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holy crap it's been too long since my last update...ugh


so, i messed up my shoulder a bit...tho technically it''s connection of shoulderblade, and spine and whatever not... point is , don't hunch and draw!

i'm doing therapy for it now and with some luch should be back in action soon.

drawing has been a pain...literally XD as i usually draw from my shoulder quite a bit. as a result i had a very shitty december

oddly enough the one thing that kept me sane was playing destiny on my playstation. ironically i can play on the  gamepad without moving my shoulder... go figure. but gametimes are finally coming to an end! 

strength returns!

there is work to be done!


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well this just happenned

www.humblebundle.com/books


humble bundle top cow pack. featuring i think all of my witchblade issues i drew back in the day and much more

forgot to say, this is for charity. i don't get anything from it to my knowledge, and i'm more than okay with it! :)
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nothing to say really, that is just a juicy thick trade!
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and the funny part is.. i don't have a single copy for myself. 

my boss is trolling me hard! XD
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TORUK MAKTO!


the few of you that got it are now pissing yourself with laughter XD

So, after a metric ton of questions about it, i will assemble some PERSONAL  OPINIONS
On the nature of style, its ups and downs... stuff like that
This is based on my own personal experiences, mistakes, dead ends and fuckups.
So take anything i say here with a few grains of salt.
 
In fact , reason i'm writing this is that i have started getting an unsettling amount of  notes flat out idolizing the imperfect  unfinished mess that is my style, so before it harms people's growth i wanted to share some personal insights i learned over time.  Some through experience, other through conversation with industry professionals.
 

     

STYLE

Style.. the way i would define it is, artistic handwriting.

It is a coveted answer to a visual problem, often imitated but unless build from scratch, rarely comprehended.

If we use the handwriting metaphor, style becomes a natural extension of cutting corners, and working fast.  Just like letters become a distorted form of their learned structure, so do figures, faces, and objects in your artworks.

Often times you will see a beautiful piece of handwriting and you will want to emulate it , or at the very least incorporate it into your own, but unless you know the structure of letters, you will only pick up deformations without truly understanding what made those deformations work.

I was there once. I started off back in the day by emulating 90's style comic artworks. Result was a lack of comprehension.  I could to an extent copy what i saw from artists like Michael Turner, i  could copy those proportions, but as with any  foundation made on distortions, i then added a layer of my own distortions to it.

Suffice to say, the result was less than ideal.

 

So, my advice,  minimize taking influence from styles.  Focus on working from ground up.  Learn structure, proportions, the basics, and then let your own style form  from strong foundation. Hell, if you have that foundation, then you can indulge in letting yourself be influenced.

Now, style has its upsides and downsides.

Upside is that it is often a distinctive and relatively attractive solution to a visual problem. This is what motivates us to often copy them, again been there done that, and if you do, have fun with it, but remember the foundation :)

Downside is that in its simplicity lies a danger of complacency.  You get too used to the solution that you stop growing. ( this is often temporary).... (hopefully XD)

 

STYLE IN STORYTELLING

 

One of the huge advantages of a style is it's reductivity.  (i don't think that's really a word, but i think you know what it means)

The difference between an illustrator and a storyteller is that an illustrator has the luxury of spending a long time on a single illustration. A storyteller aint got time for that shit!

We got panels to draw, frames to color characters to move from point a to point b.

For that reason the summarized forms achieved through one's personal style help a lot.

You gain speed. You gain productivity.

 

However...

 

You often lose subtlety.  What do i mean by that?

 

Well, let's take a few general large scale styles.  Your  archetypes of styles

Superhero western comic style

Manga style

Disney style.

 

If you take a look you will notice that repetition of same looking characters is a constant thing

(WAZZAAAP!  I DO THAT TOO!)

 

But why is this the case?

Because subtleties get lost over time.

Have you ever noticed how you either have

1- attractive characters (that all kinda look like same character with different hair and clothes)  be it a superhero/superheroine , or a disney princess or an anime...um... hero/villain/random person

2- Distinctive characters ( very intense facial structure with very little subtlety, all chiseled out of a block of pure distinctiveness of features, never has a world seen such a distinctive person!)

