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Welcome! [05 Dec 2015|05:30pm]
Hello and welcome to my livejournal! Sometimes this is more like my deadjournal, because I tend to disappear for weeks (edit: Jan. 11, 2007--okay, OKAY, months XD) on end. :D;;; But I always come back! I also have a tendency to turn off comments because I am obsessive-compulsive about answering every single one (I'm working on getting over that) and this wreaks havoc with my work schedule. Edit: Jan. 11, 2007--I have more or less learned to deal with the obsessive-compulsive bit, finally! I will probably start turning the comments on now, sometimes--if I do not reply to your comment individually, be assured that I really wanted to, but the energy had to be saved towards getting more comics done!

This journal is public-only--there are no secret entries and what you see when not logged in, is all there is to it :)

If you friend me and would like to be friended back, please introduce yourself in the comments to this post! Just a little bit about yourself, what you do, where you're from, your name, etc. Thank you! (NOTE: It may take me a while to get back over here and do the actual add.. Like, a month or two sometimes :D;;; But I always do!)

Links of interest:
-FAQ and con appearance info for 2008
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Q&A [10 Nov 2010|03:32pm]
[ mood | productive ]

This the official post thread for my Q&A this week, if you have any questions for me, please post them here and I will do my best to reply to everything! :D And if you don't then I guess we all get some nice time off, haha!
This will be live until Sunday evening and I will be checking/replying as often as I can in breaks from work~

Also, my website's front page is updated with some news, for those interested:


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o__o [09 Nov 2010|06:47pm]
[ mood | industrious ]

*peers in* ...Is anyone still reading this thing... I see lj made some changes around here, more specifically to the colour scheme I'd so painstakingly assembled back in the day. Sadface! Oh well.

Commencing attempt number one billion to keep a regular blog! I've been doing a pretty good job with my Twitter and kind of okay with Facebook, if anyone's got accounts there.

Tomorrow I will be posting an official Q&A post on here, for those interested in asking me some questions and actually getting some answers...

In meantime, this might be of interest to any aspiring mangaka/comics authors out there--Yen Press is holding a New Talent Search! All the details are in their post here:

Quickie note [01 Dec 2009|06:41pm]
[ mood | creative ]

There is new art and Nightschool v3 FanArt Contest info on my DeviantArt, if anyone would like to see!

And I totally drew some manga pictures the old-skool way while traveling in Japan:

...As in, all the ink and tone bits ended up on my FACE XD.

I am home now, another crazy year winding to its end... 2010 is going to be all about less travel and more sitting at home with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate. Can't waaaaaait \^o^/

Happy holidays to everyone!

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[22 May 2009|01:03pm]
Quickie post as I run out the door:

I am going to be at Anime North this weekend!! Running to catch the bus now!

My DeviantArt account is totally updated and has more Anime North details:


hahahaha [30 Apr 2009|04:50pm]
[ mood | awake ]

Oh my god this totally got me:

Did it get you?! Confess confess!!

..In other news, it's rainy and grey here and I'm sitting here in my favourite wool cardigan. ^______^ Working, unfortuantely, because vacation is postponed, wah... But I am no longer sick, hooray! 3 weeks of coughing my brains out = Wrong Way of Life.

What's up with you, f-list?

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Quickie post [23 Apr 2009|12:40am]
[ mood | dorky ]

Hi, guys!! I am doing a signing in Toronto today!! Nightschool volume 1 is finally out (lookie lookie!) and to celebrate that, a store in Toronto called The Labyrinth has kindly organized a signing TODAY, Thursday Apr. 23rd!
If you come and buy a book you will get this mini-print of a picture I drew especially for the event:

For more information and store address please click here!

In other news, my website has like, an updated front page and stuff... :D;;; My 2009 con schedule is up, as well as some neeeewwws!

