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Hi everyone, 

I have been considering getting a Cintiq for a while now, especially after having done work for Wacom before. Unfortunately, the price is always the reason I keep pushing back the purchase. 
My aim is to get a 22HD, but then I started seeing more and more people using BOSTO as an alternative. 

If any of you have experience with BOSTO, would you mind sharing with me? 
Is the quality acceptable?
Driver trouble? (I have a lot of Wacom driver problems)
Affordable extras? (Wacom extras are extremely overpriced)

Sadly all the reviews I find are either amazing, or horrible, no middle ground. This makes it difficult for me to judge if I should take the risk. 
Either way I will save up, but even with my discount (as a Wacom partner), the price of Bosto tablets are hard to ignore.  u _ u 

Thanks for taking your time to read/comment! 

Mikiko
  • Mood: Nervous
  • Listening to: Pandora.com
  • Watching: Aibou
  • Drinking: Coffee
Hello my dear watchers! 

Some of you may have been wondering where I have been lately, but worry not! I am not dead. 
In fact, very much the opposite!

The past moonth or so, I have been travelling a lot (visiting family in Japan, going to a czech con, working on a new manga project!) and actively posting updates on Patreon about these events.
Mini comics are sorta kinda on a hold for now, because I am doing a Patreon-exclusive series that is not yet completed. (Miki's Japan trip travel comic!)
As a result, things seem very quiet here.

If you feel like getting more frequent updates though, I have been recently using my Twitter more for tiny updates and photos, especially when I am on the road. Instagram also, though not quite as frequently.
♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪ Feel free to follow me there! 
<- clicky ♥
I do have a tendency to show a more personal side (selfies, and yes... those pesky food-photos) though, so you have been warned. XD

Just thought it's pretty nice to keep you all informed, since DA is still my main hub and online place I call home.
Hope you're all doing well! 
Thanks so much for your favourites and comments too, I read everything, but don't always have time to respond to all. 

Hugs!

Mikiko
  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: Nightwish Radio (pandora.com)
  • Reading: Amanda Palmer, The Art of Asking
  • Watching: Better Call Saul
  • Playing: Pillars of Eternity
  • Drinking: red bull red edition
[English below!]

Hallo meine Lieben,

Crash'n'Burn wurde von der Animania für den diesjährigen Award nominiert! 
www.animania.de/animania-award…
Voting endet am 30. Juni, 2015.

Ich bin total aufgeregt weil ich es diemal nicht komplett verpennt habe, und würde mich mega über eure Stimmen freuen. > ///v///< ♥ Danke!

LG~
Mikiko

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Hey everyone,

Crash 'n' Burn has been nominated for the Animania award this year! Even though the actual voting is probably Germany-only, feel free to tell your german friends about it or something. XD (obviously you can vote however you like, but I'd truly appreciate your vote for my work.<333)

www.animania.de/animania-award…

Voting ends on June 30th, 2015.

Cheers! 
Mikiko
  • Mood: Awestruck
  • Listening to: ray charles
  • Reading: Comments! ♥
  • Drinking: red bull
Hey everyone,

I just wanted to drop you all a quick line and thank you for the amazing wave of birthday wishes I received yesterday, and for every one of you who came to the stream to say hi. c:

Every year I am amazed at how creative and colourful the posts on my page become! XD (and the sheer amount!) you guys are icon wizards. haha~
Thank you so much for making me feel loved, and despite spending my birthday (mostly) alone, it feels like a great big party everytime in the streams. <3

Of coure, a very special THANK YOU to all of you who have drawn me a gift for this day. I will cherish every little doodle. ^w^ Even if you don't think it's much, it goes a long way, trust me!

-big internet hug-

Mikiko
  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: Pink Floyd
  • Reading: Comments! ♥
  • Drinking: tomato soup in a mug
Today's Topic: Samurai (chibi) inks & colours
Note: Please Capitalise your questions directed at me! it makes it easier to spot them in the chat for me. :} thanks!

Hi everyone! 

