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26 August 2006 @ 12:53 pm
26 August, 2006
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In this issue:

A STATE-OF-THE-COMICS ADDRESS ;P
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Howdy!

Just an update on how things are going for me, personally, and when more comics and the new MP3s can be expected.

Sorry about sending this through my gmail account, but my newsletter script seems to have gone mad after the server move. I'll try to get that fixed, asap. But for now, I'll just do the newsletter by hand, since I'm not sending them out all that often.

Things are finally starting to turn around for the better, for me! I managed to get a new job, which looks like it will last at least through the end of the year, as long as I don't somehow manage to screw up. It's just a data entry job, but it pays pretty well, and it's easy to do (though very tiring, as typing at one's top speed all day long is rough on the hands). They seem to be impressed with my speed, accuracy and work ethic, so they may offer me a more permanent position, at some point. I was told by my temp agency that the company was looking for someone to eventually train as a payroll clerk, so maybe that will come through for me. I don't really like having to work for someone else, but until I can figure out how to make my own businesses more profitable, it's my only choice. At least, it pays the bills, and it keeps me out of trouble. ;P

I'm still trying to adjust to the new schedule, and trying to get all the outstanding bills caught up (like the electric bill...which is $750. *grunt, groan, whine*), but as soon as everything starts to settle down, I can seriously think about returning to making my comics. I'm just too stressed out and have my attention pulled in too many different directions, right now, to even casually think about working on comics in a major way. I may find the time to draw a page or two, but I won't be able to make any large time commitments to it, for at least a few more weeks.

The same applies to the MP3s of the music. While I must continue to practice guitar, so as to not lose the ability I already have, I can't spend too much time trying to record things. I also need to get my hands on either a drum machine or an electronic kit, so I can lay down a beat and keep myself on rhythm. Without drums to follow, I tend to progressively speed up on guitar until I'm shredding. I had wanted an acoustic drum kit, but after thinking about it, realized I'd be better off with a machine or electronic set, as I have no room for a full kit. I also haven't got the money for the large set of mics I'd need to record an acoustic set with. Electronic drums or a machine can be plugged straight into the computer, and while they will not sound as nice as acoustic drums, they'll do well enough to make the first round of MP3s. Later on, when I have more money and/or more space to work with, I can think about finding a nice acoustic set and re-doing the rhythm tracks. For now, I have to think about what is possible and what is not. I'd like to have at least one MP3 ready by Christmas, but I don't know for sure how reasonable that is. Since I have to do all the instrument tracks, myself, plus all the vocals and the actual recording, mixing and editing, I may be seriously underestimating the time needed to do even one song. My preliminary test recordings of a single guitar track and vocal have taken a full day to even approach decent quality, so I'm likely looking at a couple of weeks or more for each song, and that's assuming I've practiced enough on the individual instruments to not have to spend a lot of time fixing mistakes. I'm going to give it a shot, though, whenever I manage to get hold of something to use for drums. That's my major sticking point, right now.

Anyway, I want to take a moment to thank all of you who have stood by me through my horrible times, and who have done whatever you could to help me out, whether it was through a donation or prayers or words of encouragement. It all helps, and I'm very grateful for it. I feel blessed to have so many wonderful people who care about me and are kind enough to show it! I love you all, and I want to do my best to get back to sharing my stories and art and music with you, as soon as possible.

Oh, I'm going to be changing the Angels page design, soon, as I want to remove the section with text ads in it. I've been very disappointed in them, so far. I've made a whole 97 cents in the months and months that they've been on the site, and frankly, I'm tired of devoting that internet real estate to ads for cheating at poker or online dating or free ringtones. I had hoped to get some better ads, but apparently, those are the best ones I'm going to get. I'll leave the pic of Jax on the sidewalk and the PayPal stuff, as well as a slimmed-down "how to help" section, but the ads are going. The Musicians' Friend affiliate banner will stay, as well, because I like that company and have purchased from them, myself. I've made about $11 in commissions from them, though I won't get it until it reaches $25. Still, there is more potential for income there, than in any of the other ad- and affiliate programs I've tried. A couple of guitar purchases, or a drum kit purchase would bring in a nice commission, and since I'm aiming this comic mainly at other musicians (the MySpace site has nabbed quite a few of them, too!), one or two of those sales could actually happen. I'd like to buy some instruments through them, myself, though I couldn't get commission on things I bought. ;P

