Sexy Losers #279 “Mother’s Little Helper [2 of 9]” (NSFW)

When I got to this strip, I realized I messed up on the previous one — Mrs. Shibata was shown in the last panel naked, when in the story I had written she was supposed to be wearing a bra. The bra was going to be a plot point later on, so I had to change some things in the story to accommodate. For example in this strip she is naked in every panel, but I kind of wish I left that bra in there because it kind of escalated a little quickly. It would have been better for Kenta to establish his erection while Mrs. Shibata was dressed, and Kenta doesn’t seem to react to his mom being naked in the kitchen. Of course, it could be a regular occurrence in the household, after all, she does do housework in a bra, and she masturbates in the shower with the door open. She is not exactly shy with her body, so maybe this is just how it is.

There really isn’t much more to say as this is a transitional strip, except that it will escalate from here. The Shibata strips were always fun to do because they really pushed the boundaries, like how far it could go before it got really really wrong. I’m happy to say that I think this series will push that boundary further still, that’s why it’ll take 9 strips to get there.

You can read the strip here. As always, any Sexy Losers link is NSFW.

Sexy Losers #278 – “A Harry Situation”

I love parodies. In Sexy Losers, I have parodied Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, Spiderman, Silence of the Lambs, Space: 1999, Blair Witch Project, Video Girl Ai, Evangelion, Sailor Moon, Cinderella, Pinocchio … there are many more. The best part of doing parodies is getting to draw some of the characters you love. And so it goes for Harry Potter.

I didn’t always like Harry Potter. I saw the first movie in a movie theatre when it came out, and I wasn’t too impressed. It seemed too long, and I didn’t get the ending. I couldn’t understand why Professor Quirrell was defeated so easily by simply touching Harry … it seemed like an ending where Harry succeeded simply out of dumb luck or what I thought was a cheap deus ex machina. Had I given the second movie a shot I would have had a change of heart, but the first movie was not that great to me. The first half was how incredibly bad Harry’s life was and the second half literally him shitting luck.

The Order of the Phoenix happened to be on TV one night a number of years later, and I was amazed at how dark it turned. I quickly rewatched the series, and then read all the books over train rides in the span of one month. Now I understand the ending to the first movie, and I can enjoy everything about it.

This was a fun strip to draw. It was great being able to draw Harry, Hermione, and Ginny (the back of Ron’s head makes an appearance and base it on the movie actors’. It’s the kind of strip that would have been at home when the strip was more regular and doesn’t seem forced to me, like many of the THIN H LINE Tumblr strips.

I had a bit of a conundrum at the end trying to figure out exactly how much Ginny would let the reader know that outing Harry wasn’t her primary intention, she was actually trying to sleep with Ron. I don’t like spelling out punchlines, so I hope I got it just right.

You can read the comic here – and yes it’s NSFW [female nudity]: http://www.sexylosers.com/comic/278/

Sexy Losers #277 – “Mother’s Little Helper [1 of 9]”

Drawing this series is uneasy for me. I kind of lampshaded it with the Gender Incrimination series, which made the point that there was something to the fact that the mother-son incest storyline was less horrible than a father-daughter incest storyline. Mind you, both are not acceptable in any sense, but in fiction, one is a little more digestible than the other. Yet, I still had requests for the Shibata story to continue, so maybe I can find ways to push the envelope a little further.

I had this idea for an extended Shibata story for a long time, but the problem with Sexy Losers stories is the four panel format and that every fourth panel must have some kind of meaningful “punchline”. I had this problem with the Shiunji and the Suicide Girl series, which is why it took so long to finish. So one day I sat down and planned the whole story out and drew storyboards for all nine strips. So it shouldn’t take me 15 years to finish it.

I made the unfortunate decision to add Tic Tacs to the dialogue, not knowing that they would play a small part in the 2016 American election.

I originally had a reason for why Mrs. Shibata was drinking so much wine. In the original story I had, her husband left her for a woman who did Marvel cosplay. But it was already going to be nine strips, so that detail got scrapped and instead he’s gone on a business trip.

I’m sorry this is starting off slow, but it will go somewhere interesting I hope. These first few strips are just laying down the groundwork.

You can read the strip here, and this is NSFW (male & female nudity): http://www.sexylosers.com/comic/277/

Sexy Losers #276 “Shiunji and the Suicide Girl: Post-Mortem”

So ends the Shiunji and the Suicide Girl series.

