Post Supanova

Post Supanova

Oh my goodness am I tired lol..
With so much going on, a brother can’t find enough hours in the day to rest!

Thanks again for stopping by the weekly blog, this week we take a look at the MillEx panel at the Supanova Brisbane convention, some more new artwork from our resident demo reel artists Elmer Damaso, and the passing of a legend.

So let’s jump into things…


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This past weekend, Australia’s largest pop culture and gaming expo, Supanova was here in Brisbane Australia…and boy oh boy, was it an experience! :)

So, about two weeks ago, I was on my personal Facebook account, when I noticed one of my friends (who is a journalist) had one of her articles featured in a magazine.
Offering my heartfelt congratulations, she then responded soon after with:
”Thanks, and congratulations on your panel at Supanova!”

Um…what?

Thoroughly confused, I responded by informing her that I was not attending Supanova as a panelist, though I was planning to go as a shopper.
”Well, you’re listed in their scheduling booklet”, she replied.
It was at this point that I began to smell burning rubber, as the wheels inside my head were slipping all over the place trying to make sense of the comment.
As I downloaded their scheduling PDF, my eyebrows almost flew off my head only to find my name printed right there:
“Ty Hanson - Western Culture in Japanese Industry”.

I mean, sure I applied for this panel some time ago, however I had heard nothing back.
I even keep a regular eye on all the spam and trash folders in my email accounts, but alas - there was no reply.
Turns out, not only was I booked to perform a panel at Australia’s largest and most popular pop culture expo, but I was informed of this with less than 2 weeks notice to prepare.

But it didn’t end there…no, no.

I was also scheduled to present said panel on the Sunday at 4pm in one of their major conference rooms, on the second level of the Brisbane Entertainment Center….booked alongside some MASSIVE talent and events all of which would also be running panels in the rooms adjacent.

Needless to say, I was screwed.

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This was my very first time on a legitimate stage, microphone in hand and under the bright lights of such an impressive set-up.
Now I’m not a guy who normally experiences what people call “nervousness”, usually I just take most things in stride and “go with the flow”.
This time however, my stomach felt as though it was upside-down, I couldn’t catch my own thoughts and my hands were shaking.

Yeah, I was packing it…..

Mere moments before going up on stage, I was suddenly introduced to a man who informed me that he would be MC’ing for the panel, and would be conducting things in an interview styled format.
I decided that now was not the time for nerves….there was work that needed to be done, I’m THE representative for Millennium Exile and for better of worse, I was all in.

I honestly thought I was going to crash and burn in a spectacular fashion….so why not live-stream it!?!

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I won’t bore you with the play-by-play of how the panel turned out, in-fact, you can watch the live streamed video up on the Millennium Exile Facebook page, link below:

https://www.facebook.com/MillenniumExile/videos/vb.261589910580784/2172543459626746/?type=3&theater

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Despite all the adversities that had been working against me prior, the panel turned out pretty good. Numbers were always going to be lower than I’d like…mainly because I’m not a big enough name yet to be deserving of such a grand stage - competing with the likes of the Cosplay Competition and headliner: John Barrowman.

Although I would love to be, I’m just not there yet.

This was however, an amazing experience that I loved every moment of.
I learned a great deal, and this really gave me the goal of reaching great new heights - deserving of such a stage in the future….a future in which I can fill every seat :)

I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to all who attended the panel in support of both myself and the project, to the fans for your passion and to my family for being there for me.

I love you all guys and sooner or later, I WILL do you proud, by turning Millennium Exile into the Anime I owe it to you to become.


 
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More new artwork from our resident demo reel artist: Elmer Damaso - aka IQ40.
This guy turns out the artwork so fast, I actually speak with him more than most of my family and friends hahahaha.

As you can see however, his hard work and talent speaks for itself!

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Mere days before the convention, I awoke at 4am to an email notifying me of the project’s newest Patreon member: “Halassy Hunor.”
His extremely generous support woke me up so quickly, it was as though I had suddenly purged all the sleep from my body - like a demon being exorcised by a combination of cocaine and holy water.
”THE POWER OF PATREON COMPELS YOU!”

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I honestly had to get up and go to the gym to work off the excess energy…..oh and I played some Pokemon Go in the parking lot :P

Speaking of which, is anyone else freaking excited for the new Swtich games?
“I know I am!”
…..now, to find the time to play them.

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With no more conventions this year, and the holiday season just around the corner…I expect any major announcements regarding the project will be minimal.
I will continue to keep you all updated, however moving forward - I’ll probably start doing these blogs every 2 weeks until things pick back up in the new year :)


 
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In some much sadder news, the great Stanley Lieber, (more affectionately known as Stan Lee) passed away yesterday at the age of 95.

While news of his passing has been in every major news outlet in the last 24 hours, I thought it best to pay respect to the man who not only changed the creative world, but also enriched the lives of many with his creations.

Rest In Piece Mr Lee, you will be forever immortalized through your work and in our hearts.

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As always, I'd like to thank the following amazing Patrons from the bottom of my heart: 

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Master of Elements (Tier 1)

  • Daniel Taylor

  • Jaycen Hill

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • SnowMew

  • Tyler Smalley

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Patrick Lowery 

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • Elizabeth Nagle

  • Haider Yassine

  • James Brown

  • Kylie Keen

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

  • Ben Karnaghan

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • James Salhani

  • Halassy Hunor (new member)

 

Okay, ima go sleep now…BYEEEE!!!

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Discord Community!

Discord Community!

Due to an absolute HECTIC week, both behind and ahead of me, this weeks blog is a short one.
Never-the-less, there is some really cool stuff to read about, so lets jump right into it!


 
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So it is my GREAT pleasure to announce Millennium Exile's affiliation with the worlds largest Anime Discord server - Anime Base!

They currently have over 85k members from around the world, and have a variety of chat channels regarding all things Anime and Manga :)

I am now a member of their staff, and a representative for the channel, so if you like to hang out with your nerd out...click the logo below for more details!


 
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For those of you attending…or if you missed last weeks blog, I will be hosting a panel at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo this coming Sunday at 4pm.
I will be discussing being a western creator, however I just might be showing off a little more of the Millennium Exile demo reel.

So, if you aren’t yet a member of the MillEx Patreon and you want to see a cut - pop on by and say hello :)

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It’s fast approaching Christmas time, so we can expect things with the project to slow down as far as the press and media outlets are concerned - but that doesn’t mean I wont have awesome artwork to share with you all! :D

Below is a WIP of IQ40’s latest still for the Demo reel in which we see a few of the terrifying members of Nexus assembled.
This piece will actually be completed any time now, so keep an eye out on the MillEx Facebook and Instagram pages for the release!

