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		<sup>9:06<abbr>pm</abbr> • 2009</sup>
		<abbr title="December">Dec</abbr> 9
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<h1><cite>Zenith</cite></h1>
<a href="http://kameira.deviantart.com/gallery/#Zenith-the-Dolphin" rel="external">kameira.deviantart.com/gallery/#Zenith-the-Dolphin</a>
<p>
	I am a person who lives in his emotions. There are many things that are trivial to some, but are deeply important to
	me. I have an emotional attachment to various digital objects. These can be in the form of a
	<a href="/blog/giving_up_gaming">level or character in a computer game</a>, a piece of music, a piece of art, even
	simple doodles an artist is quick to dismiss. These things are as important and meaningful to me as real friends and
	people because <em>art is personality</em>, and when you are struck by art, it is a connection to a person and an
	emotional state. Nostalgia is a lot like this, however I also feel nostalgia for things I am seeing for the first
	time.
</p><p>
	So, getting to the point, I want to share with you with something I find very special to me, a comic produced by a
	young amateur artist as an outlet for experimentation, growth and just the sheer fun of it.
</p>
<figure>
	<a href="http://kameira.deviantart.com/art/ZENITH-Cover-108573471">
		<img src="/link/zenith/ZENITH___Cover_by_Kameira.jpg" alt="Zenith Cover © Kameira" width="640" height="853" />
	</a>
	<figcaption><cite>Zenith</cite> Cover © <a href="http://kameira.deviantart.com/" rel="external">Kameira</a>, 2009</figcaption>
</figure>
<p>
	Stunningly beautiful in moments and soberingly emotional in others, the least I could do is to try bring this comic
	to the attention of a wider audience. But know ye this, it is highly flawed, and that is key to why it so important
	to me. I consume tons of digital media all the time, and I don’t feel for all of it. That which is professional
	and well packaged and well delivered is easy to forget once you’re done with it. It fits neatly into your busy
	life.
</p><p>
	<cite>Zenith</cite> is a record of a young artist’s life for the last four years. A complete journey into maturity
	as she slogs it through page after page of improving art, writing, characterisation and complete depth in the story.
	Zenith begins with naïve enthusiasm, improvising furiously with messy writing and odd pacing.
</p><p>
	It is a patchwork of beauty and ugliness as her skill finds itself flung from one corner to another, going from
	rather unsure and rushed artwork to absolute gorgeousness, and from wacky writing to solid, captivating story
	telling—and back again.
</p>
<figure>
	<a href="http://kameira.deviantart.com/art/ZENITH-Page-4-55335568">
		<img src="/link/zenith/ZENITH___Page_4_by_Kameira.jpg" alt="Page 4 of Zenith © Kameira" width="640" height="382" />
	</a>
	<figcaption><cite>Zenith</cite> <abbr title="Page ">Pg.</abbr>4 © <a href="http://kameira.deviantart.com/" rel="external">Kameira</a>, 2007</figcaption>
</figure>
<p>
	Nobody has asked her to do this, nobody is paying her to work on this project, it was never started as a commercial
	venture—where there is some kind of financial goal to work towards. It’s just to scratch an itch, to get an idea
	out in the open. It is the same solitary effervescence that drives me and my website (it took me
	<a href="/writing/kroc_writes">five years</a> of repeat attempts to eventually succeed in releasing this site to
	the public).
</p><p>
	Like many good projects, <cite>Zenith</cite> encapsulates an idea that is greater than the whole. Like the literal
	meaning of the world “meme”, the comic has gotten to the stage where it defines a world beyond the confines of
	the comic alone. The comic is like an imperfect ‘slice’ through a world; just one of many possible angles by
	which to view it. For this, I can easily forgive <cite>Zenith’s</cite> flawed-by-it’s-nature approach, because I
	care about the characters, and I care what happens, sod the art; the fact the art is sometimes so captivating is
	icing to the cake.
</p>
<figure>
	<a href="http://kameira.deviantart.com/art/ZENITH-Page-63-123567385">
		<img src="/link/zenith/ZENITH___Page_63_by_Kameira.jpg" alt="Page 63 of Zenith © Kameira" width="640" height="147" />
	</a>
	<figcaption><cite>Zenith</cite> <abbr title="Page ">Pg.</abbr>63 © <a href="http://kameira.deviantart.com/" rel="external">Kameira</a>, 2009</figcaption>
</figure>
<p>
	You must forgive the awful prologue, in Kameira’s own words <q>originally they were going to indicate Zenith’s
	massive love for stories, but as I went along (13 years old and attention span of a fly) I sort of forgot about that
	aspect. Now they lie here, dusty and useless</q>. There’s always that gut feeling of trepidation when you start a
	new, large scale, project. Like you are stepping into the unknown and you have no idea how far you will have to
	travel, or if you will even make it. You start, fuelled almost entirely by enthusiasm and caffeine. But as things
	drag on—as weeks become months—it’s hard to keep at something that you never planned out properly to begin
	with. I’ve done this hundreds of times alone. But when months become years, that’s iron will. That’s sheer
	spirit pushing you along on the strength of the <em>idea</em>, even if the implementation is never as good as you
	want it.
</p><p>
	There are many elegant aspects to the story,
	<a href="http://kameira.deviantart.com/art/ZENITH-Chapter-Two-113020548" rel="external">chapter 2</a> is really
	where it takes on its own form. The connection that’s drawn between Vethes and Aviel—these abusive
	personalities, one evil in intent the other intent on the greater good but the end result sounding much the same to
	Zenith—is so well played out. A father and mother figure drawn across time and space with Zenith caught in
	between. We have not seen Vethes in some while but my heart races to know what will happen when the two cross paths.
	This is better than <cite>The Lion King</cite> meets <cite>Finding Nemo</cite>.
</p>
<figure>
	<a href="http://kameira.deviantart.com/art/ZENITH-Page-46-73741234">
		<img src="/link/zenith/ZENITH___Page_46_by_Kameira.jpg" alt="Page 46 of Zenith © Kameira" width="640" height="333" />
	</a>
	<figcaption><cite>Zenith</cite> <abbr title="Page ">Pg.</abbr>46 © <a href="http://kameira.deviantart.com/" rel="external">Kameira</a>, 2008</figcaption>
</figure>
<p>
	So thank you Kameira. <em>Thank you</em>. Thank you for unfurling this story and keeping at it for these years, it
	has brought me great joy and I am <em>hooked</em>. Please, my visitors, give <cite>Zenith</cite> your time and
	consideration and please provide <a href="http://kameira.deviantart.com" rel="external">Kameira</a> the much
	needed feedback and encouragement she deserves.
	<br /><br />
	Kind Regards,<br />
	<em>Kroc Camen.</em>
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