Out of mana

We’ve got some options to consider~ But those weird visions are getting harder and harder to ignore, whatever they in fact are.

I’ve been dreaming about killing zombies for the most part of the night. A form of stress relief mechanism, I suppose? I’m kind of on the edge with this job hunt thing, both me and my boyfriend to be honest. And when two people in one room stress out? Nothing good happens, I can tell you that. This week will be crucial since I have a set of important interviews (I kind of want to get that one particular job) and he’ll be waiting for the final verdict from one company that already cost him a ton of time (they’ve been dicks but if ย they can end this nightmare we’re all for it). So keep your fingers crossed! Next week I’ll probably be waiting for a reply and then I’m going to get depressed – that I have to start all over again or that I have toย go to work (I’m a spoiled person like this, please forgive me).

This week was job-focused for me but I posted some things related to the secret project on Patreon, we are still working on it (dear patrons helping me decide how things should look like) but I think it will be done for the next week, yay!

97 comments on “Out of mana”

  1. Doom Reply

    I forgive you, NI. Financial insecurity is a horrible thing, and needing to work on a regular basis is arguably not much better.

    As to the comic page, love the leaf shadows all over from the fact that our heroes are under trees. Especially enjoying the many angles on Ada’s beautiful hair.

    • NotImportant Reply

      Glad you like the page! And that you understand the predicament haha, I can only hope my new work (when I find it) won’t be something terribly boring and unsatisfying.

  2. NiWo21k Reply

    Poor Rob – First the magic part and now no new vision ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I know how it feels not knowing if you get a positive answer from the company you would like to work. I personaly always say to myself that there is a big chance that it doesnt work – i know i say it so many times dont think negative but in this case it help a little bit to not fall into this hole when they send you a denial. But i hope that even in this case you dont stress out to much because it could make it even worse than before – keep a cool head and when it doesnt work, say “F***” a few times and start again. Sadly there is no more i can say to that :-/

    And that companys like people hanging (like in the case with your boyfriend) thats something i have seen in so many companys – its something i dont understand and hate (especially when your contract is running out and they dont tell you until the last what they will do….

    But i believe and cross my fingers that it will go positive for you two ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • NotImportant Reply

      Thanks! And waiting wouldn’t be so bad but when people interview you for one role (several tests, tasks, a set of interviews) and on the final interview you hear that the role they planned for you is different and you aren’t even sure if you want to work on something like this… ehhh should have told him from the beginning instead of wasting his time like this. They even demanded a week-long trial project. And after that said he’d be working on something else completely xD What was the point then?!

      But things like that are pretty common, unfortunately. My friend who is a graphic designer was supposed to be an UI designer in her new company but she’s been working for almost 2 months and is yet to make a single UI design. But she already converted movies, drew marketing posters, animated characters for the game and so on. And she was asked only about UI design stuff on her interview. It’s like… why do you even bother giving any job description if you plan to use me for whatever comes to mind…?

      But I don’t care anymore, really. I just want that visa. And money. I want some money. Why does a stupid watermelon cost $20 here dammit.

      • NiWo21k Reply

        The problem with the roles in companys seem to change depending who is working on the job offer – had this already two time where the job offer described something totally different then it was (one they searched for an programmer but advertised and hardware admin – and where i work now the offer said computer technicen but wanted one for x-ray units) – i have no problems as long as they say it directly at the beginning but if they say it at the end it always something where i scratch my head…

        And Yeah sometime the interviews are strange – had something simmilar happen to me – applied for a technicen job and they only asked me things how to lead a company? – Why ask and test things you never need, i thought you were looking for someone who can build up computers and not do the accounting?

        • NotImportant Reply

          And then they wonder why you can’t do the job properly or don’t like it (when you interviewed and applied for something totally different). We won’t understand until we run our own companies ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ

          • JW

            I don’t know what the excuse is for large companies, but small companies usually need people that can do everything — they’re not big enough to have employees really specialize.
            I find it difficult to really get down to what I’d like to do in my job, there’s just soooo much other work that needs to be done. We literally* need to double our number of employees to handle the work lined up, so that’s going to be interesting.

