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    1. Ryan Bell on March 20, 2013

      LOL thanks Scott. I will get something together soon, I wrapping up a project at the moment and have one more to start on after that. But I will make something cool.

    2. Isaac Shapiro Creator on March 20, 2013

      Hey again, Ryan. Actually that last comment was Scott. Erm, this one is too; we share the account. We should probably make it clearer which one of is responding in the future.

      Anyway, hell yeah! We'd love fanart! That's awesome, and you're awesome. Also, I just looked up the Solestar project. That looks fantastic. The premise is really cool.

    3. Ryan Bell on March 19, 2013

      No prob Isaac, the insight is much appreciated and I totally understand the thinking that went into this. It is one of the reasons I find it exciting. I look forward to reading it. Let me know if you guys wants some fanart done up. I love drawing just to draw and had some of my work published in the recently successful Solestar KS.

    4. Isaac Shapiro Creator on March 19, 2013

      Thanks Ryan! As for what gave us the idea, well it's kinda like we said in the video. Shonen storytelling is almost always disconnected from it's source material. So often you see stuff like Shaman King, a manga that has NOTHING to do with shamanism. Instead there's a tournament where people fight to decide who the best shaman is. Anyway, after a while we realized that shonen themes like friendship, hard work, loyalty, and ass kicking could be applied to any starting point you choose. From there we made a list of tropes we wanted to subvert or play with and picked the strangest starting point we could think of to tweak the genre's nose a little bit.

      I'll give you an example. I love shonen, but its depiction of women can be pretty miserable. You have all these amazing heroes running around saving the world, and for the most part, the ladies just sit on the sidelines or act as a damsel in distress. If they get to take part in the action, they're almost always pretty far down on the power scale. Look at Nami from One Piece or Orihime from Bleach. Hell, even Bulma winds up sitting on her hands for almost all of Dragon Ball Z. The first thing we wanted to do was make a strong female lead who could stand on the front lines and kick ass just like Luffy or Goku. We decided that her boyfriend, Maxwell, would fill the passive role usually held by female characters. The decision to make Shaniqua biracial followed much the same line of thinking. Anime goes for all kinds of interesting aesthetic choices. Weird hair colors, odd eye colors, and confusion fashion choices are everywhere, but you almost never see brown skinned characters in shonen, and we thought that could change.

      And yeah, there's a risk that this could be controversial, but we've tried our best to keep problematic elements out of the script. We did a lot of research for the comic, and asking women, one of them an actual sex worker, for advice or to look over our script was a big part of the writing process. One of the big requests we got while we were writing was to pander to female gaze as well as male gaze, and we're definitely going to give it out best shot especially later on when we explore the world a little more. We also plan on playing with gender roles by having male hos and female pimps.

      Of course none of this really has much to do with sex. Basically what it all boils down to is we wanted to write a bouncy, upbeat parody of shonen that kept emphasis on hard work, loyalty, friendship, and self confidence. The rest of the stuff layered on top like sex-positive story (again weird considering the total lack of sex) and inclusion of characters of diverse races and gender felt like a logical extension when we really got down to writing.

      ...Sorry for the wall of text!

    5. Ryan Bell on March 19, 2013

      I agree with Zon, this will be very interesting to see what lies ahead. Kudos for taking the risk on something that could easily be spun in a negative light as being too controversial and inappropriate. But hey those that would think that should look at the latest slew of videogames and tv shows before jumping to that conclusion. Not too mention if a shonen exists with someone wanting to be the best mob boss well then why not have a prostitute? I think being a mafiaso is much worse than someone dealing in the worlds oldest profession. What gave you guys the idea in the first place? A truly original concept for this medium and the story possibilities here are limitless. Great job. I really hope this succeeds and exceeds all goals.

    6. Isaac Shapiro Creator on March 17, 2013

      Thanks for backing the project and checking out the pages we've posted thus far for the web comic. All I can say is the best is yet to come.

    7. Zon Petilla on March 17, 2013

      Well, I hit up your webcomic and you got me into it. This will be fun to see where this goes.