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As always, I'd like to thank the following amazing Patrons from the bottom of my heart: 

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Master of Elements (Tier 1)

  • Daniel Taylor

  • Jaycen Hill

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • SnowMew

  • Tyler Smalley

  • Coyen Olsen 

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • Elizabeth Nagle

  • Haider Yassine

  • James Brown

  • Kylie Keen

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

  • Ben Karnaghan

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • James Salhani

     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     That’s right, as many of you may have seen via on the socials, I’ll be making an appearance at Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane. On Sunday the 11th of November, yours truly will be making an appearance on stage in the Seminars section at 4pm!  I only found out that I was presenting through a friend congratulating me on Facebook. Confused by this, I looked in the Supanova schedule and there I was “Ty Hanson presenting Western Creators in Japanese Industries”. I contacted the content coordinator for the expo, and it looks like none of their emails made their way to my inbox…..Bizarre.  I only have a short amount of notice - but it would mean a lot to me for anyone who can attend :)    Check out their website for more information:  https://www.supanova.com.au/events/brisbane-2018/about/        

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Alrighty it’s just about that time…time for our first live hangout! Because the project hit it’s first major goal on Facebook, I’ll be doing live hangouts on the first weekend of every month. The hangout will be in Discord and will run for anywhere between 30-60 mins.    Day:      Saturday - 3rd of Novemeber    Time:   7:30pm AEST   Invites to the server will be sent through DM’s on the Patreon website in the next few days. This will give you plenty of time to get access to the channel in advance :)      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     I think I may have killed Hary with the Patreon Exclusive piece… Make sure you show poor Hary some love for all the hard work he put into this image, by becoming a member of the family and checking it out. The image is available to ALL TIERS and starts for as little as $2. There’s all sorts of other bonus and rewards and every little bit counts.    https://www.patreon.com/millenniumexile/posts    IQ40 has been drawing like a madman on the group Nexus shot for the Demo Reel. In this we see Malik, Velad, Chrono, The Black Witch, and a never before released character…Julia; as they gather around a beaten Vincent Clyne.  This is the very first artwork of Nexus members all together so be sure to show this image some love on all the socials and tell us who your favorite is :)        

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       As always, I'd like to thank the following amazing Patrons from the bottom of my heart:            

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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That’s right, as many of you may have seen via on the socials, I’ll be making an appearance at Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane.
On Sunday the 11th of November, yours truly will be making an appearance on stage in the Seminars section at 4pm!

I only found out that I was presenting through a friend congratulating me on Facebook. Confused by this, I looked in the Supanova schedule and there I was “Ty Hanson presenting Western Creators in Japanese Industries”. I contacted the content coordinator for the expo, and it looks like none of their emails made their way to my inbox…..Bizarre.

I only have a short amount of notice - but it would mean a lot to me for anyone who can attend :)

Check out their website for more information:
https://www.supanova.com.au/events/brisbane-2018/about/

 

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Alrighty it’s just about that time…time for our first live hangout!
Because the project hit it’s first major goal on Facebook, I’ll be doing live hangouts on the first weekend of every month.
The hangout will be in Discord and will run for anywhere between 30-60 mins.

Day: Saturday - 3rd of Novemeber

Time: 7:30pm AEST

Invites to the server will be sent through DM’s on the Patreon website in the next few days. This will give you plenty of time to get access to the channel in advance :)

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I think I may have killed Hary with the Patreon Exclusive piece…
Make sure you show poor Hary some love for all the hard work he put into this image, by becoming a member of the family and checking it out. The image is available to ALL TIERS and starts for as little as $2. There’s all sorts of other bonus and rewards and every little bit counts.

https://www.patreon.com/millenniumexile/posts


IQ40 has been drawing like a madman on the group Nexus shot for the Demo Reel. In this we see Malik, Velad, Chrono, The Black Witch, and a never before released character…Julia; as they gather around a beaten Vincent Clyne.

This is the very first artwork of Nexus members all together so be sure to show this image some love on all the socials and tell us who your favorite is :)

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As always, I'd like to thank the following amazing Patrons from the bottom of my heart: 

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Master of Elements (Tier 1)

  • Daniel Taylor

  • Jaycen Hill

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • SnowMew

  • Tyler Smalley

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Patrick Lowery 

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • Elizabeth Nagle

  • Haider Yassine

  • James Brown

  • Kylie Keen

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

  • Ben Karnaghan

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • James Salhani

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My Anime Room

My Anime Room

Alrighty ladies and gentlemen….it’s been a quiet couple of weeks on the MillEx front - however and that doesn’t mean we don’t have any news…things have still been moving behind the scenes, but more of that later :)


 
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To start things off this week, I thought I would give you all a little tour of my Anime room.
Some of you who know me personally, may have been to my house and seen this for yourself, but for the many of you who haven’t - allow me to give you a little tour!

Below are two videos: The first, being a basic tour of the room, and the second, showing you the lighting components in the room after dark.
These videos are on my personal channel, which contains mostly just dumb stuff (like gameplay videos etc). Also these are around a year old, so there has been a few updates (mainly nendoroids), as well as some tech….but I find this to still cover the bulk of what the room encompasses in it’s current state.

Enjoy :)


 
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IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!!!
In case you haven’t seen yet, the Millennium Exile Appreciation Exclusive Artwork (say that three times fast) is now completed. I shared the news last night on all the major socials, but the image itself is for Patreons only as a way of saying thanks.

I’ve shown some teasers in previous blogs on which give you an idea of the general layout, however the final result is mind-blowing!!!!

This picture is also offered as a free 1920x1080 wallpaper download, regardless of tier…so if you would like to access this image - as well as other exclusive content (like the current Demo Reel), feel free to hit the Patreon button at the bottom of the site :)

I have written a little exert as something of a companion piece to the image, so if you would like to have a read - I’ll leave a link to the text below.

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I’m currently in mid-celebration mode at the moment, as I have concluded yet another scene / sequence for the demo reel in which Vincent is introduced and inducted into GRAVE. The scene runs for a total of 5 images (all of which I have shared on the major socials), and features a VERY prominant and undisclosed voice actor, featuring as Mai.
This would have typically taken 5 months to complete however with IQ40 now on the team, we managed to move through this segment from start to finish in just 4 weeks!

This has allowed Hary to take more time doing his awesome work on the art-book, and now that he has finished with the Patreon Special, he has resumed work on the character releases as of this week :D

I’ll be sure to keep you all in the loop regarding any WIP’s on Hary’s end, but below you can see the next scene from IQ40 for an upcoming Demo Reel segment.

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As always, I'd like to thank the following amazing Patrons from the bottom of my heart: 

 
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Master of Elements (Tier 1)

  • Daniel Taylor

  • Jaycen Hill

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • SnowMew

  • Tyler Smalley

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Patrick Lowery 

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • Elizabeth Nagle

  • Haider Yassine

  • James Brown

  • Kylie Keen

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

  • Ben Karnaghan

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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • James Salhani

My Top Anime!

My Top Anime!

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Okay, this is my all-time favorite top 10 series.
This list excludes shows that are still running, and consist of series that are more than 13 episodes in length.
I’ll list some basic information on the series such as studio, year and run-time…you can click the link provided for a detailed synopsis and further information.

These are all listed from first place to last.

 
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#1 - Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:

Studio: Gainax
Year: 2007
Number of episodes:
 27
Genre: action, comedy, drama, science fiction


https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6698

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#2 - Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood:

Studio: BONES
Year: 2009
Number of episodes:
 64
Genre: adventurecomedydramafantasythriller


https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=10216

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#3 - Parasyte: The Maxim:

Studio: Madhouse
Year: 2014
Number of episodes:
 24
Genre: action, dramahorrorpsychologicalromancescience fiction

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=15855

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#4 - Death Note:

Studio: Madhouse
Year: 2006
Number of episodes:
 37
Genre: drama, mystery, psychological, supernatural, thriller


https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6592

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#5 - Cowboy Bebop:

Studio: Sunrise
Year: 1998
Number of episodes:
 26
Genre: action, drama, science fiction


https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=13

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#6 - Wolf’s Rain

Studio: BONES
Year: 2003
Number of episodes:
 26
Genre: adventure, drama, fantasy, mystery, science fiction

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=1806

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#7 - Fate Stay Night - Unlimited Blade Works (TV)

Studio: Ufotable
Year: 2014
Number of episodes:
 27
Genre: action, drama, supernatural

(Season One)
https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=15843

(Season Two)
https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=16825

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#8 - Psycho Pass

Studio: Production I.G
Year: 2012
Number of episodes:
 22
Genre: action, psychological, science fiction, thriller


https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=14195

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#9 - Macross Frontier

Studio: Studio Nue
Year: 2007
Number of episodes:
 25
Genre: action, drama, romance, science fiction


https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8586

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#10 - Samurai Champloo

Studio: Manglobe
Year: 2004
Number of episodes:
 26
Genre: action, drama, historical


https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=2636


 
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This list is much shorter, only consisting of 5 picks from anything 13 episodes or under (OVA’s included).

