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so, a few things to cover here. 

1 sunstone volume 6, first chapter of mercy storyarc will be in print and on sales starting this november. 
mercy will have about 10 chapters. i decided to reevaluate my cutoff points as over 300 pages would give me a lot of trouble with some european publishing formats, and since i do have good points sot split the volumes,  all in all the reading experience won't suffer. so it will be roughly 200 pages long. about 180 pages of comic (more than twice of sunstone v1)  and about 20 pages of some fun bonus content.

Mercy1-2finalff by shiniez




2 swing

swing is a story written in the same shared universe as sunstone and blood stain, and connected in pretty much the same way, as in, the characters play the same mmo together.  it's a story written by Matt Hawkins, and his wife Jenni Cheung, with art by calisto-lynn  

Swing  1 Cover By Calisto Lynn-dbrj8bg by shiniez



you can read a bunch of it already here
 calisto-lynn.deviantart.com/ga…

and amazon has their preorders opened here
www.amazon.com/Swing-1-Matt-Ha…

and of course in comic stores and book stores where available. given the nature of the book preorders are  the only insurance you got. like with sunstone. what can i say, welcome to the comics industry XD


3 Letters to the vampire queen.

for the few of you interested in how this is going. broke 70 pages last night. in the process of the final rewrite and then having another beta reader go over it to see if it all makes sense to them and after that i'll see about uploading a few chapters here, every now and then. 

Ch1 by shiniez



4 mercy next update

around may 4th. i'm guessing around ten to 15 pages for this one, and then about ten for next one. i got a nice cutoff point these so i  don't need to overkill it on the length.

090 by shiniez



that's about that. see you all soon :)
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:iconagof:
Agof Featured By Owner May 2, 2018
i wish there was a complete sunstone hardcover

But alas, it is 1888, and I am but a woman
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sonicfan1987 Featured By Owner May 1, 2018
just curious... i might be behind, but what happened to ravine??
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Leelah-sama Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i know its pretty entitled from my part to ask this

but could you write sort of a novel to wrap up SWITCH?
i just discovered it and i feel pretty bad that i couldnt support it when it still mattered :( :( i would hate your idea to just go to waste in case u dont have the time to draw the story
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:icontheconsortofsummer:
TheConsortOfSummer Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018
I concur. It needs a proper send off. That was such a fun story to read, and the art was phenomenal, as always.
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Elegy0fEmptyness Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
so excited!
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darkemberflames Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018
Yay! I love hearing about your updates and can't wait to pre order your work! 
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keytobias5 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Yes! November! Woo!
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Multi-Facets Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018
Looking forward to "Mercy" in print and other updates with tail-wagging anticipation! :-D
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furtiveglances Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018
If it's may 4th, I expect there to be another Star Wars joke/reference to be in it, Mister. xD

(Also, totally looking forward to the vampire queen.)
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rretter Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018
"around may 4th"

Translated from shiniez-speak, that's "mid-september".
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shiniez Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
np. may.
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:icondrak90:
Drak90 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018
Is Ravine dead :( ?? just asking, i love all your stuff, but ravine just has everything I love :p
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:iconshiniez:
shiniez Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
yes. sales were too low to sustain it. it was a financial black hole
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Drak90 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018
:( I understand tho, I would love to know more about the universe and some of the general story, dont know if you post that kind of stuff even if unpolished :)
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krios008 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Oh yea next mercy update is in june!!!
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:iconshiniez:
shiniez Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
no, i said early may
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krios008 Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
Oops, didnt even notice you replied to that (the point there was, that its never on time so instead of may I already expected you to put it ln june, when you realise, youre out of time
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rretter Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018
krios008's being optimistic (yes, and a bit sarcastic) by saying "june".  It'll be september.

Those of us who've stayed with Sunstone through the years know perfectly well the great talent of the artist and the complete absurdity of his delivery date predictions.  Some of us have tried to point this out while not passing judgment on the pace of delivery, objecting only to the phenomenon of publicly stating target dates that never come close to being met.
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shiniez Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
when i break those dates it usually comes paired with me vastly increasing pagecounts and overdelivering. 

in this case, pagecount is kept simple as the next strip has a good cutoff point :)
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mockingbird0901 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018
Looking forward to november then ^^,
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lemmy04 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018
wait a moment, sunstone volume 6????

ok what's in there? what did i miss?
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mockingbird0901 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018
It's the first chapter of Mercy
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jwiest Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Much <3 and joy to all of these announcements.

