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"Vitreous", 10th Aug 2017, 11:00 AM #1
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One mage. One nation. And an entire race's reputation on the line!

Hey all! Since I'm officially launching Vitreous on my social media on Monday, I figured now would be a great time to introduce the story. You can find out more about myself on the about page when you click onto the story. Here's a quick link:

www.vitreous.thecomicseries.com


Vitreous follows the adventures of Artem - a travelling light mage - as he tries to get humans and mages seeing eye-to-eye in a nation which would happily see his kind wiped out. However, as he travels across Astria making unlikely alliances and fighting monstrously powerful foes, Artem soon realises fulfilling his grand ambition is much easier said than done..


I've been active on instagram for nearly 3 years now and Vitreous has been in development for 2.5. It's very much influenced by shonen action/battle manga such as One Piece, Hunter x Hunter and One Punch Man in both art style and writing. However my main aim with it is to make these genres accessible while also trying to subvert some common tropes in the process (as the final line of the synopsis indicates).

Overall, I'm writing a series I'd want to read and that I hope inspires others to pursue their art ambitions. I hope you'll have as much fun reading as I do writing/drawing it!


Vitreous updates with new pages every Monday!

If you wish to see more updates and behind-the-scenes stuff, links to my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages are below and on the site's navigation bar.

Enjoy!


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12th Aug 2017, 6:41 PM #2
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A quick update before the social media launch - in response to some awesome feedback I received, the prologue pages have been cleaned up. The uneven black tones have been smoothed out, a typo corrected and some blemishes from correction fluid removed.

The last thing I've gotta do before Monday at the response of the same feedback is make a new banner. Thanks to everyone who's read so far and given me their concrit. I've got a cool banner idea in the works and it'll be up real soon...


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EDIT: The first ever banner is up! (One that isn't just a plain old logo that is) :P

EDIT 2: I've now officially launched on social media! Follow on Insta/Twitter/Facebook for updates and behind-the-scenes content/WIPs/bonus art!
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28th Aug 2017, 6:22 PM #3
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Chapter 1.1 is finally up! - 'Enter Artem, Light Mage!' Take a look at the first 8 pages by following the link below:

http://vitreous.thecomicseries.com/comics/7/


The next update's due on or around 11.09.17 and will be a bit shorter than originally planned. 13 pages in 2 weeks is a tall order but luckily it's all storyboarded and written which speeds things up.

I'm working on a workaround for the ETA pages saying how to get to the start of the next update so rest assured that will come soon. Hopefully before the next update.

Also Vitreous is now on multiple social media! Instagram, Twitter for day-to-day updates, Facebook and Tumblr (where I post occassional blogs) as well as the webcomics and Comic/Manga artist Amino groups. Swing by and say hey by following the links in my sig! You'll also get to see me work on Vitreous in real time as I post WIPs in my Insta story.


Hope you enjoy reading!


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2nd Sep 2017, 6:37 PM #4
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Hey people, a quick update for you all - the comic's homepage and about page have been revamped and improved thanks to some art I've been working on all of this week (at the detriment of Ch 1.2 but I reckon I can get it out on time). Check it out below!

New homepage complete with first/latest so you don't have to navigate through clunky menus to go the start of the latest update/chapter. Featuring a confident looking Artem and...that guy looks an awful lot like Gust but I'm not really sure ;)

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A cool anime OP style image for the 'about the comic' section

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And our main man Artem looking contemplative under a starry night sky. Maybe he's deeper than he lets on...

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Oh and a new avatar/comic logo too! Such fun!

Stay tuned for more!

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3rd Sep 2017, 7:17 PM #5
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An even quicker update for you all. Been reviewing some feedback I got for Ch 1 and have changed some panels on page 4 and page 8. Here's a quick look at them:

Page 4 shows Ramon's stray attack flying towards the lighthouse from the village plaza, while page 8 shows Gust actually attending to Mason at the lighthouse first, rather than immediately accompanying Artem.

