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Reign Fall - Upcoming Fantasy / Adventure Storyline

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Monday, January 13, 2014

The White Queen concept art by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD

    It's been a while since we last saw Dr. Rianne Nicah as the Black Queen.  To be honest, I thought "Heartstring Pizzicato" would be the last of the fantasy stories in Callous.  With Callous appearing in the newspaper, I had to focus on producing gag-a-day strips.
    But when inspiration strikes it is hard to ignore!  The tale of the rage-filled White Queen began to form in my head and I just had to bring this story to life.  But there was no way for me to draw this storyline myself so I had to put its production on hold until the opportunity arises where either I can draw it or someone else can.  Thankfully, the latter scenario presented itself!
    So I present to you, the artist of the "Reign Fall" storyline, Columbia Kho!

The Black Queen and Cal Duck concept sketch by Columbia Kho

1) Hi Columbia! What comic projects are you currently involved in?
    Hi guys!  I'm the writer and artist behind "KARMA" published under Oh No! Manga. I also draw a webcomic, "Crystal Shadows" which is up for free reading in my website, kurohiko.com, and independently published under Studio 4 Eyes. Oh, and I've just finished drawing for Black Ink Comic's Shortcuts: "The Rocker and the Balladeer"!

Black Queen concept art (left) and concept crown sketches (right) by Columbia Kho

2) How did you first encounter Callous?
    I remember wandering around Komikon and seeing the book before, but I didn't pick up the series until I found the strips online. I started reading in 2010 and worked my way backwards, forwards, and jumping from one storyline to the other. Before I knew it, I was hooked!

Clockwise from left: Cal Duck, Ling Duck, Mallard Duck, Decoy Duck, and Muscovy Duck concept sketches by Columbia Kho

3) What attracted you to the series?
    The Guardian Ducks!  I've always loved stories involving angels, but I never would have thought they'd be ducks!

Storyboard of a "Reign Fall" strip by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD

4) Do you have a favorite character?
    Urgh... that's tough. It used to be Cal, then it became Master Ling. I think now it's Master Kalus? Can I skip this question, please?

Storyboard of a "Reign Fall" strip by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD

5) Haha! Now that you're the primary artist involved in the "Reign Fall" storyline, will there be any aspects in the artwork that you'll be doing differently?
    Well... I am a Japanese-styled comic artist by trade, so there'll be a lot of that in Reign Fall. Hopefully, the fans will not be too lost in translation with the drastic art change, but hey! I'm a huge fan of Callous too, so I'll do my best to keep it close to the original, even if the style is completely different! I really hope you guys will enjoy this collaboration as much as we do!

    Thanks Columbia!  Do follow her on Twitter!
    So what is "Reign Fall" all about?  It features the sudden appearance of the mysterious and powerful White Queen who seeks out the Black Queen.  That's all I'll say about it for now (haha).  But rest assured, it'll be an exciting and fun-filled storyline!

Tags: callous  storyline  fantasy  adventure  artist  columbia kho  reign fall 
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About the Author

Carlo Jose Caz is a practicing licensed physician, professional voice actor/talent, writer, and cartoonist. He has been working on the Callous comic strip since 1996, winning several of The LaSallian's Silver Quill awards for his work. He has written several published short stories. He currently lives in the Philippines with his wife and two children.


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