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I am amazed how fast that the summer has gone and now that we are back in autumn. We actually past our four year mark here at Comic Fury on the 7th of this month! In a way, it is hard to believe that this much time has past while working on this passion project and I appreciate each and everyone of you that have stayed along for the ride. So! What's still coming? Let's get that update done!

Beloved Chains

Issue 4

Just a few updates when it comes to this one. Issue #4 is still going. All the layouts have been completed and I already have the first completed page. I'm hoping to get at least half the pages in my hand before I start releasing again.

I want to avoid too long of a hiatus but I also don't want to put you all in the situation on not knowing when the next page is coming out.

New Artist!

I am happy to announce that we have a new artist for the series and you have actually seen his work before. MajiroB, the artist behind the Interlude 2 – “Obedience”

He will be taking over the story for Issue 5 that is presently being written! I'm very excited to be working with him in the coming months!

Beloved Maid

All of you haven't finished Issue #5 but I already have almost all of Issue #6 which will be uploaded right behind so there shouldn't be any interruption between the two!

Digital Comics Released!

I have also gotten Beloved Maid released digitally for anyone who wants to get a personal copy and support the project! You can find them below

Issue #1 Amazon | Gumroad Issue #2 Amazon | Gumroad Issue #3 Amazon | Gumroad Issue #4 Amazon | Gumroad

Blue Blossom Adventures Visual Novel

Unfortunately, this project has been on the bottom of my to do list due to how much it takes to get done. Like I mentioned in my last update, I had to redo all the code again to make it better and run smoother. It was a lot of work down the drain but in the end, it'll make the game a lot better!

More to come on this even though it might be awhile.

Novellas & Short Stories

In the gaps between art releases and the other projects, I decided to lean into the talent I actually have and get some content out for those who like to read about the world as much as read the comic.

The short story collection is now at 5 completed stories of 15. Some of the other ones I'm working on are a longer but I'm going to get this done. I plan to release a few more online for everyone to read if they'd like.

Between a Princess & A Hard Place

The first novella based in Beloved Maid! I started this one while on vacation as I had a wild idea to slip some story between a point in Issue #6. There is about 10,000 words of the planned 25,000 and I hope to release it before the end of the year!

I've been really wanting to get a novella done for this universe as I wanted to see what these characters were like in a story.

My Beloved Chains: Spring

This is almost done. It is actually an omnibus of Beloved Chains Issues 1 through 4 and Beloved Maid Issue 1 through 5 plus the inclusion of a lot of the art including some art that has never been released!

The goal is to release this as a Print on Demand manga so that anyone can get a physical copy of the entire universe to read whenever they want!

How can You Keep up on Projects?

I decided it was time for a way to track the projects so you could easily see how they are going. If you go to the following page, you can see an updated status of the present project, where it's at, and for the funding status of the next issue after!

Status of Beloved Universe

How you can help?

I'm still working on a perk system built into my beloved universe website but if you are interested in helping out. There are a few ways you can help. * You can donate through librapay or through paypal. * Purchase one or more of the released volumes. * Vote and Share Beloved Universe with whoever you want to enlarge the readership!

Where to Hang Out?

Interested in hanging out and seeing snippets and sneak peeks? I do release some snippets of projects in the work on our Discord and for those who love the decentralized technology, you can join us at our new matrix server (which bridges to the Discord)!

Discord Matrix

Ending

That's it so far! Thank you again each and everyone of you who has taken time out of their day to fall the adventures of Henry, Maevin, Aevina, Larry, and the rest of the Beloved Universe cast!

-Xaltean Imperial News

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Have you ever had that moment where you were sad and happy at the same time? That is what I am experience right now.

I am sad to announce that Laura Mondragon, the artist behind Beloved Chains will be departing the project after the conclusion of Issue 4. That is the bitter part as she has been with me since the project started and created the fundamental visual that is the Beloved Universe. Through the five years we worked together, she became a dear friend and will be sorely missed.

