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I was listening to The Cranberries' "This is the Day
" when I drew this piece. If you haven't heard the song before, have a listen on YouTube
I wanted to draw something that could capture the emotion of this next book. Mindy is no ordinary demon, and Ki-Chan is going to be tested in ways she never has been before.
I'm sharing this today because I am celebrating a personal goal. I've already crossed 50,000 words and I am STILL not done! So this book will be longer than Book #1. Because of this, I'm still trying to decide how much art to add while keeping the cost down for you guys. I'd want Ki-Chan to be able to afford the book too after all, so it will be a balancing act for a few weeks.
Now that I am this far along, I can share with you all a few details. In this book, Ki-Chan's nightmares start to become sharper as she struggles with an unstable new power. Meanwhile, Ti-Chan finds himself a target at their new college, as Mindy seeks to destroy the Humanesques from the inside out. I hope you guys like action, because there will be much more fighting sequences this time around!
So Ki-Chan's second book is underway, and her first book is starting to gain momentum. Now would be a great time to ask you guys what YOU would like to see! After all, YOU are responsible for her success. :)
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So just like Ruey, I am an avid gamer. I recently got a copy of Pokemon Moon
and discovered on Route 8 that there is a blonde, blue eyed backpacker named.... Kiana?? Well this trainer made me smile for a few reasons:
1. Her name is the same as Ki-Chan. Duh. (Ki-Chan's full name is Kiana Chan BTW.)
2. She actually has almost the exact same coloring as Ki-Chan's new rival for Book #2. (More soon!)
3. Her Pokemon is a level 20 Eevee. Eevee can become one of several kinds of Pokemon and has tons of untapped energy, just like Ki-Chan.
4. Backpacker Kiana has speech bubbles about fighting.
So in honor of this, allow me to give you guys a little back story on Ki-Chan's luggage in Book #1
Her blue, black and yellow backpack is actually based on my very first ever backpack. Made from the same material most commercial winter coats are, I lugged this thing around from the time I was 4 until I was starting to write Ki-Chan's stories, when very litterally, it exploded. I just don't even understand how, but after so many years of daily use, this thing fell apart. Not just at the seams, the fabric itself blew apart! I was actually pretty upset about losing it, so I decided to let Ki-Chan have it, which seems to go with that yellow cap. My backpack said "High Energy" on the front, so I replaced it with a re-spelling of Ki-Chan. I chose to mix Katakana and Hiragana on purpose, referencing my first spelling mistakes in Japanese. Ki of course can mean spirit or energy, and she can fly, so it all ties in at the end.
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I was 13 years old and on my third re-write of Ki-Chan: Demon Hunter
back in 2000. This was election day, and I was sitting in a storage room, trying to think of a real reason why Ti-Chan and the others would leave America. I know I told you before about those dreams I had of everyone in Chichibu, but I had yet to dream of why. But suddenly, I saw a vision.
I saw a dark, slate blue sky. A nasty thunderstorm. I saw White people fighting each other over the Bible and which copy was right. I saw the sky turn red, as Republicans took over the House and Senate. I saw police officers shooting unarmed protesters, and then, I scribbled the following on notebook paper: The year is 2016-D.E. And these are rough times for many youths. Since the start of the digital revolution of the era A.D. there has been chaos among the many. Earth's population has dropped to a mere 1.5 billion, after centuries upon centuries of religious based war and famine. America, once a proud and bustling nation, is now a police state, where no longer does freedom of speech reign, but instead a watchful eye is cast on the few adventurous enough to speak boldly against a Christian militia. Graveyards of those slain by the government are adorned with stones of red marble, with one caption: Subdued in the name of God.
But despite a country living in censorship, there are still thirsty minds, hungry for a life abroad. Young men and women, starving for sunshine and oxygen, wanting to shed their dreary gray skies and endless rains, in exchange for a more open classroom. And here is where our story begins…
I took out a line about anything apocalyptic, but I remember keeping this paragraph, because at 13 I thought "WOW! What a great way to start a comic book!" and with that, I turned on the radio, where the Backstreet Boys' "The One
" was suddenly interrupted by an interesting phrase out of the boy band's home state of Florida.
