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Just Gotta

by Vye Brante
Your typical story about a girl from our world pulled into the Pokémon world . . . or is it?

Hillaree, known by her friends as the "Mewtwo Queen," is suddenly taken to a world where Pokémon are real. She is told she will be returned home when she is ready. What could that mean? Well, since she's going to be there a while, she might as well catch some Pokémon!

A Pokémon Fan Comic written and drawn by Vye Brante. Rated Teen for some violence/fighting, blood, and death.

Currently on hiatus. Please note: This comic does not follow any established canon, but does use characters from the games, anime, and mangas. Histories and personalities may be changed.
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Your typical story about a girl from our world pulled into the Pokémon world . . . or is it?

Hillaree, known by her friends as the "Mewtwo Queen," is suddenly taken to a world where Pokémon are real. She is told she will be returned home when she is ready. What could that mean? Well, since she's going to be there a while, she might as well catch some Pokémon!

A Pokémon Fan Comic written and drawn by Vye Brante. Rated Teen for some violence/fighting, blood, and death.

Currently on hiatus. Please note: This comic does not follow any established canon, but does use characters from the games, anime, and mangas. Histories and personalities may be changed.


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Posting a comment to anyone who doesn't see the new update!

I am aware of the PhotoBucket issue and will get it fixed the next few days. I don't think this impacts the comic pages themselves, but if you find one that isn't displaying properly, let me know!
GVLB (Guest)
November 4th, 2016
Heh, I hear where you're coming from. This year has seen very sparse updates to my fan project too - it doesn't help that time is going crazy fast, never mind all the other things that crop up. I'm sorry to hear about your back problems though...hope you're able to find a balance between making what you enjoy and taking care of the health side of things. - Gemma @ Pokemon Rebirth
June 6th, 2016
cant wait for you to be back
this is one of my favorite web comics i hope your back gets better soon.
I am so happy I found this comic page (After a bit of a absence... uhhh >.<) I was really worried what happened to this comic, sense so many have kinda just.... shut down. Also I understand the back pains, I've recently done something above my ankle so I've been having constant pains in my leg, lets hope we both get though this. :)
Miyto (Guest)
February 1st, 2016
It's alive!
Between this comic reviving and pokemon beta continuing as a written work, I am happy about the lack of expected comic deaths.
I 'Just Gotta' say that I am SOOOOOO happy you're coming back!! These comics are really special, Both Nigthmare and Just Gotta...They hold a place in my heart. I'm sorry to hear about your back pains tho'. I can sympathize, really I can. I wish much luck to you and I can't wait to see more of this stuff!
hey!! its nice to know that this adventure is still going on. great just take it easy and we will be cheering for some new updates take care.
January 28th, 2016
Whoa! Been a while :'D Sorry to hear about your back pains.
January 26th, 2016
I'm glad to see you'll be continuing :)
Vye Brante
January 26th, 2016
Do not adjust your favorite list!
You're not seeing things! We have an update! ...A filler piece of art to let you know I'm still around but... still...

Allow me to explain a bit. (Hopefully a bit. I don't want to be too long winded with this.) 2015 broke my record of fewest updates. I know we've been going downhill the last few years and it annoys me too. Recently, two good friends of mine, SilverLunarWing and theB3ing, cancelled their own comics, Shinka The Last Eevee and Pokemon Beta respectively. I respect their decision to do so and have no problem with them decided to call it quits when they said they did so specifically because they didn't enjoy it anymore. I wouldn't WANT them to keep going if they didn't want to.

But for some reason them both announcing their cancellation made me paranoid that people didn't know that I intended to make a comeback. So here we are with this update.

There are a lot of factors, but the biggest reason 2015 saw such a decline in updates is because my back starting causing me problems. It's painful sitting at my desk for extended periods. I kept expecting to find solutions or ways to get around it, or just to fix my back in general. But it's become clear my back troubles are here to stay and so I just have to learn to work through them. The problem now is just that I am simply out of practice with updating and drawing in general. I kinda had to relearn Manga Studio a bit just making the few pieces of art I've done the last several months. And it's obviously unrelated, but I am in the middle of trying to buy myself a house so it's entirely possible I'll be moving in the coming months.

I say that only to point out that updates will be coming, but they are going to be slow at first. I have to figure out what my limits are exactly with my back and just simply get back into the habit of drawing. Do I have a time frame or update schedule? No, not yet, I'm afraid. But soon?

