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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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This page deserves a much more eloquent comment than I can give in my current sleep-deprived state, because it is super heartwarming. When I checked the comic this morning and saw it for the first time, I immediately got a huge smile on my face, and every time I've come back to look at it I've had the same response. It truly makes me happy to see this happen at last--I'm so so glad for Mel (and Syd, too :D)
The expressions are great, too. You draw both Syd and Mel so expressively, and I think that this, because it conveys their feelings so well, really contributes to the impact of the page.
Eeeeeeee! Cuuuuute~!
So so so cute <3 Nice to see Sydney being a good... erm... city! :P
(haha I forgot to put the title in the comic and can't edit that in until later, because I'm currently on holiday and have this queued to post)
Remember Super Valentines Day? Ultra Valentines Day eats Super Valentines Day for breakfast, because it's multiple pages, and they're all real long like this! It's time for an entire Valentines (Mini)Arc! An actual, real plot!
Because of the length and how hard it is for me to get pages done with a full time job, I had to skimp on the shading, but I might add that at a later date. We'll see.

****CURRENT FORECAST FOR PAGE 2: Wednesday 21th*******
I have to admit my first thought was to assume the old-fashioned gent was London. I don't think it's too much of a stretch to imagine London looking like this.

But he is not as he points out. Instead he claims to be human and certainly I will grant him that. I do wonder though if he is quite human like you or me but rather the human embodiment of those historians and chroniclers who have over the years written down the story of the cities as it happens.
Sweeeeeet
I am not quite as eloquent as the commentor above (or below) me but I agree with their comment wholeheartedly. I love that you have given yourself a mouthpiece in the form of gentle old man (I read him with a British accent) and it is not something we see often.

Your creativity is amazing and I cannot wait to see more :)
holy heck this is such a cool concept
I absolutely love the idea of a mysterious family that serves and knows of the cities. It makes me wonder about the different sub-clans of the family worldwide, and about their lives, and experiences--can they perceive the city-genius-loci, or recognize them as not-quite-human, when others can't? if so, what are the implications for if one of them, someone who isn't in the direct line of inheritance to be a butler or servant and thus can have more career-flexibility, decides to become an archeologist and ends up on a dig which turns out to be a millennia-abandoned city in the middle of the desert--will they be able to see or find what remains of that city's anthropomorphized soul? (this is the concept that filled my mind as soon as I read this comic on my lunch break eheh)

Also, the character design of Syd's butler is amazing. Even in just a page, he already comes across as a full person, and a person of whom I would very much like to see more. The last panels are very well done, too.

Last point, I'm very happy to see the term genius loci, because I am a bit of a nerd about words and it's a term of which I'm very fond and I think I've only encountered one other person who used it before ^__^

All in all, this is a super great page, 10/10.
Happy 7th Anniversary, Southern Cross!
Hey look, it's a whole load of lore for a character -literally no one asked for-! So then, if you haven't been imagining the narration being voiced by a gentle old man, you've been reading the comic wrong all this time, and now you have to reread it.
This concept was actually going to be done a year ago, although the tone of the comic was a hell of a lot sadder, and is the main reason why I never got around to it. You can see only touched on it briefly in this version, but the older one centered much more around the number of butlers Sydney has gone through and the fact that he kept forgetting they would change with each new generation - and why the others try not to get too emotionally attached to their own. Obviously, that is depressing as hell, so I didn't end up doing it (plus I had no time to anyway).

Anyway, this has been an episode of 'No one on earth thinks about the logistics of gijinka harder than Torino does'. It was mostly born from me wondering who did this and that for Sydney, because its unlikely he would have done it himself, and eventually the concept of some mystery elite family who get to know about the existence of anthropomorphized cities took shape.

(And yes that does mean that he called Brisbane a slob, but Sydney probably told him to say that.)

Next arc starts on Valentines Day!
Congrats on finishing the intros! I am excited for the next update and next arc :D
Perth seems...kinda defensive about not being lonely, eheh.
'I should redo those character intros, that will not take very long at all' haha, whatever past-self. But now they're finally finished!
Although this Perth page looks a lot better than the 2011 Perth page, I'm still not really happy with it, because Perth is really damn hard to draw. His new intro is pretty similar to his old one. Darwin actually has a snake around his neck, but its pretty hard to tell after I resized the page.

