Southern Cross

Southern Cross

by Torino
This a webcomic about a bunch of hopefully amusing people known as the eight state capital cities of Australia. Southern Cross is a moe anthropomorphization comic - in the vein of Hetalia, Afganisu-tan and the OS-tans to name a few - featuring Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Darwin, Adelaide and Perth. It's about their relationships, their rivalries, their teamwork, their personal tragedies, and the fact that they're all, at heart...a little dysfunctional. Primarily a comedy (or at least trying to be), you don't have to know anything about Australia for this. Hell, you don't even have to care about Australia either. And maybe you'll learn a thing or two...but don't worry. It's not that kind of educational.

Currently updates each Tuesday!
Add to Favorites
Pages
204
Updates
Randomly
Last Update
5 Days Ago
Fans
160
Readers
194

Southern Cross

This a webcomic about a bunch of hopefully amusing people known as the eight state capital cities of Australia. Southern Cross is a moe anthropomorphization comic - in the vein of Hetalia, Afganisu-tan and the OS-tans to name a few - featuring Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Darwin, Adelaide and Perth. It's about their relationships, their rivalries, their teamwork, their personal tragedies, and the fact that they're all, at heart...a little dysfunctional. Primarily a comedy (or at least trying to be), you don't have to know anything about Australia for this. Hell, you don't even have to care about Australia either. And maybe you'll learn a thing or two...but don't worry. It's not that kind of educational.

Currently updates each Tuesday!

Authors

Recent Comments

ooh, he's so fancy~
also the fifth panel made me start laughing because it starts out he's all cool and suave and then he's just like "ah yes i am indeed the shit" to himself in the mirror and it just amuses me greatly xD
also I am deeply ashamed to admit it but I'm pretty sure that I did actually think Sydney was the national capital of Australia before this comic (the comic as a whole not just this page ehehe). I'm not sure if this is a failure of geography education in the United States (iirc we never did capitals of other nations except maybe European ones) or just that my geography teacher dedicated most of class time to telling us about apocalypse conspiracy theories. x__x
Not dead, just sleeping!
A good while ago I said I was going to redraw all the intro strips, half because looking at the art and page layout of some of the old ones makes me break out into hives and half because I wanted to change some of the things in them. As you can see Sydney's first one is content-wise basically the same as the original, although future ones will have more differences.

Anyway HOO BOY gather round and let me tell you a tale of the most cursed page in the history of Southern Cross - this one. This was originally meant to go up in May, but I had the worst art block in the world and didn't finish it until halfway through June. I redrew some of the Sydneys on this page up to five times because it was like I suddenly couldn't draw the git anymore.
I'd also decided to get more used to Clip Studio, which I'd previously used for the halloween special last year with no major issue except it didnt look as good as I wanted it to. Well.

I have no idea why but this page, despite actually looking good in Clip Studio, would not render. No matter what. Any attempt to save this page resulted in a hideous mess of horribly rendered tones. It kind of looked like what happens when you accidentally move the colour layer above the lineart layer. I think a lot of it was due to the size I drew it at, but resizing it didnt really help. Basically, even though I had the page completely finished and ready to upload last thursday, I -literally couldn't- because of this. I spent the rest of the week trying to figure out the solution to the problem, i kept tinkering with the settings and trying everything I could think of and rendered the page at least 30 times in different settings, none of which looked any good. You have no idea how easy it is to get sick of looking at Sydney's stupid face. I came pretty close to throwing in the towel but I didnt want to have to redraw the whole damn page after how long it had taken.

So eventually I went 'screw it' and screencapped the page from the program in two halves and spliced those together, which is what has been uploaded here. It's far from a perfect solution, because as you can see, now the tones don't look like tones at all, and instead just look like flat greys. Which kind of defeats the purpose of using Clip Studio to begin with. Maybe I'll fix up this page in future but at the moment its gone on long enough.

What annoys me is that I wanted to have a buffer in store for this slew of updates but this crap took up all the time and I never got to (the next one is at least at draft stage though). I want to figure out wtf the problem is -before- i take forever inking a page this time but I think I know how to prevent it happening again.

Next Sydney page will be up next thursday, -hopefully-. Then there will be a week break before Melbourne's new ones start.
@L: I always thought/assumed that the color scheme for Easter in the US had to do with a lot of the colors of flowers blooming in Spring (pretty much bulbs like tulips, daffodils, and crocus at least here in Washington State.)
Hey Brizzy- check the postmark! XD
I really like Perth's shirt. Really cute! I could totally see Ralph wearing it. :D
SisterKyoya
May 24th, 2017
Sidney's freaked out face: priceless. XD
Poor Brizzy, trying so hard to help these ungrateful gits. :I
Is there some historical meaning for Mel to be wearing glasses, or is it just for his personified character?
@S BENZ: OMG! I have not seen Dot and the Kangaroo in about 28 years! Kinda strange though since I live in the USA. XD
"Back by moderate demand" LMAO!
SisterKyoya
May 24th, 2017
Bad Sidney! Stay away from the sheep or I'll beat you with a stick! ;___; Sheeps are for snuggling. :(
SisterKyoya
May 24th, 2017
Congrats Melly! *Huggles*
SisterKyoya
May 24th, 2017
Boo Sid. Alright Mel, kick him in the shins! that's just one mean trick. :(
No comments?!?! Well I'll fix that! How could baby pony Mel not be acknowledged? This is so cute that Tama would want to hang it on his wall. :)
SisterKyoya
May 24th, 2017
2nd pic of Sidney cracks me up. XD
SisterKyoya
May 24th, 2017
Super yay for finally seeing young Perth! <3
SisterKyoya
May 24th, 2017
Baby Brizzy! *u*
As a huge Dickens fan, I approve of this title. Couldn't be more appropriate. :D
Shading and coloring is much improved. They don't look so flat on the page now. 2 thumbs up! :)
Sidney sure likes to get close to Mel's face for someone he doesn't like. ;D