Saturday, October 26, 2013

003 - Prologue 3


Panel 1: Tressa runs toward the split meteor shell as Cadi looks on surprised.

Panel 2: Tressa leaps on top of the meteor checking it out. Cadi is stuck watching her in awe.

Panel 3: Tressa whips out a camera from her holster as Cadi watches from a distance.

Panel 4: Tressa takes a photo of some strange triangular glyphs on the side of the meteor.

Panel 5,6,7: Tressa reaches into another holster, takes out a pad and pen, and scratches her head thinking.

Panel 8: Cadi watches the whole scene and thinks to herself: "AGEGG..."
Meanwhile Tressa is drawing or writing in her notepad.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Site design update and Int'l Comics Festival report


As Tomoko and I are both based in Japan, we tend to get a lot of access from Japan. One of our friends suggested that we add a character explanation in Japanese. I did so, as well as adding an explanation of the world of Hexenringe (both accessible from the Pages tabs at the top of the blog), but I also thought it would be great to be able to reach the rest of the world as well.


I added a "Translate" widget (upper right) and transcripts to the episodes published so far so that people from all over the world can enjoy Hexenringe.

BUT as we all know, machine translation isn't perfect...
SO, I would like to ask our international/multilingual fans' help in adding more correct translations for the episodes.

TO add a better transcript translation, just post it as a comment under the episode using the same format as the English one. (I hope to work on the Japanese translation myself when I get the chance.)

That's the idea. If you have any thoughts or opinions, just let us know in the comments or email me.


International Comics Festival Tokyo 2013

 As you may know, Tomoko and I took part in the Int'l Comic Festival Tokyo 2013 last weekend, and we got the chance to meet people from all over the world!

I was especially excited as I got to talk to Katsuhiro Otomo (creator of Akira & Domu (my fave) and the recent award-winning animation Short Peace), Juanjo Guarnido (artist of Blacksad), and was especially happy to speak to one of my favorite creators Arthur de Pins (illustrator, animator). I also got sketches from Msr. de Pins and awesome comic creator and character designer Sean Galloway!

As for the Hexenringe Preview Book, we sold a few dozen and gave free sketches away with each one! It's quite humbling to have to have your art sit right next to Tomoko's...
She's just way too amazing!

I have more details about the event on my art blog.

We'll definitely be back next year!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

002 - Prologue 2

English transcript:

Panel 1:
A crack forms in the meteor.

Panel 2:
A monster (The Blarg) erupts from the meteor and threatens to attack the crowd.
The Blarg: RRRRR
Cadi is running with the crowd, but is still lost in her thoughts.
Cadi: Being a background extra is great and all, but I just think I was meant for something... bigger.

Panel 3: People are running in panic. A splash of color grabs Cadi's attention. It should because her world is in black and white.

Panel 4: A whirling vortex of color appears with someone (also color) inside as a surprised Cadi watches.

Panel 5: The woman from the vortex (Tressa) runs past Cadi.
Cadi: (thinking to herself) Hello!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hexenringe news!

The creators, Tomoko and I (patokon) will be at the International Comics Festival 2013 (or Kaigai Manga Festa 2013, this Sunday Oct. 20th from 11am to 16pm at Tokyo Big Sight (

Come down and see us and get the Hexenringe Preview Book and get free sketches from both of us!

Here is the fantasteriffic cover by Tomoko. As you can see it is a takeoff of an old Ultraman poster with less "man" and more "ultra".

Less "man" more "ultra!

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

001 - Prologue 1

English transcript (for ease of translation to other languages)
If you wish to submit a translation, just add it as a comment  with the same format as below:

Panel 1:
Meteor hurtling toward Earth.

Panel 2:
A crowd looks up at the sky in fear.
A girl in the crowd (Cadi): (thinking) I'm so tired of being a background extra in monster comics..."

Panel 3:
The meteor strikes the ground causing a huge shockwave that sends the crowd flying through the air in all directions. Cadi is focused on her own thoughts.

Panel 4:
Close-up of Cadi.
Cadi: (thinking) "If only something interesting would happen..."

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hexenringe starts this Saturday!

Hello, net peeples!
We are gearing up for the launch of Hexenringe this Saturday, Oct. 12th!
We have a new banner up on the blog with a new banner (an ambigram, no less!) .

On the following Sunday, Oct. 20th at the International Comics Festival Tokyo @ Tokyo Big Sight( both Tomoko Hirabayashi (the fabulous artist) and myself (the writer) will showcase a Preview Book with character info, world info, sketches, and such stuff.

Tomoko is working on amazing cover/mini-poster that will be sure to bring in some new readers! (It hasn't started so everyone's new, actually)

If you are in the area, come pick one up and we'll be happy to sketch in it for you! Hope to see you there!