We at Hiveworks are proud to announce our latest collaborative comic, premiering early 2015!
What is Umbra Rising?
Umbra Rising is a comic about an isolated city in the middle of a dangerous world filled with monsters. During the day, the city is perfectly safe. At night, however, the populace locks themselves inside as the city streets fill with monsters. The only ones who can combat these creatures are very special girls with the power to transform into…
While the girls go out and fight to protect the city, the town treats them as heroes and idols. Shops are filled with Magical Girl celebrity merchandise, and many girls lead wealthy lives as practical pop stars. But the danger they face is real, and not everyone appreciates the way the town views its saviors.
But obviously, magical girl comics are all about the characters! While the town is filled with various teams of girls, here’s the gals we’ll be following:
Tessa is Alchemical Aether. She’s the leader of the Alchemical Elements team, and probably the most powerful. She draws directly from the ambient magical power of their world to pull off attacks made of pure energy. But does being the most powerful necessarily make her a good leader?
Sally is Alchemical Fire. Appropriate to her element, she’s extremely fickle and passionate. She seems to always be angry about something or other, but everyone knows it’s because she’s the most sensitive of the group.
Undine is Alchemical Water. She’s the most level headed of the group, and usually does her best to keep everyone working together smoothly. She hates rocking the boat, though, and often lacks the assertiveness to help as much as she wants.
Sylvia is Alchemical Air. She’s the oldest of the group, and tries to seem the most mature. She takes full advantage of her Idol status, and has quit school to work as a fashion model.
Gwen is Alchemical Earth. Gwen never says more than she has to, but she tends to leave an impression when she speaks. Though sometimes she seems to be in her own mental space entirely.
Of course, these are just a few of the comic’s characters! They’ll be joined by other magical girls, investigators, reporters, and all kinds of other people that both help them and put them at odds.
So who’s making this?
Produced and Published by Hiveworks.
We’ve still got a while before the premiere, so we’ll be updating here with various concept sketches and art! Please follow us here and at Umbrarising.com, because it’s going to be quite a ride!
the cats outta the bag
i still dont understand why people feel threatened by asexuals like what are we gonna do hug you to death ?? cuddle your girlfriend better than you ?
I will DEFINITELY cuddle your girlfriend better than you. I’m warmer.
The people who come running to hug you after you haven’t seen them in awhile are my favorite type of people.
I once got in trouble at the airport when I was 10 for running over to my grandma after she got off the plane to hug her.
my parents aren’t teaching me life lessons.
Some shit about life, from a bonafide adult:
- even if you get along great with your family you will get along even better with them after moving out
- generic is almost always just as good as name brand. But there are some things you never buy generic, including: peanut butter, ketchup, liquid NyQuil, Chips-Ahoy chewy chocolate chip cookies
- just imagine the person on the other end of the phone hates talking on the phone as much as you do. Even a receptionist. I worked as one and I hate talking on the phone
- at least once in your life you will go to Wal-mart to buy something under $20 like an ironing board or something and your debit card will get rejected. No one will judge. Everyone at some point in their lives has had $2.98 in their bank account.
- thrift stores
- everyone else is too busy panicking about everyone else noticing every tiny thing that could possibly be wrong about them to notice any tiny thing that could possibly be wrong about you
- you will screw up. a lot. you live and you learn. and when you start to think too hard about that embarrassing thing that happened and how you wish you could change it, just tell yourself that what’s done is done. There’s no changing it, so just forget it and move on. It’s the only way to stay sane.
- do the dishes before the sink grows its own ecosystem
- you can’t put Dawn dishsoap in the dishwasher.
- if you are the only one in the aisle at the grocery store, and you need to get from one end to the other without even looking at anything in that aisle, then you should totally cart-surf down the aisle. Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional. Hold on to the little things. They make all the difference.
- never try to make cake from scratch at 3am. You end up with a topographical map of Middle Earth.
- 15% tip.
- the best way to get money for food is to tell your grandparents about how you basically live on microwaved mac and cheese. Their horror may result in twenty bucks and orders to go out and get yourself “a real dinner”.
