Frequently Asked Questions
We get a lot of questions here at KT. Here are some of the questions we most commonly receive and the best answers we can muster.
- Do you use photos because you can’t draw?
- Where did you get that new Kimono/Minty?
- How many Kimonos/Mintys do you have?
- Can I buy a Kimono/Minty variant from you?
- How did you make your customs?
- Where do you get all those great accessories?
- What camera/lighting/programs do you use?
- How do you make your word balloons?
- What inspired this comic?
- What’s the deal with Minty?
- Are you a furry?
- How can I support Kimono’s Townhouse?
Do you use photos because you can’t draw?
Where did you get that new Kimono/Minty?
Actually, I’m told that I draw quite nicely, and I do enjoy drawing. However, drawing doesn’t give me an excuse to play with my toys!
How many Kimonos/Mintys do you have?
The “variant” Kimonos and Mintys are actually customs I made. I wanted to make the characters more dynamic, and since My Little Ponies are not poseable, I had to create new poses for them. You can read more about this process in the Behind–the–Scenes Tour.
Can I buy a Kimono/Minty variant from you?
The current herd consists of seven Kimonos (two Hasbro releases, and five customs) and six Mintys (three Hasbro releases, and three customs). More customs will be created soon.
How did you make your customs?
Sorry, but my custom ponies are not for sale, and I no longer take commissions. There are lots of other customizers out there who would be happy to help you, and there’s always the possibility that Hasbro will release another Kimono or Minty.
Where do you get all those great accessories?
I consider some aspects of the process for making Kimono and Minty to be trade secrets. However, you can learn the basics of customizing My Little Ponies at one of my old websites, Customizing 101.
What camera/lighting/programs do you use?
Most of the accessories I use are from My Little Pony, Barbie, My Scene, Bratz or Fisher Price Loving Family playsets. A few of the accessories were made by me or one of my talented friends. The house itself is a Fisher Price Special Edition Townhouse, which is now sadly discontinued.
How do you make your word balloons?
For pages 1 through 86, I used a Kodak EasyShare CX6200 digital camera. I am currently using a Kodak Easyshare MD853. Sets are lit by four lamps with GE Reveal light bulbs. All photos are edited in Photoshop 6. With the CX6200, I adjusted the exposure by +0.5 and I did not use the flash. With the MD853, I use the macro setting and set the white balance to Tungsten, with no exposure adjustments and no flash.
My photography skills are still developing, which is most evident in the early pages of the comic. Hopefully, some amount of humor makes up for those early attempts.
What inspired this comic?
I’m surprised at how often I’m asked this! You can find tutorials at BalloonTales.com that are similar to the methods I use. I give a brief explanation of my basic balloon techniques in this thread and I explain special effects balloons in this one.
What’s the deal with Minty?
The Odd Couple. The X-Files. Ren and Stimpy. Red and Mokey Fraggle.
Specifically, Kimono and Minty represent the two sides of my own personality. Kimono is me with a dash of Frasier. Minty is also me, with heavy doses of Stimpy and Homer Simpson. When Kimono talks to Minty, it’s really just me talking to myself. Many of the scenarios are drawn from my own life, especially from my first year of marriage, when I was adjusting to sharing a house with my husband.
Are you a furry?
Minty might appear dimwitted to the casual observer, but she is not. Her temperament varies wildly depending on several factors, the two biggest ones being how much sleep and how much caffeine she’s had. Like most geeks I know (myself included), Minty can go from writing elegant HTML to playing with something that makes funny noises, and she sees nothing wrong with that.
How can I support Kimono’s Townhouse?
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