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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. 


Ten years later, there's a

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

Ten years later, there's a time-traveling Multicultural Ranger team that tries to go back throughout history to rectify all that's gone wrong while riding spiffy motorcycles through a portal. The cast has expanded to include a purple alien and an albino black man.

Children everywhere beg their moms to go buy the megazord toys.


Comment by Samm Neiland (not verified) Mon, 09/21/2009 - 00:21

Great, that means some asshole who access to GarageBand is going to make a cheesy remix of my song >_>


Comment by Steve (not verified) Mon, 09/21/2009 - 18:02


*pulling a Darth Vader*

Comment by Samm Neiland (not verified) Mon, 09/21/2009 - 23:27


Its going to be filled with prebuilt samples and effect/filters that make you want to weep softly :C

I am an English nerd...

Comment by Matt (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 17:37

Because Cecilia could stop for Death, he... stayed the hell away from her and dodged her calls.

Most. Awkward. Carriage

Comment by Joe (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 22:23

Most. Awkward. Carriage Ride. Ever.

I think what I love most

Comment by Softspoken (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 21:44

I think what I love most about this page is that Cecilia is way more miffed about Death running off than about having her hand skeletoned.

Also, I think I know what the big surprise is for the last page, if I'm reading Zak correctly. I can't wait to find out if I've guessed correctly!

I think what I love most

Comment by Ananth Sun, 09/20/2009 - 10:28

I think what I love most about this page is that Cecilia is way more miffed about Death running off than about having her hand skeletoned.

I'm so glad! I like it too. :)

Cool beans.

Comment by David (not verified) Sun, 09/20/2009 - 05:21

Thanks for the insight into both your everyday professional lives. I enjoyed it. Also, I should also take the time to say how much I also enjoy the separate work you do with both Hawk and Yuko. Thanks for what has been years of quality content absorption.

I bet

Comment by rejectedlogic (not verified) Sun, 09/20/2009 - 11:22

I bet the store that the guy works at sells bananas.

Cecilia's Date

Comment by Samm Neiland (not verified) Sun, 09/20/2009 - 15:33

Not death, but the current guy she's dating... it looks like he's wearing a polo shirt and the collar is popped. Does that make him the quintessential 80s guy? ;D

Futurama references FTW

Comment by Joe (not verified) Sun, 09/20/2009 - 17:04

Only if he has Boneitis.

That song!

Comment by Softspoken (not verified) Sun, 09/20/2009 - 17:23

At least he doesn't have to worry about the Safety Dance anymore. That dance isn't as safe as they say it is.


Comment by Steve (not verified) Mon, 09/21/2009 - 18:06

My only regret... is that I have... boneitis...

slightly addicted now

Comment by JaguarJax (not verified) Sun, 09/20/2009 - 19:41

hey nice work you two! thanks for sharing your talents with all of us, I love having this awesome webcomic to get lost in... it's funny how JW has become so much a part of my weekly routine - I always look forward to visiting the charming little world you've built.

hope you love making it as much as we enjoy reading it :D

Math is fun!

Comment by Razor (not verified) Mon, 09/21/2009 - 12:06

If Yuko had illustrated my math book, I sure as heck would have learned a lot more of it. =) That's so cool.

I like the 2nd manga too. Very wistful and beautiful.

And the big guy (Cecilia's unfortuate date) reminds me of Coop from Megas XLR. XD Poor girl. She's such a sweetie that even Death falls in love with her! =D

As mentioned above

Comment by Chris D. (not verified) Mon, 09/21/2009 - 18:23

Yuko has such a cute art style. The little girl on the cover with the stuffed unicorn literally made me go "D'awwwww" from her pose and the fluffy pink horned horsey. ^_^


Comment by Conrad Covington (not verified) Tue, 09/22/2009 - 09:29

Are you guys going to Sakura-con? up in seattle.

We aren't, sadly! Some day! 

Comment by Ananth Tue, 09/22/2009 - 15:25

We aren't, sadly! Some day! 

Ah well thats ok.

Comment by Conrad.C (not verified) Wed, 09/23/2009 - 00:46

Ah well thats ok.

I love this comic. This and

Comment by teax2 (not verified) Tue, 09/22/2009 - 18:01

I love this comic. This and Applegeeks serve as an inspiration for me as an aspiring illustrator. I feel like I've been waiting forever to hear what you guys "do" though, besides webcomics. I loved checking out the projects Protein Media has worked on (especially the interactive anxiety game), so thanks for providing us an expose into some other cool stuff our heroes are involved in.

I wouldn't not be surprise if...

Comment by PT (not verified) Tue, 09/22/2009 - 21:59

The next comic ends with 2 words like this one lol...