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Midwinter




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Midwinter is an ongoing, original graphic novel that meshes science fiction and fantasy.

Cyberization is thriving while magic tries to break free of its longstanding stigma. A new miracle drug, asterite, has emerged as a genetic modifier and gives new life to the incurable.

Nox, a powerful arcanist, goes after Gemini Hospital to steal the drug and ends up gaining permanent employment to protect them instead. Housing the ample supply of asterite it does, the hospital makes for a tantalizing target, and attacks on the facility are only becoming more aggressive and desperate. Unfortunately, with a background like his, Nox needs to build up trust among staff in order to perform his increasingly difficult duties.

Along the way he discovers the magic of friendship—no, just kidding. He discovers that despite being the one with the steepest criminal record, there are those around him that safeguard even more dangerous secrets: some personal, some classified, and some that will question the very institution he’s working for.



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Check out these lovely people, won't you? <3

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Absei by J-Cleo Wrong elephant by AyaVo
Death and the dead by impia-dea Boin vs. Boin by suikasiren
Knights of Maerador, Colored by sebadorn
We All Fall Down: JOSHUA by IJS-Creations


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Kayla Swain
Artist | Professional | Digital Art

Though I am primarily an illustrator at the moment, I aspire to one day
make a living off of creating graphic novels. As you can see, my page is littered
with art from "Midwinter", which is the manga I'm producing with a small band of
awesome people called ReVision Studios :D I am the lead artist and
secondary writer for the project.

All commissions are closed, sorry guys!

if you need to contact me outside of DA, feel free to drop me an e-mail!

kswain.art@gmail.com

I have a Tumblr too:
deus-nocte.tumblr.com :)













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[Midwinter] Chapter 1 by Deus-Nocte
[Midwinter] Chapter 1
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Hey guys! This deviation will allow you to buy Chapter 1 with points. Points 

If you'd rather buy it with real money for $3.99, we encourage you to do so HERE!

The point cost converts to $5 to make up for the 20% that DeviantART takes with each transaction. Hopefully it won't make or break your decision to buy! Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Title:
Midwinter
Media: Comic
Content: Chapter 1
Rating: Older Teen (17+) for cursing, blood, and adult themes.
Summary: "Cyberization is thriving while magic tries to break free of its longstanding stigma. A new miracle drug, asterite, has emerged as a genetic modifier and gives new life to the incurable.

Nox, a powerful arcanist, goes after Gemini Hospital to steal the drug and ends up gaining permanent employment to protect them instead. Housing the ample supply of asterite it does, the hospital makes for a tantalizing target, and attacks on the facility are only becoming more aggressive and desperate. Unfortunately, with a background like his, Nox needs to build up trust among staff in order to perform his increasingly difficult duties.

Along the way he discovers the magic of friendship—no, just kidding. He discovers that despite being the one with the steepest criminal record, there are those around him that safeguard even more dangerous secrets: some personal, some classified, and some that will question the very institution he’s working for."

Midwinter is an ongoing science fiction/fantasy graphic novel. This listing is to purchase chapter 1, an 84-page PDF. Comic pages are in black and white, to be read left to right; stylistically, it looks similar to japanese manga. You can see a 15 page sample below:

[Midwinter ] Chapter 1 SAMPLE by Deus-Nocte 

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[ ENDED ] Chapter 1 - PAY WHAT YOU WANT

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 14, 2014, 10:01 AM



***EDIT: So I was a COMPLETE dunce and accidentally left the minimum price at "3.99" instead of putting it to zero. If you were trying to edit the price and couldn't before, PLEASE try again! I'm going to extend the sale by 6 hours just for this screw up!

NOTE TO KICKSTARTER BACKERS:
I sent out an update last night with instructions on how to get chapter 1. PLEASE follow those instead so we can properly keep track of who got their copy from Kickstarter and who didn't. Thank you!


Alright guys, I said to watch your inboxes, and here's why!

For the next 12 hours, Midwinter Chapter 1
is "Pay what you want".

THAT MEANS, that you can get it for free, buy it for the sticker price ($3.99), or donate what you can. Literally any amount works--give us what you think it's worth or what you can afford... and if you can't pay anything, DON'T FEEL BAD! Seriously.

Click HERE to get it. (Once you click "Add to Cart", the price is editable. Make sure to update your cart before you complete the process.)

This is our "Thank you" to you supporters here on DA. This is where Midwinter started and your enthusiasm is what led us to where we are today. I want to be able to put this comic in your hands and show you what we've been able to do with your support.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for being here for the journey. Though this is only the beginning, it's a milestone we've waited a long time to reach, and we couldn't have done it without you. We really hope you like it! It's a little scary to finally get the full premise out there, but we put a lot of work and love into it, and hopefully it'll stand on its own because of it.