            (* literally literally, not figuratively literally)

          • NiWo21k

            You are right that small companies need people that are able to do many things, but there is the problem that if you have a lot of people who can do all things but no specialists then work can get a lot harder (thats the problem i have at my current job) – we are only a small company and they say all of the technicians musst know everything (from the hardware to all of the software)…

      • Klorix Camp dweller Reply

        One of the dumbest thing I’ve seen is when my girlfriend went to a job interview in a town some 30 km away. First thing, the boss assumed she only wanted his signature so she could continue benefit from social welfare. For one, she didn’t use receive any and secondly, she genuinely wanted to work. But here it comes: When she confirmed that she was actually looking for a job, the boss told her she lived to far away…

        Really 30 km is too far? Then why invite her to an interview first place? They even had some postal and phone exchange before that and he was not able to realise that she didn’t literally live next door?

        It’s not really worth being upset anymore, but I was kinda dumbfounded.

        • NotImportant Reply

          Things like that happen, yeah… And why would living too far be his problem anyway? Sounds like he just needed an excuse. Because she could move closer or fly a chopper to work or whatever, not his business.

        • antrik Reply

          Maybe her application was so bad that they didn’t think she could possibly be serious?… ๐Ÿ˜› SCNR

      • antrik Reply

        That almost sounds like a challenge to come up with ways how a handsome robin might be a bad thing… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. bitflipper Camp dweller Reply

    I’m probably the last guy you’d want to listen to for career advice. However, I can offer a little advice about serenity in ones life:

    It helps to have Faith. But I can’t tell you whom to have Faith in, other than “yourself”. If you want or need a deity, that’s between you and Whomever you find most believable. But here’s the real irony: even though every religion I’ve yet studied have all placed a strong emphasis on faith as a virtue, I’ve learned that is possible to have Faith without following a religion. So, if you don’t want a deity in your life, that works, too; this advice can still be helpful.

    Believing that things happen for a reason, even when we don’t understand the reason, is Faith. Believing that there is a purpose to things, is Faith. Believing it in spite of overwhelming evidence that the universe is incapable of caring, of reason, or of formulating plans and purpose, is very strong Faith. We don’t need the universe to care, if *we* care; that can be caring enough to support faith that things will work out despite setbacks, despite our anxieties, maybe even despite our own plans. You might suffer disappointment in this job search; it is a possible outcome. But, Faith can reassure you that such a disappointment is only fleeting, that you will go on to even bigger and better things if this job search doesn’t pan out the way you hope, as long as you continue to apply yourself.

    Why would we want to believe in such a thing that might seem almost delusional? Why look for purpose and reason where the might be none, and still reassure ourselves that there *is* some mystical purpose even if we don’t find any?

    Because it makes it easier to accept what comes our way in life. It makes it easier to find serenity amidst the chaos, the frustrations, and the fears of day-to-day living. And that’s the secret that gives Faith its power.

    So, have a little Faith,NI; things will work out for you exactly as they are supposed to, even if it might seem that they aren’t. You have great talent and skills, far beyond your artistic abilities. If you suffer some setbacks, it’s only because something greater is waiting. There is a place where you fit, a life you are meant to live, and it is coming your way. Perhaps it is coming your way next week, or a week after that. Perhaps it awaits you months or years from now, in a different land with different companions in your life. But it is coming, and it will work out as things should, as long as you keep applying yourself to doing the best you can. Because it’s not magic that makes our lives wonderful; it’s our own efforts and our acceptance of what we achieve.