I'm also working up some new ideas for t-shirt designs, since I currently only have two in the Spreadshirt shop. Maybe later, when I've levelled out financially, I can think about having some special black shirts screenprinted in full color. I could probably get a good deal on them from some local print shop, but I might have to take pre-orders to make sure I could sell them. Some of the ideas I have are really cool designs that I'd like to have on my own shirts, so I'm looking forward to finding the time to draw them out, scan them and color them. I'll let you all know whenever I have the new designs done.

For now, I'm going to say look for another comics update possibly by the middle or end of October. I've got a few of the pages from the next scene completed, but I've had no time at all to devote to drawing, lately. Things are already beginning to settle down for me, though, so I don't think it would be naive to say I could do another 8 pages over the next 60 days. I'm going to give it a shot, anyway. If I can manage to pull off a miracle and get it done sooner than that, I certainly will. And you folks on my little mailing list will be the first to know, as always. (^-^)


***KAICHI'S COOL QUOTE***

"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."

--Albert Einstein



And that's it, for this time. Hope you're all having a lovely weekend!


(^-^)

Kaichi Satake

Kyoki Press Comics
http://www.kyokipress.com/
kaisatake@gmail.com

 
 
12 February 2006 @ 08:43 pm
KYOKI PRESS NEWS
13 February, 2006
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In this issue:

ANGELS OF THE SWORD UPDATED
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
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Hi, y'all!

Whew...what a time I've had, lately. Rollercoaster stress, from every direction! But my baby's good lovin' and my own reiki sessions have kept me from going over the edge. A little beer on the side helps, too, sometimes. (~-^)

Last Friday, 10 February, was my best friend and roommate's birthday. Carson Fire is now the same age as me, mwahahahaha! (~-^) Anyway, if you know him, stop by his sites, www.elflife.com or www.wingercomics.com and wish him a happy birthday!

This is a nice, tight little newsletter, today, as I don't have a lot to talk about. I've talked myself out in all the other places where I chatter, so you guys get a bit of a break from hearing about my personal catastrophe-in-progress that I sometimes mistake for a life. ;P

Bah, on to the important stuff!


***ANGELS OF THE SWORD UPDATED***

Scene two is now on the site! Another twelve pages of comicy goodness! This one has lots and lots and LOTS of black, thanks to Jax's ever-plummeting emotional state. Soon, I'm gonna need more Permapaque markers, to keep up with all the black areas. (O.o) Good thing they're relatively cheap!!

You can see the new addition, right here:

http://www.kyokipress.com/angels/

Just click on the second scene in the dropdown list, to go to the first page of the scene. I hope you enjoy it! Scene three will probably be a 2-3 weeks in coming, as it has about as many pages as the first two scenes have. Still, I'll do my best to get it all done as quickly as possible. I'm eager to share the story! (^-^)

I'm also happy to report that Angels has already amassed 29 devoted "fans" on the Onlinecomics.net site, surpassing in just a few days what it took ShadowFall a couple of years to do! I'm impressed, and encouraged--especially since I haven't even done any advertising for the comic, yet, outside of listing it on three comics directories. I'm taking this early success as a sign that I'm finally on the right track, with a comic that combines three of my greatest loves: art, writing, and music. If you're one of those who has fav'd Angels at Onlinecomics.net, belfry.com or thewebcomiclist.com, THANK YOU! Your continued support means a great deal to me, and I appreciate it, very much! It will certainly help to keep me eager to update. That's always a good thing!



***HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!***

Yep, tomorrow is St. Valentine's Day! Whether or not you have a special someone in your life, please celebrate this day! I consider it a day to be grateful for all kinds of love, not just the romantic variety. Friends, family, lovers, pets...all our sources of love are equally important! Let those you care for know it, tomorrow. Or heck, do it right now! You can never say "I love you," too soon or too often, and you never know when right now might be your last chance to say it to someone you love.

That said, I wish each of you all the love you deserve! May happiness be yours, today and always.



***KAICHI'S COOL QUOTE***

"Angels know your good bits and your bad bits, and they still love you."

--Proverb



Th-th-th-that's all, folks! See you, soon, with more art and...well, who knows what else!


(^-^)

Kaichi Satake

Kyoki Press Comics
http://www.kyokipress.com/
kaisatake@gmail.com

 
 
24 January 2006 @ 10:33 pm
KYOKI PRESS NEWS
25 January, 2006
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In this issue:

ANGELS OF THE SWORD DEBUTS
FORUMS UPDATED
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Hi, folks!

Big news, in a BIG newsletter, this time around!

Recently, Kyoki Press was proud to provide a launching pad for Carson Fire's new political comic strip, Winger. He has since moved that to Keenspot, and the strip has taken off with a horde of new fans! Congratulations to Carson, and Winger! If you like political humor, go by and see it at http://www.wingercomics.com , post in his tagboard or blog, and tell him Kai sent you!

And now, for the REALLY big news! \(^o^)/


***ANGELS OF THE SWORD DEBUTS***

My long-awaited new music comic, Angels of the Sword, is finally ready for release! This is another very big project for me, and I've been developing it for almost a full year, now. It's based in part on my own life, and because of that, it's been extremely difficult to write, at times. But it's also been cathartic, in that the more of my pain I can throw onto Jax (the main character), the better I feel about myself, and about life, in general. Dealing with these issues--some of which I have kept repressed for decades!--is helping me to heal, in a way that therapists and counselors never could. I'm hoping it will serve a dual purpose, and be entertaining to those of you who enjoyed ShadowFall and my other projects.

The story involves the members of a regionally-successful rock band, and follows their personal trials and victories. The star of the series is Jackson "Jax" Ray, vocalist and lead guitarist for the band, Angels of the Sword. He's 26 years old, a gifted musician, and an emotional firestorm. Troubles jump on him like flies on fresh manure. He's also a child abuse survivor who carries a lifetime of vicious trauma in his heart, and this affects how he deals with his problems. He sometimes reacts in unusual or unexpected ways, and thus occasionally ends up making things even worse.

Jax's dark personality is balanced out by the other core band members, Paul Stern and Mason James. Paul, the rhythm guitarist, is the jokester, the always-happy "normal" guy. Mason, who plays drums, is too laid back to let anything much bother him, the sort of guy who will just leave to solve a problem, if he can. Into this odd mixture comes Kain Truce, the replacement for their old bassist, Sammy Paige. Kain is a naive girl of 22, spoiled, irresponsible, and a little wild. Her arrival will be the emotional equivalent of dropping a block of ice into a vat of boiling oil.

I've written about 11 songs for the series, too. I plan on recording at least one of them and releasing it as a free MP3 download, provided I can get what I need as far as drums go. That's the only instrument I haven't got, so if I can't get hold of a kit (and some mics for it), a drum machine, or some good quality loops, the MP3 might not happen for a while, or may end up being an "unplugged" version. That's not a major concern, though, and it won't affect the comic, one way or another. It's just a nice thing I'd like to do, if I can.

I'm also approaching this story much differently than I have any of my other projects. I'm working in black and white, instead of greyscale. Everything is inked, and drawn in my usual semi-realistic style, but with the heavy contrast of some of the American comics of the "B&W revival" of the 1980s. I'm working smaller, as well, so I'm able to do the art much faster than I was able to do ShadowFall. This means I'm more likely to be able to keep up the work, without burning out so fast.

