece, so to speak.
  • In the other digital gallery, a piece featuring Amphetamine opens the new folder for 2024. Inspired by eurobeat and cool fighing poses!
  • There's also a new comic strip with Jimmy, Tunny and a terrible pun. I mean, what are terrible puns for if not for silly comic strips?
  • New recieved fanart of Jamaila from Raye as part of a trade! And it's the first fanart of Jami I get, too!
  • As for my own fanart pictures, I uploaded my second set of sepia-toned Pokemon art since I sold the originals of the other ones. I hope this one strikes the same success! The new designs featuring Bulbasaur line, Meowth, Lapras, Suicune and Ho-Oh will premiere as exclusives for the Lucca Collezionando convention, but afterwards (if still available!) will be put for sale also on my Ko-Fi, so keep your eyes peeled!
Okay now that visual art updates are out of the way...

The new VN skin has rolled out since last update! It now features the cyborg siblings Joypad and Program with a bright and pleasant turquoise/orange palette and some Metalheart aesthetics. Been meaning to do this skin for a while and I'm happy it feels as cozy as I imagined.
I wrote a new Journal! It's the first entry of a tutorial/tips'n'tricks mini series on convention booth organization. The second one is in the works so I hope to update again with that entry as well! We also have a new affiliate with Mystic Wish and I got accepted into a new webring, PKMNCollecting!
Updates on sites aren't done yet, since me and my brother have just started works to bring VN version 3.0 live! Wooot! If everything goes well the new iteration will roll out in late April, Early May. Basically yeah, everytime I try to line up all these major updates with VN's birthday, hehe. Version 3.0 will mostly be a backend update with slimmer code, a good database cleaning and assorted fixing of minor issues we ended up finding in 2.0, which is always a good plus; the current frontend layout is love so that won't change much but we'll do a little bit of updating here and there especially on the travel bar, the marquee and the right menu so they're more efficient and interactive! I didn't know it was possible to improve layout peace, but I managed to cook up a concept screencap that I really really like and can't wait to see working. Everything is so exciting yeee!
Works have already started on the backend portion of the site and will probably have a database migration at some time. I'll let you know if the place might go dark for a few minutes xD

Other sites of mine are also experiencing updates: in these last weeks I've completely revived and revamped my Neocities which was lying around as a semi-dead fake splashpage but now it's a repository of fun stuff that doesn't really fit here; animation reviews, music playlist, toy shrines, quiz results... all those things that fit more in a playroom than a portfolio, that's why I decided to rename it as, infact, The Playroom! The layout (which features tables and is not compatible for mobile, sorry!) is 100% complete and pages are in the process of being built, with content scheduled to roll out in a semi-regular pace.
After that will come an overdue update for my poor BlastoiseMonster as I've noticed the layout keeps giving out more and more errors, I can't even see its graphics on some computers! This might be mostly a fault of where the layout graphics are being currently stored, but surely something that I have to take a look at in the near future. I might have to come up for a new skin for it, or I dunno, move everything out of Tumblr if I feel there's a better option for my gaming blog. Sigh!

Real life wise, at the time of writing I just completed packing everything up for Lucca Collezionando which will take place in Florence this weekend; also, me and Lock managed to reserve a booth for Novegro Comics Festival's spring edition, so we'll be there in May. Novegro will probably be our last event before taking a big pause for summer and autumn, since we have to organize for something much bigger...
So uh, it's official: me and Lock are getting married this summer! We have a late March appointment at the town hall to sign the usual papers and decide for the official celebration date, which we plan to be either in late August or early September. We've been together a long time and sharing a house since five years now, so the marriage won't be a shock to our daily lives and routines, but it'll obviously take some work to organize and that's why we'll be taking a pause off conventions. I have been calling Lock both my boyfriend and my husband at the same time, so I can imagine it might have confused people xD Well, after summer's over there won't be any more misleading naming. :V

And that is all for today! It's quite a bit of news, so if you've been reading the whole post, thanks for sticking through it! See you!

New Year Start --February 1st, 2024--

Welcome to the new year! As usual the first month has been pretty busy and I can't believe how each year January seems to pass away quicker and quicker. Have some news!