    • NotImportant Reply

      It’s hard to believe when world is being so infuriatingly random. But maybe there is a sense to this madness and I just can’t see it yet. I sure hope I’ll just get this job and everything will be over… I know I wouldn’t be this stressed out and tired if not for the fact that we are currently pulling each other down with different anxieties _–_

      I hope you are right and my luck will turn on before I ran out of money or my visa expires ;D

      • bitflipper Camp dweller Reply

        That’s what you are working towards, and so that’s the likeliest outcome. But, even if it doesn’t wind up being the outcome, that doesn’t mean it’s the end; you’re intelligent, creative, and willing to chase a goal, so, if you suffer a setback, it dies not mean you have failed. It means you need to either try again, or change your goal and try something a little different. It can be scary, but, hey, the best rides in the amusement park are kinda scary, too. *Embrace* the experience, and know that there is a reason for what we encounter in life, and you’ll find the anxiety diminishes and is replaced by thrill.

        That happens all throughout life. Let’s say you land the job next week; your anxieties about getting work before your visa express and about dwindling funds will ease up a lot — and be replaced with deadlines, “ghosty” bugs in the code that are a total pain in the patookis to chase down, office politics, and bills. And your boyfriend will have his worries about his job, too. We’ve always got something to worry about, if we want to worry.

        Or, we can choose to ignore the worries, or embrace them, or reshape them into something more enjoyable. I’m not saying the worries are baseless or unreal. But we don’t have to let them get us down. How frightening a worry is, has an awful lot to do with how we look at it. Right now, it seems to me as if you and your boyfriend’s anxieties are almost overwhelming to you because they are tied to the idea that a lack of success will be the end of your dreams. There have been many times in my life that success has eluded me, and a few errands I’ve had to let go because of it. What I’ve learned, though, is that I will always have dreams to pursue, which makes letting go of one much less heart-breaking. And that is what I’d like to pass on: don’t let the worries overwhelm you; the are ways of looking at them differently which diminish their power to frighten us, and life will — soon enough — change your own perspective so that what seems dreadful, today, will seem to be of little consequence, later on.

        You’ll be okay, I promise. Life may surprise you, and may disappoint you, at times, but you have the ability to adapt and cope, and that will see you through. You can rely on it.

        • NotImportant Reply

          I’m actually less worry-prone than my boyfriend. Or most people. I have a “whatever” attitude towards life because there’s little I require to be content, what makes me most unhappy is the lack of free time.
          But my partner cares about the visa a lot. For me its something that won’t necessarily mean that I won’t be able to live in Japan ever. Yeah, it will be harder if we miss this chance (you can get 1 year long visa only once) but it won’t be impossible. He treats it that way and stresses out because job hunt takes loooong. And it’s hard to just tell him “you worry too much” and let him suffer in the corner. More, after a while you start to unwillingly believe there is a real problem somewhere and the anxiety starts to be overwhelming.

          Luckily for me he tries to keep his pessimistic thoughts to himself now so I might get over it soon. I have little of my own problems. It’s other peoples’ problems that always pull me down, because I don’t want to be indifferent.

          Btw, you have a nice and healthy attitude. The less worries the better, even if I need to trick my own brain to achieve that goal.

          • bitflipper Camp dweller

            Fifty years has been worth something. ;-p

            Brooding to himself isn’t good for him, either. But, for materially figure people, the mysticism I suggest above tens to be a little harder to grasp and apply. If you can get him to focus on the here and now instead of on his worries — on enjoying the wonder of being in Japan (it’s quite a fantasy for many people, worldwide, you know) — that might help him cope a bit.

            Or maybe not; I’m sure you know him far better than I do. ;-p

            If it helps, though, there a huge group of people who are following your adventures and rooting for the both of you!

          • NotImportant

            Haha thank you ๐Ÿ˜€ Yeah, it does help to go out and actually enjoy Japan a little. I plan to drag him to the ocean once I’m done with the interview, just for a change of scenery. It takes an hour to get there so… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • JW Reply

        Itโ€™s hard to believe when world is being so infuriatingly random.

        Not if you’re a Discordian ๐Ÿ˜›
        I really like Eris. And I secretly think that, if asked, she’d be the first one to deny she exists. Which is more self-reflection than you can get from most gods and goddesses.