Those of you that watch both comics will notice that I put this up on both Nightmare and Just Gotta. (And both will have the same comment below, just FYI.) I'm putting it on both just for the ones that just watch one or the other. But anyways, both comics will be making a bit of a comeback, but to be honest, Nightmare may take slightly more priority for the first little while. I already have the next page in the works while Just Gotta has hit a wall and hard. Just Gotta has always had its problems I've had to try to fix as I go seeing as I'm too stubborn to rewrite it. And seeing how I like to write and imagine action/fight scenes but not draw them and Just Gotta has like three fighting scenes going on right now, it's kinda hard for me to deal with. To get things going I might just take a break from the current chapter and do an extra or something. That had been my plan like a year ago so I might just have to go through with it.

Anyways, expect probably more Nightmare updates than Just Gotta updates when things start moving. It might switch to the other way around again, but we'll have to see. For some reason I try as hard as I do with Nightmare yet don't hold its art to as high of a standard. Not sure why that is... it's weird.

So yeah. Hope you guys have managed to stick around and will be around for what comes next!

It's been forever since I've drawn Hillaree and yet somehow I still could do it from muscle memory. Not that weird I guess. I gave Nightmare Mewtwo his book so he hopefully isn't confused with Just Gotta Mewtwo. Also I need to stop trying to put Mewtwos back to back because I always get in trouble with their tails. The text kinda has double meaning. It's supposed to be like, "We're still here for you!" but also be like, "Hey, Vye, your comics literally aren't progressing!" So that's fun, heh.

I hope to see you guys soon! (If anyone is still around that is! Hahaha!)
at first cause the page was still loading i thought giovani was holding up his middle finger
Well I would say she was too "Hot" for them to handle in more ways then 1.

great color page. keep going
Pfffffffffffft omg
*laughs* Perverted plants
Just Filler
So it wasn't all that long ago I removed the other Shiny Chronicles from here on Smack Jeeves. They were just filler and so I never planned on keeping them. But now I guess it's time for a new one.

This was more or less a test for me to see if I could handle work on comics again. My back is still giving me trouble, I'm afraid. Drawing was very uncomfortable and took much longer than it should. The editing wasn't too bad at least.

This is just going up to let you know I'm still here. I haven't quit yet but just still haven't been able to really draw yet. I'll probably work on gags like this for a little while yet if only just to get me practiced up for the real comics. It'll probably be a long process still trying to get some comics finished up. Thank you for your patience.

You can still volunteer for editing pages or videos if you'd like. If you didn't get to see the other Shiny Chronicles, they are still up on my Deviant Art Page and start here:
I've just read this whole comic for the last three days, and I've really enjoyed it. I hope you do continue it.
April 27th, 2015
Yeah I read this comic not just color but also the story and the Battle scenes because I enjoy Pokemon story's. I myself came up with my own adventures in both Mystery dungeon and as a trainer but I'm not a good artist like Vye or everyone else online.
Wow, it's taken AGES but you finally posted up a new page. That's good. I'm okay with it being unfinished, heck I'm okay with it just being line art. I read this for the story, not because it looks awesome, although your art improving has always been a nice bonus. I can't say I'll help you because I have my own projects to work on, sorry. Plus I hate coloring. Unless it's simple fill with the fill bucket, I don't like it too much.
This'll be looooong....
So to those of you NOT interested in taking up the page editing jobs, sorry the page is unfinished! Here is your preview of it at least. Moves the story ahead at least? A final version will be uploaded eventually. This is mostly just for the people that want to help with the comic editing process.

I know I said I'd be returning today. Sorry that it didn't happen. My back held me up much longer than anticipated. I'm still not even better. I still can't work much but I'm somewhat on the mends so I just want to get stuff rolling.

The rest of this applies to anyone who is interested in helping out!

Feel free to ask any questions. If I get asked enough, I'll edit this with the answer. But check my replies to see if I've answered your question before asking if you can.

For those of you interested in taking up page editing, this is basically what you would be given. I'll take care of the line art, text, panels, and basic clean up. It would be your job to finish the page up. In terms of Just Gotta, this would mean adding grayscale and backgrounds. In other comics like EotGG or Just Mewtwo, you would be working with color. I would be open to some people only doing a portion of the work like one person grayscales and then sends it to the next person for backgrounds. Whatever we have to work out. I'd like to get a team going for multiple things.

