Planning for stories and stuff.
This is a world I made mostly for my own use, but I made it a public world anyways. I'll be posting things about story outlines, my characters, my comics (including fan comics), WIPs, ect... It's pretty much a world where I can store information and/or plan things. xD
Below are short descriptions of my stories to help you know what's going on. xD It also shows which characters are in which story, along with their extended profile if I have one made. Some stories aren't mentioned because I don't work on/think about them often. Therefore, not all of my characters are mentioned.
The link leads to the fan comic in my portfolio. If there isn't a link, there isn't a comic yet.
*Rock Band: Something Impossible: The story of a Rock Band and their adventures in music business.
Major Characters: Michka, Zack, Loyal, Dare, Rick
Important/Frequently Mentioned Supporting Characters: Damian, Tim, Dare's Aunt aka Auntie
*Of Fruits and Vegetables: 4-panel comics of the life of a 21-year-old model and his friends/workmates.
Major Characters: Tomato, Stefan, Tomato's Boyfriend aka "TB", Gabe, Janet aka Jo, Kasey, Dean
Important Supporting Characters: Danny, Leah, Mick
*Dreams: The story of a rich and pampered English boy who gets transported to the mysterious town of Dreams, and his adventures there.
Major Characters: Alcott, Luli, Ms. Marigold
Important Supporting Characters: Shinitsu, Annabelle, and others that are to be decided.
**Annabelle's and Ms. Marigold's profiles are in the same post.**
Story Dialogues: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1
*My Dear Princess: The story of an orphan child, a princess, and friends who's home country's peace is threataned by the evil prince of a country that was thought to be nonexistant. (CONFUSING. xD)
Major Characters: Isaac, Charlotte, Rinchu, Segran, Lucia, Nicholay, Faida, Hrafn, Falorin, Gaelnis
Important Supporting Characters: To be decided.
*Foreigner: An alien boy sent to Earth to destroy the human race finds himself in Los Angeles California, befriends a human girl, and gets involved in crazy advetures.
Major Characters: Kor, Gliding Eagle
Important Supporting Characters: Michelle, Dailen
*A Life Like This: A written story in the perspectives of Dare, Tim, and Rick.
Major Characters: Tim, Dare, Rick, Ms. Ackart
Important Supporting Characters: See characters for Rock Band: Something Impossible.
Chapters: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten
*Teach Me Something Good: A story about a friendship between a student and a teacher. Somewhat of a spin-off of Of Fruits and Vegetables.
Major Characters: Noland, Chrystal
Important Supporting Characters: Noland's Adviser (not named yet), Stefan (briefly)
*I Was a Boy, Too: A short 3-part story about Gabe when he was in high school. Optional backstory related to Of Fruits and Vegetables.
Major Characters: Gabe, William
Important Supporting Characters: DJ, Dave
*The Adventures of Marth and Roy: Super Smash Brothers fan comic. Title is pretty self-explanitory.
Major Characters: Marth, Roy, Ike, Pit
I don't have a name for his story, but Jamal is a Kingdom Hearts fan character. I figured I'd mention him because I draw him often enough.
Also, if you want to find posts that feature a specific character, type in the URL http://theotaku.com/worlds/variousinformation/tags/[character name]. For example, http://theotaku.com/worlds/variousinformation/tags/dare will bring you to posts about Dare. :)
Enjoy Your Stay at Various Planning!
Hey guys! I'm mostly posting this for my own use so I don't forget this stuff, but take a gander if you want. :M This is a timeline of what Stefan and Gabe were doing before the current OFAV comic strips. I could have included Tomato or Jo in the timeline, but... Tomato was in elementary school when Stefan was in college, so that would be weird to talk about. And I mention Jo occasionally in Gabe's timeline. So there.
YEAH, IDK. I write/draw about this stuff sometimes, so think of this as a brief summary of their lives! 8D And by brief, I mean this is actually kind of long.
There are also a couple characters in Gabe's storyline that I haven't talked about here on theO that I have mentioned on dA. I feel like I should at least officially introduce Will someday...
Stefan: Age 15-18 in 1995-1998. Graduates in 1998. High school is when he begins to develop his tendencies to speak in a manner such that he's always on someone's good side. (Something he does currently when he's trying to book gigs for Tomato. He doesn't care so much around people he's close to.) Mentally, he's very cynical. He has one girlfriend some time in high school, but she breaks up with him after a couple months. He's not bothered because he didn't have strong feelings for her, but he still tried his hardest to be loving while in the relationship. He begins college in 1998.