        • NotImportant Reply

          I don’t like such views, even though I could agree that reality as we perceive it is a form of illusion. The problem is that nothing makes any sense then and it’s hard to find motivation to do things if there’s little in life that still brings you joy after being labeled an illusion. Why bother? It’s just ~80 years of lies and then everything disappears. Not a bother, but also not fun at all.

          • bitflipper Camp dweller

            Oh, but it can be wonderfully mind-blowing to play with the idea that everything is illusory! Why, I, myself, might be nothing but an illusion, a delusion, a fevered dream of a brain trapped in a body that is taking seventy-plus years to die. Certainly, when, in introspection, I try to find this elusive “me” that is looking within, I come up empty-handed every time. But I am so firmly convinced that I exist!
            “I think.
            I think I am.
            Therefore, I am!
            … I think…” -Justin Hayworth of The Moody Blues, In the Beginning (a most delightful poem; I heartily recommend it!)

            Perhaps that is the difference between a “that” and a “who”. “That” is definitive, empirical, a thing to which I can point and say “Behold! That exists. It is objectively real!” (Even though all of my experience must come to me through my senses and my thoughts, so I can only know the subjective reality I think I perceive, and can never know objective reality directly, regardless of my claim.) “Who”, on the other hand, is interrogative, a question, seeking but never guaranteed to find what it seeks. I look within, convinced I’m seeking a “that” which exists when I should be asking myself “Who is thinking these things?”

          • NotImportant

            My boyfriend likes to say that there is no way to disprove the theory in which he is lying in the hospital and everything he sees isn’t just something his mind made up on its own. And then we would argue whose dream it is and who is the imaginary friend of who ๐Ÿ˜‰ There is no way to tell. And maybe it’s not really important. Why would it be? It’s not like life makes any sense, right?

            And the question “who is thinking those thoughts” is extremely scary, especially when you realize that two halves of your own brain have different opinions. And just try listening to your own thoughts while you fall asleep or generally as you go through the day, there is no much weird stuff floating there it’s scary. Mine are so disturbing I’m not even willing to share them here.

            Same now, when I’m stressed. I know I shouldn’t be, I know there is no reason to be, but my brain seems to be fixated on something that’s disturbing me greatly and I can’t even figure out what that is. I don’t hear the stress-related thoughts, I don’t feel like I’m the one thinking them, but I can feel the effects and I can see that my body is panicking. Thanks, brain.

            We’ve got some weird topics this week ๐Ÿ˜€

          • JW

            I hadn’t really intended to give the impression that Discordianism is in any way about “reality is an illusion”. It’s not. Though it does make a point that we tend to perceive order where there is none (patterns in randomness), and also disorder where there is none (e.g. deterministic chaos). The world is both more, and less, random than we like to think.

            When I say Eris would probably be the first to deny she exists, there’s two mean reasons. The obvious one is that on the surface Discordianism is a parody religion (like the flying spaghetti monster but 30 years earlier and with distinctly less tentacles). So accepting it (and her) as real would be antithetical to what it tries to accomplish. Which is what makes it fun to do so anyway. — And you could also draw a parallel with that Buddhist koan of how when you meet the Buddha on the road, you should kill him. — Any worth in Discordianism as philosophy is not worth getting bogged down in dogmatism.
            The other main reason why I think she’d deny her existence, is to disavow any responsibility for fixing the world — and in particular fixing our shit for us when we beseech her. Looking at the world, I think that the best match for a creator, if any, is one that’s capricious and apathetic. (But not, mind you, malevolent.)

          • NotImportant

            I’m not sure what made me think that it’s connected to everything being an illusion… I was stressed out in the morning, maybe something I read on the Wikipedia made me think that, not sure now.

