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Cheers to Dreams by Achiru-et-al Cheers to Dreams by Achiru-et-al
Heyas, I'm about five days late, but I wanted to do some kind of huge thank you picture for some time now, to celebrate the third anniversary of this running version of RAVEN which I started posting the 20th of June, 2006.

I'm about 12% of the way through Act III, so each Act takes me about a year and a half to do (168 pages, divided into three scenes 56 pages each, as you can see by the lyrics of the cover spreads). In the making of this comic, I "restarted" the beginning almost 20 times, and so I affectionately label this comic "the 20th version," and the final one.

I got thinking after beginning again and again and again I wasn't actually going to get anywhere unless I stopped nitpicking about the perfect starting point and just kept writing.

Some of these so called "versions" are not very long, just alterations to where to start the story: a flashback, the beginning, later after everyone's been introduced so Zy doesn't have to explain the same thing to dozens of characters individually?

Previous versions included text scribbles, others I have a few pages sketched for, another two I even had all inked and kind of presentable, if only the first dozen or so pages. It's been an interesting journey trying to push forth my own writing, only to find so many other characters trying to write in it too, and reaching a consensus has been a fun ride.

Thank you all for reading, having faith that I wouldn't just stop and start over again, and hoping that I do actually have some plan in store for where I'm going with this story. Sometimes I wish I was more certain about what is to happen next, but I don't, and that's what makes it fun to share.

I have plot points, but how to get there changes each time I think about it, so you have a great amount of influence over the presentation of the information we plan to display.

This is what most of my life and dreams consist of: asking "what happens next?" We rehearse this a lot, we really do. We rehearse the lines, the hand gestures, the faces and poking fun, and whatever sticks best goes. So these guys and girls of mine really make my dreams worth smiling about, and we want to share those dreams with you.

Cheers!

Zy and Xei belong to me and themselves respectively, as do everyone else on the border which you can barely see so it's not distracting. Inked and colored on openCanvas, border added in PhotoImpact.
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:icondragonprincess281:
dragonprincess281 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
WOWZ congrats on 3 yrs!
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:iconachiru-et-al:
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!

-achiru-
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:iconevalilith:
EvaLilith Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So amazing! And congrats!
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:iconxestrellitax:
xestrellitax Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
good luck
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:iconnagneto:
Nagneto Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome. Period.
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:icon11arich:
11arich Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Student
LOLL!
Loved every minute of it!
:D
That's the truth!
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:iconachiru-et-al:
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D

-achiru-
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:icon11arich:
11arich Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Student
You're welcome!
Good luck!
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:iconartemis-elric:
artemis-elric Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
*raises glass* You inspire us, your watchers, every bit as much as we inspire you, if not more. Cheers to you and RAVEN! :hug:
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:iconachiru-et-al:
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers! :hug: (Why do I keep typing Cheres? >>;.)

-achiru-
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Ixaix Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
...

Once again, the immensity of time is more than a little scary. I've watched all your characters age, change, grow younger at times, then skip ahead several years. It's been a confusing ride at times, but such an enjoyable one that I can honestly say you've influenced my life in more than one way. It's sad when I find myself laughing at random Xei moments around my friends and they REALLY don't get it :D

Thanks for everything, Achiru! *raises wineglass* To many more years of zany fun and drama. ^.~
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:iconachiru-et-al:
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Xei: I have moments?

Vera: :giggle: Yes, you do.

Achiru: You're welcome! *toasts*
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Ixaix Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
Ixaix: An Xei moment would be something like... hmm... it's hard to describe... I guess where someone is really random and odd in a way that makes you just want to love them more... maybe?
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:iconachiru-et-al:
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Xei: :blushes: R-Really? :heart:
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:iconixaix:
Ixaix Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
Ixaix: Yup. That's how I see you, of course. Zany, lovable, quirky and odd with a dash of magical crazy dust ^.^
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:iconachiru-et-al:
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Xei: I like the dash of magical crazy dust. :meow:
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Avikuro Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
Y'know of all your works, I think this is my favourite (which is saying something because I love all your stuff). It's so inspiring!
Three years and 20th version! Gads alive that's a lot of work! You must have bags of patience and persistance! I really admire that :).
I have to say Zy looks very cool in his suit and being so tall... I wanna play with his hair. :D
Cheers!
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:iconachiru-et-al:
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Cheers! :D

-achiru-
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:iconremige:
Remige Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
Cheers! :aww:
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:iconachiru-et-al:
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers! :D

-achiru-
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:icontwilightlucia:
TwilightLucia Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this, it's so increaddibly inspiring! Makes me want to get a move on with my own story, though that will be a written one.
Cheers, Achiru! I only like a certain white wine, I hope it's okay if I drink that!

Oh, and by the way, I adored those memes, they make me giggle with delight! XD
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hee hee, I don't drink wine, but for the sake of the show might as well pretend to!

Thank you! :D

-achiru-
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:icontwilightlucia:
TwilightLucia Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neither do I really, it doesn't taste good. But we can pretend! XD
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:icondustbunnythumper:
DustBunnyThumper Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
I'm a rather recent fan, but it's fun to look through your gallery and watch things change.

