Good morning readers, today is going to be my last post for this year as I will be hopping on a plane to Japan on Wednesday for nearly 3 months. I wanted to share some updates with you, and inform you all of some upcoming changes and events taking place next year.
First off, my proof reader is seriously behind schedule for the last two volumes of Jinimaru Folklore, and whilst Specimen G-13 is nearly complete, it will not be handed over to my proof reader until they finish what I have already given them. The delays on the last two volumes will cause other books in the Jinimaru series to be delayed. The last volume of Subject 218 will be released as planned as a separate proof reader handles that series.
Next on the list is changes to the website; I installed a security feature to the site which reset all of the username registrations, as it too had been exploited by bots. False registrations have since stopped, so I apologise if your user got deleted in this process, and it is now possible to register again. The subscription feature will return when I give the site a face-lift next year when I get back from Japan. Ah yes, I am redesigning the website layout and graphics to make it more efficient and user friendly. The current layout works well but it isn’t quite clear on where you need to go for artwork Commissions or where to view our bookstore besides on the individual story pages. With the new layout I will also be replacing the artwork for the banner, and inserting more images into the individual pages as well.
Finally, the events; next year I will be attending ComicCon again, but I will be sharing my table with my sister who specialises in photorealistic portraits of celebrities. We have yet to decide if we will be at the Birmingham event in November or if we stick with the London event in October like last time, if we could, we would like to attend two conventions next year. Some more thought on that one, but I can confirm that we will be attending at least one of them.
Thanks again for your continued support and patience. I hope that you will enjoy the new look to the site when I come back, and enjoy the books currently on offer. Remember: epubs are available for all of our work, and cost only £1.99.
Hey all, just posting a little update before I head off to Japan in 2 weeks. Basically, my subscriber feature was being exploited by hackers who tried to plant malicious content on the site (which has now been solved). I advise you to unsubscribe by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link found in the email you received this update on, as I do not know if the hackers obtained any email addresses. After having this site for about 6 years I have never been hacked once, but just one week after ComicCon an attempt gets made. This cannot be a coincidence. The hackers location was approximately in Russia according to my sites firewall, and if an attempt is made again from this location I will be forced to block all access to the site for those in Russia.
I am looking into alternative options for the subscription service, but for the time being I advise you just bookmark the website or follow the Facebook page. I apologise for any inconvenience caused to you all, but I have acted on the hacking attempt as quickly as I could.
Time for a quick status update for you all!
Volume 3 and 4 of Jinimaru Folklore are finished, all artwork is ready, but my proof reader has not been able to complete their side of the production, so they will not be available for print or EPUB this month. I will keep prodding them so I can at least get them printed on time for the convention, but it is looking highly unlikely that volume 4 will be done by then.
I am also rescheduling volume 3 of Subject 218 for next year, as I want to work more on Specimen G-13 and another, more personal, book that I have been advised to do.
So thank you so much for your patience, and I will hopefully have a better update next month before the convention!
I’m 25 today…yaaaay!
Nothing much to announce yet besides the fact the Fufe sculpture is finally finished, and that I am once again having serious issues focusing on my writing and drawing work…it’s not good, but at least I get something readable done now and then…just not enough to get a whole book published.
Sickness, procrastination, lack of motivation, changes in my time schedule and the addition of a new kitty to the family has all been flooding my writing time or damaging it…let us hope this sea of madness soon subsides!
So thanks for the support and patience, and for sticking by me for another year!
In other news; the Archaeopteryx avatars got updated on Secondlife as have the Pterosaurs, the Fufe is now available as an avatar and the Transformers avatars are back up under my partner Cid Huckleberry’s shop (you can find it by searching for him under ‘merchants’) so there are at least a few other things to update you about!
I haven’t done any real work on the website lately, but have been working on the sculptures, paintings, drawings and writing work!
So this month I am giving you a little preview of the sculpture work again, and a snippet from The Jinimaru Chronicles: Alpha (also known as the Jinimaru Guide).
Fufe is nearly done!
That’s the sculpture preview, now it’s time for a snippet from a book!
Spain, South-West America and Mexico: Zu’maru
The Zu’maru (roughly translated to ‘despised cat’) is one of 3 Jinimaru breeds with obscure behaviour and body features; the tail-tip and mane of the Zu’maru is comprised of three colours, and is one of the shiniest furs in any breed, that when light reflects from this fur it appears as if the Zu’maru mane and tail is on fire. Zu’maru also behaves more dog-like and can be heard ‘barking’, though genealogical testing has ruled out any chance of the Zu’maru being in the same boat as Ta’nuhk and can safely be called Felines.
Individuals within this breed are only seen in red, brown or orange, with spots in a slightly different shade to the base fur colour. The mane and tail-tip of all Zu’maru is a blend of gold, orange and red though some individuals may be born with full-brown manes and tails. Zu’maru also exhibit genetic abnormalities more than any other breed, such as albinism (total whiteness of fur and mane, with red eyes) and heterochromia (one eye colour that is different to the other eye).
Whilst many cultures find Jinimaru a nuisance the Zu’maru is seen as one of the most hated breed of the species due to its behaviour around Humans and their settlements. Maru of all types have been known to kill livestock for food should Humans build too close to their territory, however the Zu’maru is known to simply kill domestic animals for sport instead of satisfying its hunger, and are infamously known for attacking Humans on sight.
Fact: N’iota from the Compilation book is a Zu’maru.
~ Thomas Edwards
No, this isn’t a Sherlock episode! I have been busy with a lot of writing, sculpting and SecondLife buildings but completely forgot to make an update to the website. I have since corrected this. (By the way, I really do like Sherlock. A lot.)
Here’s the latest piece I’ve been working on in the real-world of sculpting! It’s that little pink Dragon you might see in the Website banner now and then (I call him a Fufe). The sculpting of this dragon is for future references when I begin Apocalypse Blue’s major writing process, since this Dragon type is very important to the story.
I’ll post new images of the sculpture as it gets finished! Sorry about the wait, I had to update the whole website after a server change.
We were down for a short period due to technical difficulties, but everything (hopefully) should be in working order again.
Concept art for the Jinimaru Chronicles is in progress. 5 out of 12 from Omega are finished. 1 out of 6 from Beta are finished. None of Alpha are finished yet.
Other concept art all have 1 or 2 images finished per story.
For more details on the work in progress for the site and fan-related, please visit zuperbuu.deviantart.com