Which brings me to the most important topic: update schedule. I have no set schedule for Angels, because I'll be releasing it in complete scenes, rather than daily- or tri-weekly updates. However long it takes me to complete a scene will determine the length of time between updates, and this will depend on the length and complexity of the scene in question. Most seem to be 8-12 pages long, with the first one being 12 pages. I think this method of updating will be much more satisfying for readers, and will also make it easier to keep up with what's going on in such a long storyline. I've got the main page set up with a descriptive scenes dropdown list, so that it will be easy to find the beginning of the latest scenes. I'm also urging new readers to sign up for the newsletter, as that will be the most reliable method of finding out when new scenes have been added.

Last thing: the comic is for adults, only, even more so than ShadowFall was. Angels of the Sword would be rated at least R, if it were a movie, because of the sex scenes, explicit language, violence, and drug- and alcohol abuse. Every page of the comic is going to bear a bright red MATURE CONTENT warning at the top, so no one will have any excuse to be confused about what audience this comic is meant for.

I hope you'll enjoy it! The story's not all heavy, so don't worry that it will be nothing but a whine fest or a doom-and-gloom overdose. The plot revolves around the characters, as do the plots of all my other works, so a knowledge of music or the music scene isn't necessary to enjoy it. (^-^)

Here's the permanent link to the main page of the comic:

http://www.kyokipress.com/angels/

Remember to bookmark it!

In the Angels directory, you'll also find pages with character bios, song lyrics, characters' instrument wishlists (linked to my affiliate company, MusiciansFriend.com), Angels merchandise, and music-related links. I've got a small music download page, as well, but nothing is on it, yet, other than a few personal recordings of me trying out my bass guitar, trying out my mixing skills in GarageBand, and one MP3 theme song I wrote and performed for Carson Fire's main Elf Life character, Baughb the Elf. If anyone wants links to those files, let me know, and I'll share them with you.



***FORUMS UPDATED***

After being down for nearly a week, the forums are back in action, bearing a fresh script update. We've had more than our fair share of hacker/cracker attacks, so I've been trying hard to keep up with the latest releases of phpBB. I've also got a host of modifications done to the scripts, to both enhance security and make the forums more fun and useful for members. Everyone is welcome to join, but registration is required to read or post in the boards. I do validate emails in two ways, now, to help cut down on the occurrences of spamming, email phishing, and low-level hacking/cracking. It helps keep the trolls at bay, too, which is always a good thing. (^-^)

Come and play with us, if you like! We have forums for ShadowFall, ShadowFall RPG, Elf Life, Elf Life Adventurers, Dreams, Metaphysics, and a brand new one for Angels of the Sword that includes not only a discussion area for the comic's readers, but an MP3 forum for my stuff, and a couple of places for members to share their own songs and recordings. You can find the forums right here:

http://www.kyokipress.com/forums/

Drop by and visit, sometime! We love new friends!



***KAICHI'S COOL QUOTE***

"I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live."

--Martin Luther King Jr.



That does it, for this time! Have a great week, and an even greater weekend! See ya 'round the 'net!


(^-^)

Kaichi Satake

Kyoki Press Comics
http://www.kyokipress.com/
kaisatake@gmail.com

 
 
21 December 2005 @ 04:18 pm
KYOKI PRESS NEWS
21 December, 2005
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In this issue:

ALL THINGS MUST END
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Season's greetings, everyone!

This will probably be the last update for the year, so I'm going to echo exactly what I have in the comic page's Chatterbox in this newsletter, instead of doing it the usual way. Hope no one minds. (^-^)

I've put up a new piece of art on the main page, too:

http://www.kyokipress.com/shadowfall/



***ALL THINGS MUST END***

Well, here it is, the end of 2005, already. I had some crazy idea that I'd get back to drawing ShadowFall, sometime this year. Obviously, that didn't happen. I think I've held on to that idea for a little too long, now. Time to face up to the fact that I'm just not going back to it, for a long time.