 
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#1 - Samurai X OVA’s Trust & Betrayal

Studio: Studio DEEN
Year: 1999
Number of episodes:
4
Genre: action, drama, romance, historical


https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=210

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#2 - The Devil is a Part-Timer

Studio: White Fox
Year: 2013
Number of episodes:
13
Genre: action, comedy, fantasy, romance, slice of life


https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=14846

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#3 - Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet

Studio: Production I.G
Year: 2013
Number of episodes:
13
Genre: adventure, drama, science fiction


https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=14961

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#4 - Planet of the Beast King

Studio: BONES
Year: 2006
Number of episodes:
 11
Genre: adventure, drama, mystery, science fiction


https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6177

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#5 - Death Parade

Studio: Madhouse
Year: 2015
Number of episodes:
 12
Genre: drama, mystery, psychological


https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=16375


 
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This is another list of 5, but this time consisting of Anime movies :)

 
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#1 - Gurren Lagann the Movie 2: The Lights in the Sky are Stars

Studio: Gainax
Year: 2009
Genre: action, comedy, drama, science fiction


https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/gurren-lagann-the-movie/the-lights-in-the-sky-are-stars

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#2 - Sword of the Stranger

Studio: BONES
Year: 2007
Genre: action, drama, historical, samurai


https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=2340

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#3 - Summer Wars

Studio: Madhouse
Year: 2009
Genre: action, drama, historical, slice of life.


http://www.animenewsnetwork.com.au/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=10544

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#4 - Cowboy bebop: The Movie

Studio: Sunrise & BONES
Year: 2001
Genre: action, drama, science fiction


https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=353

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#5 - Evangelion 2.22: You Can (not) Redo

Studio: KlockWorx & Khara
Year: 2009
Genre: action, drama, psychological, science fiction


https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8421

 

Well that’s it, my ‘current’ list of my favorite titles.

Some honorable mentiones include:
- Black Lagoon
- Hajime no Ippo
- Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans
- Heroic Age
- Phantom: Requiem of the Phantom
- Origin: Spirits of the Past
- Soul Eater

I hope you found something new to watch, please tell me in the comment what your favorite Anime’s are! :)


 
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As always, I'd like to thank the following amazing Patrons from the bottom of my heart: 

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Master of Elements (Tier 1)

  • Daniel Taylor

  • Jaycen Hill

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • SnowMew

  • Tyler Smalley

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Patrick Lowery 

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • Elizabeth Nagle

  • Haider Yassine

  • James Brown

  • Kylie Keen

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

  • Ben Karnaghan

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • James Salhani

We hit our first GOAL!

We hit our first GOAL!

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WE DID IT!

Earlier this week the Millennium Exile project hit it’s very first goal and gained the very first member of the $100 “Hero” Tier.
This means so much, and it wouldn’t have been at all possible without all of YOU!
Hitting this goal allows me to not only hire another artist: IQ40 to take over for the Demo Reel art-work, but it also expedites the projects growth immeasurably.

Having Hary able to focus on the Art-book means that the stills for the Demo Reel can proceed at an amazing rate, for example…in 2 weeks, myself and IQ40 have been able to to cover almost 4 months of content for the reel!
Also, a HUGE thanks goes out to Maddison Taddeucci who donated a very generous amount in a one-off contribution to the project! :D

Now that the first Patreon goal has been reached, I’ll be organizing an online hangout (most likely through Discord). I’ll probably host this sometime in the first weekend of the month, but I’ll leave the particulars like day and time, flexible.
In the hangout, we will be all able to come together, meet new people, make new friends and have a chat.
We can talk about anything…favorite animes, artwork or games….we can even get into some super secret MillEx information regarding unreleased characters :p
Any and all questions are also encouraged.

The next goal is to hit the $500 a month mark….
Obviously this will only speed things up even more, however I am also looking to have the demo scored by a very BIG composer who has worked on some extremely prominent titles in the last few years. Music contributes so very, very much to the overall look and feel to any production - and having such a big name attached would speak volumes to studio executives come time to pitch.

I won’t name drop just yet…as nothings done until it’s done, and I’ll leave that news as a surprise should we hit the mark.

I really want to take this time to express my deepest and most heartfelt gratitude to you all. To all of you who have supported the project via Patreon, YOU GUYS ROCK!
I also want to thank all of you who like, comment, share and read all the posts across the social media platforms. There is value in support from more than just a dollar value and for that I am also very grateful.

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Earlier this year I was invited to ABC radio station in Brisbane to talk about Anime in Western Culture. I mentioned it in a previous blog for as of Monday 8th of October , the segment went to air…

The final cut ended up being a little more about my personal history with Anime growing up, but you can listen to the entire recording here:

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/earshot/mad-for-manga/10249100

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IQ40 and Hary are drawing like madmen on future artwork…pictured below is an upcoming shot for the Demo :)
(No more “Patreon Special” updates until it’s been completed…but you can expect a final tease before release to the Patrons.)

I’m also looking into more opportunities to get Millennium Exile infront of larger numbers for maximum exposure!

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As always, I'd like to thank the following amazing Patrons from the bottom of my heart: 

 
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Master of Elements (Tier 1)

  • Daniel Taylor

  • Jaycen Hill

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • SnowMew

  • Tyler Smalley

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Patrick Lowery 

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • Elizabeth Nagle

  • Haider Yassine

  • James Brown

  • Kylie Keen

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

  • Ben Karnaghan

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • James Salhani (New member)

Design - From Concept to Finished Product!

Design - From Concept to Finished Product!

Howdy guys and gals of the Internet.

This weeks blog is going to be a special one, in which I give you all a look into my design process for Millennium Exile.
Let’s jump into it!


So…I’m about to show you some REAL embarrassing artwork of mine, but there is a point to it.
Throughout my personal design process, it’s important to remember that not every idea has to be perfect or look great.
Patience is a virtue, and there will be plenty of time for polish later on.

When creating a character, I’ll start by considering a few things first….such as, “Who” my character is, “What is his / her role, “When” will the character be appearing and “Where” the character comes from and currently resides.
By answering these questions, I’m left with a better idea as to “Why” my character needs to exist.

This will help me with my design process such as personality, clothing, race and abilities (if any).

After I’ve stroked my beard in a thoughtful manner-, pondering the bigger questions; it’s time to do some really bad drawing.

Let’s use the Pantheon Armour Genesis as an example.


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Firstly, I’ll gather some resources and inspiration.
I’ll go out and grab a bunch of random mecha designs to help give me a good idea of the various shapes, that hold together the greater design.

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Decanord from Artist: Unknown

 The Laevatein from “Full Metal Panic”.

The Laevatein from “Full Metal Panic”.

 The Earth Engine from “Captain Earth”

The Earth Engine from “Captain Earth”

 

I’d previously decided that the genesis was going to have a Knight- type design, so I was sure to grab a few Anime-esk knight images to help me get an idea of armor shapes.

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Crusader from Artist: Nawol
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Divider Guadian from Artist: Rubendevela
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Next:
It’s time to start doing those embarrassing drawing I was telling you about….

