Crazy Sunshine http://www.crazysunshine.com Artwork & Comics by Jkun Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:20:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Long Lost Hypehttp://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/09/long-lost-hype/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/09/long-lost-hype/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:45:37 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?p=4990 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Remember two years ago, when the Wii U felt like an add-on to the Wii, and many gamers were confused by its existence? Moreover, remember when Bayonetta 2 was confirmed to be a Wii U exclusive? A lot of fans, including myself, got really pissy. A lot of us just wanted to play the sequel to a game that touched our hearts using the console it was released on. Reflecting back, it sure was an immature thing to rant about, given Platinum Games’ position. As always, before anyone could cool off and apologise, the joke that is gaming journalism swooped in and ratted out those who engaged in such comments, naming and shaming them all for Nintendo fans and “true” gamers to throw rocks at.

“Fucking Nintendo Fucking Wii U fucking everything up fuck. I want Bayonetta 2 on a real console!”

It’s actually quite hilarious how mad I was back then, and just goes to show what changes over the years. Personally, Nintendo’s Treehouse event at E3 2014 was a turning point in my life, that made me appreciate how great – and fun – their games can be. Their hardware on the other hand… Let’s just say I would be more invested in buying new products if they didn’t constantly update ‘em with better versions all the time.

Recently, I’ve been getting back into my Wii and DS by buying second hand Japanese games in order to improve my Japanese. maybe I’ll also grab a 3DS should the new Super Smash Bros be as good as everyone is anticipating!

Lastly, it goes without saying that now I have had time to appreciate the Wii U, I am stoked for Bayonetta 2. It’s looking a lot better than I expected it to be two years ago!

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New Project! Children of Adamhttp://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/09/new-project-children-of-adam/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/09/new-project-children-of-adam/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:18:54 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?p=4977 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
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Recently, the new Neon Genesis Evangelion remake movies appeared on Japanese TV, and I managed to catch a few. They made me want to go back and watch the original TV anime, one of the first anime I grew up with as a kid that really influenced my art style!

Despite the series being incredibly complex, convoluted and downright impossible to follow without a trip to Wikipedia, re-watching the series also rekindled the love I had for the robotic character designs, especially those deadly Angels. Before I knew it, I had to draw not some”thing”, but some”things”!

CHILDREN OF ADAM is going to be an illustrative collection of all 15 Angels from the original NGE TV Series in full colour, and will be featured in Crazy Sunshine’s gallery when finished!

If you want to see the project develop with loads of work-in-progress sketches, livestreams, or even live Skype sessions with me, why not donate to Patreon? A donation as little as $1 will get you access to the Patron-only Activity steam, donating more will get you, well, more goodies!

Let’s revisit Tokyo-3 once again, and explore every bone, mask, and AT Field of these notorious bad guys together! I hope you enjoy watching these works come together as much as I will enjoy creating them!

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A Whole New Worldhttp://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/08/a-whole-new-world/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/08/a-whole-new-world/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:31:29 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?p=4959 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

Final Fantasy XIV celebrated its one year anniversary last week! I’ve been playing the game since beta and loved every second of it. I even made a little blog to document my travels! Now that I think about it, I’ve been playing Massive Multiplayer Online games for a long time. Almost ten years now!

My first memory of adventuring with random strangers online was probably in Ragnarok Online. Man, life was so simple back then! Because Ragnarok was my first MMO, I played very casually. Yet somehow, I managed to get hooked on the grind. I would stay up for hours hunting down a single type of monster hoping they would drop a single type of card in order to make my Assassin’s gear stronger. It was almost an addiction, saying “the next one will be my last” or “the next will will drop for sure” over and over again. Little did I know, ten years later I still have the same mindset, only I’ve started to treat MMOs like games. Y’know, considering they are!

I learned this the hard way, as my addition continued all throughout university with Final Fantasy XI. I clocked over 600 days – almost 2 whole years of play time – over the course of eight years, which is not something I am proud of. Don’t worry, I managed to successfully graduate university with flying colours and land a job in Japan, so it didn’t eat away at my brain too much, but it did destroy my ability to socialise offline and didn’t exactly help with keeping my body healthy as I would binge until 4am for weeks on end.

