About

About the comic:

Monster in the Kingdom began as an experiment. I have no artistic talent, and the experiment was to see how far technological crutches could make up for that very important shortcoming. The result is: okay? It's not good by a long shot, but it's definitely not terrible. Technology can help you make a decent comic no matter how bad you are naturally, but there's no substitute for talent and work, and I salute those who have it.

When do you update?

I think one of the most important things in a webcomic is consistent updates. So I will update Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays until the story is over, rain or shine!

Crutches?

Yes. In order to compensate for my complete lack of artistic talent, I use:

  • ComiPo! for composition, panel layout, and for the original character designs
  • CELSYS Clip Studio Paint and a Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch for sketching, inking, and color
  • Google SketchUp 7 for modeling 3d backgrounds

Is this autobiographical?

Not really? None of the characters are me. The story is loosely based on real events, and the characters are all based on people that I know, but exaggerated, combined, and otherwise drama-fied for story purposes. Also it didn't take place in Japan, though I have lived there and like to visit when I can. While the events in question were happening, we joked that a lot of what was going on were textbook yuri tropes, and I decided that this would make a good story for the experiment I had been thinking about doing. Since in addition to having no art skills I also have no talent for coming up with stories, it really was lucky.

Can I create fanart?

Sure! I don't think I could stop you even if I wanted to. Feel free to send a link to monsterinthekingdom@gmail.com, I have been excited to see what people have come up with so far!

The panels are confusing me.

This is a manga-style comic. Panels are read right-to-left, top-to-bottom. Here is a handy guide!