Gather round everyone, for this month we have Vampires and Demons in Octobers “Spooky” Month in review!    This month was both busy and slow (if that makes any sense).  The project may have “seemed” quite on the social media front, but the gears are always turning. I have some truly AWESOME artwork to share with you this month, as well as hitting a special milestone (more on that later).  My personal life had many ups and a few downs this month.  I started a new job in another computer shop which is over an hour drive each way. My lower back also twisted up on me again, causing me some great discomfort. I now have to attend Physiotherapy more regularly, which mostly seems because of the new travel distance to the shop. I even interviewed for another job (prior to this one) but I unfortunately had to turn it down based on the capabilities of my lower back. This injury is really inconvenient to say the least.    Kelsey FINALLY handed in her thesis for her university (or collage) degree in Town Planning and Sustainable Development! It’s been 5 long- ass years filled with blood sweat and tears (mostly hers), but I also spent MANY a night camped out on the floor of Kelsey’s study, editing her assignments. Obviously, the same goes for the thesis, which was another massive commitment this month, but I can finally say it’s all over. Kelsey handed in her thesis the other day, and the poor girl can finally retain her sanity.        To celebrate…we attended a special gala with several of Kelsey’s peers and cohorts.  Because this was going to be my first time meeting these people, Kelsey wanted to make sure I looked my best, so she dropped a few $$$ on a new outfit, to make sure I looked sharp and made the best impression. I fit into the new clothe’s just fine, but there was still a lot of pressure on me to look sharp, so I jumped back into 8/16 Intermittent Fasting. That means I can eat within an 8 hour window, and I fast for the remaining 16 hours. Doing this really helps me, in combination with a healthy diet and regular exercise…which is exactly what I did! I dropped all soft drinks and junk food (giving me lack-of caffeine headaches every morning and general nausea). These feelings obviously pass as your body adapts to not having a continuous flow of nonsense put in the gas tank, but I was also hitting the gym almost every day.  Look, I’m not one to blow my own whistle, but as a result of the hard work, I managed to loose a few kg’s in a week, which helped me feel a bit more confident on the night.       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     I’m so very proud of Kelsey, what she has done is truly remarkable to me! The sheer amount of hard work, perseverance and dedication this woman has put in to her studies is awe inspiring. I’m not really the academic type by conventional standards, so watching this journey has been amazing.               

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       Back teaching the kids…             Recently I had another day teaching the kids about the Anime.  In case you’re new here, on these days I visit and guest speak at schools around the state. I talk about the history of Anime, the differences between Manga and Anime, how it is made and what the differences are between Cartoons from the West, and Japanese Anime.  As there are many fans of Millennium Exile in these schools, the kids love hearing about the project, as well as some tips and tricks with writing / creating your own story and character design.       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       We usually wrap things up with a drawing workshop, where the kids get to try their hands at drawing, by copying some images printed from the net. It’s simply incredible to see how much talent some of these little people have….I mean, these were year 5’s and I was actually envious as to just how crazy good these kids are at such a young age!       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      This months rewards…            This month we had two “Original Design Sheets” released…Clay and Hunter. All Patrons who support the project on Patreon $25 and over receive exclusive access to my original design sheets of these characters. The drawings are actually quite embarrassing for some of the characters, but it gives you some great insight as to how they started out, as apposed to how they look upon final release!       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      Released Images WIP’s and future releases…            This month actually marks quite a big milestone for me and Millennium Exile….namely, the  FINAL  character release!  49 designs later, and all the the Millennium Exile characters have finally been revealed. It’s taken me years to complete this and I absolutely have Hary to thank. Hary was not only the very first commissioned artist to work on the project, but he has also been with me from the very beginning! Elmer joined the team late last year and carried the project’s demo reel across the finish line, later helping out with the character releases.   Seriously, I just want to take a moment to thank the both of you from the bottom of my heart…I am truly thankful and honored. Everyone, please show these guys some love!  Now, let’s get into this months artwork!!!             ARTIST: Hary Istiyoso     https://www.deviantart.com/the-hary   https://twitter.com/hary_istiyoso         Introducing Abaddon!  Abaddon is an echo, like Xarus and arrived on Ryner during the large scale invasion known as the Rapture. He was an extremely high ranking commander within their forces and managed to survive the mass extinction of his kind.  Abaddon also currently resides within the body of a certain eye-patched wearing gunslinger.... however, If you wish to know more about Abaddon including his abilities, please check out his full biography at the link below:  https://www.millenniumexile.com/abaddon        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              ARTIST: Elmer Damaso     https://elmerdamaso.artstation.com/   https://twitter.com/iq40mail      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     I know, I know....two pieces of MillEx art, only a few days apart? That's right fam...both Hary and Elmer were held up with delays in their artwork, and BOTH finished and handed their works in on the same day! This very special piece comes at the behest of many of you fans, asking for a Lineage Clan poster! Well, I got your DM's, heard your requests and delivered.   The Lineage Clan Poster is COMPLETE!   If you wish to learn more about the Lineage Clan, please check out their individual bio's here:  https://www.millenniumexile.com/the-linage-clan                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Master of Elements (Tier 1)     Kelsey Ellis    Ben Karnaghan                 

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Dual Wielding (Tier 2)     Shaun Ivanku    Kylie Keen    David Haynes    Dru Parker    Rachael Hajje                 

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Your’e a Wizard!  (Tier 3)     Coyen Olsen    Tyler Smalley                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 4)     Graeyson      James Salhani    Edward Tremenheere

Gather round everyone, for this month we have Vampires and Demons in Octobers “Spooky” Month in review!


This month was both busy and slow (if that makes any sense).
The project may have “seemed” quite on the social media front, but the gears are always turning. I have some truly AWESOME artwork to share with you this month, as well as hitting a special milestone (more on that later).

My personal life had many ups and a few downs this month.
I started a new job in another computer shop which is over an hour drive each way. My lower back also twisted up on me again, causing me some great discomfort. I now have to attend Physiotherapy more regularly, which mostly seems because of the new travel distance to the shop. I even interviewed for another job (prior to this one) but I unfortunately had to turn it down based on the capabilities of my lower back. This injury is really inconvenient to say the least.


Kelsey FINALLY handed in her thesis for her university (or collage) degree in Town Planning and Sustainable Development!
It’s been 5 long- ass years filled with blood sweat and tears (mostly hers), but I also spent MANY a night camped out on the floor of Kelsey’s study, editing her assignments. Obviously, the same goes for the thesis, which was another massive commitment this month, but I can finally say it’s all over. Kelsey handed in her thesis the other day, and the poor girl can finally retain her sanity.

To celebrate…we attended a special gala with several of Kelsey’s peers and cohorts.
Because this was going to be my first time meeting these people, Kelsey wanted to make sure I looked my best, so she dropped a few $$$ on a new outfit, to make sure I looked sharp and made the best impression. I fit into the new clothe’s just fine, but there was still a lot of pressure on me to look sharp, so I jumped back into 8/16 Intermittent Fasting. That means I can eat within an 8 hour window, and I fast for the remaining 16 hours.
Doing this really helps me, in combination with a healthy diet and regular exercise…which is exactly what I did! I dropped all soft drinks and junk food (giving me lack-of caffeine headaches every morning and general nausea). These feelings obviously pass as your body adapts to not having a continuous flow of nonsense put in the gas tank, but I was also hitting the gym almost every day.

Look, I’m not one to blow my own whistle, but as a result of the hard work, I managed to loose a few kg’s in a week, which helped me feel a bit more confident on the night.

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I’m so very proud of Kelsey, what she has done is truly remarkable to me! The sheer amount of hard work, perseverance and dedication this woman has put in to her studies is awe inspiring. I’m not really the academic type by conventional standards, so watching this journey has been amazing.

 

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Back teaching the kids…

 

Recently I had another day teaching the kids about the Anime.
In case you’re new here, on these days I visit and guest speak at schools around the state. I talk about the history of Anime, the differences between Manga and Anime, how it is made and what the differences are between Cartoons from the West, and Japanese Anime. As there are many fans of Millennium Exile in these schools, the kids love hearing about the project, as well as some tips and tricks with writing / creating your own story and character design.

We usually wrap things up with a drawing workshop, where the kids get to try their hands at drawing, by copying some images printed from the net. It’s simply incredible to see how much talent some of these little people have….I mean, these were year 5’s and I was actually envious as to just how crazy good these kids are at such a young age!

 

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This months rewards…

 

This month we had two “Original Design Sheets” released…Clay and Hunter.
All Patrons who support the project on Patreon $25 and over receive exclusive access to my original design sheets of these characters. The drawings are actually quite embarrassing for some of the characters, but it gives you some great insight as to how they started out, as apposed to how they look upon final release!

 

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Released Images WIP’s and future releases…

 

This month actually marks quite a big milestone for me and Millennium Exile….namely, the FINAL character release!
49 designs later, and all the the Millennium Exile characters have finally been revealed. It’s taken me years to complete this and I absolutely have Hary to thank. Hary was not only the very first commissioned artist to work on the project, but he has also been with me from the very beginning! Elmer joined the team late last year and carried the project’s demo reel across the finish line, later helping out with the character releases.

Seriously, I just want to take a moment to thank the both of you from the bottom of my heart…I am truly thankful and honored. Everyone, please show these guys some love!

Now, let’s get into this months artwork!!!

 

Introducing Abaddon!

Abaddon is an echo, like Xarus and arrived on Ryner during the large scale invasion known as the Rapture.
He was an extremely high ranking commander within their forces and managed to survive the mass extinction of his kind.

Abaddon also currently resides within the body of a certain eye-patched wearing gunslinger.... however, If you wish to know more about Abaddon including his abilities, please check out his full biography at the link below:
https://www.millenniumexile.com/abaddon

 

I know, I know....two pieces of MillEx art, only a few days apart? That's right fam...both Hary and Elmer were held up with delays in their artwork, and BOTH finished and handed their works in on the same day! This very special piece comes at the behest of many of you fans, asking for a Lineage Clan poster!
Well, I got your DM's, heard your requests and delivered.

The Lineage Clan Poster is COMPLETE!

If you wish to learn more about the Lineage Clan, please check out their individual bio's here:
https://www.millenniumexile.com/the-linage-clan

 

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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)

  • Kelsey Ellis

  • Ben Karnaghan

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • Kylie Keen

  • David Haynes

  • Dru Parker

  • Rachael Hajje

 
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Your’e a Wizard!  (Tier 3)

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Tyler Smalley

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 4)

  • Graeyson

  • James Salhani

  • Edward Tremenheere

      Hey y’all, how’s everyone going? Well I hope.  Thankfully, my eye is all healed and my vision is finally back to what it was (it only took a month lol). That being said however, a large chunk of this month was still spent away from the computer for some much needed rest and relaxation.   A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of catching up and finally meeting with Kevin Penkin for a few drinks.  If you don’t recognize Kevin’s face, than perhaps your ears would recognize his work on such titles as Rising of the Shield Hero, Made in Abyss and Florence to name a few. Kevin is a freaking AMAZING composer, who has put together some of the most hauntingly beautiful tracks of sheer ear candy.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     It was a freaking awesome night and I had the absolute pleasure of meeting some other really fantastic creatives. Iv’e also been networking with some other big names in the industry and as it turns out, Millennium Exile is being watching by some very prestigious eyes…it’s actually a little daunting hahaha. I’m not at liberty of dropping names, but at the end of the day, getting attention is exactly what a project like this should be doing so it’s a good thing. Nothing is set in stone or anything like that, I just have to keep working hard and proceed as planned.              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              In other news, I picked up this awesome Reg Nendoroid from Made in Abyss…how freaking cute is this little guy? :D  I fear that I ‘may’ actually have an unhealthy obsession with Nendoroids. Aside from the Manga titles I’m currently reading, Nendoroids have actually been most of the merchandise to make it’s way into my Anime room.    You can buy your favorite character here:  https://www.goodsmile.info/en/                     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     NANI!?! That’s right… a little over a week ago I received the unfortunate news that I would be made redundant from my job as an I.T technician, effective the 02/10/2019. This was not reflective of any performance issues on my end, but rather, the store / location that I was employed to manage is closing down and being taken over by another company.  The new business moving in is another computer repair / sales center, and the owner is coming with a full team of his own staff.  My current boss does not have the capacity to keep a full-time staff member in his other locations so he can’t keep me either.  To put it frankly, I’m out on my ass through no fault of my own. :(  But that’s okay though because in less that a week after being notified, I was offered a job working for one of our main suppliers.  This was awesome news, but what started out as “Come in for a friendly chat”, quickly turned into a 4 page application form, a 30 question pop quiz (with questions like, what is 10% of 200 Million, What is Australia’s nearest English-speaking country, what Nation does Brazil belong to etc), followed by an intense 3 panel interview…complete with surprise role playing scenario’s.   It’s a good thing I can role with the punches because I performed well and ended up with a job offer.  I start on Tuesday 08/10/2019, which gives me 5 whole days off before jumping back into it. :)  Although Millennium Exile is my main goal, I’m getting married next year, I’m not a trust fund kid and still have bills to pay. MillEx is't an Anime yet and does not make me any money…with 100% of the donated funds going towards the project itself.                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Ohhhh, Back to school…back to school, to prove to my dad that I’m not a fool…     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     This month, I had the pleasure of attending another school to teach the kids about Anime as an art-form, a passion and a business. I teach the kids about creative writing, character design, working and collaborating with artists, as well as several other things. As usual, the children loved it and had a great time trying their hands at a small drawing workshop.  Its so cool to see their eyes light up, but its even cooler getting bombarded with selfie and autographs requests. I mean, I’m still a nobody, so it’s a little strange…but I still love that the kids get so much enjoyment out of it.  I have another school workshop coming up in the next few weeks! :D      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     As I’ve mentioned in other blogs…the artwork releases are going to start slowing down quite a bit. That’s large in part because of the project’s success and development. The main bulk of the artwork has been completed and there’s only 1 new character release left, as well as a group shot….             ARTIST: Elmer Damaso     https://elmerdamaso.artstation.com/   https://twitter.com/iq40mail      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     As you can see, this is the group shot in question. It’s of the Lineage clan in all their mysterious glory. Elmer is doing a SENSATIONAL job on this piece but its freaking expensive…looking forward to this piece getting completed soon!             ARTIST: Hary Istiyoso     https://www.deviantart.com/the-hary   https://twitter.com/hary_istiyoso        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Introducing Yuki!  Yuki is a rouge Vampire and granddaughter of the Oracle. Despite her prestigious origins, Yuki is outgoing, bright and highly energetic. She is outspoken, crass and often speaks out of turn, voicing her unfiltered opinions.  If you wish to know more about Yuki including her abilities, please check out his full biography at the link below:  https://www.millenniumexile.com/yuki                  

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Master of Elements (Tier 1)     Kelsey Ellis    Ben Karnaghan                 

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Dual Wielding (Tier 2)     Shaun Ivanku    Kylie Keen    David Haynes    Dru Parker    Rachael Hajje                 

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Your’e a Wizard!  (Tier 3)     Coyen Olsen    Tyler Smalley                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 4)     Graeyson      James Salhani    Edward Tremenheere

Hey y’all, how’s everyone going? Well I hope.

