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Yasashii Roba Call for Artists

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Boys! Flowers! Hearts! Love! Boys! Nice hair! Magic! Boys! Magic Boys!

Back in high school a friend and I had a dream of creating an epic shoujo manga to end all shoujo manga. It would be both parody and subversion of the often ridiculous tropes of manga for girls. It would pay cynical homage to such classics as Sailor Moon, Tokyo Mew Mew, Fushigi Yuugi, The Rose of Versailles and even non-shoujo stereotypes like Rurouni Kenshin and Dragonball Z. There would be an 11-year old cat girl with the body proportions of a grown woman, a mysterious and handsome masked character who would periodically save the two schoolgirl protagonists from mortal peril, and every single prominent character would end up in a schoolgirl uniform at least once throughout the series.

Yasashii Roba Concept Sketches (2011)
Yasashii Roba Concept Sketches (2011)

11 years in and out of hiatus later, I think I’ve come to terms now with the fact that I’m probably not the person to illustrate this project, as much as I’d love to. I get distracted by other projects, I lose confidence in my ability to draw beyond living things and stop, I prioritise life over art (disgusting, right?). Basically, as far as this project goes, I am the writer, the character designer, the storyboarder… everything but the illustrator.

Gautier Sketch (2011)
Gautier Sketch (2011)

All that is really required to make this project a success is your passion. The script is fun! Here is the premise:

Two schoolgirls are sucked into a magical book which transports them to a fantasy world that needs their help… or does it?

Kaiyoko vs Blackdark (2013)
Kaiyoko vs Blackdark (2013)

Here is a small sample of the notes written up at the onset of its conception:

  • Protagonist is labelled as some kind of ‘Chosen One’ but never actually achieves anything or saves anyone from anything
  • Any romance is purely based on appearance
  • ‘The End’ appears quite often, but the story keeps going
  • High pitched, badly sung, annoyingly catchy, irreverent theme song
  • Everyone’s hair is always perfect
  • Bad guy stalking good guys, looking very obvious
  • Recurring interruptions when bishounen companion starts talking about his “dark past”
  • Bad puns throughout
  • Protagonist questions the possibility that she may be evil and the cause of all their problems. Doesn’t get any attention or sympathy
  • Someone has stink lines
  • Big, long, drawn-out transformation scene. In the end just get fed up and go into the changeroom. First time only.
Angel Pussy Sketch (2011)
Angel Pussy Sketch (2011)

Here is an excerpt of the script with accompanying (badly-scanned) storyboards for most of the pages:

And finally, here’s a video of my notebooks from the last 11 years about this project (there are many more pages of notes on my computer that aren’t included in the video, including detailed character profiles, plot synopses and ideas):

If you’re interested in learning more about this project, please please please let me know your rates or demands and what-have-you! I love working with fun people and I’ll probably love working with you too!

Kav Swordthumb loves chocolate a bit.

Artwork 2000-2004

Artwork 2000-2004 published on

Here’s a collection of my artwork from my high school years. Most of it’s pretty lame and much of it gets progressively moodier, but I like keeping it around for nostalgia purposes!

Emvok Characters

Emvok Characters published on

Main Characters:

 

KibaKiba is a four-tailed fox, and originally was created to be the estranged older sister of Miles ‘Tails’ Prower of Sega fame. This is all forgotten here, as being a stick figure head it’s a little hard to show one’s multitude of tails. She is a little crazed with the author powers bestowed upon her by Kav P, much to the chagrin of those around her.

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ElrachnidElrachnid is a spider and an egocentric one at that. He loves nothing better than to expose every fallacy in Emvok. That and taunting everyone else. It would be grand to say something nice about Nids, but go on. Sure you have a try.

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OxalicOxalic (© Owen O’D) is a wolfish (don’t ask him how that works out. his parents wouldn’t tell him), and as such he has A.D.D. of which he is very proud. He would be regarded as the bimbo of the Emvok troupe were if not for Kimbo deBimbo. He is reluctantly cuddly.

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BrennBrenn is a lovable sushi-crazed human with hair like the Himalayas. He likes long walks on the beach, cuddles by moonlight and none of the afore-mentioned in this sentence. A late-comer to Emvok, he wishes he’d been here earlier as it would have given him the chance to eat more sushi.

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Ngang

This lynx (© Elise McM) displayed an uncanny ability to mimic Kiba’s author superpowers early on in her creation, and has plans to use these to her advantage in order to take over Emvok, along with her superhero alias, Ngangman. She is not a cat girl.

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VRDroneVRDrone the fox
VRDrone the fox (© Mathew T) was one of the original main Emvok characters but wasn’t fond of the idea of being a stick-figure character and hence fled the scene not long after issue #100. He was always almost unrecognisable from Kiba.

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MKB/FusionMKB/Fusion the vampire
MKB (© Mike B) is a grumpy vampire and another original main character of similar ambition. He changed his name to Fusion somewhere near the end of his reign. In the end he joined a leper colony and sucked all the lepers’ blood.

Cameo Characters:

KimboKimbo deBimbo the raccoon
Her name betrays her person. Kimbo deBimbo is the reigning Emvok bimbo although she occasionally has some stiff competition with little Oxalic. It is anybody’s guess how she met Kiba, and how Kiba tolerated her for any length of time.

DeanneDeanne the pencil
Deanne the pencil has a fine temper and looks after it well. He is a male pencil, which is why his name is Deanne. There are a few grouchy character in Emvok, but he is probably the grouchiest. Has a tendancy to say ‘no’.

MeaganMeagan the chook
There is not too much to say about Meagan the chook but that she is a chook and this fact alone makes her funny. This factor also applies to her brother Gavin the chook (particularly because by all accounts he should be a rooster).

GoogalogGoogalog the grouse
When the artiste’s sister demanded to be made into an Emvok character, the result was Googalog the grouse. Googalog enjoys introducing himself and has recently developed a nasty habit of meeting miss fortune every time he appears (A little pun there. Did you spot it?).

About Kav P.

About Kav P. published on

Kav PHowdy! My name is Kav P, and I’m an artist originally from Melbourne, Australia. I tend to live in and travel to a lot of different places, though.

I like bunnies, satire, bad movies, karaoke and hats. I’m not a fan of poopy people.

I used to draw a lot in high school, particularly cartoons and comics, and I’m trying to get back into that now. I also do some film work and have an interest in stop-motion animation and music production.

This is a site where I post all my projects, past and present. It’s still under construction to some degree, so please bear with me while I upload content and work on the layout!

Want to ask me a question? Check out my Ask.fm account!

 

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