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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
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:iconspoonbard:
spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
^_^ Thanks!!
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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 ^_^
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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
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MangakaMaiden Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're very welcome my friend :D
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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..
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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 :)
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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. :)
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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.
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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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spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2006  Professional General Artist
:D thankyou!! Which of the winners do you know? ^_^ I haven't seen any of the entries yet (except my own of course ^^; ) so I'm really intregued to see what they'll be like! April seems like such a long time to wait ;;
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Naoru Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
I know Emma Veceli and Sonia Leong! =3 They have deviant art websites, I could give them to you if you are curious to what their art is like ^^
I cant wait until April, Im looking forward to it! :) I bet it will be strange to see your own comic published in a Tokyopop GN! ^^
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2006  Professional General Artist
Ah, cool! :) Are you part of the sweatdrop team? I've talked to them online a little since the competition results were announced, and me and emma will both be in a character design book that's coming out soon it seems ^__^ I can't wait till april either >< Seems like it's going to take forever to get there though!
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Naoru Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
yes I am! ^^ Ive been a member for about 3 years now, although my comic and drawing skills are still developing so Im not as good as most of the other members! ^^;
Thats cool! Your getting to be very famous, Im sure if your planning to be an illustrator all this publicity will be really good for you! =3
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2006  Professional General Artist
:D I don't think i'm anywhere near famous yet ^^; But I have got a little publicity from the results announced. Hopefully I'll get a lot more when the book itself comes out :D
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emmav Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
*sooon* gorgeous!!!! Just brillian and thoroughly deserving of that prize. ^_^
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006  Professional General Artist
*^^* *blush* Thankuu! Yes, sooooon, sooon. I can't wait *_*
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chensterrain Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2006   Digital Artist
Dammit! I missed the whole comic! *slaps self* This page alone is damn cool, though - so much detail! (a helluva lot more than I put into mine, anyway... *was a finalist too...* ) And pretty boys are always a plus. I guess I'll just have to buy RSOM to see the rest... ^_^ *faves*
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2006  Professional General Artist
Oh, hey!! :) Nice to meet another finalist. I've been having trouble finding thier work, I wish they had linked our websites from the winners page ><
If you wanna send me a note, I'll give you a link to a place you can read it all :) Glad you think Mr K. is pretty! :D he'd be embarrased to hear so I think X3
I hope we get free copies of the compilation *grin*
I shall go check out your stuff!! ^__^ *runs off to your gallery*
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MoonLio Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005
Ah... such is the beauty of a well made character. I wish to be able to do that someday, get a reaction out of fans where they like/hate both characters with valid reasons. ^^
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MoonLio Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2005
oh wow... I feel so... small @_@:; I can't draw old people at all. T_T I'm such a n00b. ^^ But I really like your work. -latches- ^^ <3
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2005  Professional General Artist
:) Thanks again! :) Yeah, old people is a hard one, but fun once you get the hang of it. I always find the way old people are drawn in anime/manga a bit freaky actually XD ...Just like young people but with a few random lines on the face (that's the only difference between Sasuke and Itachi really - although Itachi's hardly an old man X3)
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MoonLio Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2005
o.o true that... ^^ but Sasuke is so much cuter...XD <<; but Itachi is badass. ^^ I just like Sasuke better.


Eventually I'll learn to draw old people e e; Till then I shall praise those who actually can. XD
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005  Professional General Artist
lol! Both together is prefferable I think X3
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Celestial-SeraphiMan Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2005   Writer
Very good linework! I have a new multi-page comic for downloading called "Foo Dog" if you'd like to come see it.
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2005  Professional General Artist
Cool! Thanks again :D I'll have a look at your comic.
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earthkat13 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2005
I have to agree with everyone else and say that the comic is awesome. I'm envious of people who can put their stories to pictures... How long did it take you to finish the whole comic?
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2005  Professional General Artist
:) :) Thanks so much. It took around 2 months from concept to finished comic. Although I did it over the summer when that was all I was working on (pretty much solidly)... I think i need to pick up my pace if I'm ever going to work proffessionally, but it's a start ^_^