Thankfully, my eye is all healed and my vision is finally back to what it was (it only took a month lol).
That being said however, a large chunk of this month was still spent away from the computer for some much needed rest and relaxation.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of catching up and finally meeting with Kevin Penkin for a few drinks.
If you don’t recognize Kevin’s face, than perhaps your ears would recognize his work on such titles as Rising of the Shield Hero, Made in Abyss and Florence to name a few. Kevin is a freaking AMAZING composer, who has put together some of the most hauntingly beautiful tracks of sheer ear candy.

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It was a freaking awesome night and I had the absolute pleasure of meeting some other really fantastic creatives.
Iv’e also been networking with some other big names in the industry and as it turns out, Millennium Exile is being watching by some very prestigious eyes…it’s actually a little daunting hahaha. I’m not at liberty of dropping names, but at the end of the day, getting attention is exactly what a project like this should be doing so it’s a good thing. Nothing is set in stone or anything like that, I just have to keep working hard and proceed as planned.

 
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In other news, I picked up this awesome Reg Nendoroid from Made in Abyss…how freaking cute is this little guy? :D
I fear that I ‘may’ actually have an unhealthy obsession with Nendoroids. Aside from the Manga titles I’m currently reading, Nendoroids have actually been most of the merchandise to make it’s way into my Anime room.

You can buy your favorite character here:
https://www.goodsmile.info/en/

 

 
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NANI!?!
That’s right… a little over a week ago I received the unfortunate news that I would be made redundant from my job as an I.T technician, effective the 02/10/2019. This was not reflective of any performance issues on my end, but rather, the store / location that I was employed to manage is closing down and being taken over by another company.
The new business moving in is another computer repair / sales center, and the owner is coming with a full team of his own staff.
My current boss does not have the capacity to keep a full-time staff member in his other locations so he can’t keep me either.

To put it frankly, I’m out on my ass through no fault of my own. :(

But that’s okay though because in less that a week after being notified, I was offered a job working for one of our main suppliers.
This was awesome news, but what started out as “Come in for a friendly chat”, quickly turned into a 4 page application form, a 30 question pop quiz (with questions like, what is 10% of 200 Million, What is Australia’s nearest English-speaking country, what Nation does Brazil belong to etc), followed by an intense 3 panel interview…complete with surprise role playing scenario’s.

It’s a good thing I can role with the punches because I performed well and ended up with a job offer.
I start on Tuesday 08/10/2019, which gives me 5 whole days off before jumping back into it. :)

Although Millennium Exile is my main goal, I’m getting married next year, I’m not a trust fund kid and still have bills to pay.
MillEx is't an Anime yet and does not make me any money…with 100% of the donated funds going towards the project itself.


 
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Ohhhh, Back to school…back to school, to prove to my dad that I’m not a fool…

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This month, I had the pleasure of attending another school to teach the kids about Anime as an art-form, a passion and a business.
I teach the kids about creative writing, character design, working and collaborating with artists, as well as several other things.
As usual, the children loved it and had a great time trying their hands at a small drawing workshop.

Its so cool to see their eyes light up, but its even cooler getting bombarded with selfie and autographs requests. I mean, I’m still a nobody, so it’s a little strange…but I still love that the kids get so much enjoyment out of it.

I have another school workshop coming up in the next few weeks! :D


 
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As I’ve mentioned in other blogs…the artwork releases are going to start slowing down quite a bit.
That’s large in part because of the project’s success and development. The main bulk of the artwork has been completed and there’s only 1 new character release left, as well as a group shot….

 

As you can see, this is the group shot in question. It’s of the Lineage clan in all their mysterious glory. Elmer is doing a SENSATIONAL job on this piece but its freaking expensive…looking forward to this piece getting completed soon!

 

Introducing Yuki!
Yuki is a rouge Vampire and granddaughter of the Oracle.
Despite her prestigious origins, Yuki is outgoing, bright and highly energetic. She is outspoken, crass and often speaks out of turn, voicing her unfiltered opinions.

If you wish to know more about Yuki including her abilities, please check out his full biography at the link below:
https://www.millenniumexile.com/yuki


 
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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)

  • Kelsey Ellis

  • Ben Karnaghan

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • Kylie Keen

  • David Haynes

  • Dru Parker

  • Rachael Hajje

 
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Your’e a Wizard!  (Tier 3)

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Tyler Smalley

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 4)

  • Graeyson

  • James Salhani

  • Edward Tremenheere

       Howdy there, its that time again…only this time, it’s special :) This month not only marks the 10 years years since I started writing and developing the Millennium Exile story, but it also marks 1 whole year on Patreon!      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


           Before we get into all the celebratory stuff, I thought I’d update you on a few little setbacks that have affected me over the last week.   Last Wednesday, at 4am I woke up damn near screaming and clutching my left eye and any attempt to turn on a light in my house would see me doubled over in pain. My partner took me to the doctors and as the sun rose, I began acting like a freaking vampire, almost trying to crawl under the dashboard of the car. I was dressed like I had just stepped off the set of 8 Mile….sunglasses on and a hoodie pulled over my face I swear, I couldn’t have looked more suspicious if I tried hahaha. The doctor checked over me and sent me straight to the hospital to see the eye specialist.   After hours of pain and discomfort, I was diagnosed with Uveitis which is a serious and extremely painful eye infection.  My eye was inflamed to the point where the iris was being pressed up against the cornea (those aren’t supposed to touch btw) Luckily however, it is easily treatable with medication and plenty of rest. I have to take anti-inflammatory eye drops once an hour, every hour and another set of eye drops morning and night to forcefully dilate my eye. These are to keep the inflammation from pressing the parts of my eye that shouldn’t be touching. That however, blurs my vision horribly, almost as if one of my eyes has has Vaseline smeared over it….it’s really annoying and uncomfortable. I was also told that I would be unable to work or drive for the next week.       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
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      This month we also celebrate the introduction of a new tier to Patreon!           

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Earlier, I was contacted by a good friend and fan of the project,  Coyen Olsen  who wanted to suggest there be a tier between $10 and $50. This was because Coyen wanted to contribute more, but also saw the need for something to bridge the gap.  This also meant having to come up with another reward, so I present to you…access to the initial character design sketches!  All Patrons $25 and up will have access to these sketches and they will be released every Monday. The images will have a side-by-side comparison of what the initial design looked like to the finished product…drawn by one of the projects amazing artists!   https://www.patreon.com/millenniumexile      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      Lets talk about celebrating 10 years of MillEx and 1 year on Patreon!   Now, I don’t have much to offer - I’m not some big YouTube celebrity and I don’t have the connections or sponsorship’s to go giving away PS4’s and whatnot, but I did make a few goodies for both Patrons and the public.  First of all, I wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, to everyone who has donated, liked, shared and even followed the project. Millennium Exile has undergone MASSIVE changes since 2016 when things first started blowing up. From having the demo reel professionally dubbed, to networking with fascinating individuals. I’ve met many amazingly awesome artists, and even presented the project at a few conventions….heck, some of you even asked for my autograph :P I’ve been featured in both printed and online media, and been interviewed by several magazines. Thanks to Millennium Exile, I’ve been able to conduct and run Anime workshops across both primary and high-schools alike.    Guys seriously, thank you.  I couldn’t have done any of this without your love and support! :)       Now…on to the goodies!  It’s not much, but I made some wallpapers, one of each of our main characters.  Click on the image for a full size & download:  ( Patrons will have access to the clean images without the logo)       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
          
             
                  
             
          
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
          
             
                  
             
          
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
          
             
                  
             
          
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
          
             
                  
             
          
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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      Recently I had the absolute pleasure of attending yet another school to run one of my Anime workshops.              As some of you may know, several schools from my state, often book me to come in and talk to the kids about Anime, Manga, their creation and distribution, along with some tips about creative writing & character design.  This all started because some fans of Millennium Exile, talked to their teachers at their school. The teachers reached out and booked me in for a what was initially a one-time presentation. Turns out, the kids LOVE it!   From there I began to build up a reputation and I’ve been doing this seasonally for around 5 years now…honestly, its the best job ever. I wish I could do it full-time.  What’s even better is when you receive a follow-up email like the one below. I just love knowing that the kids are not only enjoying the class, but also learning more about the industry and their own creativity. I wish I had something like this when I was growing up.   I think it’s not only a testament to just how mainstream and popular Anime has become now, but also the absolute dedication and love these teachers have in order to facilitate further learning outside of the standard curriculum.            

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
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      It’s been another crazy month for artwork…with even more character releases and even a feature piece!              ARTIST: Elmer Damaso     https://elmerdamaso.artstation.com/   https://twitter.com/iq40mail        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Introducing Chase!  Chase is yet another former member of the royal guard for the late count Dracula. After his defeat, Chase now recognizes Kiba as the rightful successor to the throne and serves from within the Lineage Clan.  If you wish to know more about Chase, please check out his full biography at the link below:  https://www.millenniumexile.com/chase            Introducing Seiji!  Seiji previously disliked both Kiba and Nero, but always harbored a special hatred for the late Count. Often referred to as a heretic, numerous attempts have been made on Seiji’s life at the behest of Dracula himself.  If you wish to know more about Seiji including his abilities, please check out his full biography at the link below:  https://www.millenniumexile.com/seiji        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       With almost all of the character releases completed, I needed to start commissioning some piece to finish off the art-book.  For this piece, I requested an image of Agito in his Vampiric form.               ARTIST: Hary Istiyoso     https://www.deviantart.com/the-hary   https://twitter.com/hary_istiyoso          Introducing Sai!  Sai is a lieutenant in the Lineage clan and serves as Kiba's right-hand man. Prior to Kiba forming the Lineage clan, Sai previously served as leader of the royal guard - serving directly under the late Count himself.  If you wish to know more about Sai, please check out his full biography at the link below:  https://www.millenniumexile.com/sai        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      Now , as another little way of giving back, I decided to give you guys another look at the development progress behind a piece of artwork.        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       1. Initial Sketches:   I contact Elmer, giving him all the details of the commission I’m wanting. In this case, I’m wanting a portrait image of Agito in his Vampire form. Elmer sends through his initial sketched for approval on some his ideas.    2. Modifications:   I peruse these sketches and take some time to think about it, sometimes I might even reach out to the Patrons to see which pose they like best. For this image, I actually loved the Gothic architecture from   A  but the pose from image  B.  So I quickly jump into Photoshop, splice the two together and send it to Elmer.    3: Lineart:   After a few days, Elmer sends me the line-art work in progress (WIP) for final approval.  This is looking epic, so I give the green light.    4. Flat Colors:   Elmer sends through the flat colors to show how he is progressing with the piece.    5. Elmer’s Final Result:   Elmer sends through the final result.  I freaking LOVE this image, however my minds eye see’s opportunity for a few minor tweaks.    6. Ty’s Final Edits:   At this stage, I generally take the time to tune a few bits and piece such as colors, tone, lighting and effects. This is   never   meant as an insult to the artist or their work, however I find it easier to make these changes myself, thus freeing up the artist and allowing them to move on to their next commission…Remember, drawing is often their livelihood, the longer they stay on a single piece, the more money they could be making on another commission.                   

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Master of Elements (Tier 1)     Daniel Taylor    Jaycen Hill    Kelsey Ellis    Ben Karnaghan     James Brown                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Dual Wielding (Tier 2)     Shaun Ivanku    Kylie Keen    David Haynes    Dru Parker    Rachael Hajje     Tyler Smalley                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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        Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 4)     Graeyson      James Salhani    Edward Tremenheere

Howdy there, its that time again…only this time, it’s special :)
This month not only marks the 10 years years since I started writing and developing the Millennium Exile story, but it also marks 1 whole year on Patreon!

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Before we get into all the celebratory stuff, I thought I’d update you on a few little setbacks that have affected me over the last week.

Last Wednesday, at 4am I woke up damn near screaming and clutching my left eye and any attempt to turn on a light in my house would see me doubled over in pain. My partner took me to the doctors and as the sun rose, I began acting like a freaking vampire, almost trying to crawl under the dashboard of the car. I was dressed like I had just stepped off the set of 8 Mile….sunglasses on and a hoodie pulled over my face I swear, I couldn’t have looked more suspicious if I tried hahaha. The doctor checked over me and sent me straight to the hospital to see the eye specialist.

After hours of pain and discomfort, I was diagnosed with Uveitis which is a serious and extremely painful eye infection.
My eye was inflamed to the point where the iris was being pressed up against the cornea (those aren’t supposed to touch btw)
Luckily however, it is easily treatable with medication and plenty of rest.
I have to take anti-inflammatory eye drops once an hour, every hour and another set of eye drops morning and night to forcefully dilate my eye. These are to keep the inflammation from pressing the parts of my eye that shouldn’t be touching. That however, blurs my vision horribly, almost as if one of my eyes has has Vaseline smeared over it….it’s really annoying and uncomfortable.
I was also told that I would be unable to work or drive for the next week.

Such a glamorous selfie!

Such a glamorous selfie!

Gettin my Solid Snake on!

Gettin my Solid Snake on!

Photo was taken in the mirror, thus the reversal.

Photo was taken in the mirror, thus the reversal.


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This month we also celebrate the introduction of a new tier to Patreon!

 
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Earlier, I was contacted by a good friend and fan of the project, Coyen Olsen who wanted to suggest there be a tier between $10 and $50. This was because Coyen wanted to contribute more, but also saw the need for something to bridge the gap.

This also meant having to come up with another reward, so I present to you…access to the initial character design sketches!