The sweet part is that her decision to step away is due to the need to shift priorities for her family life and opportunities to pursue her career as a professional artist.

I will be the first to say that I am proud of her and what she is accomplished and though her iconic drawing style will be missed, it would be selfish of me to not want her to be the best that she could be!

Beloved Chains is not Dead

No. This does not mean the Beloved Chains is coming to an end after the completion of the fourth issue. I will have more news on the next artist who will be continue the series in the next blog I will post sometime mid week!

Stay tuned for more updates on where we will be going from here!

Thank you all for your continued support of this project and the love you have shown Laura's work. I know she has great things ahead of her!

-Xaltean Imperial News

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Sorry all for yet another post right after I sent the update in but I had learned some new information about the systems I was using for donating to Beloved Universe.

I decided to part ways with Ko-Fi and completely deleted our account there. It wasn't an easy decision, but I discovered they had silently de-activated my ko-fi account with no email. It appears to be because it supported an nsfw project and they are so nervous with dealing with Paypal, they didn't want to chance it.

But don't worry! I found an incredible alternative in Librapay. They share our values and understand the importance of providing a secure and welcoming environment for all creators and will allow us to continue to offer the opportunity to support the project!

You can find our official link at:

https://liberapay.com/beloveduniverse

I have also added a icon where the ko-fi one used to be on each of the comic pages. It's the big yellow button!

Before we wrap up, we want to send out a huge THANK YOU to each and every one of you. Your support means the world to me.

If you have any questions or need assistance during this transition, you can send a PM to me through Comic Fury or reach out to me through Social Media!

Thank you again!

-Xaltean Imperial News

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To Start Things Off

I know it has been awhile since I have been able to write up a blog post and give all of you an update on the universe. The first thing I wanted to say is thank you for your continued reading and supporting of the comic. I really enjoy reading all the comments that people leave even if I don't respond to them for awhile. Thank you! This comic would not be as fun as it is now if it was not for everyone of you who has taken the time to show it some love.

So! Let's get to the updates on all the different projects that I have been working on!

Beloved Chains

As you all who have been following the comic have noticed, June 22nd, we went on the hiatus as Issue 4's pages are designed and drawn. I am happy to say that I'm all paid up with my artist on that one so there should not been a long wait between them. She is presently giving me an end of July Deadline so I'm hoping to start releasing more pages again in the first week of August!

After that though, I'm still working out the finances to fund Issue #5. Worse case scenario, we won't be able to until I get the budget to a point to cover it.

Beloved Maid

Beloved Maid is continuing on with no problems! Kinchan has continued to work on getting the art completed. As of the posting of this blog, we have only one more page for Issue #4 to release BUT, I have already uploaded half of issue 5 so there won't be any delay!

Beloved Maid is funded all the way through Issue 6 plus a bunch of special artwork that I hope to make available on the website once I finish some backend coding.

Blue Blossom Adventures

The visual novel? Has it died? No! I honestly had to start all over again because I learned so much about the system I am using to write it that I made it almost impossible with the present code to actually make it expandable. Instead of taking time to hack it to make it work, it'll be easier for me to restart the code base.

That has been started and the artwork is already 90% done. So, I'm hoping by Christmas to have a release!

Tales Around the Empire

I am working with the artist of MB Studios to create an anthology of short story web comics that tell stories from all over the universe instead of staying focused on the main characters of Beloved Maid and Beloved Chains.

This comic will not be as common as the others but a place to share unique stories that I come up with for you all! Stay tuned as we are already done with the script stage and character designs which I plan to share on the Beloved Chains website next week!

Writing, Writing, Writing!

I have a bunch of short stories and novellas that are still in work. Not an exhaustive list but I'm half way done with Ascendant Rising and in the process of editing the second Star Traveler book Dead in Space to continue that story.

Not to mention the Anthology Tales around Blue Blossom which will have 15 short stories, some you have already read and others that won't be published on the blog or websites including unique artwork for them in the book!

