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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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Daneari Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In all honesty, people will always compare things like that and it's just an example of narrow-mindedness unless they're taking time to critically compare the two in a respectful manner. It's just a way people want to insult the ideas of others by likening them to another. For example, people compare Sword Art Online to the .hack series because of the virtual reality aspect but it still ended up being a huge hit and both franchises are loved by many.

I'm intrigued by the teaser image you put up and I'm thrilled to possibly see more despite being a KanColle fan myself. I think it's a really neat concept. I believe most of your fans are mature enough to share the same sentiment and hold meaningful conversation about it. If it happens to get popular and you bring in more viewers because of it and they try to say you ripped the idea off, that's on them for not having critical thinking skills. Not you.

Anyways, I think you should do it! I've been following your work since 2006 or early 2007; it's been a very long time. I'm always excited to see your projects/art and hope you decide to post more. It's also been a while since I've commented on a journal of yours but I've been keeping up when I can. I hope you're doing well and having a great holiday season.
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10110100 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015
I admit, I would still like to see what came from this project, aborted or not. After all, can't get a reaction to something unless you put it out there.
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trevmun Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, fair point.

Well, if there's a lot of interest in it, then I'll fire it back up and keep going. Until then, I'll get around to uploading some of the other stuff I did for The Oakenhearted when I can!
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10110100 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015
Hmmm. Wonder how a few of my Navy friends would react to it... Spread out the word a little.
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trevmun Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That'd be awesome! Heck, if you know anybody from other navies, let them know too; I was planning on covering events all across that era of history. There's a lot of naval badassery to cover.
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10110100 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
Yeah, so far the response has been pretty positive.
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