- sometimes life sucks, and knowing that it might get better doesn’t always make it suck any less, but you’ll never get to the non-sucky days without enduring the suckiness.
- no seriously, NEVER put Dawn in your dishwasher
I would add:
- Don’t buy generic parmesan cheese, either. It’s worth the pennies for Kraft.
- 20% tip. The people that serve you in a restaurant count on the generosity of others. Consider it a form of pay it forward, because there is inevitably a jerk making over $100K a year who leaves a 2-5% tip. I know, because I used to be married to one of them.
- If you get your clothes out of the dryer and lay them flat, they won’t look wrinkled, but you didn’t have to fold them or put them away. It’s amazing how long it’s possible to get dressed from a stack of clothes that moves from your bed to other flat surfaces repeatedly.
- Don’t be afraid to be kind and to give help when you can. Does the man holding the sign in the grocery store lot REALLY need food? I don’t know. Why not buy him some fresh muffins and fruit anyway?
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Monetary or otherwise. The people that you love and that love you—whether your family or your chosen family—need to know what help you need. They can’t read minds.
Things I’d like to add:
- Buy one good cookbook at the thrift store and learn it until you can do a few decent recipes in your sleep. It makes you look good, and soon you’ll realize you can make better mac & cheese from scratch, for cheaper.
- If you’ve got even the tiniest bit of apartment patio, grow something. Herbs, tomatoes, flowers - make something live.
- Do one Random Act a week, from paying for coffee for the person behind you to slipping love notes into books. The love you make, people.
Other things I would like to add:
- Please, PLEASE get insurance. You are too young to be lumped with debt if your toaster accidentally burns down your apartment or you drive your piece of crap car into the back of a Benz. It may seem like an additional expense but hey, it’s piece of mind or paying back a loan you had to get because you had no other choice.
- omfg pay your bills FIRST. Budget. Your. Shit. My own mother’s rule of thumb was this: pay your bills first, buy your food, fill your car, put 10-20% into savings and the rest is yours to play with.
- No one actually gives a shit if you rock up to the gas station in your sweatpants and a grotty hoodie.
- Make time for your family. I am 28 and I still have dinner with my parents every week. I write to my grandparents who live four hours away. They LOVE getting handwritten letters and I love getting them in return.
- Don’t be a cunt.
I would also add:
- Sometimes a kindness from a stranger makes all the difference in the world. Offer to pay the ten cents difference in someone’s bill if they’re short and you’re behind them. Buy a homeless person a hot coffee when it’s cold out. Buy your cashier a chocolate bar. Small things like that can make all the difference between a shitty week and a great one.
- Maintain your car or else it will blow up on you at the worst possible time. I have had a car drop a drive shaft, explode, and almost any other terrible thing a car can do, and it was all because I didn’t take the time to swap out the oil and change the spark plugs occasionally.
- Try not to judge other people so harshly. They’re having a hard time of it just like you are.
- Do not feel ashamed if you have to ask for help (be it from friends or family or by going to apply for welfare). No one can get through this alone.
- If a bill collector calls you and you owe $700 and you can only spare $300, make an offer. They bought your debt for pennies on the dollar and are usually glad to make anything off of it. It’ll get the debt of your credit score and stop the people from harassing you.
- Do not ever lie to a judge. Judges are human bullshit detectors. If you’ve done something bad, even if it’s just a speeding ticket, go before them, ‘fess up to being wrong, and ask for lenience cuz it’s your first time and you REALLY don’t wanna do that again.
- Ramen noodles can be modified in about fifty billion ways. You can add shit, take shit away, make a stir fry, whatever. Google “Ramen Recipes” because it will change your life.
- Additionally, rice is the cheapest and easiest food to make and you can do SO MUCH with it. Pennies per meal.
- Do not drink and drive. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. Seriously. Don’t drink and drive, I don’t care how good to drive you think you are.
- Always keep a portable space heater or a kerosene heater around if you can help it. You never know when you’ll be stuck in your apartment freezing your balls off at 3 a.m. with the power out.
- Credit cards are a ripoff. Unless you absolutely have to (as in, emergency medical care or something), you really shouldn’t bother getting one. You’re better off saving up hard cold cash for anything you want. Seriously.