All Patrons $25 and up will have access to these sketches and they will be released every Monday.
The images will have a side-by-side comparison of what the initial design looked like to the finished product…drawn by one of the projects amazing artists!

https://www.patreon.com/millenniumexile

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Lets talk about celebrating 10 years of MillEx and 1 year on Patreon!

Now, I don’t have much to offer - I’m not some big YouTube celebrity and I don’t have the connections or sponsorship’s to go giving away PS4’s and whatnot, but I did make a few goodies for both Patrons and the public.

First of all, I wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, to everyone who has donated, liked, shared and even followed the project. Millennium Exile has undergone MASSIVE changes since 2016 when things first started blowing up.
From having the demo reel professionally dubbed, to networking with fascinating individuals. I’ve met many amazingly awesome artists, and even presented the project at a few conventions….heck, some of you even asked for my autograph :P
I’ve been featured in both printed and online media, and been interviewed by several magazines. Thanks to Millennium Exile, I’ve been able to conduct and run Anime workshops across both primary and high-schools alike.

Guys seriously, thank you.
I couldn’t have done any of this without your love and support! :)



Now…on to the goodies!
It’s not much, but I made some wallpapers, one of each of our main characters.
Click on the image for a full size & download:

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Patrons will have access to the clean images without the logo)

Here’s a few gifs….

 

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Recently I had the absolute pleasure of attending yet another school to run one of my Anime workshops.

 

As some of you may know, several schools from my state, often book me to come in and talk to the kids about Anime, Manga, their creation and distribution, along with some tips about creative writing & character design.

This all started because some fans of Millennium Exile, talked to their teachers at their school. The teachers reached out and booked me in for a what was initially a one-time presentation.
Turns out, the kids LOVE it!

From there I began to build up a reputation and I’ve been doing this seasonally for around 5 years now…honestly, its the best job ever. I wish I could do it full-time.

What’s even better is when you receive a follow-up email like the one below. I just love knowing that the kids are not only enjoying the class, but also learning more about the industry and their own creativity. I wish I had something like this when I was growing up.

I think it’s not only a testament to just how mainstream and popular Anime has become now, but also the absolute dedication and love these teachers have in order to facilitate further learning outside of the standard curriculum.



(The school faculty made this sign not me lol)

(The school faculty made this sign not me lol)

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It’s been another crazy month for artwork…with even more character releases and even a feature piece!

 

Introducing Chase!
Chase is yet another former member of the royal guard for the late count Dracula. After his defeat, Chase now recognizes Kiba as the rightful successor to the throne and serves from within the Lineage Clan.

If you wish to know more about Chase, please check out his full biography at the link below:
https://www.millenniumexile.com/chase

Introducing Seiji!
Seiji previously disliked both Kiba and Nero, but always harbored a special hatred for the late Count.
Often referred to as a heretic, numerous attempts have been made on Seiji’s life at the behest of Dracula himself.

If you wish to know more about Seiji including his abilities, please check out his full biography at the link below:
https://www.millenniumexile.com/seiji

With almost all of the character releases completed, I needed to start commissioning some piece to finish off the art-book.
For this piece, I requested an image of Agito in his Vampiric form.

 

Introducing Sai!
Sai is a lieutenant in the Lineage clan and serves as Kiba's right-hand man. Prior to Kiba forming the Lineage clan, Sai previously served as leader of the royal guard - serving directly under the late Count himself.

If you wish to know more about Sai, please check out his full biography at the link below:
https://www.millenniumexile.com/sai

 

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Now , as another little way of giving back, I decided to give you guys another look at the development progress behind a piece of artwork.

1. Initial Sketches:
I contact Elmer, giving him all the details of the commission I’m wanting. In this case, I’m wanting a portrait image of Agito in his Vampire form. Elmer sends through his initial sketched for approval on some his ideas.

2. Modifications:
I peruse these sketches and take some time to think about it, sometimes I might even reach out to the Patrons to see which pose they like best. For this image, I actually loved the Gothic architecture from A but the pose from image B.
So I quickly jump into Photoshop, splice the two together and send it to Elmer.

3: Lineart:
After a few days, Elmer sends me the line-art work in progress (WIP) for final approval.
This is looking epic, so I give the green light.

4. Flat Colors:
Elmer sends through the flat colors to show how he is progressing with the piece.

5. Elmer’s Final Result:
Elmer sends through the final result.
I freaking LOVE this image, however my minds eye see’s opportunity for a few minor tweaks.

6. Ty’s Final Edits:
At this stage, I generally take the time to tune a few bits and piece such as colors, tone, lighting and effects. This is never meant as an insult to the artist or their work, however I find it easier to make these changes myself, thus freeing up the artist and allowing them to move on to their next commission…Remember, drawing is often their livelihood, the longer they stay on a single piece, the more money they could be making on another commission.

 

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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

  • Kelsey Ellis

  • Ben Karnaghan

  • James Brown

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • Kylie Keen

  • David Haynes

  • Dru Parker

  • Rachael Hajje

  • Tyler Smalley

 
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Your’e a Wizard!  (Tier 3)

  • Coyen Olsen

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 4)

  • Graeyson

  • James Salhani

  • Edward Tremenheere

     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Howdy y’all, it’s that time again.  That time in which I talk about what’s been going on for both me and the Millennium Exile project. That time where I post silly gif’s, link to some stuff and just generally talk about some stuff and things…. Of course, I’m talking about the month in review!     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Before I get into this, I’d like to take a moment to address some news that many of you have undoubtedly heard and that is the tragic fires that spread throughout Kyoto Animation (KyoAni).   On 18th July 2019, the popular animation studio, located in the Kyoto Prefecture of Japan, was targeted by deliberate arson attack. A man entered into the building, reportedly spreading over 40 liters of fuel, and setting the building ablaze.  As of now, the tragic fire has claimed 34 lives….many of which aged between their 20’ and 30’s. We are often reminded of how shitty this world (and some people who live in it) can be, but it’s just as important for us to remind ourselves of the good. That’s why I would urge you to check out some of the works of KyoAni. Here are just a few of their smash hits:       Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu       Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid      The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya S1&2      Clannad      Clannad After Story      K-On S1&2      Free! Eternal Summer S1&2      Violet Evergarden - 2018       My personal favorite work of theirs is Violet Evergarden, I freaking LOVE this series. It’s so full of heart and a genuinely emotional and moving story about the power of words.   Sentai Filmworks has posted an official “GoFundMe” campaign to help victims of this terrible tragedy. Please, if you have a moment and maybe a few $$, please visit the page. If you can’t afford to donate then please consider sharing the page.  https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-kyoani-heal      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     On a lighter note, remember last month when I was talking about that new YouTube series called “TyRants”? Well, the first episode was finally completed and…..eh, lol. I like the format, and I think the concept is there for an Anime talk-show but I can definitely see some areas for improvement (in both editing, quality and format).  This episode took around a month for my friend to edit and the ‘second” I uploaded the video, I was slapped with a Copyright claim….ahh, good ol YouTube. I disputed it of course, and within 24 hours the video was back up. As this was something of a pilot for the series, I uploaded it to my personal channel and I’m glad I did. Realistically, by the time it took to film the video, fight with my friend about the editing direction, gathering resources and THEN dealing with copyright…it just took way too much time out of my life and away from MillEx.  For that reason, I’m unsure if I would make an episode 2. If I did, I’d rather do it for a channel owned and managed by someone else as I just don;t have the time. But I said I’d share it with you all, so here it is…in all it’s awkward cringy glory.        </iframe>" data-provider-name="YouTube"                  

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     It wouldn’t be a month is review without a look at some of the artwork that was released….so without further adieu, let’s take a look at some of this awesome-sauce!             ARTIST: Elmer Damaso     https://elmerdamaso.artstation.com/   https://twitter.com/iq40mail        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


         Character:    Kain The Grappler   Introducing Kain! Kain is one of the Forgotten - a small group of super-soldiers who have been genetically altered through the manipulation of spiritual energy. He is one of the most deadly foes within the Nexus corp.  If you wish to know more about Kain, please check out his full biography at the link below:  https://www.millenniumexile.com/kain-the-grappler                  Character:    Liza Stark   Introducing Liza Stark! Liza is one seriously badass woman. She comes from East Londell and has travelled far and wide to study under the greatest technicians and engineers the world over. She works as Hunter's appreciate and has a very commanding presence. Liza's temper scares all of the GRAVE boys, despite not possessing any special abilities.  Watch out for this fiery red-head!  If you wish to know more about Liza, please check out her full biography at the link below:  https://www.millenniumexile.com/liza-stark        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


             

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


         Character:    Clay   Clay is a mage-class Meister who fights alongside GRAVE.  He uses his abilities to do battle via street magic, particularly favouring playing cards. He is also Setsuna's best friend and most trusted companion, as they both grew up on the streets together.  If you wish to know more about Clay, please check out his full biography at the link below:  https://www.millenniumexile.com/clay                ARTIST: Hary Istiyoso     https://www.deviantart.com/the-hary   https://twitter.com/hary_istiyoso                Character: Kiba    Introducing Kiba! Kiba is a prince and heir to the Vampire throne. He is the late count Dracula's son and has a twin brother named Nero.  If you wish to know more about Kiba, please check out his full biography at the link below:  https://www.millenniumexile.com/kiba        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


                  

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Don’t forget, Patrons of the project $10 and over get exclusive access to WIP sketches, early designs, unreleased artwork and other unique rewards. More Rewards coming soon!    https://www.patreon.com/millenniumexile        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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        Master of Elements (Tier 1)     Daniel Taylor    Jaycen Hill    Kelsey Ellis    Ben Karnaghan                 

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Dual Wielding (Tier 2)     Coyen Olsen    Shaun Ivanku    James Brown    Kylie Keen    David Haynes    Dru Parker    Rachael Hajje     Tyler Smalley                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)     Graeyson      James Salhani    Edward Tremenheere            

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Howdy y’all, it’s that time again.
That time in which I talk about what’s been going on for both me and the Millennium Exile project.
That time where I post silly gif’s, link to some stuff and just generally talk about some stuff and things….
Of course, I’m talking about the month in review!

giphy.gif
 

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Before I get into this, I’d like to take a moment to address some news that many of you have undoubtedly heard and that is the tragic fires that spread throughout Kyoto Animation (KyoAni).

On 18th July 2019, the popular animation studio, located in the Kyoto Prefecture of Japan, was targeted by deliberate arson attack.
A man entered into the building, reportedly spreading over 40 liters of fuel, and setting the building ablaze.
As of now, the tragic fire has claimed 34 lives….many of which aged between their 20’ and 30’s.
We are often reminded of how shitty this world (and some people who live in it) can be, but it’s just as important for us to remind ourselves of the good. That’s why I would urge you to check out some of the works of KyoAni.
Here are just a few of their smash hits:

  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

  • Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid

  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya S1&2

  • Clannad

  • Clannad After Story

  • K-On S1&2

  • Free! Eternal Summer S1&2

  • Violet Evergarden - 2018

My personal favorite work of theirs is Violet Evergarden, I freaking LOVE this series. It’s so full of heart and a genuinely emotional and moving story about the power of words.

Sentai Filmworks has posted an official “GoFundMe” campaign to help victims of this terrible tragedy.
Please, if you have a moment and maybe a few $$, please visit the page. If you can’t afford to donate then please consider sharing the page.
https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-kyoani-heal

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On a lighter note, remember last month when I was talking about that new YouTube series called “TyRants”?
Well, the first episode was finally completed and…..eh, lol.
I like the format, and I think the concept is there for an Anime talk-show but I can definitely see some areas for improvement (in both editing, quality and format). This episode took around a month for my friend to edit and the ‘second” I uploaded the video, I was slapped with a Copyright claim….ahh, good ol YouTube.
I disputed it of course, and within 24 hours the video was back up. As this was something of a pilot for the series, I uploaded it to my personal channel and I’m glad I did. Realistically, by the time it took to film the video, fight with my friend about the editing direction, gathering resources and THEN dealing with copyright…it just took way too much time out of my life and away from MillEx.

For that reason, I’m unsure if I would make an episode 2. If I did, I’d rather do it for a channel owned and managed by someone else as I just don;t have the time. But I said I’d share it with you all, so here it is…in all it’s awkward cringy glory.

 

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It wouldn’t be a month is review without a look at some of the artwork that was released….so without further adieu, let’s take a look at some of this awesome-sauce!

 

Character: Kain The Grappler

Introducing Kain!
Kain is one of the Forgotten - a small group of super-soldiers who have been genetically altered through the manipulation of spiritual energy.
He is one of the most deadly foes within the Nexus corp.

If you wish to know more about Kain, please check out his full biography at the link below:
https://www.millenniumexile.com/kain-the-grappler

 

Character: Liza Stark

Introducing Liza Stark!
Liza is one seriously badass woman. She comes from East Londell and has travelled far and wide to study under the greatest technicians and engineers the world over.
She works as Hunter's appreciate and has a very commanding presence. Liza's temper scares all of the GRAVE boys, despite not possessing any special abilities. 
Watch out for this fiery red-head!

If you wish to know more about Liza, please check out her full biography at the link below:
https://www.millenniumexile.com/liza-stark

 

Character: Clay

Clay is a mage-class Meister who fights alongside GRAVE. 
He uses his abilities to do battle via street magic, particularly favouring playing cards.
He is also Setsuna's best friend and most trusted companion, as they both grew up on the streets together.

If you wish to know more about Clay, please check out his full biography at the link below:
https://www.millenniumexile.com/clay

 
 

Character: Kiba

Introducing Kiba!
Kiba is a prince and heir to the Vampire throne. He is the late count Dracula's son and has a twin brother named Nero.

