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Ryak-Lo 3rd anniversary

Posted by RyakLo
April 5th, 2013, 11:51 am
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Well another year has flew by and Ryak-Lo is now 3! And after three years it's made me go back and look at the older versions and designs the comic has been through. head to my deviant art journal for the full run down and a bit of R-L history http://taresh.deviantart.com/art/Ryak-Lo-s-3rd-Anniversary-And-a-bit-of-History-363675337

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Vagabonds contest Winners!

Posted by RyakLo
February 19th, 2012, 2:46 pm
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Well it was a tough time deciding but here are the winners to the Ryak-Lo vagabonds contest over on deviantart http://taresh.deviantart.com/journal/Vagabonds-Contest-Winners-285974543
congrats to the winners, and keep an eye out for any future contests :D

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Contest 2011

Posted by RyakLo
November 16th, 2011, 9:11 pm
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***Contest info below!***

Here is Vorret leader of the antagonist group of the upcoming Ryak-Lo spin-off project I will be starting at the start of next year. The side story will be written with Some illustrations throughout.
For now the working name for his group are the Vagabonds. They are a group of people cursed with mutation, failed experiments that have escaped their past and formed their own small community.

This project will sort of be like the anime movies you find for the likes of naruto etc. it will be based somewhere loosely between main Manga arcs and will be self contained. And i'd like to hold a contest that coincides with it

Again like with last years contest it is open to anyone, ANYONE of all skill levels etc. and entries will be judged on many aspects, so don’t feel discouraged from entering.
Okay the ask for this contest is....

*****to design a member of the Vagabonds!*****

Vorret being the leader is set and he needs a team of bad asses to back him up against Kodo and the gang. Because this is a design theme, art will not be a major deciding factor, but design and originality etc. drawings would be preferred but detailed and referenced descriptions will also be accepted.
Design their costume, looks, personality archetype and lastly their mutated form and resulting powers.

This pic is meant as a sort of guide for their theme, they're living rough, so their clothing will reflect this etc. not necessarily scruffy looking but they'd have a more guerrilla sort of feel.
Any area effected by mutation would generally be hidden away until they were ready to fight. Where the scarred area's would be unveiled and mutate into huge hideous living weapons.

I've come up with some ideas for sort of unofficial “classifications” for various mutations to help designs

01 Swooper – has developed wings for flight/gliding
02 Gnawer – have mutated mouth, teeth etc
03 Ripper – have developed claws (light build?)
04 Charger – has developed horns (heavy build?)
05 Mauler – has developed hammer like arms etc
06 Breaker – has defensive mutation. Shielded/armoured skin etc
07 Lasher – use whip like mutations, tenticles, tongue etc
08 Scorcher – project burning or corrosive liquids
09 Spitter – have ability to spit sticky fluid to snare enemies
10 Impaler – developed spear-like projectiles
11 Thinker - has a mutated brain and enhanced intelligence
12 Lurker – mutated into an aquatic form
13 Creeper – developed ability to cling to surfaces, stealth etc
(or your free to think of something else that I might have missed that would suit a mutant character.)

Vorett is classified as a Slasher and such has a sword-like mutation.

The winner of the contest will have their character actually appear in the story alongside Vorett as his right hand man/woman. Meaning a direct canon involvement with the main cast and events. This character will have the most involvement in the events of the plot over any other of the vagabonds besides Vorett, will be considered the second most powerful/dangerous member and face-off against the main Ryak-Lo cast member of the winners choice (excluding kodo who will primarily be facing Vorett)
1st place will also get a color commission of their choosing from me, either traditionally of digitally colored (Traditional commissions can also have the original marker colored pic posted to them)

2nd place will have their character appear in the events of the plot (though to a slightly lesser degree of involvement to 1st place) be able to choose their characters opponent and receive a black and white commission which can also be sent via post if requested.

3rd place again will have their character featured to a slightly lesser degree and be able to choose his/her opponent and receive a sketch-grade commission.

((I may also choose to include any number of runner-up character into the story with minor plot involvement))

all characters that appear in the story will also appear in any promotional pics I do for the story featuring the vagabonds as well as appearing throughout the illustrations with each chapter of the story itself.

Dont hesitate to ask if you need more info, remember Vorett is an example, you can be as creative or wacky as you want. Mutated area's can go really OTT if u want. The more resident evil'y dead spacey, hellraisering, cursedsealy, the better.

I know leading into this time of year can be a little awkward with the holidays etc and had life allowed Id have liked to have got this contest idea out earlier in the year, so the dealine is not set, but at an estimate at the moment lets say mid january. So a good fair few weeks. This will be updated in the future.

Well id love it if you entered and look forward to seeing the entries for those that do

(NOTE: this side project of ryak-lo will never be sold or distributed for any kind of payment, as to avoid any ramifications with char ownership rights etc)

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R-L will resume normal srvice soon!

Posted by RyakLo
September 9th, 2011, 4:01 am
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As some of you may or may not know, i am currently in the final of a drawing tournament, and as such, all my drawing energy is going towards attempting to win the thing. so not finding much time to work or be inspired to work on any pages of Ryak-Lo.

the last two rounds of the tournament have had quite tight deadlines, so getting pages done has been quite difficult.

