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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!
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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!

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Yesss I liked the original, I like this :D
Woah, Streets Beach is really cool O__o It seems so surreal especially in aerial shots!

I too would love to see concept designs and guest appearances of other cities :D Even just rough sketches! Behind the scenes designs are something at which I always love to look.
@Torino: Oh cool! I'll cross my fingers that Cairns will maybe make a future appearance :3 Some other possibilities if you happen to get an idea is Launceston and Coober Pedy. A personified Coober Pedy would be absolutely amazing :D
@L: If you are interested the name of the artificial beach is Streets Beach. It's kind of like a giant pool with sand, but it looks pretty realistic. I've swam in it twice when I was a kid.
I'm really glad to see a new page!Thank you, and kudos to you, for updating despite the very difficult times.

This is probably a weird thing to say, but the anatomy looks very natural here, which is hard to do especially in perspective poses like the lying down one (or at least, it is hard for me to do :p)

Also, how does one have a beach in the middle of a city? O__o Like a park? I'm going to have to look up photographs...
@mistress_overlord:
It's funny you mention that because there has actually been concept ideas for Cairns, Goldcoast and Alice Springs for a while, they just ended up being thrown in the pile of 'stuff I wanna draw for the comic eventually' and still haven't gotten to. These three mostly because they are arguably more popular than their state's capital when it comes to tourism. I am still working on their designs. Goldcoast is basically a younger, teeny-boppier valley girl version of Brisbane, Cairns is a stereotypical chill surfer (moreso than Perth) but it's hard not making him just look like adult Darwin, and Alice is basically a genderbent Darwin (but tougher).
I'm Sorry
Hey Torino,

I know you specifically said you'd rather we don't mention this in the comments, but I want you to know that I'm so incredibly sorry our stupid government is doing this to you.

Obviously I'm Australian too, and I am furious with the spinelessness of the government on a topic that should just be legal instead of being made to jump through about a million hoops. I know it doesn't make it better, but I voted a big old 'yes', and so did my family and friends. The 'no' camp are being relentless, but if it is any comfort, I feel like they may be the minority in this. Thank you for continuing to update even through this trying period.

In regards to the comic, I love what you're doing. One of my favourite webcomics is Scandinavia and the World, and I adore that there is a (sort of) Australian version of it, since we seem to be forgotten or ignored a fair bit :P Not a big deal since we are not a huge country, but it is certainly refreshing.

Something I have been wondering for a while: do you think you will ever (somehow) introduce major state cities? I live in Cairns, Queensland, and we are sort of up there with the known/big cities in Queensland, and if there was ever a chance of seeing Cairns personified (maybe as Brisbane's child or cousin or something idk) it would be cool. But I totally get if this is not possible, since other states like Vic and NSW have too many major cities to personify all of them and it would end up being unfair.

Anyway, sorry for the long comment, and keep up the good work :)
We're slowly, slowly getting these done. Sometimes they take two weeks, sometimes three. At any rate, they always go up on a Thursday.
This new one has the same punchline as the old first one, with some of the content from the old second one mixed in.

