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Submission category of the cartoons & comics section made my little brain confused as hell =_=

Submitting an old work. 2009 to be exact.

This is a graphic novel I made for my school's annual art folio - Horizons. The theme was opposites. And being creative and all I chose a very unique concept- water and fire. *sarcasm*

It really brings back memories.

All the drive and enthusiasm thinking about the storyboard; talking about how the story will come out while walking home with my boyfriend; sitting in during my former professors class just so I can render this in between breaks- I got to finish the cover page quickly thanks to that; then cramming the rest of the 12 pages in three to four days with hardly any sleep and cramming for my majors too. *sigh* Good time. Gooood tiiiiiimes~.

Looking at it again, I realized I hardly improved these last 3 years- which is pretty depressing- actually, it's very depressing. Or maybe I’m just setting my standards too high again. Yeah, I think that’s it. I should stop doing that. =_= ;

I opt with illustration only graphic novel because I was never good with words- like making fictional conversations or fictional monologues. I know. I tried it. And I stank at it.

I was always more comfortable with illustrating the story without any dialogue. It's faster since you don't need to add any text or speech bubble. Plus you don't have to worry about typos. :rofl:

Posting this in DA wasn't an option before. I was embarrassed to submit this; but seeing this again after three years, I’m wondering now why I ever thought of it as embarrassing. I must say I'm very happy with this. I need to pat my old self in the back. :)

Well happy viewing and I hope you all like it. :D

Woah! I never expected this comic would go viral. o_o;
Some of my friends and acquaintances have been telling me all day that they were seeing this on 9gag or some other similar site or even on a wall of some friend.
The internet is a powerful force indeed. :XD:

I guess the one thing I regret is that I didn't put a link of my website on my comic. :'( :crying:

Putting that aside, many thanks to all the comments and fav's. Right now this deviation has the most views in my gallery. And I thank you all for that ^__^

I really appreciate the love you all have been giving me. :XD:

EDIT 2: Added my name at last =u=

EDIT 3: A lot of people have been asking me about this so I'm posting it here in my comment box. The animation 'Alight' has no connection whatsoever with my comic. The only similarity we have with each other is that we both have a fire boy and a water girl. That is all. Many thanks~

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wasfight17 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Filmographer
Millania-B Featured By Owner 5 days ago
it's beautiful
Paint-zuri Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;~; THE FEELS!!!!!!!!
Wicked-and-Whimsy Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Love it! I found this my google-image searching a pin on Pinterest where the person had specifically said "Whoever made this deserves an award for making awesome things". When I went to follow the link to that pin, Google Chrome warned me that it might be a "suspicious link", and your name/by-line had been edited out. Anyway, just letting you know so that you can report the Pin as your intellectual property if you would like! Just click the flag underneath your image on the right.… 
ShadowSwirl Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
AwwNight Glider happy cry (plz) 
Delenga Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lumindgard Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
:O  *-* 
sarahmcgeath Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  New Deviant
you are so talented!!! I just love this, more than words can express!
Oddball-Dragonfly Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Student General Artist
The begining reminded me of thi animation on YouTube called "Alight", but the story is really cute and you did a great job :D
IngridTan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ^_^
Ixumy Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
I love this little big story. It just doesn't need words. Yesterday an old man says to me and my boyfriend that real love isn't in words, but is in the looks and in the gestures and in little moments of silence, when two lovers just stays togeter hugging, or kissing, or caressing each other.
I think that in this story you managed to grasp this point perfectly.
Hug good work!
IngridTan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Actually that's pretty close to what I felt that story is trying to convey, but couldn't point out before. :)
Queenixx Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  New Deviant
It's horrible how i gt so emotional over a raindrop and a spark....
keitho2314 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, that was so adorable! <3 :3
SparrowWrightheart Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

This is so cute and sweet.
Krallenpelz Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This reminds me of a video on YouTube but it's so sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet 😻🐾
NamineandRoxas1 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This reminds me of Finn and Flame princess!:iconjakewiggleplz: 
BrookeH17 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Student Filmographer
Oh my gosh this is so sweet! Tears of Joy Tears of Joy Tears of Joy 
isasaldanha Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist
this is AMAZING!!! So beautiful, so delicate, just lovely.

Clap Heart 
keishikouen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Right in the feels man, but I gotta ask. Did you make this video? --->…
Jonup Featured By Owner Edited Mar 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
it make me cry
AmsterdamFever Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015

to make me cry like this.
Indigolightning Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw this on Tumblr before and love everything about it.
sHiKuRo14 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
still brings tears into my eyes...
NostalgiaReader Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
Aww, that is so freaking adorable.
NuzGrillCheese Featured By Owner Edited Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist
TT TT <3
CassandraSunshyne Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
I cried during this ♥ lol
RainyMeadows Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Oh good lord, this is so unbelievably cute...
Kington92 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
wonderful story! Love it!
CeranTheLegend Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Beautiful Art and Story! I cryed a litle at the end! Go on with your Drawing i would like to see more of it! ;) GJ
ahaldar Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist…

We took inspiration from this wonderful graphic!
XxAwkwardTurtlexX Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Pyro-the-eagle Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Aaaaw, so lovely! :lovely: :love: 
AtreJane Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed...I have found this comics in internet on the russian site at all... For 7 months I've been looking for you 
I put you comics in my page..but now at least I can add the source on your page..and make reblog from you! 
ryoxsaku Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Heart Love 
Fxrxhart Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
Truncado Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
KyanTheKrazy Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
My mom found this comic on a site called FunnyMama and I immediately fell in love, this was brilliantly done :)
Hanacodaiko Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
I remember to stumble over this cute Novel as an animated film on youtube. (No, I'm not talking about "Alight" ^_^) I never ever found it again to show it to a friend. Luckily we have here the Original. :D
However, I wonder what happend to this little film and I wonder who made it... :/
elinnyan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
bravooo !~ [EXO] Kris ''Legit'' Crying Emoticon 
TripleC123Ninja Featured By Owner Edited Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was scrolling through Tumblr, and this appeared. I cannot tell you how much I cried over this piece. I quickly was overcome with so many emotions, I wanted a happy ending. I started realizing the "ending" and I started to cry. No. This wasn't happening. And then she came back, and slowly drifted away....and the. they met each other again! Good job! Bravo! Time to go DRY MY EYES 'CAUSE SOMEBODY DECIDED TO MAKE MY OTP COME TRUE!

Oh and don't worry, the picture is linked to you in the post.
Peacelover2 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Okay this is the most sweet thing ever
ZefiMankai Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this so much..wanne say, thank you for this <3
TheCrazyLeviathan Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Oh my gawd 10/10. Wow what was this, ground breaking beauty is what! I got the feels, like a bowl of feels. I even went back to read it again with some music to match it up and boy did it give me a tear in the eye. This is a better love story than Romeo and Juliet...
Mike sad 

Well now that I got that out
ElenaMegan Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist

My tears are streaming down for a flicker of fire and a drop of water. :iconsopsplz:
Bawdywawdy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is why being a ghost is awesome.
Christstarrgirl Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am crying right now because of it... I recently broke up with my boyfriend and this is making my heart hurt...
Not-Alice Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was one of the cutest things I've ever seenLove 
Invisible-Valkyrie Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute, sad and adorable. Very touching. Instant favourite :)
KatiePegasus Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cute... The water girl reminds me of bijou from hamtaro, maybe it's the pigtails. Lol idk
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