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In my scripts, Gust does make it to the lighthouse in chapter 2 after first checking out the plaza. But why would he do this? It would make more sense for him to check on his friend before jumping in on the action with a total stranger.

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Where possible, I'm totally down to re-edit pages (and in the worst case scenario redraw them entirely). I want you guys to see a product I'm proud of and if something isn't right, then it would be in everyone's interest to amend.

Now to start work on the next few pages!


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12th Sep 2017, 10:23 PM #6
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Apologies for the slight delay but Ch 1.2 is finally here! We finally get to see what new villain Ramon's got up his sleeve, including a sneak peek at his superpower. As you'll see, he's really er...'hitting it off' with the folk of Folgend (that's one way to put it I suppose!) And as always, the author comments always share a little behind-the-scenes about character design and drawing challenges etc.


Click the following link to go straight to the latest update - vitreous.thecomicseries.com/comics/15

The next update is due on approx 25.09.17 and will finally end Chapter 1. I can't wait to show you all what this first story arc entails - it's very much a 'mage of the week' affair but still has an overarching storyline to lead into the first big bad.


Anyway, here's a look at the first page for a preview of what's in store:

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See you for Ch 1.3 - thank you all for your continuing support!


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24th Sep 2017, 11:06 PM #7
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Hello all!

The final part of Chapter 1 is finally up, featuring some awesome action shots which were very challenging to draw! Artem finally throws himself into the fray in his first real fight!

Have a read over at:

vitreous.thecomicseries.com/comics/19


Also, some important news about Vitreous' update schedule...

Starting from next Monday October 2nd, Vitreous will now be changing to weekly updates! So now, you'll all get 3 pages of Vitreous goodness every week rather than waiting a whole fortnight!

I decided to make the change a) so things are more manageable on my end on all aspects - writing, drawing, storyboarding, promo etc and b) in an attempt to keep readership more or less constant.


And I want to just reiterate what I said in the author comments on page 19 - a huge thanks to everyone here for reading, sharing, critiquing and subscribing to Vitreous. As a first time comic creator it really means a lot and I'm dedicated to improving my craft to show you all an awesome story. I can't wait to show you what I have in store for Artem and Gust.


See you October 2nd for the start of Chapter 2 - Artem's Ambition!


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1st Oct 2017, 11:22 PM #8
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All right folks, it's that time of the week! Chapter 2 - Artem's Ambition - has officially kicked off with 3 new pages! Artem finds himself in the midst of his first real 1v1 fight, while Gust finally makes it to the lighthouse to check on his friend...


Check out the first page below and click the link to head over to the start of the new update:

vitreous.thecomicseries.com/comics/25

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This update was great fun to try out - check out the author comments for some behind-the-scenes info about creating the lighthouse + the inspiration behind Mason the lighthouse keeper's design.

And as always, let me know what you think!


Until next time,

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9th Oct 2017, 10:42 PM #9
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It's that time of the week again - new Vitreous is here! I was out of town for the weekend + some challenges with this update mean it's out really late today. But whew...I made it in time for Monday night!

The series' first full-fledged fight scene is finally kicking off - come take a ringside seat as Artem v Ramon finally gets going! Turns out Artem wasn't just running for nothing. Rather, his power's previously mentioned lag time has just come back to bite him in the ass. But Ramon's wise to his opponent's tactics and makes him think he's totally lost him only to...well, check out the sample page below to see what I mean.

This week's author comments reveal more about the inner workings of Artem's power + a commentary on our hero's fighting style.

Head over to vitreous.thecomicseries.com/comics/28 to check it out!

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See you next Monday where we'll see whether Artem will be coming up trumps in his first real fight. Now...onto storyboarding those pages and catching up on some Inktober! Enjoy and let me know what you all think :)

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11th Oct 2017, 9:38 PM #10
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A quick mid-week update for you all - I FINALLY updated the cast page with the series' first real villain! Here's a mugshot of ya boy Ramon:

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Check out his bio over at the cast page!

