Hiroyasu Ike is creating BASTARD PRINCE / KNIVES AND CIGARETTES - TWO ORIGINAL BL MANGA
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patrons

$11
per month
   So what's the story?
   I've been a freelance professional artist nearly a decade, working on all kinds of projects - concepts for indie films, art for board games, indie video games and book covers, and sold hand-crafted sculptures to earn my living. But I've never had the courage before to make works with my own stories and characters and offer them up for people to read - until now.

  "Knives and Cigarettes" and "Bastard Prince" are two original BL/shōnen-ai (boy's love) manga I spent the last year writing and scripting in my spare moments. So everything's all set - except for the artwork, which I'll be doing alone. The thing is, I want to make the artwork as high quality as possible for these manga, which takes my time and attention to detail. I could really use some help while I make these. Believe me, even $1 a month to support my work will be both a great encouragement and a help to me! Times have got progressively tougher since I started work as a professional artist; your support would go towards allowing me to keep making art, and updating these two original manga as frequently as possible, while also making them available to read online, and eventually as printed volumes. 

   If you choose to support me even further with a larger donation, there'll be opportunities to see "behind the scenes" of the manga - how I scripted and created them, how I develop characters, how I make the art and prep it for publishing online, and more. For higher tier supporters there'll be cool freebies offered, such as a free commissioned work per year of your own choice for your own personal use, limited signed artworks, or if you prefer, the chance for some one-to-one Q&A/teaching about art (or you can request tutorials on something specific if you'd like to know how I do things). You will also automatically receive signed 1st edition copies of the printed volumes of each of these mangas when printed if you become a top tier supporter. Even if you aren't interested in the manga but would just like to support me as an artist, I'd be super-grateful for that, too!



   What's so great about Knives and Bastard Prince?
   As much as I like BL manga, I always wanted to find more BL stories that had thriller elements to them, less predictable plots, and maybe less of the usual clichés. Guys who act more like guys, with all the issues guys tend to have, finding themselves in improbable and inextricable situations with other guys. So that's what I'm writing here - something a little grittier - maybe a little more realistic, and hopefully enjoyable!  :)

   Tell me about it!
   Knives and Cigarettes
is a gritty, modern-day tale of redemption - set in Tokyo's concrete jungle, 19-year old Kei struggles to find acceptance after being turned out from his home and family when they discover his sexuality. Falling first under the wing of the carefree, devil-may-care delinquent gang leader Kazuo, he faces up to the prospect of losing everything once again if he dares admits the strength of his feelings for his new senpai. Enter Jirou, an unlikely yakuza benefactor. Kei finds himself unable to let go of his old flame, and the game he now plays with his latest and sinuous admirer is a dangerous one...

   (Be warned, this one pulls no punches! We're talking gangs, yakuza, and addiction! This will be published in slightly edited form on Inkblazers to keep it safe for the ToS... printed versions will be available for purchase completely uncensored when the first volume completes.)  



   Bastard Prince is a twisting tale of supernatural immortals locked in a bitter feud, the secrets of which two boys will discover when they unwittingly stumble on the present-day hiding-place of one of them. Set largely in a time of medieval European witch-hunts and terrifying werewolf and vampire attacks, the story follows the fate of Silas, crown prince of a small mountain province besieged by dark forces, and his obsession to bring down the elusive mastermind behind them. Get ready for the dark side of Man...!        
  
   New pages for these two manga will be uploaded to Patreon first as a mini-issue of several pages, twice per month. They will be available after on Tapastic, once per month as a single update to the chapter. With enough support this could become more frequent, as I'll then be able to dedicate my prime working time to these manga.

   ***The uncut versions of these manga will be uploaded to Patreon, while the censored/cut versions will be available at Tapastic.***

 
  The more support I can get from those who like my art and want to see these stories come to fruition, the more time I can dedicate to them, to getting pages out quicker and published online for you to read... and the more time I can dedicate to you, as my supporters! :) 



Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
5 patrons
As a supporter of my work, you'll be helping me to continue making these manga and creating more original content. Instead of me having to dedicate more time to others' projects for my living, you'll be helping me bringing my own to life :)

You'll have access to:

* The uncut first-up updates of Bastard Prince and K&C exclusive to supporters
** Downloadable full sized/res wallpapers
*** Access to certain bonus arts
**** Other perks from time to time such as gift arts, or gift codes for my store.


The uncensored versions of these manga contain things like nudity, erotic content or violence, and that won't be posted on Tapastic. They will 'cut' from the versions shown there. Only Patrons will see it first.    
Pledge $10 or more per month
1 patron
You'll be helping me even more with this level of donation, getting access to the "making of" content as well as exclusive articles and tutorials I will create specifically for my supporters.