If you like it enough to share the link, go ahead! We're always happy to welcome more people into the community, and if they're on the fence about putting money into it, this is the time to try it.

AND once you've read it, you can pop by our new forum and discuss it! We'd really love to hear people's feedback and get the thread going.


This deal runs from 12pm - 6am Central Daylight Time (UTC -5)
I'll update the title as we go to give everyone an approximation of the time you have left. :)

Featured works

+ Sinner + by Deus-Nocte - Kill Mercy Within - by Deus-Nocte + Bleeding Out + by Deus-Nocte { Keep Your Eyes Open } by Deus-Nocte .:Latronum:. Not from around here... by Deus-Nocte
[Midwinter] Convention Booklet Cover - Issue 2 by Deus-Nocte
[Midwinter] Convention Booklet Cover - Issue 2
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Nebraskon is just around the corner, and since we had to push the volume back... we made a second booklet instead, this one with the second half of chapter 1. This is the cover!

I honestly forgot I had to do this when planning for the deadline, so it was one of the reasons we ended up a little late... but for being a rush job, I'm pretty happy with it! It was a lot of fun and nice to color the characters again after working with black and white for so long.

It's really weird to finally be done with pages for the time being, but there's a ton of other stuff I've pushed back that I have to work on now before the con... you guys can expect a couple new posters soon, at least!

Chapter 1 will be available online in a few days, and I hope you'll come to discuss it in the forum we're launching, too! I know you guys have been waiting the longest out of everyone, so I'm really excited to finally get something to you.



[Midwinter] Convention Booklet Cover by Deus-Nocte [Midwinter ] Chapter 1 SAMPLE by Deus-Nocte 

Midwinter and all associated characters, symbols, and graphics are © ReVision Studios
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We just finished chapter 1...

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 6, 2014, 9:04 PM



Holy crap. We went over our deadline by a couple days, but... it's done! The first chapter is finished! I can barely believe it.

Unfortunately, that doesn't mean I have a link for you guys yet. I need to get the PDF together and post it online first.

Of course, Kickstarter donators will get it before anyone else, but for those of you who didn't contribute... I want you to be on the lookout. By the end of this week, I'll post a journal to launch the forums and the chapter.  In it, there might be a time sensitive deal! Stay tuned.

Now, I need some well deserved sleep. Hope everyone has a good one!

Featured works

+ Sinner + by Deus-Nocte - Kill Mercy Within - by Deus-Nocte + Bleeding Out + by Deus-Nocte { Keep Your Eyes Open } by Deus-Nocte .:Latronum:. Not from around here... by Deus-Nocte

My DeviantART Story (+Midwinter History?)

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 8, 2014, 8:12 AM



First off, I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who wished me a happy birthday! c: I really appreciate it, you guys are awesome <3

Second, I wanted to do this prompt from DA for their 14th birthday...

Though it says I've been on DA 8 years (9 in November on this account), I've actually been around for 10! I got an account here when I was 13, in 8th grade... I actually don't remember how I found this place, but I'd imagine it was through a friend at school or online. Back then I was way into DBZ, Inuyasha... and my original characters were pretty "eh".

I've avoided ever linking my old account, but since this is a special occasion... I will reveal my 13 yr old art to you! ;D

Monkey Grooming Monkey by SuperBuusMistress Naoki and Moonlight by SuperBuusMistress

In January of 2005, I got Open Canvas and digitally colored for the first time. I had experimented with Paint a little before this, but I remember being completely floored by this program! I could put down solid color and shade! I was particularly proud of this dude's hair back then.

.Shikito -colored- by SuperBuusMistress

So I kept drawing and coloring.

Group of 7 by SuperBuusMistressInjured and Resting by SuperBuusMistress3 Brothers by SuperBuusMistress.In Your Company. by SuperBuusMistressRandom Cat Lady -SKETCHY- by SuperBuusMistress

I got to a point where I wanted a new name, so I made a new account... but I didn't move to it until I made a pretty large stride in my skill (or at least, at the time I felt it was a big step). That new account was this one! I had a different name back then. I made the move in 2006.

I got waaay into Bleach at this point.

Kaira by Deus-NocteIshida Uryuu by Deus-NocteShe's glaring at YOU by Deus-NocteRhona by Deus-Nocte

And in that following year, I made a pretty hefty amount of progress in anatomy, proportions, and colors:

Crimson.Red by Deus-NocteLock and Load. by Deus-NocteStarscream by Deus-Nocte

Throughout high school, I went through a TON of phases--Gargoyles, Star Trek, More Bleach, Transformers... plus I was always trying to develop my own world and make a comic out of it, but it seemed to always fall short. I just didn't have the writing skills or the drive on my own--I'd start a lot of projects, design characters, and never finish them.

Then, about 4 years ago, I started to draw this doofus:

If I Had You by Deus-Nocte

He was one of my first original characters to really gain traction. Except, he wasn't "Nox"... he had black hair, purple eyes, lightly tanned skin, and wasn't technically human. He was "Shattered Glass" Primus. For anyone unfamiliar with Transformers comics, "Shattered Glass" refers to the mirror universe. And, per TF lore, Primus is the creator of all Cybertronians--making him, essentially, the "evil twin" of the Primus I had created.

(their bot forms are here: )
:: Balance :: by Deus-Nocte

I was RPing a lot of Transformers back in the day, so I made a lot of OCs specifically to suit that world, and he was one of them.

It wasn't until I reconnected with J-Cleo that things started to change. She liked Dark!Primus a lot as a character, and we'd have fun by rping little snippets. One night, she had a dream where a few of her characters interacted with him... and we liked it enough that we wanted to continue the story.

But Dark!Primus needed to be remodeled as a human. I had to knock him down from god tier and find a way to make sense of his powers in a real world. So, he became a skilled magic user instead, and I renamed him "Nox" (the Roman version of the Greek goddess, Nyx). Due to a misunderstanding on Joanna's part, I rebranded him to have purple hair, darker skin, and teal eyes.

Nox :: Midwinter Profile by Deus-Nocte

Midwinter snowballed from there. We began to see potential in what we were writing, and started to write seriously. Both of us improved immensely during this time; we wrote every day and thought about our work critically. We started to plan plot points while maintaining the interactive nature of RP to garner realistic and unexpected reactions.

And now, just over 3 years after starting the project, we're making it a reality and creating the comic. It's changed SO MUCH since it's inception, but it's so much better, too.

[Midwinter ] Chapter 1 SAMPLE by Deus-Nocte

We've had immense support throughout, and I can't thank everyone enough. Even for my personal growth... I've come a long way since being on this site, and without it I wouldn't be where I am today. I've made so many friends and met a lot of people that made an impact on me. Hell, one of those friends became my partner in this endeavor. If I hadn't met her, Midwinter wouldn't exist right now... I wouldn't have such an amazing drive and ambition in my life without her. So I can't thank everyone enough for making this possible.

Onwards to the future!

Sunray and Tojiko by SuperBuusMistress [Midwinter] Date Night by Deus-Nocte

Featured works

+ Sinner + by Deus-Nocte - Kill Mercy Within - by Deus-Nocte + Bleeding Out + by Deus-Nocte { Keep Your Eyes Open } by Deus-Nocte .:Latronum:. Not from around here... by Deus-Nocte

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Dragonstar78 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
oh sugarplums.

Did I forget to wish you a happy birthday? I think I forgot, but I can't recall if I forgot, but if I did forget, happy (very) belated birthday ^^;
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Deus-Nocte Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, no worries! Thank you for the birthday wishes though <3
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Dragonstar78 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
you're quite welcome.

I know you're super busy, but have you ever considered an 'ask a character' bit / mini-comic? (random question, right? I'm full of 'em)

And Nox is gracing two screens for my work computer with his offerings of chocolate-covered strawberries, wine, cheese, and crackers =D
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Deus-Nocte Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
We actually have considered that! We're thinking it could be an extra in one of the volumes--who knows, maybe volume 1. I'll make sure to post a journal or something when we're accepting questions. :nod:

And that is awesome. I'm really glad you like that pic so much! (it's gotta be one of my favs, too)
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Tsuki-Taiyo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! I love your amazing art~ :heart:
I wandet to ask, if you do point commissions/art trades/requets! :meow:
Because it's my birthday and I'd love to get maaany pictures of my characters~ :la:
So, could you tell me if you could draw something for me? I have also some points, so, I can pay you, or we can do an art trade! :D

Greetings, Shani
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Deus-Nocte Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I don't, I'm sorry ^^;; Unfortunately I'm super busy, too, so I wouldn't have time for it anyway. Sorry about that! I hope you have a good birthday, though.
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Tsuki-Taiyo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well thanks ^^ its okay
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Happy belated birthday!:party:
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shadowlord19 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday. 
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wildwildcat9 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING.
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