I hate to disappoint my readers and friends, but it looks like I'm going to have to. As an artist, my first responsibility is to myself; I have to be true to what is right for me, and that's apparently not ShadowFall. I thank all of you for sharing my world with me, for voicing your praise, your support, your concerns, and your complaints. Without all of you, I doubt I would have ever taken it as far as I did, in this format. ShadowFall was never really meant to be a comic. It's a novel series, and I admit I have felt very stifled by the restrictions of serialized art in this case. It probably would have been easier on me, had I started out with a story that was written specifically for comics format. The novels are simply too big to handle in this format, and I'm not ashamed to say I bit off more than I could chew, artistically, when I tried to adapt the gigantic, complex world of ShadowFall to the comic book medium. So much of what is in the novels simply will not work in this method of storytelling, and it's frustrating for me to have to leave out things in the early parts of the story that seem to be extraneous, but that are pivotal to explain something, somewhere far down the line. I've had more than one complaint about the subplots involving Diana and Max, for instance, and I don't think it's very satisfying for the complainers, when I tell them, "Oh, it's okay. That isn't important, NOW, but it will be, twenty-five issues from now." A person who isn't patient enough to see what is coming three pages from now certainly won't want to hear they have to wait *twenty-five issues* to find out how the relationship between Max and Diana impacts the overall story. I can't blame them, either. This universe is simply too big to hold up as a linear comics story, and the relationships between all the worlds and races are too complex to work as a graphic novel, unless I wanted to put thirty tons of notes up to accompany every page of it. I don't think anyone wants that, least of all, me.

What I might end up doing with it is making some ebooks with the prose novels...if there is any interest in that. I don't know how many people would want those, but at least that way, they could get the end of this comic's storylines before 2050. (~-^) I'd probably have to sell them, rather than give them away, though, because it would take a lot of work to re-edit the three books I've got completed, transfer them to InDesign and format them in a nice package. Exactly the kind of time-consuming work I can no longer justify doing without compensation. So I may put up a poll or something, to see how many might be interested in ebooks. I doubt there would be enough interest in them to make the effort worth it, though. I'd like to be proved wrong on that, but I doubt I would be. No offense to anyone, but that's just been my experience with this stuff, so far.

However, I do have the new comics series coming up. It's a story that has been written specifically for the comics format, and I'm drawing it in a vastly different way than I did ShadowFall. As it looks, right now, this new comic will take me roughly half the time to draw that ShadowFall did. I've already seen I can, under good conditions, complete two pages of the art in one day! And because the story is set in today's world, rather than in a completely different universe and time, it will also be much easier to tell it in pictures. It's also semi-autobiographical, so working on it has more personal significance for me than any other work I have done, yet. I can already tell that writing out my own hell is going to help me, immensely, in getting over a lot of the horrible things I've endured, all through my life. Plus, I get to include the other major creative love in my life: music. I've already written several songs for the new series, and I'd like to eventually record them all, so the comic will have its own original soundtrack. I'll also be going about posting it in a completely different way than I handled ShadowFall's updates, one that I hope will not only be easier for me, but more satisfying for readers.

I don't want to hype the new one too much, yet, though. When it's ready for debut, I'll announce it on this page, in the newsletter, on Onlinecomics.net and thewebcomiclist.com sites, as well as any other places I where can manage to nab a little publicity for it. Your best bet to get the news earlier than anyone else is through the Kyoki Press Newsletter. If you're not already getting my newsletters, you can sign up through the form at the top of this page. The newsletter is free, spam-free, and your email address will never be shared with anyone else. The newsletter subscribers will get the latest news before even the comics directories do, so sign up, today!

That's about all I had to say, today. Again, thank you all so much for hanging in here with me through all my triumphs and troubles. I look forward to a wonderful New Year, for all of us.



***KAICHI'S COOL QUOTE***

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength
from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of
little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose
conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto
death."

--Thomas Paine


Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and new year!


(^-^)

Kaichi Satake

Kyoki Press Comics
http://www.kyokipress.com/
http://www.livejournal.com/users/kaichi_satake/
kaisatake@gmail.com

 
 
03 December 2005 @ 12:26 am
In this issue:

NEW FAN ART
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Hi!

Just a small update, this time, but I think it's a nice one.



