Progress Report!

Good day to you, readers! It’s time once again for an update.

As previously mentioned in the last update the Jinimaru Folklore stories are well underway, and all is progressing smoothly towards the deadline for the 1st of July. The guide is also almost ready, so by the end of July the first whole series will be available for physical printing. EPUB versions will come out sometime at the end of the year.
Next on the agenda is the website. I have made some artwork for it, and have begun tidying up the pages as well as started adding new ones like a tutorials page (which are under construction).
Okay, now onto the big thing; Comic-Con.
I have been working on the books as well as other arts and crafts for many years now, only ever selling one or two items at a time because I didn’t feel ready to put it out there, but that is changing. This October, I will be attending Comic-Con as not just a regular con-goer, but also as a seller in Artists Alley. As of this moment I have a brief list of what will be available, what day I hope to attend as a seller, and very rough pricing.

 Jinimaru Folklore (Each)Jinimaru GuidePrints (286 x 439 mm)Jinimaru Cosplay Tails (Each)Convention Commission
Price at the Convention£3.99£6.99£9.99£5 to £10£5 to £10
Price Elsewhere£4.50£8.99£12.99N/A (Con exclusive)Commission prices vary

I intend on having a stall on the Friday or Saturday, as my family and I have a long drive back home on Sunday evening and we want to beat the traffic. I will be in cosplay throughout the entire convention as a character from one of the books, but right now I have nothing to even tease which it will be. It is a Jinimaru character though.

I look forward to the release of the series, and attending Comic-Con at the end of the year! To those already attending the May London Comic-Con, I hope to see you in October!

 

Thomas

Revisions take soooooo long!

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Hello again Readers!

Well, Volume 1 of Jinimaru Folklore is available, as are the first two volumes for Subject 218 (Tales of Tim), however I noticed an error in Volume 2 of Subject 218, nothing major but it still irks me a lot, I have already fixed the print version but the EPUB still has the error and needs reformatting since I accidentally deleted the EPUB files (oops!) For now, only volume 1 is available in EPUB.

Next on the agenda is Jinimaru Folklore and the infamous Guide (that takes forever to do). Volume 2 of Jinimaru Folklore is currently being proof-read, and after a day or so of editing after the proofing process it will be made available for print as well. Volume 3 and 4 are half-written but I intend on getting them done ASAP so they can be proof-read in time for the end of July. As for the guide? That is perfectly fine, it just needs the rest of the artwork! As usual though I am juggling too many tasks at the same time, so once I have the short stories proof-read I will return to doing the missing artwork for the guide, get that published, and then make the artwork for the interiors of volume 3 and 4. All books currently in progress now have their cover arts finished, and can be seen on their relevant novel pages as well as the gallery.

Thanks for being patient, as always!

Thomas

Jinimaru Folklore has begun!

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Greetings readers! I have some great news!

As you may have noticed, I recently added a countdown widget to the sidebar of the website, which is currently counting down to Subject 218’s first two volumes. Well, that’s just the start of the good news; Jinimaru Folklore Volume 1 is finished and is now available for print. However, I would advise waiting a little bit longer before grabbing a copy, as I am not far off finishing A Beginners Guide to Jinimaru and I am currently looking into ways for you lovely folks to grab the first Folklore story when you get the Guide for a discounted price. Of course I can’t promise this, it’s just what I want to be able to do.
Volume 2 of the Folklore stories is finished but is missing its artwork. I will be placing it up for print shortly after the Guide is finished, that I am certain of. The Guide is missing 10 of the 16 Jinimaru breed drawings, two anatomy sketches, plus a whole bunch of old artwork from 1999 that I finally found after months of frantic digging around in my old school textbooks (yes, I still have them!)

I am still working on redesigning the website. Remember; all current Headers are temporary. I am making unique artwork for the site that won’t be used in my books or anywhere else! I was going to prioritise the site graphics over the Guide, but I can’t bring myself to do that. Both will be getting worked on at the same time!

Thanks for being so patient, I really hope you enjoy the books. They’ve been a tough labour of love for me, and now I can finally share them with the world. I’ve hit a lot of bumps along the way, and done a lot of things I wasn’t happy doing, but to get a physical copy of one of my childhood dreams in my hands? That’s just something I have always wanted to do. So go out there, reader; chase your dreams. It might be difficult, but if you want that dream bad enough, you’ll pull through.

Thomas

New Server!

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Hey again! Well, I migrated the website to a new server, and all is smooth so far. I am going to be completely overhauling the look and feel of the site over the next few months, but for now everything is functioning as intended.

You can now purchase physical copies of the Subject 218 books, the EPUB versions will be a little longer, as they need to get approval from LuLu before distribution.

Thanks for being patient!

Thomas

Volume 1 of the Tales of Tim series!

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Here we go again!

I received my first test prints of the books, and whilst I loved how they looked I felt there was some room to improve them. I have already corrected Operation: HUNT DOWN and have officially released it from the depths of my brain-closet for you to enjoy. Or maybe take Tim’s advice if you don’t like it, and burn it. I’m sure he’d really like either of those options.

You can buy a physical copy of Volume 1, or an EPUB version, on various online book stores. You can also go direct to my page at LuLu and grab it from the source, which I would recommend since they offer some great discounts on their printing.
If you notice anything I may have missed in any of my books, be it a typo or random additional space between words, please let me know; I combed over the books for nearly three months but I am not perfect, but still wish for my works to be. Future books already have a proof-reader on board now, no more waiting a year just to get a book out of the draft stage!

I am already working on getting the new changes made to Code-name: BLOODHOUND so that it too can be made available in the store. I have also renamed the series to “Subject 218” to make it look less cluttered on the covers, but it can still be referred to as either.

