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Monarchy of Spades part 1 
18th-Jun-2012 07:10 pm
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Title: Monarchy of Spades
Written by Butterfish, Art by Haku
Rating: PG
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Pages (this chapter): 16
Summary: Cardverse AU. "Arthur was going to bring him in a lot of trouble because as Francis would've said: no one ever really recovers when having loved."

Part 2
And that is part one of our new story :) Thanks for reading! Butterfish and I are really excited about this project, and a little nervous how it will come out, since its more like an illustrative prose than a comic (something we have not done before). Even so, we hope you enjoy it. Please be sure to keep track of my tumblr for progress and updates on the future chapters. Also, thank you Smart-chan for beta-ing for us!! Let us know what you think :D
Thank you!!
19th-Jun-2012 02:21 am (UTC)
This is beautiful.
The story reads smooth and gentle, and the artwork is just fantastic. It almost feels like I'm watching a film!

I can't wait for chapter two!

Edited at 2012-06-19 02:21 am (UTC)
20th-Jun-2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
thank you very much!! :)
19th-Jun-2012 02:25 am (UTC)
i'm gone.


20th-Jun-2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
ahhh ;-; hope you enjoyed reading!
19th-Jun-2012 02:31 am (UTC)
I love the style you used for this, so much!
Can't wait for the next part!
20th-Jun-2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
thanks so much! <3
19th-Jun-2012 02:34 am (UTC)
Beautiful art as always Haku! It's just stunning and gorgeous and the colors you chose are fantastic and fit the mood of this first chapter.
Wonderful writing as always Butterfish! It's as flawless as ever!

I can't wait to see how this project goes, I know it'll be fantastic <3
21st-Jun-2012 05:57 am (UTC)
thank you! glad you will be looking forward to it! :D
19th-Jun-2012 02:47 am (UTC)
BEAUTIFUL!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! I hope you post the new section soon!
21st-Jun-2012 07:37 am (UTC)
thanks so much! hope i can work on it as much as i can T_T
19th-Jun-2012 02:59 am (UTC)
Ohhhhhhh my goodness, this is just gorgeous and heartbreaking and I am ANTICIPATING the continuation!
21st-Jun-2012 07:58 am (UTC)
*o* thank you! glad you are anticipating it!!
19th-Jun-2012 03:09 am (UTC)
Oh my god ! This is amazing and just so heartwarmingly beautiful . But all those hints at future turmoil and obstacles that they will encounter is putting me at the edge of my seat :O

Congratulations on the joint project between you and butterfish :D. Can't wait for the next part
21st-Jun-2012 07:59 am (UTC)
thank you!!! :)
19th-Jun-2012 03:18 am (UTC)
I am going to cry already.

For the love of god, this is brilliant. It flows beautifully and it's so wonderfully smooth.
21st-Jun-2012 07:59 am (UTC)
;-; thanks for reading though! hope it will continue flowing well!
19th-Jun-2012 03:43 am (UTC)

omgomgomg -fangirl squeal-

21st-Jun-2012 07:59 am (UTC)
:D thanks!!!
19th-Jun-2012 03:45 am (UTC)
Barely chapter one and I already feel like crying xD. I really love your doujins and the art....it makes the story x1000 times better!!!
21st-Jun-2012 08:00 am (UTC)
aw man ;-; thanks so much though!
19th-Jun-2012 04:05 am (UTC)
I swoon from the plot thus far and faint from the beautiful artwork!

I look forward to seeing what goes on in the future

and now i roll around in feels and fangirling-ness....



21st-Jun-2012 08:00 am (UTC)
thank you! we can't wait to post the future parts as well :)
19th-Jun-2012 04:05 am (UTC)



...I'll stop failing now. ♥
21st-Jun-2012 08:00 am (UTC)
;-; heheh thanks so much!!
19th-Jun-2012 04:12 am (UTC)
this was absolutely stunning, you guys do really great work! I almost cried the art was so beautiful. The way that it reads is really smooth and it flows nicely with the artwork. You really inspire me! thank you for the wonderful art don't ever stop drawing.
21st-Jun-2012 08:01 am (UTC)
thanks so much dear! even though its only the intro im glad its getting some good feedback :)
19th-Jun-2012 04:20 am (UTC)
;A; <3 oh, another beautiful story.

keep it up! the art/shading/EVERYTHING looks amazing! =DDDDDDDDDDDDD
21st-Jun-2012 08:01 am (UTC)
thank youuu! >3
19th-Jun-2012 04:25 am (UTC)
Oh my god my words where did they gooooooo

But seriously this is GORGEOUS. Butterfish sure knows how to weave a story, and your art is as fantastic as ever.

I cannot wait for more xD
21st-Jun-2012 08:01 am (UTC)
thanks so much! i hoped to capture butterfish's writing well :)
19th-Jun-2012 04:36 am (UTC)
This is so amazing! It's going to be wonderful, I know it. And the format is really good too, we get your art and Butterfish's writing at once! It's going to turn out well!