Consistency is a big thing to me. I don't like comics that change looks every page. So while I don't mind you doing things your own way, I wouldn't want it to stray too far from what I have already presented. So for example, I know some people work a lot with shading. That's great and all, but Just Gotta til now has had very, very minimal shading. Like only when there is a tree around or something. So if I gave you this page, I wouldn't ask you to shade anything. Just flat colors. Consistency is also why I would still be taking care of the artwork itself. If you find an error and would like to fix it, feel free, but I wouldn't want you to alter the artwork too much. I know my art works, but this is how I want to do it.

I would likely list any team members as "co-authors" here on Smack Jeeves, but I wouldn't give much permission in terms of submitting pages or anything. I would still be taking care of that. You will be credited on each page you complete. While I'd like my team to be open to working on multiple comics, if you only want to work on one or have one you don't want to work on, just say so.

As for programs, I personally use Manga Studio 4 EX. So if you have Manga Studio 4 or above, I would be able to send you the original to be able to edit it that way. If you don't have that program, you can still edit the image. I'd just send you the .jpg and you'd work with it from there. It just wouldn't have the layers or anything, obviously. So just be aware of that and know how well you can work with a set image beforehand.

I am open to payment, but I also realize some people may not care to get paid. So as part of the application, just let me know if you would expect payment. Know that it won't be much. Like most it would be would be something like $5 a month. (Sorry, it's not a lot but I don't make THAT much money.) This would come in the form of Smack Jeeves or Deviant Art subscriptions, or if you can set up a PayPal where I can donate too, I can do that. Workload would depend on how many people I "hire." I wouldn't think it would be more than a page a week but it kinda depends. (And it depends on how many pages I actually draw up too sooooo....)

So a run down, here is everything to take into consideration:

Editors/Colorists/Background Artists for: Just Gotta, Gotta Past, Just Mewtwo, Nightmare, EotGG, Random Gag pages
Preferably be open to complete 1 page a week.
Skype account would be preferable for file transfers, comments, updates, etc. But working with an e-mail would be fine too.
I'd like to keep work as consistent as possible. While it may not need to match my work or other people's exactly, just be open to trying to get as close as possible. You will be credited on each page.
I will give notes for what I'd like for each panel when I have them, but sometimes I may not care so you may just have to come up with something.
I'm trusting you with pages that could potentially be future updates so I'd ask that you not share them except with other members of the team.
Please be open to my comments in case there is something I would want you to change or if I make changes to your work after you've completed. I get the final say still. I've been working on the comic for a while and kinda would like to still put out the best stuff I can. I don't want you to take it personally.

How to Apply: Finish this page!
Either right click and save it, or if you have Manga Studio and would like the whole file, just send me an email or message me on Skype and I can send it to you. It would be the same quality if you save it from here, but if you would like me to email you the .jpg, I can do that too.
Just take the page and complete it. If you take a look at previous pages you should be able to get an idea of darkness and what kind of backgrounds I was doing. (Note that in Just Gotta actual backgrounds like trees do not have black lineart and are shapes only and I'd like to keep it that way.)
The second panel and the last panel I would want actual backgrounds. (Trees, bushes, whatever.) The other panels would be optional. So real backgrounds or tones or whatever. You can experiment with those ones so I can see what you can do.
If you don't want to work on the grayscale comics and would only want to work on the color ones, feel free to color this page so I can can see what you can do. If you're open to both, send me both!
Email it or send it back to me on Skype when completed and I will take you into consideration. Tell me what kind of workload you would be comfortable with, if you would want to get paid, how long you think you'd be able to do the work. The longer term the better!
If you only want to work on a certain comic or only want to do the backgrounds or whatever the case may be, just tell me! Tell me what you can do, what you can't, and all that so I can take it all into consideration.
There currently is no time limit on getting it back to me, but the sooner the better so I can know how fast you work and such, ha ha.
You can email me at seisho_koujin(@) without the (). I think you can also find me on skype with that email.
Email me the completed files or transfer them to me with skype. I'll be sure to let you know what I think.

Other open positions!
If Editing comics isn't your thing, I'm also interested in finding audio and/or video editors. There is interest in me picking up my podcast again and I'd like to be able to put out more videos consistently as well. So whatever help I can get that would lower the workload would be much appreciated! This would require Skype just for the sake of how big the files would be. But if you can edit audio or video files and would be interested in helping that way, I would love to have you! Email or Skype me for more information there.

And I hope that's it? Any questions, ask away!