It's streaming time~
Feel free to join! You can chat without making an account as well~

www.picarto.tv/live/channel.ph…

See you there! ^o^♥

Mikiko
  • Mood: Big Grin
  • Reading: Comments! ♥
  • Watching: Kenshin live action films
  • Playing: Hearthstone
  • Drinking: coffee
[Edit] I am not asking you to support me if you don't wish to, I am just asking for an opinion on the suggestion made below. (trying to find out what MAKES people want to help/become a patron)

Note:
For all those who do not know what Patreon is: It's a crowdfunding website where you support artists monthly instead of supporting single projects. You get rewards and extras depending on how much you pledge. My lowest possible pledge is $1 a month, and you can cancel at any time. :)
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Hey everyone, 

as you probably know, I started a Patreon campaign last year and have been doing fairly well (this is the reason I have been drawing more mini comics than usual!), but I am still trying to tweak it to optimise and make it attractive to more people. :3 One day I would love to be able to live off it entirely.

One thing I noticed is, RAFFLES are popular. Some of my patrons have been forfeiting their reward prints (since they already got one copy of everything I have available XD) and have pooled it into an occasional raffle I hold. These posts are the most commented as well. So, I am thinking of offering more raffles in the future.

So this is the idea:
What if I made raffle entry automatic?
All patrons 1-3$ are are entered into winning 3x sets of A4 print (worth $7), postcard (worth $2) and an art card (worth $3) automatically every month.
All patrons 5$ and up are are entered into winning 3x sets of A4 print (worth $7), postcard (worth $2) and an art card (worth $3) and one original sketch commission automatically every month.

I dunno, I am just throwing around ideas at this point. XD 
Let me know what you think of this! 
Might also to need to tone down the physical rewards in general, since at 100 patrons, it gets really time consuming to offer. ;  _ ; 
(I'm using Deviantart to ask because Patreon has a pretty bad messaging system, and I have the most fans here that actively reply. u 3u <3 )

Thanks!
Mikiko

PS: Thanks so much for all the webcomic suggestions in my last journal! I am pretty much set for the next decade or two. xD
  • Mood: Nervous
  • Listening to: Dune audiobook
  • Reading: Comments! ♥
  • Playing: Hearthstone
  • Drinking: Red Bull Red
[update] WOAH, totally flooded with recommendations. XD THANKS! I have enough to read for the next ten years now... ♥

Hi everyone! 

I am looking for some reading/research material, so I thought I'd ask around a bit about your favourites. ^o ^

Preferences: 
♦ series should be ongoing...
♦ ...or completed
♦ short stories welcome!
♦ style can be cartoon/western/anime, doesn't matter
♦ Can be adult as well
♦ Any genre is welcome
♦ no scanlations please, I am looking for original and legal material. :}
♦ no fan work, only original series
(if you have links, I'd appreciate it greatly! <3)

The ones I have read/seen/been recommended so far are: Carciphone, Unsounded, Teahouse, Shrub monkeys, Silly Kingdom (paid), Starfighter, Lackadaisy, Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal.

^v^ Thanks in advance!

Mikiko
  • Mood: Compassion
  • Listening to: Muse - Bliss
  • Reading: Comments! ♥
  • Watching: /r/documentaries
  • Playing: Long Live The Queen
  • Eating: Sweet potato tempura
  • Drinking: Red Bull Blue
Hi everyone,

I just wanted to give you all an update on the state of commissions: I have not forgotten about them!
The commission post was removed from my gallery since I kept getting requests despite all waiting lists being filled to the brim, and also some companies mistook them for my professional rates (despite disclaimer).
you can still find the lists and info here.

I will naturally work through the paid ones first, then take it step by step, one by one.
If you don't want to wait or wish to be removed from the list, let me know! I certainly won't take it personally.

Currently I am working on a card project (I will reveal more soon) which is taking up a lot more time than I expected at first. On the good side though, all my cons for this year are out of the way. :) hopefully this means I can focus on your requests more now.

Anyways, thanks for your patience! ♥
Mikiko
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Ray Charles channel on Pandora.com
  • Reading: Lovely comments
  • Drinking: fruit juice
Today's Topic: work work work
Note: Please Capitalise your questions directed at me! it makes it easier to spot them in the chat for me. :} thanks!