I’ll save you the many, many botched sketches that came before this; but needless to say, it’s extremely important to stay loose with your design ideas. This stage is a form of brainstorming of sorts, so keeping those ideas free-form prevents you from spending too much time on an idea that might not work out. Silhouetting is another great way that many artists go about the design process…this is another way of making sure that the form of something works out before getting into all the detail.

After roughing out a few ideas, I chose the one that I felt worked the best.

As you can see below, I’m keeping the shapes SUPER basic and leaving notes for myself. These notes are to help me remember my thoughts throughout the design process. Sure, I might know NOW what I was thinking when I drew that “thing”, but should this design take days, weeks or months….it’s important that I leave these breadcrumbs for myself along the way.

I also started adding some basic colors to my design. Because the Genesis is going to have a Knight motif, I went with the “Hero’s Palette”, focusing primarily on greys.

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The “Hero Palette” predominately consists of Red, Blue and Yellow, using White as the base.
I call it the Hero Palette, because if you think to most main character mecha’s, they all sport this particular combination of colors.
For example: Code Geass’s “Lancelot”, The Escaflowne, Broken Blade’s “Delphine “, or even almost every main characters initial Gundam to name a few. All these mainly use whites and greys as their main base color often containing accents from the other colors.

Obviously there are the exceptions, such as Evangelion or Gurren Lagann…but for the purpose of the Genesis, I went with the stereotypical hero’s color scheme.

Now; at this point, most people would continue with the design process through redrawing the basic design, adding more details as they go. However, as I have talented artists drawing for me, it’s important that I know when’s a good time to hand it off.
As I’m the project creator, I’m also in charge of a multitude of other things, such as designs, writing the story, managing the project’s social media platforms and marketing. Because of this, I try not to get too “bogged down” doing everything myself. I’m an okay artist, but I’m not the best…..that’s why I hire other artists to help.

Think of any Hollywood movie, none of that is made by just one person.
Sure, the idea, might have come from a single mind…but that idea is then refined -re-refined and re-re-re-refined dozens of times with the help of other creative influences. A single movie production has directors, story-boarders, scripts writers, actors, a special effects team, stunt doubles, prop teams and composers, just to name a few.

Sure Millennium Exile isn’t some big Hollywood production, but the exact same rules apply none the less.

So off we go to Hary….

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Hary (being the mecha god that he is), then takes my rough design and knocks out a quick sketch along with some head ideas (as my current design had no head and I really needed some extra help with it).

In this instance, I felt that the head was way too small for the body, so I took that sketch and started playing with some of the proportions.

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Hary takes the revision and draws up another sketch, this time using cleaner lines and some basic shadows.
I then take that, draw over it a little more and add my color palette to it to get one last overall look and feel of the current design.

After Hary and I have a final chat about the design it’s off to the races!

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Hary works his magic and eventually comes back to me with his finished product.

During our conversations, we also decided to add Vincent standing atop the Genesis to give us some perspective that this is a pilot driven machine and not a suit of armor.

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I take Hary’s final work and add some finishing touches to it….
This can sometimes be touch-ups and re-colors of certain areas, adding special effects and glows.

In this case, I added some vibrancy to the color, drew in an eye to make it appear more active, changed the gem in the horn to green, added some particle effects to the shoulder pads, and boosted the whites of the cape to give it more of an “energy” effect.

After a few minutes spent in Photoshop, VOILA!
The final product that I put out to the world…Ladies and gentlemen, The Pantheon Armour Genesis.

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Well, this week was another big one….
I recently uploaded the Millennium Exile Demo Reel 2018 cut to the Internet. I debut it at the Oz Comic-Con convention last week, and I thought it would be a nice little “Thank You” to my Patrons.


That’s right I’m sorry, but the Demo Reel is only available to Patrons who currently reside in Tiers 2 and above.
If you’d like to check it out, feel free to check out the Millennium Exile Patreon page! :D
https://www.patreon.com/millenniumexile


The special Patreon piece is still underway also.
This image will show some unreleased, exclusive content - never before released on the Internet, and will be available ONLY to Patrons of the project, for ALL tiers. :)

Note: As the image is currently entering into the final stages before completion, this will be the LAST preview of the WIP regarding this piece.
Some assets in the below image are placeholders and not necessarily representative of the final product, however the completed image is going to knock your socks off!

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A special thanks to Australian Anime and Manga store “Zombster” for requesting that I provide them with more material about the project. They already display my cards, which provide people with all the links to the official website and social media platforms.

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Lastly, but certainly not least…..IQ40’s newest Demo Reel artwork is progressing at an insane rate!
I’ll be sure to keep you up to date with all of these stills on social media so stay tuned :)

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As always, I'd like to thank the following amazing Patrons from the bottom of my heart: 

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Master of Elements (Tier 1)

  • Daniel Taylor

  • Jaycen Hill

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • SnowMew

  • Tyler Smalley

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Patrick Lowery 

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • Elizabeth Nagle

  • Haider Yassine

  • James Brown

  • Kylie Keen (New Member)

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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

  • Ben Karnaghan


If you wish to become a Patron, you will not only be helping the project move forward - but you will also be supporting the talented artists from around the world who also work on the project.
Together we can help make Anime history!  

https://www.patreon.com/millenniumexile


Oz Comic Con Convention:

Oz Comic Con Convention:

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I got a fair bit of information to cover this week, so let’s jump straight into it! :)

 

This weekend just gone, I had the immense opportunity to present myself and the Millennium Exile project to the Oz Comic-Con convention in Brisbane.

But first, I was honored to be a guest on another panel….

Sarah from Star Scribe Works and Will from Righteous Dude Cosplay had me on their “Retro Anime” panel. It was a pretty cool talk, in which we discussed all things Anime pre 2000’s. including Macross, Astro Boy, Sailor Moon and Dragonball to name a few.
We also got to talking about the impact that early Anime had on Western Culture and how it shaped us as fans.

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We kicked things off with the debut of the Millennium Exile demo reel playing on a big screen and the volume turned right up! Needless to say, it looked fantastic and it was a huge moment for me to see my project being shown to such a crowd. The funny thing was, that a massive amount of people stopped in their tracks on the convention floor just to watch the footage as it played.

As everyone watched, I stood by, separated from the area and heard people complimenting how interesting it all looked. Now, I’m not sure about you….but that reaction is EXACTLY what I wanted from my demo reel! To have customers and attendee’s stop what they were doing, huddle up and watch the production - that was a really big moment for me.

I even got an applause at the end of it. I looked around at the crowd and people all seemed super happy with what they had seen :)

I only wish I had a photo of the crowd that had gathered at the barrier to watch.

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After the demo had finished, Sarah joined me on the panel and began asking me questions about the project and it’s origins. I tried to give as much detail as possible while addressing the audience. Soon afterwards, we gave people a chance to ask their own questions and to my surprise a whole bunch of hands went up!

Turns out a lot of people were interested in the project what I was doing with it.
I was so very happy to answer everyone’s questions. I only wish I had the time to answer everyone’s before we ran out of time -_-

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By the end of the panel, I was greeted by a group of audience members - several of which were fans of the project who mentioned they had purchased their tickets JUST to see my panel.
I honestly couldn’t tell you just how moved I was to hear this …..

Several friends were also in attendance to show their support and the whole experience just had me feeling so very grateful and blessed. All in all however, It was a BLAST! I got to pitch the new MillEx Banner that I had shown in previous Social Media posts and it looked GLORIOUS!!!!! More people attended than I was expecting and the reaction from the demo reel was 100% what I needed it to be.

I don’t plan for this to be my last appearance at a convention so lets see what else unfolds moving forwards :)


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In a few days time, I'll be uploading the full video of the current Millennium Exile demo reel to the internet. This will be an extended version of the teaser currently available on YouTube which debut this weekend at Oz Comic-Con.

