Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you and yours a very happy holidays, and all the best for the new year!

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Webcomics-The smackjeeves list

The comics I follow on Smackjeeves is at an almost ridiculous amount. But it's good. Some of them are better than others, but, that is to be expected. Mine own comic is hosted on Smackjeeves, and it is totally on the lower side of things.
But what is awesome about the site is that no one really cares. If its continuous, and well thought out, it will have fans. And that is a special kind of encouragement for comic writers.

So, without further fanfare, here are some comics I read! Show them some love and support-it takes a lot of time to make, and continue a comic and these people deserve some love!

Oh, and this nice thing about SmackJeeves is that there is a small description about the story, and how often it updates right in the page I link, so it should be a great help!

One Rainy Day
Adorable, but also kinda deep

Technicolour London
This one, I bought prints from her, and they are on my wall <3

Kiss Parade
Needs to update more often, so awesome!

Kaito Shuno
This one gets pretty graphic M/M

Lethal Dose
Deals with some pretty heavy stuff

Lost Love
Not a comic in the sense that it has pictures, but it's basically written chapters. Gets real heavy. Like, wow.

Seriously, just awesome. The characters are my current desktop background ^^

Light Romantic
Also needs to update more often

More updates! Amazing art.

Friday, 21 December 2012


*Wow, I meant to post this before the one about the yaoi, but, apparently I didn't. My bad.*

I read a lot of webcomics, and comics that I can find on the web. Not just superhero stuff either, although I enjoy that too. But sometimes I really like to read stuff that other people, other regular, not professional people write and draw.

I like to read a lot of different genres, from action to gay love, to mad science. As long as its got a decent plot and art, I am all over it. I especially like to read comics from local artists. There are so many internet famous artists out there that get so much attention that sometimes, it's nice to show the "underdog" some appreciation.

So, here are, in no particular order, some comics that I highly suggest!

Girl Genius
All about the mad science and romance. Pretty long, and seems to have no end in sight, which I love. Nice art, fun plot and very regular updates (3/week).

5th and Main
Updates are pretty sporadic, but its great art. So far, I like the plot. It's pretty short so far, so I can't judge for sure, but I am enjoying it thus far.

Honeydew Syndrome 
This is seriously one of my faves. It is sort of in the gay section, but it isn't graphic in the least. I know at least one of them lives in Vancouver, since I see her at all the local conventions. Seriously, it's adorable. The art, the story, all of it. Just fabulous.

Two Keys
Made by the same lovely ladies as Honeysyn, but a completely different story. It's about supernatural detectives, and, so far, nothing in the gay area of things. I really enjoy it, although some of the transitions are a bit choppy.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Webcomics-some of the yaois

It should be noted that these are ALL VERY NFSW and I mean, wow. Also not safe for siblings, parents, relatives, etc etc.

This? This one is dirty. This one might lead to very real feelings for the characters, and your ships. It might also being out your inner perv, but in a good way. it might also draw out a new love for eyepatches. The art is fantastic, the plot might be cool, once we get into it more. There is a lot of intrigue, that's for sure. It's dirty though. Don't say I didn't warn you!
Updates-1/week usually

Fancy whores who work in a brothel. Absolutely brilliant art, backgrounds and colouring. Just fantastic. The plot is usually pretty good, but there are parts of it that I'm getting a little sick of of a few of the characters, but, that's my own thing, and a lot of people like them. Just not me. And, even though I don't like the characters, they are well drawn and well developed. But, I am excited for where it's going.
Updates-supposed to be 1/week, but there's been health issues and its been 4 times in the past 3 months.

Khaos Komix
All the feels with this one. And addicting as hell. Luckily, it's just about done, and comes in at 8 chapters, with "mini chapters" in between, which contain all the dirty, sexy stuff. They are not required for the story, but I feel that they add that intimate connection that sorta completes the story. The stories are broken down by the person narrating, and alternates to each person in the relationship, and then to someone in the group. Includes all manner of couples, and really addresses the issues facing lgtb today.
Updates-2/week, Mondays and Thursday

The Less than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal
This one is actually fairly tame, as far as dirty sex scenes go. It is super heavy on plot, and the development of the relationship, which is absolutely fantastic. It's also a realistic look at the lives and relationships of people who are in weird places in life. I don't want to say too much, since it has a well developed, well thought out plot, and is so worth the read.
Updates-Tuesdays, 2 pages

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Fall semester-we are done

For better or worse, this semester is finally done. About damn time, too. This is awesome for a lot of reasons, mostly because I have had about 8 hours of sleep in the last 3 days, and I could really use a nap, rather than another 12 hour study session.
I could also use a solid workout at the gym. Which I will be doing shortly. This will be one of my last workouts at the YMCA because I cancelled my membership.

Why, you might ask?

Well, today is special for more than just the end of finals. It's also my last day at my current college. I am transferring to SFU for next semester, and that university has it's own gym. It does mean that I'll be working out at home for the next few weeks, but I got some awesome workout already planned out.

This is also the last day that I am an English major. I start my new major in Spring, and, I, for one, and looking forward to it.

