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Sat Feb 23, 2019, 12:05 AM
Been a while since I updated, so hi, guys! How has your 2019 been so far?

My kid is now a 1 year old toddler hurricane, so just when I thought I couldn't be any busier, something crazy happened. A big publisher showed interest in my work! I thought I was done with Japanese publishers and fully independent, but here I am working on two short stories for a magazine I won't name unless it all works out. You never know you will be in the magazine until you are in the magazine, as I've learned from having an editor in the past, so while I'm not celebrating, I am pretty busy. One short story is already into production and features a character some of you may remember from a previous short story, while the other story will be new for everyone. 

I am still working on FaLLEN, but I am still not done inking Chapter 14 thanks to the new workload I've gotten. I have been posting WIPs to my patreon account, though, for those of you interested, and will soon be posting thumbnails and partial scripts of the new unrelated story I'm doing for the publisher.

Like I said, this could easily lead to nothing, but I really like the editor I'm working with (much better than the guy I had ten years ago) and I'm going to go ahead and give this a go. I am all but dead on Facebook, Instagram, and even DeviantART posts have slowed these days but I do still keep up with Twitter and Patreon. I'll keep you guys posted... if nothing else, you all will be getting a new one-shot comic to enjoy, since I will post it here if the publisher decides last minute not to run it. It totally happens sometimes.

Also... I play Pokemon GO now, haha. I just started a few months ago. If you still actively play, leave me your friend code and I'll add ya :D It's the only game I CAN play since I have to leave my house to do it, and walking my dog or riding with a sleeping baby in the back seat is the only free time I have.


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Brooke Stephenson
Artist | Professional | Varied
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My name is Brooke, and I live in Japan where I draw comics for a living. I have worked as a professional manga assistant off and on but now I'm focused on my webcomic FaLLEN, which has been really rewarding. I also do a lot of freelance translating and artwork as well as publishing independently for comic shows, and I even did a quick stint as a storyboard artist for a kid's show in the US.

Check out my webcomic/webmanga FaLLEN! I work so hard on it ;_;

漫画家の世界ってなかなか厳しいっすねー(*゚ー゚)

Current Residence: Matsuyama, Japan
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Favourite genre of music: heavy metal and hard rock (and secretly jazz and anison)
Favourite style of art: manga
Operating System: Mac OSX
MP3 player of choice: iPod Nano Gen. 6 green!
Favourite cartoon character: Flower (Bambi) and Fifi (Tiny Toons)
Personal Quote: "Think of them as very well-rounded pectorals."
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MrMegaMattX Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, Brooke!
 I'm REALLY sorry to hear about your respiratory condition... That along with having a kid.. that's gotta be a toll on ya.. Really hope you get better soon. :(

  So, I want to ask you something.. Sorry, I really don't want to sound rude by asking this but... ...Do you think it's that good of an idea to submit your manga, especially the main pages of the story all to DeviantArt and other sites? I'm wondering that because I'm trying to develop my own manga and I'm kinda reluctant to post it on DeveantArt because I fear that it might affect the sale of it if I want to publish and sell it as an actual hardcover.. ..'cause people might think "why pay for a hardcover if you can just read it online for free?"
  I thought of doing something like posting the cover arts for volumes, chapters, etc. on DA and posting the main pages of it to Tapastic (Now called "Tapas") like this user once did with his manga: www.deviantart.com/pixelated-t… (He removed it from Tapas because he apparently didn't agree with its terms of service) But now my mind's a bit imbalanced on the options...
  So what are your thoughts on this? Is it a good idea for one to post their artwork and their main manga to different sites? Or is it a better to just post it all on DA? One other option I could think of is posting the main manga to DA with patreon support, along with creating extra content like more art and miniature side-comics exclusively for hardcover copies, thus, giving people an reason to buy them.. What do you think?
 
 -Thanks and get well soon. :)  
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OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2018  Professional General Artist
Still coughing a bit but I can actually do things again, so that's good :D

You don't sound rude! I have had this conversation with a lot of webcomic artists, and it is a really common question among older artists who have been around and remember the internet in its earlier stages. Back then I would have said no, but in the last five years it has become apparent that the old rules have changed and if you don't adapt you won't find an audience.

1. People don't really go to websites anymore. I mean, some do (mostly 30+ year olds) but nowadays people tend to follow artists on social media to see their work and find out about convention appearances, etc. Or...

2. People will get all their comics from one source. Tapas, Webtoon, I think people still use SmackJeeves a bit... and I have quite a few people who only read FaLLEN on dA. 

3. People are surprisingly eager to support indies artists these days! Just as Youtubers are the new celebrities, it's indies artists that are able to get big support from things like Kickstarter and Patreon. People connect more with indies artists and like to follow along with their postings and stay connected, and they want to feel like they helped bring a project to life. I've also had no trouble selling my books at conventions, particularly in the US. 

There is a caveat, though, and that is that you have to work MUCH MUCH HARDER than if you had everything in one place or if you kept things hidden from the public. I do reserve some things for the printed books-- bonus comics, uncensored art, etc. But nowadays I think it is better to put yourself and your work out there rather than keep it hidden. I don't always like that this is how things are (I would rather just have a single website I had to update instead of like 50 websites...) but I don't know any recent artists who are successful who don't share their work. Before I went on hiatus I had a fair number of supporters on Patreon, and they got a lot of exclusive stuff, but they became supporters because they enjoyed reading my work here or on Tapas, etc.
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Art-Stream-Man101 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Happy Birthday! Birthday cake  icon 
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MrMegaMattX Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
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jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018
...the happiest of birthdays to you awesome artist....hope all is well for you and yours...=3
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GudServo Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish you a very happy birthday and a very speedy recovery. May this new year of your life bring nothing but happiness in your life. Also how is ur lil angel doing?
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fighterxaos Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional Writer
Happy birthday! :meow:
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TheVocaloid1 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018
Happy Birthday :smooch:
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SpaceShipEarth Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018

:iconhappybirthdayplz:

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GFORCELEVEL1988 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018
Hi, happy birthday and hope you have a nice day as well :hug:
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