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A look at what we do

A look at what we do

Fri, 09/18/2009 - 19:32 by Ananth in response to girl with the skeleton hand 3

Sorry for the delay! Here's page 3 ... I love Cecilia's dress in the middle there, so cute. Death is lookin' sharp too. Yuko, you're blowing my mind with these pages! The last installment will be out next Tuesday, and then we'll talk a little more about Cecilia as a whole. 

I'm obligated to mention that the Maw is up for preorder over at Patchtogether, and we have some Zoolology tees left in stock over in the store. Not 100% when we'll be reprinting that one! 

Anyway, with that out of the way I can spend some time talking about what else Yuko and I do, outside of Johnny Wander. I work partly as a designer, and finished some client work for an iPhone app recently. Besides that, I've been editing a manuscript for a graphic novel. It's tough to show a lot of the stuff I do, so instead here's our plucky protagonist:

Yes it is. Another scribble Yuko did, of the young lady and other characters: 

Also, here's the Amazon listing for something Yuko finished this last year. It came out this year, here's the cover: 


Sorry for the weird crop! Yuko illustrated it as some client work -- she completed it over the course of a couple of months. It's third in a series for students, basically using comics as a medium to teach children basic math. Yuko received a script, which she thumbnailed, penciled and inked - she learned a lot about inking with a crow quill during this project. Oh, and it should be noted that the colors are not hers. 

Here are some pages that I thought were beautifully inked: 

Look at that incredible house! The result of a lot of love and painstaking research ... it's it's own character. Not in any way based on Spacklehaus, but I can't help but be reminded. Also totally love the saucer-eyes on the little girl in the bottom left panel. Here's a page that was inked differently - it's a story within a story:

These monks look great. Again, a lot of research ... I love the rough ink in the upper right panel, it looks so raw. The client was Graphic Universe, which produces a lot of cool stuff, especially for kids. 

I could talk about Yuko's pages for years and years, but I'll restrain myself! Hope this gives a little insight into where the rest of our time goes! Have a good weekend, guys. 


Love the style

Comment by ChristineA (not verified) Fri, 09/18/2009 - 19:58

I've been really enjoying the style of these past couple comics. The shades of brown give it a real antique feel, like an alternate 1800's. Can't wait to see the next page!

Yuko picked a great palette!

Comment by Ananth Fri, 09/18/2009 - 23:34

Yuko picked a great palette! I agree, it really helps to "age" the comic. 

I knew Yuko was amazing but wow.

Comment by Kyon (not verified) Fri, 09/18/2009 - 20:03

It seems you all have been incredibly busy, I'm surprised you can find time for JW. Truly amazing. Seems like centuries since I found and started reading Fallen, which btw was the first webcomic I read. Her art has come so far.

I-I hope I didn't sound like a creeper with that overly long message.

Why is there no delete

Comment by Kyon (not verified) Fri, 09/18/2009 - 21:15

Why is there no delete button for comments? :(

She drew Fallen?! *Head

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 09/18/2009 - 22:31

She drew Fallen?! *Head explodes* That'

y... yeah.

Comment by Aido Fri, 09/18/2009 - 23:36

Haha, I wrote it too.

But I was, y'know, like 16 and in high school. 


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 09/21/2009 - 18:08


O.o I love Fallen and

Comment by Kalathandra (not verified) Tue, 09/22/2009 - 12:34


I love Fallen and started to read it a few years ago before it was stopped. I didn't realize until it was said and put 2 and 2 together that you did I saw it. I must agree with Kyon you're art has come a long way, it was stunning there and now no amount of words can describe how amazing it has become :)

Naw, not at all! She has

Comment by Ananth Fri, 09/18/2009 - 23:36

Naw, not at all! She has come a long way - I read Fallen before I met her, actually. ;)

When I saw the house in the

Comment by Krimson (not verified) Fri, 09/18/2009 - 20:17

When I saw the house in the graphic novel, I instantly went "GOTHIC SPACKLEHAUS!", but then I kept reading and I was all "...dang it." Let the kids have their Spacklehaus, Ananth. Gad.

Also: I am super happy that Yuko's illustration work is going so awesomely. And that you guys made Death into an awkward, swanky fella (d'awww) instead of a Grim Reaper stereotype. Everything is just SO GOOD, isn't it?

