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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/gijinka comic 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. The usual update day is Thursday, but I post when to expect the next page in the author comments.


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Southern Cross's hosting

It's time for another news post after over half a year. Can you believe its been that long? I'm currently still in a valentines arc so it seems even weirder that its currently August. (So how's about that plot development then, huh? That's something that had been in planning for a few years now) As always, thank you to the people who still read this comic after all this time, and to the people who have recently started reading.

Anyway,

In September, my smackjeeves contributer subscription runs out. This basically just lets me have a nicer URL (because I really, really prefer .thewebcomic.com to .smackjeeves.com). Usually all I have to do is renew it, but from 2018 smackjeeves have raised the price by $10US...on top of what was already kind of a lot given our exchange rate, and I'm really questioning if its still worth it with the extra cost.
Along with the fact that I honestly really hate the early strips in the comic and want to redraw them (I know I cant just trap this comic in an endless cycle of redrawing stuff but seriously that older stuff is -bad-), it's making me want to move the comic somewhere else. It'd take forever, but it would give me the chance to leave out the old strips in the new location but keep them hosted here for the sake of history.

There are currently two problems I have:
1) I dont know where else to host the comic. Smackjeeves gets decent traffic and its been here for 7 years. Southern Cross used to have mirrors on DrunkDuck and Tapastic, both of which went to poop. I really dont want to invest time in moving everything to a new place only to have the same thing happen. If anyone has any experience with other webcomic hosts and their pros/cons, I'd really like your input in the comments.

2) Many locations around the place have linked to Southern Cross, so those links would still be directing traffic to the old location. I guess I can just redo the banner to be a big GO HERE INSTEAD advertisement though.

Anyone have any thoughts on this? Or should I just suck it up, pay the extra and leave things as they are, considering smackjeeves has been so reliable all this time?
Granted, I am also considering paying extra for just -one- year and using that year to slowly migrate everything to a new place.

Tips, opinions and advice are all welcome!

posted by Torino @ August 8th, 2018, 9:32 pm  -  2 comments

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has a good 2018 - or at least a better year than 2017.
SC will be back soon with Adelaide's redone intro!

posted by Torino @ December 31st, 2017, 9:48 am  -  0 comments

New Intros

As you may have noticed since about a month ago I've been finally working on updating the old character intros from 2011. There are two reasons for this, the first is that my 2011 art makes me recoil from the screen, and the second is that some of them are badly done (like Mel's) and need to be updated anyway.
I'm trying to add one every two weeks - although every week would be ideal. The main reason it's taking so long is the trouble I've had with Clip Studio. I'll announce when the next page should be up in the description of each page, typically they'll go up on a Thursday.(Australia/Japan time)

posted by Torino @ July 5th, 2017, 9:52 pm  -  0 comments

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 (southerncrossthewebcomic.com) 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

SUPANOVA 2016


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

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