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GRAND HUNTER Book 01 Front Cover - Preview (16th July 2010)


Pretty much what the title says. Enjoy. ;)


Behind the scenes with Adobe Photoshop 7 - Part 01




Behind the scenes with Adobe Photoshop 7 - Part 02




Island Trotting - SKETCH PHASE




Island Trotting - BASE COLOURS PHASE




After I'm done with the Front Cover I'll be moving on to the Back Cover which will feature Duke Vienna and Stream the Hawk in a mighty clash. Sweet.


GRAND HUNTER Book 01 - Fortune Islands (16th July 2010)


:bulletblue: It took me a solid 3 weeks to reconceptualise the entire comic chapters of the former 'The Grand ASHWORTH Fortune' series.

So far I'm very pleased with the result, there were a lot of significant changes to the dialogue and now readers will have a better understanding of what's going on and what's to be expected in the future of this comic series. I have a clear idea of where I want GRAND HUNTER to be headed for, chapter to chapter, arc to arc.

The book will be on sale for the first time (a relaunch more like it) for GRAND HUNTER.

This book will capture everything there is to know so far in the story - a total of 180 pages worth of comic/story content (printed in A5 size, perfect bind, full colour covers). Extra content will include an art gallery and 2 advertisements of my favourite webcomic series/concepts online - all of this section will be printed in full colour.

So that's close to 200 pages worth of history behind the works of my life long project that will continue till I move on to another. GRAND HUNTER will continue to live on for as long as I'm inspired.


:bulletred: Where will the book be sold and when you ask?

I will be attending The Summer of Sonic 2010 this year and I will be given an art table. You can meet me there in person and get it signed as well!

The cost price of the book will be set at £16(GBP) or $24(USD) at the table.

I will be selling additional merch which will come in the form of posters laminated with a lovely gloss finish. The posters will be on sale at £6(GBP) or $9(USD) each.

Of course if you would like to donate more than the cost price I'm more than happy to accept. :)

Anyways here are some mock images of the comic book. I'll be taking proper photos when I have the read thing printed on hand tomorrow. ;)


Mock Cover Page

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Content Sample

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Mock Back Cover

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The 200 page comic book will also be made available after I come back from my holiday in August. It should be ready for print via INDYPLANET.COM or Lulu.com. If you've got Paypal you can get a copy of this book very easily anywhere in the world. ;)



GRAND HUNTER Companion In The Works (29th June 2010)


I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.






If you're still curious as to what this is I'm planning to re-launch my original comic series 'The Grand ASHWORTH Fortune' by re-publishing the online comic in a 200 page perfect-bind book. I'm still in the process of making amendments to the contents by adjusting bits and pieces to the story and artwork but yeah feel free to send me suggestions on what should be added into the book. If I like your idea I'll add it in. ;)


This is something that you can hold into your hand and read whenever you want (it's A5 in size, I'll show photos of the final product when I've printed them all ~ about 30 hard copies or so) - you can treat this as a special collector's item too in honour of the 'The Grand ASHWORTH Fortune' comic works I've done since day one.


Hope to get some feedback on this before I get it published prior to Summer of Sonic 2010 on August (which is only a month's away!).


Cost of the book will be set a few dollars or so above the cost price of making the book (it'll probably cost 15-20 Aussie bucks to make a good quality product - colour pages included in some parts of the book!). I want to make it as afforable as possible and as accessible to everyone who wants a copy. Ordering online should be cheaper but if you purchase the book from me at SOS2010 you can get it signed and have a doodle in there for free! :D  






:bulletgreen: Finish the remaining Sonic Fan Comics - I WANT CLOSURE!!!

:bulletgreen: Work on Darkspeeds.com and GRAND HUNTER websites.

:bulletgreen: Finish off the rest of the SUMMER OF SONIC 2009 videos.
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Pennyadodumuss Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So this is how you do it?
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Cytochrom Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010   Digital Artist
Awesome preview, Elson. It's nice to see you experimenting with painting techniques. :) Do keep it up! You might look up some videos if you're interested in taking a closer look at some processes (example: [link] ). They're pretty insightful if you analyze them closely.
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UsagiTsukiM0ri Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome front page. :thumbsup: I seriously would love to buy your comics one day. ;__; Living somewhere else sometimes sucks. D: Ah well I'll wait till I'm 21. xD Good job dude! 8D Can't wait for the back page too!
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheer! Your enthusiasm is encouragement for me. ;)
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UsagiTsukiM0ri Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad it does! :thumbsup: Hope the best for ya dude!
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Sorain26 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Student General Artist
wow awesome
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EliseBellatrix Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
I'd love to have one of those signed copies of your book, rather than printing it online! Do you think you could send it me by cash on delivery post mail when you are in the SOS 2010??? Would you receive the money by this way? :)

Now I'm preparing for my trip to Germany with the choir, which will be from 22th to 27th of July. The weather prediction says that it will be raining during those days. Damn! ^^U Anyway. I'm sure I'll have a great time there! ^__^
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah interesting, I'll probably try and utilise the postal service in London - Royal Mail. I'll see how it goes Isabel, I'll do my best but there is no guarantee I will have time to send it out of the UK since I will be hands full every bit of my holiday. ;)