You'll have access to:

* The uncut first-up updates of Bastard Prince and K&C exclusive to supporters
** Downloadable full sized/res wallpapers
*** Access to certain bonus arts
**** Other perks from time to time such as gift arts, or gift codes for my store
***** Access to process and step by step sequence images of my arts/tutorials of my arts/Q&A opportunities
****** Access to special BL arts.






Pledge $35 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
As a $35 per month supporter, you'll have access to the other $1 and $10 rewards and you'll qualify for one free commission piece per year from me of your choice* - any character or scene you like - for your own personal use, available as a digital file at a high-quality printable resolution. This is a limited offer with only 10 of these rewards available!

*Commissions can be requested after being a supporter for 4 months.

You'll have access to:

* The uncut first-up updates of Bastard Prince and K&C exclusive to supporters
** Downloadable full sized/res wallpapers
*** Access to certain bonus arts
**** Other perks from time to time such as gift arts, or gift codes for my store
***** Access to process and step by step sequence images of my arts/tutorials of my arts/Q&A opportunities
****** Access to special BL arts
******* One commission art character of your choice
.


Pledge $60 or more per month
0 of 4 patrons
As a $60 per month supporter you'll have access to all of the previous rewards, two free commission pieces per year from me of your choice*, (this reward is limited to 4 available slots only)  

You will also qualify automatically to be sent a free signed copy of each volume of Knives & Cigarettes AND Bastard Prince once printed, and courtesy signed copies of the BL artbooks planned.


*Commissions can be requested after being a supporter for 6 months. Commissions at this level may include 3" - 10" sculpture commissions.

You'll have access to:

* The uncut first-up updates of Bastard Prince and K&C exclusive to supporters
** Downloadable full sized/res wallpapers
*** Access to certain bonus arts
**** Other perks from time to time such as gift arts, or gift codes for my store
***** Access to process and step by step sequence images of my arts/tutorials of my arts/Q&A opportunities
****** Access to special BL arts
******* Signed hard copies of BL and K&C vols. 1
******** Two commission pieces of your choice
********* Courtesy hard copies of special BL artbook(s)



Goals
$11 of $100 per month
With this goal reached I'll be able to dedicate even more time to updates of Knives & Cigarettes and Bastard Prince mangas. New page updates will be more frequent for both, as will bonus arts.
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   So what's the story?
   I've been a freelance professional artist nearly a decade, working on all kinds of projects - concepts for indie films, art for board games, indie video games and book covers, and sold hand-crafted sculptures to earn my living. But I've never had the courage before to make works with my own stories and characters and offer them up for people to read - until now.

  "Knives and Cigarettes" and "Bastard Prince" are two original BL/shōnen-ai (boy's love) manga I spent the last year writing and scripting in my spare moments. So everything's all set - except for the artwork, which I'll be doing alone. The thing is, I want to make the artwork as high quality as possible for these manga, which takes my time and attention to detail. I could really use some help while I make these. Believe me, even $1 a month to support my work will be both a great encouragement and a help to me! Times have got progressively tougher since I started work as a professional artist; your support would go towards allowing me to keep making art, and updating these two original manga as frequently as possible, while also making them available to read online, and eventually as printed volumes. 

   If you choose to support me even further with a larger donation, there'll be opportunities to see "behind the scenes" of the manga - how I scripted and created them, how I develop characters, how I make the art and prep it for publishing online, and more. For higher tier supporters there'll be cool freebies offered, such as a free commissioned work per year of your own choice for your own personal use, limited signed artworks, or if you prefer, the chance for some one-to-one Q&A/teaching about art (or you can request tutorials on something specific if you'd like to know how I do things). You will also automatically receive signed 1st edition copies of the printed volumes of each of these mangas when printed if you become a top tier supporter. Even if you aren't interested in the manga but would just like to support me as an artist, I'd be super-grateful for that, too!



   What's so great about Knives and Bastard Prince?
   As much as I like BL manga, I always wanted to find more BL stories that had thriller elements to them, less predictable plots, and maybe less of the usual clichés. Guys who act more like guys, with all the issues guys tend to have, finding themselves in improbable and inextricable situations with other guys. So that's what I'm writing here - something a little grittier - maybe a little more realistic, and hopefully enjoyable!  :)

   Tell me about it!
   Knives and Cigarettes
is a gritty, modern-day tale of redemption - set in Tokyo's concrete jungle, 19-year old Kei struggles to find acceptance after being turned out from his home and family when they discover his sexuality. Falling first under the wing of the carefree, devil-may-care delinquent gang leader Kazuo, he faces up to the prospect of losing everything once again if he dares admits the strength of his feelings for his new senpai. Enter Jirou, an unlikely yakuza benefactor. Kei finds himself unable to let go of his old flame, and the game he now plays with his latest and sinuous admirer is a dangerous one...