Can't wait to be able to pre-order Mercy, already have Swing ordered and will totally order Letters to the vampire queen if that goes on sale somewhere.

Now to sit back and wait for the next Mercy update. :)
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sebaselciclon Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok. so I should go to sleep, so I didnt read it, but as any good internet user I will share my opinion on something I have no clue about: basically you guys made stories and then you made spin-offs, and soon those spin-offs will have their own spin-offs.
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IrishComicfanatic Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for this fucking brilliant update :D :D :D 
Cant wait 'till I move into my new place, so I can preorder Swing :D
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MysticSK Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
>swing is a story written in the same shared universe as sunstone and blood stain

And, Death Vigil. We did see Lisa and Ally in the background first issue. Apparently, they like to dine with necromancers. ;)
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Hoppspindel Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I'm looking forward to getting Mercy in print! And good luck with your writing project! :)
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Oskana Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
And here I'm fangirling so hard, OMG, OMG OMG... I can't breath... ahhh... I'm dead... nevermind I came back

Thank you so much for continuing spoiling us with your amazing art!
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sleep3walker Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018
1. Can we start pre-ordering "Mercy".
2.When can we expect "Letters to the vampire queen" on deviantart.
3.Can you please update us on your intentions on creating something Sunstone-DC comics like
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shiniez Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
1 not yet, we need to send it to solicits

2 here. 

3 no intentions. i have a book pitched, until i know whether or not that will happen i can't plan beyond that cause in a way that book is the foundation to everything else
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Er1nye5 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Professional Writer
Everything sleep3walker said times two!
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:iconmoxiee:
moxiee Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I have missed something. The last time I was here you were only making Sun Stone.
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:iconshiniez:
shiniez Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
damn, you were her a loong time ago then XD
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:iconmoxiee:
moxiee Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I was here when no one knew who you really were.
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MasterFedora23 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
I love your updates and look forward to your next steps.  Though I do miss the weekly small one-offs you used to give us.  It makes it easier to wait as the months go by.  Like this one:  detention
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shiniez Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, but i made those when i wasn't making a comic. now i have to choose. i will either progress with the story i want to tell, or waste my time on one off stuff. and i don't mean that in any mean way, just objective. i have a certain amount of free time to dedicate to sunstone verse. i have to pick my battles as to what i want to do. i can be easily distracted and just mess around or i can focus and get the story rolling.

i choose to focus on the story as that already contains stuff like the image in question and far more of them :)

especially past this point XD
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MasterFedora23 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2018
Total understand.  I'm hooked at this point either way.  :)
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spycat100 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
La la la la 
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Dr-Pyr-Agon Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Can we hold up our hopes for Mercy to be released as hardcover, like those amazing hardcovers for sunstone?
I know it will be like... 5 years wait, but well worth it. :D
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shiniez Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
can't promise anything as the book has to sell enough for me to justify it to the publisher. best i can say is, fingers crossed
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Dr-Pyr-Agon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I shall cross all of them... maybe even some toes. Will be hard to walk with toes crossed, but it'll be worth it. :D
I just love the design of the hardcovers and am looking forward to each Mercy update. :3
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LAN0RA Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018   General Artist
:omfg: WOOOOOOO!!! I'M SO EXCITED!!! :la: :heart: 
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Ceilibeag Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
So wonderful to see this all unfold.  This is a prodigious output, and all of such great quality...
...AND the Aquaman, AND the Justice League... :-o
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Ultamisia Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excited happy 
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LegionaireB Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Is Santa still looking for elves?
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ArkSilver Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Cant wait for the book to come out. Slightly sad its not going to be in time for NYCC this year should you be there again.
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:iconshiniez:
shiniez Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
nah we're taking a few year break from conventions. too much work to do
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frozenwhitenorth Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. There is a lot going on it would seem.
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serlui Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
nice now..... Let's get ready to read.
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Fabriciofff Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
So will we have 10 prints of Mercy? OH LORD! THIS IS AWESOME!
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