            But you know. No matter what you say, Spaghetti Monster is just way cooler to believe in :/

          • JW

            The spaghetti monster mythology is cool mostly because it has pirates. It’s hard to beat that. On the other hand, I’m not sure what to make of those noodly tentacles. I suppose whether that’s a pro or con depends on your point of view and anime preference ๐Ÿ˜›
            But overall I think that philosophically Discordianism has more to offer. It’s not all about cool and fun. Otherwise I’d just declare Ada a Goddess and worship her.

      • Klorix Camp dweller Reply

        Spaghetti monster?
        Didn’t see no spaghetti monster… Boy, I’m full now!

        • JW Reply

          Sounds like you’re a spaghetti monster. ๐Ÿ˜›
          But then more along the lines of the cookie monster than a slime monster (i.e. “eater of” rather than “composed of”)

      • Klorix Camp dweller Reply

        Jup. Favorite dish: spaghetti with bolognese sauce. (A simplified, even basic, version, though ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • NotImportant Reply

          Japanese love Italian food so we’ve got many restaurants that offer various pasta dishes. And they are very good…! I think I’ve never ate spaghetti as often as I do now lol

    • Klorix Camp dweller Reply

      That’s specially for us shippers. Dere dere part 2. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. JW Reply

    Run, Robert! Run with toast in your mouth. Live the dream! You know you want to!

  5. Refugnic Reply

    Adding to bitflippers little monologue about faith, there’s a rather famous ‘prayer’ regarding stress relief here in Germany.

    The original:
    Herr, gib mir die Gelassenheit die Dinge zu akzeptieren, die ich nicht รคndern kann,
    den Mut die Dinge zu รคndern, die ich รคndern kann
    und die Weisheit das eine vom anderen zu unterscheiden.

    The translation:
    Lord, give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    the courage to change the things I can change
    and the wisdom to tell one from the other.

    Then there’s an unofficial appendix which translates to:
    ‘And an opportunity to get rid of the bodies of the people I had to kill today, cause they ticked me off.’ ๐Ÿ˜›

    No really, as long as you just don’t give up, I’m sure it’ll be fine.

    And besides, you knew it wasn’t going to be all cakes and sunshine moving to the other end of the world.
    You were prepared for some rough times.
    Now they’ve come and all you’ve gotta do is pull through.
    And I for one know you can. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Now, for the page…I guess I should get back to watching more anime again, cause it’s kinda sad that I needed to look up Kyubey…might’ve as well been a Pokemon for me, honestly.

    *Ahem*, but yeah, it certainly must be frustrating to see your girlfriend do all these amazing things when all you can do is fling around an enchanted blade (which she happens to be able to do herself just fine :P).

    A little nitpicking: ‘About the reality’? ‘The reality’?
    How many realities are they used to think in?
    I know in German ‘mit der Realitรคt’ is completely correct, but I think in English you could lose the ‘the’, but please do correct me if I’m wrong.

    And the visions really are getting more concrete each time…and they also seem to be growing longer as well, though I may be mistaken.
    This may indicate that they are ‘closer’ to the current moment in time than the first visions were, even though not all that much time has passed in the course of the story.
    Another possibility is, that Ada is getting herself attuned to the ‘magical frequency’ the visions run on, whereas Rob’s senses are kinda rooted in the ‘now’…the bullet that pierced his arm and the jolts of pain this must still cause occasionally might help with sticking to reality. ๐Ÿ˜›

    So yeah, you’re not out of Mana, Rob, you’re just still hurting. ๐Ÿ˜€

    But yeah, Laura is as good a lead as any, most definitely.

    • bitflipper Camp dweller Reply

      Good point about the bullet wound. It’s hard enough to meditate, for example, when one feels fine; add an upset stomach, a broken bone, or a toothache or headache, and it can become almost utterly impossible. If magic in Ada’s and Rob’s universe require that same kind of focus and discipline, it wouldn’t be at all surprising that a wound recent enough to still ache could put magic beyond reach for a new student.

    • Rateus Camp dweller Reply

      A colleague of mine quotes that monologue every time we deliver a training workshop together!