Gabe: From 1997-1999, he's in high school (age 15-17). Freshman year he has a secret relationship with a friend of his named Dave. Dave accidentally lets it slip, and puts all the blame on Gabe. Gabe accepts the gossip; comes out at school, but not to his family. For part of freshman and sophomore year, his old friends avoid him. He befriends William mid-sophomore year, which helps bridge the gap of awkwardness (?) between him and his old friends. Gabe develops a crush on Will, but he keeps it a secret all through high school.
On a side note, Will ends up marrying his high school sweetheart later in life.
Stefan: Age 20-21, sophomore to junior year in college. Around this time, Stefan begins to notice he's romantically inclined to men the same way he is to women. His feelings for boys don't really surprise or bother him, but he decides not to mention it to anyone due to the fact that he likes girls and can appear straight if he only shows an interest in women. He has a girlfriend, who this time around he is more serious about. Things initially go well between them, but they slowly drift apart due to personal differences. (Stefan was too serious and unromantic for her taste, something like that.) (obviously I haven't had the chance to thoroughly think about this. xD) Their break-up was a mutual decision, but officially it was Stefan's ex-girlfriend who broke up with Stefan. Late 2001, Stefan befriends Noland.
Gabe: Age 18-19. Gabe graduates from high school in 2000, and does not pursue further education. Gabe comes out to his parents after Jo comes out as bisexual to them. (His parents have suspected for a while that Gabe is gay, but have wanted him to tell them himself.) After high school, his father "makes" him work in an automotive shop. He spend the next two years saving up money so he can move out of his home town and quit his job.
Stefan: Age 22, and a senior in college. Stefan and Noland become close friends. Noland comes out and confesses to Stefan, to which Stefan admits similarly. He and Noland begin dating, but their relationship is more physical than emotional, unlike his previous relationship. (Stefan in the future describes to Gabe that he was "100% infatuated with Noland".) Stefan discovers that Noland has been cheating on him late in their relationship, but seems willing to make up with Noland. However, Noland thinks it best for them to break up and their relationship ends. They don't talk to each other for the rest of their college life.
Stefan graduates in 2002 with a degree in marketing.
Gabe: Age 20. Gabe moves to New York and works as an underwear model. He befriends a British (??) model, and the two of them engage in a long-term physical (but not romantic) relationship.
Stefan: Age 23-25. Stefan is hired at a modelling agency as a booking agent for miscellaneous models from the agency, and an overseer for casting calls and open calls (ie: an audition judge of sorts). Because he works with a variety of models at this time, he doesn't become attached to any particular one as friends or romantically. He is not particularly close to any of his coworkers either, because he tends to focus more on work than socializing--even after work hours. He becomes more comfortable being alone around this time, and his distaste for romance becomes more concrete. He is stationed somewhere in the United States.
Gabe: Age 21-23. While in New York, Gabe often uses his British friend (sorry for the lack of name) as a guinea pig for his hobby of hairstyling. Overtime he discovers he enjoys styling hair more than he enjoys standing around in his underpants in front of a camera--I mean, modelling. Luckily (if you want to call it luck), he gets fired in 2004 for getting a tattoo on his arm. He moves back home that year, and discusses with his sister that he wants to be a hairstylist. They decide they want to team up as a hair-and-make-up duo (Jo just finished cosmetology classes at a community college). The two of them spend 2005 figuring out how to get started, when Gabe throws in the idea of moving to Paris (despite only having mediocre skills in French).
Somewhere in 2004 or 2005, Gabe gets that weird tattoo on his chest. (Not that it's relevant at all...)
Stefan: Age 26-27. Stefan is assigned to Tomato as his personal modelling agent. Initially he finds the 17 year old boy extremely naive and highly annoying. After spending copious amounts of time together (and partially because of accidental flirting on Tomato's part), Stefan develops an awkward crush on Tomato. In late 2007, the two move to Paris on orders from Stefan's boss.
Gabe: Age 24-25. Gabe and Jo move to Paris, France. While Gabe's French is bad, Jo knows enough from high school and miscellaneous classes to help the two of them get by. Some time in 2006 the two of them meet and befriend Kasey, another American living in France. (How the heck...) The three of them then decide to team up as a hair and make-up trio. (??) Gabe spends 2006 and 2007 as a freelance hairstylist, rooming with Jo and Kasey until he acquires enough money for himself. Initially he thinks Kasey is annoying, but they eventually bond over their love for attractive male celebrities. (??????) Oh yeah, and his French does get better over time... Sort of.
