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Sunstrike and Bluemist: An Origin Story

Kairo, a world weary double agent working for both the Secret Police and a mysterious weapons designer, is suddenly tasked with training two very powerful super-mutant teenagers, Kat and Evan.

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Evan hasn’t told Kat much about himself. Or anyone, for that matter. Keep in mind that he’s only been living with her for two years...

I love doing eye gradients!! Also I got strep throat, so yeah, yuck. XD
Sorry it took a little longer than I wanted, but we’re back, babyyyyyyy! Btw, kudos to Junoro (y’know, from Landshark) for teaching me how to use gradients properly, I finally figured out how to use them for the page background.

So mimicry “ahem.” Evan’s brain is a lot like a computer, which can store unlimited information and bring whatever he might need to the forefront when he needs it. This also enables him to immediately know how to do something after seeing it being done. This makes learning anything pretty easy peasy, but it also kind of makes him a mess of instincts whenever he feels threatened, as we have seen previously. (Does any of that make sense??) But Kai’s got a point, you’re probably not gonna learn all the basics just from watching movies, (unless they’re tutorials or something).
Hey guys! I’m back! Iwas really refreshing to not have to worry about update schedules for awhile, or about making my drawings “good enough.” I did draw on vacation, and even came up with some new concepts and ideas, but it was all pretty chill and not a whole lot of specifics—I only drew quick sketches or little doodle-style things like this one, where I’m just drawing purely for fun and not thinking about consistency or improving my art.

Anyways, thanks again for all the support, it’s so fun making content for you guys! You’re awesome and don’t let anyone tell you different! (EDIT) Also, if you’re wondering when official updates are gonna start up again, I’m not 100% sure yet, but probably sooner than later
So Imma be on a brief vaycay with the fam, and I really feel like I need a bit of a breather from schedules, and especially social media. The hiatus probably won’t last much longer than a week or two, and I’m excited to get back to it after a time of refreshing.

I love you guys, and am so thankful for your encouraging words and helpful feedback. Making this story for you is truly a joy. God bless ya, peace out!
ShaRose49
June 25th, 2019
Sorry if Kairo’s features seem inconsistent, I’ve realized that I’ve been drawing his eyes too low on his face, making him look too young : /

Mebbe Kai shoulda given more of a warning here, but still, oy vey...
ShaRose49
June 20th, 2019
Kat’s heard this so many times she’s just not feelin’ it. This could be a problematic thing in the future...
Okay so I had a little too much fun with my drawing for Dad. :3 My sister and I ended up making this whole fake episode where Dad and I somehow are involved with the SP and Dad has to be Substitute Chief for Simon. Apparently we’re all going to some important meeting because we’re wearing suits and ties...honestly I’m curious as to what my dad would do in this world lmao.

He recently binged my comics so that was a huge honour! I don’t think anything makes me quite as proud as when he reads it :’D He is one of my absolute favourite persons in the whole world and I wouldn’t be doing this comic if he hadn’t kept encouraging me to do so. Thank you Dad!

I hope those of you who have/had fathers enjoy celebrating them today! I don’t wanna take my dad for granted.

(P.S. I didn’t exaggerate his appearance, [except for making his head bigger] he is in really good shape for a 55 year-old).
Sorry it’s a tad later—or at least I think it is, I haven’t been keeping the best track lol. This page was a real pain in some ways, as I’m trying to up my game with backgrounds. UGHHH. (I totally forgot about that weapons display by the door for the last few pages lmao). I’m sure I’ll get used to it and even enjoy it soon, but for now it’s kinda...yeah.

How is the dialogue btw? A lot of the time my dialogue is just thought up on the spot, as I have a rough idea of what they're gonna say in my head but don’t always figure everything out till the page is finished.
You’d better not say that out loud either, Kai. I’ve been looking for some volunteer work—we’ll see how this goes. My last commission went well and the dude wants me to draw for him again, so that’s some good news I guess.

Evan’s a pretty powerful character. Among the most powerful I’ve ever created actually. It doesn’t always look like that because Evan would never take full advantage of his abilities when he’s defending himself...at least not on purpose.
Kat has a lot of regular energy too, doesn’t she?
Even someone like Kairo is geeking out a little here, I mean, c’mon, who wouldn’t?

