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Blade Under Mask F.A.Q

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 2, 2015, 4:18 PM

Q: What is ‘Blade Under Mask’? 

A: It’s a comic project, currently under development by WhiteMantis with the help of Marcotonio

Q: Where I can read it? 

A: For now, nowhere. It’s not done yet. 

Q: When will it be done? 

A: Hopefully, 2015! When the first idea sprouted in 2011, we had no idea the project was going to be this much of a saga. The script is 90% done and after that, some visual research and planning will still be necessary, but we are really eager to start getting our hands dirty. 

Q: How will it be distributed? 

A: Online. For free! We believe a good story is worth sharing. But should you be interested in some extra content (or being an early reader), we’ll set up a Patreon during the ongoing publishing and Kickstart every printed volume when they’re ready. 

Q: How long will the story be? 

A: Expect a couple hundred pages. Currently, we haven’t settled if it will fit into 3 or 4 volumes. 

Q: What is ‘Blade Under Mask’ about? 

A: In short, it tells the story of Asazaki Nae, an orchid mantis maiko who suffers from hallucinations and constant nightmares, and her struggle to live with them and discover their cause while still working her way to become a full-fledged geisha.

You can read a longer synopsis here: 

Asazaki Nae is a young orchid mantis maiko, an apprentice geisha, living her daily routine in the Asazaki teahouse alongside her adoptive family: Asami, her strict mother, and Tetsuo, her older brother. Her calm life is turned upside down when she starts seeing horrendous, inexplicable figures that only she can see, just a few days before the ceremony that will mark her transition from maiko to full geisha. 

Doubting her own grip on reality and afraid to seek help for fear of accusations of insanity that could ruin her future as a geisha, she starts sinking into her own mind. Between hallucinations and etiquette, Nae tries to keep sober on her feet and succeed in the trials to become one of the highly esteemed entertainers she’s always admired, as the world outside slowly becomes unrecognizable. 

Q: Can I create a fancharacter? 

A: Yes, you can. Be aware we haven’t given out much info about Blade Under Mask’s universe yet, though. So you might find your character to be off later.

Once we’re deeper in the production of the story, we intend on releasing a “starter kit” for world/character building so you don’t get lost. 

Q: Can I draw fanart of your characters? 

A: Of course! I always love receiving fanart! I’m not really fond of blatant porn of Nae, but tasteful nudity is okay. Heh. Yes I know, I did it in the past but I really regret doing so. I obviously can’t change the past, but I can control my future.


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Gorgonitemaiden Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Student Digital Artist
i never got around asking this, but is Naes named pronounced Nay Or Na-e
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Rechenka Featured By Owner 6 days ago
After constantly looking at your character Nae, I fell for her design.
(I kept seeing her on the front page random times)
She's so petite, delicate, pure, and smooth. A real beauty! O:

I admit I am not much of a fan of human looking creatures (like with human genitals and stuff)(I am used to Werewolves...close enough?)
Actually I don't know much about it and the first thing that pops in my head are furries and neopets. Also, I dislike all bugs. (Except ladybugs & roly poly/pill bugs...Maybe some butterflies.)

Anyway I think your art actually makes me think differently about it and it's beautiful.
Your "Blade Under Mask" characters are amazing! And I have finally decided that I need to watch you on deviantart! XD (after like many months!!!!)

LoungingLemming Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Where can I find your commission info? (If you take commishes that is) :3
ZinogreX20 Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Your art is among the most I've ever love,such detail <3 keep up the good work :D
thehorrorzine Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
Hi White-Mantis. I cruised your gallery here on DeviantArt. We have featured many anime and surreal artists previously in our ezine.

My name is Jeani Rector, and I am the editor at The Horror Zine. We are not just horror; we also publish sci-fi, speculation, mystery, and "Twilight-Zone." We are an award-winning, established ezine and print magazine. You can learn more about us here:…

I would love to feature some of your art in a future issue. You would get complete credit as I would need your bio and your photo. If you are interested, please email me at

Hope to hear from you.
Jeani Rector, Editor
The Horror Zine
EmpathStudio Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're work is beautiful.
Split-Heart Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the watch darling!! I am terribly happy atm!:iconsqueeeeplz:
Ag-Wolf Featured By Owner Edited May 6, 2015
Your characters are so inspired and unique, and your art is so beautiful and expressive! I love it! :la:
Pulverizerg Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
HOLY GOD, this mantis is one of the most beautiful this i've ever saw! And art is great as well!
adamnorde583 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
Your work is truly inspirational, Bravo!!

as i am a practicing samurai (among other things) and ardent follower of Japanese lore
i am very pleased with your work!!!

i love tales of old japan, especially ones told the way you have chosen to.

i look forward to seeing your masterwork come to fruition and completion.

Mr-KaMiKaZe Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
You got some sweet art work, i hope it okay for me to Watching you.
WarpX97 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
xkuutax Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art is extremely inspiring and just plain beautiful to look at! It is a true treat for eyes to go through your gallery. Amazing work...!
ewrwrqeqe Featured By Owner Edited Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hi .. just finish drawing nae hehehe…
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ewrwrqeqe Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hii!! can i draw nae with my oc character
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KendallCollins Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Blue-Mantis Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A white mantis ! :D

You have a very impressive gallery, I love your arthropod design. This is very cool ! Good luck for your comic. I'm sure it will be awesome. Actually, the plot seems pretty interesting. ;}
Linnunlento Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I found you and your art only now but I'm already in love with your art! Your mantis people are cute Meow :3 
Rodlox Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
fantastic work!
I'd meant to start Watching sooner.
tingocomics Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
Beauty work, eu fique apaixonado por Nae, Eu gostei de todos os personagens,Seria ótimo ver um anime com eles,Espero ver muito mais,Algum dia eu vou fazer umafantart deles ;P
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