3- Or completely out of the left field outrageous characters

 

Reason for that is that storytelling is a very grindy repetitive process. Be it comics or animation.

Let's say you make a character and decide, it will have slightly droopy eyes and a small bump of the nose. Let's say you insist these are not going to be overt traits, but subtle, portrait like characteristics.

Those two traits over time have a way of evaporating. 

.Subtlety gets lost over time,  like a meaning of a sentence in the game of chinese whispers. 


 

So this is why you will notice certain visual archetypes being repeated.

 ( again, I am a good example here :))

 

You see, thing about visual storytelling is, for the most part we are not drawing real people. They are a language of visual symbols. This is why when you look at an anime you see 20 same characters and yet you can still recognize who is who.

Again, exceptions as always, do apply. Many storyteller rely heavily on photo references, or have over time devoted themselves to completely purging  style from their artwork and relied solely on doing pure realism. They are masters of their craft but even their method is often far from perfect as what is overly defined often becomes overly static.

 

Point is,  there is a time and a place for every one of those approaches.

 

YOUR OWN STYLE

Again, going back to the beginning, my advice is, start from the grounds up. Learn realism first, understand what is happening and why it is happening before you  work on your way of showing it happening.

If you feel strongly that you want to learn from other people's styles, you can. But just be aware of it's flaws. You are learning from someone who already applied deformations to the form. You will inevitably apply your own layer of deformations and overshoot the golden zone of where deformations look good and end up in the "the hell did i just draw "territory

You will mess up, but you will  learn, trust me speaking from experience.

Over time you will feel your style as your own artistic handwriting and then you will see what you want to do with it.  Step by step you will improve your artistic language, master drawing bodylanguage, expressions , gestures

(still learning)

Master incorporating nuanced looking different characters

(i swear it's on my to do list XD)

Master telling a story .

(also on my to do list...  it's a long list)

It is a hard but rewarding journey.

 



 
Ps, if you are now writing an elaborate wall of text telling me all the ways in which i am wrong...then the opening statement may have gone completely over your head XD 

joking aside , try not to make it a wall of text XD easier to reply to shorter stuff
we end this.


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well, i have for the most, bounced back from my health issues. and now, it's wrapping up time.

by the 12th of august i will post death vigil 8 here.

i said it before and i'm saying it again, i refure punishing my fans and readers for my own delays. 

so here is how that will go.

i finish the book and send it to print, so if you want to support the book, volume 8 will be available through print and ocmixology.
after that i am immediately wrapping up the bonus material for the trade book and sending that to print.


and after that... we'll see. it will depend on trade sales and sales of my other books, but i am optimistic. 

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so these got revealed during san diego comic con, first of many pieces i helped design :) 

these are not all the design sheets as i don't want to post the ones that weren't shared by sideshow themselves but it's better than nothing :)

there are also caped versions of he man design as well as some other fun variants, maybe sideshow will show those at some point.

here is the full announcement article
www.sideshowtoy.com/blog/behin…

anyhoo this will be a fun year :)

aand i'm off to work because switch just got solicited for october and pages need to get done!




also for some crazy good detailed photos of the sculptures go here!

itakon.it/americane/sdcc-2015-…


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so... here it is..the thing that critically injured my book...

some fun insight for any of you who want to get your own series running...
without promotion...quality won't get you far. 

let's put things into context

this is death vigil series result on comic book roundup
comicbookroundup.com/comic-boo…

comic book roundup is to comics what metacritic is to games and whatnot. it compiles multiple reviews and creates an average score.
based on reviews death vigil has a score of 9.1 out od 10

and yet here we are. 

i will now copy a part from my previous journal as it is relevant



_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

now, as i work predominantly for independent companies, my work can be a bit hard to get.



reason for this is a simple one. comic book stores buy their supplies from diamond. the main distributor. 
they buy stuff they know will sell. comics aren't a huge profit business so they have to choose the winners on their own.

it is a harsh system but comic store owners have bills to pay as well. so don't take this as me harping on them in any way :) (Smile) 

it's more of an explanation of how things work for those interested in getting into creator owned/indie market.

some stores will stock on indie stuff, most will stock on issue 1 and judge on people preordering issue 2 onward, whether or not they will keep ordering the book.

unfortunately this is how good books often die. customers don't really know this process. i certainly didn't. 

we enter a store pretty much expecting the store to hold the product that is relevant to their business and our interest. it is a given to us.

unfortunately this doesn't work with comics. preorders and pull lists are what makes or breaks an indie book, so if you plan on making and publishing a comic, keep this in mind. this nearly killed death vigil.

it is a vicious cycle.

it is a road to failure and here is how it goes

1 publish a book and people like it- you are in 7th heaven...