So you may notice that the force-field screentone has changed colour...I fixed the previous page too. It’s thanks to one of my readers on The Duck who taught me how to do it. Slow learning is better than no learning to.
ME: Hey Mom, what do you think of this screentone I chose for the force-field?
MOM: It looks like a dirty shoe-print. Try a different one.
ME: (tries a few more) Hey what about this one?
MOM: I like that one better.
ME: But it’s too weird.
MOM: It’s surreal.
ME: But it’s supposed to look like a ball of energy. The other one looked brighter at least...
MOM: Why don’t we try using them both?
ME: (tries it).
MOM/ME: Oooooooooh...
So we have another talky-talky page, geez. Sorry about it being so late, I had my first commission to do which was a challenge.

I’m probably gonna have to work on planning my pages better so I can fit all that text in, eh? Also, Kairo had nothing to worry about because if there’s one thing Kat’s not ashamed of, it’s her colourful self. (Most of the time ;)

Baby Kat’s pale and sick because of not having enough sunlight inside. Like she said, it was super difficult to maintain that healthy state on her own. I know this is all VERY science fiction-y and may not be very logical, but I’m just havin’ fun, yo! Like when Stan Lee invented the Hulk, he said “He turns into a monster because of gamma rays!” His co-worker asked how that worked, to which Stan replied: “I don’t know, but it sounds cool, doesn’t it?”
Ahhh, nice to be back to the hard brushes!

Kairo doesn’t know how “mutant culture” works, and considering that these days you can get in trouble for calling an African a “black person,” he thinks he’s screwed up here.

We’ll explain their powers and maybe get to the demonstration next page!
So... I tried something different to see if it would look better...but it took long—and I would probably need a lot more practice to actually pull it off properly. I think I’ll just go back to what I was doing before, unless I get a whole bunch of comments saying “no it’s better like this!” I guess sometimes it’s good to try things even if they don’t always work out.

As soon as someone mentions Kat’s prosthetic she’s scared that they’ll treat her like an invalid or something. But her current prosthetic is very advanced.
ShaRose49
May 7th, 2019
Sorry this took so darn long—I was going through a little emotional trauma myself, heh. It’s kind of embarrassing when you think you’re way more mature than all your characters and then find yourself acting like them sometimes. ‘Guess ya just move forward anyways, amirite?

Yoshiko Tomada. Second in command. Chief makes the big decisions while Yoshi makes sure things get done. She can be a real pain.
ShaRose49
May 1st, 2019
So…what the heck is he thinking?! Well…he isn’t. I’ll explain more about this little gimmick of his soon.

Also I’m excited for the Sonic movie, I feel like I waited an eternity for that trailer to drop—-I’ve been following the news on it for a few years now. It may not be phenomenal, but at least we finally got SOMETHING!
ShaRose49
April 28th, 2019
So idk how realistic any of these wounds look, I wasn’t gonna go and google what this kind of violence looks like. I probably wouldn’t be able to stomach it.

So now we get another glimpse into Evan’s life before he came to live with his cousin and uncle. The poor guy has been through a lot of horrors...
ShaRose49
April 28th, 2019
This may be a big overreaction but I just wanna give a heads up to any kids or sensitive viewers out there just in case. I’m pretty sensitive myself.
ShaRose49
April 25th, 2019
Gawking for four panels straight is one of Kat’s many talents. Sorry that this page is a little vague, we’ll find out who just walked in soon, and we’ll get an idea of why Evan’s so freaked next page.

Since this is a new room I’m free to play with new colours once again, going for a double-equal-opposite on the colour wheel scheme, trying to use more of the weaker colours and less of the stronger ones. Maybe I forgot to focus on which colours are in the background and which are in the foreground though...yeeesh I’ll learn one day. My little brother suddenly seems to have more of a desire to learn and is almost enthusiastically joining me in my endeavour to study colour theory. He makes me so proud, the little rascal. <3
ShaRose49
April 21st, 2019
It’s funny that I took a little break before Easter instead of after. HAPPY EASTER EVERYBODY!

Hopefully my colours will be less random and more consistent as I continue to learn, but I also don’t want my palette to be too limited. That would be sad and boring.

It was great to finally give you a better look at Drew here, I didn’t even know he was this attractive until now, haha.