User Data
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.
Add to Favorites
Pages
225
Updates
3.5 Updates/Month
Last Update
7 Hours Ago
Fans
161
Readers
180

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.

Authors

Recent Comments

1932
The Sydney Harbour Bridge opened in 1932 I think?
Feel like I should know but totally forgot any history learned at school. This comic is so good for teaching our history :D
Oh boy! Flashback time! Anyone know anything that happened in 1932?
I haven't really had the chance to draw anything around this era since the brief 1920s part at the end of the Federation arc, and have been looking for an excuse ever since, because those are some of my favourite character designs.
Of course Sydney is all about the drama. Sydney and Melbourne are both all about the drama, that's why they're such a perfect bromance.
Give it up Darwin. It's Brisbane so of course she's going to wear a bunny costume, it's in her DNA.
Smug as that satyr is it's still not the worst statue Mel could be comparing Syd to. What about Il Porcellino outside Sydney Hospital? I doubt Syd would appreciate being compared to a pig, even one that will bring you luck.
Syd's face in those two panels after Bri tells him humans don't propose as a confession...each time I look at that I have to make a severe effort not to laugh loudly, as it is night here and the walls where I live are thin.
Bri makes a good point in the last panel as well :D
Bri is so pretty in that last panel!
Managed to get this done in time!
As I've been using all my free time to try to get these pages done, I'm going to take a break next week.
The next page will be up April 26th.
Sarcophilus harrisii
@L: it's a devil!
Awwww, poor Sydney... ;_;
I am really intrigued by Bri's question...or rather, by what the question might be.
I also wonder how many more empty cocktail glasses will accumulate around Syd before the night is up :(
I'm back!
The longest Valentines Day ever continues! Here's the first page via my new computer.
The art looks weird to me on this page because it took me a while to get used to drawing again after not being able to for more than 2 weeks, I had really bad art block plus I lost all my custom pens in Clip Studio and was using ones I wasn't used to...and then only realized after I finished it that there was an easy way to get them back.
Next page should be up next Thursday. Should be.
Ahahahaaaaa, pouty Darwin is so cute! XD

I hope your computer woes clear up soon.
Poor Darwin! It's a pity he couldn't get Bri to wear a bilby costume.

They both look very cute.
Some good news!
I can't thank you guys enough for your patience. The comic will resume next Thursday, assuming I get a new computer this Saturday like I am planning to. It's embarrassingly difficult for me to draw the old fashioned way without a computer. In also can't edit the size, so the image will have to be ugly and large like this until I get my new computer and can resize it from there.
Brisbane is wearing the bunny outfit her DollfieDream version is currently sporting, while Darwin is cranky about her not being a bilby, as his quest to stick it to Big Easter Bunny continues.
I hope to return on the 5th of April!
Mel's face is very endearing even in draft form :D
Also, I was on my phone with the screen brightness way down when first reading this, so I misread part of the dialogue in the penultimate photo as "Is this really that furry?" and I was immensely confused for a moment :p
A moment of silence...
...for my computers motherboard. I was right to worry last week because the poor thing died in Sunday, and I'm glad it let me finish the last page and back the rest up on the external HD as an act of mercy. The last page was a better place for a cliffhanger than the one before it!

But I didn't want to upload absolutely nothing today even if I have been unable to draw due to not having a computer. But I do have an iPad, which lets me unload pages to here, so as a bonus I decided to upload photos of some of the many, many different drafts of the previous two pages with the help of an app to combine them together (which is what that watermark is) There are three reasons for this: first of all, I wanted to upload something, second of all I thought the making of process might be vaguely interesting to somebody, and third of all my draft pictures are really silly looking and make me laugh sometimes.

When I said that these were the most difficult pages in the entire run of the comic so far to write, I was not exaggerating, because I drafted them more times than any other pages and kept changing things, including the number of pages (pages 3 and 4 were originally going to be one page) As you can see there's a version where Sydney is a good deal more casual, and there are multiple versions where Mel cries a lot. There's even a version you can see some of in the last bit there where he runs off dramatically like the heroine in a shojo manga, which was honestly too much even for him. The decision for his eventual facial expressions were almost last minute. The absolute hardest part of this moment was to keep them in character while presenting an unseen side of them and that is extremely challenging and not at all what I expected to be doing when I started a goofy gijinka comic in 2011.

Mel's final line also kept changing, and there's multiple versions (two are shown here) where he says 'don't you think this is too cruel?'

By the way my favourite goofy draft face is Mel's on the version with 'KNEE'.

Anyway I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my comic writing process and the unintentional humour in the simplified draft faces. It's impossible for me to draft on the computer itself for some reason so drafts have always been scribbled out by hand - ideas flow a little better that way for me. I'm not sure if this is how everyone does it or not.

As for the next page: I still don't know when my computer will be better, I will find out this Saturday how bad the damage is and what the repair cost will be, and decide what to do from there. You will find out next Thursday for better or worse but there will be some form of update then - although most likely bonus content I can upload as a photo from the iPad again. If anyone has any particular requests for that, do let me know in the comments.
this is so sad, i cant wait for the next page!
Ahhhh, Mel nooooo ;_;