- Checks will get you into trouble. You should probably stay away from those too.
- Cheap conditioner is the best shaving cream. Don’t bother with anything else.
- If you have the money for a Costco (or similar bulk-buying place) membership, GO FOR IT. I save SO much money on eyeglasses and contact lenses, medicine, and coffee beans that the membership basically pays for itself. Plus Costco is actually a really good company and treats it’s employees well.
- Always stand up for your rights. If you don’t know what rights the law affords you, be an educated person and read up on them. It might screw you over occasionally, but there’s a reason they’re called rights.
- Sock monkey hats make everything better.
- Make time for things you enjoy.
- Breathe, nothing is the end of the world, trust me, shit works out.
- Be nice to your car, spoil it. That car is your baby.
- Don’t forget to be awesome
- Yo, forreal never put dish soap in the dish washer. Don’t do it.
Just want to add here:
- Pay attention in algebra. That shit is actually useful once you get out of school, if only because sometimes it shows up on employment applications.
- There is a difference between things that you want and things that you need, and figuring out that difference is the biggest step toward managing your money well.
- Save money. Even if it’s only $20 a paycheck or something like that, put it in a separate account and pretend it doesn’t exist anymore. That way you have a little extra if something unexpected happens. “Something unexpected” is not the release of your favorite band’s collector’s edition boxed set. :P (You can save up for those things, too, but keep that separate from yoursavings.)
- Speaking of money, try to bank with a credit union. A lot of them will let you join as long as you live in a certain area, and it’s basically a co-op where everyone who is a member is part owner and it exists to serve its members rather than pay dividends to shareholders. They aren’t always as convenient as banks, especially in rural areas, but it’s worth it in the end. (My CU charges me $5 when I overdraft. I don’t do it often, but it’s a huge difference between my fiance’s bank, which charges $30.)
- Seconding Costco so hard. Thirty bucks for fifty pounds of rice that will last you three months easy. A hundred fifty there once a month plus another hundred fifty throughout the month at a regular store will feed four people no problem.
- If you can make it yourself, do so. Processed foods are hella expensive and never as good for you as unprocessed foods.
- Rice and beans are a complete protein, potatoes and butter are a complete protein. Cabbage is cheap and delicious and can be used as filler in most dishes.
- Don’t turn on your heat if you can help it. Collect blankets and sweaters instead, or use a space heater to warm the area you’re in.
- Christmas lights are your friend, especially white LED ones. They provide a significant amount of light while using hardly any electricity. They’re especially great at staving of seasonal depression resulting from low lighting.
- Thrift stores and dollar stores have great dishes for really cheap, especially glass wear. Dollar store glasses are hard core.
- Ross is a really great place to buy things new.
- Don’t bother with cable, unless you end up getting a really great deal combined with internet. Netflix and internet is really all you need.
- Get twice as many small spoons as anything else. They will disappear. You will not know how all your spoons disappear, but they will.
- Plastic sheets over windows, especially single pane windows, help keep heat in.
- White vinegar and baking soda will clean anything, without harmful chemicals.
- Dawn dish soap will remove grease stains from clothing.
- Don’t leave big ass messy piles of things places, especially clothes. You will end up with bugs.
- Take care of your health. Doctors are expensive as fuck, but go if you need to. Dentists are also expensive as fuck, but go when you’re supposed to go. Bad teeth is a sign of poverty for a reason, and preventative care goes a long way.
- Check your mail regularly.
- When you move into a new place, especially a cheap one, do a thorough check of all the cupboards and drawers. If there’s a stash of drugs/jelly beans/dead rodents/something else interesting hidden away that the last person to live there forgot about, you want to know as soon as possible.
- If you’re looking for an apartment, try to get an upstairs one near the middle of the building. You’ll stay warmer.
- Literally anything you buy as a boxed mix you can make from scratch way cheaper. Rice-a-roni is rice, noodles, and chicken stock.
- If you have the time and access to multiple food sources, don’t do all your shopping in one place. It’s worth it to spend a little more on meat and produce, but don’t buy dry goods for more than you have to.