Hi everyone!
Decided to stream again.
Feel free to join! You can chat without making an account as well~

www.picarto.tv/live/channel.ph…

See you there! ^o^♥

Mikiko
  • Mood: Compassion
  • Listening to: Punkrock Playlist
  • Reading: Lovely comments
  • Playing: Dishonored
  • Drinking: Coffee
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Hey everyone,

as you've all hopefully seen I have recently launched a Patreon campaign to help me with my overworked and underpaid existence. T vT

As a promo idea, I thought I could doodle some little sketches for new patrons tonight! Unfortunately it's possible that there will be too many to draw for everyone and my time is limited, so I will pick a handful by chance.

This is a bit of an unplanned and spontaneous, but I have one rule:
1. You cannot pledge, get a drawing, and back out! If I catch you doing that, I will ban you on all my platforms I have. (don't be a dick! I trust you to not be.)

Ok, that's it. Join me here for a test run! maybe I will do this more often, if it is a success! <3
:star: Livestream Link :star:

~Mikiko
  • Mood: Compassion
  • Listening to: Placebo
  • Reading: Lovely comments
  • Playing: Dishonored
  • Drinking: Coffee
[update: it's a permanent chatroom , so pop in regardless of when the journal was made~ :] Thanks!

Hallo hallo,

I am decided to reopen my chatroom, so if you wanna hang out, feel free to join here: chatroomkaomoji set 1 7/19 
Everyone's welcome~ 

If you want to talk to me directly and ask questions, remember to tab me (type Z + tab) so I get highlighted messages. thank you! ♥ 
Don't be shy~

:iconlovelyheartsplz:

~Mikiko
  • Mood: Compassion
  • Listening to: John Mayer
  • Reading: Lovely comments
  • Playing: Diablo 3
  • Drinking: Coffee
Hey everyone,

I have started uploading my minicomic on Tapastic, so if you frequent that site more often than Deviantart, feel free to follow me there~ ^3^
tapastic.com/series/Mini-Comic
I am going to start uploading one strip every week until I reach the most recent.
Might also upload the Crash'n'Burn pages there as well, but I must check with my publisher first. :3

Big thanks to The-DaneMen for suggesting/reminding me to join.

Thanks for dropping by!
-Mikiko
  • Mood: Compassion
  • Listening to: John Mayer
  • Reading: amazing comments that cheer me up
  • Eating: tuna sandwich
  • Drinking: water
I've been getting a lot of really amazing fanart over the years, so I decided to showcase some here to give back a little. You guys seriously make my day. ♥
Thanks so much for making me happy, for reading my comic and supporting me. ; v; 

Congratz Zombiesmile by Jasdavi 
Most recent Tyler & Kyle pic, from the lovely Jasdavi !




And these guys deserve a lot more attention. ♥
Thanks for being so talented and sharing these with me~

NOBODY SUSPECTED A THING by 0tacoonRose Delight by MR-CREEPING-DEATHdundundun by GrittiKyle and Tyler shredding by Shabello
More fanarts herekaomoji set 1 9/19 by megaman5000

Cheers!
~Mikiko
  • Mood: Attraction
  • Listening to: optimistic/motivation playlist
  • Reading: scripts
  • Eating: daifuku
  • Drinking: green tea
Dokomi Plan by Zombiesmile

Hallo meine lieben,
hier der Plan zur Dokomi! <3

Ich werde diesmal zwei Tische in der Zeichnerallee haben und Poster, Originale etc verkaufen. :> Da ich viel unterwegs sein werde, sind Commissions/Conhoneinträge limitiert. Diesmal gebe ich auch einige Workshops in Zusammenarbeit mit MangaHamburg , die übrigens auch in Krefeld nun Kurse anbieten. 

Freu mich auf euch!

PS: Zu den Zeiten wo ich Workshops gebe wird meine Schwester Pinumbra  als Standhilfe in der Zeichnerallee sein. ♥ Also gern vorbeischauen!

  • Mood: Lonely
  • Watching: QI
  • Playing: catch up
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: wine
Meet And Greet by Zombiesmile

Hi everyone, 

I will be at MCM London this Saturday, so if you'd like to meet up feel free to drop by! 
Since I don't know how many people will be there, we'll just see what to do once we see how big the group is. :3 I will bring some gifts and hope to take lots of pics with everyone~
If you don't know what I look like, check out my photo galleryTumblr, or Facebook for pics. ♥ I'll show up with my best buddy Fyorl .