2 people don't know about preorders so they count on the store to keep ordering and they'll keep buying. this isn't so. store orders significantly less copies of volume 2 and 3 and publisher regulates the printrun accordingly

3 you start realizing that the initial profit melts away after issue 1 with alarming rate, and by issue 3 you find yourself struggling to keep your head above the water...

4 this is when you take on sidegigs to help finance the book you are passionate about. while you are trying to make ends meet, your book starts suffering delays...and the interest in it wanes

5 orders catastrophically drop with delays as readers more and more start trade waiting. ironically trade at that point might be a very optimistic idea...

6 misery and despair


many books vanished this way. my personal solution to this is-

1 inform people interested in your books about how this works
2 promote the good books.

way too much time i see spent on people discussing stuff they hated in books or stuff that offended them. 

way too rarely do we enthusiastically speak about the stuff we love. often we take the good entertainment for granted. hell just look at youtube. majority of successful channels and up being the ones shitting on the bad stuff. we thrive on cynicism nowadays.

it is the lifeblood of the internet.


also for a more detailed experience of creating indie comics
i highly recommend 

www.jimzub.com/creator-owned-e…

jim zub is a veteran indie comic writer at image comics, currently writing skullkickers and wayward.



KEEP THIS IN MIND! DON'T BE DISCOURAGED! this is merely here to show you the pitfalls, now you can work on avoiding them. i was told a lot of this from other industry professionals so now i'm passing it forward
so good luck to all your dream projects becoming a reality :) (Smile)

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


so... now to the topic of preorders.

unlike videogames comics are primarily a printed medium. sure there is digital but for the most part it is a bonus. not in all cases of course, to anything there are exceptioons..

but wha are preorders important?

well, if you are going indie, and creator owned, they are the onyl thing that will let the store owner know you want the product. unlike games , comics are a far smaller industry, and store owners have their own bills to pay, so risking on overstocking on a book that might not sell is a very risky business decision for them. 

fact is, without preorders, subscriptions, or pull lists, they will usually not get the book.

this is what happened to death vigil volume 2. people loked the book and expected to walk into the store the next month and find it there. 
alas, store owner got no feedback and so they regulated their orders... and the kicker is, then with halved orders, image did the next logical step.

they regulated the print runs.

and from there on it went from bad to worse.


truth is , no one is at fault. it was a learn from your mistakes kind of a situation so hopefully, if you plan on making your own book, you take my experiences and make use of them. :)



now, i will be posting preorder links for death vigil volume 1 here. whenever i find more i will add to the list. those familiar with sunstone will recognize this as it helped many get the book :)

but before i end this, 
1- don't apologize if you can't buy the book! i was once where you are now. i get it. if you can spread the word , it means a lot but beyond that i hope you like the story. :)

2 if you have any preorder links or a story that will carry the book that you want added to the list, let me know


3. thank you everyone who supported me and keeps supporting me, you have my most sincere gratitude. :)

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before preorder links, here is a comixology link for digital versions. stuff i post here is in a lower resolution to accomodate loading speed

www.comixology.com/Death-Vigil…

and image comics digital
imagecomics.com/comics/series/…








PREORDER LINKS

amazon
www.amazon.com/Death-Vigil-Vol…

amazon canada
www.amazon.ca/Death-Vigil-Volu…

amazon uk
www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Vigil-V…




archonia.com- online comic store thatdt delivers in europe
www.archonia.com/comicshop/en/…

they also have available preorders for death vigil t shirts and prints so if that's your thing
www.archonia.com/comicshop/en/…


forbidden planet uk
www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/deat…

t.f.a.w

also a wide variety of death vigil stuff 
www.tfaw.com/Search?_results_u…


book depository
www.bookdepository.com/Death-V…



more to be added.
So i've been sitting here thinking...

we live in the age of kickstarter and patreon....

people are supporting all sorts of projects...