As thanks to those supporting the project, this video will ONLY be available to Patrons of the following tiers:

- Dual Wielding
- Calculated & Dangerous
- Hero
- Divine Intervention

Also, ALL Patrons (no matter what tier), will receive the special Patreon celebration piece currently being worked on.
I was initially going to upload this image to the internet later on, however I think its better as a Patreon only exclusive as a way of giving back.

That means the newest image showing Vincent in his god form will NOT be uploaded to any of the Millennium Exile socials. I will continue to show more of the "Work in Progress" sketches as we go, but the completed version will be going out to Patrons only at this stage.

This is all in addition to the current Tier rewards already in place. 
More Patreon exclusive content to come :)

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A new artist also joins the project, Mr IQ40!

I have been a HUGE fan of his for several years, and I am extremely excited to announce his participation with the Millennium Exile project as the main artist for the Demo Reel :)

You can check out IQ40 at the following links:

Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/iq40mail

Deviantart:
https://www.deviantart.com/iq40

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/elmerdamaso/


 
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As always, I'd like to thank the following amazing Patrons from the bottom of my heart: 

 

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Master of Elements (Tier 1)

  • Daniel Taylor

  • Jaycen Hill

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • SnowMew

  • Tyler Smalley

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Patrick Lowery 

  • Shaun

  • Elizabeth Nagle

  • Haider Yassine

  • James Brown

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

  • Ben Karnaghan


If you wish to become a Patron, you will not only be helping the project move forward - but you will also be supporting the talented artists from around the world who also work on the project.
Together we can help make Anime history!  

https://www.patreon.com/millenniumexile


MillEx FANART Edition!

MillEx FANART Edition!

This week’s blog is a simple one:
I’d like to take the time to share some of the amazing artwork many of you in the community, have so lovingly drawn.
The artwork below is 100% fan-art, submitted to me from the awesome and talented men and women who follow the Millennium Exile project. I’ve done my best to provide links and user names for everyone so please feel free to go and show them some love!
Enjoy! :)


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This amazing Gilgamesh WIP, by artist Anthony Harris from Anthony Harris Art on Deviantart:
https://www.deviantart.com/anthonyharrisart

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This colorful Malik piece was drawn by fan of the project, Daniel.

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These next two pieces are of Hunter and drawn by the talented artist: Hexm
Instagram: @hexm

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And another Hexm piece - this time of Sho!

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The deadly Velad, also drawn by Hexm!

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A sketch of Kira by Yokaiartist.
Check out his Instagram page @yokaiartist

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And this super dynamic image of Mai from fellow Aussie artist: ochki-art
Instagram: @ochki-art

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Work is still being done on the special Patreon piece, however organizing a 2 meter high banner for the project has taken priority this week, as I will be attending the Oz Comic-Con Brisbane convention in just 2 days time!
Speaking of which, this week has been in high gear. With the convention right around the corner, I’m preparing the materials that will be used and displayed, as well as meeting and networking with new people.

I also have another school visit the day before the convention….
It’s a new school that I’ve never attended before, and I will be presenting to year 6 students for an Anime & Character Design workshop!

With all this in the works, I’m also still managing to continue working on the Millennium Exile series plan.
This is a bullet-point, summarized document, indicating and detailing ALL significant events, and plot points throughout the various arcs within the Millennium Exile timeline.

I’m generally writing about 2000-3000 words a day, so considering this document is a “summarized” detail of events, I’m getting through a fair amount of content.
The series plan shows how many episodes are planned out for each story arc, doing this also gives a good indication of exactly how many episodes per season are being planned for.

You can see the front page of the plan below, which shows the main story arcs in bold, with the lesser “mid arc events” in between.

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Couple all of the above with being full-time store manager of a computer repair store, family commitments, and the general responsibilities of everyday life - and you have an extremely busy few days for yours truly.

Still though, I wouldn’t have it any other way! :)


 
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As always, I'd like to thank the following amazing Patrons from the bottom of my heart: 

 

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Master of Elements (Tier 1)

  • Daniel Taylor

  • Jaycen Hill

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • SnowMew

  • Tyler Smalley

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Patrick Lowery 

  • Shaun

  • Elizabeth Nagle

  • Haider Yassine

  • James Brown (New Member)

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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

  • Ben Karnaghan


If you wish to become a Patron, you will not only be helping the project move forward - but you will also be supporting the talented artists from around the world who also work on the project.
Together we can help make Anime history!  

https://www.patreon.com/millenniumexile

Teaching kids about Anime & Convention Invitation!

Teaching kids about Anime & Convention Invitation!

For those of you who may or may not know, I attend an array of schools around South-East Queensland.

This actually all started around 4 years ago, when a few students (who were fans of Millennium Exile), approached their teachers and told them about me. Soon after, I received an email from a department head from a prestigious Gold Coast High School with a strong emphasis on Japanese culture. I was invited to attend the school as part of their “Japanese Culture Day”, in which I would be one of several guests teaching the children about different facets of the Japanese culture.

My class was of course, about Anime :)


 
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In these presentations, I talked about the history of Anime, the difference between Manga and Anime and production costs.
Furthermore, I would discuss how Japanese Anime differed from “Cartoons” around the world, and the effect that Anime would later have in the West.

I was also asked to talk about Millennium Exile…..after all, this started because kids were fans of my work so they wanted to know about the project. I would educate the kids about how MillEx started, design and story-telling tips and most importantly - how to balance their passions with hard work.

Every time new class would come in and sit down, I would ask them: “What demonstration did you just come from"?”
The students would usually reply either “Sumo” or “Kendo”.
Immediately I would think to myself: “Well how am I going to follow that act?”
I know if I were just running about in a Sumo suit, or playing with wooden swords, I wouldn’t want to settle back down and listen to some white guy talk about cartoons…yet the children LOVED it!
I would often be greeted by several kids from each class, either requesting my signature, or asking questions they had during the demonstration.

It was an amazing experience to say the least and I was extremely moved by their enthusiasm.

That being said, I was also extremely concerned. Here I was, the only Australian among Japanese people who were either currently visiting, or now living in Australia - all who were attending the school to teach a different aspect of their culture to the kids.
The school had a very successful exchange program with several teachers, department heads and even principals from the Japanese High Schools attending these visits, and would regularly sit in on my classes.
Thankfully, I was approached by these lovely men and women and thanked graciously for my demonstration. They were moved that their Anime had such a deep effect to people here in the West.


Word eventually got out and soon enough, I began getting invitations from schools all over. From public to private schools, primary to High schools…little old Ty was up there, teaching kids about Anime and Millennium Exile.

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I would even arrive at some schools to find my picture up, along with my work printed out on the walls….there was even a drawing of me on one of their whiteboards!

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I’m now lucky enough to do this regularly, not enough to be a full-time job of course….but I’m just so grateful for the opportunity to share my passion with these young minds who are all just brimming with excitement and potential.


 
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Look, I’m not going to bore you with more text…..I feel this super professional video better explains the topic at hand:

That’s right! I’m heading to Oz Comic Con to conduct a panel about what it’s like to be a Western Creator trying to break into a predominantly Japanese industry. The convention is just 10 days away, so you can be sure to see photos’ / videos in an upcoming blog! :)


 
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Not much to report on this week, as I have been spending quite a lot of time, preparing fro more school visits and my upcoming convention panel.

Hary is still progressing through, and adding finer details to the special Millennium Exile Patreon piece, so be sure to stay tuned.

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Speaking of Patreon…..