To be honest, it ended back in 2011, when I finally drew the strip for a public audience. The script and layouts had been done years earlier still. I remember sitting down in 2005 and writing all the dialogue, the jokes and sketching the layouts. Earlier still, I was planting all the details throughout the series to ensure that the conclusion which I planned made sense. This was a long time coming.

I don’t really want to get into the details of why it took so long. Suffice to say I had planned it all so well that I couldn’t draw it to my expectations. I have in my archives many false starts, half-completed strips where I would get so frustrated I would just start again from scratch. I knew it had to be perfect, and I couldn’t match the images I had in my head with what I could draw.

But I knew that for as long as this particular series was incomplete, Sexy Losers was incomplete too. What made me not give it up completely and return occasionally for a few strips was this particular story. I couldn’t abandon it knowing it wasn’t finished. But I didn’t have the confidence to do justice to the strip. So I was caught between a desire to do the strip and my belief I couldn’t.

I considered that perhaps I was building it up too much and needed to strip down what I was doing to make it more manageable. In 2011, inspired by what Josh Lesnick was doing, I was going to do a Tumblr called the THIN H LINE that was going to bring it back to its roots: smaller and completely hand drawn, just like I started doing it in 1999. About 20 new strips came about, plus the completion of the Shuinji thread. Unfortunately very few people actually read it, and I shelved the THIN H LINE as depression comix was becoming more important to me.

However, it always felt uncomfortable that the completion of the story was at a different website than where the majority of the strip resided. I didn’t know what to do about this – when I first built the Sexy Losers site it wasn’t designed to handle a new series of strips and when I tried to reprogram it the site crashed, and it was too complicated for me to fix. I knew I had to restart the site from scratch, and I really didn’t have the time to do that.

In 2013, I bought a new phone – a Galaxy Note. It had a pressure sensitive pen with it. I decided it would be cool to recolor those THIN H LINE strips and rebrand them as Sexy Losers strips, to be added to the archive. I did a number of those strips, probably the best ones to be honest, and in 2015 I finally redid the Sexy Losers site from scratch. Most of the Shiunji strips were recolored and posted, except the last one.

I have to admit I was unhappy with the strip as it appeared in the THIN H LINE. The last panel wasn’t drawn that well, and it’s not clear that the reanimated corpse in the last panel was the dead wife of Mr. Watanabe. This strip needed to be redrawn. (You can see the original strip below the new one and make the comparison for yourself)

Now, the strip is part of the archive, and you can now read the entire story of Shiunji and the Suicide Girl on Sexy Losers.

It took a long time to finish this story, and it took longer to put it all in one place. If you’re reading this, I deeply admire your patience.

But it’s not the last Sexy Losers strip. It might not even be the last one with Shiunji and Tomoe.

Read the strip here –> http://www.sexylosers.com/comic/276/ (Warning: NSFW)

Sexy Losers #275

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Before we get back to business, let me apologize for the mess I caused two weeks ago. What happened was I installed a new plugin/theme for this site — Monstroid — and it came with a bunch of unwanted sample data which got interpreted as new posts. This caused a lot of problems as these sample posts got posted everywhere this site was linked to — my twitter, tumblr, facebook, and livejournal as part of all this. I apologize and I’m still cleaning up the mess. I’ve since deleted the plugin, and I’m not going to use it ever again. Worst $20.00 I’ve spent.

This is the first original Sexy Losers I’ve drawn since 2011. Although it’s an idea I’ve tried to wrap up ten years ago, when I initially planned the trilogy I didn’t have a strong punchline for the third strip. In the original script, Touro just thinks better of it and goes back to hitting on Madame X. But last month I thought of a new punchline: that Touro’s strip gets hit with the gender switch instead. This feels like a more satisfying conclusion and allows me to draw Touro and his friends as women. Who knows if they stay that way.

It was a lot of fun drawing big again. The Tabashi panel was particularly fun to draw, and so was the final panel.

The thing about the Tabashi strips is that it made it a lot harder to write Shibata strips full well knowing how I’ve made the double standard clear. Part of me feels like a hypocrite when I consider doing Shibata strips and the two that I did for the Tumblr THIN H LINE series feel a bit off because of it.

Tomoe Toyosaka (cover for Sexy Losers)

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This is the cover of Sexy Losers that appeared in January, 2005. I actually had pencilled and inked it a year earlier but procrastinated this one as much as possible. Looking back at it now, I think I was on top of my game for coloring on the computer, I don’t think I could do the hair that way again. For posterity’s sake, here is the original pencils and inks, (I think the pencils are superior to the finished work, I ruin everything by inking):

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