That dress is pretty :3

Congratulations on your third anniversary.

Dunno, but it makes me feel proud of you too x3!
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:iconachiru-et-al:
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! X3;

-achiru-
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:iconpancake-mix:
Pancake-mix Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
As someone who has been watching you since... YGO Oekaki board days (whoa jeez), it's been a blast seeing this grow. I can recall some early sketches and a few comics, though I don't know exactly when I started getting to know the characters. It's one of those "feels like you've known them forever" sort of deals. Even with all the reattempts, I still clung to each one, waiting to see what will come next. (Just as you said previously) It really hasn't felt like it's been 3 years since the start of the infamous "20th version" though I'm fairly certain I love this one more. Never has an online comic, or perhaps, art comic in general, kept me on the edge of my seat waiting like 'Raven'. I've grown attached to the characters, and know for a fact that this story, whenever it ends, will go down as one of my favorites of all time. (more so than some well-known published comics/manga)

You have a talent for storytelling, and a unique since of art style that anyone would see, and immediately think of you. I truly hope some day that these talents take you farther than you've ever dreamed. (Cheesy, desu)

I tried for a true critique, but my words alone would not do it justice.

You know I'll be there supporting you and 'Raven' through it all. Congradumalations, girlie. ;D
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
My goodness... I remember Digital-Yume. XD;;;

Hee hee, I should check up on everyone else I know from that oekaki board. I know Cecilia's on here, Cahaya left, Aura's back, and I haven't looked at Z-wolf's stuff in a while.

Thank you so much for your heartfelt comment! :heart: :hug: :heart:

-achiru-
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Pancake-mix Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem~

Speaking of back in the day... I definitely found a picture I drew for your birthday on that board. It makes me cringe and lol at the same time.
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh dears... I remember going through my files and finding my first oekaki, it also makes me cringe and lol at the same time.

I LEARNED SO MUCH FROM OEKAKI. :heart:

-achiru-
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:iconpancake-mix:
Pancake-mix Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I LEARNED ABOUT LAYERS.
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:iconachiru-et-al:
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
IT WAS AMAZING.

Hey, I dug up the old picture of Malik in an ice cube you drew from 2003, and the orange-ketchup cake by Ryou for my fifteenth birthday O_O' Wow that was a long time ago. There was also a fanart of Zy I requested or traded with you back in 2004.

YOU'VE IMPROVED SO MUCH I'M PROUD.

-achiru-
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Pancake-mix Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ice cube? I don't recall this!

I DO RECALL THE TRADE. It was my first art trade ever. xD

SAME TO YOU. WE ARE PROUD TOGETHER.
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
[link]

YAAAAYYY.

-achiru-
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heart-on-wave Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Wow this is great! I'll join the party!! *celebrates*
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:iconachiru-et-al:
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:party:

-achiru-
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mineko-girl90 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Wow, Zy will grow that tall? Nice *'-'*
Me: O-mai, Xei, you're smaller than Achiru :lmao:
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:iconachiru-et-al:
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Xei: Yes I'm short. I think I've always been that way. >>; But Gwen is shorter than I am! And Zy doesn't take after me in that department, apparently. >>;
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Icy-Touch Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Cheers! -hugs everyone-

Seeing you create this story is simply wonderful, and I'm glad to be able to watch it happen =3
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:iconachiru-et-al:
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :hug:

-achiru-
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:iconicy-touch:
Icy-Touch Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
It's an awesome story. :hug: And you're an awesome person, so I am more then happy to be here. ^^
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TenCircle Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Love the color sooo much!~X3
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:iconachiru-et-al:
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you~!

-achiru-
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raeinfeather Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations! :D
This is such an inspiring picture.
Xei you are short, Zy you look like your dad, and Achiru that is an awesome dress.
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D

-achiru-
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:iconlumaga:
Lumaga Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations! :]
I admire your determination. You're very inspiring.
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:iconachiru-et-al:
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :aww:

-achiru-
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Tapiotar Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Congrats for the third anniversary! And huge applauds for both you and your crew for making it this far! :w00t:

Ah, um. It's my first time commenting your work, but I first ran into your work back in 2006 (or maybe it was 2007, my memory is failing me again). Ever since then I've returned to check your gallery every now and then, and every time your art has managed to cheer me up with pure prettiness and joy it seems to emit. Not to even talk about how much it inspires me to work harder on my "art"!
So, big THANK YOU :heart: for that!

Um, guess I should also finally add you to my watchlist and not just lurk in the shadows...

Cheers and hugs for everybody! *sips her fruit-juice* Does anyone else want delicious and healthy juice?


Also, hope I didn't do any big mistakes...my English is so damn rusty...
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:iconachiru-et-al:
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your sweet comment! :heart:

(I don't mind people lurking in the shadows, I used to do that myself...)

Cheers! :hug: I want healthy juice! :D

-achiru-
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Tapiotar Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
You're welcome! :hug:

*tries to transport the juice can through the screen*
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:icondemdoodles:
demdoodles Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Zy! How much you've grown!!

Aw, I'll follow Raven to the end, no matter if you stop and start all over! Keep up the good work you always entertain us with!
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