If you wish to know more about Kiba, please check out his full biography at the link below:
https://www.millenniumexile.com/kiba

 

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Don’t forget, Patrons of the project $10 and over get exclusive access to WIP sketches, early designs, unreleased artwork and other unique rewards. More Rewards coming soon!
https://www.patreon.com/millenniumexile

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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

  • Kelsey Ellis

  • Ben Karnaghan

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • James Brown

  • Kylie Keen

  • David Haynes

  • Dru Parker

  • Rachael Hajje

  • Tyler Smalley

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

  • James Salhani

  • Edward Tremenheere

 

     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     This month was another tough one, some stuff in my personal life has been causing some real anxieties and admittedly my stress levels have been at an all time high. That being said however, there’s a solution to most of what’s concerning me…it’s just a matter of being patient and waiting. Still though, tell that to the inevitable ulcer growing in my stomach lol.   On a side note, recently I decided to make a YouTube series on a different channel called “TyRants”; in which I would be ranting and raving about Anime themed topics. I cannot tell you how many times, or for just how long this idea has been suggested to me, but after meeting at the behest of some friends / editors, I finally caved in.  I’ve been getting a lot of DM’s about this and when I’m planning on releasing the show, so I thought I would take the time to address it in the blog :) I did some research, settled on a format for the show and we built a set…I even had an anime avatar portrait of me commissioned for the YouTube banner…I freaking LOVE this :)              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              Artist: @ochkiart - Check out her amazing artwork!  
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


              We filmed for episode 1 few weeks ago and the video has since been caught up in development hell…with the editor now disagreeing on the format I wanted the show to be in, as well as the video’s content. Despite me having to take on board several criticisms as to what I can do better for episode 2, a brother has to fight tooth and nail for even a single suggestion made to the cut.       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     I work a full-time job as an I.T technician, I guest speak and teach at various schools, and I’m currently planning my wedding. Then there’s the various aspects of the Millennium Exile project… Character design, writing, social media management, interviews, blogs, organizing commissions for artwork, the production and design of the art-book, editing of the demo reel and much, much more. Aaaaand somewhere in between all that, there’s the everyday life… helping my fiance study for her final exams, trying to save, paying bills, going to the gym, playing with 2 hyperactive dogs and trying to squeeze in something that resembles a social life.  After filming this episode, I saw a whole lot of potential for the channel and I had a blast on the day, but the editor isnt happy and he wants everything to be perfect. That being said though, procrastination is something I simply don’t have time for.  Who knows, maybe one freaking day, I’ll have something to show you guys lol.               

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     More recently, I had the privilege of attending a Gold-Coast based primary school to teach kids about Anime.  We learned about the history of Anime, how it’s made and then we did some drawing activities.  Iv’e been doing this for around 5 years now at various school across my state and it’s always such a pleasure to talk about my biggest passion, to kids who are so bright-eyed and enthusiastic about the creative arts. Not only do they have a greater appreciation for Anime itself, but for another culture too!     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     As I mentioned above, I’ve been making some massive progress towards the development of the Millennium Exile art-book. After doing quite a lot of research, I’ve painfully branched off from the traditional portrait styled book, in favor of a more modern - landscape design. To date, I have 92 pages completed.  Here’s a few examples:     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


    

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Credit where credit is due, popular artist and YouTuber “Ross Draws” was a massive inspiration for this, and his masterclass videos have been an immeasurable help. Check out his channel here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLEVrhumRsK67JkP3G4w5cQ                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Well, well, well…do I have some artwork to show you this month :P              ARTIST: Elmer Damaso     https://elmerdamaso.artstation.com/   https://twitter.com/iq40mail           Character:    Azuki Kanai   Azuki is a civilian in the Millennium Exile story and Vincent’s love interest!  If you wish to know more about Azuki, please check out her full biography at the link below:  https://www.millenniumexile.com/azuki-kanai        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


             

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


         Character:    Renge   Renge is a side character within the Millennium Exile story however, the impact he has on the story is massive. He has a tragic past and you'll never guess who his little sister is :P  If you wish to know more about Renge, please check out his full biography at the link below:  https://www.millenniumexile.com/renge                  Character:    Link   Link is Half human, half dragon and was Scythe Pharmaceutical’s second attempt at altering dragon DNA through genetic modification.  If you wish to know more about Link, please check out his full biography at the link below:  https://www.millenniumexile.com/link        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              ARTIST: Hary Istiyoso     https://www.deviantart.com/the-hary   https://twitter.com/hary_istiyoso        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        WIP  -  More coming on this character in the next few days! :)                    

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Master of Elements (Tier 1)     Daniel Taylor    Jaycen Hill    Kelsey Ellis    Ben Karnaghan     Quintin Ferguson                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Dual Wielding (Tier 2)     Coyen Olsen    Shaun Ivanku    Haider Yassine      James Brown    Kylie Keen    David Haynes    Dru Parker    Rachael Hajje     Bradley Walters     Tyler Smalley                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)     Graeyson      James Salhani    Edward Tremenheere

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This month was another tough one, some stuff in my personal life has been causing some real anxieties and admittedly my stress levels have been at an all time high. That being said however, there’s a solution to most of what’s concerning me…it’s just a matter of being patient and waiting. Still though, tell that to the inevitable ulcer growing in my stomach lol.

On a side note, recently I decided to make a YouTube series on a different channel called “TyRants”; in which I would be ranting and raving about Anime themed topics. I cannot tell you how many times, or for just how long this idea has been suggested to me, but after meeting at the behest of some friends / editors, I finally caved in.

I’ve been getting a lot of DM’s about this and when I’m planning on releasing the show, so I thought I would take the time to address it in the blog :) I did some research, settled on a format for the show and we built a set…I even had an anime avatar portrait of me commissioned for the YouTube banner…I freaking LOVE this :)

 

Artist: @ochkiart - Check out her amazing artwork!

 

We filmed for episode 1 few weeks ago and the video has since been caught up in development hell…with the editor now disagreeing on the format I wanted the show to be in, as well as the video’s content. Despite me having to take on board several criticisms as to what I can do better for episode 2, a brother has to fight tooth and nail for even a single suggestion made to the cut.

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I work a full-time job as an I.T technician, I guest speak and teach at various schools, and I’m currently planning my wedding.
Then there’s the various aspects of the Millennium Exile project…
Character design, writing, social media management, interviews, blogs, organizing commissions for artwork, the production and design of the art-book, editing of the demo reel and much, much more. Aaaaand somewhere in between all that, there’s the everyday life…
helping my fiance study for her final exams, trying to save, paying bills, going to the gym, playing with 2 hyperactive dogs and trying to squeeze in something that resembles a social life.

After filming this episode, I saw a whole lot of potential for the channel and I had a blast on the day, but the editor isnt happy and he wants everything to be perfect. That being said though, procrastination is something I simply don’t have time for.
Who knows, maybe one freaking day, I’ll have something to show you guys lol.

 

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More recently, I had the privilege of attending a Gold-Coast based primary school to teach kids about Anime.
We learned about the history of Anime, how it’s made and then we did some drawing activities.

Iv’e been doing this for around 5 years now at various school across my state and it’s always such a pleasure to talk about my biggest passion, to kids who are so bright-eyed and enthusiastic about the creative arts. Not only do they have a greater appreciation for Anime itself, but for another culture too!

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As I mentioned above, I’ve been making some massive progress towards the development of the Millennium Exile art-book.
After doing quite a lot of research, I’ve painfully branched off from the traditional portrait styled book, in favor of a more modern - landscape design. To date, I have 92 pages completed.

Here’s a few examples:

Credit where credit is due, popular artist and YouTuber “Ross Draws” was a massive inspiration for this, and his masterclass videos have been an immeasurable help.
Check out his channel here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLEVrhumRsK67JkP3G4w5cQ

 

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Well, well, well…do I have some artwork to show you this month :P

 

Character: Azuki Kanai

Azuki is a civilian in the Millennium Exile story and Vincent’s love interest!

If you wish to know more about Azuki, please check out her full biography at the link below:
https://www.millenniumexile.com/azuki-kanai

 

Character: Renge

Renge is a side character within the Millennium Exile story however, the impact he has on the story is massive.
He has a tragic past and you'll never guess who his little sister is :P

If you wish to know more about Renge, please check out his full biography at the link below:
https://www.millenniumexile.com/renge

 

Character: Link

Link is Half human, half dragon and was Scythe Pharmaceutical’s second attempt at altering dragon DNA through genetic modification.

If you wish to know more about Link, please check out his full biography at the link below:
https://www.millenniumexile.com/link

 
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WIP - More coming on this character in the next few days! :)

 

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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

  • Kelsey Ellis

  • Ben Karnaghan

  • Quintin Ferguson

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • Haider Yassine

  • James Brown

  • Kylie Keen

  • David Haynes

  • Dru Parker

  • Rachael Hajje

  • Bradley Walters

  • Tyler Smalley

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

  • James Salhani

  • Edward Tremenheere

     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      Another month done and dusted and I’ll admit - this was a tough one.            While the artwork for the demo reel has been completed and fully dubbed in English, I’m still planning to pitch this in Japan…that means starting a Japanese dub. I mean, it would be pretty disrespectful for me to go to another country, hoping to have something made, and not even bother to pitch it in their native language. That being said, the process has been much more challenging, as I’m not yet fluent in Japanese, and my reach is substantially broken by the language barrier.   It’s even become quite expensive, especially while also balancing the artwork and everything else associated with the project. I think funding has been my biggest struggle at the moment, so it’s during months like this that the Patrons have been my saviors….this would be so much harder without you all :)      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Iv’e been trying to get more eyes on the project to hopefully boost the exposure and maybe (just maybe) a little more support - but it’s been extremely hard. Networking and spreading the word is the backbone of a project like this, but It’s like I’m on a bad luck streak with my communications lol.   On that note actually, Iv’e also noticed it’s really freaking hard to get YouTuber’s to pay you any attention.  Even if its just a legitimate attempt to network…not ask for a shout-out, but just to make new friends and get noticed.  I even contacted someone for a legitimate request to provide me with Japanese dubbing for the project, and I was flat out ignored.  It’s amazing really, I’ve had an easier time contacting, getting civil / polite responses and forming relationships with A-list Anime voice actors, and composers, than that of the YouTuber community.   I’m not sure if the difference is in accessibility, ego or professionalism, but dang it can be defeating when your the small guy trying to establish a wider network in such a massive creative space.  I got quite sick and burnt-out this month also….which really knocked me on my butt for a week or so. I hit a few dead ends and had a few hurdles to jump over this month, and it…has been…exhausting. Never-the-less, I’ll always keep working…..after all, luck is just when opportunity meets preparation and perseverance.                 

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      Lots of artwork ahead :)             With the demo reel completed (well, mostly), Elmer has now joined Hary working on character releases.  This means more than twice the awesome content, and more art to share in these blogs :)   So let’s get to sharing these bad boys (and girls) shall we?          

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       Kansha the Cleaner:     This character was originally created as a way to say thanks to  James Salhani  for his enormous amount of support to the Millennium Exile project.  James was one of the first to donate and continues to do so....despite my best efforts to tell him to stop.  James works for a very successful industrial cleaning company and the name Kansha is the Japanese word for "Appreciation".  If you wish to know more about Kansha and his abilities, please check out his full biography at the link below:  https://www.millenniumexile.com/kansha-the-cleaner   Artist: Hary Istiyoso          

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       Kouru Odin    The middle of the three deadly Odin brothers and a master swordsman. He is precise, cunning and deadly…a master of the blade in every sense.  If you wish to know more about Kouru and his abilities, please check out his full biography at the link below:  http://www.millenniumexile.com/kouru-odin   Artist: Elmer Damaso          

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       Tetsuya Odin.   Youngest, and by far the most unstable of the Odin brothers.  If you wish to know more about Tetsuya and his abilities, please check out his full biography at the link below:  https://www.millenniumexile.com/tetsuya-odin   Artist: Elmer Damaso          

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       Sana the Black Witch.   Sana is an extremely deadly Psychic Meister for the Nexus organization.  If you wish to know more about Sana and her abilities, please check out her full biography at the link below:  https://www.millenniumexile.com/sana-the-black-witch   Artist: @FungKinChew                 

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Master of Elements (Tier 1)     Daniel Taylor    Jaycen Hill    Kelsey Ellis    Ben Karnaghan     Quintin Ferguson                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Dual Wielding (Tier 2)     Coyen Olsen    Shaun Ivanku    Haider Yassine      James Brown    Kylie Keen    David Haynes    Dru Parker    Rachael Hajje     Bradley Walters     Tyler Smalley                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)     Graeyson      James Salhani    Edward Tremenheere

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Another month done and dusted and I’ll admit - this was a tough one.

 

While the artwork for the demo reel has been completed and fully dubbed in English, I’m still planning to pitch this in Japan…that means starting a Japanese dub. I mean, it would be pretty disrespectful for me to go to another country, hoping to have something made, and not even bother to pitch it in their native language. That being said, the process has been much more challenging, as I’m not yet fluent in Japanese, and my reach is substantially broken by the language barrier.
It’s even become quite expensive, especially while also balancing the artwork and everything else associated with the project. I think funding has been my biggest struggle at the moment, so it’s during months like this that the Patrons have been my saviors….this would be so much harder without you all :)

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Iv’e been trying to get more eyes on the project to hopefully boost the exposure and maybe (just maybe) a little more support - but it’s been extremely hard. Networking and spreading the word is the backbone of a project like this, but It’s like I’m on a bad luck streak with my communications lol.

On that note actually, Iv’e also noticed it’s really freaking hard to get YouTuber’s to pay you any attention.
Even if its just a legitimate attempt to network…not ask for a shout-out, but just to make new friends and get noticed.
I even contacted someone for a legitimate request to provide me with Japanese dubbing for the project, and I was flat out ignored.
It’s amazing really, I’ve had an easier time contacting, getting civil / polite responses and forming relationships with A-list Anime voice actors, and composers, than that of the YouTuber community.
I’m not sure if the difference is in accessibility, ego or professionalism, but dang it can be defeating when your the small guy trying to establish a wider network in such a massive creative space.

I got quite sick and burnt-out this month also….which really knocked me on my butt for a week or so.
I hit a few dead ends and had a few hurdles to jump over this month, and it…has been…exhausting.
Never-the-less, I’ll always keep working…..after all, luck is just when opportunity meets preparation and perseverance.

 

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Lots of artwork ahead :)

 

With the demo reel completed (well, mostly), Elmer has now joined Hary working on character releases.
This means more than twice the awesome content, and more art to share in these blogs :)

So let’s get to sharing these bad boys (and girls) shall we?

 
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Kansha the Cleaner:

This character was originally created as a way to say thanks to James Salhani for his enormous amount of support to the Millennium Exile project.  James was one of the first to donate and continues to do so....despite my best efforts to tell him to stop. 
James works for a very successful industrial cleaning company and the name Kansha is the Japanese word for "Appreciation".

If you wish to know more about Kansha and his abilities, please check out his full biography at the link below:
https://www.millenniumexile.com/kansha-the-cleaner

Artist: Hary Istiyoso

 
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Kouru Odin

The middle of the three deadly Odin brothers and a master swordsman. He is precise, cunning and deadly…a master of the blade in every sense.