  6. ForlornFoe Reply

    The first bird to get fat from bread has appeared, nice point of view there.

    Job hunting is the absolute worst activity to do, so mentally taxing… Too bad it is so necessary in modern world. If music helps you to get motivated, I would recommend this: “Miracle of Sound – Every time you look around”. Hard work will be rewarded eventually, fingers crossed for it to happen rather soon.

    • NotImportant Reply

      Thank you! I hope my best will be good enough and I won’t freak out during the interview, ugh. You guys cheering us on is very sweet โ™ก

  7. Adriano Reply

    Nooooo don’t pass on the red desert!
    I wanna see Faust getting beaten while being all smug and evilish!

  8. Klorix Camp dweller Reply

    Ok, now Robin needs a place in the cast page ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The third panel is so cute!

    Thanks for the Madoka reference. This made me laugh.
    Don’t be so grumpy Robert. I’m sure you’re not a useless muggle, not useless anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Alex Reply

      Oh, that reference was about Madoka? I didn’t bother researching it, because it sounded kinda like Kyuubi, so I thought it was a Naruto reference, what with there being a foxy tsundere. But Google quickly told me who Kyubey is.

      • NotImportant Reply

        Yep, Madoka reference ๐Ÿ˜‰ Robert’s dream is to become a magical girl~!

        • JW Reply

          I can’t really blame him.
          If it comes without the responsibility of saving [the city/world/whatever], it seem like a good deal. You get both magic, and you get to be a cute girl.

          • JW

            Hmm, maybe I shouldn’t have made a direct reply to that post, inserting it right before Alex laughing at Robert.

            Ooh, I know, I’ll just insert a lame joke and make it look like he’s laughing at that..

            What’s brown and sticky: A stick!

      • Alex Reply

        It’s weird that sometimes the order gets messed up. I don’t get it either, because there are quite a bunch of conversations whose order looks perfectly fine to me.

        • JW Reply

          It’s because there is a maximum indentation level. So if that level is reached, replying to a comment or to a reply of that comment are shown on the same indentation level, but in different places.
          (And in case you’re wondering how you can directly reply to a comment when there’s no “reply” link, that’s just a matter of changing the number to the correct one in any other reply link.)

          • NotImportant

            Stop breaking the comment section! ๐Ÿ˜€

            I use an admin tool to reply so my comments tend to get inserted in between everything else. I make a lot of mess.

          • JW

            Aw, but breaking things* is fun ๐Ÿ™

            (* excluding one’s own limbs — unless you’re into that, I guess.)

          • antrik

            @NotImportant wait, does that mean you want to keep the power of confusing everyone all to yourself? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. JW Reply

    Man, dreaming about zombies is really creepy. I knew zombies were infectious, but I didn’t know dreaming about it was too.
    And I didn’t even get to see any actual zombies, just that feeling they’re all around you and you’ll get eaten or turn into one. The creepiest part was where I dreamt I was younger boy with an older sister, and knew she was turning into a zombie, and she was like “mmm, you’re starting to smell delicious” and then I saw her reflection in the mirror which already looked like a zombie.
    Then I woke up and it was one o’clock and I was like, shit now I’ve got to sleep another six hours and there’s zombies waiting for me. (Didn’t notice any for the rest of the night though, phew)

    • NotImportant Reply

      My zombie dream was way more fun because I had a spear (I wonder if that was because of the discussion from the last week about spears…?) and I knew they wouldn’t hurt me so… I just kept killing zombies until I eventually got bored of the dream ๐Ÿ˜‰

      But today I had a dream in which I jumped out of the train but left my laptop inside and that was so traumatizing that I woke up lol

    • antrik Reply

      I wonder, was it From Dusk Till Dawn that first mixed up Zombie and Vampire tropes, or was that a thing already before?…

  10. NotImportant Reply

    Since some of you wanted to know: I went through the first batch of the interviews, I’ve got one more on Thursday but that one won’t be technical so I’m not that worried. The ones from today went well, at least from my perspective. There’s always a chance they won’t want to work with me but I did my best and didn’t freak out or anything so I consider it a success haha~ But I did get on the wrong train when going back home lol. And did need to count on luck when looking for the office building because my phone suddenly decided that it doesn’t need navigation or the Internet (even though I have no idea where I should be going). Nevermind, I managed. Ah, the little adventures…

      • NotImportant Reply

        Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ Now it’s mostly a matter of figuring out how to drink tea and draw while keeping my fingers crossed~!