Can't wait to see everyone! kaomoji set 1 9/19 
fufufu~

Mikiko
  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: Eluveitie
  • Reading: business e-mails!
  • Watching: my figure
  • Eating: shrimp risotto
  • Drinking: ice tea peach

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Last weekend I was invited to Anime Fest in Brno. My first time in the Czech Republic, I got to see Prague, tour Brno, drink delicious beer, make lots of new friends and meet fans in the artist alley. 
I also had the pleasure to meet the lovely MiyuliWopanda and Jonathan Clements. Everyone had so many fun and interesting stories to tell, I felt I’ve learned a lot in the shortest amount of time. 

I have to say, it was an amazing experience overall. Czechs are the most welcoming and friendly people, and I hope I will get a chance to return again soon!kaomoji set 1 9/19 

Thanks so much to all the fans who showed up at my panel, bought my prints and had a chat, and of course a HUGE thanks to the dedicated team of Animefest who made my stay such a wonderful experience. ♥

~Mikiko

Untitled by Zombiesmile Untitled by Zombiesmile Untitled by Zombiesmile Untitled by Zombiesmile 
PS: Czech beer is so yummy! ♥

  • Mood: Sentimental
  • Listening to: Pandora.com
  • Reading: e-mails and catching up
  • Watching: my figure
  • Drinking: Earl Grey
Hi everyone!

kaomoji set 1 9/19 
I was wondering if any of you are going to the MCM London Comic Con (May 23rd-25th), and if yes, if you'd be interested in a little meet and greet.
Please let me know! ♥ 

~Miki
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Kettcar
  • Reading: Comic scripts
  • Watching: My Boss My Hero (Dorama)
  • Eating: strawberries with creaaam♥
  • Drinking: Earl Grey
Hi everyone,

I've been busily putting together some videos after getting some advice from you all, and I'm slowly learning~
Today I uploaded a new one, but since it's in english and also talks about a question I get asked here a lot, I thought I'd share it with you. 



I apologise for the slightly off audio, I swear it was all fine in my editing software. ; _ ; Originally it was also filmed in HD, but that didn't quite work out either...oh well.
(Still learning. Maybe next time)

Anyhow, enjoy! Hope it's useful info for some of you. :>

~Mikiko
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Kettcar
  • Reading: World War Z
  • Watching: instructional videos...on how to make videos.
  • Drinking: Milk
Hey everyone! How are you? :3

I've been recently revamping my old YouTube channel and reuploading new material. 
My plan was to answer a lot of frequently asked questions on camera, do tutorials, play games and maybe also teach japanese/do a cultural bit.  O: 
Ever since my project (Crash 'n' Burn) has been completed, I've been using my free time to teach myself some editing and the sort...

I'd truly appreciate if you check it out (subscribe/like or share♥) my videos. :3 

If you have any wishes, suggestions or thoughts, I'd love to hear! 
Right now I am struggling to find out how to set everything up properly and get things running.Crai 2 by Emoji-kun With your input I will get a better idea where I am heading perhaps, so don't be shy!
Also, I am aware my mic is crap, so I am wondering what to get to replace it. (either a proper camcorder since I am using a photocamera with video function, or a separate mic)

ANYWAY, long story short, I hope you'll enjoy the (few) videos I already uploaded! Let me know what you'd like to see else. Free Kaomoji Two! by KawaiiPosts
Thanks!♥

~Mikiko
  • Mood: Sweet
  • Listening to: Kettcar
  • Reading: World War Z
  • Watching: instructional videos...on how to make videos. OTL
  • Drinking: weird tea
Hi guys,

personally I am someone who doesn't like drawing fanart much but lately I have been wondering if I should attempt it from time to time.
When you think fanart combined with my art, which series comes to mind? What do you think would look good in my style? 
I personally don't follow what's new and popular, and all the ones I pick are totally obscure to most... But I was curious if some of you have had any ideas or wishes (no guarantee I will draw them, but brainstorming for now!). :3 

There's also a possiblily I will open up commissions soon, so just a heads up
Also, prints. If you have any requests, feel free to let me know!

Mikiko
  • Mood: Bemused
  • Reading: World War Z
  • Watching: Michael Palin, Sahara
  • Playing: Starbound
  • Drinking: coffee