Stefan: Age 28-29. In Paris, Tomato finds a boyfriend. Stefan initially thinks that Tomato having a boyfriend should prevent his feelings from becoming too prevalent, but instead he develops a kind of jealousy. As usual, Stefan tries to ignore his feelings.
On his bosses orders, Stefan hires a hair-and-make-up crew for Tomato. I don't know exactly how he finds out about Gabe, Jo, and Kasey (probably through a combination of phone calls, the internet, and the newspaper), but he does and he hires them.
Gabe: Age 26-27. Gabe thinks Stefan is physically attractive right off the bat, but at this point he's not emotionally attracted to him. This is the point in life when he notices he feels the most comfortable where he's at. He loves his job and and the people he spends time with. YAY!
Stefan: Age 30. This is the current year in OFAV! A bit before the comics start, he hires Dean Johnson for help with things besides hair and make-up. He sees Dean more as an intern than an employee initially, but eventually trusts him with important and difficult tasks.
Gabe: Age 28. This is the current year in OFAV! Around this time Gabe begins to develop romantic feelings for Stefan, and tries to become closer to him on a more intimate level.
Even though OFAV technically takes place in 2010, I'll probably still make references to things that happen after 2010. Yes, nonsensicality!
I feel like the timeline ends kind of abruptly. Oh well. Thanks for reading, if you did!
I really don't know why I have all this stuff planned out, considering it NEVER SHOWS UP IN OFAV. Or idk, maybe there'll be references to some of this stuff occasionally...
At one point in time I made a The Origin of Stefan post. I think it's time for me to let the origin of Tomato and (more importantly) (?) TB out of the bag. :V
Note: I may or may not have mentioned some of this stuff before.
Both Tomato and TB have very weird origin stories. But first, Tomato:
At around the winter of 2008, I was at my grandma's house with my cousins. One of them asked me to try and draw him. Now if you know what my art looked like in 2008 (just see my portfolio), you'll know that I could not at all draw realism or real people. xD Anyway, I tried to draw my cousin and completely failed. In fact, he looked kind of womanly with an "hourglass figure". Not knowing what to say or how to make up for my failed attempt, I said "HERE, LOOK. THIS IS YOUR BOYFRIEND."
(My cousin's straight, fyi.)
Anyway, he rolled with it, and was like, "OH YEAH, MY BOYFREIND. MY MODEL BOYFRIEND."
"YEAH! HIS NAME'S TOMATO."
At this point, "Tomato" looked nothing like the Tomato we know today. :V Unfortunately, I have since lost the drawing of my cousin/threw it away. But yeah, Tomato at this point was 1) A model, 2) My cousin's boyfriend, and 3) A guy with an hourglass figure.
Next year my family went to Paris with that same cousin of mine. Somewhere along the way we suddenly remembered the whole "Tomato" ordeal. It might have actually been in Paris when we came up with Tomato's name, because Takara suggested that he turned into a tomato at night and fought crime. (???!?!) My cousin had actually decided that he and Tomato had already broken up or something, but Tomato was still really entertaining to talk about. We were sitting around in our hotel one night doodling and talking about stupid stuff when we all decided to try and draw a sketch of what Tomato would look like. I actually do have some sketches of what Tomato looked like at this point, as well as Takara's design for Tomato. I'll scan them in and post them either this weekend or some time next week. :M
We all thought that this "model-by-day-crimef-fighting-tomato-by-night" thing was hilarious, so Tomato came up a lot while we were in Paris. I would sometimes point to random guys with red hair and say to my cousin, "LOOK, THERE GOES TOMATO."
WHICH, (kind of discursively) BRINGS ME TO THE ORIGIN OF TOMATO'S BOYFRIEND.
I've been kind of reluctant to reveal this, because I always say things like "No one knows his name for unknown reasons"... but now you'll know the real reason why no one knows his name.
So my cousin and my sisters and I (plus the adults) were out wandering Paris when we saw this guy wearing a greenish t-shirt and rolled up jeans sitting on a wall beside a river. Sound like anyone? xD This guy was writing something down on a piece of paper as we passed him, and eithe me or one of my sisters decided to quip, "HEY LOOK, THERE'S TOMATO'S SECRET ADMIRER! Look, he's writing love letters to Tomato!" We all joined in with stuff like, "IT'S TOMATO'S BOYFRIEND!" and things. We were far away enough from the guy that he didn't hear anything. (And he might've only spoken French, idk.)
