ARTWORK ROUNDUP: JAPAN ARCH

Rounding up all the artwork done though out the course of the Japan arch. This of course does not include covers, just pinups of characters and some promo art. I’ll probably be doing a sequel post once the Japan arch is all wrapped up since the will be even more to add.

Just also realized that Suzume doesn’t have an art work here, guess I’ll have to make one of her. Also I would like to another piece of her with Izuha and Kalwa since the three of them are becoming a trio!

Chapter 25 COMPLETE AND UPDATES!

Hello everyone and happy last Monday of February, and today I’m NOT going to waste your time. Both pages for chapter 25 are complete and I don’t want to drag this out, so today I’m posting a DOUBLE page update and giving you the final two pages of Chapter 25 all at once today.

Now it’s time for some major updates. I’m MOVING, yes moving… to a new place. I’m finally getting my own apartment after all these years and this is a major change for me.

Without going into full details the years have really changed. When this comic had just started in 2014 I was just out of college, and working a part time job. Then I moved to a new state and got another part time job. Shortly after that, things went south. Getting steady pay was hard, we were still struggling to get this project up in the air, and then the pandemic. I got real depressed, and fell on real hard times, working on this comic series was the only thing I really enjoyed in life and I was struggling with the realities of being a struggling artist. Then last year I finally got a full time job, and over the course of time kinda recovered from the depressing time of my life. I’ve been working to improve my craft and have found pure joy in what what I do, better than I ever had before.

Family relations have gotten better and I’m SO MUCH happier than I was years ago, and now I’m finally getting out into the world ready to embark on my own journey and life.

So that being said, now I really WANT to do some serious work and more with Kalwa and the rest of Green Raptor Studios in my journey of life. We are going to publish the first volume, we are looking at summer, this time for real. I just need to update the fifth chapter, put some extras together and get some more goodies in there. All of that has been on my plans, but first I’ve had to pack up and get ready for the move. My primary concern was to finish chapter 25 before the move so I don’t leave anything hanging before I have to unload and move into the new house.

I’m also planning to get back on webtoons. The current Kalwa comic I don’t think will work well on Webtoons, but I have a gag comic called Kid Kalwa planned to go. More on that later. For the next few weeks, I’ll mostly be busy setting up the new house. However I will still be putting out artwork along with sketches and some behind the scenes work. I’ll do my best to keep everyone updated on when you can expect the next chapter and what’s coming out. So that’s what I just wanted to get out as well as thank everyone who follows this site and gives support. It all goes a long way and really shows me and my co-writer that our work is appreciated. My feeling is much like Kalwa’s smiling face down below.

So all that done, click the thumb down below and enjoy the remainder of chapter 25.

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Hideyoshi and Karou Character Art

I finally decided to give Hideyoshi and Karou their colored character artwork so you can see what they look like in color. The two did appear in a group shot at the end of chapter 23, course they were in the background. Karou also finally gets a pattern added to her kimono, which I intended to have in her debut, but I kinda… FORGOT. Anyway, here’s their official character artwork in full color.

Chapter 25 Page 17

A new page is up and this page officially dives into Hideyoshi’s past. This is really one worth checking out.

Also we are making some changes to the website. New pages will be published on Monday and Wednesday’s unless otherwise noted in advance, also we might sneak out a third page every so often. This schedule will take a slight break in early March as I’ll be moving to a new apartment at that time and will need a little time to set up, I’ll give notice on that when we get to it.

In the meantime, check out the new page we got going today by clicking the thumb below.

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Swimsuit Harem

There’s been a bit of build up to this for a little while on our social media platforms and now it’s finally here. We now have an official swimsuit harem featuring all the girls from the past twenty four chapters, or at least the young ones. Miki’s in there as well just looking cute as we did need a ninth girl. So as a celebration for all these years of progress in the story, enjoy this little bit of fanservice.

New Page coming Tomorrow!

As I mentioned last week, I was away from my workspace last week and so there would be slight pause on new pages. Thankfully, that pause has come to an end. Page 6 of chapter 25 will be coming out tomorrow, so be on the lookout for an update. Meanwhile, here’s a little WIP preview of whats to come. Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays!

Chapter 25 Begins

It’s on everyone. My co-writer is going through some life stuff, and he still hasn’t gotten me the full script, but he’s at least provided me the first batch of pages so I can get started.

Full disclaimer, the navigation menu is a little different than previous chapters, but please don’t let that “scare you.” Something happened with WordPress and my reusable navigation blocks got messed up, resulting in all the menus getting changed and essentially causing mass chaos with page navigation. As such, I had to throw together a quickly made navigation real late a night while making the page. This new menu will (hopefully) be temporary and I’ll privately toy around trying to fix the problem, hopefully it’s a one night issue. This issue isn’t affecting previously uploaded chapters, but until it’s resolved, I won’t be putting a direct link from chapter 24 to 25, otherwise it might mess up everything. Like I said, hopefully it’s a one night issue.

Sorry for that rant, it’s just so frustrating when something like this happens, cause I wind up spending hours experimenting and publishing stuff just to learn how to navigate new issues. Regardless, you can see the new chapter by clicking the thumbnail below right now!

Behind the Scenes: THE FULL PAge

So I mentioned that we would be doing some behind the scenes work, and while on that subject matter, there is indeed some commentary that must be said. In today’s blog, I want to talk about… the FULL PAGE.

Since starting this comic in 2014, I’ve personally discovered much on this long journey. I dare say that a full use of page was honestly something I had not even considered, for I, as a rank amateur back in the day, only saw a page as simple means to align panels. Over the course of time, I looked at a few artist who talked about using the whole page but it wasn’t until webtoons that I started to develop my own style.

Commonly found on webtoons are single panel comics, which are read through the use of scrolling down. It was something I had not once seen before and I dare say, did NOT adapt to it well. My comics were originally done with full on pages and cutting up those pages and making high quality scroll down pages was quite new and difficult for me. In fact I feel my lack of experience is one of the big reasons the comic didn’t exactly fly so high on webtoons. Shortly afterwards, smackjeeves also switched to this format and thus I left that site as well.

Since leaving and the struggle with scroll down comics, one of my working methods is to ultimately challenge the single panel scroll downs and thus not only make use of multiple panels but also design a page that can’t have the same effect otherwise.

Whenever I make page, and it’s possible, I try to make it artistic and present a unique scenario that can only be achieved through use of multiple panels. One such example is this page from chapter 22 where Kalwa goes on a rant. Kalwa’s text balloons are designed in a way that guide the reader down the page and keeps all focus on her. Yet the reader also has the option to view the members of the tribe who show a great deal of remorse, as though they were secondary focuses

Most of the time I do tend mix text with the pictures in order to set up and guide certain scenarios to the reader. Often I deliberately have text leak over into the next panel so that readers will be guided all over the page through the text itself.

This technique can also be used to convey a certain sensation, and example can be found in this page from chapter 24, which at the time of this post is the latest chapter to finish. The use of sound effects coming from the following panel convey a sense of interruption and swiftness. This of course does pertain to real life and Kalwa’s own perspective, as realistically an strong opponent would move quickly on a weak one and hit them before they knew what would hit them. These are types of scenarios and feelings that I try to convey within my pages, and attempt to make the entire page on big illustration in itself rather than just being a collection of smaller illustrations. Something a single panel scroll down comic could never achieve.

So all that being said, I hope this post has been most informative and (possibly) inspirational for some of you. I’ll be doing more posts similar to this in the future when I’ve got something I feel is worth talking about. Thanks once again for reading and I hope I can continue to bring you all more entertainment and some inspiration in the near future.