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Excerpt: Ki-Chan Book #2: Zodiac Dreams

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(NOTE: A recurring theme of Book #2 is that Ti-Chan accidentally discovers a brand new power, the ability to travel into Ki-Chan's dreams. Here, he makes his second trip by mistake, and at this stage, hasn't told anyone about this new power. As noted in the last book, the current Humanesques share their bodies with beings known as the Zodiac Soldiers. Ti-Chan is about to meet the duo he and Ki-Chan were patterned after. An enemy from Basheeba's past is linked with Mindy, but we will see them in a future book. FOr now, let's head into a rough introduction!)

It’s early in the morning on Sunday. Ti-Chan is sound asleep in bed, rolling over onto his right side. In his dreams, he is back in a black room as he was months ago, but now he finds a small light. Running into the light, he finds it is peeking through from behind a giant boulder. Using all of his energy to push the boulder aside, he reveals an opening to a great, grassy field.

Ti-Chan: Where am I? This isn’t Chichi…

Drakeo Ki-Chan Sketch

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It's been a rough week for me, so seeing this peek back at me in my inbox really turned my frown upside down.

My loyal friend Drakeo surprised me this week with a sketch of Ki-Chan, flashing a smile mid-fight, with her curls all tousled and her fist glowing. ^_^

Her smile reminds me of the title character in Steven Universe, have you seen that show yet? The show is billed as a children's program, but it's deeper than most adult shows on television, and has similar, saturated sugar colors to the anime No Game No Life, which has a prequel movie hitting theaters pretty soon in America.

Getting back to Drakeo, his inspirations have been George Perez, John Romita JR, Steve Ditko, Ron Frenz, Joe Madureira, Ed McGuinness and Jack Kirby. You can follow him on Twitter and tell him I sent you!

Year One

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One year ago today, I launched www.ki-chan.org, launched a new Facebook page, and decided to turn 21 years of dreams and loose sketches, into a book series.
One year ago today, I swallowed my fear and anxiety so I could share with the world something so private, I couldn't even tell my closest friends about it.
One year ago today, I decided to prepare myself to launch that November a 185 page light novel, about an eighteen year old girl with a yellow baseball cap, a speech impediment and a dark past, sent by alien gods to fight demons.
One year ago today, I decided that I wanted to like the person starring me back in the mirror each morning, and the first step I had to take was in sharing my dream with the world.
One year ago today, I decided to take control of my future.
Today, I am celebrating the anniversary of the day my childhood dreams took flight.
... Literally. 
In one year, not only has Ki-Chan: Demon Hunter been published in four formats to Amazon, CreateSpace and for K…

Chester on a 16 year old's afternoon

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I drew the above sketch on notebook paper back in 2003, and I remember exactly every stroke of the pen and what was going on in my head.
I was listening to Linkin Park on the radio.
I was an angsty teenager with limited power over my own life, so I drowned that anguish into music and video games. Linkin Park speaks to most of us from broken families and tattered dreams because the lyrics in their songs strike the self loathing, self destructive cord we often want to scream at one or the other parent, or in other cases, because we fight the hardest, pull the most weight and yet come up empty handed in life.
On this such afternoon sometime in 2003, I was imploding.
I had gotten into my umpteenth fight with my father, who looking back, was probably going through his third puberty. (We call this a midlife crisis, boys and girls.) Apparently when I asked him why he blew through an entire loaf of bread that was supposed to feed the whole family for a week, I was being "disrespectful&q…

Update on Ki-Chan: NEW STUFF!!

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Hey #YellowCapperZ it's time for an update!
As I write this, I have just crossed my 71,000th word in Ki-Chan: Demon Hunter Book #2, and I am STILL not done. But I am on the last chapter, so I'm still on target. Once the last chapter is finished, it's time for finishing the art and then I can give you guys an exact release date. 
I'll be hosting a Facebook release party for Book #2, so consider yourself invited! Details will be coming after the last chapter artwork is finished, so I'll post the link and such on this blog. Make sure you subscribe for my updates.
Speaking of artwork, the fourth chapter has an epic pajama battle. I'll be releasing new artwork for everyone's pajamas, but just to whet your appetite, here's Kameko and Lily's bedroom wear:
I wanted to make the pajama costumes fun, but I think I had the most fun coming up with new hairstyles for Kameko and Lily.
And speaking of new art, yesterday, I added a little art from the book, along w…

Excerpt: Rumble in the Courtyard (Ki-Chan: Demon Hunter Book #2)

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NOTE: This is an excerpt from the third chapter of Ki-Chan: Demon Hunter Book #2. At this point, only Ki-Chan's group can see that there's something otherworldly about Mindy, the British-Japanese student who sits next to Ki-Chan at their new college. The blonde vixen has her sights set on Ti-Chan, much to his chagrin. But despite the fact that he has tried to report Mindy's sexual harassment to school faculty, only Ki-Chan, Techno, Kameko, Ruey, Cecil, Violet and Lily believe him. What's more is that Mindy has been targeting Ki-Chan, and has just unleashed word to everyone in school about Ki-Chan's past and has been doing her best to expose her powers to everyone. The two have already had one fight, but only Ki-Chan is finding herself in trouble. This excerpt picks up where a crowd is forming around Ki-Chan during P.E. as Ti-Chan tries to fight through the crowd to get to her before anything happens.

Mindy: Why look, it’s our dearest Ti-Chan! Step aside ladies and …