Yamabuchi Days

    Slice of Shinko Tsuruta’s everyday life ever since he moved into an old mountain town Yamabuchi known for its many chilling tales, sightings, and experiences regarding the paranormal in the area.

    I made a dark comedy | horror | slice of life webcomic about a teenager dealing with paranormal shenanigans after moving into a Japanese town called Yamabuchi! It’s a practice/source of motivation for myself to draw something more consistent :]

    Feel free to give it a read HERE! on Tapas! Updates are whenever!

    Reblogs/Subscriptions are appreciated!

    Vocab: Off to a new start

    to be excited - être enthousiaste

    to look forward to something - avoir hâte de faire quelque chose

    great anticipation - une joyeuse attente

    to be afraid - avoir peur

    to be nervous - être nerveux/ nerveuse

    to be homesick - avoir le mal du pays

    willingness to travel - l’envie de voyage

    to travel - voyager

    to meet new people - rencontrer de nouvelles personnes

    a success - un succès

    a failure - un échec

    to try again - essayer encore une fois

    to give up - renoncer/ abandonner quelque chose

    to get lost - se perdre

    to explore - explorer qc

    to change - se changer

    a new place - un nouveau lieu

    a new perspective - une nouvelle perspective

    an adventure - une aventure

    [Let me know if there are any mistakes or anything to add!]

    4 exercises to improve speaking skills in your target language:

    • Tell a story. It’s a great exercise to improve not only your speaking, but also your grammar and vocabulary. Think about what happened to you or anyone else, that you would talk about to your friends or family. Then tell a story out loud using only your target language. Telling stories is a huge part of our everyday talks, so it’s really important to practice that.
    • Talk about a book, a movie or whatever you want. Imagine you’re convincing someone to check out (or not to check out) a book you have already read. Review every movie or TV series you want, and don’t worry about spoiling anything or offending someone. If it’s a piece of shit, learn how to say that when talking to Queen Elizabeth II, and how to say that when chatting with someone you’d meet at the bar.
    • Discuss an important topic that is interesting to you. You can choose from anything: society issues, politics, economics, science, environment, culture… First try to explain it and then tell your own opinion on the subject. It’s different than the second exercise since it develops the specific vocabulary.
    • Read an article and summarise it. Find an article in your target language that interests you and talk about it. You can do it like you would when asked about it in school, or you can do it in more of a “sharing knowledge with my friends” manner.

    Et c’est tout! You can call it “act like a youtuber” exercises. If you want, record yourself while speaking. Remember that work is the key to success.


    I’ve been wanting to make this educational “cheat sheet” for a while, so I finally got around to it!  I hope it helps explain reposting!

    Reposting = uploading somebody else’s artwork onto different websites.

    Please reblog AND repost this chart anywhere and everywhere!


    I’m in a Facebook fan group for a local comic convention that I attend every year. People talk about the convention and cosplay plans, but also just share cool stuff from various fandoms and comics. Today in this group, I saw that someone had reposted a piece @junchiu made after Stan Lee passed away. I instantly recognized the piece and was excited to see it, but realized right away that this was a repost. There was no link to any of the artist’s pages, the artist’s name was never mentioned, and she obviously had not gotten permission to share it.

    I commented a link to the artist’s tumblr and Facebook to the post so that others could find the primary source. I also commented, verbatim, “Please don’t repost art without acknowledging the artist or linking their pages. It makes it more difficult for them to find jobs and get the compensation they deserve!”

    And within minutes, there were dozens of comments, including from the reposter, all annoyed with me.

    “Get off your high horse.”

    “LOL haters showed up today.”

    “Whatever, people repost on the internet all the time. Get over it.”

    “The poster never CLAIMED she was the artist.”

    And my personal favorite, from the reposter, “I was just trying to honor and commemorate Stan Lee’s life, and it’s so rude and disrespectful that you would ruin this post with your negativity.”

    I don’t know how artists deal with this. It’s absolutely awful. I left the group. But all of their comments truly highlight what an enormous problem reposting is for the online art and comics community. “People repost all the time. GET OVER IT.” Just because it’s prevalent doesn’t mean it’s acceptable! And the reposter had me floored. It’s great that she wanted to honor Stan Lee. The artist obviously did a great job with the piece and also wanted to remember Stan Lee! It would’ve taken two minutes to search the artist and give appropriate credit. And in the process, others may have started following the artist, the artist may have gotten more recognition, some may have chosen to buy prints or commission the artist, etc.

    It just sucks. And the irony of it all was that they were trying to honor and remember Stan Lee, one of the most significant comic creators of all time, and in the process, they saw no issue in failing to acknowledge and support new artists and creators.


    Tips to finishing creative writings

  • Have one main piece and several smaller ones
    The story you are most eager to write and has some form of a developed plot should be your main story, but don’t limit yourself to only that piece. That’s when you abandon it. Instead, tell yourself, “I have a good idea for another story. Let me write 500-1000 words of it.” This allows you to put what’s in your mind on paper. You can also get a feel for it and see if it is really something you think you could write an entire story for. When you finish your main story, come back to it and make that your new main if you still want to write it.
  • Use your desire to write another story to finish the one you’re working on
    Continuing with the point from above, if you are still extremely excited about your small work, use that enthusiasm to fuel your current story. Tell yourself, “I need to finish X story before I can write Y story.” You will write so much more and so much faster than you ever planned. You can also be proud that you finished something you originally planned to abandon.
  • Love your characters
    This may seem obvious, but writing is hard if you don’t even know or like your characters. Draw your characters together. Give them funky clothes or send them abroad. Even make an AU of your story in your head. If you can’t draw, find an avatar creator and give your characters a tangible image. The more you love your characters and give them personalities, the more eager you will be to write about those characters.
  • Take a break
    Be kind to yourself. You’re only human. If life is stressful and writing is more of a chore than it is fun, take a break. When you have more free time and are excited to write again, sit down, grab a pen, and find yourself happily immersed in a world you haven’t visited in a while.

    Good luck with your stories and be kind to yourself <3
  • Artist: Astri Lohne

    Title: Armour Study

    “The past dozen or so paintings I’ve worked on have been incredibly challenging and difficult to finish - my observation and painting skills feel like they’re rusted and stuck, if that makes any sense at all.

    Whenever I feel like this I know it’s time to get my shit together and start doing regular studies again, no matter how busy I am. After all, the ability to observe is like a muscle, and needs to be trained often to keep itself strong.

    With this one I wanted to get a refresh on basically everything I paint often, with a focus on armour rendering.

    I’ve included some breakdowns of the things I remembered/discovered in the process of studying this, mostly to hammer it into my own brain, but hopefully it can help out some of you too c:

    Reference courtesy of Douglas Herring https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ab/1e/98/ab1e98eda318a34c549052dafd57a6ec.jpg”