Thomas

First Published Books, and More!

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Greetings viewers (and soon to be readers, I hope!)

First and foremost, I want to thank you for your patience; it’s been a rough few years, both in writing and in my daily life, but progress is finally starting to show.
The website is still hosted on an inferior server, but this is temporary and I am still looking for a better alternative. In the meantime, please expect a reduction in images on display, and files for download.
Now, onto the crux of the topic; the first books!

If you’re a regular on the site, you may have noticed some significant changes to the Novel pages…let me explain these first before talking about the actual books themselves.

  • Novel pages that have more than one volume in the subject, are now listed in chronological order.
  • Chapter previews have been replaced by Reading Requirements and Recommendations; this is to help make your reading easier, or to prepare you for how the book is written.
  • Story briefs are written under their chronology, unless they are one single story, in which they do not have a chronology section and just have a story brief.
  • The year the book was released, or is scheduled for release, is now found by their title. If there is no scheduled release date, a TBC (To be Confirmed) will be there instead.
  • All images have been removed from the pages, as have the character biographies; many of these contained spoilers, or I am in the process of redrawing them all. They will return eventually.

Okay! Now the publishing side…as previously stated on The Tale of Tim page (formerly HUNT DOWN) it was due to be the first published book that isn’t a children’s novel, and this remained true. Both volumes of this story are available for both EPUB and physical purchase (or will be very soon), so please feel free to take a look. You can go direct to the books purchase page by clicking the title of the volume you want on the Series page.
Next on the roster are the first 3 volumes of Jinimaru Folklore, plus A Beginners Guide to Jinimaru, but they all need artwork and at the moment I am prioritising artwork for the website, so they will likely not be out until later this year.

Thank you again for being very, VERY, patient…and enjoy the books!

Thomas

Refreshing refresh of the site!

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Well, kinda…the site got a clean-up and the store finally works, but I had to scrap the newsletter completely to make enough space for it. When I am given a bigger disk space I will gladly return it to our services.

…and our Second Life vendors got a refresh as well! Check it out!

If you want to help me get more disk space, allowing me to upload more products, then please feel free to either purchase what is already on sale or donate to me through paypal.

All funds raised go towards upgrading the disk space, keeping the site running and uploading more avatars to Second Life at affordable prices.
Thank you!

~Zuperbuu

Closure of Second Life services

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I regret to inform all Zuperbuu Works followers on Second Life that I will no longer be making complete avatars. On the odd occasion I may provide rigged-mesh parts for users to purchase, or texture mods, but this will become a very rare thing.
There are various reasons as to why I am cutting the service. These include the following:

1. Time. This is the main reason; I can no longer juggle this many services by myself, and must dedicate as much of my time as possible to getting a book finished. How long it is taking is getting rather ridiculous.

2. Management Issues. I use to have several staff on Second Life but they have all since dispersed without notice, once again leaving me to juggle their assignments as well as my own, and as I have lost contact with several staff on Second Life I cannot hand over management over to them.

3. Funding. I was informed repeatedly by other staff and clients alike that they worried about my financial situations, yet raising the prices of my Second Life goods was a big no-no. Since Second Life services yield poor income over potential other areas I have decided to end said service to focus on something else I may stand a chance at getting a real “paycheck” with.

4. Real Life and Social Life. Similar in nature to Time. I have a lot of other things I could be doing that I find more enjoyable than getting trapped in a virtual world…like play video games with friends and family and watch movies with them. Unfortunately I found Second Life sucked out a HUGE chunk of my social life in the past and when I limited myself to a few hours a day on it I spent all my time building on it instead of balancing it with socialising.

So there you have it. Until further notice I am ending all avatar builds on Second Life and limiting my hours on it to 2 hours at most at any time I choose to go on it.
I thank all my followers on the service for their kind words of motivation and their amazing levels of patience, and hope to one day return to creating goods for them once all the above reasons have settled.

~ Thomas Edwards

Updates for Avatars.ect

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After long hours and many days working on the mesh Jinimaru Avatar update, the Second Life program continues to distort and ruin my meshes and textures, destroying the quality of the work and time I put into them.
Because of this massive setback I have scrapped the previous models and am now working on newer meshes with fewer polys in hope that they will turn out exactly as they should do in the Second Life world. Updates to anything related to meshes, artwork and sculpture will as always be found on our Tumblr blog.

I am also still in the process of setting up costume commissions, though cannot say when they will be available. I am still finishing off the example pieces and calculating delivery costs for specific items and combinations of items. As usual, artwork commissions are open and available; please e-mail me here for inquiries and remember you can always check out the Tumblr Blog for examples of my work.

The first written piece of work is completed; The Jinimaru Guide has all of its pages written, it just lacks artwork and needs proof-reading. It will not be released on its own but will be released alongside the first novel (the Compilation) which I hope to sell together for £15 (approx).

The Newsletter is still down whilst I work out the bugs of it sending 2 messages instead of 1, and adding the new artwork.

Thanks for being patient and hopefully should get this first work done before the year is out!

External links updated!

As you might have noticed in the top menu of the website, the “External Links & Commissions” option has been replaced with “Contact Us & Connect”. Don’t let the change in title confuse you, it’s the exact same page with some major changes and a slight name rework!

You can now find on the page:

Links to our 3 stores
Links to the fan-art blog and Archive of Our Own page
Fixed link to the Official Youtube page

Those aside, there has been nothing new added or corrected on the page. This was a little update fed out to prepare for the really big update coming in a few weeks time, so keep your eyes peeled and subscribe to our newsletter!

Thomas Edwards