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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.

The usual update day is Thursday, but I post when to expect the next page in the author comments.
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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.

The usual update day is Thursday, but I post when to expect the next page in the author comments.

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@mistress_overlord: Huh. No wonder there was confusion.
man oh man I really feel for Syd here, too. The progression of his emotions is shown very well on this page, and I especially like how he springs up in excitement when the message comes in.
I also like how said progression of emotion is shown in the third to last and last panels--keeping most of the elements the same while changing the background and his expression slightly is very effective.
And the phone icons (and Mel's name in Syd's phone) are great.
I'm looking forward to Fitzroy!
@Welsh Rat: I may have missed a joke but Rundle Mall is in Adelaide??
No relation
The best known mall in Melbourne is Rundle Mall.

Which just happens to be my surname. Last time my parents were down under in Melbournes' city (the creator of www.docrat.com.au also lives there btw) it caused a little confusion.
Hurray! No more of this damn bar on the next page! The world's longest Valentines Day is finally over!
The arc itself isn't, though. I'm gonna put a one week break here, so the next page will be up July 5th.
This gives me all the feelings.
Man, that was good (and fast) thinking on Bri's part, though. She's right, Mel really does owe her for this (and Syd does too, I agree).
Also lol at Syd freaking out over his looks in the video :P
These pages have been taking a while lately, this one did mainly because I've been sick all week.
Hopefully next one will be quicker and also look better. See you next Thursday.

Mel has a poster of the Story of the Kelly Gang, the first ever feature film (which was also produced in Melbourne), half for pure hipster cred and half because he definitely has a giant crush on Ned Kelly.
I am at work right now and it took every ounce of self-control in my possession to not audibly laugh at Bri's face and reaction in that last panel.
This is a very cute page, too. I like being able to see the development of Syd's feelings and to get more of the story from his point of view. The embarrassed-Syd faces are great as well--they convey his emotions excellently. I genuinely feel for him through all of this.
Sorry that the page updates have been quite late in the day recently. This one took longer due to being a physically longer page.
We're finally back in the present day.
I had worried about the ending of the flashback seeming abrupt compared to the amount of buildup, but I also think Mel's emotional breakdown and its effect on Sydney needed enough context.
The Syd and Mel that appear in one panel toward the end there are most likely from the 1960s! Originally I wanted to have a much larger panel with a whole load of different designs throughout the decades as some kind of indication of the passage of time, but I didn't have enough time to, especially as it would have involved even more new designs. The other periods are something I hope I get an opportunity to revist, though.

I wonder what modern-Mel's up to right about now...
Bri looks so cute here. The detail on Mel is also great (he looks absolutely devastated, which is fitting for his character in this scenario). Here's hoping Mel gets comforted by someone in the next page.
...I never thought I'd have an occasion to say this, but Mel looks...scary...
it really underlines the depth of the impact this has had on him, I think.
I like the costumes very much, especially the new design for Bri. Both she and Adelaide look beautiful.
hey remember when this was a valentine's special

If this didn't get delayed so often, I could have gotten this up on the actual anniversary of Phar Lap's death last month.
I'm glad I was able to find pictures of those newspapers.

The true reason for Phar Lap's sudden death is debated even today. The major theory is that he was poisoned by American gangsters who wanted to take him out of the next race for messing up the odds, due to the large amount of arsenic found in his system. However arsenic was apparently also an ingredient in many performance-enhancing horse tonics at the time. We may never really know. The gangster murder plot is more exciting though.

Also, I recycled the 1920s character designs a bit for the others, but changed them just barely. (Mostly Brisbane, because her old timey swimsuit just didnt feel mood appropriate)
I'm going to go to Australia for coffee tourism someday
What an excellent page this is!
All the coffee references make me happy. I like Syd's face when he tries his first espresso. I also like that you took the time to research and introduce a small detail like that--such details really enhance the "sense of place", the place being both a spatial and temporal location in this case.

Mel showing Canberra the racing report (if that is what that is) and Syd suddenly being taken by Mel's radiance are both genuinely sweet moments.

Also, that is a really nice drawing of PharLap. He looks quite sweet and contented there.
The hilarious reason this page is late (its still 10 minutes before midnight so its still the same day as usual in this timezone at least...) is because it was really hard for me to draw Mel pretty enough in that one frame, and I was about to upload the page as it was but it was bugging me and I ended up redrawing it. He still looks kinda off, but I don't want to draw it again. If he looks off to you, just pretend he actually looks really pretty.

The espresso trivia is entirely pointless but I couldn't really resist it anyway. Australia is a nation of coffee-snobs (which is also why Starbucks failed pretty badly and had to close most of its stores), but the snobbiest coffee snobs are in Melbourne. Melbourne was also the first city in Australia to get espresso machines - in 1928 - but it was a different kind to the lever-operated type that we know today (which allegedly first appeared in Sydney... but not until the 50s)

Lastly, the Phar Lap photos are from his winnings album, which were all collected. Since he didn't win the 1931 cup I had to hunt that down elsewhere. He raced in, and one, far more races than what is shown here obviously, it was merely a way of showing the passage of time, as we move toward 1932.

Next page should be up same day as always (Thursday).
@AFieSight: thanks... the thing is the old stuff is from 2011-2013 and I feel it should have improved a lot more than it has :(
Endearing characters abound
Mel's passion and conviction is super endearing here. (I especially like how he insists Syd apologises to *Phar-Lap* personally, not to Mel or to any of the humans working with Phar-Lap.) His seriousness and devotion to Phar-Lap is also made clear by how quickly he deflates when Syd mentions banning Mel from Randwick.
Also, Canberra is an adorable child :D She looks particularly cute on this page.
Apologies for the delay on this one - I was supposed to have put a notice on the previous page that there was going to be a week break but forgot, and then this one still managed to get delayed. I did still manage to get it up on Thursday though. The temperature here spiked very suddenly and left me reeling a bit and made my art block worse than usual. The result is that I'm largely not happy with this page, but I think I've redrawn it enough times.
Next page should be up next Thursday with no delays.
Sparkle-eyed Mel and Canberra are truly adorable.

I really like the panel layout in this one, especially the use of dark transitioning to light and the panel of the running horse-legs.

I also very much like the way that the looming buildings and bridges and obscured-eyed citizens in the first panel create an almost cinematic sense of drama.

I want to go to a horse race now...
We have two nice historical photos here. I still feel guilty and wish my art was good enough to reproduce them, but on the other hand they give a sense of reality. Plus that photo of Sydney in the early 30s is so amazing to me. From the angle its hard to tell, but the Harbour Bridge hasnt completed construction yet. Its likely that it might be a year or so off the 1930 exactly, but it was too good to not use. http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2010/08/gallery-the-plague-in-historica l-sydney/how-the-plague-almost-demolished-the-rocks_image9
The other one is a photo of Phar Lap winning the Randwick Plate in Sydney, 1930. http://www.nma.gov.au/collections/highlights/phar-lap I also wondered how to best show this and opted for tracing the horses in the photo.
If I ever had time, it would be nice to try and draw both these photos from scratch. Unfortunately I don't have time, and if I want to get these pages finished at all I have to make compromises. But using the real photos does make an interesting contrast in the things that are real and the things that are dramatized.
@Shiisiln: Syd would actually come in third place here. The grand champion is Hobart, whose crush has been around even longer than Mel has existed.