- I’m not just talking “buy generic,” by the way. Buy generic at the bargain places. The warehouse-style grocery store’s store brand and the slightly more expensive place’s store brand are the exact same product made by the exact same company, just one has a classier packaging design. Don’t pay for classier packaging.
- Know where the cheap gas stations are. Know where the slightly less cheap but still affordable gas stations are in case the cheap gas stations go out of business.
- Get canvas grocery bags. Not only are they better for the environment, but they can be loaded heavier without ripping or losing their handles so you’ll have to make less trips too and from the car to bring in groceries.
- get a library card
- put money into savings because if the shit hits the fan you will need it
- baking soda and vinegar make less expensive cleaners
- baking soda is good for skin too if you need a skin cleanser
- use dollar stores i mean seriously
- no really always have baking soda on hand
- learn to bake and cook from scratch
- Places like Old Navy sell good clothes that can look professional. A 5 dollar tank top over an 8 dollar long sleeve shirt is a poor man’s sweatervest and looks good for job interviews.
- Supercook.com has an application where you put in the ingredients you have in your kitchen and it tells you recipes that you can make with them.
- There is no shame in dollar store food. When canned name brands crop up in dollar stores, it means that it’s close to expiration, but canned goods last for a long time after their consume by date.
- Padmapper.com is a site to help find apartments. It lays out ads from sites like kijiji and craigslist over a map and you can select your rent range and how many rooms you need and shows sublets and room shares etc.
- Similarly, check kijiji for furniture, because people will often need to move and need to get rid of a bed or a bookshelf or a dinner table quick.
- If you are in college or university, check online for your textbooks first. Especially if there is a possibility that you are going to change your program. There is nothing worse than paying 500 dollars for a text book and trying to sell it back the next month and being told that it’s suddenly out of date and they can only give you 12 dollars.
- alluc.org, project free tv, and watchseries.eu are places you can stream tv and movies. Seriously, cable is not worth it.
- Check places like liquidation world, factory overflow or factory direct stores and dollar stores for things like shampoo and conditioner and soaps. They get good brands in all the time.
- A bottle of tea tree oil can be found in organic sections at grocery stores or in some drug stores. If you get a bottle of this oil, dab a drop or two on your hand and rub it on your face. It burns like the fires of hell, but it will decimate acne. It also works to heal cuts and such. Use this in conjunction with a regular face wash instead of shelling out for the super expensive face washes promising no acne and never delivering.
- If you are not in a rush and someone is playing music on the street, stop for a minute and listen. It’s okay to slow down sometimes.
- Frozen vegetables are nicer and easier to prepare than you think they are. So are canned vegetables.
- At some point in your life you are probably going to eat cold ravioli or beans out of a can. It’s okay, we all do it. Just pretend you are Rorschach from Watchmen or something.
- Books are expensive. I know you want them, but they are expensive. If you can, download a pdf or epub version of it, and if you really love the book, come back for it and buy it to support the author when you can.
- Most libraries have an online system now where you can renew your books. Do not let library fines pile up. They will send library ninjas after you.
- Use facebook and twitter and google to figure out what kind of things are going on in your city/town. Theatres have cheap nights, or special 2 dollar saturday shows, bars have ladies nights and 2-for-1 Jaggerbomb nights and artsy cafes have poetry slams and sometimes clothing stores have concerts with no cover. There are inexpensive ways to go out and have fun.
- Get a proper bra fitting. Wasting money on an ill-fitting bra because you’re pretty sure you’re a 38C will end in pain and frustration when you realize that a 40D makes your boobs look better and your back hurt less.
- Kellogg’s make a kind of cereal called Buds, which are all bran and you can mix into museli and yogurt. This is good if you like yogurt but have a texture sensitivity.
- Peanut butter on pancakes or waffles makes them more filling. Also, you can make a huge batch of palm sized pancakes and freeze them, then heat them in a toaster for a quick pancake breakfast every now and then. Use an empty ketchup bottle for the pancake batter.
- If you are a writer, look at your city’s region on the Nanowrimo site. You can message people and maybe connect with other writers in the area.