***NEW FAN ART***

Just a small update for today, but a nice one! My good friend and roommate, Carson Fire (of Elf Life fame), has done a cool piece of art for me! This is his rendition of two of the elves from the elf comic that I started working on but never actually did anything with. He's done Prince Ceallach and Meredydd, and if I am lucky, he may even draw that whole short story, later! It's interesting to see other people's takes on my characters. I always enjoy that. A lot of people have told me they'd do fan art for me, if only they could draw my characters like I do. That kind of defeats the purpose of fan art, though, to try to draw someone's people exactly as they do. I think the whole idea is that you draw them in your own style, as you would have drawn them, had they been your own characters. My elves are physically a lot different from Carson's, in that they're taller and darker, but I think he's done a bang-up job on these two. Until the next update, you can find his elves on the main ShadowFall page, right here:

http://www.kyokipress.com/shadowfall/

You can also find it in Carson's permanent spot in the Gallery, right here:

http://www.kyokipress.com/gallery/carsonfire/

If anyone would like to compare the two styles, just slip over to my elf story page, and look for Ceallach and Merry:

http://www.kyokipress.com/elves


Not much else going on, for me, other than writing, writing, and more writing. I seem to be on a roll for it, which is good. I've done a lot for the new comic, as well as keeping up with my LiveJournal account, every day! I'm so proud of myself! I have never been able to keep up with a journal, before, so this is kind of a small feat for me. If you'd like to come by and read more of my craziness, feel free. Also feel free to comment, if you feel like it. I accept anonymous comments, so you don't have to have your own account to chat with me in mine.

http://www.livejournal.com/users/kaichi_satake/



***KAICHI'S COOL QUOTE***

"Share your wings with those who have trouble flying."

--Anonymous



That's it, for today. Thanks for hangin' in there with me! You guys rock!


(^-^)

Kaichi Satake

Kyoki Press Comics
http://www.kyokipress.com/
kaisatake@gmail.com

 
 
 
12 October 2005 @ 03:42 am
KYOKI PRESS NEWS
12 October, 2005
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In this issue:

NAME MY SONG CONTEST WINNER
NEW ANGELS ART
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Helloooooo!

Another very quick update!


***NAME MY SONG CONTEST WINNER***

And the Winner is...!

Gil "BStormDragon" Estrada is the winner in the Name My Song contest! His entry, "Opticoustic," really seemed to fit the song, and just plain stuck in my head as "it." He wins not only a permanent credit for the title on the lyrics page, but also a sketch of his choice of the characters from the upcoming Angels of the Sword comic! He has chosen Kirby for his prize sketch, and I'll be getting on that right away. I'll post a jpg of it, when it's done, so everyone can see it. Congrats to Gil, and thanks to everyone who entered a title! It was tons of fun! Maybe I will do it, again, after I get the comic underway. I LOVE giving out prizes!! I wish I could do it, more often! (^o^)

For those who missed the contest lyrics in the blog or the LiveJournal, and would still like to see them, here they are:

"Swirls of music flutter in my brain
the colors of my soul
all I see feels spinning 'round again
all I taste is liquid sound

I am the music and
the music is me

Space between and fire cold within
screaming colors in my mind
forces out of my control
I'm reaching but I cannot find

Spiral waves of purple misery
leave me to my ecstasy

Caressing echoes of a distant dream
falling through her staring eye
open faces like the gates of hell
one rush of violet burns a starry trail

Days or moments lost in time
the storms of pain now left behind"

I think "Opticoustic" fits them, quite well. I can't wait to get it recorded!! (^-^)



***NEW ANGELS ART***

I have finished another drawing for the Angels part of the site. This one will eventually be made into a large-size PayPal donation button, but I will also add it to the gallery, later. Just not tonight, because tonight, I am lazy and don't want to do that much HTML. (~-^)

Anyway, you can see the new art, here. It's Jax playing on the sidewalk for change:

http://www.kyokipress.com/angels/Jaxsidewalkpencils6.jpg

The one I put in the gallery will be larger, but this one is okay for a preview size, I guess. I hope you all like it! I shaded it in the ShadowFall style. The new comic will not be done in pencil art, but in ink. My hand simply can't stand up to doing this much pencilwork, any more. The ink is much easier on me, as I don't have to put much pressure on the pens. I prefer the shaded pencil look, but I just can't do it for a full comic, any more. (O.o)

If you're interested in checking out the stages of the artwork, from initial sketch to finished art, you can find it either in the forums, at:

http://www.kyokipress.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=43445 (you must register to view them here)

or in my LiveJournal, at:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/kaichi_satake/ (no account required to view or comment).