        • Klorix Camp dweller Reply

          Well then, as I’m late, I’ll just cross my fingers that everything went well from their perspective too.
          Tea is good, and anything that keeps your mind from going in crazy circles.

          I for one started an fps shooter this week…

          • NotImportant

            Not terribly late, I still have one interview in an hour!
            I’ll better get dressed instead of replying to comments….. =_=’

      • Klorix Camp dweller Reply

        Oh, I know that problem…

        “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!” *Cleans breakast table* *Reads some more comics*

  11. Alex Reply

    Sorry if I asked this already, but is there a reason you’re not posting your name, age and gender anywhere? I checked the about page, FB, Tumblr, your blog and Patreon.
    And don’t say they’re not important. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • NotImportant Reply

      I suppose I just like feeling anonymous. Why would anyone need those anyway..? But here you go, it’s not a secret: Magda, 27, female.

      • Alex Reply

        Thanks, Magda! ^^ I like using that name better than having to call you NotImportant. Other than that I don’t particularly “need” to know, I’m just curious. And don’t stay up too late, you’ll make adjusting your bio-rhythm harder once you have a job, unles you plan on working in night shifts.

        It’s interesting to see that currently two women rule the top of TWC with their interesting stories instead of some dudes who like to draw near-naked women. Yes, Patreon speaks a different language, but… meh. Let’s see what happens if Ada strips. No, don’t do that. ๐Ÿ˜€

        • NotImportant Reply

          I’m not staying too late, don’t worry ;D

          I like drawing nude women so who knows hahahahaha~ And I agree that TWC currently shows some hope for humanity but all that BL stuff that’s popular on Tapastic (written by both girls and dudes) makes me wonder if my comic would do better with Ada and Adam switching roles lol. And stories with nude women can be ok too, some people just need an excuse for anatomy practice! I think I would be much better at drawing after a year of all of the characters running around nude แƒš(โ•นโ—กโ•นแƒš)

          Glad you find Replay interesting, thanks for reading!

      • Alex Reply

        Okay I did totally not expect you to say you like drawing naked women. Got any examples? ๐Ÿ˜€

        Our favorite little Tsundere is not going to switch places with some hairy Seme!!! Sure he can try to go for Rob and cause some funny reactions, but if my mentioning of the whole “sex sells” thing were to end up up corrputing the Replay comic I’d be ashamed for the rest of my life. >_<
        Me, a person who doesn't like this trend which is happening literally everywhere, corrupts one of the few mediums who don't follow it, turning it into 50 shades of red. Nonononono!!! XD

        I don't know where to find the road to success however. Most people don't, hence the "sex sells" thing. It's simply a very tough market, because of competition. Maybe a Basic Income Grant could somewhat reverse the trend and help artists do what they like with no pressure.

        • NotImportant Reply

          Sure, on my old tumblr for example: http://nimportant.tumblr.com/ My mom actually asked me once if I’m gay haha but I just like drawing women!

          I agree that sex sells, but Replay is not going that way, no worries ๐Ÿ˜‰ I might do a more spicy side story one day but only if I feel like it.

  12. Alex Reply

    If I were in the current comic-situation where they ordered Ada to stay I wouldn’t start an argument with her, but instead do a Kotau, cry, beg for her to stay and whimper “I’ll do anything you want. I don’t wanna diiiiiieeee!”
    I don’t consider myself a weak person, but in a terminal situation like this one I would definitely break. And then I’d proceed to building showers or whatever else is required, so I could distract myself and not be the useless one in the group. I’d try magic, too, of course.

