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Tobias - Fak Sau :iconblack-flip:Black-Flip 1 0 Tobias Chillin :iconblack-flip:Black-Flip 2 1 Gwen - Christmas Selfie :iconblack-flip:Black-Flip 1 0 Kirin for Christmas :iconblack-flip:Black-Flip 4 0 Linda - Line Art :iconblack-flip:Black-Flip 2 0 Kirin Rise The Cast of Shadows - Banner :iconblack-flip:Black-Flip 3 0 Kirin Rise :iconblack-flip:Black-Flip 4 0 Kirin Rise The Cast of Shadows - Cover :iconblack-flip:Black-Flip 1 0 Kirin Rise The Cast of Shadows :iconblack-flip:Black-Flip 2 1 Kirin Rise :iconblack-flip:Black-Flip 5 1 Fake This Injury :iconblack-flip:Black-Flip 3 0 Gotta Start Somewhere :iconblack-flip:Black-Flip 7 0 The Cast :iconblack-flip:Black-Flip 1 0 Friend Zone :iconblack-flip:Black-Flip 4 1 Just One Moment :iconblack-flip:Black-Flip 4 0 What Lurks in the Shadows :iconblack-flip:Black-Flip 2 0


Comic Book Fist Cheats 01 :iconblackunigryphon:BlackUniGryphon 939 28 Cat reference :iconkibbitzer:Kibbitzer 10,302 232 Jackets Reference Sheet :iconkibbitzer:Kibbitzer 5,223 39 Cuddles reference sheet 2 :iconkibbitzer:Kibbitzer 7,249 70 Casual standing pose reference sheet :iconkibbitzer:Kibbitzer 5,957 51 Sitting on the ground reference sheet :iconkibbitzer:Kibbitzer 8,100 58 Perspective reference sheet 2 :iconkibbitzer:Kibbitzer 4,486 30 Undressing reference sheet :iconkibbitzer:Kibbitzer 5,798 76 Hands reference sheet 7 :iconkibbitzer:Kibbitzer 5,663 49 Perspective reference sheet 3 :iconkibbitzer:Kibbitzer 4,153 75 Dreadlocks Reference Sheet :iconkibbitzer:Kibbitzer 7,527 112 Male Torso Reference Sheet :iconkibbitzer:Kibbitzer 12,169 120 Male Torso Reference Sheet 2 :iconkibbitzer:Kibbitzer 8,166 61 Female Torso Reference Sheet :iconkibbitzer:Kibbitzer 9,477 242
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female torso reference sheet 2 :iconkibbitzer:Kibbitzer 3,423 69
From Script to Comic Page :iconlcibos:LCibos 88 30



A lot has happened since my last journal posting.  Much of it did not get captured here so I will summarize.

The book was finished. We made some adjustments to the overall structure. While it was originally going to be three sections (Story, Manual, Teachers Guide) the story alone was nearly 500 pages! Thing is the story alone was so good that it could stand on its own so in wing chun practice, we did not fight the force. Everything directed us to complete the story first and get that out and make the other two sections available later. So that is what we did. Along the way we did have to make some tough decisions. The print book became the focus so the music production was re-prioritized. Like the manual and teacher's guide, it will be made available later. Additionally, each chapter was slated to have three to five images embedded. To make our targeted production date and to keep the book under 500 pages we pulled back all but the chapter images. Again, these will be made available later.

Part of finishing the book was getting it published. We didn't feel like trying to sell the product to some traditional publisher so we opted to go the self publishing route.  In February we signed a contract with Authorhouse. Over the next several months we pushed hard to get the book completed so we could hand it over for production. In March we decided to go public with everything on Facebook and Twitter. In April, had an exhibitor booth at Anime Central and launched our Kickstarter campaign to raise $12,000 for funding. Both ACEN and Kickstarter were a success! We promoted the book as much as we could with what we had and currently have over 30,000 Facebook Likes.

For me the struggle was finding enough time and energy to finish the artwork. I went through three different versions of the cover art. While there are only twelve images in the book there were over 100 drawings that never saw the light of day. I created an Art of Kirin Rise book to capture a small fraction of those. I was also struggling with learning a new medium. I had never done any digital artwork before. My primary experience was paper and pencils so learning inking, coloring and digital drawing simultaneously was pretty daunting. I still have so much to learn.

As I stated earlier, the book was finished. In late July we sent everything off to the publisher. By late August we received the first tangible proof copies. Just after Labor Day we received our first shipment of books. As part of the Kickstarter campaign I had promised The Art of Kirin Rise to the people who backed at the $100 level so my next focus was getting that done. Two days ago at 5 AM CT I finished that and it is with a local printer now to be ready by 3 PM CT tomorrow. The push was because we are having our official signing party tomorrow night.

Following tomorrow night's party we are going to New York Comic Con in two weeks!

So, yeah, a lot has happened in the last 8 months!

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diskfire Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
Picked up a copy of Kirin at NYCC recently, halfway through it now. Love it to pieces.
Black-Flip Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey! I haven't been here in a while! I'm glad you like it! We'll have book two out by NYCC this year!
theartslave Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the favorites on my Artist Alley journals :D Much appreciated!!
ekota21 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave!:)
IndustrialComics Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Thanks for Watching! :wave:  I shall do my best to entertain you! :juggle:
maryberrie Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave! <3 I also do anime and manga drawings so if you are interested in those, feel free to check those out, too. And again, thanks so much for the fave! :D
WrathLOS Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
It's a crime you don't have more followers.
Black-Flip Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol! Thanks. I'll take that as a compliment.
WrathLOS Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
That was the intention yea.
SarahDWi Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for your fav on my artwork, I really appreciate it a lot and I am glad you like it =)
Feel free to friend me on facebook if you like [link]
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