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Be A Grad - Full Comic + VIDEO by Quarter-Virus Be A Grad - Full Comic + VIDEO by Quarter-Virus
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WARNING: OLD ART!! The art and comments in this Deviation may no longer represent the artist's current views or interests.

Last week I officially graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with a BA (Hons) in Animation Art. I was awarded the McNally Award for 2013 as top student, which meant delivering a speech in front of 800 people. In a college first I threw together this animatic to sum up my experience in the animation course ... and to take the pressure off me. You can watch it here.

The music was a gift from the voice actors of my film, and it kept me going throughout the final stretch whenever stress threatened to get the better of me. I am happy to finally have the opportunity to share it with you all. Thank you everyone for your overwhelming support for the past few years, for the gifts and the constructive comments, and for making the struggle feel that much more worthwhile. Consider this a "Thank You" from me to you, from the bottom of my heart. Keep on trucking, keep on drawing, and to the rest of you in the same boat, struggling with college or school life: Keep on fighting the good fight! Because they'll make a grad out of you!


--Sak
Louis Despatis voiced by Brendan Julian
James Hunter voiced by Richard Johnston
Santiago de la Cruz voiced by SungWon Cho
Original music: 'I'll Make A Man Out Of You' © Walt Disney Studio's 'Mulan'
Lyrics re-written by Brendan Julian, lyrics and music edited by Richard Johnston
All characters and artwork © Shamine Athena King
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:iconlittlelivewire:
littlelivewire Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
This is majestic.
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DragonoftheOceans Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You Are Amazing!!!! All your work here is just incredible, especially how your able to place yourself in the comics. This is the kind of creative and original story that NEEDS to become a anime series. I can definitely see it happening. Good luck with this project no matter what you decide. 
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:iconthecuttestpuppy:
thecuttestpuppy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014

Muses, heed my call, don't let Shamine fall into art block, kiss her and inspire her. Please, bring honour to the art!

Scarier than undertaker is the moody reviewer.

Know that you draw beauty, you must proudly show it.

Now add a lama badge just for luck, and even you can't blow it! (OK, enough of Disney songs.) 


I like the conquistador guy, I'm sure he will be a great villain! And the clown-turned-pirate lady is cool as well. :)

LOL, stumbled on your profile thanks to a WOW fanart, staying thanks to your animation project. :3

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:iconquarter-virus:
Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Louis is a Baroque-era man ...
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:iconthecuttestpuppy:
thecuttestpuppy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Wait, that Joker-Hook is actually a guy! Sorry, had to go through the image for second time to he doesn't have any boobs. Unless you planned on creating a transcharacter in which case I'm sorry again. -.-'
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Chokokyoko Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... just... wow! Really! My friend just showed me the video for this after we saw your Valentines and as I watched, I just started to love your art style more and more! It's really, truly amazing what you've been able to accomplish... being an animator is a lot harder than I originally thought (this, alone, proves that), but that just makes what you've done even more incredible! As you said... don't lose your passion! :D
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:iconquarter-virus:
Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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:iconchokokyoko:
Chokokyoko Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :D
Now that you've graduated, what are you going to do?
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:icontecna-assassin13:
Tecna-assassin13 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats gal! I just graduated from High School. You make it seem like Uni will be a real drag. 
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:iconquarter-virus:
Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
It depends what you do! Animation was rigorous and sometimes torturous, but if I had the choice to choose any other major I would still do it all again.
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Kensou13 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
What else is there to say that havent' been said already? IT'S JUST SO FUCKING AWESOME! Both the pic and the video!
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2MaNyFaNdOmSfOr1UrL Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student Writer
Is it strange that I listen to your music video while writing fanfiction? It's amazing! There's really no better motivation than having a frilly French pirate and a rough English Commodore tell you to work, and get that project done! All the awards! :squee:  