If you wish to know more about Kouru and his abilities, please check out his full biography at the link below:
http://www.millenniumexile.com/kouru-odin

Artist: Elmer Damaso

 
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Tetsuya Odin.
Youngest, and by far the most unstable of the Odin brothers.

If you wish to know more about Tetsuya and his abilities, please check out his full biography at the link below:
https://www.millenniumexile.com/tetsuya-odin

Artist: Elmer Damaso

 
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Sana the Black Witch.
Sana is an extremely deadly Psychic Meister for the Nexus organization.

If you wish to know more about Sana and her abilities, please check out her full biography at the link below:
https://www.millenniumexile.com/sana-the-black-witch

Artist: @FungKinChew

 

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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

  • Kelsey Ellis

  • Ben Karnaghan

  • Quintin Ferguson

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • Haider Yassine

  • James Brown

  • Kylie Keen

  • David Haynes

  • Dru Parker

  • Rachael Hajje

  • Bradley Walters

  • Tyler Smalley

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

  • James Salhani

  • Edward Tremenheere


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     Well, another month behind us, and another month ahead. April has been a pretty productive month and I’ve been super busy, however, I woke up at 10am this morning,  I played video games all night last night and I’m actually writing this blog in my underwear…. That’s right   y’all,  I’M ON ANNUAL LEAVE!!!!       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Now, it’s only for 8 days, but because of the combination of the Easter break, public holidays and my rostered days off, I only needed to take 3 days from my annual leave pool and it. feels. GREAT!  My back has been healing (somewhat). I still have to attend regular physiotherapy, but I’m starting to manage and strengthen it.  Things at my full-time job have been going really well, and I have been feeling amazing. I think the only thing I really want to work on is my fitness and weight.  By no means am I overweight, but I definitely have some love handles I’d love to get rid of. My back injury has certainly slowed my progress at the gym, but it’s something I’d love to get a hold of.  Anywhoozles, enough about me and my personal life…let’s get into the MillEx news!                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Okay, this is a massive announcement (at least for me) to make.  THE DEMO REEL IS COMPLETE!!!!!   Earlier, I received the very last image from Elmer and rendered out the final cut. As excited as I am to finally have this finished, it was a bitter-sweet moment.  I started the Millennium Exile project back in 2009, however the demo reel only began production mid 2015. That’s 4 years…. 4 years of designs, story-boards, research, scripting, networking, sleepless nights and careful planning.  I went from having no plans to release a demo reel, to having the idea suddenly dropped in my lap.  As the suggestion had come from someone much more accomplished than myself, and currently working in the entertainment / anime industry - I would have been a fool to ignore this advice…so I needed to get to work.  I spent months analyzing demo reels from games, movie pitches and other animation productions. I watched, took notes & carefully considered how realistically viable some approaches would be -given my current resources. Then, once I settled on a basic direction and layout, it was time to start planning and story-boarding. I opened the project up to donations through direct PayPal and I was moved by how many answered the call. Now with more funding to work with, I had to tackle the most daunting part, networking….not just with other artists, but voice actors!  I’ll never forget the first time I heard Kyle Herbet’s voice as Vincent. To be such a fan of someone, and then to hear that actor, reading your script and acting as YOUR character… It put a lump in the back of my throat and brought tears to my eyes.  An image appeared in my head, one all too cliche’d in Anime today.  It was an image of all the people now standing behind me and supporting the project.      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     I realized then, that there was absolutely no turning back.  Regardless of how much pain, loss or failure stood before me, I was seeing this through and I would continue to move forward, One foot in front of the other.  Over time, more accomplished voice actors joined the project and read my scripts.  Before long, the entire cast of the demo had been professionally dubbed by some of the biggest names in Anime. My fan base had also grown too, with more and more of you offering support. Even people who once rolled their eyes and scoffed at my dream, were now some of the biggest contributors. My father, who had repeatedly urged me to reconsider in order to spare my feelings of disappointment when I failed, was now bragging about me at family gatherings and to his friends.   It’s really been an amazing ride. And while the journey is still far from over….I could not have done it without you. Friends, family and fans of the project who have all had my back, offering support in one shape or another.  I love you all and thank you.      ————————————————————    NOTE:     The final cut of the demo reel will  ‘not’  be going public, I have addressed this in earlier posts on social media, but now seems like a good time to explain. The Millennium Exile demo reel is split into the following sections.   1: Introduction to the world and lore. 2: Vincent’s story. 3: Hype Trailer   The first two thirds (sections 1 & 2) can already be found on the main page of the website, however the Hype Trailer contains scenes from various parts of the Millennium Exile story. Think of a movie trailer…. showing scenes from all throughout the films run-time.  Also, many of the agreements I have with the voice actors involved, are for  pitch only  purposes. As such, section 3 will not be uploaded to the Internet.        </iframe>" data-provider-name="YouTube"             

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Although the demo reel is completed, there is still much work to be done!   The art-book is still in development, with more character releases still being pumped out.  I’m actually going to be sending Elmer over to assist in this to expedite the progress.   Furthermore, I’m considering adding an armory section to the book…in which we would have illustrations and detail information for all the Grails, Relics and Celestial-grade items that appear throughout the story.  What do you think?    Earlier this week, I did a mass Patreon dump of demo reel imagery that had been completed over the past few weeks.  These images are all from Section 3 of the demo reel, and will  not  be uploaded to the Internet in any other capacity.  Patrons of the project have access to the FULL images, so please consider signing up if you want to check out some of this seriously cool and exclusive artwork by  Elmer Damaso      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      Also, here’s a WIP of the image from the last scene of the demo reel. It’s already been completed and handed in earlier, but I wanted to give you all a little teaser :)      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


          In last months blog, I teased you with a WIP sketch of Lockheart - a new character release drawn by artist:  Hary Istiyoso . Well, hold on to your butt’s because it’s finished and it.looks.  AWESOME!!!!     Full character bio can be found here:       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


          This months character release is a special one…..mostly because it’s to celebrate a member of the Millennium Exile community!    James Salhani  has contributed to the project for a long time, and has to be Millennium Exile’s biggest fan.  Through his generosity, James has often made contributions to the project - despite my best efforts to stop him.  ”That’s enough James, you’ve done plenty”  These words mean nothing to this guy, as every month another generous amount would find its way to the MillEx PayPal.  He even joined the Patreon when it launched, and continues to support the project to this day.  When I was invited to appear at my first Anime convention to promote Millennium Exile, I had a banner made up. It’s much smaller than the ones I use now, but I figured as a way of giving something back, I gave the banner to James. Well, in a truly “James” moment…he visited me at my job last week to show that he had the banner custom framed!      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     So…to thank James for being such an avid supporter, I created a character in the Millennium Exile world based on James. Further details on this character to follow upon full release, but here’s Hary’s WIP:     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Well, that’s it for this “Month in Review”.  Be sure to stop by next month for future updates, please also consider following the project on the various social media platforms (Links at the bottom of the page).               

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Master of Elements (Tier 1)     Daniel Taylor    Jaycen Hill    Kelsey Ellis    Ben Karnaghan     Quintin Ferguson                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Dual Wielding (Tier 2)     Coyen Olsen    Shaun Ivanku    Haider Yassine      James Brown    Kylie Keen    David Haynes    Dru Parker    Rachael Hajje     Bradley Walters     Tyler Smalley                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)     Graeyson      James Salhani    Edward Tremenheere

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Well, another month behind us, and another month ahead.
April has been a pretty productive month and I’ve been super busy, however, I woke up at 10am this morning, I played video games all night last night and I’m actually writing this blog in my underwear….
That’s right y’all,
I’M ON ANNUAL LEAVE!!!!

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Now, it’s only for 8 days, but because of the combination of the Easter break, public holidays and my rostered days off, I only needed to take 3 days from my annual leave pool and it. feels. GREAT!

My back has been healing (somewhat). I still have to attend regular physiotherapy, but I’m starting to manage and strengthen it.
Things at my full-time job have been going really well, and I have been feeling amazing.
I think the only thing I really want to work on is my fitness and weight. By no means am I overweight, but I definitely have some love handles I’d love to get rid of. My back injury has certainly slowed my progress at the gym, but it’s something I’d love to get a hold of.

Anywhoozles, enough about me and my personal life…let’s get into the MillEx news!


 
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Okay, this is a massive announcement (at least for me) to make.
THE DEMO REEL IS COMPLETE!!!!!

Earlier, I received the very last image from Elmer and rendered out the final cut.
As excited as I am to finally have this finished, it was a bitter-sweet moment.
I started the Millennium Exile project back in 2009, however the demo reel only began production mid 2015.
That’s 4 years….
4 years of designs, story-boards, research, scripting, networking, sleepless nights and careful planning.

I went from having no plans to release a demo reel, to having the idea suddenly dropped in my lap.
As the suggestion had come from someone much more accomplished than myself, and currently working in the entertainment / anime industry - I would have been a fool to ignore this advice…so I needed to get to work.

I spent months analyzing demo reels from games, movie pitches and other animation productions.
I watched, took notes & carefully considered how realistically viable some approaches would be -given my current resources.
Then, once I settled on a basic direction and layout, it was time to start planning and story-boarding.
I opened the project up to donations through direct PayPal and I was moved by how many answered the call.
Now with more funding to work with, I had to tackle the most daunting part, networking….not just with other artists, but voice actors!

I’ll never forget the first time I heard Kyle Herbet’s voice as Vincent.
To be such a fan of someone, and then to hear that actor, reading your script and acting as YOUR character…
It put a lump in the back of my throat and brought tears to my eyes.

An image appeared in my head, one all too cliche’d in Anime today.
It was an image of all the people now standing behind me and supporting the project.

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I realized then, that there was absolutely no turning back.
Regardless of how much pain, loss or failure stood before me,
I was seeing this through and I would continue to move forward,
One foot in front of the other.

Over time, more accomplished voice actors joined the project and read my scripts.
Before long, the entire cast of the demo had been professionally dubbed by some of the biggest names in Anime.
My fan base had also grown too, with more and more of you offering support. Even people who once rolled their eyes and scoffed at my dream, were now some of the biggest contributors. My father, who had repeatedly urged me to reconsider in order to spare my feelings of disappointment when I failed, was now bragging about me at family gatherings and to his friends.

It’s really been an amazing ride.
And while the journey is still far from over….I could not have done it without you.
Friends, family and fans of the project who have all had my back, offering support in one shape or another.
I love you all and thank you.

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NOTE:
The final cut of the demo reel will ‘not’ be going public, I have addressed this in earlier posts on social media, but now seems like a good time to explain. The Millennium Exile demo reel is split into the following sections.

1: Introduction to the world and lore.
2: Vincent’s story.
3: Hype Trailer


The first two thirds (sections 1 & 2) can already be found on the main page of the website, however the Hype Trailer contains scenes from various parts of the Millennium Exile story. Think of a movie trailer…. showing scenes from all throughout the films run-time.
Also, many of the agreements I have with the voice actors involved, are for pitch only purposes.
As such, section 3 will not be uploaded to the Internet.


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Although the demo reel is completed, there is still much work to be done!

The art-book is still in development, with more character releases still being pumped out.
I’m actually going to be sending Elmer over to assist in this to expedite the progress.

Furthermore, I’m considering adding an armory section to the book…in which we would have illustrations and detail information for all the Grails, Relics and Celestial-grade items that appear throughout the story.
What do you think?


Earlier this week, I did a mass Patreon dump of demo reel imagery that had been completed over the past few weeks.
These images are all from Section 3 of the demo reel, and will not be uploaded to the Internet in any other capacity.

Patrons of the project have access to the FULL images, so please consider signing up if you want to check out some of this seriously cool and exclusive artwork by Elmer Damaso

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Also, here’s a WIP of the image from the last scene of the demo reel.
It’s already been completed and handed in earlier, but I wanted to give you all a little teaser :)

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In last months blog, I teased you with a WIP sketch of Lockheart - a new character release drawn by artist: Hary Istiyoso.
Well, hold on to your butt’s because it’s finished and it.looks. AWESOME!!!!

Full character bio can be found here:

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This months character release is a special one…..mostly because it’s to celebrate a member of the Millennium Exile community!

James Salhani has contributed to the project for a long time, and has to be Millennium Exile’s biggest fan.
Through his generosity, James has often made contributions to the project - despite my best efforts to stop him.

”That’s enough James, you’ve done plenty”
These words mean nothing to this guy, as every month another generous amount would find its way to the MillEx PayPal.
He even joined the Patreon when it launched, and continues to support the project to this day.

When I was invited to appear at my first Anime convention to promote Millennium Exile, I had a banner made up.
It’s much smaller than the ones I use now, but I figured as a way of giving something back, I gave the banner to James.
Well, in a truly “James” moment…he visited me at my job last week to show that he had the banner custom framed!

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So…to thank James for being such an avid supporter, I created a character in the Millennium Exile world based on James.
Further details on this character to follow upon full release, but here’s Hary’s WIP:

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Well, that’s it for this “Month in Review”.
Be sure to stop by next month for future updates, please also consider following the project on the various social media platforms (Links at the bottom of the page).

 

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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

  • Kelsey Ellis

  • Ben Karnaghan

  • Quintin Ferguson

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • Haider Yassine

  • James Brown

  • Kylie Keen

  • David Haynes

  • Dru Parker

  • Rachael Hajje

  • Bradley Walters

  • Tyler Smalley

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

  • James Salhani

  • Edward Tremenheere

     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      Okay, where the hell did March go!?! Anyone?       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Seriously, March has been super busy…for both me (personally) and the project!   My back is healing up nicely, however I’ve had a few anxieties in my life which has really taken a toll on my stress levels. It’s been a really hard month for me to be honest, but I never let my personal life interfere with the project.   Millennium Exile is bigger than just one little Aussie.        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     A fan (who wanted to remain anonymous) sent me this doctored image of the Crunchyroll website, in which he has made a creative edit....  The image was sent with the following comment: "I can't wait until next week's episode".  Now I want to be clear....for people who only read capitals letters: THIS IS NOT REAL! :P It was created by a fan, to express their appreciation and excitement for the day where Millennium Exile can be seen next to these hit shows.  And to be honest....it was really touching. This image legitimately have me goosebumps.  Thank you :)           

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      Artist:  Hary    Istiyoso   Hary has been a busy man, and this months character release is looking to be a bit late…coming through early April.      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     As far as the character goes, I’ll keep it light, saving the detailed information for when he gets released….but what I can tell you is his name is Lockheart and has two forms: A muscular adult, and a skinny child :)              Artist:  Elmer Damaso    Our resident demo reel artist, Elmer has been extremely busy lately…feverishly drawing to help complete more & more footage.  Alongside each post, will either be an exert (explaining the back story) or some information to better describe the image. As usual, the full images to the Millennium Exile demo reel are unlocked through becoming a member of the Patreon family.           

