An Update on My Duelyst Fanart, Webcomic and Commissions

Hey everyone from r/duelyst and readers of my webcomic. Since my webcomic readers might not be aware, I’ve been on a binge of making Duelyst sketch fanarts in my free time before I move this last week or two, here’s a link to all that I’ve done so far http://imgur.com/a/SeKqf , I wanted everyone to know that my move is starting on Monday and I will have full internet on Thursday, so I’m not going to be working on any new Duelyst sketches until after I move and my studio gets set up. I’m very, very excited as my dream is coming true. I’ve always wanted my own studio ever since I was young and knew I wanted to be an artist, and now it’s finally coming true as when I move into my two-bedroom appartment the second bedroom is exclusively my studio.

That being said, I’m stopping doing Duelyst sketches for a while even after I move in. I’m going to be working on a really big project for Duelyst fanart when I get set up and instead of showing you guys instantly like I always do I’m going to be posting all of them at once. So it’ll be a week or two till you see any new Duelyst related art from me. When you do though, it’ll be worth it.

Duelyst people don’t need to read past this, as it deals with my comic along with some asking for help and I don’t want to be perceived as begging. This is mostly for my other fans who’ve supported my before.

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As far as my webcomic goes I need to tell you I’m still not going to be working on it for a month or more, as badly as I want to. You see I’m kind of in a rough spot right now. The buildup to the move was a giant bunch of drama and my mind and social-side sort of shut down for a few weeks and I couldn’t work on my commissions queue for the first time since I’ve started doing comms. I basically just shut off and started working on personal sketches, reading new manga and playing Duelyst for a few weeks straight. This means about 10 people or so are still waiting for me to make their pictures, and frankly that feels terrible and I’m ashamed that I had to take so much personal time (even though I’ve never done so before). So before the comic gets started again I need to finish my entire commissions queue which puts me in a really bad spot, since I’m not going to accept new orders until I finish my entire backlog. I’d feel terrible if I did that, and it means I’m not going to be making any money at all until I finish my backlog (remember, commissions is my full time job).

When I DO get back to the comic though it should go very smoothly as I’ll no longer be in an abusive environment, will have my own studio and all the time in the world to focus on my craft. I’ve been feeling the need to make more comics grow stronger day by day and I’m happy to announce that after And Once Again has momentum going again I’m going to start producing lots of black and white oneshots and standalone stories, just because I want to make more comics on the side and have more to my name than a single webcomic and a furry porn artist career.

I’m still accepting donations for this month to help me get through with no income as I had to say in my last comic update, http://talesuntold.us/comic/and-once-again-4th-tale-page-31/ , but there’s also a few things for my studio that I’d really appreciate getting some donations from as they’ll allow the comic to go much smoother in the future as well as all of my other artwork. I used a tiny bit of my remaining money to order these , and I’d like a bigger set of them so that I can use them for my comics and art in general. These are the ones I was able to find, but if ANYONE can find one of these in a normal child/loli/shota size and not the toddler one I found I’d be eternally greatful. Seriously, go looking for one of those for me and I might sketch you something in return cause I sure as hell can’t find one. I pretty much want one of every body type, maybe in the future even more as I’d be able to pose group shots of characters with the same body type. But still, if you are able to help my art out I’d really appreciate some help picking up these for my new studio!

Let’s hope this is the last time I have to ask people for support for a very, very, very, very long time. I’m quite sick of it but this last month and a half has been pure hell. If you wish to support me, here’s the link http://www.paypal.me/ClaytonSummers

Berserk Golden Age: The Egg of the King Movie, My Thoughts

It was much too long to be called an OVA…  but it was far too short to be called a film.

Well, if you guys didn’t know for some reason I’m a gigantic fan of Kentaro Miura’s Berserk manga series. Everything about the cruel Black Swordsman Guts’s journey has touched and moved me in ways few other manga could ever dream of doing. It’s a pretty big influence on my webcomic And Once Again if I’m being truthful, Guts being one of the primary sources of inspiration for Gekido. I never watched the old anime adaptation and I’m not really interested in doing so since it’s older and it cut out a lot of stuff, and for the most part I was going to avoid these three anime films as well. But I was bored and I like to show my girlfriend stuff that she isn’t into yet since I absorb so much fucking media. I felt the films would be a decent enough introduction to the story of Guts and Griffith since she doesn’t usually just start a manga if I tell her to, plus she’s not big on gore which is preeetty abundant in Berserk. But lo and behold, she was able to really enjoy this first movie with me a few hours ago. We were both aware of some pretty blatant problems with it though…

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Tsugumomo Review- I Am a New Man

DISCLAIMER- I started writing this a month ago and I’ve been so damn lazy that I never finished writing it until today. I’m going to do more blogs though.

