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Inkblazers Shut Down

Sat Dec 20, 2014, 1:00 AM
Hey guys. I hope you are all doing well. I... am not...…

If you are on Inkblazers, you may have seen this post yesterday. It came out of nowhere and the authors on the site were not given a heads up by the site founder. While this is sad news for many, for some this is more than sad news. Some of us lost our jobs thanks to this, including myself.

And just a week before Christmas!

It's funny... last week things seemed to be looking up for me. My husband, who has been out of a job for half a year, finally found a job working the night shift for a company near our house. Up until now I had been the sole provider, relying on my very meager salary at Inkblazers to put food on the table. But with him having a job, I was confident 2015 was going to be great. 

And then this happened. Merry Christmas, me!

What This Means for FaLLEN:

FaLLEN is most certainly going to continue. However, I will no longer be able to make a living off my work for the foreseeable future, which either means I need to find another option online or I need to get a part time job. So what this means is that I won't be able to do 15 pages a month, which was a really hard schedule to keep up with this summer since I had to find side jobs to do while my husband was unemployed, and will be going back to doing two pages a week. For people on dA that is nothing new. I had already started work on Ch. 9, which I was excited to share on IB because it's a chapter with a LOT going on in it, but with the news of the site closing I'm just going to put ch. 9 on hold.

I need to take a break from drawing pages, so FaLLEN will go on hold until February, 2015. This will go into effect after I finish uploading the rest of Ch. 8. I have to finish the images for the calendar, I have to do the contest winners artwork that is WAY overdue, and I have to finish putting together the first volume of the graphic novel for publication. That may be pushed back a week or so, since Inkblazers was kind of responsible for screwing up my original print schedule when they kept getting my order wrong. I wasn't going to publicly blame them for that, but now that the site is gone my loyalties are also at breaking point.

I'm so frustrated. I was so loyal to Inkblazers... I sent everyone there. I got my Kickstarter pledgers subscriptions to the site... and now I have to tell them I can't offer what I promised them anymore. I am so embarrassed, so humiliated, and I feel so betrayed.

I quit my job and stopped accepting new job requests because of Inkblazers. I moved across the country from Tokyo to a town called Matsuyama, where job opportunities are few and far between thinking I had a secure job that would at least last me another year or two. I was promised and assured Inkblazers was doing well and had no reason to believe I would be unemployed by Christmas. But worst of all...

I was offered a serialization by a Japanese publisher and turned them down for Inkblazers.

And my loyalty (or should I say stupidity at this point?) is rewarded by being unceremoniously dumped for lack of funds. The site claims it was spending $65,000 a month to keep the site open. Clearly, the site was mismanaged. That money did NOT go to the authors. Until this summer, authors had a $20,000 pool we got paid from, and even if you consider staff salaries, I cannot figure out where the remaining money from the supposed $65,000 went. The site no longer advertised for authors, like it originally promised. It did not sponsor tables at conventions. The site made more money this year than it ever had, and somehow the site owners/investors decided the site was no longer profitable. As my friend put it, this is the result of "dumb money." I am so upset authors were not even privately consulted before the site was scrapped, I am absolutely disgusted and I feel completely abandoned right now. They treated me very poorly regarding my books a few weeks ago, and now this. I want to thank staffers Powil, Ashikai, Rogo, and Loom, though, for all their hard work with maintaining peace on the site. I know some of the friends I made on the site thought some of these guys were out to get them, but you have no idea what strings they pulled to help you all out. They were devoted to the site and were as shocked by the news as any of us, and probably hit harder than the majority of Premium authors on the site.

I am really thankful to the site being considerate enough to at least allow Premium authors a severance pay. That was very kind of them, but honestly... that was the least they could do for us considering the way this shutdown was handled. I would have taken the news better if they had at least given us a heads-up and said "financially, here's where we are" so authors would know not to turn away jobs and to consider alternatives.

