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End of an Era

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 27, 2014, 7:04 PM

Today I finished drawing page 199 of Wonder Momo for NamcoBandai. I already started to colour it, and most likely will be able to get page 200 drawn tomorrow. After page 200, there'll be a break for a while.

You know, normally when I finish a large project, I tend to look back and see what all I have learned through it and how it evolved etc. This project is no different in that aspect, but it is different in another way.

When I first got the call to work on Momo, I thought not much of it. At that time I was working at Seneca teaching and had just finished one of the most rigorous stages in my life, work wise and also family wise.

Many of the first pages were blasted out super quick and not much thought was given to them at all. Momo was a thing that was in the way of 5th Capsule, and after a good deal of talk and after changing Momo's age to 18 for my own comfort, I agreed to work on it. The whole story and concept which was unknown outside of Japan seemed to have the potential for some thing I didn't agree with. I don't agree with much as you guys all know.

Still I have to put food on the table, and teaching was slowing down as the thrill was wearing off a bit for me as I had to teach more than expected the previous semester, so I kept going with it. Around page 50 or so I decided to make my best effort and see how good I could make it. I constantly tried tomake it as best as I could.

Later that year I went to Japan, fully paid for by Namco, as was the New York trip, and had a good deal of fun. By this time I had learned a massive amount that I soon used towards 5thCapsule that I would do in the following month that year.

By the time spring rolled around I stopped teaching on the supposition that I would be working on a film and other projects besided Namco /UDON stuff. That did not pan out, yet Momo kept going and evolving. I went one more time on a trip to meet with directors and animation staff in Japan on that making of the Wonder Momo short animations.

You don't have to love the shorts, it doesn't hurt my feelings. It's a far a departure as possible from the way the comic is written, yet it still is very cool to see your BGs on the screen and name.

Also there is a game that I have finished art for as well.

Essentially two years of my life, and  it has no where near the amount of fame and praise that Ibuki /Sakura Legend's has. In fact, I would say that it would seem as though I have fallen off the planet for some as I have been working so hard to get this done with no influx of Capcom stuff.

It should be noted that UDON doesn't work the same way as when I started with it some 13 years ago. By now you notice that most of our product is art books and very little sequential art compare to the golden era back in 2004 - 2007.

So here I am at the edge of yet another huge chapter of my life. Soon, the emails will stop, the uploading will stop and the scripts will stop. I almost feel a little lost and astray, it's a very odd feeling.

I'm a person of routine, I love love love routine. I will eat the same cereal , same lunch , etc for a long time and not get bored of it as with many things. SO to have Momo ingrained in my work routine and then have it come to an immediate halt is a bit of a shock.

There's also a very ominous and odd silence that goes with it with my fans. My fans didn't really care for it at all. SO in a way I feel as though I have lost a lot of my original fans over the past two years.

Also , I think a lot of my fans just grew up and moved on. But there is a new thing I've noticed as well, a very positive one.

5th Capsule, has brought in a new batch of fans, and has given my old fans something new to consider, and now we come to the point:

Starting next week, I can say that I will be on a two month break. I told UDON no more work for at least two months, as I move on to the next 53 pages of 5th Capsule. I have the first batch of pages scripted out. I have a list of improvements I will make to the art, text, and general fit and finish.

I was debating colour for a while, but I will stay in BW tones. I am going to put more emphasis on the drawing of it, and simplify other aspects. I also plan to shade it at a higher DPI, and also reduce the text point as well to give more space for art. I have a few new features I will try as well as I try to experiment more.

So the stated goal is that I have 100 pages done before I go to Japan again in May. 53 pages in two months, maybe not, but I will try as hard as I can.

I will stock pile 20 pages first before I post anything, this way I can have time to edit and clean up things. It will stay at 1300 pi tall. I will not edit the previous pages unless this thing goes to print.

For now this is the route I will take.

As for you fans, I am not sure how many of you are still from before, or how many just came aboard, but thanks for you all must be given. I really feel I am at a strange crossroads, and that horizon in front of me is close. I am almost 40, I won't live forever, and I want to make 5th Capsule something special that no one else can offer you.

I read all of your comments, I don't look down on any of you, and never have. We all have something in common and that is we all entertain each other. I cheer you up with my art and you guys also cheer me up as well.

I look forward to all of your comments always. The reason is that I am a lonely person in point of fact. Yes I have my family, but as for outside folks , all my friends live far away. I don't have time or energy to visit, and life is very busy with my two little girls. I'm not whining, but I am saying that you guys are a source of happiness and support for me.

I really mean that, and I am thankful.

SO here's to Momo, the largest continuous strip I've done that no one really knows about hahah! Thanks to Rob Pereyda, Erik and Jim. Quite the project it was, I enjoyed it more than I thought, and I will miss it.

Here's a good ending credits track for you www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSQCX9…


Now, onto 5C!





Asalaamu Alaikum = Peace be upon you!



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mynando Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Well, I actually have you to thank for being one of my first inspirations and my first tutor in drawing & shading digital artwork. That is why I keep calling you "sensei." :) I've always enjoyed your artwork & watching you create it. I've learned a lot from you... so you're a part of me whether you like it or not. :D Your work doesn't just carry on in comic books, games or shows. It also lives inside of those who your personality & artwork have connected with.

Food night,

Nando Huevo
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks loco huevo, you'll like the new pages I garauntee.
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Kyuuen Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
yes! Great news!
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Seventhdaysoldier Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Keep striving O. Love your work! Im a fellow pencil n ink artist like yourself (no digital drawing and inking), so i get a lot guidance and motivation  from your work. And remember that a lot of the great stories are not necessarily  the most  popular in all the world, but have smaller but dedicated fans who's lives are touched by the tale.   Will be praying for yah Bro. God bless!
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks man!, Keeping it traditional.
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Seventhdaysoldier Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
No prob Buddy, old school all the way!
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AiZhaoDao Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Dunno if I've ever actually told you but it was your Street Fighter art that helped me find you. Why I've stuck around I'll never know... Ahaha, jk, but in all seriousness I remember the first time I saw your page was around the time you had your first million hits and you posted a piece for your original idea of 5th Capsule. I was amazed by the level of detail that you put in the background and the life that your characters had I couldn't help but check out the rest of your gallery. Then you started streaming and thus began the dark ages... :B There were some good times to be had, I miss those days with you and the 55 0p5 /\\/\\4551\//3. But yeah, it was great to hang out with everyone while we just watched your work in awe. It actually inspired me to start drawing again. Not only that but I got to make a ton of good friends, so I have to thank you for that. Gross, this is turning out mushier than I expected it too :P

So yeah, even though I've gotten a lot busier I'll always be waiting to see what you come up with next, which is why I'm so glad that you've finally gotten around to making progress on 5th Capsule. We've watched both you and 5th Capsule go through some major developments so it's cool that you're finally getting to share the world your story the way you wanted to and gotten some new fans along the way. Anywayz, best of luck and here's to continued success!
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Means a lot , thanks 8L1223WP5.
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LBDNytetrayn Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
I've been following UDON from the good times (maybe even before), and I'm also a fan of Wonder Momo-- I hate to see it end. =(

(As for the anime, I think the second ep was better than the first, but that's all I've seen.)

I hear you on the loneliness and crossroads... always rough to deal with that, at least at first.

At least we'll still see you updating here, right?
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PhunPhishTiger Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been watching you for a long while, and I love all of your work. I may not say anything, as I rarely do, but don't expect me to up and vanish. You've got a good way of looking at things and you are one of my sources of inspiration as far as art goes. Just keep going, keep up the good work dude.
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thx for that for reall.
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PhunPhishTiger Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course. I would also put forth that I enjoy reading your journals as well, it gives more of the feeling of relating to people who watch you on dA, something not very many of the big artists I see on here do. :)
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eeveeame133 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student General Artist
I never really got the chance to read wonder momo :p
But I will start reading! :)
Your art is so flawless :D
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YoungOtakubwoy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Interface Designer
I was kinda new to your work. If it means anything, i'm a fan. Selamlar Dogan abi.
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spoobzilla Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow I really don't know what to say. I'm so excited to see that you are giving yourself more time to work on 5thC. I remember watching you work on the G7 book from start to finish. I was so happy when I got it in the mail and even happier to see you mention some of us stream regulars in the back of the book. It was very touching and has made G7 one of my favorite items. Oh man, when I saw that Wonder Momo was going to become a short animation series I seriously did a little excited dance. You taught me quite a few things about how to carry myself as an artist and a push in the right direction on how to price myself for my work. I really appreciated that and thank you for it. Part of me is hoping that you'll stream again one day, but I understand wanting to keep 5thC updates a surprise. I felt like I got to know you and your family as well as many of the other stream regulars and that was really cool Thank you thank you thank you so very much for all the wonderful art and streams. I wish you the best of luck with everything and i'm definitely looking forward to more 5thC!
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
You guys did get to know me, I am real person. And you know for sure that i never have put myself up on a pedestal as something I'm not.

I enjoyed streaming since I was able to vent and laugh and have fun. 5C will have a lot of the magic in the chat if I can contain it. If i can find a better palce to do it and my office woulpd allow I will start up agian. As it is where I am I have to be very hush hush as people are getting counselling and hearing me lauhgh riotously in the BG would be bad form. lol
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DTJB Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for all that you do, I'll always be a fan.
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah your logo is very familiar thanks man.
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MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
It was the fact that you actually made them that drew me to Momo in the first place :)
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Awesome.
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MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
^~^

Do you know who'll be taking over instead of you?
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Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ask Udon to do a full book once 5th Capsule reaches the end... I'd buy it! :)
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
UDON might not have it, it won't be profitable. Thats the whole thing, i don't want to worry if its profitable, PG18 ratings etc.
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Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good point.... Well, keep it up, cuz it rocks!
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Chronorin Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
"Cherish the end in all things."

I forget who said that.  Some girl, i think.

If it helps, you have the kind of career i really envy.
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
it';s always some girl.
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GalliumGrant Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Listen Omar, I understand what it is like to move onto another project where the source material is far more obscure, only to have a tremendous lack of feedback and/or praise. As a fellow artist, I can only encourage you to keep going with your work, when you're ready, of course. Good luck, and may 5th Capsule blossom into something truly amazing!~ ^,^
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks , appreciated for sure
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Bob-owe Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
wonder momo is what brought me to your DA page in the first place, so don't worry too much about that comic taking away from your fans on this site. =D
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wicked
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DHos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Please don't stop Momo.  I heard the book was even coming out soon and was really looking forward to it.
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
What is up there will remain on the Shiftylook site for a while still. Go and download all the images while you can.
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Palulukan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
As long as you keep moving forward you can carve out a new routine. Look forward to wherever 5th Capsule takes you. Take care.
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SketchProof Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Continue to strive homie. I have been a fan of yours since '07 and I'm still here brotha. I ain't going no where son :D
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Dekamaster Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
I love your work Omar. It's always a pleasure to look at. I really enjoy Wonder Momo and will be sad when it's over. I still remember when I first got to meet you in person at NYCC. You were such a chill dude. Remember blogtv? Seems like a million years ago. It was so much much fun watching you develop Girls7 and the very early version of 5C. I wish you the best of luck in your future work, and I look forward to the next part of 5C.

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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
I miss BTV, don';t know why they had to eff it all up.

I don't broadcast now, because if i did I would spill all the beans about story plots on 5C. It's very quiet in the office without it.
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Dekamaster Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
I think you can. We aren't going to understand what's going on when we don't have the words to tell us what's happening. Like watching a tv show or movie without the sounds. You see things happening, but without the audio, no context. 
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michaelaquino000 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist
have a good rest
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Meeowy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you Omar for sharing you thoughts and it makes your art work all the more personal and I'm glad you've just put your head down and continued to do your best :3
you are most inspiring and your down to earth attitude really helps put my dreams into a real perspective. I love art but lack that time to give dedication to it.
I will support my soon to be husband in his career choice of the next 3 years then I will have my turn and follow my dream of doing art full time :) 
till then gotta put bread and butter on the table too ;-)
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
I hear that.
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abriy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, when Momo's finished just look forward to your next great project-- doing your best each day as you have been for Momo.  I'm looking forward to your art,regardless of where it takes you ;)
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DavidKrigbaum Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Alaikum salaam.

Momo's age stuck out when I saw the strip, in a good way. So thanks for that. I was happy to see that she wasn't a sexualized 15 year old since apparently there's a Japanese law requiring all main characters of anything be 15. That's always bugged me. 

Is the strip taking a break with you or are they switching artists for awhile?

I hope you achieve success with 5th Capsule. I've been working on a comic strip since 2002 and anytime it has to take a full backseat to life (stops in production due to work, participation in the occasional war, work, moving to a different continent- again, work ) its been hard. With Momo cleared for a spell I hope you can put all the effort and focus into it that it deserves.
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Momo seems to be finished after  strip 200, so enjoy what there is ! Not sure it will ever be printed.

I will focus on 5C, almost there just anopther page to do and then  on with it!
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DavidKrigbaum Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Wow, with the way it was heading it looked like a big new story arc was just starting up.
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
This story should take about 300 -400 pages to tell, and Im in no rush. This story is quick in spots slow in others, no genres, just life.
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
though i initially got on through your street fighter stuff i've stuck around. i like seeing what stuff artist i like do besides what initially got me into their galleries. :)
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Word.
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
The road of life takes many twists and turns, with many a surprise in there, but it's never dull.  And neither is your work.  I shall stay here, to that end that may be bitter, or sweet (they are not mutually exclusive). :D
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks man, I'll do my best.
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Your best is awesome, so I have no doubt you will succeed at what you put your mind to. :D
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