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As always, I'd like to thank the following amazing Patrons from the bottom of my heart: 

 

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Master of Elements (Tier 1)

  • Daniel Taylor

  • Jaycen Hill

 


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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • SnowMew

  • Tyler Smalley

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Patrick Lowery 

  • Shaun

  • Elizabeth Nagle (New member)

  • Haider Yassine (New member) 


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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

  • Ben Karnaghan

 

 


 

If you wish to become a Patron, you will not only be helping the project move forward - but you will also be supporting the talented artists from around the world who also work on the project.
Together we can help make Anime history!  

https://www.patreon.com/millenniumexile

"Catch-up": Kotaku article and more media coverage!

"Catch-up": Kotaku article and more media coverage!

Okie dokie,

So as promised, I'm going to start catching the blog up with the recent events of Millennium Exile. Anything with the "Catch-Up" label in the title, will be something regarding the project from past events.

Well then, lets jump straight into things shall we?


 
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Back in January, Kotaku Australia wrote up an article featuring yours truly! 

For those of you who not in the  know, Kotaku is an online media outlet that focuses on news about Anime, Gaming and various facets of pop-culture and technology. They have several websites from countries around the world, such as in the U.S, Australia, Japan and U.K.

Needless to say, having such a prominent brand not only recognize what I'm doing- but to write up such a glowing article, made me simply ecstatic to say the least! 

A few hours after this article hit the world wide web, I was inundated by emails from various bloggers, journalists, schools and even conventions! :O

Link to the article below:
https://www.kotaku.com.au/2018/01/the-aussie-whos-pitching-an-anime-to-netflix-and-japan/

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A few weeks later, I was invited to a popular radio station: "ABC radio" here in Brisbane.
I featured in a recorded interview about what it's like being a Western creator for a predominantly Japanese industry. We also covered the Japanese culture, and what effect Anime has had in shaping Japans image in Western society.
It was an amazing experience!

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More recently, I was invited to attend a Skype interview with Joel from Anigame - An Australian based Anime and Game blogger / reviewer.
While the article was a lengthy one, it was actually transcripted from the full video-chat.

Article: 
http://ani-game.com/talent-talks-episode-1-ty-hanson-the-aussie-making-the-anime-milennium-exile/

Full Video:


 
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I still have several school visits currently booked (more on that in next weeks blog), and an upcoming convention, here in Brisbane.
As the convention in question wants to break the news first, I'm not at liberty to disclose exactly which one it is...however you can be sure to expect a detailed blog sometime by the end of September.
 

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The special Patreon artwork is still in progress, with Hary spending some time fleshing out some finer details of the Diablo blade. 
You should definitely look forward to this piece being released, and all Patrons of the Millennium Exile project will receive a rare high resolution download upon it's completion :) 


 
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As always, I'd like to thank the following amazing Patrons from the bottom of my heart: 

 

 

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Master of Elements (Tier 1)

  • Daniel Taylor
  • Jaycen Hill

 

 

     

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    Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

    • SnowMew
    • Tyler Smalley
    • Coyen Olsen (New Member)
    • Patrick Lowery (New member)
    • Shaun (New Member)
       

     

     

     

     

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    Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

    • Graeyson
    • Ben Karnaghan (New Member)

     

     

     

     


    If you wish to become a Patron, you will not only be helping the project move forward - but you will also be supporting the talented artists from around the world who also work on the project.
    Together we can help make Anime history!  

    https://www.patreon.com/millenniumexile

    Patreon Celebration!

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    Patreon Celebration!

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    Well it's the end of the month, and with it - Millennium Exile's first week on Patreon! 

    Before I start, I'd like to thank the following amazing people from the bottom of my heart: 

     

     

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    Master of Elements (Tier 1)

    • Daniel Taylor
    • Jaycen Hill

     

     

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      Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

      • SnowMew
      • Tyler Smalley

       

       

       

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      Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

      • Graeyson

       

       

       

       

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      You guys have already made such a massive difference in supporting this project and I cannot thank you enough. Every dollar not only helps the project, but it also supports the various artists from around the world who work on it.
      And it's not only contribution amount that matters, with each name that's attached to this Patreon page - the better the project looks to a studio when it comes time to pitch :) 

      The project is currently receiving $70 a month from you guys in it's first week being on Patreon and 100% of the proceeds are going towards the Millennium Exile artwork and I'm hoping to eventually have enough to pay for a professional score throughout the Demo Reel.  Music can be an extremely powerful tool when used in a production and is something often overlooked.

      With such amazing & talented voice actors already attached, it sets the bar quite high to polish this as much as possible!

      https://www.patreon.com/millenniumexile

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      Well as you might have already seen, I am currently working with Hary to bring you guys a very special image...

      This image will depict a specific scene from the end of the final fight with Xarus, and shows Vincent in his never before seen God form with his Overdrive Plus (the "Abyss" gauntlet) on one hand, and an unsealed god killer: "The Diablo Blade" in the other!   

      I plan for this image to be a special promotion piece that I'm going to pass on to all Patrons (in high resolution), as a thanks to those of you currently supporting the project :) 
      Very rarely do I upload high res artwork, and I'm currently planning more exclusive bonuses to come!

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      Iv'e just come off the end of a VERY busy few months... having started a new job (in a field that required much of my time to study), doing interviews through various media outlets regarding MillEx, and I've been getting several requests to visit public and private schools to teach children about Anime, Manga and Millennium Exile!
      I won't go into to it too much here, as I'll be covering all this in the next few blogs :) 

      I'm also currently preparing myself to run my very first a panel for a convention. I've been invited to attend as a guest talk about being a western creator in the Anime genre.
      More info on that to come in the next few weeks :) 

      This blog is also getting resurrected - I'm sorry for being so slack!
      I have plenty of awesome news to share with you all, so expect more updates here, as well as some previously mentioned ones (for those of you who follow the project on Facebook).

      Iv'e been doing quite a lot since I last posted on the website, and it's time I caught you all up to speed!

       

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      Another Magazine Interview, The latest one, and a Near Death Experience.

      Hi there, everyone....apologies for the lateness of this blog, I was somewhat incapacitated, but I'll go into that a little later.


       

      Another Interview

      A Manga serialization magazine from America recently interviewed me regarding the Millennium Exile project...that makes 2 Interviews in as many weeks :)

      The magazine is called "Saturday AM" and is an amazing publication in which talented artists from outside of Japan come together to get serialized in hopes of getting their work out into the world.
      The magazine really is quite amazing as it sports an array of extremely talented artists with some exceptional stories to tell. 

      This interview was extremely interesting to say the least as the questions were so well thought through and cleverly written. 
      It really shows the passion and respect the author must have for Anime and for those attempting to get noticed by the industry. 

      I'll be sure to link you all to the issue with my Interview however unlike the Gametraders magazine, you will need to purchase a subscription.
      $1.99 for a single issue or $5.00 a year for so much content,what a bargain!




       

      Gametraders magazine Interview

      The Interview with Gametraders magazine released and it looks awesome!
      I recently posted this on the Millennium Exile Facebook page however I thought I would link it here for anyone who may have missed it.

      Click below to read the full article:





      A Near Death Experience

      A few days ago I was involved in a rather serious car accident. I was driving at 60 kph when a car left it's lane and crossed into mine, causing a near head-on collision. 

      My car did not have airbags and I hit the steering wheel with such force that I broke the drive shaft, pushing the wheel upwards and into the windscreen. 

      I was rushed to the hospital with suspected internal bleeding, broken bones and a fractured spine.
      Amazingly however and after extensive testing and scans, none of these were present within my body and I was left with severe whiplash, bruising and swelling. 
      I't been a tough few days to say the least with making call after call, attempting to get back on the road and find the sense of normality I possessed before the accident.