I have two entries for it, in the LJ, and both are clearly marked with "Angels Drawing" in the titles. Comment on them, if you like! I'm always open to feedback on my art.




***KAICHI'S COOL QUOTE***

"If you have the choice between humble and cocky, go with cocky. There's always time to be humble later, once you've been proven horrendously, irrevocably wrong."

--Kinky Friedman



That's all, folks! Much love and happiness to ya!


(^-^)

Kaichi Satake

Kyoki Press Comics
http://www.kyokipress.com/
kaisatake@gmail.com

 
 
03 October 2005 @ 03:04 am
KYOKI PRESS NEWS
3 October, 2005
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In this issue:

NEW COMIC PROMO
NAME MY SONG CONTEST
NEW LIVEJOURNAL
NEW IDEA FOR SHADOWFALL
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Hey, y'all!

A few new things going on this week! And what may turn out to be very good news for the fans of ShadowFall! Read on, my friends!


***NEW COMIC PROMO***

Today's update is a promo piece, for the upcoming music comic, Angels of the Sword, featuring six of the major characters. I've been doing lots of writing and art for the new series, as well as songs! I'm hoping to have that one underway sometime this month, if all goes as planned. Check out the promo, right here:

http://www.kyokipress.com/shadowfall/

The archive link for this page will be here, in the unlikely event you don't get around to the site before I've updated, again:

http://www.kyokipress.com/shadowfall/archive/secret2/20051003.html


***NAME MY SONG CONTEST***

The new promo art leads me into another cool thing, which is a little contest I have going on to get a title for one of the more psychedelic lyrics I have written for Angels. The contest has its own blog entry, and I'm accepting suggestions in the comments section of the blog, or through email, to kaisatake@gmail.com. The blog does not require registration, but if you use it for your suggestion, please remember to give me some way of contacting you, in case you win! Email is best, but a URL will work, too. The prize is a permanent credit for the title on the lyrics page of the new comic's section, to be posted with the song lyrics, and also a sketch of one of the Angels of the Sword characters. I've attached names to the characters in the promo, so you can let me know which one you'd like, should you win! Read about the contest and enter it, right here:

http://www.kyokipress.com/shadowfall/cutenews/show_news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1126639760&archive=&start_from=&ucat=1&template=chatterbox&number=5


***NEW LIVEJOURNAL***

I've also finally given in to the urgings of friends, and nabbed myself a LiveJournal account. I didn't really think I'd like one, but now that I have one, I can't imagine ever NOT having one, if that makes any sense. Anyway, I've posted something in it every day, since I set it up. Come by and have a look, make a comment, and add me to your friends list! I'll add ya back! I have it set up to accept anonymous comments, so you don't even have to have your own journal to post your thoughts. You can find that, right here:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/kaichi_satake

I also set up one to mirror this newsletter, in case I ever have problems with my mailing list software. I know some of you on AOL have had trouble getting these mailings, because of AOL's spam controls, so if you'd like, you can subscribe to the RSS of the KP journal and see these newsletters, without fail. You can find the community, here:

http://www.livejournal.com/community/kyokipress

***NEW IDEAS!!***

The last thing for today is that I'm thinking of trying a new way of drawing ShadowFall. I've had such great success drawing Angels of the Sword at the smaller size, that I want to try it for ShadowFall, and see how it goes. If it looks all right, I may try to do several pages at that size, so I can get back to some semblance of an update schedule. I can't make any promises, at this point, because I have no idea what will happen this week, but that's my plan, at the moment. Wish me luck!!


