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This a webcomic about a bunch of hopefully amusing people known as the eight state capital cities of Australia. Southern Cross is a moe anthropomorphization comic - in the vein of Hetalia, Afganisu-tan and the OS-tans to name a few - featuring Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Darwin, Adelaide and Perth. It's about their relationships, their rivalries, their teamwork, their personal tragedies, and the fact that they're all, at heart...a little dysfunctional. Primarily a comedy (or at least trying to be), you don't have to know anything about Australia for this. Hell, you don't even have to care about Australia either. And maybe you'll learn a thing or two...but don't worry. It's not that kind of educational. Currently updates each Tuesday!


I did it! (Plus news regarding the tumblr)

I really ought to to use this news page more.
Recently the Tale of Two Cities arc finally finished. It took more than two years and I honestly thought I'd never get it done at one point. It's not perfect, and there are parts I wish I had done differently, but it's still finally done.

I also finished the Halloween special, a much smaller affair at 3 pages. Do check it out if you can. The last page was the 200th Southern Cross page! It sounds more impressive than it actually is considering alot of those pages are hiatus notices/guest art/etc, and also since it's been running since 2011 I feel it really ought to have more than that. But it's come a long way regardless.

And speaking of "a long way", I know I say this nearly all the time but I NEED to redo those character intros at the start because I dont like them at all. I also need to redo the banner - i originally intended to change it every year, but then I changed it once in 2012 (I think?) and never changed it again. It's actually surprisingly difficult to think of banner designs but I'll do my best to think of a good one.

Look forward to more Southern Cross in the future - I cant say when, since I really want to take a break from it for a little while - the next time I do anything, I want to do it -properly-, I want pages finished well in advance instead of the ridiculous last minute uploads I've been doing all this time. I'd like to make a christmas upload (Maybe we can have another Requestathon) but I cant guarantee it yet. But there's definitely things coming in future, and they're definitely shorter!

Anyway, about the tumblr: this happened a while ago, but AskMelbourne went kaput (because all my tumblrs did) and I had to remake them. I decided to retire the askblog concept rather than remake it entirely but I do still intend the new blog ( to redirect there.
The problem right now is that there are times when I have linked to stuff on askmelbourne throughout the comic, and those links are now dead. (For example the Christmas Requestathon and a comic I did for Melbourne's birthday a few years back). I'll be reuploading them soom.

Thanks for reading this far! Look forward to both new content and redrawn old content in the future.

posted by Torino @ October 31st, 2016, 10:23 pm  -  0 comments


Torino will be at Sydney Supanova 2016 on June 17th, 18th and 19th! It's at Sydney Showground in Homebush, so if you're going too, please come by and say hello! You can find me up at 32 in the Indie Press part of the Artist Alley, with the Sydney Comics Guild.
I'll be selling my usual fanart prints and badges, plus the Southern Cross badges too. Most importantly I'm also selling my first book - an illustration anthology of original art I havent shown before. I might also do sketch commissions!

posted by Torino @ June 13th, 2016, 8:19 pm  -  0 comments

Happy Birthday to Southern Cross!

Now it's officially the comic's fourth anniversary.
As well as being Sydney's birthday.

Unfortunately that picture is all I have to commemorate this.
There will still be a regular update tomorrow.

posted by Torino @ January 25th, 2015, 10:10 pm  -  0 comments

A (late) Happy New Year!

This will be Southern Cross's 5th year online! Thank you to everyone who has stuck with it for so long, and thank you to any new readers deciding to stick around.

posted by Torino @ January 18th, 2015, 6:30 am  -  0 comments

SMASH! and badges!

SMASH! 2014 went very well, so thank you to everyone who visited my stall. If you're one of the new readers who found the comic by following the link on my business card or the Southern Cross sample comics, then I hope you've liked it enough to stay a reader and that the awful art in the character introductions hasnt scared you off.
All leftover stock, including the new Southern Cross badges, are now at Torino-Mart.

posted by Torino @ August 18th, 2014, 7:28 pm  -  0 comments

The store is now up!

Thank you to those who bought a Southern Cross postcard from my sister at Supanova last week! As promised, the postcards are also now available at the new etsy store Torino-Mart.
A link to the store has also been added on the comic navigation itself. Thank you for supporting Southern Cross! More things will be added to the store after SMASH in August.

posted by Torino @ June 19th, 2014, 9:18 am  -  0 comments

Supanova, SMASH and an online store!

If you haven't been following AskMelbourne, check the announcement here about more ways you can support Southern Cross.
Keep an eye on the News for the online store! It will get a link under the comic's banner, next to Ask Melbourne.

posted by Torino @ June 2nd, 2014, 7:55 am  -  0 comments

3 years online, AskSydney

In just 22 more days I can say Southern Cross has been online for three whole years now. Thank you to everyone who continues to read it.
The planning for the next story arc is still underway and although the updates on the comic itself may be sparse until then, don't forget there's also content going on at AskMelbourne, which is temporarily AskSydney for this month.

posted by Torino @ January 4th, 2014, 3:43 am  -  0 comments

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