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*** Edit: This has been on my front page for a while, but it's been exposing a lot of people to independent publishing, so I've been keeping it up. ***

"So THAT'S why Pai's art flow has been so slow the last month or two!" Why yes, it is. And I'm already reverting to my usual habit of cranking out art like there's no tomorrow again 8D

I'M SURE YOU ALL don't REMEMBER THE PIECE OF WRITING I DID BACK IN NOVEMBER, DEMISE OF THE SPIRIT'S GUIDING LADY. Well. Back in February, I decided on the spur of the moment to turn it into a comic series. I figured, 'oh it's pretty short, and I've already got everything written and all the characters designed, why not?' Then things happened and pages started to fly out and it was decided that I was going to get it published, and... well... IT WAS! The zero-budget comic ended up being done in just six months (for the first couple months I was just treating it as a side-project, but if I'd known it was getting published it would've been completed a lot sooner xDD I REALLY worked during the summer though to crank out the rest before my self-assigned due date.), and it stretches 144 pages, and I gotta say I'm pretty proud of it... xD it's my first finished comic.

I'll also admit though that the actual process of publishing it was terrifying. I was SO nervous about screwing up; but after many, many hours last Saturday of Being Careful, I finally sent it out and it was clear for publishing by Sunday afternoon, and I just got in my first 10 copies today. With excellent timing, it also went through to Amazon today.

I'm shocked at how nice the actual books are. They're 186 pages ('cause the writing is included in there, too), almost the same width as a regular manga, but the pages are thin so it's a little on the small side.The double cover is printed really nicely and all the insides (printed on deliciously cream-colored paper) came out WAY nicer then I expected--especially the comic part.







The comic you can read for free here, at MangaMagazine.net. I joined the site a while back to support another friend who had a comic there, and eventually got really interested in the community and decided to start posting Demise there and see how things turned out. It has a lot of nice people on it, and if you enjoy making comics I encourage you to post a series there. My next comic will be up there, as well. 8D

I had the books published through CreateSpace after finding out about it from Lubrian, who published her book Hurricane Lane there (which I HIGHLY encourage you check out. I bought a copy of it, myself xD it's a great book). The process was extremely easy and stress free (aside from all the self-inflicted stress I kept putting on myself, of course), and it costed little to nothing, aside from the price of actually buying copies (horray for supporting zero-budget projects!). They do music and movies, too. And their terms are incredibly reasonable (I was so nervous when I made my account that I actually went through and read ALL their terms and agreements).

It's pretty crazy, trying to tell myself that I've published a book. It's pretty much been a dream of mine since I was a child to hold my own book, a book that I wrote, a book that was professionally printed and a book that people could buy. My mom had called me at work telling me that the books had come in, and I was just SO EXCITED, and kind of flabbergasted at the thought of, "My childhood dream is waiting for me in a package when I get home." She later said that when I opened the box and took out a copy I looked like I was going to cry xD I still can't really believe it. I keep picking it up and fingering through it and just sort of sitting there, staring at it.

Overall, this has been one heck of an exciting day xD  Oh, and you can actually get a copy here. I'm not really asking anyone to buy it, you really don't have to, but they're certainly there if you'd like one xD They're printed to order, so they'll never go out of stock.

And to end this extremely long journal, I shall leave you off with the obligatory GO READ QUASICAKE! 8D
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:iconacrotomicstudios:
AcrotomicStudios Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
So I've finally got a little time to myself, so I'm using it to snoop around people's pages that I never get a chance to check out. This is fantastic!! I knew I'd heard at some point you had an comic book out, but I guess I never realized there was a physical copy (also, I didn't know Amazon had all that self-publishing stuff, very cool). So... yep, now you've got me sucked in. I suspect I'll end up picking up the physical book too a bit later. :P

