of the comic
Well, I know
that sometime, somewhere, somebody will ask us something along
the lines of "where the hell did this whole idea come from?"
Whew, that was a few too many "some"s for one sentence.
Glenn and I had been reading online comics for a while, and suddenly,
without any warning, Glenn turns to me and says "Hey, we
should do our own webcomic!" My reaction? Stupid idea, we'd
never actually get anywhere with it, there's no way we could do
it, so what the hell let's do it. I proceeded to do a few comics
to test out this idea, and the comic was called "Roommates
no Baka." These comics made our friends roll on the floor
laughing, which isn't too surprising considering that just about
everything in the comic was true. But those comics took too long
to make, and they really didn't seem all that funny or fulfilling
for me. I really enjoyed the idea of making a webcomic, though,
so I was determined to try again, without confining the comics
to real life events, without spending forever coloring each one.
And I wanted to tell a story with the comic, not just have an
endless series of random jokes. I guess I was inspired by Megatokyo,
with its amazing combination of great art, humor, and a progressive
story. But we needed more than just the two of us, we needed someone
else thrown into the mix. We'd be boring by ourselves, we'd run
out of story and jokes too fast. And what happens in anime when
you're introduced to a couple lonely guys? The girl of their dreams
comes out of nowhere and turns their lives upside down.
was the character I came up with to be the girl of our dreams.
Well, I dunno about that. But she was designed really to be the
catalyst for most of the jokes in Neobaka. She being a robot makes
for lots of possibilities for weird situations and technology/gaming
related jokes. As for her design, I was inspired by a lot of animes--too
many to count. Ones that come to mind are Battle Angel and Ah!
My Goddess. Those for the metal parts on her cheeks. Although
it was tempting, I avoided love-sim influences when designing
her. She isn't meant to be a sex object. She is meant to be extremely
cute. And I believe that a large part of cuteness is innocence.
of the name "Yuki"
When I need
a name, I usually check a bunch of anime art sites, looking for
names that are semi-common and not distinctive enough to get people
thinking of other characters when they hear the name. (Imagine
if I had picked the name "Asuka" -- which is a common
name) So, on one art site I found a drawing of a girl named "Yuuki,"
and I liked the sound of that... Though I decided to drop the
extra U. I told Glenn about this, and he looked up "Yuki"
and found that it means "snow." Kawaii, methinks. "Yuuki"
however, means courage, bravery, boldness, etc., which isn't nearly
as cute and doesn't suit Yuki's innocent, childlike personality.
of the name "Neobaka"
who are into anime know that "baka" translates to something
like "fool," "idiot," or "stupid."
Glenn and I have used the word "baka" in titles for
a few things over the past couple of years as a joke--telling
Japanese-savvy people that we're idiots right in the title. So,
when trying to name the comic, we had to do it again. The name
we settled on, "Neobaka," has two meanings, I think.
One, it just means we're new fools. The idiots of the future.
Hey, the first comic was posted on the first day of the real new
millenium. And two, it's a play on other names and titles. It's
"Neo-baka," as in "Neo-Tokyo." And in that,
we might even be referencing Megatokyo
by proxy, you never know.
all for now, we'll add more info later!)