- When you hand in a resume to a place, ask to talk to a manager, shake their hand and introduce yourself, and give your resume. Say thank you and tell them to have a good day. They will remember you.
- Job interviews are scary. This is a fact of life, whether you are 16 or 60. It is okay.
- Your mental health is worth more than minimum wage. If your job is seriously detrimental to your mental state, quit. There are other jobs and there are likely programs in the area to help you while you are finding a new job.
- There is no shame in asking for help. There is no shame in asking for help. There is no shame in asking for help.
- Echinacea comes in vitamin form and tea form and in both forms they can work better than a lot of cold medicine.
- Everyone else is as scared as you are. You are not alone.
- You are the star of your own life, because you are the person who spends the most time with yourself, and thus by default also the person who pays the most attention to yourself. This is also true of everybody else on the planet; everybody is tuned in to their own channel. Nobody is watching you as closely or judging you as harshly as you are.
- Sleep for the job you want to have. If you’re on a 5AM - 2PM sleep schedule and you’re interviewing for 9 to 5s, you need to get on top of that shit stat. No better way to bomb a job interview than showing up half awake or not showing up at all.
- Drink water. You will be amazed how much better you feel when you’re properly hydrated as opposed to when you aren’t.
- It’s worth trying to avoid fucking people you work with; that shit gets messy more often than it doesn’t.
- In customer service situations: remain calm and polite, and ask to speak to the next person on the power food chain when you hit a brick wall. People at the bottom of the chain of command can get fired for giving you what you want, and that shit is not their fault; they do not deserve to be yelled at. On the other hand, the higher up you go, the more likely you are to deal with someone whose power level makes what you’re asking for basically irrelevant to them, and they’re a lot more likely to just give you what you want to get rid of you.
- If you drive, keep a blanket, some water, jumper cables, and maybe an item or two of non-perishable food in your trunk. You never know when or where you’re going to break down or how long you might be stuck.
- Learn the definition of the words “pyramid scheme” and how to identify them.
- DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES LEAVE PERISHABLE FOOD SITTING OUT IF YOU ARE LEAVING YOUR PLACE OF RESIDENCE FOR A PERIOD OF A WEEK OR LONGER, YOU WILL RETURN TO FRUIT FLIES AND THOSE FUCKERS ARE PERSISTENT
- “Dry clean only” means “Either put this in the washing machine on delicate and hope, or put the stopper it in your sink, fill it with water, dump a little bit of detergent in there, let the item soak, rinse it, and hang it to dry.” (But really, put it in on delicate and hope unless you love it enough to be willing to spend all that time on it.) Also, with the exception of clothing you’ve just bought (those’ll sometimes bleed), the whole “You have to wash whites and colors separately!” thing is basically bullshit. ALSO, people really do steal clothes from laundromats. Take a book, or some work, or your iPod, and don’t leave your machine unattended. Seriously. Don’t.
- If drinking, pick one kind of alcohol and stick to it for the night. Drink a vodka tonic and a vodka cranberry and a vodka martini, but don’t drink a vodka tonic and a whiskey sour and a specialty beer. You are much less likely to puke and/or wind up hungover this way.
- People who try to pressure you into doing shit you’re not comfortable doing, whether that shit is sex or drinking or drugs or anything else, are assholes. You are an adult now; peer pressure is over. People who think peer pressure is not over are people who can’t hear the word “no,” and you don’t need that shit in your life.
- No matter how prepared you think you are, sometimes cataclysmic shit will happen and it will decimate you (physically/financially/emotionally/sometimes all three). Don’t drive yourself crazy about this, just know that it’s true, and that it happens to everyone.
- No matter how fucked you think you are, sometimes incredible shit will happen and it will invigorate you (physically/financially/emotionally/sometimes all three). Don’t sit around waiting for this, just know that it’s true, and that it happens to everyone.
- NOBODY IS KIDDING ABOUT PUTTING DAWN IN THE DISHWASHER. AT ALL. STOP YOURSELF BEFORE DISASTER IS UPON YOU.
