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sakohju
I'm a huge fan of Pokemon and a Greek Mythology nerd, as well as a hobbyist yokai researcher and avid reader of Chinese classics.
I'm also obsessed with Koei games like Samurai Warriors, Dynasty Warriors, Warriors Orochi, Toukiden and Atelier (namely the Arland and Dusk series) and I enjoy playing percussion and drawing.
I've been drawing manga for quite a few years now. User Adelle Frost is my sister. I'm also really good friends with NikoshiSenika and Charlotte Potter.
Bats
I've been drawing so many bats for this comic haha
And the winner is...!!
And this fun little filler is finally complete, I hope you all enjoyed it :)

I'll hopefully get back to working on the main story pages at some point, but in the meantime thank you all for your patience :)
"...What? Really sakohju? You tell us you're going on this whole huge big hiatus for Bloom and now you're announcing a new comic?"

Well, let me explain.

Creatures of the Night is a short story that I have rather been wanting to create, and that I had the excuse to do so as a sort of extra project for school in order to earn honors credit for a non-honors course (I'm required to take a certain set of general electives, the class in question was about Vampires and Werewolves in Slavic Culture).
I wasn't able to finish the entire comic by the end of the semester, but I did get a pretty good chunk of pages drawn and got my credit. But it's a passion project, and so I'm hoping now that I have more time to work on it again over the summer to finish it completely. I'm very excited to finally be working on my own, original story. All the pages are sketched, all that remains is shading.

Anyway, about the story!
Creatures of the Night is my very first completely original short story, featuring my own characters and plot. It's a short story that serves as a prequel/spinoff for a larger story I'm in the process of writing, and will reveal more about when I've made more progress on it :p
The story follows Drach, a vampire who works for a group of vampiric assassins, as he is suddenly put in charge of two new apprentices and must learn how to best work with his new partners on his latest mission.

You can go read it HERE! --> http://www.smackjeeves.com/comicprofile.php?id=178464
*ignores that it's Friday*
I wanted to get something updated here for you all haha...
These strips get progressively shorter :p
Creatures of the Night is back! Since school's out and I no longer have to show the pages I have for class haha, I will now be properly updating them as I finish them. The rest of the story has been sketched, I just need to finish shading each page.
Enjoy reading~!
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT

Haha in all seriousness though this is a great episode I love it XD
@Switzerland: Thanks so much! I could never leave a project so important to me unfinished, it would just itch at my being. But I do have to put school first. I'm glad people still want to read this comic though, thanks so much for sticking around! That means a lot to me!
More of this for you all, haha.
@Captain Ghost: Thanks so much! At this point an internship for this summer is looking unlikely haha but I have been interviewing for a job that I'm hopeful about, we'll see how it goes :) Thanks for the kind words!
Two pages
Because it's been so long that you wonderful readers deserve a bonus~
HAPPY WEDNESDAY
Me: "Wow it's been so long since I updated Bloom"
Me: "Wait...did I ever finish uploading all those pages of the Hunger Games Simulator?"
Me: "...oh god"
My sister: "you know it's bad when the extras are on hiatus"

Ahahaha...well, here's to at least getting this fun little extra finished! Thanks for your patience dear readers!
...mostly. I want to take a minute to say some things regarding the journey this comic has been on, and where it will go in the future. This will be a pretty long and somewhat personal note, so I apologize for the length. Feel free to scroll to the bottom if you're not into reading this sort of long thing ^^;