At any rate, this really is amazing. It's a huge deal. And I know I'm insanely late on this, but congratulations.
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applePAI Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014   Filmographer
Oh, yeah!
Thanks : D ... I... don't recommend reading the book though admittedly the art is painfully old and not great and the plot is rough and not well-paced, but  yeah, huge thanks!
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:iconacrotomicstudios:
AcrotomicStudios Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Haha, well the art just has a rough sketchy feel, which I happen to like a little too much for my own good, so it works for me. Definitely still gonna read it.
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014   Filmographer
Boo, fine xD I can bring you a copy to the game shop if you'd prefer that versus buying online O:
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:iconacrotomicstudios:
AcrotomicStudios Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Lol, okiedoke ^.^
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:iconbethany-sensei:
Bethany-sensei Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
What trim size did you use? Curious, since I'm having the worst time formatting the magazine interior...
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012   Filmographer
5.25" x 8"
The site I published on actually has a whole bunch of templates for different formatting sizes. I could see if I could try and find them again, if you like? : D Even just for reference, they're pretty useful.
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:iconbethany-sensei:
Bethany-sensei Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Just got it sorted out. I mean, obviously, right? ^^;
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012   Filmographer
XD all's well!
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:iconnebula3124:
Nebula3124 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Nice job on getting your book published. I hope you do well selling it!
Best Regards,
Nebula3124
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Filmographer
Thank you very much! I appreciate it.
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:iconmrmoustache88:
MrMoustache88 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is awesome! Congratulations on the success :)
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012   Filmographer
Thank you so much! : D
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:iconnotensmsk:
NotenSMSK Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations to you! I am really happy to see that you managed to fulfill your dream and in such a short time as well (although I can imagine both the stress and anxiety a person has to go through) I myself am working on a book but it is a bit... well risky as in I dunno what response to get ^^; your comic actually seems quite good from the pages that you have displayed as sample... I hope to buy it but probably won't be able to anytime soon ^^; anyways good luck to you!
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   Filmographer
Thank you! : D It's fine, you don't have to buy it, aha. I wish you luck with your book as well!
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NotenSMSK Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You are very welcome :) do you plan on making more comics?
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   Filmographer
Indeed! : D I actually been nose-deep in development work on my next comic these past few weeks, and I'm going to be releasing it early next year.
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:iconnotensmsk:
NotenSMSK Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I see! Since you have more experience than I have, it would sound strange but don't try to rush it :) take your time! I do hope to see your name among good comic writers in some years... perhaps 4 to 5 years :aww:
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   Filmographer
Heh, don't you worry ;D this comic has been in development for almost five years now.
>u< it could happen!
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NotenSMSK Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
5 years? Well that is long enough! I have worked on books for that long so I know :D and yes it could ^^
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   Filmographer
I'm not going to lie, the concept was horrible when I first started it (since I was... about 13 at the time), but it's at a point now where I think it... doesn't suck XD
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flynfreako Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
That's so awesome! :D I'll probably do that too, hopefully by this time next year XD
I just have one question... how's the biding at that publisher? :0 I've had bad experiences with some >.<;, like pages falling out after awhile and stuff....
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012   Filmographer
Awesome! : D
Mm, the binding seems pretty sturdy to me. I haven't heard anything about pages falling out, and I have several other books from the same publisher that friends have made, and they've all stayed in pretty well. My first batch of books had really round binding, although after that they were all printed pretty square.
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hopelessromantic721 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   Traditional Artist
Oh wow...its amazing hearing stories like this on DA 8D ITS A DREAM COME TRUE~ I hope to read it myself one day >W<~
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   Filmographer
;v; it was pretty exciting.
I'd be honored if you read it!
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:iconhopelessromantic721:
hopelessromantic721 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   Traditional Artist
:iconexcitedplz: YAY~ I shall~
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:iconmino-detechun:
Mino-Detechun Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I WANT TO BUY ONE BUT I HAVE NO MONEY >: O I WILL BUY ONENEXT MONTH hahahaha :iconragefaceplz:
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012   Filmographer
x'D I'd be honored if you did!
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:iconmino-detechun:
Mino-Detechun Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG THATS SO AWESOME!! SO HAPPY FOR YOU! >: D Hey btw, long time no see how's it going!?
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012   Filmographer
Aah, thank you so much :'D

8D long time no see indeed! I've been doing pretty okay. How about you?
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:iconmino-detechun:
Mino-Detechun Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Im good! Just ya'know lots of homework : O
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012   Filmographer
Mm, mm, homework sucks.
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:iconmino-detechun:
Mino-Detechun Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ikr! Im falling behind so I have to do all my hm this weekend : O NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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marchingangel123 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Artist
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   Filmographer
: D
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:iconreveia:
Reveia Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW~ congratulations!~ what an accomplishment! You sound so happy~ and that's really sweet >U<!
How much did the book cost roughly to finish oAo?
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012   Filmographer
Thank you so much! :'D

It was pretty much free to publish xD I just have to pay for my own copies if I want any.
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DustSketches Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*wohrships pai*
Pai you are amezing!!!!! SO GOOD!!! >/////<
I just thought you were just drawing a simple manga but not that you actually PUBLISHED it!!!!! damn I feelso honored to know you :'-)

thank you for letting me assist your awesome livestreams >////<
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012   Filmographer
ahuifjdkfsdg--
AAH THANK YOU ;v;;; Ifeelhonoredtoknowyoutoo<3

pffth, thank you for COMING to my livestreams xDD
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:icondustsketches:
DustSketches Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how could I NOT come !!!!!!!

I like watching you draw >////<
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012   Filmographer
;v;;;;
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:iconkokokanella:
kokokanella Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
PAI YOU ARE SO COOL WOW NO SERIOUSLY THIS IS REALLY COOL SENPAI TEACH ME HOW TO MAKE AWESOME STORIES LIKE YOU //WEEP good luck with sales /weeeeeeeeeeeep <3
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012   Filmographer
shfuigjnk AAH THANK YOUUUU SO MUCH ;v;;;;;
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:icontaeldra:
Taeldra Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woe congratulations! This is good to know, as my friends and I are currently working on an anthology that we'd like to eventually publish. :3
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012   Filmographer
Thanks! ^^
Oooh, that's exciting! I wish you luck : D I highly recommend this publisher, too~
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Elokoin Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I congratulate you PAI! That must have been some excitement you went through to read a whole terms and agreement page. I can't even get past the first paragraph of those things at all. It's okay if you want to cry out of sheer hapiness, we would understand why. After all your childhood dream has been fulfilled.
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012   Filmographer
Thank you so much! Aha, it was more nerves, if anything, but after I got over all of the tougher parts thing began to shift more to excitement. The ending really was a great feeling, and very rewarding for all the work and stress I went through to make it.
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:iconelokoin:
Elokoin Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're quite welcome PAI. At least you have the time to do this kind of stuff. I wish I could run off and do that kind of stuff.
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:iconbethany-sensei:
Bethany-sensei Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Isn't this the series you're contributing for GANBATTE! Magazine? :XD:
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:iconapplepai:
applePAI Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012   Filmographer
That's right \ o /
oh, speaking of which, I forgot to send back the paperwork, dammit-- *GOES TO DO SO/has had it filled out*
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