NO! I'M NOT SETTING UP A KICKSTARTER OR PATREON!

i don't have the patience not the focus to handle all that... but it did get me thinking...

if teasers for projects can get people to fund it... what aout the full thing?

i don't do crowdfunding. i make comics.
i publish comics. if people love and buy my comics... i get to make more comics.

so with that in mind. i will post the entirety of death vigil here. 

from there on it's in the hands of the readers. if you want to support the book being made, i will post the comixology links, and image digital links, as well as trade preorder links.

so if you feel this is your kind of comic, and it's something you want to see made in it'y entirety..and can afford to support it by buying it...thank you.

if not, i still hope you like it. so with no further a do... this week i will be uploading issues.


starting today with issue 3. enjoy :)

death vigil on comixology
www.comixology.com/Death-Vigil…

death vigil on image comics digital
imagecomics.com/comics/release…


death vigil amazon
www.amazon.com/Death-Vigil-1-S…

also available for preorder on other versions of amazon and in online comic book stores 


death vigil issues
death vigil 1 full issue- cuz it's a good day :) by nebezial




death vigil 2 full issue happy new year! :) by nebezial


death vigil 3 by nebezial



death vigil 4 by nebezial
due to unforseen technological and health problems death vigil 7 has been late... as you may have noticed.
issue will be finished tomorrow
but that will mean about 30 more days till it hits the stores... i can't have that.
so tomorrow... i will put the future of my comic in your hands
i will post it online.
sales have been steadily dropping so ... i guess it can't get much worse. and i don't want my readers and fans who supported the book to
have to wait any more. book will be printed and published. and if you want to buy and support it still, i will appreciate it of course.
but i refuse to let everyone wait for 30 more days.


death vigil page 1 to 22 pdf by nebezial
www.comixology.com/Stjepan-Sej…

for those who like their comics digitally, apparently there is a sale of the stuff i drew, and stuff i wrote and drew


aaand now i'm all like:

Download by nebezial
okay so i keep getting questions on my current stuff , how and where to get them, so if you are one of the people who asked, this is my answer :) (Smile)

my comicwokrk currently consists of 3 basic branches of work

writing and art done by me

art done by me

and covers done by me




before we get to the books themselves i would like to offer bit of an insight for anyone interested in getting their own stuff out there.


i am not covering crowdfunding as i personally stay clear of it.

this is a bunch of experiences i had, and since i got through this and am now doing fine, i thought some might find them useful


now, as i work predominantly for independent companies, my work can be a bit hard to get.



reason for this is a simple one. comic book stores buy their supplies from diamond. the main distributor. 
they buy stuff they know will sell. comics aren't a huge profit business so they have to choose the winners on their own.

it is a harsh system but comic store owners have bills to pay as well. so don't take this as me harping on them in any way  :) 

it's more of  an explanation of how things work for those interested in getting into creator owned/indie market.

some stores will stock on indie stuff, most will stock on issue 1 and judge on people preordering issue 2 onward, whether or not they will keep ordering the book.

unfortunately this is how good books often die. customers don't really know this process. i certainly didn't. 

we enter a store pretty much expecting the store to hold the product that is relevant to their business and our interest. it is a given to us.

unfortunately this doesn't work with comics. preorders and pull lists are what makes or breaks an indie book, so if you plan on making and publishing a comic, keep this in mind. this nearly killed death vigil.

it is a vicious cycle.

it is a road to failure and here is how it goes

1 publish a book and people like it- you are in 7th heaven...

2 people don't know about preorders so they count on the store to keep ordering and they'll keep buying. this isn't so. store orders significantly less copies of volume 2 and 3 and publisher regulates the printrun accordingly

3 you start realizing that the initial profit melts away after issue 1 with alarming rate, and by issue 3 you find yourself struggling to keep your head above the water...