When I started this comic, I was a middle schooler with a lot of free time on my hands. I poured that free time into drawing comics and making art. I would draw like a machine and could churn out entire chapters in a very short amount of time with no sign of slowing down, and I loved every bit of it. I just couldn't stop, and I never once dreamed that any of my comics would have to pause.
The first real hiatus came after I finished middle school, and had to move away to a new city on the other side of the country. That was understandable, I still drew as much as I could during the move and once we were settled in I resumed as soon as I could. I didn't want to move though and didn't like the new city, and spent the next four years hell bent on returning to my home town.
The loathing I felt for the new place consumed me, and during high school I needed a distraction, something to focus on and throw myself into so entirely I could forget some of those feelings in order to keep my sanity. That thing ended up being band. I was THE ultimate bandie in high school. I play percussion, so I rose to be a section leader in the drum line, I attended every single marching band and pep band gig, I did jazz band, and most demanding of all, during the Fall Musical season I would do the pit orchestra, which I learned basically meant sacrificing a month of your life to live in that pit under the stage and do nothing but eat, sleep and play music. It was great fun, but also very time-consuming and for the first time I found myself not being able to have time for other things like regularly updating this comic. I always came back though, but as I got older and my workload with school grew I started needing to take a few more short breaks here and there to keep from burning out completely. I also found that as my art grew and improved, it also took me longer to finish pages and art pieces.
Upon graduating high school, I immediately knew where I wanted to go to college. The university in my home town was my ticket back home, my chance to move back to the city I grew up in. I got into the university and my home coming was just about everything I dreamed it would be. And with no more tri-weekly 6 AM drum line or jazz band rehearsals or other extracurricular obligations, for the first time in a long time I actually had a lot of free time to really regularly update my comics again. It was awesome.
That first semester of college was super chill though, and I didn't realize just how relaxed my schedule was until I continued to pile more work onto myself in the following semesters and advanced to some more difficult courses. I'm majoring in computer science, and needless to say some of the coursework is pretty demanding. Where in high school I could get straight A's without ever studying a bit, I'm now learning the hard way that in college I need to actually form some study habits and really put in the work outside of class in order to be successful.
I've had to learn to really prioritize. I've had to take much longer breaks from my comics in order to focus on my schoolwork. While I've still been able to juggle a wide variety of activities with my busy class schedule and numerous personal projects, I'm starting to realize I can't do everything and sometimes I need to make sacrifices.

I have decided to pursue a career in video game development, and hope some day to start my own game company. I already have a couple of pet projects in the works. I love making comics, and will never stop, and I certainly intend to finish SAKOHJU, but as I've gotten older my priorities have shifted and there are other projects I will need to put before this one.
So, regarding the future of this comic: Yes, I have every intention of finishing this comic! The project is very close to my heart and I want to see it through if for nothing else than out of loyalty to my younger self.
The main issue that's holding me back with this comic is the script. Pages for SAKOHJU actually happen very quickly and don't take me very much time, but I've been trying to streamline and at least somewhat improve the story that I originally wrote as a 12-year old. It's actually not that great and there's a lot of things in the plans for future volumes that need to be cut or reworked.
I'm not sure how much I'll manage this summer, considering that I'm going to be taking a couple of summer classes and hopefully getting a job or internship (been applying around and interviewing, hopefully I can land one!), and I have some other projects that will be taking priority over this one.

Again, I apologize for this long note. If you actually read that whole thing...thanks for actually reading the whole thing, haha.
This was my first comic, and it is very near and dear to my heart. For me, it's a really important part of connecting to my younger self. So if you do read this comic, thank you very much for coming on this journey with me, and I hope maybe you'll stick around for the future :)
I LIVE
...mostly. I want to take a minute to say some things regarding the journey this comic has been on, and where it will go in the future. This will be a pretty long and somewhat personal note, so I apologize for the length. Feel free to scroll to the bottom if you're not into reading this sort of long thing ^^;