But, after I get a few solid hours of sleep, of course.

This also gives me time to get all my projects started and stuff. I am starting some really cool stuff soon, and, when I have more to say, I'll make a post, but for now, just know that awesness is afoot.
I have also got myself a new artist for my comic. I just don't have the time, or the artistic talent to do it, and my readers deserve better. The girl that I'm going to be working with is awesome. She sent me a few sketches and, guys, this will be great! I am super excited.
I've also been in talks with a few other artists for a few more comics. I can't draw for anything, but, man, I can write. I actually find it hard to stop creating stories. It takes a bit of time to finish them all, but I have loads of them. Hopefully one of them becomes super awesome, and I can go to comic cons as a guest. Wishful thinking, I know.

Now, for that gym and then sleep I so desperately need. Enjoy this video if you are feeling down, or need a quick fix for adorablness.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

The gift of life

I may have mentioned this before, but, I will mention it again.
I am not terribly fond of people, as a species. We are rude, inconsiderate dickbags, with an insatiable thirst for the destruction of the entire planet, in order to feed our greed and avarice.

My biggest fear is that I will not get to see so many animal species because they will become extinct before I get to see them.

That thought terrifies me more than anything else. How horrible are we, that we can't even go a few months without killing off something that did nothing to us. We ruin what we can in order to appease outdated tradition, or false medicine, and false gods.

To try and do what I can, while being a broke-ass student with almost no time, I have been asking people to make donations to WWF on my behalf.

I was lucky to get one of these donations from my parents for my birthday. What is really awesome about making donations is that you get a little plushy and a certificate of symbolically adopting an endangered species.

It's amazing to be able to help a species at risk, and also get a cute cuddly toy to go with it. Something for nothing, and all that. Some people need to feel rewarded for doing the right thing, and this should help with that undying greed, while still helping something that needs as much help as it can get.

They also come with an information booklet about the specific species that was adopted. It includes information about its habitat; why they are becoming extinct; their feeding/mating habits, and what you can do to help.

And what is more important is the help that the species receives, which is worth so much more-the chance to live.

So, for this holiday season, adopt an at risk species for someone you love. Give the gift of a life.

Meet me new Snow Leopard, named Frost. The first in my, hopefully, large collection of endangered species.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Chinatown Wanderings

While I still have 2 more exams to study for, I decided to take the day off (or most of the day off) and take a nice walk with my man to Vancouver's Chinatown. It's one of the biggest outside of China, which is kinda cool, and, having been to China now, I feel that it's pretty damn authentic.

I tried to get my hair super cute for the adventure, since it's all freshly shaved, but, man, short hair is a BITCH to curl.

We wandered around, did a bit of shopping, and went to the botanical gardens. I love the gardens when the sun is setting, which is some obscenely early time here in Canada. I kinda miss not feeling like I need to go to bed at 5:00pm. Like, seriously.

I finally managed to fine some vegetarian friendly kimchi (김치) for some kimchi bokembop. (김치보금밥) which is one of the meals that I miss the most from Korea. It is spicy kimchi, with vegetables in a rice, with a sunny-side up egg on top. It is delightful, and really warming and filling, especially on a cold night. Which today is. I THINK it might be the coldest day we've had yet here in Vancity. And, really, it isn't much to complain about, since it is 5C (41F), and much of Canada is much colder than that. It IS Winter, after all.

And now, some photos of the fantastic-and cold- gardens!


Tuesday, 4 December 2012

I can have a life!

Sort of at least. For a little bit.
Classes are finally done, and there are only exams-and only 3 of them-left of the semester.

Then I am off for a few weeks, before transferring schools, and starting my new major. About time, right? I am also taking a week long trip back to Ontario to see the famjam, and some friends. Mostly the fam.

My big plans for my free time?

Blog, comic, draw, read, spend some quality time with the hubs.

Sounds pretty awesome, right?

Oh, and other news? I got me an instagram, follow and enjoy! http://instagram.com/rozwyn/

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Busy, or something

I have a lot of things that i want to talk about here, but, man, finding time is a bitch.
Lots of schoolwork, actual work, contest I'm entering, an art auction I'm participating in, transferring schools...ugh. And more.

I haven't had time to update my comic in, like, forever, and I feel bad for it. I want to make up for it soon, but it will have to wait until the semester is over. Shit is just stupid crazy at the moment.

I'm going back home to Ontario for Christmas, to see my family and celebrate with them. Hopefully, that will end well. I got most of my gifts already bought, since I hate that whole Christmastime in the malls thing.

Things should get better in just over a week or so. Hopefully, I'll be able to update all my things around then.

But for now, a new photo of yours truly!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Happy Birthday to me, Part deux

To jump right in

Seriously, lifelong dream accomplished right here. Going to Japan has been on my list of things I wanted to do ever since I discovered anime and manga (it was early in life, let me assure you). Not only did I get to visit Japan, but I got to go to, what, 7 different cities? I got to see so many things, experience so much, and-perhaps more importantly-reconnect with some friends that I hadn't seen in a LONG time. Some things are important, and those things, no matter how distant, should be kept close.