Also, there is exactly 1 week of work left until... my... VACATION!!! That's right, after a really really difficult year of pulling double shifts on the work front (and disappearing from the web), I am taking a week to do nothing but lounge in my pjs, read books, watch movies and surf the internets. IT WILL BE SO AWESOME AND I CANT WAIT T___T

See you sooooooon!

[05 Nov 2008|11:51pm]
[ mood | curious ]

Item the 1: News post in svet_news!

Item the 2: To the girl who gave me this wonderful wonderful scarf/astral-with-cookie at MCM Expo--could you please contact me? I need to ask you something! And thank you very much, it did keep me very warm against England's cold winds!! And the detachable cookie was genius, haha XD

Svet News Community! [08 Oct 2008|09:39pm]
[ mood | dorky ]

Yesterday was my birthday! I almost forgot about it, oops. :D;;; Yay, I'm older and wiser! ...Or close enough, anyway XD

I am still buried in my 2 full-time jobs, but in my latest attempt to share regular updates about my life and work I created a Svet News LJ Community! The idea of it is for me to have as little as possible to do with the actual updates there, so that it has a chance of, you know... Being UPDATED. *cough* My sister Sasha and pdelahanty have kindly agreed to help maintain it, so big thanks to them! Both are much more reliable than me with the whole posting thing...

So if you are interested in hearing what's up in the world of Svet (or want to give others a heads up on any Svet News that you noticed and we missed) please add this comm to your f-list! I'll be popping in every now and then to say hi (and my sister is only 6 floors away so you can ask her to poke me with a stick if I don't):

Come on over and play!!

And now back to work...

[09 Jul 2008|03:45pm]
[ mood | busy ]

I enjoy a great many things in this world and when there is something I enjoy I like to inflict share that joy with friends (or enemies, or whoever else is unfortunate enough to be nearby.)

Today, I share with you "FreakAngels" by Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield, a free webcomic you should be reading if you aren't already. (Intended for Mature Audiences, so make sure you are Mature and/or not easily offended before clicking! :D) It's no secret that I am a fan of Warren's work, but what you probably didn't know is that Paul's art makes me want to sneak into his house at night and steal ALL HIS ART SUPPLIES AND POWERS. I mean, just look at this page, especialy the last panel. And THIS one.
While I wait impatiently for the trade paperback, I draw fanart (click on image for full picture):

* * *

In other news, we saw Wall-E this weekend... I cried pretty much through the whole thing and will own it on DVD the moment it comes out. Amazing movie, I should probably propose next time we see each other... XD

* * *

Penciling Nightschool today. I.. I am having fun. Working. SOMETHING'S NOT RIGHT HERE :D;;;

Speaking of Nightschool! My good friend deedupuy (aka toner extraordinaire for both Dramacon and Nightschool) wrote a brilliant primer on the topic of "What's this Toning Thing, Anyway?". It's posted on my favourite manga blog called... MangaBlog. :D And! It showcases a couple of preview pages from Nightschool for the curious! Linkety link:

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Quickie post [03 Jul 2008|10:37pm]
[ mood | dorky ]

Heeeeey, guess who! :D I kind of disappeared for half a year there, didn't I... Again... Well, I had good reasons!! Work ate me :O

I am slowly starting to come back to the internets but before I am back completely I need to just quickly post about the fanart contest for the collected Dramacon volume (due out this fall):

The contest was over, but I asked that the deadline be extended to allow for a second round in case anyone from lj land wants to participate as well. (People who have already submitted--your entries are received, safe and sound, thank you very much!)
The new deadline is July 7th morning! The details of where to send stuff are in the above link.

And now I crawl off to bed. x___x Cool comic links tomorrow + a couple of updates!
Happy belated Canada day and an early 4th of July to all,

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[21 Jan 2008|02:03am]
Hi, guys! Again, it's really late at night that I write this, so excuse the typos and/or any hideous oversights...
I did some f-list maintenance--snipped off some dead ljs and people who asked to be friended but didn't friend me (o__o??;;), as well as added the new people who asked (welcome! :D). If I cut anyone in error or missed your request and didn't add you back, just let me know and I will fix!



