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Ready, set, MANGA! by hyacinthess Ready, set, MANGA! by hyacinthess
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Ready... Set.... MANGA!!

This is the cover for my publishing company, Wasabi Press's first book! It was a manga contest, and now we have 8 great comics that will be published in a book in april!

It will be in swedish, sadly, but you swedish people or others interested, keep track of [link] www.wasabipress.se! If you can't get the actual book, it WILL be out as a e-book too!
Look forward to it!

I've designed and put together the whole book myself. The comics are by 8 different winners, and the book is funded by advertisements, but I'm the one who have called and/or emailed all sponsors single-handedly, and sent out invoices and just kept communication with them. I've then also put together the whole book, designed and drawn the cover, designed the logos, etc. On top of that, I've made the homepage (from a template but all contents are mine), and I received all 77 submissions and went through them and sent the best ones to the jury (that i was also a part of). I am going to tour conventions this spring (alone, yet again) and i've also fixed signing sessions with the winners, and I've been in the newspapers 4 times since november. And I don't get paid to do this - all money goes to the book, the winners and for promotion.

I'm also attending school, and have made two comics during this period.

And what do I say? It's gonna be very nice to not have to eat instant food anymore XD And being able to sleep properly....

I've gotten a lot of support from friends who've come to me with tips, warning and suggestions. This couldn't have been done without them.

So please, if you can, do look at the book, even if it's just the e-book. It will be out on the 28th april at www.wasabipress.se . I'll post a journal when it's out so just keep watching me and you'll know <3

I want to support the manga community. That is why I did this.

Time: 3 days
Programs: Paint tool Sai, photoshop CS5


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xelianthought Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Great pic! 
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:iconhyacinthess:
hyacinthess Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D
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writtmanica Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
JAG HAR SETT DEN BOKEN! O_O
Otroligt att du har gjort omslaget.
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hyacinthess Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
haha, åh tack :'D vad glad jag blir att du sett boken! det är jag som i princip producerat hela boken =)
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LordFreeza Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice!!! I like to see works get published you earned it!!! Keep the flow going!! :D
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hyacinthess Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aw gosh thank you! <3
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aniwablue Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, that's look fantastic, dynamic and really fun!
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hyacinthess Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D I'm glad you think so <3
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aniwablue Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student General Artist
:iconaniwablue::iconwelcomeplz:
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ArcaneJazz Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The best part about manga and anime is that you cant even tell different artists apart anymore. Yay cookie cutter art!
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hyacinthess Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Are you basically saying that you can't tell my art apart from other artists' art?
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ArcaneJazz Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I honestly wasnt aware that you drew this. It just looks like the cover to any generic how to draw manga guide book.
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hyacinthess Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, it is not a how to draw manga guide book. It was a manga contest book cover.
And I don't see why it would be on my deviantart if I didn't draw it.
And in a way that is its purpose - to appeal to a large audience. My goal was not to show my individuality but to invite anyone to read its contents. In that way, I'm happy you think it looks professional enough to look like an actual how to draw manga book cover.

But I still think your comments are very unnescessary. I don't know what you're trying to prove by telling me this. I've never had anyone say that they can't tell my style apart from others. People have said they can see I'm influenced by Arina Tanemura, and it was worse before, but that's about it. Perhaps you're not used to looking at manga drawings or comics, I can understand why it would be confusing in the beginning.

Manga is a style (with subcategories, and I fit into the shoujo category). Of course all shoujo artists have similar traits. It's kinda like saying that all american comics look the same, because they aim to draw in a more realistic, muscular way. Heck, they even have rules on how they must draw their illustrations! Yet people are fans of certain creators. And many manga artists also have their fans. How can they tell them apart, then? Maybe you should learn your facts before you accuse.
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ArcaneJazz Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I didnt state a single fact, what is there to check? I am aware that my opinion is going to be disagreed upon by the masses that accept mediocrity. "My goal was not to show my individuality." So... How does this make what I said invalid? You were trying to be just like every other cookie cutter wannabe-weeaboo. I wasted my whole childhood being obsessed with anime, and the older I get, the more boring, obnoxious, and unoriginal it all gets. There are great stories, but they all have same characters with the same faces with different hairstyles.

You only think my comments are unnecessary because there might just be some truth to what I say. Have fun being unoriginal, that's a great way to pursue being an artist.

Go ahead and get your last word in so you can feel cool, but I think I've made my point.
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hyacinthess Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're entitled to your own opinion. I see clearly that you generally have a bad view on anime and manga. I don't think there's much else we can discuss in the issue, when you have a negative view on it from the start. I don't understand why you come to me to bash on manga artists, when you don't even like manga and think it's a waste of time. I personally have no problem telling different artists apart and I've never had a problem telling characters apart. I know there's a lot of stereotypes and there's a bunch I don't like either, but it's the same in any story or character-based-medium. Disney had a shitload of stereotypes, too. Many books in different genres do, too. But as you said, there's some really great pieces of anime/manga out there and I think there's more good ones than bad ones. Perhaps you haven't searched enough or perhaps it's just not for you and therefore I don't see why you're here complaining to me.