I left FFXI last year to focus on Crazy Sunshine full time. I’m just surprised it took me 8 years to realize how much of my time could be spent not chasing down equipment for Puppetmaster and being creatively productive instead. Enter Final Fantasy XIV. You’re probably thinking; “Heh, this Jkun dude just never learns, does he?” Well luckily, I am a lot smarter than I was ten years ago. Unfortunately, a lot older too.

FFXIV was originally released in 2010 and after flopping miserably, was taken offline before being re-released in 2013 under the title “A Realm Reborn”. With a new development team and incredibly talented producer, the game was revamped and repacked as an MMO for every type of player – from casual to hardcore. I am somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. As a veteran from the hard-as-nails XI days, XIV seems a little too easy to me, but at the same time, with my job and other commitments, I can’t play as much as the hardcore crowd. Which in a sense, might be for the best!

Man, videogames are great, aren’t they? Thanks for reading!

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XXX of Wonderhttp://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/08/xxx-of-wonder/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/08/xxx-of-wonder/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:50:16 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?p=4946 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Hello!

I want to start using my blog to ramble again instead of just talking about site news, so here we go!

There’s a new Japanese group that formed recently called XXX of Wonder (オブ・ワンダー) and I’ve taken a huge liking to them. They are a Japanese pop/techno group consisting of five members, each from different backgrounds across many fields of creative art;

  • Nanba Shino, a singer who has released multiple mini albums and worked on projects with other famous artists like Hyadain.
  • Dr. Usui, a musician who worked on many CM arrangements and mostly know for his work on the Pretty Cure anime.
  • Fureneshi (Frenesi), a mysterious member who hides her face behind popular decorative her art and composed over 50 songs in just two years at age 20.
  • Kishida Meru (mellco), an exceptionally talented illustrator who has worked on games such as the Atelier series and So Ra No Wo To‘s character planning.
  • Julie Watai, a digital photographer, musician, model and more with a love for electronics, videogames, robots, and anything cute.

Recently, these five collaborated together to make XXX of Wonder’s first debut mini album WONDER of WONDER and uploaded their lead track Lucid Dream Madonna (明晰夢マドンナ) to YouTube, which I’ve embedded up there at the top of this blog entry. Give it a watch!

I plan on buying the mini album in order to support this amazing new collaboration of talent, and hope that others will also enjoy whatever they produce from now on!

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Devblog Update #20 – Crazy Sunshine Homepage Updated!http://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/08/devblog-update-20-crazy-sunshine-homepage-updated/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/08/devblog-update-20-crazy-sunshine-homepage-updated/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:47:00 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?p=4820 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> The Crazy Sunshine Homepage has been updated, but is still a work in progress!

Additionally, the Forum, Wiki and Tumblr have also been updated with the new style. Check them out!

I will be fine-tuning the site and creating brand new splash, about and blog pages in the future, but for now the basic construction is done!

Stay tuned!

★ Still to-do list:

  • New Wallpaper
  • New Banner
  • New Splash page
  • Update Links
  • Update navigation button colour scheme
  • Update About page
  • Update About page (JP)
  • Font/container colours
  • Expand Gallery with recent work
  • Create new ads
  • Create new Livestream channel banners & video
  • Create new Youtube banner
  • Update Patreon

☆ Notable additions & fixes:

  • Menu shuffled and some itemswere renamed for consistency:
    • Gallery → Artwork
    • Archive → Comics
  • Condensed the content wrapper and menu bar from 1024 pixels to 800 pixels wide.
  • Moved the comic above the content wrapper/sidebar and centred it.
  • Removed all ads. Considering re-adding some Google ads for slight revenue.
  • Optimized the background for 1366×768 resolution displays (the most common resolution as of 2014).
  • Optimized Project Wonderful ads.
  • Unlocked the Extras page, no more need for a password to view.
  • Added shadows under copyright info, making it easier to read against a complex background.
  • Finally enlarged the blog’s paginav “Prev” and “Next” links, also added shadows underneath them.
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Fade to Blackhttp://www.crazysunshine.com/comic/fade-to-black/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/comic/fade-to-black/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:00:32 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?post_type=comic&p=4791 2014-07-30-fade-to-black