4 this is when you take on sidegigs to help finance the book you are passionate about. while you are trying to make ends meet, your book starts suffering delays...and the interest in it wanes

5 orders catastrophically drop with delays as readers more and more start trade waiting. ironically trade at that point might be a very optimistic idea...

6 misery and despair


many books vanished this way. my personal solution to this is-

1 inform people interested in your books about how this works
2 promote the good books.

way too much time i see spent on people discussing stuff they hated in books or stuff that offended them. 

way too rarely do we enthusiastically speak about the stuff we love. often we take the good entertainment for granted. hell just look at youtube. majority of successful channels and up being the ones shitting on the bad stuff. we thrive on cynicism nowadays.

it is the lifeblood of the internet.


also for a more detailed experience of creating indie comics  
i highly recommend 

www.jimzub.com/creator-owned-e…

jim zub is a veteran indie comic writer at image comics, currently writing skullkickers and wayward.



KEEP THIS IN MIND! DON'T BE DISCOURAGED! this is merely here to show you the pitfalls, now you can work on avoiding them. i was told a lot of this from other industry professionals so now i'm passing it forward
so good luck to all your dream projects becoming a reality :)









anyhow, my little rant aside, here are the books
and for european people who want to get my books there are online comic stores and physical ones. the one i cna presonally recommend is

 www.archonia.com/mangashop/en/

they are professional, and get the job done and usually stock up on my works so, they are a good bet 
also, all the books stated below with amazon links you can find at archonia as well. 






so, let's get this started. i will provide suggestions and amazon links for some as people found those useful so far





1 writing and art done by me


DEATH VIGIL-

,y series about a bunch of death knights fighting necromancers under the leadership of bernardette the reaper. it is a series based on character development, and comedy as well as dramatic and action

you can reed the first 2 issues of the first 8 issue arc here

death vigil 1 full issue- cuz it's a good day :) by nebezial
death vigil 2 full issue happy new year! :) by nebezial

for easy digital verions you can find 3 to 6 on comixology.

link here
www.comixology.com/Death-Vigil…


soon death vigil first trade will be out. over 200 pages of comic+ a lot of bonus content


death vigil volume 1 trade paperback cover by nebezial



amazon preorder  available here, and you can also  ask at your local comic book stores

www.amazon.com/Death-Vigil-Vol…


also for those curious, in may we are releasing a death vigil tshirt and a print , so if you're into that then there it is :) (Smile)

B-Dxu3BIEAEAwm9 by nebezial        death vigil 8 cover- to all things there is an end by nebezial





SUNSTONE

sunstone is my webcomic erotic romantic comedy  dealing with fetishism, relationships, sexuality...stuff like that.
online it is published under my :iconshiniez: account.

it is an adults only book as is the account :)

book 1 is the expanded and improved chapter 1 of the webcomic with additional bonus content and has been out for a few months now.

Download (5) by nebezial




book two will be out late april, early may depending on where it was preordered, or pull listed

Download (6) by nebezial

and as i know there are people who really like comixology format

www.comixology.com/Sunstone-Vo…






then there is 

RAVINE

my first  adventure in writing, and as suck starts off a bit clunky and heavyhanded, but as my writing improved , so did the flow of these books. 
so far only two have been published and due to it's catastrophic finantial failure, i will for now turn the series into a webcomic format first and publish as each chapter is finished.

it can hardly do worse than it did so far XD

my co writer on ravine is ron marz who has helped me tremendously to streamline the boook and offered wonderful ditorial consulting .


anyhoo, book 1 you can read for free here

ravine full issue1 enjoy :)-you have to download by nebezial

it's high fantasy stuff, dragons magic ansd so on. after april i will upload this and book 2 to my 3'rd account :iconwanderers-of-ravine: and there i will continue the story :) (Smile)



and then this fall, i will be starting off twitch, 
however for legal reasons series will be renamed to switch. 
anyhoo, it's a re imagining of the top cow universe. an out of continuity different take on top cows main franchises of witchblade darkness angelus and so on...