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     This post was a big one…   Not only did it successfully conclude the Lan vs the Odin brothers scene, but it also consisted of 2-3 separate images over mere days!  "At-at least finish me off" Kouru pleaded as he coughed up blood on Kyo's boot.  A moment of silence fell upon the scene but for the briefest of moments as Kyo lowered his chin to his chest, hiding his eyes behind the fringe of his hair. Suddenly the air grew thick with an intense blood-lust, as a demonic smile spread across Kyo's face. He chuckled maniacally, then lifted his head and met Kouru's gaze with a cold, emotionless glare.  "I don't waste my time of the weak, you can bleed out painfully for all I care". Kyo sadistically stated, almost as if to enjoy Kouru's dying moments. "If you can stand up, I'll put you out of your misery and give you a warriors death", he continued.  Despite the pain surging throughout his body, Kouru now found himself scared for the first time in his life. He attempted to pick himself up - using his sword as a crutch. his blood soaked hands slipping from the hilt. Kyo stood idly by and watched Kouru, entertained by his futile efforts with the same eager smile.  It wasn't long before Kouru's strength finally failed him, becoming completely incapacitated and collapsing into a pool of his own blood as the life faded from his eyes.          

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     This scene was a simple one, with Vincent struggling to understand his newfound and deadly powers.  Patrons of the project not only got the full image but a special GIF also :)            

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     This is the latest scene in the demo reel....showing us the an evil figure, sitting atop a dark and twisted throne.  In order to hide his presence as he gathers power, this creature possesses the body of a young boy. The body is unassuming, innocent and uses less energy to occupy - making it the perfect cover.  Eventually leaving this shell, as a snake sheds it's skin - he often jumps from body to body for his own conveniences throughout the story.  He is nobody, yet everybody. Nowhere, yet everywhere. He is the greatest threat the world has never heard of. He is Xarus, leader of Nexus!          

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     As an extension of the last image, this time we see Xarus’ demonic form - the true face of evil!                Well that’s another month passed, and another blog posted.  There has been a lot of new artwork completed for the project, and the demo reel is fast becoming complete. All in all, I’m really happy with how much got done :) I put together a trial super-cut of the demo in it’s entirety and it’s looking really nice (if I do say so myself).  I really wish I could share it all with you, however my agreement with many of the voice actors involved stipulate that a portion of the demo reel will be for ‘pitch purposes’ only….and I have the utmost respect for them.   Thanks again for reading….and I’ll see you in April!               

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Master of Elements (Tier 1)     Daniel Taylor      Jaycen Hill    Kelsey Ellis    Ben Karnaghan     Quintin Ferguson                 

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Dual Wielding (Tier 2)     Coyen Olsen    Shaun Ivanku    Haider Yassine      James Brown    Kylie Keen    David Haynes    Dru Parker    Rachael Hajje     Bradley Walters     Tyler Smalley                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)     Graeyson      James Salhani    Edward Tremenheere            

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Okay, where the hell did March go!?! Anyone?

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Seriously, March has been super busy…for both me (personally) and the project!

My back is healing up nicely, however I’ve had a few anxieties in my life which has really taken a toll on my stress levels.
It’s been a really hard month for me to be honest, but I never let my personal life interfere with the project.

Millennium Exile is bigger than just one little Aussie.

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A fan (who wanted to remain anonymous) sent me this doctored image of the Crunchyroll website, in which he has made a creative edit....

The image was sent with the following comment:
"I can't wait until next week's episode".

Now I want to be clear....for people who only read capitals letters: THIS IS NOT REAL! :P
It was created by a fan, to express their appreciation and excitement for the day where Millennium Exile can be seen next to these hit shows.

And to be honest....it was really touching.
This image legitimately have me goosebumps.

Thank you :)

 
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Artist: Hary Istiyoso

Hary has been a busy man, and this months character release is looking to be a bit late…coming through early April.

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As far as the character goes, I’ll keep it light, saving the detailed information for when he gets released….but what I can tell you is his name is Lockheart and has two forms: A muscular adult, and a skinny child :)

 

Artist: Elmer Damaso

Our resident demo reel artist, Elmer has been extremely busy lately…feverishly drawing to help complete more & more footage.
Alongside each post, will either be an exert (explaining the back story) or some information to better describe the image.
As usual, the full images to the Millennium Exile demo reel are unlocked through becoming a member of the Patreon family.

 
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This post was a big one…


Not only did it successfully conclude the Lan vs the Odin brothers scene, but it also consisted of 2-3 separate images over mere days!

"At-at least finish me off"
Kouru pleaded as he coughed up blood on Kyo's boot.

A moment of silence fell upon the scene but for the briefest of moments as Kyo lowered his chin to his chest, hiding his eyes behind the fringe of his hair.
Suddenly the air grew thick with an intense blood-lust, as a demonic smile spread across Kyo's face.
He chuckled maniacally, then lifted his head and met Kouru's gaze with a cold, emotionless glare.

"I don't waste my time of the weak, you can bleed out painfully for all I care".
Kyo sadistically stated, almost as if to enjoy Kouru's dying moments.
"If you can stand up, I'll put you out of your misery and give you a warriors death", he continued.

Despite the pain surging throughout his body, Kouru now found himself scared for the first time in his life. He attempted to pick himself up - using his sword as a crutch. his blood soaked hands slipping from the hilt.
Kyo stood idly by and watched Kouru, entertained by his futile efforts with the same eager smile.

It wasn't long before Kouru's strength finally failed him, becoming completely incapacitated and collapsing into a pool of his own blood as the life faded from his eyes.

 
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This scene was a simple one, with Vincent struggling to understand his newfound and deadly powers.
Patrons of the project not only got the full image but a special GIF also :)

 
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This is the latest scene in the demo reel....showing us the an evil figure, sitting atop a dark and twisted throne.

In order to hide his presence as he gathers power, this creature possesses the body of a young boy. The body is unassuming, innocent and uses less energy to occupy - making it the perfect cover. 
Eventually leaving this shell, as a snake sheds it's skin - he often jumps from body to body for his own conveniences throughout the story.

He is nobody, yet everybody.
Nowhere, yet everywhere.
He is the greatest threat the world has never heard of.
He is Xarus, leader of Nexus!

 
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As an extension of the last image, this time we see Xarus’ demonic form - the true face of evil!

 

Well that’s another month passed, and another blog posted.
There has been a lot of new artwork completed for the project, and the demo reel is fast becoming complete. All in all, I’m really happy with how much got done :) I put together a trial super-cut of the demo in it’s entirety and it’s looking really nice (if I do say so myself).
I really wish I could share it all with you, however my agreement with many of the voice actors involved stipulate that a portion of the demo reel will be for ‘pitch purposes’ only….and I have the utmost respect for them.

Thanks again for reading….and I’ll see you in April!

 

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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

  • Kelsey Ellis

  • Ben Karnaghan

  • Quintin Ferguson

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • Haider Yassine

  • James Brown

  • Kylie Keen

  • David Haynes

  • Dru Parker

  • Rachael Hajje

  • Bradley Walters

  • Tyler Smalley

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

  • James Salhani

  • Edward Tremenheere

 

      Hi there everyone, bit late for the usual blog post I know…. Iv’e had a few health issues to deal with - more on that a little later.  I’m looking at making these blog posts monthly, that way I get to pack more content into a single post, rather than bombard you with what’s happened in a each week.  That being said however, if things get really busy, I’ll be sure to make the blogs more frequent.  So without further adieu, let’s jump into things…..               

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      Trying to get ‘back’ into action…..  (I’ll see myself out.)   If you keep up to date with the project via Facebook and the other socials, you might have heard me talk about this in earlier posts, but a few weeks ago I injured my back. Actually, I mentioned it in my last blog post, so if this is the first your’re learning of this,  ”YOU'VE BEEN CAUGHT OUT”  I wasn’t doing anything serious, in fact, I was just sitting down with my feet in the water at the beach, when the  nerves in my lower back started to spasm.  This pain isn’t entirely new for me,  it often comes and goes…sometimes weeks or even months between incidents.   However as this was the worst back pain that I recall ever having, I got my ass to a doctor.  He had me take a CT scan and some X-rays, which revealed that I have two bulging discs, and major inflammation that is pressing into the nerves - pinching and bruising them.  The location of this injury has also resulted in a loss of strength in my legs, and X-rays have found that my neck is a bit messed up also.  Oh and apparently I have osteoarthritis….     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     I’ll be alright, I’m under doctors orders to rest for a few weeks and if the swelling subsides enough (with the assistance of some anti-inflammatory medications), I might be able to undertake in physiotherapy soon. That all said though,  I’ll likely be prone to these back injuries for the rest of my life.   But you came here to read about Millennium Exile, not my whiny crap…so let’s look at some cool stuff. :D                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      ALRIGHTY THEN!      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     In a rather big update, I have released the current build of the Millennium Exile Demo Reel to the interwebs. This current build of the demo is only a 2/3 cut, as the last third will be for pitch purposes only and will not be debuted anywhere online.  This is for a multitude of reasons, such as agreements with voice actors, as well as containing some pretty exclusive content regarding the story.   If the last part of the statement puts a big ol’ question mark above you head, then allow me to elaborate.  You see, although I upload and release a pretty large amount of information regarding the Millennium Exile story, some of the  really  original stuff is kept far from the public.  This is to prevent would-be copycats from obtaining the stuff that makes the story so good. I guess you could say, it’s Millennium Exile’s secret herbs & spices.  Besides, I feel that this 2/3 of the demo is still pretty hype.  It paints a simplistic picture of the overall story while introducing us to a few of the characters.  I want to build an intriguing premise, while attempting to  not  over-complicate things in an effort to impress the audience.  Patrons of the project have actually had access to this for a while now, but I decided it was time take it out from behind a pay-wall, and share it with the world.         </iframe>" data-provider-name="YouTube"         This video is actually on the main website too, so it’s hardly difficult to find, but I really hope you all enjoy it.  Of course…this is the internet, so a little hate and some negative comments are to be expected.  But that’s okay too :)  I actually believe that the worst thing a writer can do is try to please everyone.  By doing so, you will constantly overthink   the public’s reactions, while betraying your own vision.   Even the most successful fictional stories  such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and A Song of Ice and Fire have people who hate them.  You can’t please everyone, and  to quote a line from the great masterpiece, Evangelion:  “There are as many truths as there are people”.   I do love you all though, so even if you don’t like what you see, I hope you will watch a few episodes if/when the show comes out.  Who knows, maybe seeing it in action will change your mind :p                 

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      We got some goodies to show….   Well then , you’ve all sat and (presumably) read though so much already - so I won’t bore you with more ramblings.   Let’s dive straight into some artwork shall we?              Artist:    Hary Istiyoso:      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     In last months blog post, I showed you all the  Work in Progress  for Riku Krauser. Well here he is everyone….live in living color .  You can check out Riku’s full bio  here:            

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Jumping right into another of Hary’s brilliant works is this gem.  Here we see Zero in a form known as “Fissure”, in which he allows the demon within his left eye to release it’s spiritual energy. The overwhelming pressure of this demonic power renders Zero unconscious and he becomes a threat to both friend and foe alike.  You can read up on Zero more  here:               Artist:    Elmer Damaso        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


    

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       Elmer belted out some freaking AWESOME demo reel scenes in the last few weeks  (with more currently in development).  These scenes are from a particular battle sequence between Lan and the two Odin brothers, Kouru and Tetsuya.  While this portion of the actual demo reel will not be shown to the public, Patrons of the project get  access to these images in their full, un-cropped glory :D    For this exclusive content as well as much more, become a member of the Patreon family  here:                  

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Master of Elements (Tier 1)     Daniel Taylor      Jaycen Hill    Kelsey Ellis    Ben Karnaghan     Quintin Ferguson  (New Member)                 

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Dual Wielding (Tier 2)     SnowMew    Coyen Olsen    Shaun Ivanku    Haider Yassine      James Brown    Kylie Keen    David Haynes    Dru Parker    Rachael Hajje     Bradley Walters                 

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)     Graeyson      James Salhani                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Hero (Tier 4)     Edward Tremenheere

Hi there everyone, bit late for the usual blog post I know….
Iv’e had a few health issues to deal with - more on that a little later.

I’m looking at making these blog posts monthly, that way I get to pack more content into a single post, rather than bombard you with what’s happened in a each week.
That being said however, if things get really busy, I’ll be sure to make the blogs more frequent.

So without further adieu, let’s jump into things…..

 

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Trying to get ‘back’ into action…..
(I’ll see myself out.)

If you keep up to date with the project via Facebook and the other socials, you might have heard me talk about this in earlier posts, but a few weeks ago I injured my back.
Actually, I mentioned it in my last blog post, so if this is the first your’re learning of this,
”YOU'VE BEEN CAUGHT OUT”

I wasn’t doing anything serious, in fact, I was just sitting down with my feet in the water at the beach, when the nerves in my lower back started to spasm.
This pain isn’t entirely new for me, it often comes and goes…sometimes weeks or even months between incidents.

However as this was the worst back pain that I recall ever having, I got my ass to a doctor.
He had me take a CT scan and some X-rays, which revealed that I have two bulging discs, and major inflammation that is pressing into the nerves - pinching and bruising them.
The location of this injury has also resulted in a loss of strength in my legs, and X-rays have found that my neck is a bit messed up also.

Oh and apparently I have osteoarthritis….

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I’ll be alright, I’m under doctors orders to rest for a few weeks and if the swelling subsides enough (with the assistance of some anti-inflammatory medications), I might be able to undertake in physiotherapy soon.
That all said though, I’ll likely be prone to these back injuries for the rest of my life.

But you came here to read about Millennium Exile, not my whiny crap…so let’s look at some cool stuff. :D

 

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ALRIGHTY THEN!

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In a rather big update, I have released the current build of the Millennium Exile Demo Reel to the interwebs. This current build of the demo is only a 2/3 cut, as the last third will be for pitch purposes only and will not be debuted anywhere online.
This is for a multitude of reasons, such as agreements with voice actors, as well as containing some pretty exclusive content regarding the story.

