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Thank you, mustachio'd man.

Also, Where are you headed, Shoju...?
Haha, your story is boring Shoju.

I'm hoping for like, a Wednesday update schedule from now on, but considering I have some extra pages done, and I've been slow on the updates, I figured I'd throw out an extra page this weekend.
Urgh....sorry for the long delay.

The truth of the matter is, I've got several pages for this chapter done, and all I really needed to do was go about toning them.

However, I can't ever get toning to look how I want it....Up until the last handful of pages, I was basically just pasting sheets of tones on layers behind the lineart, and then removing the excess, in Paintshop Pro. It was time consuming, and the results were less than desirable. Plus, when I resized, the the detailing in the tone was basically totally lost.

Then I got MangaStudio, and I figured it would be a lot easier. Either I am a complete idiot, or it is just harder to use than I thought it would be, because I just can't figure out how to make anything look how I want it to.

So, I've decided to return to experimenting with copics. I've always loved copics for toning and stuff, but it is always a battle trying to get them to show up properly after you scan the page.

This is also the second page that I did back in like, 2010 or whatever, so I was just kind of messing around to get the right tones with the copics on this one. I think from the next page onward they look a lot better, but I guess this is just kind of the beginning of another experimental phase.

What do you guys think?
As I said on the chapter title page, the first two pages of this chapter were actually done in 2010 (I did them around the same time I started Chapter -001) I didn't have a concrete look for Shoju yet, so he is here, sans his trademark "hair curl" you usually see him with.
Ok so....there's a lot to say about this upcoming chapter of Verboten.

First off, I've basically decided to stop doing the "prequel" chapters (which is what the first four chapters have been) and have decided to move on to what I consider to be the actual, main Verboten comic.

However...This chapter that I will be posting is actually an extra chapter. To best describe it, it is a remake of a short comic I did back in like, 2008 (or thereabouts). I liked the idea behind it, but hated the way the original turned out, and always wanted to remake it because it was short and sweet, and I figured it would be easy to remake.

I started the remake back in 2010 (right around the time I started chapter -001) but after re-doing just 2 pages, I set it to the side and decided to finish it later.

Toward the end of last year, the two pages I had done resurfaced, and I decided to continue it as a sort of "bonus chapter." This isn't really in cannon with the story (and it is definitely not a prequel...if anything, it takes place after the "main" Verboten comic) but I wanted to finish it and post it as a sort of neat curiosity piece.

The actual chapter, however, will start in mid-February. This is the title page, which I figured I'd post early as a sort of teaser.

I hope you guys enjoy!
So, I ended up cutting a page from this chapter, making this the last page.

I'm sorry for the lack of updates in the last couple months, but the truth is although I haven't been updating, I've been working on a lot of future Verboten stuff, focusing more on that than the current chapter.

I've got a lot of work done on upcoming chapters, and we'll probably get on to it in mid-February.

There's some really cool stuff coming up, so I hope you guys look forward to it!

Haha...pretty much. XD
There's only two pages left in this chapter, so we're quickly coming to the end!

There are going to be some pretty big changes coming for Verboten in 2014. There are going to be some revamps, and I am going to take the comic in a new direction, but I will talk about that soon enough.

So, stick around, and look forward to some of this new stuff coming up!
Ok, so....I actually changed a lot of things with this page, but I am not really sure it shows or not. As I've said in the past, I am sort of transitioning Verboten, and I am planning on rolling things out differently for next year, so I am using these final few pages of chapter -4 to kind of work out some kinks and experiment around with some different things.

For one, I used a different size paper for this, and in the end, I don't think I like how it ended up because part of the page ended up getting cut off. I'll probably stick with the old size (I was using a sort of standard Manga size before, but I tried a larger "american" comics dimension for this page). I'm using that for another project, but I don't think I'll stick with it for future Verboten stuff.

Second, I got Manga Studio a month or two ago, and I've been kind of screwing around with that. Although the toning didn't at all come out how I wanted it to for this page, if I mess around some more I think it can look pretty nice. I kind of figured things out by the end I guess, so I'll be able to change things as I go into future pages.

I also used the stock word balloons available in Manga studio, and decided I didn't really like it so much, so I'll probably stick to my old method of just drawing the balloons in the page. Which I like better anyway, since I've always been of the mind that the word balloons and text should be a "part" of the page, incorporated into the visuals. Here, I think they just look obviously pasted on.

Oh well. Live and learn. I'll figure things out by messing with Manga studio a little more. I mostly just wanted it proper toning anyway, so that's what I'll focus on, I suppose.

Finally, there is still a lot of good stuff in the works going into next year. I've been putting more work into the next actual chapter, but I also have something special planned between chapter -4 and chapter 0, which I will detail more soon.
Oh, has been a looooong time, and I am really sorry about that. Work and life kinda got frustrating, but I admit that at times I could have been working on the comic when I just...didn't. This page has been sitting around largely done for about a month or so.

Anyway, Sorry I got so behind. Though, there has been some work done on future comic stuff and I have been posting that stuff on DeviantArt. Not that I want to spam you guys with plugs and stuff, but if you want to see some extra stuff (including pages from the next chapter) you should go here;

If not, don't worry. Those pages will be posted here as well once the current chapter is finished. This is just a way for people to see stuff regarding the next chapter a little early, if you so wish.
First new page of 2013! Chapter 4 is kind of winding down, and the next projects are already being worked on. Looking forward to the upcoming stuff! And you should too!
Alright guys, here is the last Verboten page of 2012! It has been a great year, and I'm looking forward to more pages in projects in 2013!

Happy New Year, and good luck to all of you in your endeavors this year!

Stay tuned for more... least this page wasn't quite as late as the last one. >_>

Anyway...chapter -4 is kind of winding down, and I am already beginning the early stages of the next chapter. There is going to be a lot of good Verboten stuff coming within the next few weeks, leading into January.

Lot of stuff I am looking forward to. Revamping and retooling the structure of the comic and the like. It is going to be awesome (at least...I hope so) so stick around!
Back from the dead, I guess.....

Sorry for the loooooooooong delay here. Last couple months have been kind of plagued by some bad crap going on work-wise and whatnot. I just had....very little time or motivation to physically work on the comic, and I don't want to go down that road.

I'm not super happy with this page, truth be told, but I've been preoccupied with some rethinking and restructuring the future of the comic.

Obviously, I want to put out more stuff, and have it be as good as possible. There are going to be some new directional things starting with the next chapter most likely.

Stay tuned...
Sorry for the lateness of this page, everyone. Busy summer season is finally coming to an end at work, and all broken things around the house are (hopefully) fixed, so I can finally pick back up on getting things back on track.


Maybe that'll happen...!


It is one of our favorite phrases here!


Close. It's a lute. But perhaps these thieves SHOULD have a "getting-beat-up" theme.
Come at me, bros!


Indeed you did. You win a cookie!


I dunno if you'd want to catch a bunch of thieves on pokeballs after you defeat them, though....


Isn't it, though? :D

@Shishi Beru:

Why, thank you! I really appreciate it. I've not read any of your comics yet, but glancing over them, you're quite the skilled artist yourself, so that's a huge compliment!


Gentlemen - Mysterious and ridiculously powerful. Never underestimate the power that a cape and a cool have give to someone.
He keeps his pimp...fist....strong.

@ rinalicat

Your predictions are correct!

@ MaylV:

Of course!

@ Deonis:

No can-opener required!

@ godmoderncommander:

I dunno, but I'm glad you found it. Hope you like it, and look forward to what is in store! Thanks for coming by!