Ahhhh I just cannot wait for the next one!
21st-Jun-2012 08:03 am (UTC)
oh man thanks! we hope the format works well for the both of us :D
19th-Jun-2012 05:01 am (UTC)
Oh my god, this is AWESOME.

The story is so beautifully written, and the artwork is fantastic (as always)! I look forward to reading this~
21st-Jun-2012 08:03 am (UTC)
thanks so much!!!
19th-Jun-2012 06:01 am (UTC)
Oh, I love how this flows~! I can't wait for the next installment! <3333
21st-Jun-2012 08:03 am (UTC)
*u* thanks for reading!!
19th-Jun-2012 06:24 am (UTC)
all my feels. I- I don't know what to do with myself....
21st-Jun-2012 08:03 am (UTC)
ahh ;-; thanks for reading!
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21st-Jun-2012 08:03 am (UTC)
ahhhas dalksd thanks so much! i was pretty excited about this project! haha
19th-Jun-2012 07:12 am (UTC)
Omg this is beautiful!!! I can't wait for the next part!!!
21st-Jun-2012 08:04 am (UTC)
thank you! *u*
19th-Jun-2012 07:32 am (UTC)
This is amazing! I love the storyline so far and can't wait to read more! The art looks great as well, and I like the way the narration is done.

I'm looking forward to an update! :)
21st-Jun-2012 08:04 am (UTC)
thanks for reading!! <3
19th-Jun-2012 09:07 am (UTC)
I Iove it. It will be a really good story.

But, I don't know why, I have the impression that it will be a drama with no happy ending.
I really hope no but well... It's up to you to decide.

Bonne journée et encore bravo!
22nd-Jun-2012 06:12 am (UTC)
thank you! hope you will read it till the end :)
19th-Jun-2012 10:53 am (UTC)
You've outdone yourself this time.
Someone has OUTDONE haku. I know it was haku who outdid haku, but still - the mere idea that ANYONE could outdo her is astounding. The fact that she has become EVEN BETTER is just...it actually hurts. I'm in pain and I'm scared because nothing can satisfy me now; I can't go back outside to a world that doesn't look like the one in this comic. I want everything to be this beautiful. Having seen this, nothing can ever satisfy me every again. Except the following parts of this story, of course.

It's just occurred to me - is this why we haven't had an update to American Dreams in an English Village in a hundred years (approx.)? I'm not complaining, if Butterfish is woring on this then so fricking be it - this is pure gold and I'm honoured to read it, even if it does mean sacrificing some ADiaEV time.

I'm kind of scared because Butterfish's stuff can be so sad. At the moment, I don't understand why a king CAN'T love his queen - to me it jsut sounds like bad experiences on Francis's part. But I'm assuming theres more to the story, and things are gonna get SAD! SHAME ON BOTH OF YOU! Make it a happy ending. I'm okay with tragedies, but a story this beautifully written and illustrated that just sucks you right in and takes hold of you forever after - if you give it a sad ending it will literally crush everyone reading it. We would never recover from this.
As they say, "no one ever really recovers when having loved [a doujin/fanfic]."

To haku: is this drawn using pencil and then coloured with a computer? If so, then I'd be really interested in seeing you livestream a page/panel of this story. This is the style I always try and create myself - but I don't know how to get colour underneath my pencil sketch when I scan it in. And this is not for want of research and experimentaton - I can get my pencil lines, but I can't get them to still look all sketchy like this. I know you should be working on interesting stuff rather than tutoring n00bs, but I'd love a few tips on how to get the pencil sketch as a separate layer so I can colour udnerneath. This is literally my dream style, and always has been, in fact. (Not so good at colouring/shading/lighitng, so being able to do that on a computer where I can erase over and over would be fantastic!)

This actually almsot made me "come out" as a yaoi fangirl to my family. I just wanted to say "SCREW IT! I LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS! NOW LOOK AT THIS PRETTY ART!" Luckily, I don't live at home, so I managed to restrain myself - but if I'd been at home, everyone would have suddenly seen a whole new side to me.

Anyway, to both of you, thank you for your hard work. This is truly....[insert new word that adequately describes how perfect and beautiful and magical this is].
22nd-Jun-2012 06:22 am (UTC)
hahah oh man thanks so much!!! lmao i really wanted to go a bit all out on this project. i was really looking forward to it :) hope i dont burn out! XD

hehe well regardless if it ends up being sad or not, we hope you will enjoy it till the end :) thats all i can say~
this is drawn in pencil, scanned, then colored in photoshop. for this kind of effect all i do is make either the color layer or the pencil layer on "multiply" mode so things can see-through and overlap each other. after you lock the color in with "lock transparent pixels" it is easier to color within the colored layer.

thanks again! :D
19th-Jun-2012 11:37 am (UTC)
You are both wonderful human beings. Thank you so much for your collaborative work! This is totally beautiful.

I have to say that the last line made me think "time waits for no man" XD

But yes. Stunning work as per usual from the both of you.
22nd-Jun-2012 06:23 am (UTC)
T3T thanks so much!!
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