If the last part of the statement puts a big ol’ question mark above you head, then allow me to elaborate.

You see, although I upload and release a pretty large amount of information regarding the Millennium Exile story, some of the really original stuff is kept far from the public.
This is to prevent would-be copycats from obtaining the stuff that makes the story so good.
I guess you could say, it’s Millennium Exile’s secret herbs & spices.

Besides, I feel that this 2/3 of the demo is still pretty hype.
It paints a simplistic picture of the overall story while introducing us to a few of the characters.
I want to build an intriguing premise, while attempting to not over-complicate things in an effort to impress the audience.

Patrons of the project have actually had access to this for a while now, but I decided it was time take it out from behind a pay-wall, and share it with the world.

This video is actually on the main website too, so it’s hardly difficult to find, but I really hope you all enjoy it.

Of course…this is the internet, so a little hate and some negative comments are to be expected.
But that’s okay too :)
I actually believe that the worst thing a writer can do is try to please everyone.
By doing so, you will constantly overthink the public’s reactions, while betraying your own vision.

Even the most successful fictional stories such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and A Song of Ice and Fire have people who hate them.
You can’t please everyone, and to quote a line from the great masterpiece, Evangelion:
“There are as many truths as there are people”.

I do love you all though, so even if you don’t like what you see, I hope you will watch a few episodes if/when the show comes out.
Who knows, maybe seeing it in action will change your mind :p

 

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We got some goodies to show….

Well then , you’ve all sat and (presumably) read though so much already - so I won’t bore you with more ramblings.

Let’s dive straight into some artwork shall we?

 

Artist: Hary Istiyoso:

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In last months blog post, I showed you all the Work in Progress for Riku Krauser.
Well here he is everyone….live in living color .

You can check out Riku’s full bio here:

 
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Jumping right into another of Hary’s brilliant works is this gem.

Here we see Zero in a form known as “Fissure”, in which he allows the demon within his left eye to release it’s spiritual energy.
The overwhelming pressure of this demonic power renders Zero unconscious and he becomes a threat to both friend and foe alike.

You can read up on Zero more here:

 

Artist: Elmer Damaso

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Elmer belted out some freaking AWESOME demo reel scenes in the last few weeks
(with more currently in development).

These scenes are from a particular battle sequence between Lan and the two Odin brothers, Kouru and Tetsuya.
While this portion of the actual demo reel will not be shown to the public, Patrons of the project get access to these images in their full, un-cropped glory :D



For this exclusive content as well as much more, become a member of the Patreon family here:

 

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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

  • Kelsey Ellis

  • Ben Karnaghan

  • Quintin Ferguson (New Member)

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • SnowMew

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • Haider Yassine

  • James Brown

  • Kylie Keen

  • David Haynes

  • Dru Parker

  • Rachael Hajje

  • Bradley Walters

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

  • James Salhani

 
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Hero (Tier 4)

  • Edward Tremenheere

      Howdy everyone!  So I’m sitting here…typing this blog with a case of sunstroke and a pinched nerve in my back. I’m not sure what happened, but earlier today I went to the beach with some friends and ended up throwing my back out.  I have a belly full of Subway sandwiches and pain relief medication, so please forgive me if this blog post isn’t my finest :P     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     I mean, I could have just skipped the blog but there’s no way I’m doing that.  I had a car accident back in 2016 in which I was almost killed (legitimately), and I still came home from the hospital in time for my interview with a pop culture magazine regarding Millennium Exile.  I take my commitments to you guys and this project very seriously :)  So with that all said…   LET’S JUMP INTO IT!           

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      Sweet baby fish nipples, it’s finally done….            The freaking Series plan is DONE!  In short; the series plan is a complete list of each story arc, and a breakdown of all the events that takes place within them. This is to better help myself and a studio to sit down, and go over the contents of the Millennium Exile story, in order to get a feel for how everything will unfold.  The plan is a highly summarized document, in order to give as much information as possible, in an expedited manner.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       Time spent:   4 months   Pages:   101   Word Count:   49,214   Estimated Episodes:   72   This means 3 seasons of 24 episodes  or 6 seasons of 12    Now this is just the first pass through...meaning I'll now be going over and revising the document as a whole - checking things like sentence structure and whatnot.  Although this is a summarized brief, it still needs to make sense :P                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      Let’s have a look at some updates and releases shall we?             Firstly, let’s talk about the newest character release I have Hary working on….Riku Krauser!      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Riku is an assassin and Blader Meister,  and speculated to be the younger brother of Julia ( featured in blog #20 ) This piece is shaping up to look freaking amazing, but you’ll have to wait for the full release for Riku’s complete character bio :)             Next up….some Demo Reel updates:   I have recently adjusted the way I am releasing demo reel artwork… As a way of giving back, all full images are now only available by becoming a Patron of the Project. This was also discussed a little more in detail in Blog #21.  These images are unlocked to all members, regardless of tier…so if you are a fan, and keen to help out, please consider heading over to the link below and showing your support!   https://www.patreon.com/millenniumexile    Elmer has been working his very best to bring these scenes to life… in particular, these astonishing images from the Lan Vs. Kouru & Tetsuya portion of the demo.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
          
             
                  
             
          
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       With blood still pouring from his open wounds,  Lan's body shakes uncontrollably as he slowly gets back up.  Suddenly his spiritual energy changes drastically, and Kouru and Tetsuya are taken back as the air begins to fill with a murderous intent.              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
          
             
                  
             
          
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      Lan looks up at Kouru,   "Do you really think a little blood is going to stop me?   He says with a foreboding tone, as his voice began to distort.     "If that's the case...then you'd better THINK AGAIN!"   Lan's eyes suddenly change to that of a deep orange.    It soon becomes apparent to both Kouru and Tetsuya that they were no longer facing Lan...no, this presence was different.  It was almost as if he were now being possessed by some unrelenting force of pure carnage. A force driven by rage, who's sole focus was the elimination of all who stood in its way.                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       Oh boy….             In particular, let’s talk Sasuke memes….  I’m sure many of you know already what I’m talking about, however for those of you not in the know; a Sasuke meme has made its rounds across the Internet throughout the start of 2019.  The meme depicts a scene in Naruto in which Sasuke is pinned against a wall by his brother Itachi.  Well, people (for some reason) have been cutting old Itachi out of the picture (literally) and replacing him with a variety of different things.   For example:      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


    

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


    

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


          Well, our boy Setsuna joined the meme status thanks to fan of the project: Tyler Smalley (  @reddead405  ) I have to admit, I laughed my ass off when I saw this :P      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


                   

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Master of Elements (Tier 1)     Daniel Taylor      Jaycen Hill    Kelsey Ellis    Ben Karnaghan                 

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Dual Wielding (Tier 2)     SnowMew    Coyen Olsen    Shaun Ivanku    Haider Yassine      James Brown    Kylie Keen    David Haynes    Dru Parker    Rachael Hajje     Bradley Walters   (New member)                 

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)     Graeyson                  

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Hero (Tier 4)     James Salhani    Edward Tremenheere

Howdy everyone!

So I’m sitting here…typing this blog with a case of sunstroke and a pinched nerve in my back.
I’m not sure what happened, but earlier today I went to the beach with some friends and ended up throwing my back out.

I have a belly full of Subway sandwiches and pain relief medication, so please forgive me if this blog post isn’t my finest :P

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I mean, I could have just skipped the blog but there’s no way I’m doing that.
I had a car accident back in 2016 in which I was almost killed (legitimately), and I still came home from the hospital in time for my interview with a pop culture magazine regarding Millennium Exile.

I take my commitments to you guys and this project very seriously :)
So with that all said…

LET’S JUMP INTO IT!

 
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Sweet baby fish nipples, it’s finally done….

 

The freaking Series plan is DONE!

In short; the series plan is a complete list of each story arc, and a breakdown of all the events that takes place within them.
This is to better help myself and a studio to sit down, and go over the contents of the Millennium Exile story, in order to get a feel for how everything will unfold.

The plan is a highly summarized document, in order to give as much information as possible, in an expedited manner.

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Time spent: 4 months
Pages: 101
Word Count: 49,214
Estimated Episodes: 72

This means 3 seasons of 24 episodes
or
6 seasons of 12

Now this is just the first pass through...meaning I'll now be going over and revising the document as a whole - checking things like sentence structure and whatnot. 
Although this is a summarized brief, it still needs to make sense :P 


 
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Let’s have a look at some updates and releases shall we?

 

Firstly, let’s talk about the newest character release I have Hary working on….Riku Krauser!

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Riku is an assassin and Blader Meister, and speculated to be the younger brother of Julia (featured in blog #20)
This piece is shaping up to look freaking amazing, but you’ll have to wait for the full release for Riku’s complete character bio :)

 

Next up….some Demo Reel updates:

I have recently adjusted the way I am releasing demo reel artwork…
As a way of giving back, all full images are now only available by becoming a Patron of the Project.
This was also discussed a little more in detail in Blog #21.

These images are unlocked to all members, regardless of tier…so if you are a fan, and keen to help out, please consider heading over to the link below and showing your support!

https://www.patreon.com/millenniumexile


Elmer has been working his very best to bring these scenes to life… in particular, these astonishing images from the Lan Vs. Kouru & Tetsuya portion of the demo.

With blood still pouring from his open wounds,
Lan's body shakes uncontrollably as he slowly gets back up.
Suddenly his spiritual energy changes drastically, and Kouru and Tetsuya are taken back as the air begins to fill with a murderous intent.

 

Lan looks up at Kouru, 
"Do you really think a little blood is going to stop me? 
He says with a foreboding tone, as his voice began to distort.

"If that's the case...then you'd better THINK AGAIN!" 
Lan's eyes suddenly change to that of a deep orange.

It soon becomes apparent to both Kouru and Tetsuya that they were no longer facing Lan...no, this presence was different.

It was almost as if he were now being possessed by some unrelenting force of pure carnage.
A force driven by rage, who's sole focus was the elimination of all who stood in its way.


 
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Oh boy….

 

In particular, let’s talk Sasuke memes….

I’m sure many of you know already what I’m talking about, however for those of you not in the know; a Sasuke meme has made its rounds across the Internet throughout the start of 2019.

The meme depicts a scene in Naruto in which Sasuke is pinned against a wall by his brother Itachi.
Well, people (for some reason) have been cutting old Itachi out of the picture (literally) and replacing him with a variety of different things.

For example:

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Well, our boy Setsuna joined the meme status thanks to fan of the project: Tyler Smalley ( @reddead405 )
I have to admit, I laughed my ass off when I saw this :P

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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

  • Kelsey Ellis

  • Ben Karnaghan

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • SnowMew

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • Haider Yassine

  • James Brown

  • Kylie Keen

  • David Haynes

  • Dru Parker

  • Rachael Hajje

  • Bradley Walters (New member)

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

 
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Hero (Tier 4)

  • James Salhani

  • Edward Tremenheere

First Blog of 2019!

First Blog of 2019!

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Welcome to 2019!

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I hope everyone had a safe, healthy and happy holiday season, FILLED with good company, food, drink, games and of course (ahem) anime :)

I myself caught up with family and friends, however as I work in retail as a computer technician, I don’t really get any time off during the holiday break. In-fact, business for us is even crazier than the rest of the year, so it’s pretty easy to get burnt out.

….and that’s exactly what happened lol.



It’s been a few weeks, but I thought I would ease back into the MillEx blogs, with them continuing to be released fortnightly (at least for now).
As it’s still early in the year, there are lots of plans for the project in 2019, but not too much to actually report on just yet.

That being said, I still have lots to talk about, so lets jump right into things!

 

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With a new year, comes another new Anime season….and one I’m actually pretty excited for!

I haven’t done this type of thing in previous blog posts, however I’m considering making this a usual topic, where I talk about what I’ll be watching every new season moving ahead.
What do you think?

So…..what are you watching Ty?

Well dear reader, I’m glad you asked….thank you for being so super interested :P
Below are the titles I’ll be diving head first into:

Rising of the Shield Hero:

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IN A NUTSHELL:

Man travels to a fantasy realm and finds himself as one of the four great heroes of legend…said to posses the power needed to save the world from a demonic presence.
However the protagonist finds himself as none other than the heavily mocked and underestimated “Shield Hero”.



LINKS:

My Anime List:

https://myanimelist.net/anime/35790/Tate_no_Yuusha_no_Nariagari

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKnyi3TRznA


 

The Promised Neverland:

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IN A NUTSHELL:

Orphaned kids growing up on a massive property, and told never to go near the fence. When kids are adopted or leave the sanctuary however, they are never heard from or seen again….until three of the orphans discover the truth behind their orphanage.
All is not as it seems! (oooohhh)


LINKS:

My Anime List:

https://myanimelist.net/anime/37779/Yakusoku_no_Neverland

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBwApg_nAvY

 

Mob Psycho 100 2:

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IN A NUTSHELL:

(Series 2 of Mob Psycho 100)
Kid with psychic powers, low self esteem and no social skills is taken advantage of by a man claiming to be a physic master and uses Mobs insane powers for his own financial gain.


LINKS:

My Anime List:

https://myanimelist.net/anime/37510/Mob_Psycho_100_II

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epZaT8B31-g

 

Dororo:

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IN A NUTSHELL:

Crippled kid has his body parts stolen at birth by a group of demonic entities. He is given deadly prosthetic’s and now hunters the demos down to regain his former body.


LINKS:

My Anime List:

https://myanimelist.net/anime/37520/Dororo

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neqxQdpTyXE

 

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With the arrival of 2019, comes a few changes being made to the content I’ll be sharing on social media and Patreon.
Don’t worry though, PLENTY of artwork is still going to be shared, however as I’ve mentioned earlier, I'm working very hard to be ready for pitching to studios by 2020.

This means completing the series plan, demo reel, having all character artwork completed as well as the art-book published in both English and Japanese formats!

After 10 years working on this project, it's extremely exciting and scary to say the least :) 
To think of where this all started to where we are now is simply astonishing to me, and I have so much more to come ;)

That being said however, I need to make few more things exclusive to Patreon... in particular, the demo reel artwork.

Any and all support for Millennium Exile is extremely appreciated, and very much needed this year.
This means giving back even more to those who are helping project financially through Patreon. 
I love all my fans and don't get me wrong...you will still be getting plenty of artwork and updates through social media, and completed scenes will still get shared - albeit a cropped version.

