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Cafe 1914 - 15 page manga by ming85 Cafe 1914 - 15 page manga by ming85
Inspired by the AWESOME thumbnails that :iconalexds1: and :iconrufftoon: are producing at murdering speed and quality, I decided to share my little project with you as well.

The challenge: make a typical 'talking heads' scenario look interesting. (A story with nothing but tea drinking, sitting, talking people in it. Woah)

Photobucket links:

Intro: [link]
Page 1: [link]
Page 2+3: [link]
Page 4: [link]
Page 5: [link]
Page 6: [link]
Page 7: [link]
Page 8: [link]
Page 9: [link]
Page 10: [link]
Page 11: [link]
Page 12: [link]
Page 13: [link]
Page 14: [link]
Page 15: [link]

I'd kindof forgotten how messy this is, and how gay the main character is.. ah well.
Learned a lot from this, still not quite what it's supposed to be, but a bit step forwards. I try to forget the fact that this took me 3 months..

Published in this book and for sale! [link]

Comments appreciated, please post them here!
Thanks
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:iconlunallei22:
Lunallei22 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully drawn, very nicely scripted. I absolutely love these characters!
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:iconbaka-wallaby:
baka-wallaby Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
An interesting idea made up for any kind of messiness. It's a good little read.
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:icontiuni:
Tiuni Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
This was really lovely to read! I know this is some of your older works but I just found it so fun to read! The pacing and suspense was done really well! :heart:
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Mase-chan Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Amazing little piece and very very unique concept and refreshing take on the "coffee shop scene".

I like how you never really explain what they really are, besides non-human and because of the woman's words and mannerisms I thought of them as two of the "Horsemen of the Apocalypse" with her being War (but that's are just my interpretation).

The design of both characters is very nice, and the clothing choice is great historically-wise, especially with the female character. I like how she has that "elegant villain" look to her, somewhat like a mix between Cruella de Vil (sp?) and Maleficent (and even Ursula's jewelry).

Fantastic piece.
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
hey thanks so much! years after I did this comic, I think I tried too hard and made things a bit too vague (too ambitious complicated storylines are never a good thing) but happy to hear some people get what I was aiming for, yay!

And also very pleased to hear you like the designs. Elegant villains are the best :)
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:iconwendyfae:
WendyFae Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010   General Artist
o0o this is pretty!
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:iconito-hiruko:
Ito-Hiruko Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Student General Artist
this is super cool
i love the shading with the fading sepia
this style reminds me of the final fantasy title art
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
Thanks! Haven't seen that final fantasy art, must look into it.
Thank you for reading this old, ooold comic :B
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:iconito-hiruko:
Ito-Hiruko Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Student General Artist
its mostly jsut for the graphic art for final fantasy X
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:iconlaurbits:
laurbits Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
The concept is wonderful. I love the character designs and the general atmosphere of this comic!

