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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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@Welsh Rat: while Darwin is definitely the strongest character, the truth is that -anyone- could beat the snot out of Sydney.
The art is looking really good! Darwin is an adorable kid, especially with his button nose.
Ah, I meant to comment on this earlier but I am a slowpoke >_<

I really like how expressive Hobart's (and Darwin's) poses are, especially the long panel at the left. From the pose and overall design you can really get an idea of her character.
DARWIIIIN! CHRISTMAAAAS! AAAA!

I like the choice of showing Kakadu instead of Uluru, since Uluru is already so iconic and known and this is probably the first I've heard of Kakadu!
The little guy
He might be little but Sydney knows Darwin can beat the snot out of him.
As you can see Darwin's is exactly the same as the original, so this is more like a remaster than anything else. The only real change is that the background of the first frame was changed from Uluru to Kakadu. Uluru may be the most famous landmark in the NT, but it's still pretty far from Darwin whereas Kakadu is a lot closer.
I guess cosmetically my art improved since 2011 but underneath the surface my anatomy is still as bad as ever D:
I actually really like both of Darwin's original intros so it was hard deciding which one to use. This one feels more like an intro though, but I still want to redraw the one where he wrestles the croc in the hotel pool. It can just be a new general strip instead of an intro one.

I don't know when I can do the next one, but this may be the last one for this year if I want to draw a christmas pic in time. Only two to go!
HOBART NEEDS HUGS she can have mine \o/

I can deal with Hobart being a bit neurotic, I am too! It's just one more reason to hug my huggably favourite :D
So I still can't quite guarantee this comic's update schedule, other than the fact that its still always on a Thursday and is at -least- every 2 weeks. I can hopefully get through the rest before the end of the year - there's only 3 more to go. I am hoping the next one can be uploaded on December 7th.

Hobart's new intro is basically the same as her original second one, although everyone being purposefully malicious to her was removed, because I dont even know why I included that to begin with.
Syd and Hobart are childhood friends, but Syd doesn't really realize that she doesn't find these kind of jokes funny. He wouldn't intentionally be horrible to her just like he wouldn't intentionally be horrible to Canberra. Her crush on him is regrettable, but she isn't a masochist. I originally had a part under the last panel with Syd receiving an angry phone call from her, but it didn't flow as well. The angry phone call probably did happen though.

Hobart kind of gradually got more and more neurotic and anxious, didn't she...
I didn't really notice the appearance shift, but I do like how Can looks now :>
Take a better look
Take a better look. Here's the wiki page and it opens showing how the building was built inside Capital hill. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliament_House,_Canberra#/media/File:CSIRO_ScienceI mage_11533_Parliament_House_Canberra.jpg
I'm super happy to see the return! And I'm very glad to hear that things've improved for you.

Can is very endearing in her earnest determination. The expressiveness in her posing is great, too.

Perhaps underscoring Can's frustration in the last panel, I [a foreigner]have never actually seen a picture of the Parliament building before this, but I've known of Syd's Opera House for as long as I can remember :p
Just for the record many Canberra residents (myself included) prefer to think that Canberra doesn't resemble Sydney or Melbourne all that much.
Parliament House
I love that parliament. It's actually built partly into a hill. One ANZAC day saw me in Canberra, having a picnic. I didn't realise we were sat on the Parliament for some time!
I'm back, and feeling better. And so is Canberra! I decided that Mel and Syd get to have two intro strips as they're the main characters, but everyone else gets one. To be honest this is how it was originally going to be back in 2011, but I thought my ideas were too good and needed to be too strips. Looking bad, most of them were...not that good at all and two wasn't necessary.
(Plus the entire joke of Can's original first intro strip was that Sydney was an asshole to her. He was in the early days of the comic but this gradually got phased out, so it seems incredibly out of character now. He's a git, but not to his daughter. The second one (which is the same one used here) did play off that, but with the first one gone it now seems like he's just oblivious instead of outright trying to sabotage her. Early-Syd, you really sucked. No wonder Mel could hide his feelings easier.

Throughout the years Canberra gradually started resembling Syd and Mel more, which was unintentional at first but not anymore. She does look a bit more like Mel to me though.
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).