Novegro Comics Festival has broken all our records and it's been one of the best conventions so far! We hope that they just keep getting better and better. Next one is Bologna Nerd Show in just a few weeks, during which I hope to clear up all my due commissions as my new pricelist is just waiting to be uploaded.
I've posted a couple new things on site, among which a journal entry aimed to motivate everyone who's dissatisfied with the current state of the Internet to shake things up and create their own corner. Since I opened this webpage my approach to the net has been much healthier, so I hope this could be the perfect solution for many others who are feeling the virtual fatigue which is oh so rampant lately.
I've also posted a new digital illustration, the first of this year yet related to Christmas! I've started this picture in December but had no time to work on it properly until the last week. Sigh... At least I still like the final result.

I know my previous update post said I had no resolutions for 2024, but I do have some projects regarding my webpages; first off I'll be completely revamping my Neocities account to turn it into a shrine collector. Second, since I'm planning a few quality of life improvements on VN, I might just go and make a 3.0 version: I'm not planning to change layout, but cleaning things up code-wise and maybe have a slightly better gallery or some additional features (I did mention to particularly like the RSS feed idea back then). New version or not, I'll be definitely working on a new skin soon enough since the black and violet palette is almost starting to give me an headache... sorry Gloria!

This might be everything for today, so till next time fuzzies!

Season's Greetings --December 27th, 2023--

Merry Christmas, web surfers! 🎄 I don't have many updates to note for these final days of 2023, but leaving the site silent throughout the holidays felt wrong. So I hope you've passed a superb Xmas day, and that the 31st and New Years will be even better!
The Lucca Collezionando convention staff has approved our booth, so 2024 will open with three events for three months in a row. November and December have also been marked by con appeareances, lenghtening my streak of consecutive events to partecipate to. I like this routine of one convention per month, it gives me enough time to take care of other projects without letting too much time pass between an event and another leading me to get overly excited whenever a new one approaches. Lock has also gifted me a new sales register/tracker for Christmas and I can't wait to put it to use during Novegro Comic Festival!🤩

My artbook Doubutsu No Gyaru, Lock's set of illustrations Beautifurs Offline and other original pieces have also been added to our Kofi and are available for purchase. Check them out at this link!

I'm a bit disappointed I couldn't finish a Christmas themed digital illustration in time for the end of the year, but no matter because I do plan on posting it anyway as soon as it's done. For the rest, there's been a few gallery updates with a new comic strip and a new recieved fanart featuring Candy. Oh, and while at the Cesena Gamics I completed another sepia-toned Pokemon fanart, with the Gengar evolution line. I've moved this series of design to its own folder of the fanart section.

I don't have as many new years resolutions last time, but I can consider myself satisfied with what I managed to accomplish in 2023; looks like I kept the promise of almost all my resolutions so it's time to add a few more wishes to my list! As always, I hope to draw even more for myself in the upcoming new year; maybe this will be the right time you'll see my final section Neon And Argon finally employed as that project is taking more and more flesh. Me (and the people who are collaborating in it!) are making tiny but consistent steps with its progress and I hope that by next summer we'll have something to finally show.
As January starts I'll also reopen for commissions and it'll be the final batch employing current prices, so keep your eyes peeled! New prices won't have much of a change, I still feel very comfortable with my general range and I think it's a good balance between being affordable for the audience and suitable for my workload. However, stickers will see an overdue update.

I think that's all I have to say for now (someday I'll learn how to properly conclude update posts!). See you, and happy holidays!

So Many News! --November 9th, 2023--

Back with another update post! I feel like there's a lot to report this time.
Doubutsu No Gyaru is complete and already printed! Copies have arrived two days ago and I can't wait to add them on Kofi... that'll have to wait until after the Cartoomics convention as I want to give the event a bit of exclusivity; it won't take much anyway, the con's just two weeks away now!
Lock is also ready to get his latest project, Beautifurs Offline (a poster collection), to print! Just like DNG it's gonna premiere at the Cartoomics only but then we'll add it on the shop, so keep your eyes peeled!

