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Santa Croce - 29 page manga by ming85 Santa Croce - 29 page manga by ming85
[EDIT:] new preview image.

Here it is!!!! Finally decided to share my big project of 2006 with you.

An ambitious comic I did last year for CHEESECAKE STUDIO [link] (<- visit! ) We publiced it ourselves in the 200+ page pocket ' OKASHI 2' which is sold out now.

The manga is inspired by the city of Venice, where I spend a month in august 2005. The last 4 pages are extra's with more information.

I uploaded everything on Photobucket, enjoy! Comments are very welcome, post them right here!


Page 1: [link]
Page 2: [link]
Page 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]
Page 16 [link]
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Page 18: [link]
Page 19: [link]
Page 20: [link]
Page 21: [link]
Page 22: [link]
Page 23: [link]
Page 24: [link]
Page 25: [link]


Extra's:
Page 26: [link]
Page 27: [link]
Page 28: [link]
Page 29: [link]
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:iconunimieli:
UniMieli Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Hobbyist
Story is awesome! I especially loved pages: 1-3, 13-16, and 19-20 ^^ Your art is very beautiful to watch.
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:iconladywhite:
ladywhite Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
Beautiful work!
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:iconsilverlady7:
SilverLady7 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007  Professional General Artist
Wonderful work! :worship: Why don´t you post the rest of the pages on DA?
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007
naah to much chaos.
Thanks!
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:iconsilverlady7:
SilverLady7 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007  Professional General Artist
Amazing work! Look forward for the rest. :clap:
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:iconmeroko26:
Meroko26 Featured By Owner May 18, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
Great! I SO wish I could draw like that! :+fav:
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:iconheroesdaughter:
HeroesDaughter Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeously dramatic, it's more a mood than a proper story but it makes a nice narration. It makes me remember some of the tales that I've read about Venice.
Wonderful job with the screentones, the simplicity of the shading helps a lot to emphasize the general mood: you can get the spirit of the whole picture with one sight but that doesn't keeps you from looking at it more catefully without finding new details.
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Black-baccara-rose Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007   Photographer
I've always thought the bible was a cheap tale and know it has come to a manga , lol , well it's an insult to all the good manga . but ur draws r great
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007
thank you!
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toaomega7 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
YOU ARE AWSOME!! it's so good i can hardly say stuff anymore. that ghoul demon on page 6 was so cool and i got a shock on page 11 when i saw that lady. it's just so awsome. and those angels were the coolest angel i have ever seen! espesially the 4 winged one. i bet you could make the ultimate seraph. but why did you wanted the good guys to lose? and why did the 4 winged angel try to break that ultimate law? i have so many questions.
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007
thank you! When good guys die it has much more dark atmosphere. It's a bit short for real story development, it was more about capturing the mood and create nice images.
The story doesn't make sense haha it 's all about the feeling and the drama.
Thanks again!
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toaomega7 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007
no problem! if you ever make anything else i beg of you to let me know.
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:iconkadesign:
Kadesign Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
thats some great quality work! :love:
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:iconpatriciakeiko:
patriciakeiko Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
just.. amazing :'O the angle and the screentoning are perfect here :heart:
heh, would you ship the comic to brazil? LOL
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007
eh... no clue, i guess we do!
But there will be some extra shipping costs.

Just drop a note at [link] and we'll take care of it!!
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:iconpencildamn:
pencildamn Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
woderful work ;)
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:iconsilverfury:
silverfury Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007
I loved the concept and art, but I wanna see more story and character development. It could have a lot of potential, if you take it further.
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:iconrainwalker:
rainwalker Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
Wow. That's just utterly gorgeous.

I wish I could find an excuse to draw that many wings. ^_^ Feathers are fun.
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:icontaiya001:
Taiya001 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH MY GAWD. I LOVE IT
FINALLY A GOOD COMIC
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:iconstainedsugar:
stainedsugar Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007   Interface Designer
This is a great manga....is there somewhere I could buy it? You said you published it, right? Because THAT ROCKS!
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
Read the description!
you can order one at [link] but it might take some time,, because we have to reprint it first :D

Thank you
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ShadowsAndLight Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Student General Artist
Wow, a little more perfect would be impossible! I love what you did with this one. The whole story is amazing, the art is awe-inspiring, and your designs are the best thing since sliced bread. I :heart: it. all!
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007
Wow! That's an honour!!
Thank you very much :D
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:iconkidokaproject:
kidokaproject Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
this looks absolutely awesome! but does this mean humanity is done for? D:
i love your paneling and toning skills. the story was so great. i especially liked your line about how if she wins, it'll go on unnoticed, but if she loses, there will be no one to remember. that was really really good.
i feel so sorry for the saint >.<

your p2 was really effective in portraying the mood as well =D
and your trip to venice must have been fun! =D you drew the scenery really well ^__^ amazing job
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007
Thank you very much!
Yes humanity is pretty much screwed.. although it could also be an open ending.
The main goals was to portray that mood, so i'm happy you're picking up these .. fibes haha.

Thank you again for reading and the nice long comment :hug:
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symdesign Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
Fantastic work! I particularly like the extras at the end. Very cool
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DragonLily4 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
Amazing! I wish there was more to it!!! I wanted it to keep going and going! Awesome work!
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serratedangel Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
You have to love when you see someone's inspiration really bear fruit like this.

Great use of lighting, such as in the last page and page 13. Usually, I'm aching to see what something looks like in color, but you used the shadows almost as characters here, and it's just enough.

And the camera phone thing... it's sad, but someone probably would do that.

Great job.
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
Thank you!
Even if I had the possiblities/time to colour it, i think it suits the atmosphere better in b&w this way.
Because the houses are so close together in that city, you see very deep mysterious shadows even on a bright sunny day. I tried to capture that.

Thanks again! :D
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MerlinxSwordfishII Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
Whoa! awesome! xD Loved it, love it, hope you'll do some more ;
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:iconjerungan:
jerungan Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
teh teh teh.... (speechless)..
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:iconnazmeischter:
nazmeischter Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
fantastic!! kudos to you, a brilliant small manga, you should definitely do more.
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:iconwyv-kate:
Wyv-Kate Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
Beautiful work, great job!
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HumorlessPoppycock Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
I really enjoyed this, kudos!!!
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:iconcrazyasian1:
CrazyAsian1 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
wow thats awesome!!
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AlexandreLancaster Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
It seems just a first chapter, so I'll not try to get many conclusions. But your storytelling is great, The toning is perfect and your artowrk works a lot here.

:+fav:
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
omg...this is so awesome....makes me want to make a comic even more ><
mannn youre so good~

awesome style of art and storytelling
although the story is kind of depressing, and i felt like there was so much to learn about the world you set up, its still great.
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:icontaiya001:
Taiya001 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ooooooooooooooooooooooo a new awsome web comic for me to look at :D :) :D
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sakimichan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
omg ur art's super cool ur so pro *loves* 8D *dies*
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:iconshingworks:
shingworks Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
:0 Wow, thats some great quality work! Special love for the rippling fabric :heart:
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