Night Fox – Comic Post #133: Black Heaven’s Role Call

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WOOOOOOOOO!!! WE FINALLY HAVE SOME MORE MAJOR VILLAINS AND IT ONLY TOOK 2 YEARS SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE LAST ONE!

…Of course I say that, and yet, with what I have planned for the story in the future, only one of these guys is going to really have a prominent role as an antagonist to our main characters within the web comic. I’m saying it like that because there is a very real chance I’m going to end the web comic early (and when I say early, I mean like years from now) once I reach a certain point in the plot I have planned way out in the future and will simply continue the story in some other kind of medium. With how slow I’ve been when it comes to advancing this story, I don’t want to be working on this comic forever after all…

Now, I was originally going to give a brief description of each of the Black Heaven commanders’ races, as just putting the names there probably doesn’t mean much when 4/5s of them I just made up… But then I decided not to do that because A: I’m lazy, and B: it’ll make it more of surprise when you get to see what they are REALLY capable of in the future. Basically I don’t want to give away too much now because MOST of it will probably be covered later. Though, if you are curious, you can read the 2nd novel chapter for some VERY BRIEF information on Cornossas. Also, you can try googling Nekomata as well, as that is the 1/5 I didn’t completely make up, though keep in mind I am definitely taking some liberties in regards to the Nekomata’s typical depiction.

Anyways, we’re obviously not done with these guys yet, so you might be able to gleam more about them in the coming comics, but other than that, I’m mostly done yammering. So, until then, I’ll see you next comic.

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Night Fox – Comic Post #132: Learning Balance From Past Mistakes (All Pages)

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I think this is the first time I’ve ever done a post a day for 3 consecutive days. Not like I’m acting like that’s anything momentous… It’s just… Amusing to me. Anyways, I’ll see you all next comic.

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So in the original draft of this comic’s script, the scene with Alexis and Galin at the end wasn’t included. This is kind of a testament to how bad I am at planning out proper lengths to my comics, but pretty much the only reason I added that was because otherwise this page was going to be too short on its own… That being said, the bit showing off our two new antagonists here in Diego and Rayze was always planned to be in from the beginning (and if you’re wondering why Rayze looks like that one guy with sand powers, Greever, it’s because they’re the same race of Spirit, known as an Antlion).

Now, in regards to Diego and Rayze, they were actually the first villains I ever came up with for Night Fox all the way back my freshmen year of high school. While they did have slightly different names back then (I think I called them Dicom and Dayse), they were the very first enemy Spirit Spiriter team Alex and Kitsiyuna were going to face up against. Obviously, I have made several changes to the general story since then, but I’ve always decided to keep the two of them in the story for some reason or another. Just to give you a bit of perspective of just how long I’ve had these two around: only Alex, Kitsiyuna, and Galin existed as characters before them (technically Kaz did as well, but he was a drastically different, exceedingly minor character back then who mostly just served as a named classmate of Alex). Of course I say all of that, talking these two up like they’re actually going to be important in the coming events, and yet this is only going to be an early introductory cameo for them, as we’re not actually going to be seeing them in action for quite some time.

While we’re on the subject of villains making their first appearances though, next comic is going to introduce quite a few more of them, which shouldn’t actually be a surprise if you’ve actually been paying attention to the plot so far. I feel like we’ve been pretty light on some actual major antagonists at this point (we only really have Shira and her minions right now), so getting to introduce so many of them at once is kind of exciting to me. I was so eager in fact, that next week’s comic I actually ended up making twice as long as one of my normal comics! Doing stuff like that is kind of how I can be okay with myself only posting one comic a week even though I could probably manage to do slightly more than that: because some of those comics end up being way longer than usual thus it FEELS like I’m doing more. I’m still pretty damn lazy about this whole thing… But at least I don’t always FEEL that way… : ^I

Anyways, I’m done spouting words, so until then, I’ll see you next comic.