In the End

We are still chugging along! I've enjoyed all of this but I didn't realize how much output I would need on top of my non-writing life and everything.

-Xaltean Imperial News

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You would be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn't realized what the potential impact of #artificial #intelligence is when it comes to the artistic worlds of both the written word and the drawn image. The creative endeavors of our #creators in the realm of #computers have created a machine who has learned from us and can create works. The beneficial potential is immeasurable.

Of course, that means those who only see money and not the damage it can cause, will attempt to utilize this new tool to cut out #artists and #writers; try to replace them with these wonderful machines.

I, the creator of the Beloved Universe, am a writer and I rely on amazing, artists around the world to fashion this universe into what it is now and it is important to know where the Beloved Universe stands with the continue rise of AI artwork in the wild.

Beloved Universe does use artificial intelligence like #stablediffusion and #midjourney to create concepts of what is in my head. It is a tool to provide artists a better understanding of what I am thinking outside of what I have written.

Under no circumstances will Beloved Universe be replacing an artist with a machine nor will we be releasing any AI created artwork on our official channels. Beloved Universe will continue to work with and hire real artists to create this passion of mine and #AI will remain a tool to that end.

Beloved Universe supports both the creator and the advancement of technology and condemns those who care little for either and treat both the artist and the machine as a path to more riches.

AI is here to stay and it will be treated as a tool to help humanity. Not replace us.

-Jonathan S, creator of Beloved Universe

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Hey all!

What a surprise? Two posts in the same week? (I think it's been the same week). I just wanted to let everyone who is interested in more deep dives of the world that i have a Lore Blog now and a Short Story blog setup. Right now there is only one Lore Article and I'm still working on a bunch of short stories in between approving artwork and writing scripts. :)

For those of you using a Mastodon, Friendica, etc, these blogs are federated so you can subscribe to them and get updates in your feed.

Codex-Xaltea (Lore Articles): https://blog.beloved-universe.com/codex-xaltea/

Tales Around the Estate (Short Stories): https://blog.beloved-universe.com/tales-around-estate/

If this is your thing, I hope you enjoy!

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Introduction

As we roll inevitably towards May, I am actually able to provide some updates to a lot of the projects that I have been working on. It has been rather daunting to keep up with all my grand ideas but I’m happy to say that I, at least, have some of them done!

New Website

I cannot tell you how long I have been trying to get this website done. There were many different possible frameworks, ideas, themes, and crap but none of them supported what I actually wanted to do in the long term. So I decided to write my own!

I am happy to announce the Beloved Chains and all it’s companion items are now available in one place for ease of reference!

www.beloved-universe.com

There are plans to continue expanding its functionality including but not limited to:

  1. user accounts to access everything from special images, visual novels, and other projects.

  2. Integrated accounts which will allow not only the ability to use one username and password for all Beloved Universe items, but future projects where things earned in one product can provide bonuses in another product(s).

  3. And more…

Star Traveler: Kaon Rising

I was able to drop my first novella for this universe in a story called Kaon Rising. It takes place about thirty years before Henry takes his place at Blue Blossom Estate and only two years after the peace treaty was signed with the Xaltean Empire.

I had a lot of fun writing this and enjoyed showing a bit more about the Terran Confederacy that has been seen in the comics lately. I've already passed out copies to the patrons and ko-fi supporters who helped out! Thank you all for your donations to keep this comic going!

Get your copy Here!

Beloved Chains & Beloved Maid Released as Issues!

After a lot of hard work, research and getting things prepared, I’m happy to announce that Beloved Chains Issues #1 through #2 and Beloved Maid #1, #2, and #3 are available for sale through Gumroad and Amazon!

If you ever wanted to get your own copy for your Kindle or on your computer, you can now and every purchase goes to help fund the comic and keep it going!

You can check out the links here!

Oh, Yeah. We have a Wiki!

I realized I needed a better way to track all the information that I had on the world and the world books aren’t doing it. So, a wiki has been created which will allow me to update it but also let you all look and see what tidbits of information are there.