Fearful, I abandoned writing one more word about America in Ki-Chan's world for four years. The last thing I remember scribbling down was a passage about a paper Ti-Chan was writing about The Statue of Liberty being renovated, and left it at that.
Then this past April, I re-typed the above phrase and put it on page 7 of Ki-Chan: Demon Hunter Book #1
. Again, I thought this would provide a decent backdrop for Ki-Chan's world and segue into Ti-Chan's trip.
America... I am so... so sorry.
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From September to this past week, I ran a contest on Facebook. Tag a friend and you could win a spot in the epic final battle at the end of Ki-Chan: Demon Hunter Book #1,
and I am happy to announce that a winner has been chosen.
Congratulations to YouTuber Roger Delmar!!
Roger not only has been drawn for the battle, he also appears as a character in a good bulk of Act 5. Be sure to look for him before, during and after the fight, and also subscribe to him on YouTube
As winner, he is entitled to a free copy of the book and a signed print of his appearance. I'll be getting in touch with him shortly!
Thank you everyone for participating. I think I may do this again for Book #2!
To see the winner's art piece, just scroll down a bit.
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If you can read this, then you are cordially invited to the release party for Ki-Chan: Demon Hunter Book #1
Facebook! Click Here
to join in on the fun, you can enjoy yourself anywhere in the world. Hell, party in your PJ's if you want! Ti-Chan already is.The date:
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016The time:
Noon to 10:00 pm EST
I'll be doing a giveaway personally at 7:00 pm, but there are other authors who will also be in attendance, so you may see even more giveaways!
Got any questions? Bring 'em to the party! I might just do a Q&A session. Matter of fact, I have a Q&A for YOU over on CreateSpace. Click here
, because I'd love your input. After all, YOU helped me make the cover!Ki-Chan: Demon Hunter Book #1
is the first light novel in the series, and yes, I am planning on a graphic novel too, but for now, we'll start with light novels. The first book has a story in the back as to how I even made it to this point along with a preview of Book #2
. So you kind of get three stories in one book!
It's written in script style and is packed with art. It'll be available in paperback on Amazon and CreateSpace and digitally (and cheaper) on Kindle.
Hope you'll love it!
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You know, when I first drew Ki-Chan fighting Hadagi, I seriously had no idea what an impact it would have!
24 hours after I drew it, it got shared, RT'd and more likes and attention than I knew what do do with. So I grabbed a test group of fans and asked them for some feedback.
The only thing they wanted changed was for me to embellish Hadagi's pants a little bit. So I threw in a zipper and a few other touches.
Everyone who has been following Ki-Chan up to this point wanted to see an action packed cover, and I couldn't think of anything better than to thank my new fans by picking your choice for the cover.
Thank you everyone for the support!!
I am happy to announce that Ki-Chan: Demon Hunter Book #1 will be launching on Amazon the first week of November. Keep checking back for the final date!
So I've told you all about how I started dreaming of these characters back in 1995. But did I ever tell you that I actually shared three of the characters with you long before I even mentioned Ki-Chan?
Ti-Chan trains Ki-Chan over Chichibu's fields.
When most TV shows, anime, comics, manga, video games or movies take you to Japan, which places do you think of?
If you're the average otaku, you probably are thinking of Tokyo/Nippon, Kyoto or Osaka. These are the three townships I hear about the most, with Tokyo also harboring the popular prefectures of Shinjuku and Harajuku. Each of these areas offers something unique.
Osaka offers the quiet, suburban images we're used to in many school-based anime, Kyoto gives us the rural, almost ancient-feeling temples we crave for shows about samurai and ronin, and Tokyo of course gives us the futuristic cities and shopping we pine for.
But when I dream of Japan, I dream of Chichibu.
I dream of Chichibu's ever growing park, it's lush landscapes and it's evolving city.
But why did I choose Chichibu?
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So I'm exactly one week removed from revealing Ki-Chan to you all, and you must be wondering, what exactly is it about that yellow baseball cap?
If you were following me on my Facebook page
, you likely saw the new artwork on the left leading up to last week's event. I teased drawings of Ki-Chan's cap along with a silhouette of random demons one day, Lucifer and Ki-Chan the next and then a shadow of Ki-Chan and Panti just before the big reveal.
But why a yellow baseball cap?
Well just as I did last week, I'll have to take you back to April of 1995 to start telling the story.