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October 27th, 2012, 5:47 pm

Sorry.

First of all, I didn't expect to not update at all for two months. And I apologize for that. As I said before, I am in my senior year. And everything is getting more and more important. That and I've been kept really busy. I barely had time for random little comics even. I didn't even think of anything related to Glass Hearts or Project 217! for this time duration. Also roughly 2 weeks ago, my grandmother died. And that just derailed me completely. I am feeling a lot better. Still pretty sad when I think about it, but I don't cry on the drop of a hat anymore. But it was really hard getting back into schoolwork, no less comics after that.

Is this me announcing a hiatus? I guess? I do have thumbnails of both P217! and GH that I can make more pages out of. Not of the rest of their current chapters, but something nonetheless. I will try and update when I have the time, energy, and motivation. But this is going to result in irregular updates, definitely. And I apologize for that. This really upsets me too because I really want to work on comics, but I haven't had a chance to do it for school this semester.

Next semester is a different story. I will be taking a senior comic book class, so there is a possibility of me deciding to work on either P217! or GH for that. Also there is senior thesis, though this might end up being either a series of illustrations, or a really short comic based off of GH or P217!. But at least I can actually get my mind working on these comics.

As for what this will do for the webcomics after graduation: I will concentrate more on writing the final versions of these two comics and getting them to be published. And not so much putting out stuff for the webcomics. Maybe for contests, anniversaries, and such. But I am officially a professional illustrator and comic artist, so I pretty much have to work hard on my dream on publishing these two comics at the best that they can be and then move on from there.

I will post a lot of stuff via my new art blog with information, sketches, and other stuff.
http://moniquecomics.tumblr.com/ & [url]moniquecomics.blogspot.com[/url].

And of course I will keep you all posted on actual PUBLISHED BOOKS of this comic and other merchandise and news and such. In the published form, they will definitely reach conclusions.

Thank you for sticking with me and I hope you will continue to do so as I become more and more professional. (And hopefully more and more well-known!)

<3, Monique C. / The Star Samurai



July 31st, 2012, 12:59 pm

IT'S HERE!

HAPPY 9TH ANNIVERSARY, PROJECT 217!

The new layout is officially done! I remembered a sidebar this time, which means I can put that character poll on side! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, VOTE FOR ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT.

Also oh my, there is a shoutbox (finally)! Leave me messages and stuff! :D

I'll make a matching banner eventually. Huhuhu.

FOR NOW I AM HIGH ON LIFEEEE



July 26th, 2012, 4:14 pm

9TH ANNIVERSARY!

Yes folks, July 31st = the 9th anniversary! In celebration, I'll be doing the usual and making a special illustration and a new layout with said illustration.

What is different about this year, you ask? WELL I'LL TELL YOU!
1) If you haven't noticed, I am holding the first P217! character poll! The next web layout will include a sidebar, so I'll be putting the poll up in that business! In the meantime, I did put it at the end of each comic page. If that's too weird for you, here is the page for it!
It'll be up for the rest of the year, so I'm giving everyone time and opportunity to vote! Get cracking!

2) I'm going to attempt at using the illustration for MERCHANDISE! I tried out RedBubble for GH's anniversary in May and it was very easy to set up! So I'm following through for P217! too! So if you ever wanted to show off how much you love this comic on a t-shirt or hoodie or mug or give me money somehow, your chance is within a few days!

If you have any other ideas of what cool things I can put out on that day, let me know!

As I keep trying to get you guys to do (or maybe some of you do? I KNOW YOU'RE OUT THERE LURKERS ;D), follow my Twitter (thestarsamurai) and Tumblr (lestarsamurai) for updates! The Facebook is mainly for major things like anniversaries and...I don't know what else actually (I don't like using it everyday for reasons I don't know).

Now, if I don't update in August + September, here are the reasons:
1) I'll be going to an adoring (I think that's the right term?) on August 5th.
1) I'll be going to Georgia from August 11th to the 18th.
2) I'll be going to a wedding on August 25th.
3) Orientation for college on August 28th.
4) First day back to college on September 4th.

But the good news is P217! updates once a week anyway, so it'll be easy for me to put out pages. Though coloring is the real issue. If I can't color a page in time, an inked version will be posted as a placeholder until I can get around to it.

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Now for a special announcement: You all know how I really want to go to a convention and meet fans and such. But there aren't any conventions near me, which completely sucks.
OH. BUT WAIT - I just found out a week or two ago that Zenkaikon, which I guess is normally in Philly, is going to be held in Lancaster next year! It's in the same city as my college, so transportation is easy and there is no need to worry about hotel arrangements.
Therefore there is a high probability that I'll either volunteer there or be in the artist alley (I'm not sure which one to do yet). Therefore, YOU SHOULD GO!



May 30th, 2012, 4:12 pm

KIND OF ACTIVE?

So I did post a page last week.
And then I decided "HEY, LET'S DO THE LINES TRADITIONALLY".

So there won't be an update this week, but I will update next week with two pages! :9

I am in some sort of wonky phase of not making super polished art at the moment, so bear with me!



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