Since we're on the subject of conventions, a very busy winter is ahead of us as we are going to attend one each month from November until March: first there's gonna be the aforementioned Cartoomics, then the Gamics at Cesena (a new one to try out!), the Novegro Comics Festival (whose booth was incredibly hard to reserve this year, phew!), Bologna Nerd Show and finally Lucca Collezionando, which will actually focus on vintage anime and cartoon fanart and original pieces, so I'll ready up my selling inventory by drawing a new set of Copic illustrations. Part of me hopes my stock is enough to last all these events, on the other hand if it finishes up quickly it just means I had a streak of good sales xD

On the website side of things, you might have noticed a colour swap recently... I've implemented the new skin dedicated to Gloria and Jay; it's originally supposed to be a sort of vaguely Halloween theme since it went live in mid-October but it's also general enough to stay for a while. The emo theme is so reminiscent of personal blogs during the mid 2000s era! If you are curious about past skins you can find a minigallery in the About Page section!
There's also a new journal uploaded today disclosing about collections and my history with this hobby. It's a bit of a long read but you know I like to ramble about preferred arguments. The Affiliate section has been updated with new domain buddies with more to come hopefully. You can always contact me for affiliation, I love exchanging banners!
Gallery's new uploadings:
  • A cellshaded headshot of Gloria in the Other Digital gallery mixing some graphic elements of Global Village Coffeehouse and Memphis aesthetics;
  • Finally the Artisan Crafts gallery gets an update with a new painting: I decorated a wooden chest with an underwater theme and a few Poke'mon designs. I've also better organized the section so now uploads are sorted as Paintings or Installations instead of being sorted by year, since it takes me what, a century and a half to upload something new over there?
  • Update on the rarely used Offcanon section too, can you believe it? Other than ordering it by category instead of year like Artisan Crafts it also hosts a new folder: tutorials! The first one is an easy printable PDF making guide for anyone that wants to start out printing their own zines. Been asked about it on some channels so I figured it could be of help to more people.
Time to log off. Last time I said my update would have been after the Cartoomics but looks like I anticipated things a bit xD I'll let another month pass before popping up again. See you!

Comics And Coffees --October 5th, 2023--

Oh hey fuzzies! The homecoming from vacation last September was more hectic than expected: we took care of a lot of chores and at the end of the day we felt that the only thing we were doing was paying bills and insurances. The joys of freelance work and VAT numbers... Though luckily we could alternate these oh-so-fun trips to the bank with actually fun times.
So what happened in these last months of summer? Well, my relatives from the States came to visit for a week and I could hang around with my cousins! I don't see them often and it's so good to finally catch up once in a while. Two of them brought their boyfriend/girlfriend along and it was a pleasure to meet them. Hope I can soon return the favour and go visit them with a trip overseas sometime in the near future!

Moving on to comic-related news, english copies of LWY 4 and 5 are now in stock. Finally we have all volumes available in both languages and our shop is complete! All that's left for us to do is to push these sales by attending a non-italian speaking con... we're thinking UK, but I know that at the moment it's just fancy musings as we already are busy with events in Italy. But! Of course the comics (and the rest of the merch) is still purchasable online!
For that matter, because I still have to reach "layout peace" in the Shop sections of VN, I've opened a Kofi shop to better advertise and sell LWY and subsequent printed projects. I still have to set details up, take more appealing pictures and advertise properly, but so far I've been toying with it and feels like a comfortable platform to sell on. Once it's complete every available product will be directly linked from the shop page so if you're interested in getting something, you will be able to easily pay through Kofi. Sounds cool enough, doesn't it? X3
Also it's official, my new artbook's coming this November. It's going to be called Doubutsu No Gyaru and will feature over 20 coloured pinups plus research on the subgenres of gyaru fashion styles aaaannndddd... a little printable game! No more spoilers, I'm excited to see this on paper!

