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Hello there comrades, it’s been a while.

Time for a little update.  

Actually, let’s be honest, more than a while since my last blog post on Deviantart was in May 2016. At the time, I mentioned that I was working on a new site and trying to fight the feature creep. The creep being me, as my endless overthinking and redesigning turned a simple implementation into a development quagmire. Long story short, in the end I survived this self-inflicted gauntlet and I can safely say that by the end of 2016, the site mechanics and layout were done.

Finishing the technical side of things freed up head-space to think about the actual goal of all this work again. You know, the story. So for the last few months I’ve been working on (re)writing the story and expanding the setting.

If you follow my nearly vegetative twitter, you might have noticed I’ve been doing some 3D modelling, starting with the Cathedral (because why start with something simple). I’ve been thinking about the use of 3D models for years and I’ve tried some half-hearted modelling a few years back, but now I’ve gotten into the swing of things with Blender, and I must say I am really liking the results.

However, I don’t intend to use the 3D models in the comic directly. Although I have seen this being done successfully in manga before (for instance in Ken Akamatsu’s work) I feel it would not be a good choice for Vreakerz. Rather than using the models directly, I’m going to use them in scene planning. Having an actual model makes it much easier to find fitting camera angles.

The 3D model for the cathedral is coming along nicely and I’m going to start sharing some of my progress here on Deviantart and Twitter.

Aside from learning to work with Blender, I’m also trying to switch from Photoshop to Clip Studio Paint, as Adobe’s software-as-a-service approach just isn’t my cup of tea. I’ll probably upload some horrible first tries in the coming weeks.

So, that’s about it.

Oh, and I’m still amazed that some of you remember Vreakerz, even after a decade.



  • Listening to: Mindless Self Indulgence
  • Watching: Rick and morty
  • Drinking: Coffee (Espresso corleone)
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wolfian Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2018
Well, the enjoyable adventures and sometimes wacky characters of Vreakers are not easily forgotten, nor would I wish to!
I am willing to wait however long it takes, for I know it is not a simple thing to get started again. I've been stalled in my overall life for the better part of a decade, but I have hope that may be changing soon, with the help of my therapist.
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Ceibus Featured By Owner May 26, 2018
Approximately one year since you announced your intention to start again.
Sorry I missed the anniversary.
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trs Featured By Owner May 29, 2018   Digital Artist
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trs Featured By Owner May 29, 2018   Digital Artist
Me in 2017: "At the time, I mentioned that I was working on a new site and trying to fight the feature creep. The creep being me, as my endless overthinking and redesigning turned a simple implementation into a development quagmire".

Me in 2018: "Maybe I should just rebuild the site in CakePHP?"

*proceeds to do so regardless of the lessons learned earlier*
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Ceibus Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2018
Your new goal is to continue the series before George RR Martin continues his.
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xenomorphjesus Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you have the old comic posted anywhere? I'd like to read it again!
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trs Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017   Digital Artist
I think it's actually still on comic genesis
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andwhyisit Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017
Comic Genesis isn't quite up to date with what you had before the hiatus. The most recent page is missing, as is a number of the revamped older pages. Plus there are also two or three instances of corrupted or broken images.

A zip file of the archive would be nice.
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wisejesse Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017
I absolutely loved your art and your story. It was one I missed a lot when it went away, and have been awaiting its return eagerly. My only advice- don't get all fancy-schmancy. Don't care if it's pencil sketches and inked out... just bring it to life again. Maybe give the old arc some closure before re-vamping it.
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trs Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017   Digital Artist
I'm kind of aiming initially for the sort of quality at the time when the comic started its decade-long hiatus, so nothing too fancy.
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andwhyisit Featured By Owner May 22, 2017
Yep. I've been waiting for Scare to return from the shops for 8 years now. Should I file a missing person's report?
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madscientist-42 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
Ah, good to see you're still working on getting back into the saddle with the comic and everything else.  Yes, another Vreakerz fan stumbling back into your life.  :D

As for tools, might I suggest Krita as well?  It's portable to all the OSes in the same way as Blender is for 3D- and it's got many brushes, tools, etc. showing up as tools of the trade for Cartoonists, made by Cartoonists.
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Flynn-the-Wurm Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The good things in life are never forgotten. :]
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boring7 Featured By Owner May 12, 2017
The art was pretty, and while I had constructive criticism about the plot it was more interesting than not.  
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:iconmadscientist-42:
madscientist-42 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
Indeed.  That's why I'm still "around" as well.
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CaptainThomas Featured By Owner May 12, 2017
Man, I loved Vreakerz and it was a sad day when the old archive became unavailable. But it's good to hear that you are still working on it..
Looking forward to seeing what you come up with
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Ceibus Featured By Owner May 11, 2017
One of the first webcomics I ever read with any regularity, and I've been checking up on it from time to time for many years now.
I know you may not like the old art, or even the old story (do you still favor that little Avril Foxxy bit?), but the archives are still hanging out on ComicGenesis. It seems like, at some point along the way, you decided you had a story that you wanted to tell, and the whole thing shifted from harmless to fascinating in a single page.

I look forward to seeing what you do with it in the future.
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trs Featured By Owner May 14, 2017   Digital Artist
Well, I'm currently rewriting some of the earlier chapters, so the Avril Foxxy part will be gone from the comic, I'm afraid. I'll probably make it available online somewhere, just not in the comic itself.

As far as ComicGenesis is concerned, that archive will probably be online as long as their servers are still running. I don't think that site is actually alive anymore? I can't seem to log into it anymore.
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andwhyisit Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017
The gate of manywhere is referenced many times later on in the comic. So will the rewrite be a different manywhere story, or will the gate of manywhere be written out altogether?
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madscientist-42 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
Seems like the thing's up right now- so people can still see it on the mirror accordingly for right now at least.
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SongofVictory Featured By Owner May 11, 2017
It's been that long? I'm not that old am I?
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madscientist-42 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
Sadly, yes, you probably are.  I've been making musings like that for a bit now...  Something about 5 decades plus on this Earth will do that to you.
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SeitoAkai Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Clip Studio Paint is amazing. Looking forward to seeing more Vreakers!
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Tri-M3000 Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Still remember. Its great to see what your doing. 


I personally moved back to CS6, sure you miss out on some things but i love not having to log in to use it. 

couple of things you might like to try with blender
a) you can paint the models by hand. There is a lot of repetition in the design and would only take one paint job repeated with a a grunge map to make everything distinct
b) if you light the models and bake the textures you can switch the view port to render and view it all its glory without needing a super computer.
c) click on the camera, on the properties menu data (camera icon) there you can set the view from the camera to orthographic too.
d) C key lets you select an area of things. scroll wheel makes it bigger smaller. left click select ... shift click deselect
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trs Featured By Owner May 14, 2017   Digital Artist
Thanks for the suggestions, I'll definitely try those out!
Using the C key way of selecting things is definitely more comfortable than trying to select each item by clicking on it, thanks.
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Tri-M3000 Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
always happy to help. If you ever could use help with i'm happy to take a look. 
Do wish blender had a starters manual ... just quick look down some note and ...
1) the dotted cube on the view menu (in editing mode past point, edge, face) lets you just select  front facing parts of the model.
B) Crtl+ "L" selects all connected parts of a mesh (to your current selection)
iii) alt + right click ... lets you select edge loops
# tab toggles edit mode
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Hzp Featured By Owner May 11, 2017
Amazing
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