      I'm having to get an ultrasound today to check that all my organs are still functioning properly so fingers crossed.


       

      Side Note: I was the Green Car with the Gurren Lagann Signage on it...

      Trying to stay in high spirits on a very uncomfortable ride in the ambulance.

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      Day Three

      Here is the dash-cam footage of the accident.
      It was captured by another motorist waiting at the intersection and provided to me.
      In an attempt to keep my sense of humor, I made a few edits to keep things light-hearted.

      Well, that's about it for another blog. 
      Apologies for a lack on content this week however I'm sure many of you will understand given my recent circumstances.

      Until next week - Stay Safe on the roads these holidays!

      Newest artwork & Anime Figure Photography - Shameless Self Promotion!

      Another week, another blog.
      This week I'll be sharing with you my newest piece for the upcoming demo reel and some of my Anime toy photography.

      Shall we?


       

      Newest Artwork:

      The newest still from Millennium Exile's upcoming demo reel is out. In this image, we see a group of people walking in a crowded area. This is to illustrate that the Meisters of our story walk among regular people and are in-fact still a normal part of society.   

      Spot a familiar person? :p


       

      Anime Toy Photography

      For those who may not know me all too personally, I am a photographer. Real Estate photography is the means in which I earn my weekly wage , however I absolutely LOVE taking photo's of nature, animals and scenery...but none more so than Toy photography.

      Being the Anime fan that I am of course  means that Anime collectibles are my predominant focus when I'm behind the camera :) 

      Please see below for some examples of my work.

      Now this certainly isn't all of my work, but more of a few of my highlighted and more popular images.

      While I enjoy setting up the studio, firing up the lights and doing some product photography by a standard practice, I also enjoy getting out and setting up the figures for some environment shots.  I feel that these shots can often (and if done right) lead to capturing the emotion and characteristics of the subject.

      Should you want to see more of my catalog, please feel free to check out my Flickr gallery or swing by Finchzero Photography on IG & Facebook. 

      Facebook: 
      https://www.facebook.com/finchzerophotography/

      IG:
      finchzero_photography

      Flickr:
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/102896696@N06/

      Flirckr is a fantastic source of brilliant photography as it contains hundreds of thousands of groups - all dedicated to specific types and styles of photography including toys!
      There is a vast range of amazing talent on this page and can often be a great source of inspiration so I would highly recommend you check it out :)


      For me, toy and figure photography is another way of expressing my passion for Anime.
      Maybe if you guys are interested, I can do a blog on the toy photography process :) 

      So tell me, what do you like to do to express your passions?

      I hope you enjoyed this weeks little blog.
      Until next week, stay frosty and stay safe throughout the holiday season.

      MillEx: Artwork updates, Edits & One Less Artist....

      Howdy all, I hope this week has been good to you :)

      My day job has kept me extremely busy (I'm a photographer & running my own business), it's currently summer here in Australia and looking to be one our hottest ones yet!
      I was bitten by a dog today which was only a very small laceration however I did have to receive a Tetanus needle just to be safe....my arms feeling pretty sore :(

       Anyways enough about me and onto the Millennium Exile stuff:

       

      Working on a project such as this, I am given the awesome chance to work with some amazingly talented artists from around the world, many of whom I befriend on a personal level.
      One artist in particular has been working with me on MillEx for a number of years, I will not go into specifics but I loved his art style and he was not only an artist to me but also a dear friend. Unfortunately a few issues arose for this artist on a personal level that eventually began to affect his performances professionally. 
      After almost 2 years however, these issues could not be mitigated and after lengthy consideration, the decision was made to cease any and all collaboration with him....it's a sad day indeed. 
      This has been the main reason that Hary has had to pick up some of the slack and start drawing for the demo reel which in turn, takes him away from the awesome character artwork I used to release so often. 

      Again though - the amazing Hary has decided to step up and continue working where the other artist left off. This will still mean that character artwork will be on hold, however I am currently re-planning the demo reel's final stage to make up for having one less artist. 
      I am also reaching out to a few other talents around the world in search of someone who may be able to fill in and get Hary back to the character art ASAP.

      All in all it's been a fairly hectic and turbulent time :(

       

       

       

      Hary completed another piece for the demo reel so this week, I thought I would show the the steps that go into the commission process to show you how a piece evolves along the way :)

      The brief should be an explanation of what it is exactly that you would like from the artist. It can be as detailed or simplistic as you want however it will be your responsibility to ensure that you have communicated properly with the artist. 
      Also, it's sometimes a good idea to allow the artist to flex their creativity...this can often lead to some amazing results!

      For this image in particular I did not see it necessary to provide any initial designs for the characters as their specific appearance was somewhat irrelevant. Usually for a character, I would provide a concept design along with the descriptive brief however in this instance, the brief was as follows:

      "For this image I would like 8 mages, all dressed in identical (or very similarly styled) robes.
      Their faces can be covered as their identities are not overly relevant and should add to the mystery of the piece."
      "I would also like them to be casting magic please."

      At this point, you should also be requesting a rough draft (or several) in order to ascertain the artists direction before putting in all the hard work.
      This helps to shape your expectations as well as improving upon your communication with the artist. 
      This stage can  also prevent him/her from spending enormous amounts of time to possibly produce the wrong results.

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      Draft 1:

       Draft 2: The one I ended up picking.

      Draft 2: The one I ended up picking.

      Depending on the artist, or if you have specifically requested it, the artist should now be providing you with an idea of the color palette they are using. 
      This step helps to give both yourself and the artist an idea of the feeling and the vibe this piece will likely give off.
      You can always provide this information in the initial brief also however a final approval is usually best.

      Don't forget that between these steps that there is always a waiting period. If you know the artist well then you may not feel the need however negotiating a deadline can often be beneficial.  
      At the end of it all though, you should be presented with an amazing piece of artwork :)

      Now you 'may' want to take this up with your artist however I personally enjoy tweaking, editing and putting the final touches on a pieces should I have decided on a creative change.
      In this situation I decided to highlight each of the mages a different color to emphasize the different class they each were responsible for making. 
      I also made lighting& shadow changes and added some extra effects!

      Well, that's it from me this week. 
      I hope you all stay safe and have some amazing fortune ahead of you :) 
      Until next time Space Cowboys!

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      The Death of Anime?

      Weather it be One Piece, Naruto, Tokyo Ghoul or the classics such as Ninja Scroll and Ghost in the Shell; we love our Anime in one form or another.

      Well, what if I were to tell you that the anime industry was going to die?, or even more baffling, that we may be experiencing the death of it right now?

      Back in 2015 Hideaki Anno, creator of the renowned Neon Genesis Evangelion, was interviewed by Russian journalists from RIA Novosti. He explained that “Japanese animation is in decline", and that “It has already peaked", going on to prophecise  that we will likely see a resurgence...a rebirth if you will (pun intended) however that it's "only a matter of time" before we witness the death of Anime.

      Anno goes on to explain that we will likely see this death and rebirth throughout the Anime industry within the next 5 years, and that “Japan will no longer be the center of world animation”.

      Anime has never been more popular throughout the western world as it is today.
      When my generation grew up, we watched shows such as Astroboy, Macross and Dragonball. However we only identified them as 'cartoons' back then, with very little knowledge of the titles origins. 
      Many children today however are growing up with the likes of One Piece, Bleach and Naruto just to name a few; but what's more is that they understand that it's an Anime...and that Anime comes from Japan. They can identify and differentiate Anime through it's varied styles and story from that of say; 'Ben 10'. Most youth can even surprise you with detailed knowledge of the directors and studios in which these titles were made. 
      On average, the children of the 90's through to now, have a much more coherent understanding of what Anime is compared to the children of the 70's and 80's. 