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Because I don’t have too much else to say this week, I’m just going to leave you guys with a fun fact: Everyone in Angel’s squad was from a different country when they were all still alive. First up, if you actually remembered Stalvi’s real name (it was Sumiko Takenaka, though I never did say her last name in the comic itself) you could’ve probably figure out she was originally Japanese. And if you like to stereotype people (like I like to do ALL THE TIME!), you could probably guess Brutus was from Canada based off of his former profession as a lumberjack. Morvin’s intended country of origin is a little less obvious, as the fact that he’s an anime loving nerd doesn’t give TOO MUCH away, but he is actually supposed to be from Brazil as there is a surprisingly high density of weebs living there, and by that I mean, Brazil actually has a lot of people with Japanese ancestry so there would be a somewhat natural interest in Japanese culture there, (an actual fun fact that can be used in the REAL WORLD…) though Morvin himself has no Japanese ancestors. Then finally, Angel being the most important character in the squad, is from the most important country: The Good Ol’ United States of ‘Murica, obviously. And with that last statement being made with only some hint of irony: BET YOU’LL NEVER BE ABLE TO GUESS WHAT COUNTRY I’M FROM….!

…Anyways, there’s your fun fact of the week, so until then, I’ll see you guys next comic.

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And we’re back with and Angel and her crew for the foreseeable future. This is going to be the last time we’re going to be cutting away to them. It’s also going to be the longest time we’re going to be cutting away to them. Considering the next couple of comics are going to be the culmination of that side project I gave up on over a year ago, I’m getting super ansy as I’m finally going to get finish this part of the story. Some important stuff is going to go down soon, so be sure to stay tuned. Or ya know… don’t. I can’t control you people after all as much as I try to. Anyways, I don’t really have much else to say this week (though I guess I should mention the fact that I’m now officially 25 now. I know, big woop right?), something that is probably going to be a theme for the coming updates, so don’t expect too much of substance in the posts alongside the comics. And with all that said, I’ll see you next comic.

Art Post – Summer Time 2018

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And here comes the last picture for the art train as we drift back to our regular update schedule of a single comic every Wednesday. I decided to stop being lazy for a change and decided to do not only something with a background, but with an actual significant amount of characters in it. I actually started this picture at the very end of May, and I’m not going to lie: I actually didn’t think I’d finish this til the end of August as I have been getting pretty bad at finishing my digital pieces with in a reasonable frame of time. (Just a quick frame of reference, that picture of Astria I started in December of last year and didn’t get around to finishing it till MARCH..) So yeah, another bad behavior I want to hopefully nip in bud.

Anyways, why did I decide to do a group shot of most of the important casts members (plus Kaz’s sister Jeanie) at the beach? Just felt like it I guess… Though getting to draw the girls in swimsuits might’ve played a tiny factor in my decision making. That being said, the most prominent display of skin is coming from Kaz this time, so you can’t say this picture doesn’t have something for the ladies / gay dudes…

This is another one of those pictures where I tried changing up how I did the shading. Rather than just use a base color and one darker color for most of the shading with some highlights here and there, I tried using multiple colors of various light values to do the shading this time. And I just gotta say, I kind of regret it. It took so much longer to do than my usual method, which is what initially put me off to the idea of even finishing this off in a timely manner, so I wasn’t as motivated to get it done at first. I eventually buckled down and tried to get one “feature” (ie one character or piece of background) done a day, which just feels bad when you have to force yourself to do art. I eventually got into the groove and got the last third all finished in one day, but it’s debatable if it even turned out better than my usual shading. Not to mention, the way I kind of screwed up the sunlight (probably made it look a little too glary, though that could just be because I’m previewing the picture within the post on an all white background), kind of makes it hard to see in the first place.

Still, I challenged myself and it didn’t turn out as the absolute worst thing I’ve posted to this blog, (lord knows how awful the stuff I posted in my first couple of months look in comparison as I refuse to go back and check) so I guess I can’t be too disappointed in this picture. Anyways, the next piece of art I’m going to post is probably going to be of Ace, which I’m probably going to procrastinate on because I haven’t drawn him in years and as such, he was in need of a slight redesign… And I’m not going to lie, the drawing I did for his redesign was just a smidge more complicated than it probably needed to be, so shading it might take a bit…

I think that’s pretty much everything I wanted to say. Again, regular boring update schedule again for the foreseeable future, so until then, I’ll see you next post.