***KAICHI'S COOL QUOTE***

"The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people
it is a complete substitute for life."

--Andrew Brown



That's it, for now! Have a wonderful week!


(^-^)

Kaichi Satake

Kyoki Press Comics
http://www.kyokipress.com/
kaisatake@gmail.com

 
 
KYOKI PRESS NEWS
30 AUGUST, 2005
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In this issue:

NEW PIRATE COLLAGE
NEW FAN ART FROM AZIZA
NEW GALLERY ART FROM KAICHI
NEW MUSIC DOWNLOADS PAGE
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Hey, folks!

I've got a few new things to share with you all, today. I'm still not ready to get back to ShadowFall, itself, but I'm trying to keep active in other things. I've been working on the site, itself, as well as trying to get everything ready to go for the new music comic, Angels of the Sword, which I'm getting closer to debuting. I may be ready to get back to artwork in a major way, sometime near the end of September, if all goes as planned. Keep your fingers crossed for me! More on this in the Chatterbox, underneath today's update on the ShadowFall main page.


***NEW PIRATE COLLAGE***

Today's update is a collage I made from all the cool pirate pics done by members of our forum. One of them is mine (hehehe... see if you can find it!). We've got a whole thread devoted to pirate pics and stories in the forum, and it's really been a blast to see all the great artwork that folks have been doing for it! If you'd like to take part in the fun, drop by the forum and sign up! Registration is free; joining generates no spam, and the forums are readable only by registered members, so there is no email farming or other such nonsense going on! I do validate emails in two ways, though, so if you sign up, watch for an email from kaisatake@gmail.com in your inbox. You MUST reply to that email, or your account won't be activated. So far, this tactic has kept out ALL the spammers and trolls and other nasty nasties that generally are the scourge of other forums! Come on in and join us! We'd love to have you! The pirate thread is right here:

http://www.kyokipress.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2253

So once you register and all, you can go right to it!

Go here for the forum's main page:

http://www.kyokipress.com/forums/


***NEW FAN ART FROM AZIZA***

One of the pirate pics features ShadowFall characters, and was drawn by the lovely Aziza! I thought this one belonged in her gallery. She's done fan art for me, before, and I always appreciate it! Check out her cool ShadowFall pirates right here:

http://www.kyokipress.com/gallery/aziza/shadowfallpirates.html


***NEW GALLERY ART FROM KAICHI***

I put my own little pirate in my gallery, as well. I named him Nicky Swift, and even wrote a very silly short story for him, which is in that thread in the forum, if you'd like to read it. You can find his pic in my gallery, right here:

http://www.kyokipress.com/gallery/kaichisatake/nickyswift.html


***NEW MUSIC DOWNLOADS PAGE***

The other new thing I have added is a page specifically for listing my free music downloads. I've got three MP3's on there, already, and I will have more (and longer ones) later on. So far, I've got one short loop mix that's just to show off my mixing skills; a very short recording of me playing an original bass guitar pattern (the embryo of what will become a full song, later on); and another set of loops that I played keyboard over to make a theme song for Carson Fire's main character, Baughb the Elf, in the Elf Life comic ( http://www.elflife.com ). They are all clearly labeled, with titles, times, file sizes and descriptions, so you will easily be able to tell what's what. I'm also working on another song, which will be the theme song for my new-and-as-yet-unreleased comic, Angels of the Sword. It will be included in the free music section, as well, when I get it done. Later, I may even record a song I wrote for Genjiro, if I can manage to get myself a better keyboard to
use for it. I could do with a better mic for recording, too, as the one I have is the same one I used for gigs in the 80s! (O.o)

Find the music downloads page, here:

http://www.kyokipress.com/music/index.html


***KAICHI'S COOL QUOTE***

"If you are lonely when you are alone, then you are in bad company."

--Jean Paul Sartre



That's it, for now! Hope you have a great week!


(^-^)

Kaichi Satake

Kyoki Press Comics
http://www.kyokipress.com/