Cute as a Button | Comic Review of @AdrianandBlaze Vol 1 (Part 1) + Sketch a Day


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Twitter: @AdrianandBlaze
Official Wiki: Adrian_and_Blaze_Wiki
Tumblr: AD&BL Tumblr

You can buy A&B VOL. 1 at Lulu.com.

SUMMARY:

Adrian the pug and Blaze the German shepherd are two adorable pups living in the same neighborhood. They live separate lives and come from different backgrounds, but they’re the best of friends. When impressionable housedog Adrian joins a mischievous stray for a run around the city, he and his companion are captured by the pound. What follows is a day full of perilous adventure, an epic rescue, and a simple escape plan. Both heroes make plenty of friends, but their bond is unmatched by anyone. However, with Blaze leaving to complete police dog training soon, will it last?

Last week, I was wondering how to review my books and comics better. Should I score the impact of the illustration? Comedy? Conjunction and transition? Print? Plot/Story? Because I have the intention of doing this more, especially for personal works for those who inspire to get noticed or improve, especially if it assist in a professional path. Novels, fanfiction, online comics, scripts, etc. And, I just need to read more in general. It is quite valuable. My time is still limited, so I keep using the term “Quick Impressions” and I wondered whether to just drop it. That may be 80 or 90% of the time, and I end up cranking out a few paragraphs to explain something.

Adrian & Blaze is the third comic that I’m reviewing on this WordPress site. I made remarks on a fanfic and a net novel; the other two comics are Zelda and Initial D.

Author and Illustrator Peyton Mitchell, according to her, was just in 9th grade and inspired by Balto when she made this comic. We came across each other by way of social media as we both have a love for the same series: Ginga Nagareboshi Gin (銀牙 -流れ星 銀; Silver Fang: Flowing star, Gin) and its series by Takahashi Yoshihiro. Also called the “Ginga Densetsu” (銀牙伝説; silver fang legend) series. That includes Armor Fighter Gaimu; in his work,s Takahashi has a practice for making a dog the main character. You rarely see a product where the dog is the main character or very heroic these days.

I’ve been in contact with Peyton for a while, and I’m easily impressed by someone who puts determination in a neat concept. Also, we’re both fans of the Kamen Rider series, so we ended up talking to each other back and forth.

On to A&B, and Part 1 covers the first half of the first volume, meaning three chapters. The book is a hardcover and it looks short with six chapters.

Despite the fact that the illustrations has a lot of room for improvement, suitable for a child’s book and with typical mistakes in proportions, this comic is quite adorable and there is attention to detail. When I mean detail, there is for example, a rather good insight on a bad dog shelter. Also, the characters are very expressive to a humorous point, such as watching Adrian getting annoyed or shocked, such as steam coming out of his head.

April, why would you call him a lousy watchdog? ^.^; He’s a pup. April kind of looks like Peyton or maybe it’s the hair?

A&B is overall cute and I actually enjoyed it. Pey said that the story isn’t too realistic, but I don’t see much problem with it. It’s not Alfred Hitchhock and there is a story of a pup being easily influenced, a young German Shepard training in the K-9 program, and a lousy trip to the pound.

The personalities of the animals really reflect Ginga Nagare. Adrian is curious and naive, and there’s a “ward-like dog” who’s something like a prison guard or drill sergeant, and there’s Blaze’s police dog superior Maxwell. You can also tell that the author has knowledge of various dogs, and its a strong point.

I considered reading the comic to niece since she’s getting into that growing psychological point, and needs to find fun in reading.

Also, Pey recently graduated. Congratulations buddy. Class of 2017!

Thanks for the book. Keep it up.

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BTW, today’s Sketch-a-day. I guess I’m not that good with dogs yet. Then again, I rushed through it for this article. Also, first time on Kamen Rider.

Illness? Sketch a Day + DF Dendoh Lyrics and Game #GEAR戦士電童


A small follow up from yesterday’s article Quick Impressions of GEAR FIGHTER DENDOH!

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I am a bit ill so here’s a Sketch today and some lyrics that I’ve been wondering about when I started the Dendoh series. So episode 1’s intro song, and occasional scene music, is called “Heaven’s Premonition” (天空の予感; tenkuu no yokan). I thought it was a good insert for the scene where the Data Weapons scatter across the earth, and seeing a mysterious little girl stumbling across a beach.

天空の予感

If I were the sun,
I’d be gone.
If I were the moon,
had be gone.

If I were the sky,
I’d be gone.
and If I were the star,
had be gone.

If I talk with you,
I could Dream, may be free.

So you know,
I were alone so long

If I were the sun, I’d be gone.
If I were the moon, had be gone.

By the way, here’s footage of the PS1 game:

Doggie Sketch a Day – Few days ago


Reflecting on the Overture (Tenkai hen Saint seiya movie) ending; there’s plenty of nudity within Greek art, so is beauty and bare skin not strange in the Seiya series?

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So I scratched this down in hope that I can make something good in later days. It wasn’t 3-5 mins obviously.

Doggie Sketch a Day – Weird and Veggie (?)


Back in the sketchbook again for these past couple days, using a mechanical pencil. My plan was to practice on nature. Results are disappointing because I want the final to be on a big board. Turns out I just get further reminders that I am amateur. And that I can’t get better without drawing more, rather than through study.

 

The guy on the far left? No idea. I suppose a superhero. The third was supposed to be a bizarre cliff side or alien rock, but I guess I had fun with the shading. This was also a good test to “see shapes” and shade in their direction.

This is a tree in my yard that I want to use as a reference.

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About Sketch a Day. Do it too!


One day I will talk about why opinion is important.

What is SKETCH A DAY? Aside from being 2-5 minutes of lines on a paper?

These sketch a days are valuable evidence showing that you can improve in an area. Not only that, it also shows that you can unlock a different way of thinking. In other words, you will have a new insight from a look back on something, and change your actions. Your past can influence your future.

So, whatever I scratch up, some square or ugly hand, it’ll change. Isn’t there some improvement?

This is what happens when I get bored with my notebook.