Introducing Liquorice! A mutated maniac with one simple goal; to control the entire Surface! Now that Lacie and the gang’s memories are sealed due to this lanky, green-haired bastard’s magic, there’s no way we’ll get to know what happened during O.R.I.G.I.N.S! Thus, […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
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Introducing Liquorice! A mutated maniac with one simple goal; to control the entire Surface!

Now that Lacie and the gang’s memories are sealed due to this lanky, green-haired bastard’s magic, there’s no way we’ll get to know what happened during O.R.I.G.I.N.S! Thus, Crazy Sunshine has no other option but to go on hiatus!

Please read this blog entry for more details!

Since August 2011, Crazy Sunshine has thrown out over 180 comics, received over 12,000 comments, was enjoyed by over 400,000 returning readers and has been stumbled upon over 14 million times.

Thank you to everyone who stuck around, and thank you for a fantastic three years! Don’t forget, while the comic is going on hiatus, I am not! Please remember to follow my Tumblr and Twitter for future illustration updates, doodles, blog entries and more!

Jkun

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I’ve Ran Out of Comic Titleshttp://www.crazysunshine.com/comic/ive-ran-out-of-comic-titles/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/comic/ive-ran-out-of-comic-titles/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:23 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?post_type=comic&p=4784 2014-07-23-ive-ran-out-of-comic-titles

A freaky new character makes a rather unexpected appearance in this week’s Crazy Sunshine. Who is he? Where did he come from? What’s with Massive Metropolis getting destroyed again? ..and why on earth am I just about to leave on […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
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A freaky new character makes a rather unexpected appearance in this week’s Crazy Sunshine.

Who is he?

Where did he come from?

What’s with Massive Metropolis getting destroyed again?

..and why on earth am I just about to leave on hiatus next week with yet another cliffhanger?!

Stay tuned, only one more page to go!

You can Like the Facebook Page, Google+ Page, or follow me on Twitter! Also, if you really can’t wait for next week’s page, why not watch it being created live via the Livestream channel? Thanks for all your support!

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Drawing A Blankhttp://www.crazysunshine.com/comic/drawing-a-blank/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/comic/drawing-a-blank/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:00:28 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?post_type=comic&p=4765 2014-07-16-drawing-a-blank

What’s this? A non-ORIGINS comic? That’s right! Look, we’re back in the present! Looks like Candy doesn’t believe Lacie’s “story” regarding the poor Doctor, and Peppermint was in hibernation mode! Stick around for two more extra pages before Crazy Sunshine goes […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
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What’s this? A non-ORIGINS comic? That’s right! Look, we’re back in the present! Looks like Candy doesn’t believe Lacie’s “story” regarding the poor Doctor, and Peppermint was in hibernation mode!

Stick around for two more extra pages before Crazy Sunshine goes on hiatus. As the best readers ever, I feel you deserve them!

If you want to keep up to date with future comics, you can Like the Facebook Page, Google+ Page, or follow me on Twitter! Also, if you really can’t wait for next week’s page, why not watch it being created live via the Livestream channel? Thanks for all your support!

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Devblog Update #19 – Hiatushttp://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/07/devblog-update-19-hiatus/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/2014/07/devblog-update-19-hiatus/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:00:23 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?p=4771 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Hello!

Continuing on from this blog entry after a few more weeks of thought, I have decided to put Crazy Sunshine on indefinite hiatus while I grab real life by the balls and kick it around some.

I am not going to write a wall of text justifying why, but it all comes down to the fact that over the next year I have to study my butt off, find a new job, a new house, and settle down with my girl. I also believe my artwork is plateauing with diminishing returns rather than slowly improving by focusing on nothing but comics, so I would like to take some time off to expand my abilities and work on my artistic foundations a lot more.