What else... the spooky autumn season has arrived, as soon as I free myself up from a few more commissions I would love to spruce up VN with a new skin. I'm thinking something vaguely Halloween-y but general enough to last throughout the rest of the season. I'd hate to come up with a new palette just to change it back only a week after!
And of course, a little update log on the gallery's new entries!
  • A new digital illustration is in the dedicated gallery with deliciouisly warm autumn-y colours!
  • Also a new cellshaded pic, a simple pinup of Fredrick in another experimental Global Village Coffeehouse aesthetic.
  • Added late this August, two traditional media pics featuring Helios along with equally tribal OCs of two friends of mine. Done with Copics!
  • Also done with Copics, three more japanese-tattoo styled Poke'mon fanarts in the appropriate section, so now my set of five is complete! Originals will be put for sale at conventions but there will also be miniprints versions of them!
  • Finally, a new black and white strip comic, about spam mail xP
I feel like that's all for now. I'll be working hard to get everything ready for this year's Cartoomics in November, so next update post will surely be after that. See you!

The Angry Sun From SMB3 --August 4th, 2023--

That's it, that's the update. 🌞
Me and Lock are back in Southern Italy, we'll stay here until the end of the month. It's been very hot, scalding even, but the northen part of the country where we live has been bashed by hail, strong winds and floods, so between the two I'm not really sure which to choose. Now we're doing better, I mean it's still summer and summers in the South are hot by default, but it's been more bearable these last few days.
While here, I managed to deliver all due commissions in the last week of July despite the heat making it very hard to stay at the comp, I'll be taking a break from them for the rest of the season.

I'm also very proud to announce all printables of Lost Without You are now updated and up to our new standards, which means that yes, english volumes 4 and 5 have gone to print! I can't wait to get back to the studio and find the new copies to add to the shop (and send to everyone who's been waiting for them)! I'm also so happy to leave this project behind because I passed something like four whole days on that hell that is InDesign and now I can forget it exists until it's time to send another comic to print.
If you want to take a peek at our updated work, you can check the preview PDFs in the comic's section which have also been remade. The 7 page prequel has been renovated too! Man this took a bit! But I'm very satisfied of the result.
I learned a lot from this "post-editing" experience and I'll surely take these lessons into account when working on next projects (also because I don't want to end up doing this tour-de-force once again).

Speaking of projects, from now on this summer will be 100% dedicated to my own stuff! I want to contribute to the site's gallery this month as well; I brought along the sketch of a rather promising digital illustration though I'm not very confident on the working setup I have here and especially its inking configuration, maybe that particular picture will have to wait till I get back home. However, I do have plenty of ideas for traditional media! I brought along the huge selection of Copic markers Lock has invested on earlier this year so I can update the looks of my Raikou piece (I regret using pencils for that and I hope it can be fixed) and continue with the rest of the monsters planned for this japanese-tattoo inspired series; they'll become a set of miniprints once completed.
I'll also resume my gyaru fashion artbook project (you know, if the heat doesn't melt my graphite) as I'll probably be able to bring it to the Cartoomics convention this year. My last solo artbook was in 2015, plenty of time to show something different on the table.

Anyway, there's still been a lot of activity onsite in these previous weeks. Here's a rundown!
  • The Other Digital gallery has seen a double update with two cellshaded pieces dedicated to 90s design trends, Neon Memphis and Global Village Coffeehouse. Will do more with the latter style for sure!
  • I added another drawing on toned paper in the Traditional media gallery but I don't feel it as good as the previous one; might have been a matter of composition and poses. But hey, I drew a grid in traditional media and I sketched on dark blue paper, which is as hard as it sounds. Experimenting! There's also two new Copic illustrations, both featuring my Helios interacting with my friends' tribal characters.
  • New Animation with sound! I'm getting good with these. This new one has been drawn directly with lineart without sketching any frame, so production was quicker but the result feels jussssst a tad rougher than my previous Malk scene. However I feel like the end result matches well with the scene chosen and I'm already on the hunt of new animatics for my charas x3
  • I added a new recieved fanart of Joypad done by Beatrice Zeo Bovo! Her rendition is so perfect!
This should be all for now. Bit of a reminder, I'm about to reach a few milestones with my drawn stickers (yes, again) and I want to celebrate one more time with another giveaway. So stay tuned everyone, have a great summer!

