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Hi, I'm Hazu. I like drawing comics sometimes.
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Aaaand here's a page. Sorry for the disappearance, work got crazy busy, that's what I get for keeping a second job on top of the first one because I like being able to afford to live comfortably.

Hopefully I will have another one Monday. Hopefully.
@RandomEgg: I've just been suuuper busy with work the past couple weeks, and haven't had time to draw comics D: It happens sometimes. Not enough hours in the day. Updates will be back soon!
Here is a page, it's 2:30 am, I'm going to bed now.
So, there was a throwaway line in the script of the last chapter that mentioned that Maya and Chico were supposed to meet up with Faro, Adrian and Triv somewhere and she figured the only reason they hadn't tagged along with her from the getgo is that they were being lazy, and I now realize that I completely forgot to actually put it in the chapter, somehow. So uh. Yeah.
So I thought about designing new outfits for everyone again like I usually do for a new story arc, but...I really didn't feel like it, so I just reused the last ones. There's some opportunities later that I can probably change them if I want.

Eventually I'll get around to bringing back, like, the Questions of the Update and stuff, but for now I'm just focused on actually putting out pages in a somewhat timely manner.
Sometimes I think I'm starting to rely too much on dramatic lighting in my coloring, but it's just so much fun.

We're stepping away from Maya's adventure for this chapter to see what Riza and friends are up to. And Arashi! Obviously.

The next couple chapters alternate between these two storylines because I get bored easily. I guess from a writing perspective it's to indicate that they're happening simultaneously, but really it's probably the first reason.

I've been kinda looking forward to this one, it's pretty fun I think. I haven't focused a chapter on Arashi since...well, when he was first introduced.
Yeah yeah, better late than never. It was a holiday?

So, I stopped looking at the script for these last few pages because it's on my piece of shit laptop and I didn't feel like pulling it up while I was drawing, but I realized after I posted the last page that it actually SHOULD have been where the chapter ended, you get this extra one to compensate.

Anyway, nothing like ending on a bit of a cliffhanger.
I feel like a day late isn't really that bad considering that I've more often than not been several weeks late...lately.

I wasn't exactly sure how to put letters together to form the noise Chico is making, so if it seems like he sounds like a cat...well, I guess that works.
To the person who asked where Chico was on the last page, his lack of appearance there was not an accident.

Now that I look at it, I think it's probably unclear that Maya turned down a narrow path in hopes that they couldn't's one of those things that was easy to write, but much more difficult to figure out how to draw.

That said, I'm pretty pleased with the art on this page in terms of how difficult it is to tell that it's digitally inked...I think it's a little bit cleaner than the traditional, but all in all I like the recreation.
@ZZ Digital: I knew someone was going to call me out on that arm haha. It was already inked by the time I realized how off it looked.
Well, this is almost on time.

Got my computer to cooperate long enough to ink this digitally (despite a couple of restarts). Was trying to recreate the same style I was using with the traditional pens in the interest of time.

Anyway, yeah, here's a page.
Soooo. Uh. Happy New Year.

This page has been half finished least 3 weeks? I'm not really sure what was keeping me from working on it other than lack of motivation. Sure, I'm busy, but not THAT busy.

Looking back on this past year, it's been...a really rough one, art-wise. Inspiration and motivation were fleeting and inconsistent, I wasn't happy with a lot of the stuff I was finishing, and add computer issues, work issues (DEAR GOD the work issues), and personal issues into the mix and it just wasn't a good year in that regard. And the comic definitely suffered for it.

That said, as far as this coming year goes, I'm hoping things settle down a bit. New job is going fairly well so far and I'm PRAYING that it stays that way; I really don't know what I'll do if it winds up being as miserable as the last two. My paychecks have hopefully increased enough that I'll be able to afford a new computer soon--this thing needs to retire, I think. I've been...trying to work on some personal problems, mostly the sort that have me dragging out things I know aren't working due to some fear of change.

Anyway. I'm not exactly sure what the future will hold for DC, but I'm sure I'll keep plodding along with it somehow. If I can make myself get back to a regular schedule, well, it's a lot easier to keep up with when it's already a habit. My work schedule is pretty erratic (which, to be fair, is how I like it), but I'll try not to let that throw me off forever. I would really like to get back to working mostly digitally; the traditional inking is sort of fun sometimes but other times it's just a huge pain...and it's a lot harder to fix things.

So, all I can really say right now is that I hope things will be better this year and that I'll get back on track with a lot of things. I hope all of your 2018s go well, too.

See you...sometime later this week, no promises on Thursday specifically.

(Oh, a note about the actual page, since I think someone asked about this on the last page and I forgot to answer--that is not a poison demon that Sam is riding, but it is a closely related species.)
I AM SORRY this should not have been delayed this long.

You see, I actually started a new job this past week and while I already have much higher hopes for it not sucking than I did my last one, it did wreak havoc on my sleep schedule (or lack thereof) and my brain has been trying to figure out why I've been sleeping during the night like a normal person all week. So I just kind of...didn't have the energy to do anything but watch TV in my spare time. Hopefully that fixes itself over the next couple weeks and I get some semblance of an update schedule going again.
Good on Maya and Chico for running, but let's face it, it wasn't going to be that easy.
Hang tight, 'nother page incoming.
Maya and Chico are just noping on out of there.
@SoulRaider116: It's not exactly a /scar/ but there is something there, yes.
I AM SORRY there was no page Monday. I was honestly just busy with real life stuff. I didn't have time to make it up this week but will try to next week.

Anyway, Maya and Chico don't seem terribly intimidated by these two. Just confused.
Boy are there a lot of new characters in this chapter or what?

I redrew the sketch of this page no less than 3 times because I just couldn't anatomy.
I know all of you were expecting her to run into Aeron/Ialu, but this is gonna be more interesting, trust me.

Though now that I think about it the name of this chapter was slightly misleading since those two don't actually get a lot of screentime in it...