So, one of my followers on Discord suggested to me the idea of doing some type of Calendar. I did try and do a calendar once before (one set in the Space Dandy universe), though I never finished it. I’d like to finish this one, though, but we’ll see how it goes.
So the idea I had for this one was to use the top “performers” in the Near Hentai Studio. In this case, I took the characters with the most used tags, or the most posts on my site. So I got that list, and then used a randomizer to pair them up. So I’ve got a unique pairing for each month of the year lined up, some straight, some yaoi and some yuri. Some of the pairings are pretty out there, while some aren’t all that unorthodox at all (one’s a crossover pairing I’ve actually drawn before, and another’s a very common if non-canon ship). I’m keeping these pairings under wraps, since I think it’s more fun for people to discover them on their own as the pages come out.
With my previous calendar project I built the dates into the images, but I like the idea of just making the image that would appear above the calendar. That way it won’t date itself quite so fast, haha. I’m also calling this the “number one” calendar, just in case a few years later I decide to do it again when the top characters would be a little different.
Anyway, now that I’ve sort of explained the project, here’s the January page! This is a bit of a strange pairing, but not one that’s too far out there. The Studio setting aside, it’s pretty easy to imagine this pairing working in something like the Xoverse, where Beast Boy might have enrolled in a school like U.A. I tried to do something a bit playful with these two, and I think it turned out kinda cute. I don’t know when I’ll get the chance to do the February page, but if people seem invested in this project I’ll certainly try to get to it soon.