Back Home! --April 19th, 2023--

What, it's April already? How?
Well, as it is usual for me and Lock during this period, we'll be visiting and staying at my parents' place for the rest of the month- I'm writing this entry while on the train! We'll celebrate my birthday (also, VN will be two year old on the 26th!) have fun at the Comicon in Naples (though we didn't end up getting a booth there, bummer- but we still have a late spring full of convention appeareances) and generally relax while... still working. XD
I'll still be drawing commissions but for these couple of upcoming weeks I'll be sharing the workstation with Lock, so we'll both take turns and generally be a bit slower.
I ain't got anything major planned for the site's birthday but there's been a lot going on in the galleries, so here's a little summary of the new uploadings!
  • From March: a new digital illustration featuring Michael in his favourite element, snow, also bringing Fredrick and his chaotic nature along! Also a new animatic with Jay and the rest of the Idiots, with the hope of making more during this year.
  • From April: a digital illustration with Candy, Acid and a favourite theming of mine, rave parties! Went all out with the background cameos and detailed a whole crowd of dancing animals this time. Whew! Also in the traditional media gallery a drawing with Jay; I found some toned paper that was begging to be drawn on and whipped up my trusty set of coloured pencils once again. Love the feeling of amateur budget C64 game cover I got out of it, so I can't wait to repeat the experience.
  • I also got a new fanart made of Jimmy from Scuotivento! Which I should add among affiliates someday soon.
I was working on a journal entry at the start of the month but ultimately decided I didn't like the main theming enough to post, so I scrapped it; the logbook will have to wait :(
After our stay here we'll get back home in mid May to attend the Milano Comics&Games as sellers and, two weeks after, the Firenze Cosplay Festival sharing the booth with Coeleth once again. We know these two events are small but so is our stock of LWY copies as we're looking to sell away all that we have left before sending the omnibus volume to printing (which will feature all the fixes, updates and tweaks we're currently applying to the pages).

I think that's all I have for now. See you!

Conventiony Start Of The Year --February 27th, 2023--

I was expecting 2023 to start with a lot of events but I would've never imagined it to be so hectic! Here's what's been going on so far... this entry's gonna be long!
First off, I started keeping my resolutions from December and re-did all my ref sheet chibi templates. Not only they look better now but also more precise, organized, and easier to quickly modify for unusual or original species. Look at this list! That's pretty much 70 templates ;w; they may have lost a bit of their plushiness, but I think they're still adorable.

At the end of January we attended the Novegro Comic Festival finally sharing the booth with more Griffinest colleagues like good old times: we had Coeleth and (new affiliate!) Aeritus next to us! What a spike of endorphine, we came back vibrating with positive energy! Managing the booth in four instead of being just in two is a whole different experience making me feel like we're back in 2016 at the height of our convention activity. Hope this will continue for many more years!
Anyhow, despite Novegro being a smaller venue than Cartoomics and also taking place in just two days, it has quickly become a main meeting ground for anthro enthusiasts, something that resonates a lot with most of Griffinest's projects. Quite in fact, me and Lock came back with not even a copy of LWY Vol 1 left and had to rush for a reprint! Luckily the factory had them ready in just two weeks and we got their delivery just one day before our departure for Bologna Nerd Show.
This other con went okay, too! It was the first time we attended an event in Emilia Romagna and as usual newbie folks get a bit ignored in first-time locations but after the first slow day the second one was pleasantly busy, we came back home with half the stock we had originally brought. Success! Definitely considering writing the event into our list of regular convention appeareances.
Now next up on the calendar will be Firenze Cosplay Festival in June, and there should also be Napoli Comicon in late April but they still have to confirm our presence... hope we'll make it into the roster this year. 🤞
Unsurprisingly I had to keep commissions closed for this period and a subsequent cold I caught slowed me down even further, however I managed to add quite some updates to my galleries. Here goes!
  • From January: a new strip of Valy detailing the joys of different timezones. :v
  • From February: the firsts (of hopefully many) digital illustrations of 2023! One featuring William and Fred in a cluttered music store cos... why not. Wayne's World fans will appreciate the visual joke. The other is starring Peppermint and her bedroom.
  • Also from this month a new cellshaded art of favourite cyborgs Joypad and Program inspired by Y2K design aesthetics, which actually fits Joypad pretty well. More to come maybe? I'm having a lot of ideas with Joypad lately, so I'll be drawing her a lot this year!
  • Another strip added this February with Valy, Carabine and Valery, and this time it's an animated strip! The visual joke worked so much better as a GIF, which by the way gave me a lot of trouble posting on Twitter due to file limitations aaaagh... I hate social media! Why can't everything be as easy as a personal site XC
  • A new journal entry posted at the start of February had me listing and detailing my major art and style influences. Some may be pretty obvious, so readers will have some fun seeing how many references they may have caught up in my drawings;
  • A couple newly posted recieved fanarts: added a very old Valy badge done by Cooner (in 2009 I think!) which I somehow forgot to add to my fanart collection despite having it in full display on the desk in front of me everyday x.x Then, a Chrys picture drawn by SundaysPlayzone and a picture of Candy and Fredrick dancing done by Kosperry! Loving both their retro style.
Having reopened my queue slots, I'm currently working on commissions but also alternating with personal artworks, so there's gonna be much more new things planned for my own galleries. Stay tuned!

