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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.


The Infamous Trev-MUN
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
Current Residence: Texas
Favourite genre of music: Just about anything in the rock/metal genre.
Operating System: Windows XP 64. Komepo, plz.
Personal Quote: "Cardboard, scotch tape, let's put on a show!"


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barneyjones123 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice art and one more thing why couldn't you make your own os tan comic you wanted?
trevmun Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, sorry I hadn't caught this comment sooner. Fall semester's been hitting me hard, I've only had time to occasionally update stuff on my dA.

I'm glad you like what you've seen so far! As for why I felt I couldn't make those comics, well ... I tend to be my own worst enemy. I've always felt like I've never been decent enough at CG to attempt things like that.

That, and well, I wasn't really sure what 2ch would think of someone coming up with "personalized OS-tans." That community is where the whole Troubled Windows thing started, after all.

As I detailed in my most recent journal entry, the past few years I had a very similar scenario where I'd been holding myself back. Ironically, on a project I thought would be a better investment of my time since it wasn't based on something like OS-tans.
Ankrea Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
Big fan of yours, had a nostalgia trip going through your comics archive that got me into playing RO again! So I wanted to say thank you since it's your work that made me wanna play again! And hoping you are doing well in life. You don't know me but... A fan wishes the best for those he likes!
trevmun Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't catch this comment when I was doing my rounds a few days ago, but I wanted to say thank you! I'm glad I was able to rekindle some nostalgia for RO, haha.

One day, I want to pick RW back up once things in my life settle down. If they ever do ... Fingers crossed!
Ankrea Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015
Well I wish you luck! Plus things always get better eventually!
10110100 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Happy Birthday.
Yorulla Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday Aragan!!!!! ^-^ :heart:
Stay safe and awesome! :iconletmehugyouplz:
Cassadar Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
happy birthday! ^^
zg-v1 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Happy Birthday Aragan ;w;
henchwench Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Duuuuude!!!  Dude dude dude I cannot believe I finally stumbled across this.  I've played RO for years (think I started playing in like 2003 or 2004... around the time I met my now husband and we used the game to spend time together when 250 miles apart) and I will admit that Ragnarok Wisdom has been a constant staple.  When I took a break from RO for a while I finally came back to the main servers just this year... and when looking through the iRO wiki, there was a link to your comic again!

It's a distinct pleasure to go through your gallery here.  

That said... dude, TX?  Yay!  I'm in TX myself.  Two, I'm so sorry to hear about your health issues.  I'm glad the chemotherapy is doing some good for you.  Please take care of yourself, truly.  I know what that sort of thing is like (fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (yes that's a thing), and in March of 2013 I had a blood clot in my lung) so though I do not know exactly what you're going through, I cannot help that typical Southern mama moment of 'Oh honey!'.

Third, dude I wish I could afford you, I do.  You've come a long way with your art over time and I really wish I could afford to see if you did commissions.

That said, watch yourself in this TX heat (not sure how close to the coast you are, etc.) and keep on keeping on.  I do wish you well, and do still love your art (you're not the only one still sore about CoH.  I went to Champions Online just for some super hero love and it worked out well enough for me).  So yes indeed kick that cancer right in the tail.
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