Item the 1:
I will be at Phoenix Cactus Comicon next weekend (Jan. 26-27). I will post my schedule once I find it XD;;;

Item the 2:
My website has a major facelift and +10000000 functionality/useful info thanks to deedupuy. Everyone who ever wished my site was not in a coma for years on end--I fully expect you to help me build Dee a shrine. *starts laying down brick*

Item the 3:
And thanks to the kind help of Jim Munroe, I now have a mailing list! Sign up is on the Community page of the site, in case you want some Svet junkmail in your mailbox.

In other news, I am moving my studio to a bigger space and am cursing the day I decided that owning a metric tonne of books was a Good Idea... x___x At least it's looking really good! Pictures once I am all settled in :D

...But right now, SLEEP.
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[19 Dec 2007|12:15am]
[ mood | ZZZzzZzzz ]

Should be in BED as of an hour ago but realized I never posted this:

DRAMACON 3 signing in Toronto TOMORROW, Wed. 19th!!

I will be signing alongside the delightful and incredibly talented Faith Erin Hicks, author of "Zombies Calling"

Details here:

I am so sorry I still haven't replied to anyone in posts below and haven't added some people back yet--will do that this weekend!!*

This entry brought to you by the valiant typing efforts of Svet's face as she fell asleep on the keyboard Z_____Z

*unless December kidnaps me again ohgod where did the last 3 weeks go why is it Christmas next week already why why whyyyyy T____T

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Quickie post [06 Dec 2007|03:20am]
Because a few people have asked, here is my New York Anime Festival schedule! Sorry I took forever to post it and that the con is now like, tomorrow... XD;;;


3 to 4 p.m. DRAMACON 3 launch party (TOKYOPOP booth, sounds like there may be snacks!! :3 I'll be doing a little presentation on the third volume which is supposed to naturally transform into a signing. Or something.)


11 a.m. to 12 p.m.--Breaking Into Manga (TOKYOPOP creator group panel, whoo!)
2 to 3 p.m.--YEN PRESS Industry Panel (will be talking a little about Nightschool and making sure the panel doesn't accidentally become a karaoke session. Because with those guys YOU JUST NEVER KNOW)
4 p.m.--"Nightschool" signing at YEN PRESS booth--there is no book yet, obviously, but there will be these mysterious things called 'shikishi boards', which are kind of like signing cards, I believe. I drawed a drawing for those. :B


11 a.m. to 12 p.m.--a group presentation with 2 of the lovely TOKYOPOP lady authors--Amy Reeder Hadley of "Fool's Gold" and M. Alice LeGrow of "Bizenghast". It's basically going to be us three versus our poor editor, Lillian. Who will prevail??
2 to 3 p.m.--Writing For Manga--also a group panel. All guy cast except for me, which sounds like a shojo manga set-up if ever I saw one *giggle*

Also, I should hastily inform everyone that the Dec. 11 street date for volume 3 was a clever deception of the trusting masses here in Svetlania and we, the trusting masses, were very surprised to find out the book has already been out for a week. OOPS :D;;;

Son of Also:

Hee! :D
I wonder if anyone will find all of the Mr. Raccoon cameos... There are 4 in addition to the pack on the first page and the last two are especially good at blending in with the paper :3
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[01 Nov 2007|11:08pm]
[ mood | delirious ]

Peek-a-boo! Long time no write, dear lj... :D;;; I've been trying to be good and thorough about adding back folks who friended me and said hi in the introduction post--let me know if I missed anyone! It definitely wasn't on purpose...

And now, a quick recap of neeeews! Quick because the shuttle comes for me in 4 hours and I still haven't finished packing OR had sleep @o@;; What's with the shuttle, you may wonder? Ah! That's news item number...

