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Time For A Change of Pace

I've decided, after much deliberation, that I'm going to take a break indefinitely from Volume Zero. It's not that it was going nowhere- on the contrary, I believe I could sustain a series with it and also believe I was on the right track in making it popular. My family said my recent storyboards were the best I've ever done, and I may draw them. Eventually.
But I started my first oneshot two years ago, and of all the sketches and paintings and storyboards I've done, less than a fifth of that has made it onto this website- and almost none of the ones I was most proud of. I thought, as opposed to drawing what came naturally to me, which is slice of life and emotional manga, Volume Zero would be popular. So I focused on that. But I haven't really enjoyed it for a long time.
I don't expect this to break any hearts or anything but I figured I'd explain why the series isn't continuing and I'm posting new stuff. I have four oneshots that I've storyboarded in the year since I've come up with Volume Zero, plus others that I didn't like as much or ideas that I discarded, and several other series ideas. Right now I'm going to draw some of those oneshots and increase my skill, and then hopefully start a series about a famous street of eclectic artisan shops in a city's shopping district, where I can focus on characters and drawing cool stuff and emotions, which is what I love. I'm excited for the new chapter in my artistic life, and I'm happy to put Volume Zero to rest for now, as since my first oneshot about a boy following his brother's dreams to the city, I have done nothing else.
Thank you all for your continued support of my work! I can't wait to see what you create, and I'm excited to join you in drawing something I can really pour my heart into!
Meet the two main characters of that manga, Isabelle and Shinji! (If anyone REAAAAALLY paid attention in my last oneshot, you'd notice "Star Boutique" in the background. Shinji was an Emanator's brother and he designed almost everything you saw Emanators wear, including Allion's suit. He was set up to be a big part of Volume Zero, but he's since been reassigned.)
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  • 汀行村
    > Brojack
    Thank you a lot for all your support and advice! Hahaha I've had people tell me for years my style is suited to slice of life so it'll be good to do a manga in my wheel house. I hope you enjoy my next one! I agree it's good to try new things! ^w^
  • Brojack
    Good to see you thinking about what you really want to get out of being an artist!

    Although I definitely also have interest in Volume Zero, I think it'd be great for your growth if you were to try different things, and I personally think your art style is very well-suited to a slice of life/drama series.

    Really looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!

    P.S. These character designs look really cool, and I can't wait to see these guys in action.
  • MortalMangaka
    > 汀行村
    Thanks fam, the good artists around keep me diligent and inspired
  • 汀行村
    > MortalMangaka
    Thank you so much! ^w^ I'm so grateful you enjoyed it, and I hope that what I create next will be truly delightful! I guess I enjoy work I can't really do, as well, because I am very drawn to shonen and seinen haha
    I will definitely work hard! And good job for all your hard work, too! You release so many pages. Definitely one of the most dedicated people on this site!
  • MortalMangaka
    I really enjoyed Volume Zero, but I have an affinity for art that I personally cannot do so I'm really looking forward to a slice of life from you because I struggle with that type of illustration/narrative. Your drafts look great, good luck and work hard!