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To Kill a Dragon GN CoverTo Kill a Dragon GN Cover

Fox Den is going to be publishing the GN of to Kill a Dragon this fall so I sat down and whipped up a new cover for the collected version. Did it as a watercolor since my computer was down for 1/2 the week. Hoping to premier it at APE 2015 this year.

Here's the final version. ^.^

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The long awaited last issue of 'To Kill a Dragon' is now up on ComiXology. Come Check it out!

To Kill a Dragon #4

To Kill a Dragon #4
Written by: Christina "Smudge" Hanson
Art by: Christina "Smudge" Hanson
Price: $0.99

Conclusion! After Benard's death, Nadine makes a mad dash to find help. Meanwhile, the half-dragon rushed to face Veniamin head long inside Nadine's apple orchard. It's a battle of magics and wits with the winner walking away alive.

Buy now on comiXology!

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It has officially opened, the We Love Fine D&D Neverwinter Design Contest is open to rating it's entries.

WeLoveFine D&D Neverwinter Design Contest

I have really high hopes for my 4 designs. Though if I loose to RedMorpho's Boo I will totally not cry. They are awesome and I'd sure like one on my shirt.

Anyways - come rate my designs at We Love Fine!

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My new plugin, SMEW Comic Easel ♥ s2Member, is now available on the WordPress.org Plugin Directory. It's designed to let you integrate Comic Easel with s2Member for drip feeding of webcomics. Free to use and enjoy!

Because the comic weasel said so!

Comic Easel

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We are so happy to announce that 'To Kill a Dragon' is now available on on http://www.smudgemarks-engelwerks.com! It will be posting 3 days a week from now until the end of the 4 issue miniseries. While you can read the entire story for free, we also are offering a subscription version (for 99¢ a month via PayPal) that gets you +1 week access and larger/higher definition images of the pages and no adds.

We hope you all enjoy!

To Kill A Dragon, Part 1, Cover

To Kill A Dragon, Part 1, Cover

To Kill a Dragon

After a devastating attack by the assassin Veniamin on the King's airship, a lone survivor wakes up confused and mute after falling into Nadine's apple orchard. With the entire kingdom in an uproar, only this strange, quiet man holds any knowledge on what happened that day and where the Great Dragon 7th, the assassin's real target, has disappeared to. Now both friend and foe want him, and the race is on to who can find him first.
4 issue miniseries, full color
Fantasy/Drama
by Christina "Smudge" Hanson
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Well, yeah. It was bound to happen.

I, Smudge, have fallen behind in my work schedule again. Nothing bad, really. Just over booked myself then the holidays started. Will post a couple of sketches and such on Friday to the various sites that host but the last issue (which will be oversize) will hopefully be posted at the beginning of January.

I also completely face-planted on NaNoWriMo this year. Part of the issue there is that I was assuming I would have ‘To Kill a Dragon’ done by the beginning of November. BWAHAHAHA, silly me. So, yeah. I’ll get back to that once the comic is done.

Anyways, just wanted to give you all a heads up on things happening here.

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Sorry things have been quite here lately. Mostly it’s due to having our noses to the grindstone.

Baron’s been working hard getting commissions done while getting work together for FC next year. Will post new stuff on that, hopefully, Monday.

As for me, Smudge, Fox Den and I have got ‘the Keeper’s Warrior’ edits in the can and hope to have the proof copy from the printer any day now. ePub version will also be released at the same time so you have your choice of digital or dead trees. Oh, and I was able to include all the art in the digital version too. It was a pain, but I think it will be well worth it in the long run.

To ‘Kill a Dragon’ is still chugging along. I’m in talks with MadeFire, a comic app, to have it posted there.

And last but not least, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year. Mostly to try and kick me outta my mental block when it comes to writing. This past few years have not been good to me stress wise and it means that my writing creative juices are not only not flowing, but acting like molasses… in Montana … during winter. And before you ask, ‘To Kill a Dragon’, story-wise, has been sitting on my desk complete for nearly ten years. But with luck, and a little nudge, now that the worst of the stress is off me, I can get things not only going again, but completed.

I’ve decided this year, I’m going to get Dis’ tale done. Right now, it’s under the working title of ‘the Inn of the Cat’, but I am hoping to find something better. After all, the current title, while descriptive, is pretty dang common. Wish me luck!



the Inn of the Cat

DisLoungingAround

Dis was a wanderer, but not by choice. All he wants is a place to call home. And he finally thought he’d found it, in a small inn run by Edio within the bustling trade city of Daleport. Yet, politics, the coming of a new lordship for the city and fear are threaten to, yet again, force him to flee. After all, it’s hard to be a magical being in a city that faces any magic with torches and pitch-forks.


SmudgeDragon on NaNoWriMo

Current word count: 1770

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Just a heads up ~ Radio Comix (Smudge’s Publisher for BMI, Ebin & May, Liberty from Hell) is having a big clearance sale.



Super End of Summer Warehouse Blowout Sale on the Radio Comix Online store!

It’s too hot to do inventory, and we wanna clear out some boxes from storage so you get bargains galore! Discounts from 15%-50% on comics, graphic novels, back issues and more! Everything from furry to anthro to manga to yaoi to adult, every genre is on sale!


If you ever wanted to get your hands on hard copies of these, now’s the time to do it. ^.^

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It's been a rough Memorial Day weekend here. This past weekend, we had a family emergency which resulted in Baron and I having to drive to Reno on extremely short notice. We're back in town, but this is going to drag on for a bit, so please bare with us.