When I started this comic, I was a middle schooler with a lot of free time on my hands. I poured that free time into drawing comics and making art. I would draw like a machine and could churn out entire chapters in a very short amount of time with no sign of slowing down, and I loved every bit of it. I just couldn't stop, and I never once dreamed that any of my comics would have to pause.
The first real hiatus came after I finished middle school, and had to move away to a new city on the other side of the country. That was understandable, I still drew as much as I could during the move and once we were settled in I resumed as soon as I could. I didn't want to move though and didn't like the new city, and spent the next four years hell bent on returning to my home town.
The loathing I felt for the new place consumed me, and during high school I needed a distraction, something to focus on and throw myself into so entirely I could forget some of those feelings in order to keep my sanity. That thing ended up being band. I was THE ultimate bandie in high school. I play percussion, so I rose to be a section leader in the drum line, I attended every single marching band and pep band gig, I did jazz band, and most demanding of all, during the Fall Musical season I would do the pit orchestra, which I learned basically meant sacrificing a month of your life to live in that pit under the stage and do nothing but eat, sleep and play music. It was great fun, but also very time-consuming and for the first time I found myself not being able to have time for other things like regularly updating this comic. I always came back though, but as I got older and my workload with school grew I started needing to take a few more short breaks here and there to keep from burning out completely. I also found that as my art grew and improved, it also took me longer to finish pages and art pieces.
Upon graduating high school, I immediately knew where I wanted to go to college. The university in my home town was my ticket back home, my chance to move back to the city I grew up in. I got into the university and my home coming was just about everything I dreamed it would be. And with no more tri-weekly 6 AM drum line or jazz band rehearsals or other extracurricular obligations, for the first time in a long time I actually had a lot of free time to really regularly update my comics again. It was awesome.
That first semester of college was super chill though, and I didn't realize just how relaxed my schedule was until I continued to pile more work onto myself in the following semesters and advanced to some more difficult courses. I'm majoring in computer science, and needless to say some of the coursework is pretty demanding. Where in high school I could get straight A's without ever studying a bit, I'm now learning the hard way that in college I need to actually form some study habits and really put in the work outside of class in order to be successful.
I've had to learn to really prioritize. I've had to take much longer breaks from my comics in order to focus on my schoolwork. While I've still been able to juggle a wide variety of activities with my busy class schedule and numerous personal projects, I'm starting to realize I can't do everything and sometimes I need to make sacrifices.

I have decided to pursue a career in video game development, and hope some day to start my own game company. I already have a couple of pet projects in the works. I love making comics, and will never stop, and I certainly intend to finish Bloom, but as I've gotten older my priorities have shifted and there are other projects I will need to put before this one.
So, regarding the future of this comic: Yes, I have every intention of finishing Bloom and delivering the story as it was meant to be! But it's not going to happen very quickly. I will probably be revising the script for the story and streamlining it a little bit in order to help the plot move along faster, and I might cut down on a couple of things, such as maybe montaging battle scenes more instead of fully choreographing the entire battle.
I realized the Hunger Games simulator never finished, I actually do have some more strips for that finished but never got around to actually updating them hahaha, so I will be updating the rest of that soon for you all to enjoy.
Bloom's main story WILL continue to update, but it will be on sort of an indefinite hiatus, updating irregularly for whenever I have some spare time to work on it.
I'm not sure how much I'll manage this summer, considering that I'm going to be taking a couple of summer classes and hopefully getting a job or internship (been applying around and interviewing, hopefully I can land one!), and I have some other projects that will be taking priority over this one.

Again, I apologize for this long note. If you actually read that whole thing...thanks for actually reading the whole thing, haha. Whether you have been a long-time fan of Bloom or are just discovering this comic, I really, truly appreciate your readership. Thank you so much for coming with me on this journey, I am excited to tell the rest of Saku's story and I hope that you will stick around for it :) I can't possibly thank you enough.
Haaahahahaha this is pure gold. Also love Pi's flow chart of Panic hahaha
So good to read this comic again! That mural looks absolutely beautiful!!!
@Switzerland: *looks at comic's profile page* OH GOD IT'S BEEN FOUR MONTHS SINCE THE LAST UPDATEAa;sldfj

Thank you so much for your kind words! It's true it will probably be a longer break until I have time to really work on Bloom again but I do intend to continue working on it and continue improving. Thanks so much for sticking around! It means a lot to know that this comic means so much to someone else as well!
Cover is finished! Welcome, and I hope you enjoy my little story~
Due to time constraints, this page and all subsequent pages will be temporarily posted as lines only. I'll update them as I finish shading.
Hello all, sorry for so suddenly disappearing for longer than I intended. October has been an incredibly busy month for me and I can barely keep up with my homework, much less take the time to work on comics. Once I get a moment to catch my breath, Bloom will return! Until then, thank you for being patient with me dear readers!
I realized Kanetsugu hasn't sparkled in a while. I'm making an effort for him to sparkle more from now on.

In other news, there will be no update this coming week since I'll be out of town to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in tech, which I'm very excited for!