Manga Art Book 1: Superman manga

Manga Art Book 1: you have to begin somewhere

So far my biggest hurdle was to find the time to draw, and now that I have it, and in fact will have more time next year, there’s nothing else than keep going, keep going.

Sometimes you just have to find the right balance since drawing manga can be very demanding when it comes to time, since it’s not exactly a high paying job, but at the same time it’s all about perserverance, since it’s what you love to do.

Well, no more babble, I’m returning to work today on my Superman manga which has been quite delayed and made this piece:

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Clark Kent is 15 years old. Being homeschooled by his adoptive parents, he begins to have a better outlook on life, but still he feels so isolated, so much he can’t explain about himself…

By the way, not sure how I feel about a new ‘Krypton’ series, if they pull a Game of Thrones with it, it could be interesting, but it would be overdoing the story of Superman.


Store: Manga gifts for drawers guide 2014

The best manga gifts for beginner and professional mangakas 2014

So glad to be doing the third edition of this manga gifts guide for drawers, sure time passes flying!

But this time it will different. Instead of a ranking, this year I’m doing more of an exhaustive list of which are the best things you can buy for that loved one who happens to love drawing manga.

Without a doubt, the most obvious choice keeps being the Wacom Intuos drawing tablet, but something interesting happened.

Wacom has competition.

Yes, Wacom IS HAVING actual good competition.

The new kids on the block are Huion and Turcom.

  • The Huion H610 Pro Graphics Drawing Pen Tablet is the number 1 tablet sold on Amazon right now. Its 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, at the scandal price of $76 (as of today), is blowing Wacom’s most recent Intuos Pen 1024 models out of the water.
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Huion H610 Pro Graphics Drawing Pen Tablet

Yes, definitely the catch is the 2048 levels of pressure on an active surface of 10” x 6.25”, and the pen stylus is rechargeable, lasting a good 800 hours. The design is slim, not trying to copy Wacom, but wanting to set their own standard. It has been getting mostly good reviews, with the reported issues being that the drivers are faulty for Macbooks and Windows 8.1, so beware of getting the latest updates from their website.

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Naruto Shippuden anime 2014 December schedule

Naruto Shippuden anime schedule for December 2014

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Awesome wallpaper you can download, by the way

Thus we see the end of the anime year with the excitement of Naruto: the Last movie, the hype around Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm and the impact of the manga’s ending, along with the news already of manga sequels for 2015.

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Naruto Shippuden anime November 2014 schedule

Naruto Shippuden anime November 2014 schedule

Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s really late to post this in the middle of November already.

However, after living the hype of the manga’s end, which I thought it was properly and cleverly done by Kishimoto to provide something to almost satisfy every shipper out there.

And the good news is that the anime won’t be cancelled anytime next year, meaning it will go on, maybe with some special canon spinoffs and fillerology till 2016 at least.

Hey, maybe the anime can turn into a Gintama-style show? One can dream. If done well, they keep milking the cash cow and we get a few more years of Naruto. Everybody wins.

Anyway, from what I’ve seen, we get a bit a fillerology and past moments to fill empty minute slots as the main battle against Obito keeps going, with Naruto and Sasuke giving everything on a ridiculously epic scale.

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Episode 385 “Obito Uchiha” (うちはオビト) November 6, 2014
Episode 386 “I’m Always Watching” (ちゃんと見てる) November 13, 2014
Episode 387 “The Promise That Was Kept” (守られた約束) November 20, 2014
Episode 388 “My First Friend” (最初の友) November 27, 2014

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Fairy tail cosplay: part 1

Fairy Tail Cosplay: uniqueness is key

The diversity and uniqueness of each character is what enables these great photoshoots and the sky is the limit with additional Photoshop effects.

If with Akatsuki cosplay diversity or differentiation was the key for everyone wearing red cloud cloaks, here is more about how each character looks and differs from each other in a very special way.

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Thus materials and textures for the clothing can vary, but one thing remains constant: the hair. You can go the easy route and buy a wig from your nearest cosplay clothing provider or dye it yourself for the sake of art, realism and fun!

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Attack on Titan manga sales soared in September in the US

Attack on Titan manga volume 13 is number 2 in Nielsen’s BookScan

The 13th volume of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan manga ranked #2 on Nielsen BookScan’s Top 20 Graphic Novel chart for September. The volume previously ranked #8 in August, followed closely by Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D and One Piece.

Naruto didn’t have much steam last month but most likely it will go up in the ranks in the upcoming months with the impact of the release of the  upcoming movie and the new season, which began this week.

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Source: ANN and ICv2

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Status update for my Superman manga October 2014

Why I’ve taken so long in working on my Superman manga

It’s been 6 months since I published Chapter 0, which explains a part of the origins, and now I’m on the verge of finishing chapter 1, which begins 3 years later and Clark is in high school.

These screenshots are from the lineart phase, but I’m currently working on screentones and giving the final touches.

The worst struggle I’ve faced so far is finding TIME and establishing a proper continuity that lets me work on pages everyday. But my day job constantly kept piling up and up, and I was able to only draw on weekends which was frustrating.

No wonder Masami Kurumada said that Saint Seiya is autobiographical, that is about him facing the battles of everyday life, falling, being thrashed to a wall, trying to get up to continue drawing. Anyone who loves drawing manga can relate to this, because you either have to work, go to college, pay the bills, make ends meet and even if you were Japanese living in Japan, a mangaka is not exactly a high paying occupation, unless your name is Eichiro Oda, Tite Kubo or Masashi Kishimoto.

But you can be assured that I will continue working no matter what it takes and my artwork will keep improving as I work on the chapters, stay tuned and thank you for reading! ^^

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Naruto Shippuden anime October 2014 schedule

Naruto Shippuden anime schedule for October 2014

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Minato on that fated day…if only he knew he was really facing Obito, who everyone thought dead

So this month we have full canon, but there’s also the expectation about what’s currently going on in the manga and the upcoming movie, which seems to mark a upcoming second timeskip?

Shouldn’t the manga end at this point? There’s been plenty of discussion over if a second timeskip would be viable, of course, it seems the idea is to milk the cashcow while you can, but we all know this can go in detriment of the story.

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Loveless manga resumes this Fall and is slated to end in 2 or 3 volumes

Loveless manga to end at volume 15?

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This is the cover of volume 10, Kouga’s style is probably the most expressionistic in the history of manga itself, and in terms of design, she’s on par with Shingo Araki.

With the 12th volume of this classic psychological manga by author Yun Kouga published last December by Ichijinsha, the Loveless  FAN BOOK  has just been released this week.

The Fan Book includes an interview with Kouga, in which she indicated that while the series, that began to be serialized in 2001, was initially slated to have just 5 volumes, it will end in 2 or 3 volumes, starting this Fall.

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Attack on Titan author: manga will end in 3 years

Attack on Titan author Isayama slated to end his story in a high note

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The cover of the upcoming volume 14

According to an interview published on  Da Vinci culture magazine, Attack on Titan author, Hajime Isayama, indicated that originally he had planned 16 volumes, but that the series is now scheduled to end at volume 20, meaning in 3 years.

And his editor, Shintarō Kawakubo, said this year, “The serialization is slated to end in three to four years.” Unless the money is in the spinoff after the main manga ends?

Frankly I hope the author sticks to this, because the commentary lately has been how authors Tite Kubo and Masashi Kishimoto should have ended their respective series, Bleach and Naruto Shippuden years ago, despite indicating the contrary years earlier.

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