Happy New Years everyone, hope everyone is as happy as me to be free from the horrible year of 2020. It’s a brand new year, time for new beginnings and new goals and (hopefully) new ways of life. As I said earlier, this New Years Day is the big debut. Chapter 23 is now live at this very moment and thus begins the Feudal Japan story arch, which I promise will be quite the impactful story as it will be introducing a number of characters and plot lines that will be playing an overall major part in the overall Kalwa story. We currently got the first two pages up on the website right now. You can tune in by click one of the thumbnails below, the first one will take you to the front cover, or if you just want to dive straight in, the second will take you right to the first page. And remember to keep checking back for more updates all this month.
I got the script back from my co-writer on Christmas Day and we are officially set to start up chapter 23. I think I posted the cover a few months ago, but here’s a wip of the first page, minus the dialogue. I’m pleased to announce that chapter 23 will officially debut on New Year’s Day this year, with a two page debut. This first page has actually already been completed and the next page is already being started.
Without going into too many spoilers, this next chapter will start a new story arch set in Feudal Japan, with Kalwa and Zack both learning to get back on ones feet, namely on Kalwa’s end. Well be introducing some new characters who will actually be having quite the impact on the overall story, show off some fighting styles and hopefully give some readers a bit of insight on what life was like in the feudal days of Japan. We’re also going to be tying off a little plot thread that’s been wondering around for quite some time which is what you’re starting to see here. So join us on New Year’s Day as we proudly debut the next story arch in this saga!
Merry Christmas everyone from Kalwa and the rest of Green Raptor Studios, and I’d also like to give thanks to everyone who has followed, liked or even just tuned into this website. This was quite a year for everyone, myself included, but not in the way anyone expected. This terrible virus has completely engulfed the world, and many of use have been stuck inside this whole year. I myself intended to do more out in the world this year but all of that came crashing down as this virus came ravaging the land all over. However despite these hard times, I have noticed a spike for both this website and the Green Raptor Studios website, followers have gone up, views are becoming more frequent and I like to think that the content this website produces has played at least some kind of role in getting people through this tough time we are all going through. So from me to you, I thank everyone who has given their support to the work we produce here at Green Raptor Studios and hope you’ll all be with use for years to come. For there will be more content next year with more stories and artwork.
First and foremost will be the upcoming Feudal Japan story arch which I’ve been advertising on the sidelines a bit as of recently. The script to the first chapter has been completed and I’m just waiting for my co-writer to get it back to me. There’s also some cool artwork revolving around that as well as some more sketch work and behind the scenes work which I’ll be publishing when I get to the scanner. But more importantly, there will hopefully be more outings next year as we all pull ourselves through this tough time, stay strong and stay safe everyone!!!!
I’ve been trying to branch out a little bit and do more illustrations of other characters other than just Kalwa herself, I first started with Toshiro and Miki a few weeks ago. So right now I’m bringing you Victor, the “original” Jack the Ripper killer who first encountered Kalwa in chapter 18 before mentally scarring her in the next chapter. I actually really felt like doing this drawing now at a time when the weather was cold, as the original Whitechappel murders happened around winter time. Even though the final one was in early November, Whitechappel was on edge throughout the Christmas season, so I was hoping to replicate a little of that feeling this season with this image right here. I had actually been watching the 1984 version of a Christmas Carol and took a lot of inspiration from the atmosphere created by the Ghost of Christmas Future, it’s how I decided to give a chilling atmosphere to this piece.
Just a quick but very big update. So ever since this site began, or at least since the pages started getting uploaded, I’ve constantly been seeking a proper form of navigation around the site pages. Part of the problem I think was WordPress didn’t have all the new blocks that they have today. But after years of trying and searching, I FINALLY found the answer. And after spending the last four days and several hours, everything is linked up and working. So now each and every comic page on this site has it’s own navigation bar to provide smooth and easy reading to all comic pages. Feel free to give a try by clicking the image below. And feel free to leave feedback on how it’s working so it can be improved in the future!!!
A bit of an old drawing of Kalwa with her short hair. This was done WAY back before she officially got it cut during the Whitechapel arch. I think I first drew this during chapter 16 or 17. This was before I started using some of the same techniques you see on some of the more modern illustrations. Truth be told, Kalwa’s short hair is symbolic, it’s supposed to show her at a weak point and that she’s still living with the scars she endured from Victor back in chapter 19. Hence the general theme with this drawing.
A REALLY old page here from chapter 8 featuring Kalwa’s fight with one her most “hated” rivals Rachel. Looking back on the whole experience, Rachel was really fun to draw in battle because her whip really made the fighting fun. The fun part about whips is their flow which is always a blast to draw, they just make hours of entertaining drawings and not to mention fun on with action figures if you have them. The only really issue I had with Rachel is that her hair was a little too complicated on a panel by panel basis. I do have some future plans for the character and hopefully by then I can better formulate a way to draw her hair by then.
To read the rest of the chapter, make sure to click the page down below.
So I’ve been posting concept art to the Japanese arch a little sporadically and I do have more coming up. My general problem with concept art is making the time to do it as I’m usually working and drawing other material so much that at the end of the day I’m a bit tired, and don’t usually have the energy to draw up at the end of the day. Usually I have the character and designs in my head but have to draw them up in order to have something to consistently refer to when doing the final drawing in the comics. So the only way to really do concept art is to usually work on the them on a day off when I got nothing else going on. Anyway, here’s actually a gallery of what you can look forward to seeing the upcoming japanese story arch.
Yes, it’s getting a little on the horrific side. This is a flashback page from chapter 19, depicting the horrific event from Whitechapel murder cases, the murder of Martha Tabram. Historically Tabram is actually greatly debated as to whether or not she really was the first victim of Jack the Ripper given that her muder was much less severe than the that of the other murder victims. It is however generally accepted on a great degree that was the first despite not being considered one of the canonical five victims. When writing the Whitechapel arch, the biggest challenge was working with historical facts and getting them to work around the story I wanted to tell.
In the case of Tabram, the idea of her horrific slaughter was quite difficult as it seemed no “regular” criminal would commit such an act, just some lunatic. As I did not want to make Victor, the arch’s main villain, a very simplistic type of villain, I decided to add a method to his madness. As Victor was essentially a young artist looking for attention, the idea of him committing a crazed murdering frenzy essentially wrote itself out, with him purposely making mess so as draw a crowd. It’s essentially in the end what every artist would want.
Designing Tabram herself wasn’t too hard and was mostly taken from illustrations. There aren’t too many pictures of Tabram, but she appears to be depicted as a somewhat bloated individual with a thick neck. One such illustration shows an image of man discovering her bloody body, eyes open and laying on her back. That was essentially the influence for the middle panel on the page below.
To read more of the chapter, click the page below to link to the actual chapter 19.