Still send me your postal address via my e-mail (darkspeeds@hotmail.com) just in case something works out. You don't have Paypal do you? If you do the transaction will be much easier and safer! *thumbs up*

Oh and have a great time in Germany with your choir group! My friend Adam's over there for work (temporarily) and he's not enjoying the hot weather. ^^; Take care Isabel!
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EliseBellatrix Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
No, I don't have Paypal. But what I would like the most is to get a SIGNED copy from you. That would be much worthy to me than a print online... But unfortunately I'm not able to attend to the SOS so I thought of cash on delivery mail solution... Anyway, I'll send you my post address. Thanks for the interest. ^^
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foreversonic Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
*puts his name down for a copy* :D

I still have the postcard / photos from TGAF!

I'll probably give you more than the going rate like last time. It'd be good to see you again. I'm glad that you won't be missing the Crush 40 visit :)

Still no idea for the plans as yet. I'm tempted to stay in London, Friday and Saturday night. Not sure yet.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Man that's really cool to know that you still have my old stuff! Boy has the story direction + dialogue changed a heap.

I really appreciate the generosity coming from you Simon, I hope to repay you in some way or another when I get there.

I'm free on the Sunday (whole day) in London so my plans from there will be based on a 'play by ear' basis. *thumbs up*
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sheezy93 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
how's very intersing... well i'm not much that fan who buys too much comics XD but.. i'll give it a try!
although i migth be too quietly not to yell at you like fangirls XD im never scream that way :p i might just stare at you, because you see im deaf and i dont like talks to hearing people who speak too fast @_@ that confusing me out! but you are my hero artist :iconimhappyplz: how much will you add loads of your comics?

im going to summer of sonic 2010 this year! (finally! i bet you remember i cant go last year)
but now i can! hahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahaha huk! (fall over) ouch... :p you will see me wearing cream ears i made =3 and i added photo of that in my gallery ^^ the ears are made of paper :p

and i will win! but not cream ears XD i will draw sonic girls in paper with my own style, most people said my style look like really hard to draw but it isnt, once you used it and you know how to make it groovy!

have a good day ^^
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, looking forward to saying hi and shaking your hand at SOS2010 buddy!
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sheezy93 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
me too ^^ and hey im going to make something for ya >w< it just small thing but im sure you'll like it :D
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! Looking forward to it! ;)
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sheezy93 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
yeah ^__^ oh by the way i did sonic, tals, knuckles, amy, creama nd amiga lop ^^ i named it myself :p if you dont know waht im talk about

do you mind if i show you?
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FriskeCrisps Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would like to go to Sonic Summer, however work conflicts with that ^^;. Gots to have money. As for Grand Fortune, I think I will order myself a copy :).
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry to hear that you can't make it this year to SOS - ah well next year then!

No worries on order, they should be available online when I come back from my holiday. *thumbs up*
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ghoustman1213 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
im really looking forward to buying your book . will it be available in the us
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It will be made available anywhere once it's formatted online. You can buy it at either at INDYPLANET.COM or Lulu.com. If you've got Paypal you can get a copy of this book very easily anywhere in the world.
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ghoustman1213 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
thank you
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KrisiChiki Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Student General Artist
I like the new look of the logo :giggle: I'll be looking forward the photos you've mentioned. I love it when people manage to reach their dreams and make them come true and it's wonderful to be able to follow their progress. I really want to know how it goes :D
Have fun at Summer of Sonic 2010!!
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Chibi-Twich! I will be sure to have a great time when I'm in London celebrating a Sonic fan community event! ;)
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Banter-O-Rilley Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
AAAARRRGGHH!!!
It's times like these that I curse that I won't be able to attend...!! I'D LOVE TO BE THERE AND GET THE BOOK SIGNED!!!

However, if it's possible to get it shipped after I get back from my trip I'll TOTALLY buy it!!

YES. That's how much I love your work and the way you always fix up your profile page and go the extra mile for the community!!

I hope that you pour all your Heart into GRAND HUNTER and make it just the way you want it so it's a crowdpleaser and a future classic!! HERE'S ROOTING FOR YOU, DARKSPEEDS!!!
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah dude, I'll be sure to announce the full details on how to purchase a copy of the book online after I come back from my holiday! ;) Thanks for your support!
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Banter-O-Rilley Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
ALRIGHT!!!

It's good that we're both taking time to see the sights.
Always good to bolster the roster so we can later transmit it through our work!

I'm also anxious to see the new GRAND HUNTER heroes and villains: Duke and NOF, especially.

Speaking of which, who else is on NOF? Are they also powerhouses like Stream was/is? [I've a feeling he might come back!]
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm happy to hear of your enthusiasm to see who's coming back and your inquiry about the antagonists/bad guys to the story.