      That's large in part because the industry has been around for a long time and has carved out a name for itself and become more established.
      It's a simple notion really, the longer something stay's relevant and popular, the easier it is to be identified by the general public.

      But, does that rise in popularity mean Anime is capable of dying? I believe so.

      Anime took the world by storm by expressing that 'cartoons' don't have to be just for children. We saw this in titles such as The Guyver, Ghost in the Shell, Ninja Scroll, Street Fighter The Animated movie, First of the North Star and so on. However once that message had been successfully relayed, what next? Well, the Anime industry began producing extremely original content, shows that were dark and gritty, light hearted, yet meaningful, comedic yet so very serious. These stories manifested themselves within titles such as Anno's Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain, Agento Soma, Samurai Champloo, Full Metal Alchemist etc. 

      But do you ever wonder why there is inherently more shows now containing panty shots and half naked high-school girls with physic defying breasts bouncing around the place as there was in Anime 15 years ago? 

      Unfortunately we just don't see that same level of originality, passion or thoughtfulness behind works coming out today,
      Very few shows are being created with the love and passion they deserve because at the end of the day, regardless of where your heart lies it's still a business and needs to make money.

      Being that episodes can just be downloaded off the Internet or streamed via online services, DVD and Bluray sales are at an all time low. Thus, many studio's feel it necessary to really push stories that can sell a lot of other merchandise in order to get a return on the money it cost to develop the show. (Model kits are basically the reason why we will never see the Gundam franchise go out of business any time soon)
      This eventually pigeon holes and restrains the creative processes and reduces a studio's vision to that of just making money however they can.

      This also usually takes the form of the 'sex sells' mentality, thus the overly saturated seasons of fan service Anime we get bombarded by.
      I mean, sure, there has always been fan service and nudity in Anime, don't get me wrong.
      But my point is that it wasn't always so ridiculous, nor was it everywhere like it is today.

      Working conditions are also to blame, with extreme levels of stress being placed upon animators, unreasonably long working hours and financial instabilities.
      One anonymous ex-employee of an Anime studio went on to share his experience with the world that "There are many who suffer from mental stress mainly caused by lack of money." and that "The income of an employee is small with the annual income of a first year earning a little over 2,000,000 yen." 
      That's roughly $24,000 AUD or $18,000 USD per annum for working 12 - 14 hour days.

      Given all of these factors and many more, it becomes very apparent that the Anime industry in it's current form is not sustainable, giving much more credibility (or rather educating us more so) to Anno's claims.


      To surmise, I personally believe that the "best of Anime" is behind us...all the great titles that were made with love and passion have all been made, leaving those responsible exhausted, stressed and underwhelmed due to the toll the industry has had on them. 
      That's not to say that 'all' Anime are shallow and failing. 
      We still see a very high caliber of quality and love coming from studios like Ufotable, Production I.G, BONES and Madhouse, but unfortunately those titles are few and far between, with the shallow 'cash cowing' and 'sex sells' mentality fast becoming the norm within the industry. 

      I can only hope that as I endeavour to take Millennium Exile to Japan for Anime adaptation, that Anno's prediction of a "rebirth" is accurate.
      My wish is to break down the borders and boundaries set by conventional methods so that love, respect and hard work can allow for creations within the industries we love.

      That being said however, it's not like we can all just keep the industry alive through sheer force of will, please...if you are passionate about Anime, then please support it by purchasing official merchandise, especially the DVD and Bluray releases.
      I can understand that you may not all have much money, but it's not about the individual putting in hundreds of thousands of dollars each week, but more the individual giving what they can to support the industry they love.
      While there is nothing legally wrong with have a steaming service subscription, please also consider giving back a bit more whenever you can and from official distributors. A little from each fan goes a long way, however piracy and bootleg's hurt the very backbone of the industry we claim to love so much.
       

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      Magazine Interview, Demo Reel Progress & more!

      Howdy everyone! I hope this blog finds you once again in good health :)
      Let's jump right into things shall we?

      Magazine Interview:

      Early last week I received an awesome message of support from an Australian Anime & Gaming company, Gametraders. They requested an interview in order to publish a piece on Millennium Exile in their next online publication of "Live" magazine.
      This was an amazing offer as any form of love towards the project is appreciated, but also goes towards further exposure in order to bring it to the attention of more and more Anime fans. 

      I have been sent the final draft of the interview and it's a fantastic read...not too mention they are running a competition to win a Millennium Exile mounted print! 
      The issue with the interview has not yet gone live (pun completely intended), however I will provide a link in another blog post upon it's release.

      Demo Reel Progress & Update:


      As usual, the demo reel has been eating up a lot of time and resources which makes it tough on you guys because it's hard to share everything that's going on.

      This is because the demo reel will not be released to the public or uploaded anywhere online. This is largely due to it being for studio pitch only and offers up quite a lot of extra information about the story. Not too mention that the demo has been professionally dubbed by Anime voice actors in the United States.
      It sucks I know, but it's hard on me too that the best part of my project is a part that I can't show to you, so please be patients guys...I'll always share whatever I can in bits a pieces.

      Hary - The main artist for the character introductory pieces has been brought on to the demo reel to help out as another artist has been unwell for some time and unable to draw. 
      A couple more pieces to go and Hary will be back in his usual seat, belting out more of my character designs, I promise ;)

      Marcos has also been brought into the project as the new colorist for the demo reel in order to help take some strain off other artists and to hopefully expedite the whole process.

      Speaking of which, here is a work in progress of a still from the demo reel :)
      This image depicts the ancient mages congregating and pooling their powers together, in order to create the great meister classes from the stories mythos.

        The image still a work in progress so stay tuned to the Facebook page for regular updates also.

      The image still a work in progress so stay tuned to the Facebook page for regular updates also.

      Please find links below to Hary and Marcos' Deviantart pages for more of their work:
      http://the-hary.deviantart.com/
      http://eroishi.deviantart.com/

      Donations & Shout Outs:

      As many of you may (or may not) know, Millennium Exile is open to donations.
      This is to allow for anyone wanting to show their support in the form of financial contribution towards paying for further artwork. Originally it wasn't even my idea, although it was only after popular demand that I opened up the project to donations...it would seem that many of you were keen to put a little something towards seeing Millennium Exile made into an Anime and I thank you all.

      This week in particular, I would like to personally give a whole hearted thank you to Tristan Woodington and Mohammed Anbari for their donations in the last week.
      Your contributions will be put 100% towards new artwork and you guys will be tagged and thanked again when the imagery you helped paid for is released online :)
      (Should you wish to donate towards MillEx, just hit the "shop now" button on the Facebook page).

      Another big shout out goes to the Username "Skullcandyywho shared out the Millennium Exile project of his or her own free will on forums around the Internet in order to bring more (positive) attention towards MillEx.
      Your awesomeness is much appreciated and goes a long way to getting Millennium Exile noticed by the right people.

      Thank you :)

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      Anime at Abbotsford features Millennium Exile!

      Social Media Feature:
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      Last Sunday morning, Sydney Anime super-store " Anime at Abbotsford" contacted me, requesting information of the project and ended up featuring the Millennium Exile project on their Facebook page.

      Their post was encouraging and shared out the project to their fans and customers alike, many of whom were full of encouragement.

      A@A host many public events such as trade days and barbecues and also ships with amazing prices with an A+ service.
      So if you live in Australia, please consider checking out their store:

      https://www.facebook.com/AnimeAtAbbotsford/

      Stay tuned for more MillEx news! 

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