I'm sure you could put stories to pictures if you want though! It takes dedication and a lot of research (or education) on how to create comics, but if you're enthusiastic about it, it looks like you've already got the skill :) The drawn images in your gallery have a lovely line quality to them, especially the 'Angelic Tears' piece.
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earthkat13 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2005
Two months...? ;.; Oi...I think I'll stick to writing my stories in words for now... Heh. I also envy people who have that kind of patience. ^^;
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005  Professional General Artist
lol! Lol! I have to say, it's taken me years to develop that much patience XD
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earthkat13 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005
Wow... so funny I got you to laugh twice. ^^;
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005  Professional General Artist
ah... so I did.... XD I think that was one of those typing errors where you restart a sentance and type the beginning twice... It sounds rather odd ^^;
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earthkat13 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005
Darn... I was hoping that I was just that funny...
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2005  Professional General Artist
XD XD That too.
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dogtopus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005
I like this one! :D I liked the page with the silhouettes too. And the page with boobies, they were GOOD! I love the way you lead the eye around this one; when I glanced at the layout I thought "how the hell do I do this?!" but when I read it, it was actually the easiest thing in the world. Cunning man, reminds me of a conversation we had. :D

One crit; The first panel, the kinda hidden one, is clever but I didn't see it! I just thought it was a giant screen behind the curtains. Or maybe it is and I'm giving you too much credit, and the lines are just too thick on the curtains, I dunno. I like how you merge panels with the artwork, but I think there it really does need to be clear one way or the other, if that is a panel then maybe the line where it intersects with the bedsheet needs to be emboldeded or something. But yeah! Favourited, for the whole comic. Haven't read it, but it looks great. :D
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2005  Professional General Artist
:D Thanks dude! Much appreciated crit. I do agree about that panel... it looks too much like a surreal part of the background. Unfortunately it's too late to change anything at this stage, because it's already submitted.
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Selphie01 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2005
omg....now that is some amazing lineart. so damn clean i wanna puck XDDD im doing a page and finding it hell to make it so perfect X-X! really awesome stuff!!!
lol the research paid off the machine looks awesome, the angles also work really well ^^
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2005  Professional General Artist
:) :) Cool! The trick to the linework is using a light-box ^_~ I do a rough sketchy version with the right proportions first, and then I trace over it, and I can take as long as I like making the flow of the lines nice.
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PhoenixWave34 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Ooooooooh sounds nice.... I want me one of those... O_O AWESOME art by the way holy crap!!! I'll have to read the story when I have a little bit more time and I'll comment again!! :D
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005  Professional General Artist
A light box you mean? They do rock something awsome! :) Let me know when you've read it! I'll be interested to hear wheat you think of the story ^_^
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Selphie01 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005
omigawd even if i do that the neat version is still scribble XD im too impatient!
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005  Professional General Artist
XD XD Animation has tempered my patience a bit XD
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rubeuswagner Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2005
Sorry, just putting this comment here for lack of a better place to put it. I remember what Reign the Conquerer is now!! I thought I recognized that title! I didn't even know that was about him. I definitely need to check that out now! Damn... I hope no one thinks I'm doing mine because of that now. But mine is about his Persian lover Bagoas, so I don't know. o_o I hope it's different enough from my concept.
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2005  Professional General Artist
Nah, I doubt that they will do. Reign is like, a really bizzare almost science fiction take on the whole alexander story. Has to be seen to be understood really XD
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rubeuswagner Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2005
I've been doing some reasearch on it and found that out. I want to make sure no one thinks I am plagerizing an anime! ;_; It's silly, but that is kind of a wierd little fear I have. If anyone were to say, "this is kind of similar to that series by so-and-so", I just don't know what I would do. I know, kinda silly. XD
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rubeuswagner Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2005
OMFG! That is awesome! Even my amazingly picky sister said it was amazing. OMG, I can't wait to read more!!
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2005  Professional General Artist
*^^* Wow, cool! Thanks! It's a one off actually, so there's no more story ^^; It's intended to be slightly ambiguous, and leave you feeling that it cuts off a little suddenly.
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n3n3i Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2005
Wow boy!!!!!!!! all the comic is amazing!!! >w< It's really sad! but I'm in love with it :heart:
:) for sure! a lot of good luck!! >_< you have to win :P!
the story is very cute, too :')
congrats congrats!!!!!!!!
:) I fav 'cause you deserve it and more ^3^ :glomp:
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2005  Professional General Artist
:D Thanks so much for the support :) :) *hugs* Glad you like it ^__^
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n3n3i Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2005
:D :hug:
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