Speaking of which, I should probably be writing....
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NickMoscovitz Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Ahhh... Just watched the video... and it made me happy. like good magic. Thanks.
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NickMoscovitz Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
That is a league on your own... You killed it. and me. It is better than lots of excellent stuff on he market.  Are you a celebrity? 
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Sirius-Sam Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist
Congrats, you're very talented.
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:iconlazaroruiz:
LazaroRuiz Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
wOW! CONGRATULATIONS! the video and coic are awesome. you must be so proud.
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:iconkissme123lal:
Kissme123lal Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha Nice Video And Comic!
Just can't keep serious with the lady/Man
I have no idea what he/she is...
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:iconquarter-virus:
Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
He is a Baroque-era French pirate, hence the frills and makeup.
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:iconkissme123lal:
Kissme123lal Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh...
That makes much more sense! :D
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:iconjokers-so-cutesy:
jokers-so-cutesy Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought the funny thing was when Louis was dressed as Jareth from Labyrinth. To be honest, I hadn't seen it before, but now that that I have looked at it again, it amused me xD
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DrBirdman Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
That Louis fella reminded me of Rocky Horror picture show for some reason and now my brain keeps playing the "I'm a sweet transvestite" part of the song because I forgot all the other words.
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poprocker566 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
are u a canadian, singaporian, or german?
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:iconquarter-virus:
Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I'm Canadian-Filipina, living in Singapore, whose dating an American that's currently living in Germany.
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:icontheassassinnox:
theassassinnox Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I read the entire thing in the correct tone.  Then actually got to watch it with real voices??  Hell yes! 
Congratulations my friend, you've done well!
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:icontheassassinnox:
theassassinnox Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeeeee!  Congrats!  You made it through!
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:iconalys2:
alys2 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional
thats so cool!!!
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:iconpoppycorn99:
PoppyCorn99 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
MULAN~ :la:
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DreamingExperience Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
WOO! That's what I'm talking about! You go, girl!
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:iconangelskeep:
AngelsKeep Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Have I ever told you how much I love your characters? I love them. XD
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:icondom317:
Dom317 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
This is the perfect combination of silly and completely awesome. You are an amazing artist and this is such a joy to look at and listen to for the video. Great work.
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Voina-i-Mir Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
OMG JAMES' VOICE IN THE VIDEO
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:icondreadhaven:
DreadHaven Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Out of youuuuuuuu!!! :D
Awesome comic. I'm ion a pre animation program, and it already feels like this. Guess it doesn't get any easier. :\
Congratulations man!
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CapitaineSullivan97 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Writer
As soon as I saw the first line of the Mulan song, I sang it the whole way through xD I love these :D
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:iconsessyf1uffyism1n3l0l:
Congratulations! And beautiful work as always.
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2MaNyFaNdOmSfOr1UrL Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student Writer
I really hope college isn't going to be like this if I'm trying to be an author. Then again, the whole 'rewriting all the wording' sounds pretty familiar to what I do now with fanfiction.

This is absolutely brilliant, and I listened to the video while re-writing notes for a speech in my social studies class. Great motivational music! I'll keep a look-out for more antics from Louis & Co. though I assume I have some of your gallery in my favorites already.   
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Commaki Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
This is long, good WOW.
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:icondarksh1ne:
Darksh1ne Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was pretty genious. A lot of stuff is so familiar, like rewriting and remaking chunks of work. Good job!
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Maieusiophobia Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
This is so fantastic~
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werewolf-hime1313 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
 I sat here reading the comment singing in my head and I got to the bottom and realized there was a video. I thought maybe it was a link to the normal song, BUT NO!! =3 that was the most amazing video I've seen in a long time. X3
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:iconquarter-virus:
Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Why thank you!
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:iconwerewolf-hime1313:
werewolf-hime1313 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you are most welcome.
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:iconcuriouscucumber:
CuriousCucumber Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student General Artist
You have no idea how greatly this inspired me and gave me a new boost to keep going with my own masters thesis :3
so thank you!
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Shikutoki Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
wow :clap: clap: :clap:
i say you are amazing the comic and then the video both was soo talented and soo amazing and wonderful it was realy great OwO
i wish i could be this talented as you are and creating such amazing and wonderful drawing.
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slayerfan45 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
Congratulations my apperantly Canadian/aussie friend! Have a beer and take a 42 hour nap, id say u earned it.
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:iconquarter-virus:
Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Aussie?

I'm Canadian-Filipina, living in Singapore.
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:iconslayerfan45:
slayerfan45 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Oh, well I thought u were an aussie cuz u mentioned ur sister in the description. Still big congrats reguardless.
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:iconpioggi42:
pioggi42 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
CONGRATULATIONS!
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:iconheather-wbr:
heather-wbr Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student
As an animation student myself, I feel your pain. There's nothing worse then when you're on the verge of finishing a short and then realizing you screwed up somewhere and have to do the who thing over again. Honestly, instructors should institute a nap time for art students, especially those taking a studio course.
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:iconquarter-virus:
Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Instead, we just get more work! D:
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:iconheather-wbr:
heather-wbr Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student
Don't I know it......
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