Probably the greatest, comprehensive analysis on one of the most important film makers in animation gone too soon, and my direct influence in storyboard/visual storytelling in animation, the late great Kon Satoshi.
Rest in Power, Kon-san!
Veronika Scott was a fashion student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit when her teacher, Stephen Schock, challenged her class to create a product that filled a need, rather than satisfying or creating a fad. Veronika’s design was a coat for homeless people that could transform into a sleeping bag, since in her city, she says, “you are constantly faced with the homeless epidemic.”
Not only did her design win a International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America, it’s become the core of Veronika’s nonprofit organization, The Empowerment Plan, which hires people from homeless shelters and transition homes to help her make the coats. Now, three years later, the 24-year-old social entrepreneur expects that her team of 15 seamstresses will produce over 6,000 coats in 2014 — all of which will be distributed free of charge to people living on the streets.
Veronika originally designed the coats seeking input from people at a homeless shelter. After receiving feedback from people who used the prototype over a Detroit winter, she refined the design to create her final version which, in addition to being a waterproof and windproof coat and sleeping bag, also transforms into an over-the-shoulder bag with storage in the arm sockets.
When she started out, Veronika states,
“Everybody told me that my business was going to fail — not because of who I was giving my product to but because of who I was hiring. They said that these homeless women will never make more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — you cannot rely on them for anything. And I know my ladies enjoy proving everybody wrong.”
And, their impact is growing — according to CNN, which recently honored Veronika as one of their 10 Visionary Women of 2014, “The Empowerment Plan expects to launch a ‘buy one, give one’ program that will make it sustainable beyond the donations and sponsorships that keep it running now. Hunters and backpackers who’ve asked to buy the coat will be able to do so, and the Empowerment Plan will still create coats for homeless people who need them.”
Veronika is also excited to show other clothing producers that local manufacturing is possible: “I think we’re going to show a lot of people: you think it’s outdated to do manufacturing in your neighborhood, but I think it’s something that we have to do in the future, where it’s sustainable, where you invest in people, where they’re not interchangeable parts.”
You can read more about Veronika’s organization on CNN, or watch a short video about her work here.
To learn more about The Empowerment Plan or how you can support their work, visit http://www.empowermentplan.org/
For a wonderful book about women’s great inventions throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything” for readers 8 to 13.
For those in the US who would like to support efforts to end homelessness and help the over 600,000 people who experience homelessness on any given night, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness athttp://www.naeh.org/ or to find a local homeless shelter to support in your area, visit http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/
Important in so many ways.
This is amazing and wonderful.
GONNA WATCH HOW TO TRAIN YOURE DRAGON 2 AT THE GALAXY AAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY
I kinda want a gay alien duo.
But they’re technically not gay, because one is of the the fourth gender of their planet, and the other is of the seventeenth.
And they’re not actually together, they’re more of best friends.
Because the word isn’t entirely translatable, but it’s something like “everything you need”, and they can have their own other significant others.
And nothing between them has to really be questioned. They’re always there for each other.
Just. Doing stupid shit in the kitchen and blowing things up? Yeah.
Sex Pollen? It’s not even hesitant, it’s just, “I got this weird aphrodisiac thing.” “Okay, I’ll help.” “Are you sure you’re okay with the thing that happened once?” “Yeah, it’s just you.”
Galactic cops on one of their tails? Fucking Bonnie and Clyde, Sam and Nat and Steve, complete trust in their reasons.
And they’re never scared they’re gunna mess it up.
I need more polyamory soulmate AU in my life.
Give me kids who freak out because holy fuck they have two names written on their wrists?
Kids being excited about the mark over their heart until they wake up with a burning shoulder and realize they got another one???
Adults who find one of their soulmates and go searching for the last one together, because they found each other, but someone’s still missing!
Adult’s who go searching for the missing 3rd soulmate and find another couple, realizing that things are even more complicated than they thought, because they apparently weren’t looking for the same person.
Adults who find their soulmate and realize they’ll have to share. Them coming to terms with the fact that they aren’t the only one for the person who’s the only one for them.
LIKE IDK JUST GIVE ME POLYAMORY SOULMATE AU’S I NEED THEM!
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