I can't say much more except that both of us are feeling emotionally drained right now. Drained and resigned to the situation.

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The Keeper's Warrior CoverThe Keeper’s Warrior Cover

Keeper and Warrior discuss the practicalities of a wooden amulet they have made. It maybe small, but where Warrior is going, it might mean the difference between wining and loosing.

Woot – and now the cover’s done for “the Keeper’s Warrior”. Just need to do a last bit of proofing, and get the cover and interior layout finalized and off to the presses it goes.

Prints: Available on DA COMING SOON ~ Available on Zazzle
Original: COMING SOON

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I just put the finishing touches on illo #8 of 9. Woot! One more to go, then the cover. After that a final proofing and off to the printer it goes. So close… so close….

Still looking for ideas for grass roots marketing/advertizing for the book. If you have any ideas, drop them in the comments. ^.^

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The Keeper's Warrior - Illo 3 (Smudge-0014)

The Keeper’s Warrior – Illo 3

The Warrior, passes by a bread stand on his way to visit the shire of Euseeda. Maybe he should grab a couple of rolls for the road….

Moving right along with the Illustrations for ‘The Keeper’s Warrior”. 3 down, 6 to go!

Getting better with Manga Studio. Got a longs way to go though. Tried in this piece to use the perspective ruler. Could not grok it so I just did the perspective the old fashioned way. Find my point of view, find the horizon-line, then start dropping in diagonals where they meet. I think it all worked out in the end.

mmm fresh baked, hot piping bread…

Great. Now I’m hungry.
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The Keeper's Warrior Illo 2

The Keeper’s Warrior Illo 2

The second illustration for ‘The Keeper’s Warrior’ is done. The Keeper nervously steps away from his tree.

Thanks all who came to my Livestream. After the stream was over, I realized I forgot to add the tree’s markings so I quickly added them in. I’ll start the next one soon, like today or tomorrow. There’s going to be nine illustrations all together for the book so there’s plenty of chances for you to drop by and check out what’s happening.

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To Kill a Dragon pg. 1To Kill a Dragon pg.1

To Kill a Dragon pg. 2To Kill a Dragon pg. 2

To Kill a Dragon pg. 3To Kill a Dragon pg. 3

I’ve posted three sample pages of my new(ish) comic, To Kill a Dragon, that should go live any time @Crunchyroll. Enjoy!

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The Keeper's Warrior Illo 1

The Keeper’s Warrior Illo 1

Got the first illustration done for the Keeper’s Warrior; Warrior’s first arrival to the Village of Echo Cove via ship.

I’m really happy in how it turned out. Admittedly, I probably spent too much time noodling on it. And since it’s been a while since I’ve really worked in Manga Studio, I think I spent more time trying to remember where all the tools I used were than anything else. lol

Thanks all who joined me for the LiveStream. I’m hoping to LiveStream all the illos for the novella over the next week or so. Also, I’ve left an archive up and it will remain up for the next month or so in case you missed a stream but wanted to check it out. I do warn you, they are very dry, since I can’t talk nor ready any chat messages as I’m working.

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So, my other project I’ve been diligently working on is a newish comic book… in full color.


To Kill a Dragon (no logo)

To Kill a Dragon



After a devastating attack by the assassin Venianim on the King’s airship, a lone survivor wakes up confused and mute after falling into Nadine’s apple orchard. With the entire kingdom in an uproar, only this strange, quiet man holds any knowledge on what happened that day and where the Great Dragon 7th, the assassin’s real target, has disappeared to. Now both friend and foe want him, and the race is on to who can find him first.


I’ve actually had this completed in black and white for some time now as it was an entry to a contest. But since I never heard back from the contest holders, I must assume I didn’t win anything and thus the rights reverted back. I do hope to rewrite the ending as I think I can do better now, but a good 2/3rds of the book is pretty much ready to go. So I’ve been busy teaching myself to digitally color, slowly working out a way I can do it quickly, yet not destroy my hand in the process. That last part is kind of important, but is still eluding me.

I hope to have the first issue, of four, online and ready for readers come Wednesday. And where online shall people be able to read this tale of Dragons and airships? Would you believe Crunchyroll?

^.^

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So after FC2014, Baron and I sat down and really took a look at things, on where we were art career wise. Our old company, BackBreaker Studios LLC, is long since gone, and at the beginning of last year we were able to pay off the final debts that had incurred. Now, we both agreed it’s time to get back on the horse, a little wiser.

Yes, that’s right, we’re going to be opening a new artistic business and putting our artistic works back on the market for all to enjoy. This site, smudgemarks-engelwerks.com, will slowly, over the next few months, be turned into the main hub on where to find us, our projects, and products. It will take a little bit to get all our business paperwork put together before we can formally open our doors for sales.

We are taking the lessons we learned from BackBreaker and applying them here. For one, we will be forming the new business as an unlimited partnership, not as an LLC. We are also not going to try to reach for the brass ring of Hollywood again. While we *almost* made it work last time, we simply don’t have the resources to try again. Doesn’t mean we’re aren’t willing to talk if someone approaches about one of our projects, just that we won’t be trying to case the industry again. Lastly, we will be focusing more on Baron’s art than my own, getting it out to a broader audience. I, myself, will be taking more of a behind the scenes position, running a lot of the day-to-day stuff as well as product management so he can focus on creating great content.

In the meantime, is there anything you’d like to see us do? Any image from the old BB catalog you’d like to see returned? New product you’d thing would be awesome to have? Ideas for the website? We’re open to suggestion! Feel free to comment below! We’d love to hear from you!

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