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Just finished my latest rendition of the logo for my story "Dragonika". Really pleased with how this one turned out.

Made with Photoshop and Illustrator. Everything in this logo is %100 original (unlike some of my previous logos)

Posted 3/10/14
I must say, that is hella cool, Sir. The story is as badass as the logo, I bet.
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It's sort of reminiscent of One Piece in that the actual story is only a piece of the story, so to speak. The main protagonist is the only person in the world incapable of using magic, but he has a dragon sealed in his soul. He seeks to defeat that grand demon and end the suffering of the world, and most of the story is him striving towards this goal, and how he manages to find ways to become stronger outside of ordinary methods (After thinking about it, it's hard to sum up the story in a few sentences since there are so many sub-plots).
And thank you! ^_^
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Posted 3/11/14
You should probably be able to sum up your story in one to two sentences by answering this question, "What is it about?"

Do you have any other art online besides this logo?
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Right now storyboards are my biggest concern. I have a concept of the main character and I'm working on the female protagonist, but after that I'm focusing on getting the story and layout perfected before I dive into the artwork.

This is the main character concept:


P.S. The story revolves around an unlikely hero and those he encounters as he strives to become powerful enough to defeat the strongest demon in the world.

That's the one sentence summary.
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DanielLWall wrote:

It's sort of reminiscent of One Piece in that the actual story is only a piece of the story, so to speak. The main protagonist is the only person in the world incapable of using magic, but he has a dragon sealed in his soul. He seeks to defeat that grand demon and end the suffering of the world, and most of the story is him striving towards this goal, and how he manages to find ways to become stronger outside of ordinary methods (After thinking about it, it's hard to sum up the story in a few sentences since there are so many sub-plots).
And thank you! ^_^



DanielLWall wrote:

....P.S. The story revolves around an unlikely hero and those he encounters as he strives to become powerful enough to defeat the strongest demon in the world.


That's a good start, now let's take it a bit further. I'm going to give you an example based on what you've written in this thread and fill in the blanks with some standard tropes.

Here are the elements we have to work with so far:

A Demon King

A world of magic

The hero, unable to use magic

awakening hidden power

defeating the demon empire

So from that we can say something like this:



In a world where magic is law and a Tyrannical Demon King rules with an iron fist, Ryo Drakaris is uniquely unable to use magic. After his village is ruthlessly massacred by a demon army, Ryo will journey to the four corners of the world in order to awaken his mysterious hidden power and destroy the demon empire.

-Dragonika-



If this were my story I'd work on it a bit more and really tighten up the sentence into a succinct statement, but you get the point...

When you try and get a story straight in your head, it's good to think about questions like, "what is the conflict?", "what does my hero want?". Also try and build an emotionally compelling picture with your summary. With your original summary my question is "why does he strive to become powerful enough to defeat the strongest demon in the world?", "Why do I care?". The answer to that question is the conflict. In the example I provided I said his village was massacred by the demons, that gives a motivation for his journey. Another example is the conflict in Fullmetal Alchemist. Ed and Al are searching for a way to get their bodies back. Along the way they uncover other conflicts and become involved in a conspiracy of epic proportions, but the goal is always the same.

Definitely keep developing your story, I think it could be interesting.

By storyboards do you mean like a "Name". I would probably hold off on that and get a slightly clearer vision of the story and conflict before moving ahead with that.

Good luck man!


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Wow, thanks for taking the time to give me that advice! I appreciate it!

I think part of why it sounds so unorganized (if that's the right word), is I'm thinking of the entire series in general if it were to be, say, serialized in a weekly magazine. The storyboards would be for a one shot that I'm planning on entering into this years' World Competition in Shuisha's Shonen Jump Magazine.

I can answer all those questions, but it's kind of hard to make someone emotionally invested into something with only one summarized sentence. It might just be my lack of writing skill. Lol.

The approach I've developed is to get the main plotline figured out (ex. I have an outline of the oneshot written on paper), and after that, work on character. Work on their motivations, their personalities, their weaknesses/strengths, etc.. I've come to believe that the characters make a story more so than the plot (this is most of why I think One Piece is such a success: the core plot behind the entire series is "a young boy seeks to become the pirate king", but there's so much more than that going on, and most of it is due to how well Oda creates Characters). The analogy I developed (I think, maybe someone else has already said this), is that a story is like a train. The plot is like the tracks. It's the direction the story will take. The characters are the train, that drive the story and make it what it is. You can have all the plot twists and turns you like, but without good characters driving the story, the readers will get bored really easily.

...Sorry, just went on a huge tangent.

So to answer those questions, here we go:

1. What is the main conflict?
The main character is the only being in the world who can't use magic, and he also has a powerful dragon sealed in his soul: those who dislike him have a lot of freedom to bully and intimidate him, since they can essentially overpower him regardless of the situation. He is also avoided and disliked by the general mass because the dragon inside him is assumed to be a demonic beast.
2. What does the main protagonist want?
Loneliness, exclusion, and constant bullying have molded a desire in him to be someone of substantial worth. He wants to change the world in a way that will make a lasting impact and make people recognize him, and so he decides to pursue a way to defeat the strongest demon in the world to end the war.

I personally have dealt with being different from the majority of the masses, and it would often make me feel lonely and unimportant. I think that resulted in me chasing after a dream many consider impossible: to have a serialized series in a japanese monthly manga anthology. I've learned some lessons and I continue to learn them daily, and they're lessons that I think would benefit others greatly, and I think reflecting on those lessons will help me mold the character into someone that really emotionally drives the story. If I manage to take this story as far as I'm hoping, I have a lot of arcs and side stories lined up, as well as a cast of characters that all reflect upon the theme of the series: Everyone wants to be somebody.

(I wound up typing a huge wall of text without meaning to. Sorry. >.<)

Seriously though, thank you for the advice. It made me reassess what exactly I was writing for, and I think I'm gonna double and triple check my outline before continuing the name (and yes, that's what I'm working on is a name/ネーム).

Also, I'm really looking forward to seeing how you're project turns out! It looks really good and I only wish I had the ability to churn out quality art as fast as you do. T_T
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Posted 3/11/14
Great attitude man, keep working and you'll definitely finish your manga. Do you have a deviantart? I'll add you to my watchlist.

Thanks for the compliment! I feel like it's not that great, and I still have a lot of work ahead. I'm looking forward to seeing your project finished as well.
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My deviantart mostly has a bunch of older crappy artwork. XP But it's Ruuku-Kabe, I believe.
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