If you've been checking out the Inktober thread over at CF, you'll no doubt have seen my ongoing prompt story with Artem/Gust's travels. I'm not gonna spam up this thread with the individual pictures but do head on over to the thread OR my Instagram (link in sig and on the Vitreous page) to see them all.

The main reason I shant spam it up with them is actually because it's canon! I managed to figure out a way to fit it into the story between chapters 2 and 3 so once Ch 2 finishes in a few weeks time, I'll be putting them all up as Ch 2.5 :D


In other news, work has begun on pages 7-9 of chapter 2 and I've got some awesome pages lined up for you. My instagram/twitter (@rd_inks) has WIPs and storyboards etc as usual so do check them out to get your fix in the meantime!
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16th Oct 2017, 2:49 PM #11
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Happy Monday all - it's time for some more Vitreous! Pages 7-9 of Chapter 2 are now up and you can start at page 7 by clicking below:

http://vitreous.thecomicseries.com/comics/31

Page 7 is also below to whet your appetite for this update. Things are going well for Vitreous so far - the site's finally been approved to show some adspace so I'll be getting that going real soon. And I've been busy working on plot beats for the later arcs (even going so far as to map out the penultimate one!) The FAQs have and cast pages are being slowly updated here and there as well and I'll be working on mugshots for characters who are yet to come - exciting times!

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See you in a week's time for 3 more pages, after which I'll be taking a much needed break for a week. It'll give me time to finish Inktober and work on some site stuff as well.

Until next time!


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23rd Oct 2017, 11:23 PM #12
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It's that time of the week again - new Vitreous pages are now up! Ch 2 pages 10-12 are now live and strange things are afoot. Artem's really starting to feel the after-effects of Ramon's onslaught. As you can no doubt see from the preview page below, he's about due for a head-injury induced dream (flying through a window and hitting a chest of drawers at 100mph will do that to a lad)

http://vitreous.thecomicseries.com/comics/34

Vitreous will be on break next week and will resume on 06/11/17. In the meantime the FAQs and cast pages have been slightly amended and on the latest update, there are a few questions you guys can get involved in answering regarding Artem's strange visions. I'd love to know what you guys think will happen next!

I'll be busy finishing up Inktober aka Ch 2.5, as well as doing some minor work on the website and maybe some actual writing (I haven't touched scripts for a while since I have a writing buffer cf an art one - I kinda wish I had the opposite sometimes!)


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See you in 2 weeks!

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12 days ago, 12:09 AM #13
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And we're back after a much needed break! Pages 13-15 of Ch 2 are now up! Here's page 13 for a sneak preview - can Artem bounce back after the epic beatdown Ramon gave him in the previous pages? Will the motivation of not letting Harley down be enough to help him turn the tables? Find out over at:

http://vitreous.thecomicseries.com/comics/37

As usual, the author notes give an insight into the behind-the-scenes stuff that went into these pages. This is on page 15's notes, but what was meant to be the second half of chapter 2, will now be chapter 3 instead. And Inktober will therefore be chapter 3.5. Things are getting exciting!

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See you next week for 3 more pages!

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3 days ago, 12:56 AM #14
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Apologies for the lateness on this one guys, but Ch 2 p16-18 are now up! The first is below for a sneak preview - Artem vs Ramon comes to a head as our young hero prepares his 'secret move' for one last final gambit!

Seeing as I've been late this week, as well as having a whole bunch of story stuff and other extras to sort out, I'll be taking another break. So the next pages will be coming in 2 weeks - I hate to leave it on such a cliffhanger but there is a silver lining here.

The next update is fully planned out so I can get straight to work on storyboarding/pencils ASAP and in exciting news Chapter 3 will start partway through it rather than having a break in between! I can hardly believe it myself :')

Here's the link for the latest update - see you all next time and I hope you enjoy these 3. They were a blast to draw as always:

http://vitreous.thecomicseries.com/comics/40

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