Great work!
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:iconbornpessimist:
BornPessimist Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful.
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:iconshadowsquill:
ShadowsQuill Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008   Writer
Entrancing... So much is left unsaid. I want to toy with them and figure them out but you cannot for so much is simply not there... brilliance.
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
wow thanks that's a great compliment :D
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:iconshadowsquill:
ShadowsQuill Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008   Writer
:bow: I do try.
;) You're welcome.
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:iconaranov:
Aranov Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Most wonderful. A thoroughly enjoyable read, and very intriguing.
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:iconthelemonpiper:
thelemonpiper Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is EXCELLENT! I'll have to take the time to read the manga soon.
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:iconlatinodrop:
Latinodrop Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very very very well drawn. I like it! :love:
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:iconsilverlady7:
SilverLady7 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
Read the story... beautiful look, kind of scaring. I´d like to see more with those characters, gives you much to think of.
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:iconacaciathorn:
Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fabulous gradients~
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:iconlilbreeny:
lilbreeny Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
wow wow WOW!
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:iconprofessormoony:
professorMoony Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wow love the classy-ness in this
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:iconmissivygreen:
MissIvyGreen Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
amazing is all I can say
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:iconagatha-macpie:
Agatha-Macpie Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love it ^^
especially the hat !
great job
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
jup, love the hat!
Thanks for your comments!! and for reading :D
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:icononecrazypirate:
onecrazypirate Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Wow, this comic is excellent. An entire comic of just dialogue and it somehow kept me on the edge of my seat.
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
thank you very much, thats what i intended to do with this comic, happy it worked. Best compliment :)
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:iconniieux:
Niieux Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
Ah Amazing. <3
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:iconvidemo:
videmo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
That was really amazing! Both graphic side (you like art nouveau, don't you? :D) and story. You can really feel climate of those days - mixture of elegance and tension, decadence... I'm totally impresed and not surprised you menaged to put it into a book and sell ^_^
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
thank you, i was first attracted to the fashion and style of the era, but then discovered it was also in other aspects an interesting period. And art nouveah: yes! hehe thanks for reading.
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:iconcp2tall:
cp2tall Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
love the hat!
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:iconkikinko:
kikinko Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
me encantaria dibujar asi
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:iconellocobruja:
Ellocobruja Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
Love your style!
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:iconempyre:
Empyre Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007
I like the skulls. They're prrretttyyyy
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aquamarina2 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
you never ceased to amazed me. that was really good. i love the style. it's very french and elegant. it's a shame it's only 15 pages. artists with so much talents like you make me want to hang up my hat and retire. i don't think i can ever be this good.
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
thank you! Well I was thinking the same thing 10 years ago. And 5 years ago. And with some artists around, I'm still thinking about just quitting. So having others that you admire is not really an excuse to quite :P
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:iconaquamarina2:
aquamarina2 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
lol, no it's not...i haven't quit yet ^_^
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:iconcausticgit:
causticgit Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007
I like this a LOT. And it's obvious what they're talking about, and what sort of beings they are... She's the more malevolent... But I'm not sure what his role is, or what the real significance of his little bombshell is.

Which means I want more. ;)
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:iconcleera:
Cleera Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
Nice art and nice comic too. :D
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:iconkadesign:
Kadesign Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Really really beautifull. Wonderful manga! :Wow!: :Love:
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:iconthemysteriousk:
TheMysteriousK Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007
Belle Epoque, with a DA twist in the best sense of the word. I love your story and this very picture! :-)
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:iconthemysteriousk:
TheMysteriousK Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007
Belle Epoque, with a DA twist in the best sense of the word. I love your story and this very picture! :-)
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:iconthemysteriousk:
TheMysteriousK Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007
Belle Epoque, with a DA twist in the best sense of the word. I love your story and this very picture! :-)
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007
Thanks! That's a nice description :D
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:iconmischiev:
Mischiev Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007   General Artist
great !!
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halflingrogue Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
Beautiful! And very nice idea for the story. I gathered the woman was War, and the man was Love? Possibly Beauty? I couldn't really tell, but in a way that made the story more interesting, because then a part of it is up to interpretation.
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007
haha my idea was that one was indeed War (or violence, but not really evil ) and the other just Boredom or something..? Could also be that they're the same, but have different favourite hobbies.
Thanks for the comments
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:iconhalflingrogue:
halflingrogue Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007
Passivity, maybe? The woman's characteristics certainly come across strong, in any case, but the man is enigmatic enough to hold up along with her character. Well done. :heart:
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Siaria44 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
I got Strawberry vol.2 dojinshi woth this manga in it. yup, I bougth it on Anicon, together with Nisharda.

I did like the story, it was a bit confusing,.. well not that, but you really have to think to understand it, I really like it!
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
hee, thanks! Hope it wasn't TOO confusing.. but hopefully just a bit challenging. Not an easy read, but not too difficult either, that was my goal. Thanks for buying :D :D
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:iconsiaria44:
Siaria44 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007
I think you succeeded, its an intressting story ^^
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