    • NotImportant Reply

      Hahaha Ada likes to have things in control~! It was the same in the previous chapter, she didn’t like how the commander ran things so she took the matter in her own tiny hands~

      * Now I’m going to think about Ada’s tiny hands. *

    • Alex Reply

      Yeah, and when SHE takes something into her tiny hands, she is actually able to “Trump” everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Alex Reply

    Apropos tumblr: Is your other tumblr account and your DeviantArt linked on replay.com somewhere, too, and I just didn’t find them yet, or do you refrain from doing that because your comic is PG-13?

      • NotImportant Reply

        Sadly! I haven’t had the time to paint more realistically lately. Too much going on in my life and comics eats a ton of time as well. But I sure hope I’ll be able to return to painting boobs once life gets a bit more stable แƒš(โ•นโ—กโ•นแƒš) (I’m half-joking with those boobs, my nude women drawings are mostly just anatomy practice haha)

      • Alex Reply

        Haha, that’s quite alright, keep spending time on the comic. You draw really beautifully, both in real and Anime style! ๐Ÿ™‚ I still have that one panel from https://replaycomic.com/comic/memories-about-rain-1/my on my room’s wall. Your old tumblr shows that you’ve been drawing dreamy pictures for quite some time now. So many pretty pictures. They totally deserve “a link to the past”. Makes it easier to find out your birthday, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • NotImportant Reply

          I don’t want to call it past just yet haha xD Glad you enjoy, I might add the links somewhere, we’ll see.
          And wow, makes me happy to know that you liked that panel so much! (ยฐโ—กยฐโ™ก)

        • NotImportant Reply

          It’s actually funny how people told me to stop drawing in anime style and go back to the realistic one when I’ve been starting this comic and now there’s a different opinion. It’s a bit liberating.

      • Alex Reply

        I guess that those were different people and you just partially switched communities. I didn’t know about you until you skyrocketed to TWC’s top 10. In my opinion, just do what you like best, because that mindset creates the best art.

        Btw: Maybe you can trade ads with NAV. You both have a strong female lead with special powers in a post-apocalyptic world.

        • NotImportant Reply

          Maybe I should reach out to her… I don’t have friends among comic-artists, I’m too new in the community xD But that’s a good idea, thanks!

        • antrik Reply

          Wait, NAV? Oh, hey, you are *that* Alex ๐Ÿ˜‰

          You just made me realise that *all three* of the stories I recently spend most time with (commenting regularly) are created by women…

          (And all have some sort of apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic scenario — though in different stages: in Replay, it’s just the beginning; in NAV, they are still struggling for survival; and in Data Chasers, society is partially rebuilt, though still very much feeling the effects…)

          I wonder whether this is mere coincidence?

          As for cross-promotion, I believe that guest art works by far the best — at least with those that put guest art right in the main archive… Though personally I’m rather ambivalent about this practice. (I think the best compromise is to put guest art is in the author comments below the story pages. I’ve seen a few web comics do that regularly; but it’s surprisingly rare…)

      • Alex Reply

        I’m glad I could help! ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t worry if she doesn’t respond quickly, she has a habit of being terribly busy, but whom am I telling this, you already know the life of a comic-artist.

  14. Klorix Camp dweller Reply

    Some hype for Laura, smiliest maybe magical girl!

  15. SotiCoto Reply

    What is a Laura? … Wait, I guess it doesn’t matter.

    Ginge needs to find her big, fancy book so she can get the…. well, I guess I’ve said it enough times already.

  16. antrik Reply

    “Who’s acting extra cute today”? Now that’s would be Robert, of course! ๐Ÿ™‚

    That’s who you meant, right?

  17. Speedy Reply

    Dunno about mana, Rob, but your hunger bar is gonna run out if you waste all your bread doing “Manna from Heaven” attacks on Ada.

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