Hiya Everyone,

It has been a few weeks since my last post, that is because I am currently working on my submission to the International Manga Award ({こくさいまんがしょ}国際漫画賞 A few months ago (in mid-March) I posted a little bit about the competition, and wanted to update you on my progress!

My submission to this year’s International Manga Award (IMA for short) is The Mountain King or 山のキング. It is a short story about a forest witch who uses her magical powers to help the local spirits of the mountain. It has been a blast to work on, although personal life circumstances has made it bit of a crunch on time to be able to finish it. Currently I am working on the final layouts for the back end of the story, and have started inking the first pages. I’m hoping to have this packaged and sent out to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs by June 1st. Wish me luck!

On another note, Spiritus Maximus has been placed in the running for the Small Press Expo’s Ignatz Award. I have yet to hear back if it will be nominated for a catagory or not, however. There are so many wonderful indie comics in the mix this year, looking forward to seeing the nominations list!

Final note, I’ll be posting the pictures from last weekend’s Chalk the Block event shortly. That was also another fantastic event with a pretty good outcome!

Keep being awesome,