At this point, we decided to be really kind of freaky: We took 2 pictures of this random guy from Paris. I actually still have those photos. xD
That really should have been the end of Tomato and Tomato's Boyfriend, but I had a weird urge to draw them. And thus, Tomato and TB became official "OC's" of mine.
So yep. Tomato is a failed portrait of my cousin, and TB is a random guy from Paris. xD
The reason no one knows TB's name is because I don't actually know TB's name. He was originally a real guy from Paris that we happened to stumble across. I would feel weird giving him a name considering I don't know the guy. xD And yet, I don't feel weird drawing him anymore. At this point, he's pretty much just my character since I came up with his personality/etc. He doesn't look a whole lot like the real guy anymore. :M But the inspiration was from some random dude!
TB living in Paris is also the reason for the OFAV cast living in Paris. TB being the only French guy in the OFAV cast is also because of that eventful day in Paris: that guy was probably French, so TB is also French.
(I have no idea why no one in OFAV is French. orz)
(Actually, Danny might be. But at the same time, that'd be weird.)
So there you go! the origin story of Tomato and his boyfriend. Never did I realize that I would be drawing comics with Tomato and TB again, or even have a whole cast of characters to interact with them. :D I'm glad I do now though, because the OFAV characters are some of my favorites.
And thanks for reading! :M Hope you found this interesting! Or really weird.
Since I put comic sketches in the title first, I guess I'll post the comic sketches first. :m I'm working on a comic-thing for Christmas (since I never upload Christmas-themed pictures) of Dare, Rick, and Tim. These are just the 1st two pages. Yeahhhh. It takes place in 11th grade, so it's pre-Something Impossible.
Akioh, I have no idea what you're talking about because I forgot everything in relation to A Life Like This and your Rock Band comic because you haven't updated either in several months
Me too, mysterious reader. Me too.
Maybe I should update those some time.............
Aw, yeah. Master of dialogue here. ... COMICS WITH FLOWING DIALOGUE ARE TOO HARD. ;w; Maybe that's why I like 4-panel strips so much.
Whoa, Akioh, who the heck is that guy with the hat-- OH, IT'S RICK! I really wanted to draw Rick in a new hat... xD
And yep. Sorry for the handwriting, as usual.
Oh, and here's the song Dare was singing in the beginning. Not relevant at all. xD
Anyways, on with the other non-comic stuff! :m While we're on the topic of Tim, here's a picture of him and his mom.
Yes, Cassidy looks freakish. :M Who cares about bodies making sense! Answer: everyone.
The weird thing about these drawings is that I drew the picture of Tim and the picture of Cassidy on two separate papers at two different times. So it was kind of weird that they kind of matched when I put them together like this... Even the quotes seem kind of consecutive. xD;
But yeah. Akioh draws weird stuff sometimes.
I hardly draw Loyal, but I felt like drawing her the other day. :o No, that's not a beard... it's some weird shading... ;u; I remember reading a chapter of Yu Yu Hakusho once where a guy's chin was shaded like that, and I thought it was a beard. xD; I was wondering why it vanished in the next panel...
What I like about Loyal is that I don't feel compelled to draw her in a girly pose like certain individuals. :V
The rest of the stuff is OFAV related. I was talking to Takara the other day about how Gabe's pretty different from how he used to be. I think his appearance changes are on behalf of my drawing style changing. I can't seem to decide if I want him to have light brown or dark brown hair, though... I want it to be light brown, but it always comes out dark in marker. ;A;
This is the first thing I've colored in marker since... Hm. Apparently, I still think it's summertime.
Gabe's hair color is incorrect. BAH.
I think this is the first time I've uploaded a picture that actually shows Stefan crushing on Tomato. xD
Stefan, I think you have to be crushing on someone 12 and under to be considered a pedophile. I think you're in the clear. Although, when Tomato was 17 and Stefan was 26, those could be plausible ages for a teacher crushing on a student. Which is what the song Don't Stand So Close To Me is about. YEAH, CONNECTIONS!
Last one! :m Quote on the side is from Wounded by Third Eye Blind. Inconspicuous quote on the bottom is irrelevant.
I like drawing Stefan, yo. :U
It's weird that it's almost 2013! ;A; I feel like I haven't done much on my "things to improve on" list. I guess you could say I've been working on action poses...
Well anyways, that's all for now. 8D YEAH...