Calling me weeabo just because I tried to appeal to the masses, is not a valid argument though - I am smart in trying to make something that would make many people want the book. EVERY publisher does the same thing - ask them and they'll absolutely say that they make covers that will appeal to their target audience. But, I didn't copy anyone else's style when I drew this, and is not what I meant. I just mean that this one piece is, indeed, made in a way that many people would recognize, by having a simple design on the characters and concept. I see why someone would think it'd be a bit boring. But honestly making it into a sci-fi setting or fantasy setting or something even more unique would ruin its purpose and take away focus from the contents of the book as well as being misleading. I made a conscious choice here and I find it offensive that you don't even try to see the thought behind it. What cover do YOU think would be better for a manga contest? I dare you to find something that's totally unseen before, but still sticks to the subject of "manga contest". I could and can make much more elaborate pieces and you are welcome to browse the rest of my gallery to see this. But that's the whole point to this cover, to be appealing to the target audience - and to be simple and direct as well as inviting and exciting - but when it comes to the art style itself, I haven't modified it from my usual style nor have I copied it from someone else, so I still don't see why you'd think the art style is unrecognizeable. The year 2007 I won a manga contest here in Sweden and got published, and since then I've had very many people find me at deviantart or other places and recognize me as "hey you're that girl that won the contest". I think you're alone in thinking that I have a un-unique art style, this is honestly the first time ever I've been told this. I think you're too un-used to seeing anime/manga pictures. I know a lot of people have problems recognizing characters since manga usually is about the hairstyle more than the faces. But it's all about practice and getting used to it, because there's more thought put into the characters than you think or can see at first glance. As a well-trained manga reader and artist (11 years) I can guarantee this.

But the concept of this cover is for the masses to like, and since it works, I don't see why it's a problem. I've already given away 2000 copies of the book (it was sponsored and thus free), so it's a very good success for being the first volume of our contest. I think you're just jealous because I got to make the cover of a book.

And then we also come to the usual discussions which I wish I didn't have to get to, but - what is originality? Everyone learns from somewhere else. Everyone copies each other to achieve something. Everyone takes inspiration. I don't see why you'd be such an exeption. You honestly cannot say that you haven't taken inspiration from places. And I don't like your attitude as if you're some kind of special little snowflake. I don't think your art style is exeptional either. I've seen it before, and that is not bad in my eyes. I still believe you can create pieces that would inspire other people. Just like anyone can, no matter if they can draw or not. Everyone executes ideas in an unique way. Unless you're tracing someone else's picture, your picture is original. However this originality is also accompanied by recognizion of a genre. And I draw shoujo manga, and I know this and I make use of this. But my art and my style is my own, within this genre. I can never draw exactly like anyone else, nor can they. I think it's sad that you can't see and appreciate this, and it just tells of how little you know about art and especially manga.

I can't believe I'm wasting time typing this out to you, when you're so narrow minded. And you should lose that attitude of "I've made my point so you can say whatever you want" - if you don't want a discussion then why the hell do you start one? Why the hell comment at all? If you're so superior then why do you need to prove yourself like this? Seriously, lol. You just sound jealous and un-informed, and trying to close the conversation by getting the last word in (or provoking me/expecting me to try to do it) is seriously childish. We're both entitled to our opinions and I respect yours, I wish you'd respect mine. We don't have to agree with each other. It's still interesting to discuss, to me at least, and if you didn't want a discussion then next time just don't post.

Sorry for long post but I tend to type very fast so it becomes a lot.
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ArcaneJazz Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
tl;dr
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hyacinthess Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Haha! I guessed that you would say that, actually! I totally know what kind of person you are! Thanks, now I'm totally convinced.

Wow really if you don't want a discussion then next time don't post, okay? Kthx bye.
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AquariusYaoi Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
OwO I LOVE IT!!!
SO NICE!! :D
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hyacinthess Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awww gosh thank you so much <333
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Toffuo Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012   General Artist
Älskar skarpheten i färgerna, speciellt håret C:
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hyacinthess Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Åh, tack så mycket! I did my best :3
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Toffuo Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012   General Artist
yw! linearten är oxå hur bra gjort som helst O.o Gillar även hur hennes tecknande kmr bokstavligen till liv :D
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hyacinthess Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Åh tack :'D jo det var nog den idén som kom plötsligt och stannade längst, haha, ingen som jag presenterade skissen till hade något emot att karaktärerna skulle komma till liv :'D
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Toffuo Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012   General Artist
inte jag heller, riktigt nice idé! CX
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hyacinthess Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
hahah wiie tack <3
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Toffuo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012   General Artist
:meow::heart:
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AngelERenoir Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Congratulations! It sounds like such a hard work.
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hyacinthess Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you ;w; It was! But it was totally worth it!
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bubblez758 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow can u get any better at drawing! cuz ur really good!
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hyacinthess Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
oh wow that is such a huge compliment >////< i'm trying very hard everyday to become better at drawing. thank you <3
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bubblez758 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol no prob and keep it up im sure you will become even better!!!
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TimeLady427 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
AWESOME!!!!!!!
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hyacinthess Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
aww thank you :'D
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KungenAvMaskrosor Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fin coveren vart
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BlueXEnvy Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Y U NO ENGLISH :icony-u-noplz:
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hyacinthess Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
haha, yeah, i wish too =) but swedish children gotta be able to read it too, so. :\
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BlueXEnvy Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
xD yeah
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Terrajaide Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Very cool. :D
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ChEsArE Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
-nice
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hyacinthess Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you :D
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Phoneix-Faerie Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! this is great, good luck
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hyacinthess Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you :D
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Phoneix-Faerie Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome
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Sofia-san Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
JAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

kan ta sig ett ex på uppcon ;)
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hyacinthess Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
ja gör det ;D de kommer vara där!
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Sofia-san Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes! vi ses där XD
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RayquazaMaster Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Nice!
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hyacinthess Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you <3
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RayquazaMaster Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome!
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ThunderWolfang Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You did amazing!! :excited: <33
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