Ahaha, everything is so

Comment by Ananth Fri, 09/18/2009 - 23:36

Ahaha, everything is so good! I'm sure we'll do something more serious some day, but we try to keep things a little charming for the time being. 

Worth the Wait

Comment by Joe D (not verified) Fri, 09/18/2009 - 20:26

Love the strip, and all the little extras in today's post. Always great to see more work by an artist you admire. Next time, talk a little bit about how to get such commissions, eh?

Will do! I'll definitely try

Comment by Ananth Fri, 09/18/2009 - 23:37

Will do! I'll definitely try to compile something on that. 


Comment by Lauren (not verified) Fri, 09/18/2009 - 20:32

The illustrations have a very charming and Scott Pilgrim-esque feel to them. It's kind of like if Yuko and O'Malley teamed up and did a graphic novel about Scott in an alternate Scooby Doo universe with an educational twist.

Being a random Internet person, I feel obligated to make irrational and unrealistic demands of people I've never met: I want to see one with English grammar I could use in a classroom setting!

Keep up the amazing work, you two!

Thank you! ;) Maybe Yuko

Comment by Ananth Fri, 09/18/2009 - 23:38

Thank you! ;) Maybe Yuko will pass the demand along to her client. XD

English grammar comic woo!

Comment by Elizabeth B (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 13:21

"I want to see one with English grammar I could use in a classroom setting!"


Er, yeah. I teach ESL. A lot of my students are Asian, even if they're not kids. Manga-style ESL lessons would be so awesome. Too bad I cannot afford to hire Yuko to do them. ;_;

Love the comic, Yuko and Ananth. You guys rock!

A picture is worth...

Comment by Lauren (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 21:47

I have quite a few ESL (mostly Hispanic) students, as well as some RSP/SPED students who would really benefit from language arts/grammar oriented graphic novels. Fortunately, the anime/manga craze is still going strong in my little corner of the USA, so I'm sure there'd be some kind of market for it.

There was actually a really neat panel at San Diego Comic Con about using comics in the classroom. I think there is a lot of merit behind it, and would provide some students with the motivation to learn more about any subject, really.

Adorrrable <3

Comment by Bluecheshirecat (not verified) Fri, 09/18/2009 - 20:38

Ahhh this comic is adorable so far! The colors are just gorgeous.

What kind of iphone app did Yuko do illustrations for?

The app was me, actually!

Comment by Ananth Fri, 09/18/2009 - 20:46

The app was me, actually! It's a camera app - I did brand identity and icons for it. I'll post some peeks of it later, but Yuko's sequentials are always more exciting for me to talk about. XD

Nice! Haha, I think all the

Comment by Bluecheshirecat (not verified) Sun, 09/20/2009 - 10:59

Nice! Haha, I think all the stuff you guys do is interesting - and more than kinda amazing, considering how much you do at once.

Nice! Haha, I think all the

Comment by Bluecheshirecat (not verified) Sun, 09/20/2009 - 15:41

Nice! Haha, I think all the stuff you guys do is interesting - and more than kinda amazing, considering how much you do at once.


Comment by Jon (not verified) Fri, 09/18/2009 - 20:49

This story is so adorable. As much as I love your autobios, you can really do a charming story.

Dang, thank you!

Comment by Ananth Fri, 09/18/2009 - 23:38

Dang, thank you!

Really, you can't.

Comment by The Dude (not verified) Fri, 09/18/2009 - 20:53

One cannot deny that Death looks quite snazzy in that vest.

I agree

Comment by Kriztov (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 08:53

I agree, but I reckon he'd also look pretty good in a space suit, but I have been watching Mastodon's videoclip for Oblivion quite often recently.

Kids are lucky these days

Comment by Michael M. (not verified) Fri, 09/18/2009 - 20:59

Man, kids are so lucky these days to have talented artists like Yuko drawing educational books. When I was young the stuff was fugly.

"Unflappable" is one word for it.

Comment by Joe (not verified) Fri, 09/18/2009 - 21:39

It takes some kind of woman to not only take being skeletized in stride, but be able to scare off Death himself.

Oh, she didn't scare him

Comment by Ananth Fri, 09/18/2009 - 23:39

Oh, she didn't scare him off - he's just mortified that he turned her hand skeletal. 


Comment by Nieve (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 04:59

Excellent choice of words there, dude. : P


Comment by Kriztov (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 08:55

So this comic is postmortem... Bad pun, I know... *cheesy grin*

So what you're saying is...

