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This was my response to an email from a reader over the current direction of DBNA in the art process. If you are a current reader, I need to read this response and understand why I'm doing what I'm doing and why things are the way they are. I know, it is long. But please PLEASE read it if you have any concerns about DBNA's future.

"The problem isn't procrastination, or anything of the sort, the problem is strictly something that occurred during the publishing process that I have to rectify with the first three volumes before I can proceed any further. If the problem had not been brought to my attention, I merely would have left the older chapters alone.

You see, when I first began scanning the original pages, I was only seeing them on the computer. At first, I saw no issues. The images looked fine. It wasn't until they were actually printed that the problem became apparent. Due to the manner in which I had initially scanned the pages, the images seem faded or "light" when they are printed. The problem is very compounded when, late in Volume 3, I have pages that are shown in my new scanning method that look MUCH better than the earlier pages. A secondary problem is with my early writing. I seem to be notorious for being very exposition heavy, most likely a byproduct of my early upbringing in western-style comics. As a result, a lot of panels will find word bubbles absolutely crammed with walls of text. Again, in the digital versions, this is a rarely pointed out issue, but once printed, these crams of text are incredibly difficult to read. This was especially prevalent in Chapter Zero, and thanks to the overhaul I did on that, many of the people who once were detracted by the overwhelming text now enjoy the Chapter thoroughly. While some people just take it in stride, a very vocal group of people who are buying the books online have come to me directly with complaints about the visual quality of the books. As a content provider and someone who would feel shafted if I had bought books in the same condition, I feel honor-bound to rectify this issue if people are to continue purchasing the first 3 volumes of DBNA. THIS, along with several plot holes and my perfectionist nature when it comes to DBNA, are the reasons why I have been doing these revisions and not going back to resume the story. Because I don't want to have to come back and do it again. Whatever condition DBNA is in after this last round of revisions is the way it will stay.

As far as the pace, this is strictly something that is based in my current life. DBNA had an EXPLOSION of pages when I was working a job that allowed me a LOT of downtime. So, to not go mad while I sat in a box all day doing very little, I was able to draw. And draw I did. Unfortunately, life caught up with me. That job did not pay me enough to sustain my living situation, so I was forced to go out and get a higher paying job on a different shift. Prior to that, I told people that if I had to get another job, my time on DBNA would suffer. And obviously, it has. Were I once was able to invest 8-12 hours of the day into the drawing and editing of DBNA, I can only invest a handful on the weekends and a scant hour or so during the weekdays. This, in addition to the additional commission work that I do for outside projects, working on scripts for my own original works, making submissions to VIZ and Shonen Jump, planning out convention appearances for next year, and then still trying to cram all of it in the few hours I have when I'm not at my full-time job. Its not like I just up and stopped of my own volition.

In terms of the story following the last Chapter in which I left off, it has been going through a HUGE rewriting process, so that I don't have to go back and fix it like I have to do with these earlier chapters. It may be apparent in my writing, but the Rigor arc was really the only FULLY written out arc I had for DBNA. Everything beyond that first arc is all just a cluster of bullet points. However, even in that first arc, I have encountered so many problems, so there is a s much a failure in the story itself in addition to the visual problems plaguing these earlier chapters. The Aladjinn arc was very nebulous and experienced a VAST amount of changes from its early stages. I have been rewriting that arc as I go. But doing so is apparent in the initial drafts. You can see how ill-defined and how the characters and motivations change as the story progresses.

I understand that people want to see DBNA continue. I do as well. The complaints do not fall on deaf ears. And perhaps it is a failing on my part for not making these issues known to the greater public of readers. But hopefully, my explanation will help you understand why I'm doing what I'm doing."


Malik Torihane
Artist | Professional | Varied
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^^Many thanks to Nassif9000 for this awesome piece of art! Thanks guy!^^

I am the creator, writer, and artist of Dragon Ball New Age, as well as my original projects Codename: DCC and Blood Rite

Current Residence: Ohio
Favourite genre of music: varied
Favourite style of art: manga
Personal Quote: "Be humble in everything you do. An ego is the way to shame."
Favorite Motivational Quote: "In order to grow your audience, you must betray their expectations."