1!. This weekend, Nov. 2-4, I will be a guest at JaniCon in Florida, Jacksonville! If you are in the area, do drop by:

( fantasyreverie I totally borrowed the image you used in dramacon, let me know if that's not all right and I'll remove it :D)

News Item # 2.
Dramacon 3 is done. DONE! It's coming out on the 10th of December, I believe, and TOKYOPOP has the first chapter up on their site here. (Thank you for the heads-up, snarky_kat!)
BONUS: Check out dramacon for full version of this pic, hee hee:

News Item # 3.
HEY LOOK, ALIENS JUST LANDED!! *escapes through window while everyone is distracted*

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[19 Apr 2007|12:10pm]
*blows dust off livejournal*

don'thitmeplz :D;;;;

Surfacing briefly from WORKING VERY HARD ON DRAMACON 3 FOR YOU GUYS (out in December, teaser art coming sooon)), I am posting a quickie announcement:


.:~MANGA HOW-TO-DRAW WORKSHOP with Svet in Toronto~:.

The kind people at Max the Mutt Animation School invited me to run a 2-day manga drawing workshop in Toronto the weekend after this one (Apr. 28-29)! The class will include both theory and drawing time that will focus on character design, the use of manga's visual language, and panelling/story pacing on a manga page. The class size is limited to 15 students and the registration deadline is Monday, Apr. 23!

Full details on the workshop in the link:


(P.S. Welcome to the new people and thanks to everyone for providing questions for the FAQ section!! Working on that, too....)
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[11 Jan 2007|08:44pm]
[ mood | hungry ]

Happy New Year, everyone! ...Belatedly :D;;;
One of my New Year's resolutions is to update this place more often. So here I am!


First off, a quick announcement to the California/LA area people:
I will be in LA at the end of this month, courtesy of Anime LA who invited me as a guest!! The convention will run from Jan. 26 to Jan. 28 and I am scheduled for a few panels and 2 signings, I believe. So come on out and say hi! :D
The site is here (pre-registration cut-off is this Sunday!)
Can't wait for this one *waves at pinkchan and other LA peeps* Whooo!


Secondly, I updated my website a little. Glory be! It's very pink now and it has my con schedule so far for 2007 (there may be another con or two going on the list).
I am also finally the right age in the 'About' section, hee hee. Sweet, sweet 18...


Thirdly, and this is website-related again--I am working on the FAQ section and I need to figure out which questions I should include in there. So, I was wondering if you guys could do me a huge favour? Could you post in the comments what questions you'd like to see answered there?


Love and hugs for the New Year,

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Neeeews... [23 Nov 2006|03:42pm]
[ mood | excited ]


.:~1~:. I will be doing a book signing in Toronto this Sunday, Nov. 26, along with a merry crowd of fellow comic book creators. Click here for the flyer and more info! They should have both Dramacon 1 and 2 for sale, as well as the Mangaka America book (which turned out too gorgeous for words… Go Tania and Will!!!)

.:~2~:. ABC introduces manga and graphic novels to the TV-watching masses! Link here. From what I understand, if the online article garners enough interest, this may become something more than just an online piece! So, if you guys have a moment, please read the article and then use the ‘e-mail this’ option on the page to send the article to anyone you think needs to read this—friends, enemies, pets, debt collectors, comics-haters, etc… Let the infection spread far and wide! Until EVERYone is reading comics, mwah-ha-ha!!!


Also, have a Happy Thanksgiving, all you people in the US who celebrate such a thing! We Canadians already had ours (being the forward-thinking folk that we are). Nyah nyah! Which means I don’t have to eat enormous amounts of meat and pastries today, hahahaha!