Comment by Joe (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 15:22

So Death embarassed himself to death?

Yuko's art style is so cute,

Comment by Linkette (not verified) Fri, 09/18/2009 - 21:49

Yuko's art style is so cute, it should be illegal.
You absolutely CAN NOT stop looking at it. I swear.

I'm mad it took me this long to figure out what the heck was going on.
But nonetheless. Incredibly cute.
I enjoy the brown.
Brown is such a calm and soothing color.. and yet, somehow, it's very.. Story-ish. I don't really think I'm making much sense, but, point it, this whole thing rocks.

Thank you! Yuko did a great

Comment by Ananth Fri, 09/18/2009 - 23:44

Thank you! Yuko did a great job. 


Comment by Heid (not verified) Fri, 09/18/2009 - 22:09

The colors on all these pages from 'Girl with the skeleton hand' are just so beautiful @_@ I love Cecilia's reactions, she seems slightly surprised yet so calm. Death's reactions are great as well.

It's so awesome to get to see the other stuff Yuko does. The detail on that house is great, and I love the kids' expressions. And of course the facial features of the monks. There's so much to comment on!

And I would like to see that app xD

I'll definitely post about

Comment by Ananth Fri, 09/18/2009 - 23:47

I'll definitely post about it when it goes live! I have a few things I can talk about, although they're not as exciting as Yuko's pages. 


Comment by Atrian (not verified) Fri, 09/18/2009 - 23:42

Just looking at the character sketches I already cannot wait to read this graphic novel you guys are working on. I'm psyched!

I love the new direction that Johnny Wander has taken. The color scheme is beautiful, and the story is interesting. I like Cecelia. She's so cute. <3

Thank you! Everyone's

Comment by Ananth Fri, 09/18/2009 - 23:48

Thank you! Everyone's encouragement has been pretty heartening. 

Oh wow. This storyline and

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 01:13

Oh wow. This storyline and it's art have been great. Also, I can't wait to find out what that girl and the guy with the cat are from!

I have said it before...

Comment by Aaron (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 01:30

...and I'll say it again.

Oh dear.


Comment by Emi (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 02:53

I really love these! I agree with all of the above comments that her coloring work here is just spectacular. I can't wait to see the last page.

Y'know, I had to write a story last week for a class, and I named one of the characters Cecilia. I couldn't figure out how or why I'd chosen this name until I checked back here! Haha, thanks for infiltrating my subconscious, guys.


Comment by Kriztov (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 08:59

Yeah, when I was in highschool I had to write a story for an english exam, and I wrote what I considered to be the utmost shit. (it was about Mr T and me) and I got a good grade for it, 17/20... I dunno what that had to do with my exam, but it reminded me of it.

City Limits

Comment by Spoonifur (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 09:44

Hey! It's that girl from that book that you guys did stuff in!

That was such an adorable story, I'm excited for future prospects.

 Hah, someone remembers!!

Comment by Ananth Sat, 09/19/2009 - 10:11

 Hah, someone remembers!! Nice. 


Comment by Spoonifur (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 12:08

...I didn't know she had actually contributed when I bought it at Otakon. I think I got everybody who was there to sign it except Yuko. Oops. ._.


Comment by Katie (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 11:30

I'm so thrilled to see more fiction from you guys. I'm totally jealous of Ananth's writing and Yuko's art... I'm a writer and an art enthusiast myself, and I just love watching you guys explore stories and visual styles...

Please keep it up. It makes me so happy. :D

Multicultural Rangers... the Next Generation!

Comment by Ellie (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 11:56

Those kids in the math comic book look like a next-gen Multicultural Rangers. Like, Yuko, Ananth and the rest of the gang were getting a little old, so they passed the torch of Ethnic Diversity to a rag-tag group of tweens, appropriately drawn in a more manga-ish style to appeal to Generation X-ers.

 Haaahahaha that's amazing

Comment by Ananth Sat, 09/19/2009 - 12:58

 Haaahahaha that's amazing XD


Comment by Steve (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 13:46

I'm not... old... ;_;

what if ... you are? :o

Comment by Rachelle (not verified) Mon, 09/21/2009 - 00:54

what if ... you are? :o


Comment by Steve (not verified) Mon, 09/21/2009 - 18:05

You're not THAT much younger than me, so that would make you old too.