Vietnam was never in my list of places to go, but, the opportunity presented itself, and I am not the kind of person who will turn down travel. Ever. Out of all my adventures this past year, I think this one has the biggest list of 'bad' against it. That said though, having this unique experience was eye opening and well worth it-despite the down sides. Seeing a war torn, 3rd world country is something that everyone should do. It has a profound effect on the psyche. 

2 year anniversary with the hubs
I feel like this one is sort of self-explanatory. How could I not be excited about being married for 2 years, without there being any violence or straight up murder? I never thought I'd get married in the first place. To have it last this long is sort of a surprise. A pleasant one, yes, but a surprise nonetheless. 

World Expo
Another one of those once-in-a-lifetime things that I got to do. Since the expo is only held every few years, and never in the same country consecutively  the fact that I was in the right place at the right time is just amazing. I don't think this will be my last expo though, since there is still YEARS left for me to travel. Who knows when this will come up again though, but that chance is still there. It had its bad points, but it was still a unique experience to be able to have some part in. 

Acceptance into SFU
As I mentioned in the 10 things you likely didn't know about me post, I was not really great with that whole education thing when I was younger. It took me a while to get the swing of things, what with this being my 3rd stint in post secondary education. But, my acceptance into SFU (Simon Fraser University NOT San Francisco University) proves to me that I have grown into my intelligence. I am not a stupid person-I'm just full of hate and rage and, sometimes, laziness. But acceptance into university on my own merits, on my own terms, it's something to be proud of.
And in this vein-being asked to have an editing part-hell, even being allowed to read-a now (at the time, soon to be) published novel...well now. If that isn't making it, i don't know what is. The fact that it was an awesome book by one of my favourite people just made it that much better.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Happy Birthday to me

Another year. I like to think that I'm wiser, and this time, I think I actually am. I thought about doing this post before, like when it was an actual year since my arrival in Korea, but decided to do it to celebrate my birthday.

This will be part 1 of 2. There has been so many amazing things this past year. There have been some bad ones too, but the good far outshine the bad. There has been so many things that I've done, it is almost unreal.

Awesome things since my last birthday (in no particular order)!

Last years birthday parties.
That's right, I had 3 parties. 2 of them surprise parties. One with fireworks, friends, booze, cake and love. Another with cake, music and Korean love. The third with obscene amounts of booze, friends, and dancing. So many amazing people made me feel so special and loved, it almost brings a tear to my eye. My best birthday, by far.
Yea. I lived in South Korea for nearly a year. That is an experience that I know many people will never have. I am so lucky to have been able to go there and experience a culture to vastly different than my own. I met so many people, did so many things, ate so much food, and had such a good time. It was hard to say goodbye.

I keep mentioning the people that I met, and with good reason. I don't think that my past year would have been nearly as good without the people. There were so many awesome, open and caring people that I met, that accepted me for being me. A lot of us saw each other at our worst-but didn't judge, or change opinions. It was an eye opening experience for me, and made me a lot more comfortable being my dorky myself around strangers.

Temple Stay
This is about the first post on this site, and that was when I went to Myogaksa Temple in Seoul. It was a practicing, full functioning Buddhist temple, complete with monks and the bells, and everything. I got to spend a day and night as a monk, learning the Buddhist teachings practices. Now, I am against religion as a rule. All religions, since I think they are stupid, useless, and crutch for people whose minds are broken. Buddhism is NOT a religion, but a way of thinking, and being able to experience a different way of thinking, a different way of life, was awe inspiring. It made me feel at peace-not because of the spiritual aspect-but the chance to sit down and just not think for a while, and have it be alright. Facing the inside of my head is a scary thing, and the meditation the monk taught us quieted the rage inside of me.
***Photo by Ben Etienne, found over here***

Friendship fieldtrip The trip was a lot of fun in itself, especially since it was paid for by the Korean government. I hung out with my suitemates, as well as my husbands' suitemates, and got to see some parts of Korea that I wouldn't have. I also got to spend time with someone whom I now consider to be a good friend. He may live in the states, but I know that we will see each other again.

This ends part 1! Part 2 will be coming soon! <3

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Lynn Valley

A few weeks ago, before all the rain and-in the mountains-snow, the hubs and I went to Lynn Valley. Call it a last of the season hike if you will, even though I think we will be going for a few more throughout the winter season. That's one of the awesome things about Vancouver-many hiking trails are open year round.

Lynn Valley is huge. Like, mindbogglingly massive. You can walk from Mount Seymour to Grouse via Lynn Valley. Sure, its an almost 30K trek, but it is doable. There is a lake there that we didn't even find. An Entire Lake. Not found. Shows how big we're talking.

There are rivers, waterfalls, ponds, and all kinds of plant life. It's fantastic. Other cool thing? It has visible remnants of the last ice age, carved out in its cliffs and gorge. Nothing like a glacier park to make me happy.

No, seriously. I love this stuff.

Now for the photos!