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Okay ... So, last journal update, I'd mentioned that I had some art I'd put in storage and was considering taking out.

Truth is, I've been having cold feet over it.

See, in 2012 I started working on an idea for an original series of sorts that would involve personified ships, after being inspired by the likes of "mecha musume" artists such as acea4 of Taiwan, who has been doing a graphic novel titled Shermanga Wars (a wordplay on "Sherman" and "Manga," I think). I've come to dub my own project "The Oakenhearted," as you can see in the teaser/preview comic that I've taken out of storage. I had uploaded that on October 21, 2014, the same day that the ship featured in said preview (USS Constitution) was launched in 1797.

You'll notice that in the commentary for that picture, I mentioned that Kantai Collection launched in 2013 and how popular it's become. That's the reason I kept having second thoughts about doing anything with The Oakenhearted, putting up images only to either put them in storage or remove them. Not because KanColle "did it first," mind you—personifying war machines has been a thing since at least the 90's, so it's not like either title is breaking new ground here.

However, people have a tendency to look at anything that has similarities to something they like (or something that is popular) as a ripoff. Taken to the extreme, you get cases like the one fan who sent Universal Studios a nastygram accusing them of ripping off of Twilight with their 1940s film "The Wolfman." That's where my apprehension kicked in: I don't want The Oakenhearted to get dismissed as "a lame American imitation of KanColle," or a "me-too," or something like that.

If I keep going with this series, I want it to be judged on its own merits, not in comparison to more popular titles. I'd been worried it just wouldn't be possible. I'd passed around some of the work I've done on The Oakenhearted to people I know, and some of those who play Kantai Collection bluntly told me "yes, they're going to call this a KanColle ripoff." That's why I've sat on this for several years at this point.

Recently, though, some other friends have encouraged me to go through with it. And ... well, I figure now might be a good time as any: Fallout 4 was released today. Since it takes place in Boston and features its own take on USS Constitution, maybe it'll spark some interest.

I hope.

I'd really like to hear feedback on this idea—if you'd like to see more or what. I have other artwork related to The Oakenhearted I'd been doing in recent years (and more recently) that I may put up as well.

That's all I've got for now, gang.

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trevmun
The Infamous Trev-MUN
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Current Residence: Texas
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Operating System: Windows XP 64. Komepo, plz.
Personal Quote: "Cardboard, scotch tape, let's put on a show!"
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Daneari Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope things get better. You've got plenty of people out there who wish you only the best!
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archerFATE Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Load hope you get better~

We all want to see that bright and sunny, 'Mace in yo' Face' Aragan the RO world knows and loves :D

Just remember that there are people outside of your immediate circle, people who've met you outside of typical IRL-circumstances, that you may not see or hear from every day, who wish you well.
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RadenWA Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
How come someone who makes RO comics and ANIMATIONS go unnoticed by me all these years? I'm gonna watch you now and scour through your whole archive, and be happy.
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PeachyKeenCassie Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
So, I'm a member of GTRO (the DeviantART Ragnarok Online roleplay group) and I just realized that ~Gut-Funk (who is also a member) was indeed THE Gut Funk from Ragnarok Wisdom. Needless to say, I fangirled a little and was pointed in the direction of your DeviantART. Oh and to check out Rangarok Wisdom again. I haven't read it in forever! It was seriously such a treat and totally made my day! So, thanks! :) You totally deserve it!
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Yorulla Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
happy birthday! ^-^
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Deaku Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Happy Birthday :party: :cake:
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10110100 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Happy birthday.
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AlchemistKeiko Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
heppy burfday ;_;
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PyrroNeko Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Greetings! You don't know me, but I know you! ... Well not really.

I realized I never properly thanked you for entertaining me all these years with Ragnarok Wisdom. I don't know how long its been since I've even glanced at RO, but it recently came into memory - which in turn, I remembered about you and your witty cast of friends doing all sorts of crazy stuff in those comics. It defiantly improved my time with RO back then, that's for sure. I think it's due time I take a look at the archive for old nostalgia's sake.

It seems you're not around anymore... damn shame. I hope life is doing well for you and maybe one day we can see your return in the Interwebs. I'm sure you're done with anything RO-related at that point though, eh? :P

Thanks for 6 years of RO awesomeness.

aragan ;_;
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CyaniDairySentinel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
ARAGAN !! ;__;
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