kacang merah (digital edition)

it’s here!! the digital edition of Red Beans is here!!

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i’m gonna keep this super brief as most of my feelings regarding it were mentioned in a previous post. and it was so great that i was able to sell the physical copy at cafkl!!

all my love to my artists, please support nie, vanilla, ollie and ili!!!!!! and thanks to danni and alex for reading over my drafts!!!!!!!

you can buy red beans on itch.io!!!!!


kacang merah

long time no see!! i just wanted to do a quick writeup about my new book, Red Beans! ^0^



i was actually going to do a new comic for CAFKL – to which i am attending and participating in for the first time this year! but i couldn’t… do it. ever since the new semester started, life’s been kicking me in the face with all of its strength. and i’m only in week three right now, so hopefully it’s all better from here. that being said, i was buckling under the con’s deadline and couldn’t produce what i wanted to do. i got really sick for a few days and my hands just wouldn’t draw anything cool.

in a moment of clarity (read: panic), i decided to turn to one of my other passions, that being writing! it did feel unconventional and a little daring to sell… well, an illustrated novel as opposed to a comic, at a comic-centric convention. but then again, i was becoming pretty much okay with the idea of taking risks. i mean, i started doing t-shirts last year. which i still wanna do, just some setbacks have definitely hindered me as of late.

that aside, i ended up churning out the book in about a day – but it was the rest of the process that was going at me. i managed to commission some of my amazing friends to do illustrations for the book! they worked under some incredible time constraints and for that, i am forever grateful. i had asked each of them to interpret my characters’ appearance however they see fit – only giving them basic text descriptions to work off.

writing… i’ve always thought writing was more my strength than drawing, to be honest. but i love drawing too! and i thought i should’ve capitalized on that more than anything for my convention stuff. but i’m happy to be breaking away from just that. i had it in my head that i’ll only sell things if i do popular anime prints at local comic cons – and despite that belief, my sales proved otherwise. but last year, when i started doing more original things – more of the things that i want and i like, everything picked up and i just… generally felt better about myself.

(my sales were better, too.)

so i mean like, always be aware of trends and what will generate profit but… generally when you love something so much, it tends to show. and people tend to notice the things you’re passionate about. sometimes they’ll notice it so much so, that they’ll give you their money for it. who knew, right?

this post will be amended upon Red Beans’ release at this weekend’s CAFKL! come find me at Quill City Mall!

to those who can’t make it, i’ll be selling the book again at Visual Arts Expo the following week. and then i’ll bring it with me to any subsequent cons.  after CAFKL, i’ll also be selling the book on my itch.io!

see you then!!

pearsonar 4: boogie until late


clocking in at just under 10 hours, i finished my first playthrough of Persona 4: Dancing All Night – and i’ve got some stuff to say about it!


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flame symbol destiny: borncorrect

just a quick little review thing since i just finished Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright. i mostly spoke up about it on my twitter, but i’m just gonna go into a bit more detail here. things are really scrambled and all because it’s late and i’m about to go to bed, but this more of an information dump than anything.


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midnight special

saw midnight special with @isacchili and @vanillers !!!!!!!!!!! #ootd #motd

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went out to see Midnight Special with ili and vanilla today! it was okay! a little slow; the movie generally felt very melancholic for the most part. it also had a super indie feel, but apparently that’s because the director did mostly the indie circuit prior to this. that being said, it was enjoyable – but i kept thinking about this one nic cage movie that had a similar plot LMAO

the movie aside, i’m really pleased with how i look right now. ^0^ you can’t tell under all those layers of instagram filters, but my skin has been super iffy as of late. i had really clogged pores and everything was oily and not a good time; i think it also had to do with hormones since it was shark week recently for me. that being said, some manual extraction and gentle exfoliation later, my skin started clearing up! makeup doesn’t cake on me and my skin isn’t as oily anymore. ^0^ i’m really happy, because i couldn’t wear makeup for over a week. it sucked. but today it’s like!!!! yes good. very good.

flame symbol: wakeupening


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i initially said it was clocking in at 26 hours but whoops, i clocked in almost 30 hours on this game – fire emblem: awakening! as a 2013 game, i’m a little late to the party. hell, the latest fire emblem just came out recently. buuuut, i only got a 3ds recently so there’s that.

the gist of fire emblem: awakening is that you’re this amnesiac who gets found in a field by a bunch of shepherds who can fight shit and use magic sometimes. then there’s more people and more stuff, also you can get married and so can everyone else – then they can poop out children. i love it.

this post is hot off the heels of playing the game, so it’s really just a jumble of thoughts.

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i’m still alive and i also brought my instagram back to life!! for the longest time it was on private, but tbh all i do is post selfies and maybe food posts (+ the occassional wip thing for school or personal projects) so i decided to bring it back!

follow me on instagram at @marumalade ^0^ !!

bringing my insta back to life with an old photo from when I first went blonde :^)

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