I'm hoping there can be a new update next week. Usually when the comic updates its on a Thursday (and this is...really, really late on thursday night right now so still barely counts), but next week the update (if it gets done) will be on Friday, since the 26th is the comics anniversary. (it's also Australia Day but whatever)
I hope I can get that done but it's going to be something slightly different to what the comic is usually like, but it's actually something I meant to do a year ago and never got time to. After that, I will hopefully have a proper schedule for the next arc which is scheduled to start on valentines day.
Adelaide! :D
I really, really like the angle and lighting in the last panel. She manages to look both beautiful and frightening.
I also enjoy the detail of the cross hairpin for her City of Churches name, as it both fits the epithet and works perfectly in her fashion style.
I love that shoujo-fied baby-Adelaide in the second panel, lol.
WHEW I thought I wasn't going to get this finished in time but I barely made it. I didn't want to have to delay it another week.
This page is similar to the old one with some main differences, especially the end. You might have noticed babyMel isn't in the Adelaidevision lineup anymore either - this is because he also wasnt founded as a convict colony (however since Melbourne did still receive convicts, was founded by the son of an ex-convict and had such a strong connection to Sydney, Adelaide still thought he was icky anyway)
To be honest, I feel kinda bad about how little attention Adelaide gets compared to the other characters, and the truth is she's the most difficult character of all of them. She's also the one who changed the most since 2011. i'm not...entirely sure what happened. She originally had what was supposed to be a recurring gag that she fell asleep a lot which was entirely based on the fact that 'sleepy' is an adjective I see used to describe the city a lot, but this gradually got phased out cos it was kinda dumb and seemed awkwardly shoe-horned in for the most part. The other quirk she had - that she 'ocassionally' had a sharp tongue despite her gentle appearance, gradually just took over and became her main personality. woops.
Perth time next week!

fun fact: the adelaide-vision sydney also has flies buzzing around him but when I added the spooky crosshatching you cant see them anymore 8'(
I like the colouring :Definitely worth the wait, thank you! ^^

CHEER UP HOBART ENJOY THE DAY <3
Torino
December 24th, 2017
@L: yeah, it's kinda odd because without the followup strip it's a little meaningless, but she is actually telling him where she hung the mistletoe, and he is pretending he has no idea what she's implying.
00Stevo
December 24th, 2017
Christmas in Australia in one sentence

God it's Hot. even more so way up north
I want to eat the cake
Merry Christmas!
I'm very curious about what Bri's saying that has got Mel so flustered :D
Darwin looks very happy with his reptile friend...Adelaide and Perth maybe not so much :P
I'm very excited for the plot development coming in 2018!
Torino
December 24th, 2017
Merry Christmas!
I hope everyone had a salvageable 2017!
I completely underestimated how long this would take to finish. The sad truth is, it was intended to be uploaded on my usual uploading day (a Thursday), and there was going to be a followup bonus strip to be posted on christmas eve. Unfortunately....this took so long there was no time for the followup strip. Oh well.
Part of this is due to me just not being able to use Clip Studio very well...this was actually the first time I'd tried properly colouring in it. Of course it's been so long since I actually did a colour illustration that I have almost forgotten how, so I'm not really happy with this. (that and the perspective is pretty whacked...I used RoomSketcher to help with it, but it's still kinda off) This is at Sydney's beach villa.

Southern Cross will return in 2018 with the remainder of the redrawn intros, followed by a major plot development. I am actually unsure what to do from there because about a month ago I received an email from Smackjeeves about how the cost of comic hosting is going up by $10USD, and to be honest I just don't think I can be bothered paying $30USD a year to have a .thewebcomic URL. I am potentially considering other hosting options, although it'll be a huge pain to move everything. Otherwise it'll go back to .smackjeeves.com, which kinda bugs me, but that price hike is just too much. Anyway, I have until next September to figure out what's happening there.

Happy holidays to everyone!
@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.