NOF has been changed to N.O.A. (No-Origin-Assembly), I've done it so that it sounds a little cooler (may have some attachment to the word NOAH in future). And faction doesn't seem to fit the group's meaning, assembly is more appropriate.

I will be revealing more of N.O.A. later, Duke and his crew are on a mission to follow Stream as stated in Chapter 5: To Retrieve Ancient Power.

Please don't hesitate to ask more questions, the more the better since it'll inspire me to come up with ideas for the story as well. ;)
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Banter-O-Rilley Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
RIGHT ON!!!

N.O.A. does sound better; seeing as how you're reinventing everything you might as well bring out the whole shebang, aye?

Here's hoping NOAH is also an acronym just like TRAP was: I found it was SO, SO cool that not only was it the emblem of the world police agents, but the secret organization bent on amassing a secret source of power.

In the eve of asking about NOA I'm also reminded by some other characters of yours: the Thunderbolt Bandits!!
I'm hoping they make a return, especially ThunderArm Coyote!
(Can't recall his name; gomenai)

You could even call them TCBY (Thunder-Cloud Bandit Yon), like the popular yogurt franchise!
[Note: Yon-in case you didn't know-is 'four' in japanese, and they're four, hence the name]

I'll be staying in touch.
My thanks to you, and have a wonderful time at Sommer of Sonic!!!
I'll be rooting for you!
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MysteryEzekude Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait a minute! You've finished the first book already!?
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup I sure did.
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MysteryEzekude Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Shit, man! That was quick!
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Crystal-Dream Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
woah, nice to hear that you have revamped your comic book! I would so love to attend SoS this year, but unfortunately, my passport has got lost in the mail.. and without a passport no way for me to travel to england. it is a shame. Now I really regret having tried to get a visa for america. >.< Just because the people there have lost my passport I have to neglect a good possibility to see you again...
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh dear! But that's not your fault! Whoever posted it should be held responsible! Is there anyway of retrieving your passport under emergency circumstances? I'm sure if you inquiry more you'll have a better chance of getting there - cuz I would love to catch up with you and also give you your gift. :)

Do your best, don't give up just yet okay Monika! ;)
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Crystal-Dream Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hm, i wish there would be a way to hold someone responsible for that, so I contacted the american consulate, the post office, but no one wants to admit that it was their fault. and the post office just keeps saying that there is nothing they could probably do, so I must assume that my passport is away and out of my reach and making a new passport would cost 188 Euro and one month of waiting time. Which basically means that I will have a new passport at the end of August if I make the new one NOW or as soon as possible.
...ah, the irony. I have had so many nervs lost when I tried to get my visa to America to finally see my boyfriend and to get to finally know his family in person, and right when the consulate gives the Okay, my passport gets lost afterwards, ruining my entire summer vacation and all the plans with it before it even started. And in the middle of it all, I am supposed to pass exams. Great. Just great.

I can only hope you are doing far better than me at the moment, Elson. ;) Maybe there will be a miracle and my passport is found, but the chances are unlikely low.
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KingCobra582 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Can't wait to get this book. Ashworth rules. :D
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks dude! ;)
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KingCobra582 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Thank YOU for drawing this awesome comic! :D
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HappyAggro Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
What will be the price of the book through IndyPlanet or Lulu?
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Not too sure yet, I haven't set a price since I haven't figured out the costs of printing/making the book using their service. :D
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KentaruZ Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Writer
that cover looks incredible!!! OwO
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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KentaruZ Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Professional Writer
your welcome bud ;)
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Skyscraperjunkie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
I have booked my trip to London, so I am coming for sure. The only thing that isn't finalized is registration to SOS because it hasn't opened yet. I am looking forward to reading the book on the plane back to the states. What currency would you prefer? I could probably bring Australian dollars with me if you like.

Congrats on putting this project together, it must have been a lot of work.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Shawn, it sure had been a lot of work put into it. I'm looking foward to seeing you again at Summer of Sonic in London. Be sure to pass me your itinery to get a clearer picture of what you're doing there. *thumbs up*

The registration should be opened soon and international guests - I'm sure they have top priority. *thumbs up*
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Skyscraperjunkie Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Sent my Itinerary to you via Skype. I'm flying in on Friday morning, and don't have any set plans outside of SoS. It'll be great to great to catch up with you again and I am really looking forward to this year's event.
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Skyscraperjunkie Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
lol, "great to great." I must be really tired, that's what long work days will do to you ;)
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Sorain26 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Student General Artist
Awesome
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kevintheman Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
So you'll be attending Summer of Sonic this year after all? That's great! We'll definitely need to catch up while we're there and I'll be glad to take a look at your works that you'll be presenting there.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool man, I'm looking forward to my meetup with you at the Summer of Sonic! Any chance of letting know of your plans/intinery during your stay in London?
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kevintheman Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Sure. I'll be arriving on the 6th, and I'll be staying on London until the 11th since I'll be going to Scotland that day. I'm planning on taking some day trips out of London on the 8th, 9th, and 10th though. However, if you're available for a pre/post SoS meet like some kind of dinner meet for example, then that would be great.
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