   (Be warned, this one pulls no punches! We're talking gangs, yakuza, and addiction! This will be published in slightly edited form on Inkblazers to keep it safe for the ToS... printed versions will be available for purchase completely uncensored when the first volume completes.)  



   Bastard Prince is a twisting tale of supernatural immortals locked in a bitter feud, the secrets of which two boys will discover when they unwittingly stumble on the present-day hiding-place of one of them. Set largely in a time of medieval European witch-hunts and terrifying werewolf and vampire attacks, the story follows the fate of Silas, crown prince of a small mountain province besieged by dark forces, and his obsession to bring down the elusive mastermind behind them. Get ready for the dark side of Man...!        
  
   New pages for these two manga will be uploaded to Patreon first as a mini-issue of several pages, twice per month. They will be available after on Tapastic, once per month as a single update to the chapter. With enough support this could become more frequent, as I'll then be able to dedicate my prime working time to these manga.

   ***The uncut versions of these manga will be uploaded to Patreon, while the censored/cut versions will be available at Tapastic.***

 
  The more support I can get from those who like my art and want to see these stories come to fruition, the more time I can dedicate to them, to getting pages out quicker and published online for you to read... and the more time I can dedicate to you, as my supporters! :) 



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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
5 patrons
As a supporter of my work, you'll be helping me to continue making these manga and creating more original content. Instead of me having to dedicate more time to others' projects for my living, you'll be helping me bringing my own to life :)

You'll have access to:

* The uncut first-up updates of Bastard Prince and K&C exclusive to supporters
** Downloadable full sized/res wallpapers
*** Access to certain bonus arts
**** Other perks from time to time such as gift arts, or gift codes for my store.


The uncensored versions of these manga contain things like nudity, erotic content or violence, and that won't be posted on Tapastic. They will 'cut' from the versions shown there. Only Patrons will see it first.    
Pledge $10 or more per month
1 patron
You'll be helping me even more with this level of donation, getting access to the "making of" content as well as exclusive articles and tutorials I will create specifically for my supporters.

You'll have access to:

* The uncut first-up updates of Bastard Prince and K&C exclusive to supporters
** Downloadable full sized/res wallpapers
*** Access to certain bonus arts
**** Other perks from time to time such as gift arts, or gift codes for my store
***** Access to process and step by step sequence images of my arts/tutorials of my arts/Q&A opportunities
****** Access to special BL arts.






Pledge $35 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
As a $35 per month supporter, you'll have access to the other $1 and $10 rewards and you'll qualify for one free commission piece per year from me of your choice* - any character or scene you like - for your own personal use, available as a digital file at a high-quality printable resolution. This is a limited offer with only 10 of these rewards available!

*Commissions can be requested after being a supporter for 4 months.

You'll have access to:

* The uncut first-up updates of Bastard Prince and K&C exclusive to supporters
** Downloadable full sized/res wallpapers
*** Access to certain bonus arts
**** Other perks from time to time such as gift arts, or gift codes for my store
***** Access to process and step by step sequence images of my arts/tutorials of my arts/Q&A opportunities
****** Access to special BL arts
******* One commission art character of your choice
.


Pledge $60 or more per month
0 of 4 patrons
As a $60 per month supporter you'll have access to all of the previous rewards, two free commission pieces per year from me of your choice*, (this reward is limited to 4 available slots only)  

You will also qualify automatically to be sent a free signed copy of each volume of Knives & Cigarettes AND Bastard Prince once printed, and courtesy signed copies of the BL artbooks planned.


*Commissions can be requested after being a supporter for 6 months. Commissions at this level may include 3" - 10" sculpture commissions.

You'll have access to:

* The uncut first-up updates of Bastard Prince and K&C exclusive to supporters
** Downloadable full sized/res wallpapers
*** Access to certain bonus arts
**** Other perks from time to time such as gift arts, or gift codes for my store
***** Access to process and step by step sequence images of my arts/tutorials of my arts/Q&A opportunities
****** Access to special BL arts
******* Signed hard copies of BL and K&C vols. 1
******** Two commission pieces of your choice
********* Courtesy hard copies of special BL artbook(s)