Where Can I Read FaLLEN?

You can continue to read FaLLEN here on DeviantART, as well as on GMI and, most likely, on Tapastic once I get an account set up there. I want to thank GMI and Tapastic for reaching out to us IB authors in our time of need. The FaLLEN homepage, of course, will also be updated regularly even during the hiatus. I'll be posting updates regarding the books and I plan on reworking the profile pages during my down time. I'll have new artwork going up in January and I'll be reworking some older drawings, which will be fun. I'm just going to take it easy on the comicking front and figure out where to go from here.

To Kickstarter Pledgers

Obviously, the people who were getting subscriptions to IB are not going to be getting those subs. I already set a few people up but I'm not paying for subs to a dead site, so I am likely going to be canceling the arrangement I made with the site founder. Hopefully they won't bother pulling your subs but who even knows anymore. So instead, people who were going to get subs are now going to get an extra postcard of some sort, of my choosing. I know that is HARDLY a good reimbursement but I don't really have any alternatives I can give you all. This was just so unexpected... for everyone... I really can't emphasize that enough. So please please be understanding and forgiving that I am not able to set up subscriptions for my pledgers.

That's all I have to say on the subject. I'm mad, I'm sad, I'm tired. To everyone who followed FaLLEN on IB, thank you so much for your support. On behalf of IB, I am so sorry we let you down.

  • Mood: Rejected
  • Drinking: Coffee
UPDATED: 11/28/2014

We have passed the 200% stretch goal, so the novel for FaLLEN is also getting published alongside the comic! HOLY COW!! THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!

We are now into the final hour for the kickstarter, so this is the last chance for people to snag some of the merchandise available. 

And HAPPY THANKSGIVING to everyone in the US!…

FaLLEN Volume 1 Graphic Novel Cover Art by OgawaBurukku

FaLLEN Vol. 1 will include:
- full color cover
- two full-color insert illustrations
- 162 pages of FaLLEN comic (chapters 1-7)
- bonus 10 pages of an all-new comic side story that will ONLY be available to those who buy the book! It will NOT go online, ever!
- fan art gallery with winners/runner-ups from the 2014 FaLLEN Art Contest (and that prize art is getting worked on in November!!)
- sketch gallery with behind-the-scenes look at the origins and facts about Arma, Lamia, and Vox
- an afterword by me, as well as a thank you page to pledgers if the Kickstarter gets fully funded!

That's 190 interior pages all together!

There are many EXCLUSIVE rewards to pledgers, including:

- all new postcard set
- two brand new wall posters, one exclusive to the Kickstarter
- desktop wallpapers (exclusive!)
- special thanks mention in book
- PDF copy of book
- physical copy of book (of course!)
- charms (including brand new Maris and Vesta charms, very limited number!)
- 2015 calendar exclusive to this kickstarter
- Skype sessions with me for in-depth discussions about FaLLEN, comic-making, living in Japan, and personal/private critiques for budding artists with their own projects
- Lamia dakimakura, aka love pillow, case, double sided! All knew item for kickstarter!
- cameo appearances of you, your character, or loved one in the next FaLLEN book!
- PDF copy of the first FaLLEN novel-- get a sneak peak at what's to come before the comic gets there!
- a year's worth of sketchbook sketches just for you in your own private book
- a very personal poster commission of a FaLLEN character with one other character doing whatever you like, sent to you as a B2 wall poster!
- bookmarks
- iPhone cases
- actual comic pages from FaLLEN vol 1!…

Help me make my dream come true, and you will get some lovely prizes! I am currently taking suggestions for stretch goals!!

*spazzes out and falls to ground*

FaLLEN Vol. 1 Kickstarter Information by OgawaBurukku

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The Japanese printed chapters books 1-5 are available on Inkblazers's marketplace at the link below!

There are other things available, too, so check it out!