Oh hey look at that. A manga review. I guess I used to do those, yeah? Maybe I should get back to writing out my thoughts on the random junk I read/watch. My sleeping schedule is weirdly different these  days so I spend a lot of my nights laying in bed browing Batoto for anything new that catches my eye. I’ll scan the popular manga series, but more often than now I’ll just play Russian Roulette with the random button until I finally find someone that grabs my interest. I like looking for new and unique series with strange, outlandish premises and really good art. I found Tsugumomo a few days ago and binge read it within three days or so while working on my webcomic art and commissions queue. I should probably talk about something before I touch on the actual review, though…

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Life, Death, and the Amazing Spirit Circle

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Spirit Circle is the third manga I’ve read by the mangaka Satoshi Mizukami. Hoshi no Samidare was an instant classic to me while Sengoku Youko was a thrilling escapade that while not as tight and perfect as the former still constantly impressed me and I fell in love with it just the same. Spirit Circle is the only other longer series he’s made thus far but it’s only 6 volumes. With it, I wanted to ascertain the truth of Satoshi Mizukami’s talent. Is he a great author capable of churning out hit after hit, or is he a fringe creator who makes something really great and something ok on random? I need to be fully honest with you. After reading Spirit Circle I am convinced that Satoshi Mizukami is the most underrated mangaka I’ve possibly ever encountered. This was easily on the level of Hoshi no Samidare if not better depending on what you’re looking for in a story.

The Spirit Circle is a pretty cool weapon, but this isn't strictly a battle series. Don't expect one when you go into it.

The Spirit Circle is a pretty cool weapon, but this isn’t strictly a battle series. Don’t expect one.

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Nurarihyon no Mago Was, Well, Pretty Good

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I finally finished going through the manga Nurarihyon no Mago by Shiibashi Hiroshi. My interested started to wane as I reached the 2nd to last arc so it took me a lot longer to work up the motivation it took to finish this series. But hey, it was a pretty fun one. But you’re here cause you want to see me bitch about the things here and there I didn’t care for aren’t you? This manga had a really crappy start that made me groan a lot. The main character, Nura Rikuo, is the grandson of a powerful Yokai named Nurarihyon. The Nura clan headed by him is an influential gang of 100 Yokai, a Hyakki Yako (Night Parade) and it’s Rikuo’s job to become the successor. Only problem is he’s only a quarter Yokai due to his grandpa and date both mating with humans, and for the first 3 or so volumes Rikuo tries to avoid this Yokai lifestyle. Which was very annoying because whenever night comes his body morphs into an ultra badass, smooth and confident Yokai form… I was REALLY afraid that Rikuo was going to never develop and become like Sawada Tsuna of Katekyo Hitman Reborn infamy (god I hate that series so much). But no, pretty quickly Rikuo gets his ass in gear and starts being cool all the time as a good shounen protagonist ought to. I was very relieved. It’s not that I hate characters who are averse to fighting and responsibility but in this certain situation there was no call for the main character to even be like that. It was just annoying and made me struggle through the earlier moments of the manga.

The artwork of Nurarihyon no Mago is phenomenal. It starts with a few rough errors here and there in the beginning but ultimately it becomes a magnificent fusion between modern manga inking and traditional Japanese brush strokes. It's really, really wonderful is what I'm saying.

The artwork of Nurarihyon no Mago is phenomenal. It starts with a few rough errors here and there in the beginning but ultimately it becomes a magnificent fusion between modern manga inking and traditional Japanese brush strokes. It’s really, really wonderful is what I’m saying. Character designs are stellar across the board and the artist has quickly become a favorite of mine from his work on this series alone. I may have to see what else he’s done. Also, he used to be an assistant to Hirohiko Araki! The author of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure!!

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