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---------------start from the beginning--------------
Don't give up
Because you want to burn bright
If darkness blinds you
I...I will shine to guide you
- groban

Issue 1 Cover

+16 hours at least, I'm sure. This is the first picture I actually spent this much time on, and I think the process was good for me. :) I will be re-vamping the first two pages also, ;)

Kotu and Guardians are copyright to Lauren Makena aka :iconakeli:

Intro Page 1&2: [link]
Intro Page 3&4: [link]
Intro Page 5&6:
Page 1: [link]

EDIT: // New logo test. I might use this, but for now I need a skinnier cover anyway. I'll update this one more time, probably a long time from now, before I print. I want to fix the fur texture and by then maybe I'll decide on a logo.

EDIT 2 :// Testing a new logo.... Critiques appreciated.
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winddancer45 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015
Is there by any chance a website or something else I can go to to read this? I just find it difficult to read comics on here.
Lonely-Abis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Recently found this and now I have a new favourite!
NyotaHyena Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014

I'm such a sucker for stories with big cats, elemental magic, or fascinating lore. So when I saw that this comic had all three, I was thrilled to start reading, and it did not disappoint! The lore is fascinating, the characters are all enjoyable, and the plot is very interesting! Easily one of my favorite stories, and I cannot wait until you get it finished and published!

I think my favorite character is Tao; I just love his personality. He's so funny! XD And plus my favorite cats are cheetahs, so that's a bonus. Kotu and Akeli are super adorable as well; Akeli's line of "Go, blue fuzzy, go!" just cracked me up. I can't wait to find out what happens to them!

I do have a question, though. I'm also making a big cat story starring a cheetah, a snow leopard, and a clouded leopard, with a Siberian tiger antagonist. I've been working on this story since before I even read this comic, and I assure you, the plot is completely different as well as the characters' personalities and identities (plus there are no powers in my story, just war. Also it's not a comic, it's a novel series). Will the similarities between our protagonists and antagonists be a problem for you? I promise I never meant to rip off your characters!

Also another question...will this comic be in a single volume, or will it be a series with more than one volume?

Awesome cover, by the way. The logo looks fantastic!

DragonCat2000 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very detailed work! LOVE IT
ChibiTrollziffy Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
Definitely need to read this :D
Pschokid Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally I found you again!
salem20 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
que lindo, uma das artes mais maravilhosas que ja vi <3
ChaosOfGods Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Photographer
Beautiful work. I love his eyes and the details are very nice.
XXStigerstar Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wow. This cover stunned me (in a good way.) It made me want to read your comic amidiatley. And with leopards and good drawings like this, i think im going to start now.
AkashaSpirit Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
wow so amazing ur a really great artist :)
deewasomechick Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing cover. ;3;
wangqr Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
whoa, awesome cat is awesome!!! xD this is amazing man!
Kaguetora Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome! Love it!
Kelson424 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
0612pepe Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
WOW!!!what program it was created?? Awesome!! *.*
BlueHeart96 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Wow it's verry epic!! :D
blazi76 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well done. Love how you did eyes. I also lik ecolour scheme
pelogkhael Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist
hi akeli, i'm a big fan of your art and comic, i was wondering if i can take your comic and put it in our forum in the art and comics section, because we don't have any comics yet and yours deserve to be one of our first and i'm sure a lot of people will love it, can i put it in the forum or not? and Thanks in advance

R3aperWolf Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you should keep this logo.
1. It levels out the image (I think) by having a contrast to all the blues and purples.
2. It sorta gives you a feel for the general idea of the story, which could (potentially) draw more people to it with it's brightness and contrast.
But it could also drive people away at the same time. They might judge it based only on the cover and decide not to look at it any further. Logos also say a lot about the story, so people might judge it solely on that, too.
But that's just my opinion.
To me, it's a very bright and interesting cover that made me want to look at your comic (because I actually saw this first and went: "I wonder....", which ended up with me here now about a half hour later, making this comment after the fact).
DiamondStace Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
me encanta este comic
sage525 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012   General Artist
Beautifully done. So much expression in the eyes. Both has a beauty to it and a kind of powerful, almost imposing sense. Really captures the animal just right. Great job!
Capukat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012   General Artist
I just have to say this again, but your comic is truly one of the best I've EVer seen!!!! ^^ So kudos! lol!
barfast Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Fantastic work!!!!
Alyxeir Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student General Artist
This is very pretty, I like the detail in the fur and the color of the eyes.
WikkiWolf Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i love this hope you come out with the next page soon!!! [link]
WikkiWolf Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i love this hope u come out with the next page soon!!!!
Samili Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Only got to like 4 pages and it is really cool~
1ka2trina3 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
SpiritWildWolf Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
serious face is serious, and adorable :D I love the texture and depth of his eyes. Keep up your great artwork :)
Malcolm-et-Amis Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Student General Artist
I'll probably fave each page aswell xD This is so beautifully done and it's practically impossible to not fall in love with it. The eyes are so captivating and draw the viewer right in... well done! :)
nevaeh-lee Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
it looks amazing and the pages you have so fare are in a lovely style. i cant wait to see more<3
Pryate Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece!
Pepper-Ink Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll try to critique on the logo, although I don't know what good it will do. x3

I think it looks really great. I like the glow around it. The only thing I would say is to maybe clean up the lines a little bit? Maybe so it doesn't look so scribble-y? And the 'R' and 'A's look a little bid squished. But I really like the way you did the 'D', it really takes on the theme of the comic. 8DD

Hope it helped, somewhat. x3
nuclearmage Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that is some incredible detail in the fur and coloring! Superb!
GreyOculus Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I love that stare. And the texture on the fur - it's wonderful.
thylaberes Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
great work with the fur there! I'd prefer a more realistic snow leopard eye though, anyway it's lovely. :)
AlexLandish Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very good face expresion
shinsengumi77 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, very cool cover. I like the eyes. :)
Lexana Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome Cover! The tiger is nearly perfect. Just WOW!
Kindulas Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Student Writer
I really like this comic. I understand this will be published in print?
Lunas-Lovegood Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
this whole comic is so amazing i cant stop reading. amazing work!
Lasciera Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!!! o.o
RJ-the-Lynx Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured on my Journal [link]
Coyote1012 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
coralmaxie Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this comic. So. much. You did a great job with it. :D
griffinscale Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
takytoh Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
This is awesome! The colors, the drawing! !!!
jojojessy23 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
woohoo nice work there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GeminiDoodle Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wolves-With-Pie Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
I'm going to go and clog your inbox with fave messages now. :)
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