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  • Mood: Wow!
  • Drinking: Coffee

Journal History


Brooke Stephenson
Artist | Professional | Varied
My name is Brooke, age 31, and this is me with my plant Max in my greeeeen DA shirt. I live in Tokyo and have worked as a professional manga assistant off and on but am now trying to get my own work published. I also do a lot of freelance translating and artwork as well as publishing independently for comic shows, and I even did a quick stint as a storyboard artist for a kid's show in the US. Oh, and this is an old photo, I'm like really really fat now. Like a blowfish on steroids.

Check out my webcomic/webmanga FaLLEN! I work so hard on it ;_;


Current Residence: Matsuyama, Japan
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Men's small
Favourite genre of music: heavy metal and hard rock
Favourite style of art: manga
Operating System: Mac OSX
MP3 player of choice: iPod Nano Gen. 6 green!
Favourite cartoon character: Flower (Bambi) and Fifi (Tiny Toons)
Personal Quote: "Think of them as very well-rounded pectorals."


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cybervideo Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Figured you could use some Eva for a pick up. The people who did the ME!ME!ME! video just did a tribute video/trailer for the Eva 3.0 movie.…
OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner 2 hours ago  Professional General Artist
Ahhh refreshing!
cybervideo Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
I just found out that Rozen Maiden and Oh! My Goddess finished this year. I had no idea that they were even going. Apparently OMG had had the worst ending ever, and the fans aren't too pleased. Still, no idea that they'd been going on for 10 years.
OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
Wow, Oh My Goddess was over 25 years old I think. I can't believe it ended, but at the same time I think it should have ended a long time ago. That is one of those manga where I really REALLY want to like it because I love the artwork and I like the idea of goddesses manipulating the human world, but man oh man was that manga ever boring. I own several volumes but I can't say I liked many of them. In four books I only ever laughed out loud once (when Keiichi kisses Vesper the cat on the mouth) and most of the time I just kept going "why are we still tiptoeing around this relationship, they live together and are devoted to each other. A kiss should not induce storms of blushing in Keiichi or Belldandy!" Love the art, the characters were so-so, but there is only so much you can do with a cutesy romance like that. Plus, the idea of Belldandy being the perfect woman is kind of... well... old-fashioned. She had almost no personality, she was just "perfect". Ah well, at least they got married in the end (according to wikipedia) so I guess they can have sex now or whatever.

Rozen Maiden... I knew that was still published because I saw it in stores sometimes, but I have never read it and never seen the anime. It became a big thing just as I started to get tired of anime.
cybervideo Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
I had to look it up, and was shocked that it was made in '88. I never would have imagined that it was that many years old. Now I see why the fans were so frustrated, and called it the longest running series with zero character and relationship development. At least Tenchi Muyo! was only six years long. Even Ranma 1/2 was only nine. When it comes to harem anime, you want to see progress with the two leads who are meant to be together. But yeah, extremely old fashioned series. I liked the OVA just because it was short. It's such a huge difference in comparison to the newer series nowadays where the male lead is reserved, but the females are anything but.

Rozen Maiden I'd watched the first season, but not the second one. With all the other "battle" series out at the time like Pokemon, Digimon, Angelic Layer, this just seemed like one more to add to the list.
OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional General Artist
Inkblazers just announced they were closing their doors. I just got laid off basically. Weee...
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spacerogue Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry I'm late ! I quickly put a watch on you so I could browse your gallery at a better time, absolutely loving your works :D 
OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Late response, haha, but thank you so much! Glad to hear it :D 
AbalamAnderson Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
May I ask if you can give me your thoughts on my newest piece ? I Am Hate
I also sent you a Llama, Fav'd some of your work and I became a Watcher! :D
Also, if you have it; can you possibly donate a small share to me ? Clap 
Thanks a lot if you can!! La la la la 
OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Not quite what I was expecting, but I added my comment to your collection :D I couldn't say much since I primarily work in comics, but there ya go.
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