As for why this one took so long, my ability to get anything done has been suffering a lot lately due to a deteriorating mental state. I wasn't going to talk about it here, but when it's having such an affect on my ability to draw and when it's something that does concern me, I can't not mention it. The following is something I'd prefer you to keep out of the comments section - I'd much rather comments on the unrelated comic above. The long and short of it is that my own government is currently allowing a vicious hate campaign against me, and people like me, in the name of allowing ''civil debate on both sides'', which is the kind of thing you would say when you're discussing the pros and cons of a movie and not someone else's civil rights. There is no civil debate. I don't even live in Australia at this moment (although I'm likely returning within a year), but the kind of things the 'No' campaign are for some reason allowed to say have a dangerous affect on my mental health. I cannot even imagine what it's like for people who are actually there and inundated with homophobic nonsense on the daily. It's been difficult to concentrate on almost anything without the nagging feeling that a very loud and very angry portion of the population thinks you are not only subhuman, but that it's their -right- to say so. Not that this is in any way news to me, but the government insisting on this being just an ''opinion'', let alone seeing so much hatred coming out at once, is enough to turn anyone's stomach and completely drain oneself and frankly it's a wonder I drew anything at all.
That said, I hope, no, I trust that any Australian readers of voting age are saying 'Yes'. If you are in the 'No' camp, I would tell you that I'm not comfortable having you in my audience, but to be honest I'd be completely baffled as to why you'd even be reading this comic in the first place, or would you'd even have been getting out of it - unless you took a wrong turn and ended up here somehow. I am sure that there are people who are ''''uncomfortable'''' with '''''politics'''' appearing in spaces like webcomics where they ''''''shouldnt'''''' be, and to that I only have this to say. It's easy to dismiss anything as ''politics'' when it doesn't concern your life, and I find it hard to care about other people being ''uncomfortable'' with what I say in an author's note section of a webcomic when calling my own feelings ''discomfort'' would be an understatement. And if I can make at least one queer reader feel like they're not alone, then it's worth it.
Anyway. This horrific farce is continuing until mid-November. I obviously still want to keep updating then, but expect delays.
L (Guest)
September 11th, 2017
I'm rereading the comic and this part still gives me all the feels.
I really like how you captured Melbourne's pretentious and snobbish attitude.
Did Melbourne get shorter since the last comic? he looks more adorable than usual :P
Hobart! I'm glad to see her again.
go instagram a horse :D
someday I hope I have the opportunity to say that to someone.
Okay so I was right about when the next page was going up (a month) but I was wrong about two other things.
First of all I said it would be Brisbane's, because I can't keep track of my own pages, but that was my own mistake.
Second of all I said that one month would be enough for a buffer and AHHAHAHAHAHAHA it most certainly was not and this is yet another page finished last minute. I'd put in the usual excuses about how much busier I am now and how forcing myself to put out pages makes it feel more like a chore and leaves me with even less time to relax than I had before, but that's old news.

Anyway you probably noticed there's no tones except in the background of the first panel (which is a photo of Hyde Park) - this isn't because I ran out of time or couldnt get them to look right, it's because I decided that...it doesn't look good no matter how hard I try anyway, and to be honest, the page looks better this way. To me, at least. I'm kinda sad I could never get the pages to look the way I wanted to with the tones, but thems the breaks. It sure did make this page a hell of a lot less stressful, which is a good thing, because drawing has been so stressful for me lately that it stopped being fun. I've been trying to fix that, and I did manage to have more fun drawing this than the previous panels, so I guess I should just stop trying to shoot wildly outside my skill-range and instead build up to it - because failing at want I wanted to do ends up draining my motivation compared to things turning out better than I expected.

As for the next page - my estimate is in two weeks (so, september 7?) but it will likely be delayed because there's some other stuff I want to draw in that time (it's a certain virtual diva's 10th anniversary at the end of this month). But then there really will be Brisbane's page!

*Vivid is an art festival in Sydney that basically turns huge parts of the city into a light show. Some people think its really cool and impressive, others think its really obnoxious and tacky. But it does suit his personality a lot, it's very flashy.
@L: Yeah how WOULD Syd and Mel react? I want to know! XD
@L: Well, if your teacher has to be crazy and bad at their job, they might as well be entertaining.
This page has 10/10 convinced me that if I ever move to Australia I want to live in Melbourne. I have a great weakness for hipster cities.
Also Mel is both very adorable and very,very obvious about his crush xD that last panel especially is adorable, even if Bri may not agree.
OK SO FIRST OF ALL: Mel's page cooperated a lot more than Syd's first one did - the only rendering error I cant seem to fix is that the shading on his jeans completely disappears (and -only- the shading on his jeans). I didn't have time to fix that so I might try later.
Second of all: this was meant to go up last week, but i completely underestimated how little time I'd have the week before coming back to Australia to visit (turns out you're really busy before a 2 week break) and the first week in Australia (turns out you don't have a lot of time for sitting in your room like a hermit drawing when you're visiting family) so once again this page is not only a week late, but finished at the last minute (i have a flight back to japan to catch tomorrow...)

Obviously I am not good at buffers even though this comic really, really needs one.

For that reason, the next page won't be up for another month (Brisbane's)! And hopefully then I'll be able to upload more regularly.
Ah I'm so glad that the Clip Studio has been cooperating more!

I think $20 for parking is expensive lol but my frame of reference is (a) US $ and I don't know how different AUD purchasing power is and (b) college days, when $20 was about a week's worth of groceries.

I saw a list of "most livable cities worldwide" last week and Melbourne was #5 and Sydney was #7 and I just started laughing imagining how Syd would react to it in light of the previous page.