Normal page submissions should resume on september 13th/14th. And win or lose the tournament will be done with, and i can hopefully get back to submitting more than one Issue a month :D

thanks for your patience and hope you stick around, because the finale to this current arc is coming up and its gunna be guuuurrrd!

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Sorry for the Delay

Posted by RyakLo
March 21st, 2011, 4:07 am
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as the title says, sorry for the lack of pages for the last few days. had some real life things on etc. also had to work on a Commissioned piece that was rather epic. so that took me two days of drawing. should hopefully have soemthing up in the next few hours though :D

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Slight Problems

Soldier One-Four-One
Posted by Soldier One-Four-One
January 12th, 2011, 4:02 pm
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Dear all,

Quick one from me, I hope you all had a great holiday/New Year or whatever and have now settled back into your work/school life without too much problme.

Hopefully you won't have noticed too much of a delay in the updates the last couple of days; for those of you with sniper eyes who did, good on you!

Essentially, Nick has been having some problems with his internet in recent days which has made posting pages troublesome. Hopefully normal service will be resumed ASAP.

For those of you who entered the competition, we will be announcing the winners soon enough, so keep an eye out. Until then, have fun and keep reading.


Harry (S141)

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Ryak-lo Contest, Prizes and News!

Posted by RyakLo
November 4th, 2010, 10:02 pm
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Non-artists keeping reading!
So the 'Introduction' Arc is almost over, infact it will be finished at the end of the month. And to mark the occasion i'm Thinking of hosting a contest, with prizes! Over on DeviantArt! http://taresh.deviantart.com/ With the theme of Carnival/celebration! IF response is good then i'll go ahead with the contest and the prizes will be as follows...

1st Prize:
A Ryak-Lo T-Shirt.
A Free Colour commission (Of anything, doesnt have to be R-L related.)
A Printed Colour version of one of the Ryak-Lo "special pictures" of your choice
(ie the Halloween pic, the Bar pic etc or any that i do in the meantime.)

2nd Prize:
A Free Colour commission (Of anything, doesnt have to be R-L related.)
A Printed Colour version of one of the Ryak-Lo "special pictures" of your choice
(ie the Halloween pic, the Bar pic etc or any that i do in the meantime.)
3rd Prize:
A Free Black & White commission (Of anything, doesnt have to be R-L related.)
**********IMPORTANT INFO**********
please don't be discouraged if your not a good artist! all levels, genres and ranges of work will be accepted and assessed fairly on other things than skill, even if you dont have any submissions to date, but want to enter... go for it! because i'll be accepting anything that is related to Ryak-Lo!!
Be it fanart, fanfics, stories, sprites, coloured manga pages, poems or even a R-L OC pic or bio. Heck it could even be a cosplay! (multiple entries will be accepted)
ALL will have a chance of winning, and if this goes well. then i'll be holding more contests in the future and the prizes will no doubt get better with each one
As said up top, the theme will be "Carnival/celebration"! so anything from the cast at a fair, watching a parade or anything you would associate with Fun and happiness
the contest will be judged by myself, Cail and SoldierOneFourOne
Smackjeeves readers without a deviantArt account can contact myeself, Cail or SoldierOneFourOne, for contact details for emailing the entry :
Like I say, im not 100% sure if i will be holding the contest yet, 1st i want to see what interest there is for it. (no point holding a contest for only 2 contestants for example) but with enough positive response i will definitely be holding it

I'll open a poll over on deiviantArt to find this out, or you can send me a PM, comment or anything if your interested

to those who do submit an entry let me know when its up/ready.

***R-L news***
Well like i said the Arc is coming to an end at the end of november. after about 6 months and finishing up for the end of the year, i can safely say im happy with how it's turned out and the response its getting on here and also DA. But don't worry this isnt the end far from it.
i'll be doing a Special issue or two during december, and then the main story will continue from january
The special will going to be a back story of a certain character. Maybe i'll even make a Poll on DA to let the readers decide which charcter(s) will get a special on them let me know your thoughts

well thanks for supporting Ryak-Lo. every comment and fav spurs me on to keep on doing it!

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Forums and Facebook

Soldier One-Four-One
Posted by Soldier One-Four-One
August 1st, 2010, 4:12 pm
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Good evening fans of Ryak-Lo, just a message from your friendly neighbourhood public relations officer here!

Firstly, now that Issue 7 has just been completed, I'd like to say thanks to all of you who have kept reading and giving comments that remind myself and "Kodo" exactly why we do this.

Secondly, as mentioned in the big glittery "filler" page, we do have forums up and running for you guys to play on, chat to eachother, discuss Ryak-Lo and whatever you can think of, basically. Just to make it EVEN easier for you, the forums can be found at:


Come on guys, let's get some people on the forums! We want to hear from you about anything and everything!

In a similar vein, we do also have a FaceBook site. Joining this will not only be another way for you to keep track of Ryak-Lo, but also helps us to build a wider audience! The page can be found at:


Once again, thanks for all your support and encouraging comments. I look forward to seeing you all on the Forums!


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