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Hazumirein
Hi, I'm Hazu. I like drawing comics sometimes.
  • Real Name
    Liz
  • Age
    26
  • Gender
    Female
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Well, I'm still sleeping on an air mattress and still don't have access to a proper computer, but I managed a tablet doodle at least. I can't remember how to shade on this thing, though.

I don't really celebrate my character's birthdays, but Xan's was yesterday, so here's a little Halloweeny firebug for you.
So, I bet you guys are wondering where I've been.

Well, let's start from the beginning.

You see, at the end of May, the lease on my apartment ran out, and considering that it was a 30 mile drive from my job, it didn't really make sense to keep living there. So, I decided to go back to my parents' for the summer to save a few bucks while I decided whether I wanted to buy a house or find another rental or what. Well, I kept putting actually doing much of that off because my cousins--who are in their 80s--own a place near where I work that they don't live in, that they really would like someone to live in. I talked to them about buying it but found out that they, uh, don't have the first clue about how to sell a house and it would have probably been more trouble than it was worth to do that. So, in early August, I asked if they'd be interested in just renting the place to me. They said they would be and that we'd talk about it next time they were down here. It's now October, and this discussion hasn't happened yet, which didn't bother me too much until about a week ago...when a pipe broke in the second floor bathroom at my (parents') house and the whole place flooded.

I've been sleeping on an air mattress at my grandma's house ever since.

It's not THAT dramatic, the house is still standing, the animals were all okay (though the dog was soaked and my rabbit was sitting in 3 inches of water), and there wasn't a lot of damage to furniture or other belongings, just to the floors and some walls. Insurance should be covering basically everything so it's not really a financial issue or anything. It's just going to be awhile before it's livable again, so I am...basically homeless at the moment and have no intention of staying with my grandma any longer than necessary. I also don't have my desktop with me on account of not having anywhere to put it, so I'm limited to traditional art or whatever I can do on my little Samsung tablet and Medibang Paint (which is AWESOME for a free tablet app, but it's no Photoshop/Clip Studio).

So that's where I'm at right now. I'm going to see my cousins about the house again tomorrow and if we can't arrange something that involves me moving in ASAP for a reasonable cost, I'm going to start touring apartments on Tuesday.

I, uh, don't know what to tell you to expect or when the comic will return or anything, BUT I will take requests for DC-related filler doodles or writing or what have you if you guys want to post some below.

In the meantime, the only thing I can actively update at the moment is my webnovel Kody, so I guess go check that out if you want something to pass the time until DC comes back.

I'll try to keep you guys updated.
SORRY. Sorry. Last week sort of got away from me; I'm not really sure what happened. But here's a page.
OKAY yes I'm aware it's Tuesday but I really wanted to finish two pages to catch up...so here's those.

I did that thing this week where I left myself so little time off that spending a few hours with a friend or watching TV throughout the week actually totally set me behind on the comic. Like, really, I spent maybe 4-6 of the hours the entire week that I wasn't working, commuting, or sleeping doing things for fun and it made all the difference. SIGH.
Hold on, got another page.
Look! Color!

I had a little unexpected extra time this week, and I figured it had been awhile, and I thought you guys deserved something nice :P
Okay! A little late, but here is a page.

Eventually I'll stop doing cop outs for action that I don't want to take to the time to draw. Eventually.
PHEW. I literally finished this like...5 minutes ago.

Managed to get you two pages to make up for Thursday since I have a WHOLE 2 DAYS OFF THIS WEEK. Mostly because it's a holiday.

Anyway, can anyone give me a count of how many times I've used this scenario of characters pinning each other to the ground? I should probably come up with another gimmick for fight scenes. I also realize I'm cheating a lot with stuff like that third panel, but...it's a time saver and you get the idea.
Hang tight, got another page coming.
For the record, this scene is at a point of being an intentionally confusing conglomeration of flashbacks and action.
You know, I get the feeling this is going to be a longer chapter than I intended because I'm just not cramming very much into these pages.
Heyyy sorry for the delay, as usual. Here is page.
As it turns out, younger Maya is pretty scrappy.
Hi, sorry, life happened, here's a page.

In retrospect, I probably should have done more to indicate a) what's going on here and b) that it's a sudden flashback, but I think you guys can figure it out.
Whoo! This was almost late.

At this point I make an effort to have Maya speak as little Spanish as possible because I'm afraid I'm going to get it wrong. Internet translators are pretty much my only help.
Hey folks!

I realize that even when I am getting updates out on time as of late, the pages in this chapter aren't especially substantial--that's sort of the price of more action-oriented parts of the story; it doesn't work as well with a 1-or-2 page a week schedule. So, to provide some other form of entertainment for you guys in between DC pages, I've launched a webnovel called Kody over on Tapas. I'd consider it a YA story about supernatural creatures (and some decidedly annoyed humans) fumbling their way through high school that technically takes place in the same universe as DC, in the same town that Riza lives in, albeit several years later. It's been a backburner project for quite a few years, and while I'm not always confident in my writing skills, I think they're good enough for me to post something to read for free on the internet (I, uh, know I've seen worse). It should run on the same Monday-Thursday update schedule that DC does for now, though that may change in the future. The first couple chapters are up, go check it out if you want something else to read between DC updates.
Heyyy look it's a page and it's up on time, sort of. Sit tight for a minute, I have another announcement coming up.
Swiiing, batter.

You guys can probably guess where this is going.

ANYWAY sorry for late pages, blah blah, I need to stop working so much, blah blah.

I'm starting to put some serious thought into hiring an assistant artist to do some of the inking and toning on these things so maybe I actually GET THEM OUT ON TIME, in much the same vein as actual professional comic artists/manga-ka. Pay would be negotiable. If interested, please message/email me.

Also, I haven't forgotten the survey results thing, and I am gonna sit down and answer a few of the questions posed at some point...if I ever have a day off...

ALSO also, I guess this is as good a time as any to announce that one of those other projects I mentioned I was working on a few weeks ago will be a webnovel! And by "will be", I mean I have like 50k words written and about a third of that edited to a point that I'd be comfortable posting it, so there's *gasp* a buffer. It's a sort of supernatural slice of life with some mystery elements about vampires who are mortal, were-creatures that aren't wolves, and the humans who have to deal with them all. Of course it wouldn't be any fun if it didn't spiral into a bigger plot, but it's gotta start somewhere. Here's a tumblr post I made awhile back with an overview of some of the characters. That will be starting up this coming Monday! I'll post a link when there is one.

EDIT: I uhh...appear to have set these to upload a bit early. Oh well.
Maya I think you may have hit your head too hard.

Hang tight, there's another page coming.
Okayyy here you go. I have to go to work now D: