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Featured on The Demon Archives!

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Hey cool kids! Check it out: I did a commissioned art work for my pal Dan Sharp over at The Demon Archives! He also was kind enough to give us a nice shout out as well.

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Welcome Back to Vatican Assassins!

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Hello everyone! Thanks for sticking with me through the hiatus.

Or if you’re new, welcome! Thanks for checking out my comic.

So here we are, at the beginning again. You may be wondering, when the cardinal rule of webcomics is “DON’T START OVER” why I did just that? There were a number of reasons, the biggest of which was that there wasn’t enough explanation in the beginning to make the story clear to readers. Things were heavily disjointed and the main mechanic of the story was never explained until I tried to fix it in Chapter 5. Not to mention the art was pretty wonky.

When I went on hiatus in May working on Chapter 11, I started making some more colored pieces, and even started a Youtube channel to make art videos. And as I was coloring things and getting better and better at using markers, I began to think “Hey, when I make my comics in Photoshop, they look crappy! But when I color something on paper, it looks awesome! Why don’t I just drive myself to the brink of sanity making beautiful, hand colored comics?!”

So that’s what I’m doing.

I’m going to try to keep up with the 2x a week schedule, but it takes a long time to make pages now and my time is pretty limited at the moment. (Hopefully that’ll change one day). I work full time in Advertising, and also am working for my friend’s business on the side as well. Someday I won’t have to work a full time desk job, but that day is not today, or tomorrow, or even next week! So I’m jut going to enjoy what I can do and bring you all an amazing comic to read. Because that’s what it’s all about: the love of making comics and and reading comics!

You’ll notice a lot of things are the same. Same lovable kids, same heart-wrenching back stories. But there’s gonna be some changes. Most are pretty subtle, just different ways of telling the story. This time around I’m focusing on giving the characters more emotions, motivations, and development. And I’m making the story more solid and coherent all throughout. You’ll see: it’s gonna be great.

And don’t worry! Those witches will still be around!

So thanks for joining my on my webcomic journey, wherever you’ve come in at. I know that going back to the beginning isn’t ideal, but there will certainly be enough surprises to keep it interesting, I promise you! So enjoy and bare with me if updates have to scale back. You won’t regret it!

IF you’re looking for more things, I have an Instagram now where I post progress shots and other art I’m working on, and there’s always my Youtube, which will have process videos of pages and more!

All my love to you, dear readers!

-MJ

Happy 4th Birthday, Vatican Assassins!

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Stained Glass Trio

Today we celebrate 4 years of Vatican Assassins being published online! Thank you for all your support over the years. I can only promise that Vatican Assassins will keep getting better!

Flash poll! Is Tzouras Chatzi still the hottest male in this comic?

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Two years ago, Tzouras Chatzi, everyone’s favorite Maltese guy, made this bold statement:

Tzouras Chatzi is hot

But a lot can happen in two years. Is this still true? You can vote now in this poll!

 

Short Story Coming Soon: The Piercing

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Hey all! I’m sure you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to on hiatus. Among many things, I’ve picked up working on a short story I had penciled last year and never had time to ink, called: “The Piercing.”

 

Originally Responsorial Hymn 3, the story was such a fun idea I split it off on it’s own to expand it. It focuses on Euphonium Sipos and his four piercings in his right ear. How did he get them? Why? And how did Sister Rain take it? (Spoiler: Not well.)

This 12 page, completely brand new story will be available for purchase early in the New Year. More details to come as I get closer to finishing. Please look forward to it!