The End Of The Year As We Know It --December 31st, 2022--

I couldn't miss the opportunity of writing a post on the last day of 2022! Despite the worldwide situation, this year has been mostly positive for me: I've worked and improved a lot on my health (both mental and physical) and gotten back full swing into conventions, publishing projects and my own art; I'm closing this year with a satisfied smile and renewed hope the next one will be even better. But let's talk about VN first!

The site's first skin swap has been uploaded on December 2nd and Xmas lights have coloured this homepage throughout the month! Sadly, they're gonna go away in about a week, as holidays pass. This is partly why I'm not very fond of seasonal skins... but I'm happy the transition to the new colours has been rather smooth.
As said previously, update posts of the main page have been cleaned up: there's less of them now as I've only kept important milestones of past year. The Shop section has also been updated with brand new stock and you can now admire (and order!) the new gadget designs I've made for upcoming conventions.
Speaking of conventions, the last event of 2022 has been Milan Games Week+Cartoomics, whose organization has been, gladly, much smoother than last year's. Our Griffinest member Coeleth has been sharing the booth with us just like we usually did pre-pandemic, and it has been such a happy reunion! It's glad to have her back, she's very eager to attend more cons: we are already set for the first part of our 2023 tour!
Concerning new art! The Guest Artist gallery now shows all drawings I've recieved during the con; also, there's a watercolour of Jamaila I did while at the Cartoomics in the Tradtional Art gallery and a cellshaded "meme" (not much anymore since I turned the prompt into a miniset of illustrations) in the Other Digital gallery, uploaded at the beginning of this month.

Me and Lock have spent the holidays at my parents' place, where I took the occasion to ultimate works on LWY 5: as I'm typing, the finalized PDF has been set to print! I feel much lighter now xD Soon enough I'm going to update the dedicated section with the volume's blurb and preview in both languages. Now I'll really be able to focus on my own drawings and get back to commissioned work (quite infact, I'll reopen my slots soon enough!).

Hey, what's a New Years post without some resolutions? I have quite a few for 2023, but in order not to lenghten this post too much, I'm only gonna list the ones regarding arts and projects!

Valy's resolutions for 2023!
  • Completing more than six digital illustrations! Digital illustrations are my most complex drawings, and each one of them is an occasion for me to finetune my skills and try something new in a well-rendered enviroinment (pretty much the reason why they take so long to complete!). Over the years I've realized the more digital illustrations I worked on, the more I felt confident and "healhy" about my style. In 2021 when I was busy changing domains I had my most unproductive year with only four pieces; this year I have started to improve slightly with six illustrations, but I want this number to increase each time. Let's see how many I can draw this time!
  • Excercising on volumes and gesture! I never post them online, but I do a lot of sketching studies each year focusing on specific art subjects that I feel underskilled at; it's something pretty much mandatory for selftaught artists, and as I go on with my studies, I delve further into more complex excercises. This past year I've been working on my human anatomy and dynamism; it's time for me to go one step further and improve my volumes and gesture.
  • Redraw and reorganize my front/back chibi ref templates! Several of my customers have said that the chibi (also called plush) front/back views I use as marking chart on my ref sheet commissions are an original and cute idea! I drew the blank templates years ago and over time my collection of "available species" has been expanding as I got the occasion to work on different character designs. Now that my style has improved and changed, I could take some time to redraw my blanks and better reorganize my collection of species templates. I hope to still give them a cute plushy look xD
  • Reorganize my Lost Without You printables and resources! Yeah, I'll still be tinkering around with this comic, at least for one more year. Development of this story has taken a lot of time and that means the single page files have been undergoing several backups, computer changes, even two fried hard disks! As a result, some pages have been lost, some have been only restored to previous versions, some are not available either in a language or another. As time goes on I'm gonna need readymade PDFs for easy reprints both in italian and english, so I'll take some time to restore files and make sure backup will be updated on all my devices; while I'm there, we'll also do some minor touchups on text or panels that can be improved on. Me and Lock really want LWY to be perfect 💗
There's also a couple new projects that are in my resolution lists, but I'm keeping them private because... I want them to be surprise projects until complete! x3 Hope everyone has had a good year, and that the new one will bring lots of pleasant events!

