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Comic 1000 - Claim My Kingdom, Page 1

18th Mar 2021, 11:00 PM in 27. Claim My Kingdom
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Author Notes:

18th Mar 2021, 11:00 PM
Martin F.
This one's a little weird to comment on since it's largely just laying the groundwork for the chapter to come - it's been a bad day for the AME, Xmarlek is pissed off, something's off with Mercy, and we're going to be flashing back through the series of events that led to this point. Kind of immediately straightforward what all to expect from the chapter just from this page I guess.

The whole flashback thing is a big part of why this chapter's going to be the shortest in awhile despite that it has a lot of important stuff going on in it honestly, sort of makes it easy to kind of hit the key points without really having to have a lot of in-between to keep it from being too jarring. Nice benefit of a framing device I suppose.

As is probably pretty immediately clear, this is a Hazel-centric chapter; Alex will be turning up in it later in a pretty important capacity but in this case it's not really their story, it's that of Hazel and AME first and foremost. Kind of more to say on that as we get there but yeah, no real subplot or anything with this one, we're just focusing on seeing what all's happened over the course of the day to get Hazel and Xmarlek to where they are now - angry, drinking, and concerned about the future. Makes it a difficult one to comment on given that, at least for me. I can see Adam having more to say since there were some attempts to try new things with the art in this one, particularly with the glasses. ... The funny thing about that being that I was the one who eventually hit on how to go about those but eh, it was largely just figuring out how to better implement what he was trying to do so I'll let him talk about it.
18th Mar 2021, 11:13 PM
Adam C.
Yeah, this chapter marks a concentrated effort on our part to pick up the artwork; trying to really polish up our stuff and take another big step forward on improving the art. Always looking for that next threshold, and this is part of it. Hope folks'll be able to tell a difference.

Part of that was the glasses, which we just had an element of "There's no reason they can't look better" so we sorta stopped the process on this page suddenly to try and make the glasses look more professional. We worked around looking at various pictures of glasses in anime and Martin figured out just how to make them look okay in Manga Studio. Add that onto the building in the first panels, the more attention paid to the proportions and outfits.... Yeah, lots of touches to this to try and really sell the art.

Like Martin said, we've never really done a "how we got here" chapter before, and it's a lot of fun now that we're getting the chance. Hope you guys'll enjoy, very interesting script for this one...


18th Mar 2021, 11:34 PM
Very interesting.