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Falling Star by spoonbard Falling Star by spoonbard
Hey ^__^ This is a preview page from Falling Star, my entry into the Rising Stars of Manga UK competition.

*EDIT* I can't belive that I won, it still hasn't fully sink in. For those of you who are interested in reading the full thing, you can pre-order the book from amazon ^___^ It seems like it'll be available in both the Uk and the US, score! :)

UK: [link]

US: [link]
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jHalton Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
those computer screens really carry your eye the right way thru the page
spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
^_^ Thanks!!
MangakaMaiden Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To me its a beautiful manga story. The parts showing trains reminds of my recent relationship that didn't last, cos I had to travel by train a lot to see him. The detail is just stunning. I found it quite emotional, showing he was in a relationship that falls apart (I think thats right?) I like the idea of the rough panel outlines, its seems to give a feel softness.

Well done on a great manga, congrats on your win and good luck for the future.

PS I love your photoshop skills ^_^
spoonbard Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006  Professional General Artist
^_^ Thank you so much! It's lovely to hear what you thought about the story!
In the end, I kept the relationship between them quite loose and open to interpretation... It was built up out of my own experiences (a relationship at a distance, like yours for example), and the difficulties I've faced in relationships, but still kept vague so that people could relate thier own experiences to it as well.
Thanks once again! :D
MangakaMaiden Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're very welcome my friend :D
Tintreas Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Professional
Congradulations! i'm up for it this year :D havn't completed yet.. running out of time..
spoonbard Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006  Professional General Artist
^__^ Thanks so much! Good luck this year! I'm really excited to see the new winners :)
Leonor Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2006
Very interesting page and wonderful drawing style. I'll be watching for that book, although I don't understand why is your style included in "manga"? It doesn't look like japanese style. Congrats for winning. :)
spoonbard Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2006  Professional General Artist
^___^ Thanks so much! Hmm... not an easy question to answer. I did go through a very generically anime phase in my development as a comic artist, and what I took out of it was less of a style and more of a method of observation. So the figure work is inspired by a sort of 'manga way of seeing'. Plus my layouts and pacing are almost 100% manga influenced :) I'm into a more obscure side of manga though, so a lot of the time what I think of when I say manga isn't the same as other people's.
Naoru Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
congratulations on winning! I know a few of the winners myself...i loved their storys, and this looks excellent, so im looking forward to the release of the anthology =3 Im glad you won first place, because from this page I think Im in for an interesting story with lovely art! ^_^ after reding some of the US books, I was worried that the first prize winner might be some bad mediocer story line which only has nice art, but this looks excellent, I know I wont be dissapointed! :)
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