The entries are not fully robust yet but there are plans to!

www.beloved-universe.com/wiki

An a standalone Blog

One of the other projects that I am happy to have completed is the standalone blog that you are reading! this blog is not only light weight on your readers whereever you may be checking out these words but if any of you are on a decentralized platform like Mastodon, Pleroma, Friendica or others, you can actually follow this blog and see updates in your feeds!

I will continue to mirror everything with the Comic Fury blog. I wanted another feature that not only supports the continued push for decentralized social media but support readers in whatever environment they prefer!

Ending

Okay. that was a lot for this quarter update. I still have a lot of other stuff in work. Issue #5 and #6 of Beloved Maid are in works and Beloved Chains #3 and #4 are funded and ready to go!

Thank you again, each and every one of you who has taken the time to read this universe. This has been my passion project for years and knowing there are a lot of you that like it makes me happy!

See you in the next post!

-Xaltean Imperial News

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Introduction As I write this, I am shocked that we’re actually in 2023 now. In some ways it is hard to wrap my brain with the fact that the years are moving so fast and that I have been working on Beloved Chains brand for four years. I recently found my original notes when I was planning this comic and now laugh as I expected to be done within the year with the entire story. How completely optimistic and naïve I was. Of course, the only reason that this comic has continued is because of the continued interest and support around the entire thing. I read every comment both positive and negative and try to take it into consideration. I appreciate each and every one of you readers out there no matter if you are here for the action/adventure political drama story or the pretty women. You are appreciated.

Changes in 2023 Even though we are only twelve days into 2023, there are some major things that I do have to announce. It’s not bad news but it’s also not great news. To dispel any initial concern nothing is canceled. There has been a recent change in my life that is going to be effecting my entire family and my finances. My family has plans to try and move closer to family in another state. The big problem is that the present plan has us moving into one of the more expensive states to live in here in the United States. This means that I have to start saving a lot more than I initially had which is going to put a serious dampening on the money I have available to fund each issue. Let me break down what it means by Project

Beloved Chains Issue 3 is already paid for and will be complete. What this does translate is that Issue #4 cannot get started until I can get the funds setup for my artist and that pot is going to be slower to fill. There may be another gap between Issue #3 and Issue #4.

Beloved Maid Issue #3 and Issue #4 are already paid for and almost complete. This means that there will be no noticeable delay for this comic as I have enough pages to keep release until around October of this year. Hopefully by that point, my financial situation has stabilized so that I can keep things going.

Blue Blossom Adventures All the basic art is paid for and just working with the artist to finish the project. This does mean that some of the expansions that were planned are now delayed. I’m hoping to have this completed closer to the middle of 2023 but there is still a lot of coding and beta testing to go.

What does this mean? What the tl;dr of all this is that nothing is canceled but a lot of things are going to be grinding to a slow crawl as funding will be a challenge. I’m a writer so I’m hoping to keep content coming for those interested in written stories around this world but I don’t want to make any promises.

For those interested in helping Now, reading all of this, someone may think to themselves: “I wish there was a way I could help”. There are a few ways you can help both monetarily and not.

Support the Beloved Collection monetarily I am opening up Issue #4 to community support for anyone who wants to help fund the next issues. The perks of this will be:

  • The comic will be funded faster.
  • I will add your name/user name at the bottom of each page that says: “Funded by [NAME]” This will translate to a contributor page in the manga book that will be released in the future.
  • Status of “Manor Ally” on our Discord (if you are a member) and future perks on the to the new website under construction.

I don't have any numbers or anything yet per page to offer but I'll do another blog post later this month with the information for anyone who is looking for it!

Support the Beloved Collection in other ways Other ways you can help is sharing Beloved Chains and Beloved Maid around the web to garner more interest in it. Every link you share, every like, every post back helps raise the existence of it and thus more support for the comic.

Ending Again, thank you for all of you who continued to hang around

-Xaltean Imperial News

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