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TempestVortex Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Hey man, it's been a while! Just wanted to say hello, and keep up the great work as always. :thumbsup:-:D
tburkes Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant
What if raditz and vegeta fusion.
Miiv12 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Student
Please sign this petition!
please share this with as many people as possible!…

I found this on Tumblr,please sign the petition,you can sign it even if you don't live in the EU.
And if you're wondering
'why should i bother?It's not my problem.'
Do you follow artists/youtubers from the EU?
Shadow-DJ Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
So...where would one suggest a 'What if' to Masako? ^^;;;

Just asking as I had a slight idea for one.

"What if Android 16 was able to be salvaged?" Basically after his head got crushed by Cell, his memory chip was still in good enough condition to be given a new body from the blue prints and thus Android 16 is able to be revived.
MalikStudios Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
Try his page Masako-kun 
Disneyfan95 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018
Hey Malik, I was wondering if at some point you could do a picture with Masako's what-if versions of Raditz, Nappa, Gine, and Broly, standing alongside Goku, Vegeta, Tarble, and the kids in battle against Freeza, King Cold, Cooler, Bebi in his Strongest Human Form level 2, King Piccolo Daimaou, Perfect Cell, Ultimate Buu, Kid Buu, Janemba, Hatchiyack, Dr. Gero, Merged Zamasu, and Jiren.
MalikStudios Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
Only if I'm commissioned to do so
banhmichammuoivung Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Hi,my name is Right-Brained, i am an Vietnamese artist.If you love my gallery,Watch me.
By the way,nice gallery😚
fishyhistory Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018
the sad thing is, people dont appreciate your better works, like dragon ball new age, and are only here to ask you to make edits on what you do for MasakoX.
MalikStudios Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  Professional General Artist
It's not so bad that they ask that, it's that some ask me to do it for free lol
fishyhistory Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2018
keyizzoart Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
YO Malik bro, can you please tell me what journal entry name is for your guide on making your mangas? :)
CommanderMs Featured By Owner May 7, 2018  Student General Artist
Malikstudio, if you want to learn more about Break Through the Limits, here is the tv trope:

CommanderMs Featured By Owner May 7, 2018  Student General Artist
Malikstudio, if Raditz turned good in "What if Gine Went To Earth with Goku", like Raditz did in Break Through the Limits and "What if Raditz Turned Good", I want to you to use this costume that Raditz wear in Break Through the Limits:
Evolution of Raditz (Break Through the Limit) by I-Am-So-Original Raditz (Break Through the Limit) Tenkaichi Edit by I-Am-So-Original
laioszafeiriou Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018
Hey, could you please read Break Through the Limit by Captain Space? I assure you it's an AMAZING story that could give you ideas on the whole Raditz-turns-good-thing, so I PLEAD you to read it!
lonnellssj Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018
And happy birthday malik!!!
lonnellssj Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018
This is follow up to my last commet. Can you malik make my saiyan a part dbna during the world tournament saga as a participate whether he last or get's elinminated that's up to you. Thank you malik your awesome and keep up with dragon ball new age and your future projects.
lonnellssj Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018
Hey malik, if its ok can you make me an saiyan oc? Im not good at making oc's but you are. You can come up with his back story and I'll tell his super saiyan forms. His highest level of the super saiyan line is super saiyan 5 like rigor. (PS he's legendary saiyan like broly so he has the legendary forms 1-5). And like goku, vegeta, & goku black he has the super saiyan god tier forms ( ssj god/red, ssjgodssj/blue & ssj rose). Sorry this is long lol. What's special about my saiyan oc is he can merge his god forms with his regular and legendary super saiyan forms to create powerful hybrid states. His nickname is "hybrid theory". Oh last thing can him in dbna du
FrostTheHobidon Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018
Amazing art work
t3nk3n115 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018
Dude I love your art especially all the artwork you did for masakox
angeltiger777 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018   General Artist
Happy Birthday! birthday cake :powerup: 
acarter51 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
happy birthday!
Sylveondream Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday! Hope you're wishes will come true with the super dragon balls!
BlitzWare518 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018
Happy Birthday!
ShadowEclipex Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Happy Birthday,
From all of us too you!!~
We wish it was our Birthday,
So we could party too!!~
Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D
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