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Alexis_Royce
Heya! I'm a professional freelance artist. My days are spent whipping up commissions and comics, and my nights are spent dreaming up new nightmares for my friends in tabletop games. As of April 2014, I'm married to the most adorable sculptor online. I go to anime conventions frequently, where I sell the aforementioned comics and commissions.

You can see more of my work and links to my social media accounts here: www.alexisroyce.ink
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@Hokova: Thank you! All of the upcoming pages were inked traditionally, and for most of them, they were split up into two sheets of paper, and then reassembled in Clip Studio.

This page I draw on one 9x12' sheet, and it was MURDER on my wrist. I'm happy with how it turned out, but dang. If you can draw things at a larger size, then scale it down, always do. Take it easy on yourself.
@BattleStarX: I really wish someone had the guts to try to pull off camp like that again. It can't be easy, but that show was a masterpiece of everyone being in on a splendid joke.
Did you see above? Vote incentives are back! Of course, there's also Patreon, if you'd like to support us financially. But you'd be pretty darn surprised what a click once a day (or hell, even once a week, we're not greedy) can do for us!

Melon-pan is cookie bread, guys. It's amazing. And I deeply miss the Japanese bakery near my old home. Also! It's Stan's first brawl with an arch-nemesis. I had to give him a classic pow!

Human coloring and gradient/pattern backgrounds by Megan, painted backgrounds by me. I know they're still pretty rough, which is just a casualty of not having time turn each of them into a 20-hour oil painting. If any artists out there have any crit for what to watch out for as I'm improving, I'd absolutely appreciate it!
@Broken Gear: Needles were originally Kinesis' weapon! He was going to control a cloud of them and just rip people apart. In a side comic, he tried to attack Joey from Mortifer with them.

But that would be incredibly gory. And don't get me wrong, it would look awesome. But I try to keep EP down to a PG-13 rating. Maybe I'll do it in another comic someday. Maybe Sire.
@No Escape: Now I'm thinking about Shadow Tag. Don't give me excuses to put my favorite Pokemon in here.
@abibliboop: When I was first drafting EP, the idea was going to be for a love triangle with Alice in the center. So you're not wrong to see the early chapters as setting that up.

But, well, Alice is nearly a decade older than Kevin. And to really put the kibosh on it, Kevin's gay. Really, he's so uninterested in romance that he's kind of approaching the ace/aro zone. XD I, uh, would like to find a place to say that, but we are getting to the end of the story, and I'm already bouncing a lot of different threads trying to pull the story and themes together. It's my bad for figuring it out so late, but hey, these things happen when a comic lasts a decade. XD

Something I hopefully WILL bring home is that when Alice and Kinesis are on Kevin's mind, he's thinking about his cousin. That supervillains can both cause terrible trauma, and be real people who grew up in families. Revenge just doesn't come naturally to him. He just plain wants to save EVERYONE.
@ElyssaJM: Hehe, thanks. I wanted both of them to be in kind of casual version of their super outfits. My brain can't let go of this weird feeling that this fight scene kind of represents the entire comic. Two people who barely qualify as a villain and hero, finally having their first showdown face to face...in a supermarket.

Before Andrew Huang wrote us that amazing theme song, I used to kind of treat BNL's "Second Best" as the theme song for Evil Plan. Because inadequacy, for some reason, is always on my mind while writing this...
@BattleStarX: We need a party in here to enjoy them, or at least one very bored person making a day's worth of terrible dietary choices.
@LKWayvern: Thank you! That's the sort of tone I wanted to nail down in this chapter, but I wondered if the generally warm colors would fit it. Changing to inks has made everything starker, and fingers are crossed that it works as more than a gimmick!
@MidoriLied: Thank you! I was feeling a little down when I finished the page, because I envisioned the ink kinda spreading over everything like a liquid, and then utterly failed to plan for it. XD It's sometimes hard to remember that, just because a picture falls short of expectations, that doesn't mean it didn't turn out all right!
Ooooh, I really like how scary this creature design is, especially with the impact of a full page.
In way earlier drafts of the entire plot of the comic, Kinesis' whole goal behind giving himself the TK was because, deep down, he really wanted to be able to fly. This ended up not being that important, so I never ended up including it. But just between you and me?

It's killing him to see that Kevin got flight working first.

Coloring by Megan this week! Also, vote incentives are coming back! Let me know what you'd like to see!
@abibliboop: Hahahaha; he’s totally going for the ID (this situation doesn’t favor him, better to deal with Amazingman at a time and place of his choosing), but I just ADORE the pettiness of Kinesis going this out of his way to hurt Kevin in such a personal way. He totally would, the jerk.
@HamPlan: The Flagship team is populated mostly with S-ranks. D rank is for weak or newly registered heroes. Someone with a lot of power but little tactical knowledge or control over those powers would be put in D.

People with weird or otherwise unmarketable powers are also put in D. If they're amazingly powerful, maybe they'll make C. Remember, The Company doesn't care about saving the world. They care about making money.

Kevin's an attractive twenty-something with a power that effectively grants him flight and super strength. He also got his start in clean territory, so he's The Company's chance to open up Urbane as a new market. Also, they now have him sunk deeply in their debt machine, giving them financial control. This gets him upgraded immediately to B.

If Kevin knew that he were getting these opportunities based on anything but ability and gumption, he'd be appalled. Though, really, he's already appalled. And, maybe, he kinda already knows.
@ElyssaJM: In the past ten years, I've learned a lot about writing comics, drawing comics, and comic readers. And every week, I keep learning more about all three.
@Zer0: Yup! Canonically, Edward Hyde is shorter than Henry Jekyll, so they take after the granddaddies.
Ah, so that was his plan, fool your opponent and steal his wallet/money clip so you have his identity.

This is, of course, difficult to pull off, because of the panic from having your wind pipe shut off. But if you're especially cowardly like Kinesis, going limp was already on the to-do list.

Coloring by Megan this week!
I promised a certain chapter concept when I started the Patreon a couple years ago. Time to make good on it.
Also! While we're in this Locus, I'm planning to do all the inking and shading traditionally. So this art shift won't be permanent. But...well...I know I'M having fun, at the very least. :3
Nothing to knock a villain off course by implying that his powers are useless. Kinesis, you are terrible under pressure.

Coloring by Megan this week!
That doesn't seem ominous or foreboding at all.
This is a transitional page, but my plans are to have this chapter be in ink. It'll hopefully set the mood and convey the power of a locus more deeply than I did in Chapter 8. If you're wondering why the D Club doesn't have an art shift and this one does, there are two explanations.
Out of universe explanation: I didn't think to switch up the art style then.
In universe explanation: This is a much more powerful locus.