Sadly, I cannot do all of this while updating the comic, so I will be cutting it out of my life until I have the time, money and skill to start it up again. I’m going to write up a small Q&A section below, so please give it a read;

What is going to happen to the website and the comic?

The Germination chapter of ORIGINS has come to a close, but the Crazy Sunshine website and all of its comics and features will stay intact. There’s even going to be an extra three weeks of updates from next week onwards, because I believe you guys (the awesome readers) deserve it for sticking around this long. Look forward to them!

After those three pages are updated, I will slowly be changing the site’s layout, and making the comics a feature, not the giving them the spotlight. There will be a splash page with links to the gallery, blog and comics, and the site will focus more on my portfolio and blog rather than comics.

The Crazy Sunshine Wiki will be fully updated up to the end of GERMINATION, and other social media sites like Facebook and Tumblr will change to focus more on my artwork, so please keep them favourited!

What is going to happen to you?

I will still be in Japan, mainly studying and spending time with my friends before I look for a new job and apartment. Without being nagged to draw comics every day, I will be focusing on drawing outside of the box; illustrations, fan art, and ideas I have had tucked away over the last three years at my own pace. You will be able to see mostly all of my new artwork on DeviantArt, Tumblr, Twitter, and some of the better illustrations on this site’s gallery, so don’t go anywhere!

What about the Patreon campaign?

The Patreon page was initially created for fans to support the comic through donations. According to Google Analytics, if every reader chipped in $1 a month, then I would be able to support myself and keep making comics! Sadly, not even 1% of readers donated, and none of the milestones were reached, which means I have to look for an actual job, resulting in this hiatus. For those readers who did donate, I cannot thank you enough! However, I will be editing the Patreon page to reflect artwork in general. If you want to donate, you will get to see more than just the final pieces, and also get to chat and hang out with me! More information on this will be updated on the Patreon page in time. Thanks to everyone who supported Crazy Sunshine so far, and as I said above, there will still be weekly content released until the end of July to compensate for this month’s payment. Please look forward to it!

When is the comic coming back?

As I mentioned before, I do not know! Whenever I have the time, money and artistic skills that I am comfortable and confident with.

When is that?

I seriously have no idea!

How can I get in touch with you?

I will try to update fairly frequently right here on the site with new art and blog entries about my daily life. But there’s also Twitter, Facebook, DeviantArt and specifically Tumblr, so please follow me to keep in the loop, and don’t go anywhere!

Lastly, a huge thank you to everyone who read and supported Crazy Sunshine from the start until this break! It’s been a very long and exhausting three years. Wish me luck, and hopefully see you around!

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GERMINATION: No Tomorrowhttp://www.crazysunshine.com/comic/germination-no-tomorrow/ http://www.crazysunshine.com/comic/germination-no-tomorrow/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:00:04 +0000 http://www.crazysunshine.com/?post_type=comic&p=4761 2014-07-09-no-tomorrow

Welcome to the last page of Germination, now with a few familiar faces! What is in store for Peppermint, Candy, Shelbie, and Lacie’s toosh? Well, you won’t be finding out any time soon I’m afraid. Crazy Sunshine will unfortunately be going […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
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Welcome to the last page of Germination, now with a few familiar faces!

What is in store for Peppermint, Candy, Shelbie, and Lacie’s toosh? Well, you won’t be finding out any time soon I’m afraid.

Crazy Sunshine will unfortunately be going on indefinite hiatus in a few weeks. Please check out the blog entry that accompanies this comic below for more details.

Stay tuned for a few more extra Crazy Sunshine strips over the next three weeks. I can’t stop it here without giving you guys one last look into the present!

As always, if you want to keep up to date with future comics, you can Like the Facebook Page, Google+ Page, or follow me on Twitter! Also, if you really can’t wait for next week’s page, why not watch it being created live via the Livestream channel? Thanks for all your support!

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