But moving forward, all ‘full’ scenes will now be Patreon exclusives :)


I know we have just come out of the holiday season, but if any of you have the capacity to do so, please consider checking out the page and contributing what you can....every little bit helps immensely!

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Demo Reel:

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A little sketch preview of the next demo reel still from Elmer Damaso.

This whole scene between Lan and Kouru has a lot more key frames and elements than any other scene in the demo reel to date...but that's precisely why it's going to be 🔥🔥🔥

Also, who can the this mysterious third person be? 🤔


Remember to become a Patron of the project for exclusive access to the completed scenes, along with their subsequent story-boards.

Cropped versions will still be uploaded to all socials.


Character Art:

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Hary is at it again! :D

This is Sonic, a female Meister from Vincent's past.

Despite being a Lancer Meister, Sonic now has a special ability to expand and contract her spiritual energy at an extremely high frequency. 
This vibration of energy, super-heats the air around Sonic for a split second, before emitting a massive clap of thunder from her body. 
The thunder varies in destructive capabilities, acting as something of a Sonic-boom and melting the ground beneath her as, well as anything within radius of her spiritual pressure of a few inches.

Link to Sonic’s Full bio can be found here:
http://www.millenniumexile.com/sonic

Hary is also currently working on a new character release, however we do not yet have a WIP to show.
I can however, tell you that the character being released this month is Riku - a deadly Nexus assassin with gravity manipulation abilities!
Stay Tuned for future updates!

 

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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)

  • Ben Karnaghan

  • Jaycen Hill

  • Kelsey Ellis

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • SnowMew

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • Haider Yassine

  • James Brown

  • Kylie Keen

  • David Haynes

  • Dru Parker

  • Rachael Hajje

  • Bradley Walters (New member)

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 4)

  • James Salhani

  • Edward Tremenheere

2018 - Year in Review.

2018 - Year in Review.

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Wow, what an epic and eventful year this has been for the project!
With so much behind me, and with so much still ahead…let’s look back at the events of 2018.

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The year started off with such an amazing achievement , being featured in a Kotaku article!
I remember I was so freaking excited when this piece came out, that I literally couldn’t contain my smile.. I’d be walking down the street, looking as though rainbows and puppies just fell out of me.
When people would ask “What’s got you so happy?” I would reply, “My anime project is getting noticed and Kotaku just did a piece on me!”
They’d then look me up and down, noticing that I’m a 6”1 pastey-ass white Aussie, talking about making an Anime and probably just assume I’d completely lost my grip on reality.

Still though, what an amazing start to the year!

 
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Shortly after the Kotaku article, my phone was lighting up with calls…one of which was from ABC, asking if I would be interested in doing an interview on the radio.

The interview would go to air some months later, and was so heavily edited that it turned out as nothing but some sob story about how hard my life was - and how Anime inspired me…rather than focusing on the project itself.
Although my life indeed had a sad beginning, there was so much more to tell, and I was genuinely excited to share my story with the people of Australian radio.
But, the mainstream media loves to sensationalize drama…lesson learned.

Still though, it was a great experience, being my first time on the air! :)

 
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Although I have been teaching and visiting schools for a while now, 2018 was one of my biggest years ever, as word of mouth about myself and the project was now reaching more schools across SE Queensland.
I had the pleasure of attending 9 different schools this year, talking about Anime & Millennium Exile, as well as speaking about being a Western creative attempting to break into a predominantly Japanese industry.

It’s always such an amazing experience to talk to all these children who are so passionate about Anime - just looking for a way to express their creativity and individuality!

Definitely one of my favorite parts of the year! :)

 
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Then came the big dog….Patreon!
Without a doubt, one of my biggest challenges this year, and one of my proudest successes.

Several years ago, back in 2015, I made a disastrous flop attempting to bring Millennium Exile to Kickstarter.
At the time, I was younger and far more inexperienced - with none of the amazing voice actors attached to the project that I have now; and with far less work to show the public.
Kickstarter wasnt the right platform for MillEx either….it’s an amazing website, but I find that it’s far better suited to projects that ONLY need money to fund the creation of their goal.

Millennium Exile however, is a different breed...
Even with funding, I’ll still only then be ready to pitch - leaving my fate in the hands of the studio Gods in Japan.
Soon enough, Patreon released as a new platform, designed to help creatives BE creative…without the need for a definitive finished product.
I wasnt just going to jump on the next bandwagon that rolled into town…I needed to better prepare myself and to grow, both as a brand and as a person.

Then earlier this year, I caught up with a friend who sat me down over a coffee and with a stern expression, tells me:
”I think it’s time you revisited the idea of putting MillEx on Patreon, I think you’re ready!”
Up until that point, I had been receiving a steady flow of donations from the fans via direct links on Paypal, so the support & interest was definitely there among the community.

Eventually I bit the bullet, and the response from you has been amazing to say the least!

As a result, I was even able to hire a new artist who would draw for the Demo Reel “Elmer Damaso” - aka: IQ40.
His work has gone such a long way into expediting the project, which in-turn, helps Hary so much, as the poor guy no longer has to try and do both the demo and the artwork for the book, hahaha.

Going on Patreon also placed me on more deadlines in order to meet and deliver the rewards for each of the tiers, and my social networking / marketing for the project had to get to the next level also…that includes the resurrection of this blog.
Although it’s doubled my workload, it’s been such a blast and I’m loving every minute!

To all of you who currently supports, or ‘has’ supported the project through Patreon: Thank you all so freaking much!
Here’s to 2019 and finally clearing that $500 target.

 
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2018 was also the year for conventions for Millennium Exile, with yours truly presenting the project for the very first time both on the convention floor at Oz Comic Con & on stage at Supanova!

The support and numbers at both of these events truly blew my mind and touched my heart so much. Even at Supanova, which quite literally fell into my lap, with zero time to prepare, and up against all star guests speaking at the same time as me - I was still able to fill more seats than expected.

 
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Lastly, but certainly not least….

I became a representative of the worlds largest Anime Discord community, with over 100,000 members: Anime Base!
They even gave me my own little Millennium Exile channel in there so you can get all your updates and posts via the Discord app!

 
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Oh, and let’s not forget the other day, when god damned, voice acting royalty Steve Blum followed the Millennium Exile project on Instagram!
Sweet baby fish nipples I was on Cloud 9 all day :)


 
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Let’s get into some art shall we?

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On the Left:
We have the finished artwork for Julia! A bad-ass Melee Meister who annihilates her foes by utilizing her brute strength through a series of destructive kicks.

On the Right:
A WIP (work in progress) for Sonic. Another ferocious and powerful female working for Nexus.
Sonic possesses an advanced manipulation over her spiritual energy in order to emit a very unique, yet devastating force.
More on her when the official artwork releases! :)

Both of these amazing pieces of artwork are from none other than the spectacular Hary Istiyoso!

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This freaking cool set of images show Vincent, backed into a corner and ready to retaliate - mustering up every last ounce of his strength!
We also see a few more peaceful moments, as Zero passes on some sage advice to the newest member of the team.

All three of these images are drawn by the aforementioned Elmer Damaso for the project’s Demo Reel.
I really love how these turned out….which actually leads me to my next topic…..

 
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As a special thanks to the amazing people who have been supporting the project on Patreon, and as a little gift to celebrate the holiday season, I have uploaded a short scene that will be featuring in later cuts of the Millennium Exile demo reel.
I’m pretty proud of how this has turned out, so if you are a Patron, be on the lookout for this exclusive locked post! :)

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And with that we call it a year….2018 done and dusted (well, almost).
To each and every single one of you, I want to wish you a happy holiday season.
Regardless of what you celebrate, if anything at all….the world is extremely busy this time of year, so I hope you all have a great time hanging out with family and friends. Don’t forget to eat some good food, play some fun games and watch some amazing Anime!

To all the artists who have worked with me and contributed this year to the project, I want to thank you all so much - you have all been an absolute pleasure!

Stay safe, and I’ll be seeing you all in 2019!

 

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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

  • Kelsey Ellis

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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • SnowMew

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • Haider Yassine

  • James Brown

  • Kylie Keen

  • David Haynes

  • Dru Parker

  • Rachael Hajje (New member)

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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

  • Ben Karnaghan (Deferred for XMAS)

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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • James Salhani (Deferred for XMAS)

  • Halassy Hunor

  • Edward Tremenheere

      Okie Dokie, here we are again :) In the last blog, I mentioned that I would start doing fortnightly releases… at least until things picked up after the holiday season.  There are a few things to talk about in this issue so lets jump into it!                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      A Weeaboo’s tale by Ty Hanson   Over the past 2 weeks, the Millennium Exile Patreon page has had some more new additions to the family - as well as another heavy hitter! Please join me in welcoming:  Dru Parker ,  David Haynes ,  Kelsey Ellis  and   Edward Tremenheere  to the Millennium Exile Patreon family! :)   All of you are so very loved and appreciated, thanks again to everyone who is involved in supporting the project :D  These new additions also brought with them a celebration, as the MillEx Patreon page hit a massive milestone…. it’s second goal in less 3 months of activity! :O    WOO-HOO! It’s time to celebrate!   This is simply amazing, and I really do have the best fans in the world…however the celebration was short-lived as we soon lost a member, which put us back under the bar.  Regardless, I want to express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of your, regardless of the level of contribution. Iv’e said it before, but every like, share and comment means just as much. While money pays for the artwork, word of mouth helps the project travel…to reach new places and a more people.  Thanks again :)        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


    

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     This time of the year can be extremely difficult for professional artists, as the companies they work for often try to squeeze as much ‘last minute"‘ artwork from them before 2018 comes to an end. This results in something of a rather chaotic few weeks, so development on the MillEx art has slowed somewhat….at least for now ;)      Introducing Ventris Island!  A tropical utopia secretly hiding Pulse Headquarters and home to the GRAVE organisation!  Located South of Fel- Bara, Ventris is invisible to the human eye, due to a special field that has been cast over it, camouflaging Ventris with the surrounding waters of the South Cobalt Ocean. Knowledge of Ventris, and the clandestine base operating from within it are known to seldom few, with its very existence a matter of global security.  **** This image was thanks to the amazing  Jordan Grimmer Art  with some edits done by yours truly :)      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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     Aaaaand what post wouldnt be complete without an IQ40 (Elmer) WIP? :P  This scene is still in development and follows on from the previous images released on an injured Vincent leaning up against the wall.   I will save the info on this piece for the official release of the artwork so stay tuned!       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


          So this happened….. Recently a good friend of mine Tyler went for a trip to Japan. So being the nutcase he is - the man started stashing Millennium Exile cards all over the country. XD Ahhh Tyler, this meant a lot, but it also entertained me to no end watching all the different places you stashed these bad boys :P  Thanks again brother!        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


                

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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        Master of Elements (Tier 1)     Daniel Taylor      Jaycen Hill    Kelsey Ellis  (New Member)                 

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Dual Wielding (Tier 2)     SnowMew    Tyler Smalley    Coyen Olsen    Patrick Lowery     Shaun Ivanku    Haider Yassine      James Brown    Kylie Keen    David Haynes  (New Member)     Dru Parker  (New Member)            

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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Okie Dokie, here we are again :)
In the last blog, I mentioned that I would start doing fortnightly releases… at least until things picked up after the holiday season.

There are a few things to talk about in this issue so lets jump into it!

 

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A Weeaboo’s tale by Ty Hanson

Over the past 2 weeks, the Millennium Exile Patreon page has had some more new additions to the family - as well as another heavy hitter!
Please join me in welcoming: Dru Parker, David Haynes, Kelsey Ellis and Edward Tremenheere to the Millennium Exile Patreon family! :)

All of you are so very loved and appreciated, thanks again to everyone who is involved in supporting the project :D

These new additions also brought with them a celebration, as the MillEx Patreon page hit a massive milestone…. it’s second goal in less 3 months of activity! :O

WOO-HOO! It’s time to celebrate!
This is simply amazing, and I really do have the best fans in the world…however the celebration was short-lived as we soon lost a member, which put us back under the bar.

Regardless, I want to express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of your, regardless of the level of contribution. Iv’e said it before, but every like, share and comment means just as much. While money pays for the artwork, word of mouth helps the project travel…to reach new places and a more people.

Thanks again :)

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This time of the year can be extremely difficult for professional artists, as the companies they work for often try to squeeze as much ‘last minute"‘ artwork from them before 2018 comes to an end.
This results in something of a rather chaotic few weeks, so development on the MillEx art has slowed somewhat….at least for now ;)




Introducing Ventris Island!
A tropical utopia secretly hiding Pulse Headquarters and home to the GRAVE organisation!

Located South of Fel- Bara, Ventris is invisible to the human eye, due to a special field that has been cast over it, camouflaging Ventris with the surrounding waters of the South Cobalt Ocean.
Knowledge of Ventris, and the clandestine base operating from within it are known to seldom few, with its very existence a matter of global security.

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This image was thanks to the amazing Jordan Grimmer Art with some edits done by yours truly :)

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Pictured below is a current work in progress from Hary, for the Millennium Exile Artbook.
This is Julia, a Nexus Sentinel and total bad-ass…more of her to come :)
(You can actually see her in a recently released image of the Nexus crew from Elmer)

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Aaaaand what post wouldnt be complete without an IQ40 (Elmer) WIP? :P
This scene is still in development and follows on from the previous images released on an injured Vincent leaning up against the wall.

I will save the info on this piece for the official release of the artwork so stay tuned!

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So this happened…..
Recently a good friend of mine Tyler went for a trip to Japan. So being the nutcase he is - the man started stashing Millennium Exile cards all over the country. XD
Ahhh Tyler, this meant a lot, but it also entertained me to no end watching all the different places you stashed these bad boys :P
Thanks again brother!

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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

  • Kelsey Ellis (New Member)

 
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Dual Wielding (Tier 2)

  • SnowMew

  • Tyler Smalley

  • Coyen Olsen

  • Patrick Lowery 

  • Shaun Ivanku

  • Haider Yassine

  • James Brown

  • Kylie Keen

  • David Haynes (New Member)

  • Dru Parker (New Member)

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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • Graeyson

  • Ben Karnaghan

 
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Calculated & Dangerous (Tier 3)

  • James Salhani

  • Halassy Hunor

  • Edward Tremenheere (New member)

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

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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/        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     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 :)        

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


              

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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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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