just a twitch compilation...nothing to see here! by nebezial




BOOKS THAT I DRAW ONLY


among the recent stuff there is

aphrodite 9 and generation 9

written by matt hawkins and drawn by me 


generation 9 issue 1, preview pages by nebezial

aphrodite9-  i hate ninjas! by nebezial

aphrodite9 issue 10 preview by nebezial


so far first two trades are out

www.amazon.com/Aphrodite-IX-Re…

www.amazon.com/Aphrodite-IX-Re…

and comixology link
www.comixology.com/Aphrodite-I…





RAT QUEENS

written by kurtis wiebe, and currently drawn by me

first trade and the first three issues of the second one were drawn by roc upchurch, and there is a bonus story about a character braga drawn by tess fowler

first trade  link for those interested
www.amazon.com/Rat-Queens-Sass…

i recommend the book it is a fun story about four work for hire mercenary women causing a shitstorm of epic propotions in a fantasy setting

i stepped on as the artist with issue 9
some rat queens covers by nebezial
rat queens issue 9 first look by nebezial

comixology link for rat queens
www.comixology.com/Rat-Queens/…



and recently i did some dc sidegigs , nothing really important, a fun short poison ivy story in secret origins 10, 2 pages in harley quinn  annual... 



i won't go into covers because i spam way too many of those to list XD


i think this covers it

so i officially have to make peace with the fact that death vigil will be late

family health issues derailed my schedule through december and january, and even with my best efforts, there is no escaping this

even though , luckily the health issues were for the most, resolved, my schedule was inevitably affected.

i refuse to allow my problems to affect the work for hire stuff i accepted to do so i will have to prioritize rat queens and generation 9

and ultimately push death vigil 7 and 8 for april

it is a painful decision but one i had to make

my sincere apologies for the delay. this delay was very much a case of life making a mockery out of my best laid plans...

so to all my fans and readers, my sincere apologies for the delay.

once the series comes back this summer as an ongoing it will be coming out on time


Death Vigil Volume 1 Trade Paperback Cover By Nebe by nebezial


a fun little strip from my friend  depicting our usual weekly runs on destiny XD

Icebreaker by Anodesu


i may or may not have been trolling  her for a while now XD she missed it in the weekly loottable from a vendor in game that sells exotic weapons XD




aaand i remingd her from time to time

to time

to time


to time


well...you get the idea XD
www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…

i got pointed towards it and asked to share this...
looks damn good. give it a look ! :)

so...time to talk ravine

the book tanked...

and i mean the book tanked hard.

we are talking about 5000% losses on effort versus profit XD 

on book 2 i received profits that would usually pay for me making 5 pages of a comic. ravine was a 160 page book

so... where do i take it from here

do i quit?

FUCK NO!



the book is good. i have no doubts about that. book 2 is far better than book 1 and book 3 will surpass them both

but the facts are simple. the book never found an audience.

so i have made a decision

i will apply to ravine the same approach i have done  with sunstone

true, i never had any intention of publishing sunstone and it was the fans demand that made me make that decision. and you know what?

fans stepped up!

in fact the way things are going there is a good chance i will in late 2015 onward focus on sunstone very intensively. fans have more than earned it, and for that they have my most sincere gratitude :) 

and now, i am going to do the same with ravine.

ravine is turning into a webcomic first format

don't get me wrong i have no delusions of making any big money from this book but it is a labor of love... looots and looots of love XD

same quality, same style, just, starting in 2015, book 3 will be posted page by page online first and as each book is finished it will be subsequently published in printed format 

so there it is.

this is going to be my third deviantart account now XD it will take some time till i upload the first 2 books as i am reformatting them for an easier read :)

:iconwanderers-of-ravine:

and please, don't think this is a bad thing.

i can't even describe to you the love that i have for the webcomic format.
it is a far more immediate  format that lets me interact with people more often and far easier

for some reason i noticed a lot of people had problems of getting this one.

well..actually, no, not for some reason , i know the reason. after stores stocked on issue 1 which many stores do just in case, and for speculators who buy issue 1s of anything just in case the series becomes big and the issues rise in value

and then people thought the stores would order issue 2 copies...

this is often not the case. for independent books, preorders and pull lists are pretty much the only guarantee to get those issues. ,



www.thetopcowstore.com/Product…