Austin's birthday

Silly comics and sketches featuring Austin and Jake from Here We Are.

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September 24 was Austin's birthday (from Here We Are). I didn't do much for Jake's birthday due to my busyness, so I figured I'd finally draw some of these side stories that have been floating around in my notebook. These comics are best read after arc 1/ch.1-11 + extra. Even better if you've read the printed/digital copies' exclusive extras.

Black and white, 4-panel comics featuring original characters (Jake and Austin) from Here We Are webcomic by Dirchansky. 
===Strip 1: Flavours of Jake (via Austin)===
This strip shows the different Jake "looks" that Austin likes. 
Panel 1 "great" shows the default Jake in glasses and tshirt. 
Panel 2 "so cute <3" shows Jake sleeping next to Wacou. 
Panel 3 "too hot" shows Jake in low v-neck tshirt. 
Panel 4 "swoon" shows Jake in the loggersports uniform.
===Strip 2: Jealousy (I)===
This strip shows a conversation between Austin and Jake about the Pride parade. The dialogue is as follows: 
Austin- The pride parade is today! I've never been before. Want to come with me?
Jake- Oh! Sorry I already have plans. Uh-the parade...it's like...super crowded and hot outside...usually...!! ...you should just stay home instead.
Austin- That's too bad, are you free later tonight? Dinner?
Jake- Yea, prob. I gotta go. I'll text you later.
Austin-See you soon!
[Scene change: Austin is in a crowd outside]
Austin (thoughts) - I ended up coming out. It is pretty crowded, but everyone seems happy! I have some time to walk around before the parade starts...

Black and white, 4-panel comics featuring original characters (Jake and Austin) from Here We Are webcomic by Dirchansky.
===Strip 1: Jealousy (II)===
This strip shows Austin spotting Jake at Pride while wearing an extremely form-fitting and low-cut outfit. 
Voice - Happy pride! Do you want a photo or sticker?
Austin (thoughts) - that voice...? 
[Austin turns around]
[Austin sees Jake from afar, in front of a photo op booth]
Austin (thoughts) - J-Jake?! What is he doing?! And-What is he wearing?!
===Strip 2: Jealousy (III)===
This strip Austin confronting Jake about the outfit.
Jake - Happy Pride! Did you want a---
Austin - ...
Jake - Uh- wa- hey-!
Austin (mumbling) - You look nice, maybe TOO NICE
Jake - T-the festival gave me this outfit-!!
Austin (menacing) - If anyone lays a finger on you I'm going to rip their arm off.

Black and white, 4-panel comics featuring original characters (Jake and Austin) from Here We Are webcomic by Dirchansky.
===Strip 1: Jealousy (VI)===
This strip shows Austin and Jake having a conversation while taking a photo at the Pride photobooth.
Austin - Booth babe! Let's take a photo together! When is your shift over?
Jake - Uh, six...
[Austin and Jake put on props and do weird poses for the photo]
Voice - 1, 2, 3, cheese!
Austin - I'll meet you here then. Keep the outfit on. I want to take a LONG HARD look at you...in PRIVATE.
===Strip 2: Jealousy (V)===
This strip shows one of Jake's past hook-ups copping a feel...in front of Austin.
Jake (thoughts) - Phew, my shift is almost over.
Hookup guy - Yyoo-! Jay! It's been a while.
Jake - Oh-yeah-
Hookup guy - I really miss this ass.
Jake - Hey-!
[Austin appears, with a dark aura around him]
Jake - Oh shi---------
Hookup guy - Hmm?

The fate of this other man is left up to your imagination. Jake's outfit is 100% inspired by the Sims 4 version of Jake that wears a really skin tight party outfit, haha. I also remember walking around Pride Festival and seeing people who were hired to just be body-candy. Despite how scrappy these comics tend to be, they're really an exercise in being concise, which can take longer to plan out.

I enjoy seeing other artists' illustration when they have have a background/scene going on, so I thought I'd give it a try. This scene feels distant future to me since it would be very rare for them to dress up together. I'm not very good at doing AUs for my own OCs...Austin only owns one suit and doesn't really like wearing neckties. Jake probably owns some fashion suits (skinny/tight look). Students don't have money for fancy suits!

Black and white sketch of two men sitting on a sofa unit while wearing suits. The person on the left is looking relaxed and has his arm extended outwards, propped up by pillows. The person on the right is holding out a glass in his right hand.

Ever since I did HWAnimation I've been into longer-hair Austin...where the wavyness of his hair is a bit more obvious. It's primarily a winter hairstyle. Jake lets the top of his hair grow out too, but it's still faded on the back/sides.

Today's music post: Star by B. B. Smooth.