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A comic about friendship, robots, and magical girls.

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March 15th, 2018
@tinyjerkface: Thank you, I'm really glad to hear that! Some of the concept art is going to be kind of familiar (because with this page we've finally arrived at the original concept from seven years ago, haha) but there's some stuff that's different, too. ^^
March 14th, 2018
aahhhh this makes me want to know more, but i totally get having to take a break! I've been reading this for a while and have loved the concept so much! Excited to see concept art because I always love seeing that stuff!
March 14th, 2018
End of chapter and hiatus announcement
And that's it for chapter five! Normally at the end of a chapter we would take off two months so we could have a break and work on the script and thumbnails for the next chapter, but this time we're putting the comic on hiatus for a year.

We would have liked to complete chapter six (which would be the conclusion of the story arc we've been working on for the past two chapters, instead of the cliffhanger you get here - sorry!) but decided against it. We've been working without a buffer since Maria first updated in December of 2013, which has made things very tiring even with long breaks between chapters. Additionally, the story was originally meant to be 32 chapters long, but much of that content was filler. When the site we had planned to pitch the longer version to shut down, we decided to cut out pretty much all of the filler chapters, but never actually went back and completely reworked the draft; as a result the material we base the scripts for each chapter on is in considerable disarray.

During the hiatus we'll work on the story and scripts, and create a buffer, and Maria will return with chapter six in March of 2019. You may see some progress updates on my (Elaienar's) art blog, and you'll definitely see some non-Maria comic projects during the hiatus.

To everyone who has been reading Maria up until now: thank you for reading, and for your support. If you've been enjoying it, comment and let us know - we love to hear from readers! (If you've not been enjoying it, you can still comment and let us know - we're always interested in hearing what could be improved in our work.) Thanks again, and we hope you'll come back and read again when Maria begins updating again next year.

Next week, instead of our usual omake page, we'll be uploading the earliest concept art of Maria, from early 2011. I hope you'll enjoy it!
February 21st, 2018
Looking at this you might think that Chika learned how to magically teleport her uniform backpack to herself, but actually what happened is I forgot she was supposed to be wearing it and didn't draw it on the last few pages. Oops!
February 11th, 2018
February 6th, 2018
It's a small town.
January 16th, 2018
We're back!
I'm too sleepy to think of anything else to say! Thanks for reading!
January 3rd, 2018
Happy tenth day of Christmas!
No page today because I vastly overestimated how much I could get done in the middle of holiday chaos. Updates will resume next week as usual. Until then, here's some cousins having fun in the snow.

Next day edit: Break is being extended to next week due to crushing pressure of like, two things I need to do. Updates will resume after that if I survive. Sorry! Thanks for reading!
December 26th, 2017
December 13th, 2017
December 6th, 2017
I forgot to upload the page earlier. D:
November 29th, 2017
And we're back!
November 14th, 2017
Very sneaky, Chika.

No new page next week! I'm sick and taking a little break.
October 31st, 2017
Next day.
September 5th, 2017
President Sugiyama doesn't like sensationalist nonsense. It's bad for business.
August 14th, 2017
Sometimes it takes us like three years to make good on a little detail from earlier in the story....
August 8th, 2017
What's this?
May 16th, 2017
The tones we used for Momiko's mother's dress on this page are by rayedwards. (1|2)
May 1st, 2017
We're back!
Opening up chapter five with another flashback to Momiko's childhood, taking place sometime after the one from last chapter.
February 18th, 2017
You know that thing where you put on eyeliner, and then one side is a little bigger than the other so you try to even it out, and then the side that you evened out is bigger than the other, and then... yeah, I don't wear makeup much either, I haven't got the fine motor control for it. :P

Updates will resume on May 3rd. In the meantime, if anyone has questions or comments, I can be contacted here (via comment or private message) and on my art blog.

Thanks for reading, and see you in May!