I'm slightly distracted from my homework, so I'm going to talk about the "meaning" behind the title Of Fruits and Vegetables because I'm bored. :V I might accidentally switch on-and-off between formal and informal speech because I'm writing my essay at the same time... xD;
I provided a little bit about the title in the description of OFAV that says "..I got it from the title of the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. ...
The title is referring to the main character's name, Tomato. Tomatos look like (?) vegetables, but are fruits."
When I came up with the title, I was just thinking about Tomato's name... and how a tomato is like a fruit, and is like a vegetable. Just about right after I wrote down the title on a piece of paper, I found the title kind of funny because "fruit" is slang for a flamboyant gay man, which Tomato obviously is. In addition to the quote mentioned earlier, I wrote this down in my sketchbook:
"Also a pun on the word fruit, which is slang for a flamboyant gay man. Also also refers to Tomato's similarity to a tomato, b/c he looks like a girl but is a boy."
And that's the history of the title. But now that I think of it, "Of Fruits and Vegetables" has a slightly different, less vague, meaning. Well, two; depends on how you look at it.
The first way I see the title is like this: As I mentioned earlier, "fruit" is slang for a gay man. If a fruit and a vegetable are to be taken as opposites in the title, then "vegetable" would be coined slang to mean "straight man". Or less specifically, fruit is a euphemism for "gay" and vegetable is a euphemism for "straight". Therefore, the title "Of Fruits and Vegetables" can mean "Of Homosexuals and Heterosexuals". That would make sense, but two of the main characters are bisexual (3 including Danny). And what exactly does the "of" mean in the title...? If I add in a bit of information (which I can do since I'm the author HOHO!), the title really means this:
[this comic is] Of Homosexuals and Heterosexuals [as well as everyone in between].
Which is true. The comic has no plot line, so it's just a bunch of comic strips of gay people, straight people, and bi people. (I don't have any transgendered/pansexual/asexual characters in OFAV, if you were wondering why I left them out.)
The second way (and idk, less controversial if you're uncomfortable talking about orientation) is like this: There are two categories implied in the title--"Fruits" and "Vegetables." The only way to organize all the characters into two groups is to do so by gender. So in this case let's say fruit = female, and vegetable = male. (Which food gets attributed which gender doesn't really matter.) In this case, the title becomes "Of Girls and Boys."
What's interesting about interpreting the title this way is that Tomato's name becomes relevant here too. Tomato's are fruits that are commonly mistaken for vegetables, and therefore don't quite fit into either category. Tomato is a man commonly mistaken for a girl, and doesn't quite fit into either gender as well. (Could also be attributed to him having "XXY" syndrome; he has the correct chromosomes to be a girl (xx), and the correct chromosomes to be a boy (xy).)
So in this case, the "extended" title is this:
[this comic is] Of Girls and Boys [as well as Tomato].
It's a little odd that Tomato would be the main character though, since he's not explicitly referenced in this interpretation of the title. Although, it does make him stand out a bit among the characters. But anyways, this title is also true because the comic is just a bunch of strips about boys and girls.
...And yeah! That's what the title means. To me, at least. I hadn't really thought of any of this when I came up with the title, but the more I thought about it the more I found the title to be fitting to the story. :M
Maybe you have a different interpretation of the title? ...Maybe you don't think the title means anything? xD That could be true, too.
Anyways, thanks for reading and I hope you found this interesting. :)
I have a couple doodles/etc to post, but I don't want to scan them all right now... so I'll just post this. 8D
This is a picture of Tomato that I sketches yesterday. AGH, more attempts at realism. Sorry. I don't feel like I draw a lot of realism though, since all my doodles are cartoons and chibi-type things... xD; and I doodle a lot.
Anyways, I sketched this for art class. Shocker. It's actually based off of an old picture of me dressed as Tomato. I used to have that in one of my worlds (my cosplay world?) but I've since deleted that world. xD;
The nose came out a bit big, but MEH... I also need to learn how to draw better straight lines.
Well, at least I tried something at a different angle.
Also, I've come up with two new characters for a completely new story! 8D YAY! More stuff that Akioh won't get around to working on... ;u;
Anyways, here's one of the main characters's designs:
I wanted to make some steampunk characters. Though idk if this is really steampunk, but... YEAH. This character's name is Chiminy. AND SHE'S A GIRL! 8D No way, man. I thought I should come up with a girl character that I'll actually like drawing... xD; That's all I'll say for now about her. I'll talk about the story later and include some more sketches/etc in a different post.
That's all for now! :D Thanks for reading and yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.