Spookyseason Update --November 19th, 2022--

Welp we're past the autumn equinox, you know what that means! Time to bring out the Jack-o-Lanterns and cobwebs. 🎃 although at the time of writing this journal, that holiday has also passed and I guess most folks are celebrating Thanksgiving instead. When is that exactly? We don't have it here. xP

There hasn't been much activity among the Sitely pages, but I did add a few minor things: in the Affiliates section I've been adding several new banners of different sizes to link VN to your site. Choose your fav! Just remember not to hotlink and instead, to save them to your own archives!
More recently, I've been adding a new journal on the dedicated section, mainly a rant on social medias' instability with some musings for future projects on VN; also, there's been a substantial update to the Lost Without You section: now all volume previews are in PDF format directly downloadable from VN, just click their links. Old previews were hosted on clunky horrible Facebook and this current solution is much more direct, orderly and locally hosted. I think at this point FB has been completely de-linked from every corner of my site, which is nnneat.

One last thing still pertaining to social media delinking, the Webs section now lists my newly-opened Telegram channel as alternative to Twitter; as of now it's a simple mirror of its contents, if or when Twitter actually goes offline for good it'll become a complete substitute.

As you might have read from my news ticker at the top of the page, colouring phase for Lost Without You 5 is underway! I'm not sure if I started earlier this year or Lock is late on the inking schedule, but I'm basically colouring as he's still completing the inks. I really hope I'll manage to send it to print by December, but who knows.
This one will also be the final issue of the series, it's a complex feeling: we're sad to say goodbye to the charas we've "seen grow" for 5+ years, but also proud to have brought their plots to completion all by ourselves; afterall there's nothing else to add to the story so we feel that prolonging it for too much would be counterproductive and ruin its main concept and quality. It's a printing-targeted graphic novel, not a webcomic! Also, it'll be nice to clear our minds and work on completely different projects after so much time.

New pics mega-update list!
  • From September: a new glitchy GIF featuring Program goofing around in a Virtual Boy-generated enviroinment has appeared in the Animation gallery; the Other Digital gallery has an experimental limited palette postcard with James; finally, I got back to coloured pencils and uploaded a bust of Alkaline in the Traditional Media gallery.
  • From October: a new Valery digital picture used to excercise with sepia tones, rain effects and VHS glitches and, in the same section, a very out of season summer Joypad that is actually a sticker design taken from the latest set of VN merch I've worked on; there's also a new comic strip featuring Valy and William. Finally, the fanart section has undergone some updating: I rearranged that gallery by category rather than by year, so now we have a videogame and animation/TV folder; there's also a new pic! It was my anniversary with Lock on the 29th and I decided to cross two franchises he loves into a fun design that can be eventually printed on a shirt. If you like both YuGiOh and Hellraiser, then go check it!
  • November has been rather art-lacking so far, only counting a new comic strip with Valy. Whoops.
  • More and more recieved fanarts have been uploaded in the Guest Artists section during these months, I even uploaded two very special themesong gifts based on Candy and Acid, pretty much catching up with that section. Now all I need to do is get more gifts :3c
For italian readers heading to the Cartoomics+Milan Games Week convention next weekend, see you there!

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