… ;___;
*goes to find a cookie and to spam people with the ABC link*


I love rain [03 Aug 2006|02:54pm]
[ mood | tired ]

It's raining here today--calm summer rain that broke the horrible humid heat of yesterday. I had to go out and through the courtyard to get to the superintendant's office to fill out a work order for some repairs, and I dawdled on my way back, just basking in the light drops. I took off my sandals and walked about in the wet lawn grass, through the water puddles on the sidewalk--squish squish, splash splash. Turned up my face towards the rain. I can still feel the water's cool afterburn in my skin. ^_____________^ Can't remember the last time I've done this, been so busy these past few years.

I had to wash my feet when I got back, of course, 'cause god knows what they spray those lawns with, ew.

Also: Hello! *waves* I've been away. In case people haven't noticed. *dodges things being thrown at her person* XD

I've been away because I've been very busy, too busy to blog, even, forget attending to forums and updating comics and whatnot. It was nothing particularly fun or exciting, so I'll do a quick re-cap:
--Dramacon 2 was a beast, I thought I'd never finish it. But it's done! Thank heavens for deedupuy, the bestest toner ever who stayed up the long hours it took to finish the book. The thing is off at the printers as of last week. *throws salt over shoulder*
--there was a medical emergency in the family back in May, which involved a hospital stay, an operation and a difficult recovery period. But all is well now! *knock on wood*
--CosmoGIRL page every month. Nothing to sneeze at, yo.

So, I am somewhat back. Recuperating after the last mad deadline dash--I had to hand in the book, then pull off a CosmoGIRL page, then scrub around the apartment for a day and OW my arms and back and neck and every single muscle I didn't even know I had...

Still not functioning at 100%, but getting there. Tonight I am working on a Night Silver page--there will be an update tomorrow (might be a little late), as well as a proper Dramacon 'yay done here look pikchurrrs' post. And a Chasing Rainbows update on Saturday.

Later today I will come back to add all the lovely people who have commented on the introduction post--sorry I took so long to get to this ^__^;;; I think I'd better put a note on there regarding my inevitable tardiness with, oh, everything XD

Right now I'm off to drink tea. Because tea is awesome. You know, I attempted to drink coffee in the last stretch of Dramacon, with the purpose of keeping myself awake? And it didn't work!! I endured the awful awful coffee taste for nothing! So, it's obvious to me that tea is by far a superior drink and I shall never ever again stray from it. Note how comments are totally off so that none of you nasty coffee drinkers can argue with me on this XD


Gwaaaahhh.... [28 Feb 2006|11:21pm]
[ mood | hack wheeze cough ]

I am back from NYCC (greatest weekend ever) and am sick with flu or something--spent today crawling around like a half-squashed bug, skin and throat hurting like OW, fever going up to 39C x___x I'm drinking NeoCitron, though, and that's helping.

I also feel like a complete jerk about something that will make me feel guilty for months to come... During the second Dramacon signing a little girl came up and wanted to speak with me. I couldn't do it right there and then because people in the line had already been waiting for a while and it would've been unfair to them. So I promised the girl that if she'd wait, I'll speak with her after the signing. AND I FORGOT. _Completely_. I had an interview right after and the signing ran slightly overtime, I think, because the interviewer was already there when I was done and a TPOP person was ushering me in her direction. In the shuffle I completely forgot about the little girl *headdesk headdesk headdesk*

In the vain hope that she sees this entry--I AM SO SORRY!! Please e-mail me!! ;___;

And her Mom was there, too, and I exchanged smiles with her and all.... *cringe* I feel like such an ass for forgetting. I mean, granted, it was an insane day and my brain was totally fried from the presentation (well, even more so than usual, anyway), but still, I imagine them waiting and waiting and waiting, only to find out that I disappeared...
AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!! *crawls into a hole*

...Besides this tragic faux pas on my part, the weekend was incredible. Thanks to everyone who came by to see me!!! \;o;/ It was so great to meet you all, I was really dreading the presentations but they turned out to be so very very fun instead. Thank you!

I am going to sleep some more now--first part of con report going up tomorrow!

*deliriously yours*
Svet @__@

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