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Barbarian: Part II by Knoire Barbarian: Part II by Knoire
Part 2 is finally out! I'm fairly pleased with the outcome this time. Just working with more interesting panel compositions and color schemes.

I also decided to rename the series "Barbarian" because "The Emperor and the Gladiator" is a boring title and it's too long in my opinion.

The Next release date will be February 15th.
I'm giving myself an extra month to flesh out the series and work ahead, not to mention design the rest of the characters and settings! But I promise to upload sketchdumps and more character sketches as well throughout that time. :)

Again any comments or critiques are greatly appreciated!

Part 1:      Part 3:     Part 4:         Part 5-1:
Barbarian: Part I by knoire                 Barbarian: Part III by knoire           Barbarian: Part IV by knoire               Barbarian Part V-1 by knoire     
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The close-ups of objects and the faceless shots effected quite cinematic impact in the proceeding scenes.
The entire mise-en-scene itself exudes the sweeping majesty of the epic film itself.

As we come to the second panel, the vulnerable frown on Commodus's face belies a gnawing trepidation beginning to take root in him.

However, as we reach the third panel, he masks his uncertainty with a frigid if not haughty display of imperious bravado as he swaggers down into the arena with his procession of guards-almost like a weakened lion baring his teeth and claws for a last attempt of intimidation.

His composure is smugly feigned- even his winsome quips as he cruelly taunts Ludovicus betray his impending fear.

Even as he raises his hand to deliver the fatal verdict on Ludovicus's fate, it is all a futile attempt for a power grab- Commodus claws for the final victor of power in this equilibrim.

As Ludovicus states the crowd holds his ultimate fate, in subtlety, he is also declaring the mob holds Commodus' fate as well.

We see Commodus gradually descend into a downward spiral of a man who believed he was a god finally reach the bottom point where his divinity is no longer valid, worshiped or obeyed.

If the mob turns on Commodus, his fate fares no better than the slain beasts rotting the arena in the baking sun.

In the interval panels, as the mob's shout immerse the arena and deafen Commodus in their own terrible power, the wide-eyed terror becomes the head of the boil that was the gnawing fear germinating inside and weakening his imperious impunity.

With the mob's passions reaching new heights, it is evident that passion will dissolve into a pandemonium of chaos- and Commodus's next action will either enact as a latch on the floodgate or serves as the final sever on this brittle tether which will unleash this growing tension.

Prior to this cataclysm, Commodus had grown accustomed in his divinity, his absolute grip on power.

Intoxicated with unfettered authority, Commodus ruled without consequence to his own actions-the world beckoned to him at the snap of his fingers.

However, as the gory and grimy reality of the gladiator's world has invaded his cushioned world of luxury and opulence, Commodus is struck with the bleak epiphany that his power lies on the people's contingency.

As many rulers have fallen to swords and daggers, poison and execution, he too straddles the tightrope of his tyranny weighed against the people's hungering desires.

So now it is he, and not Ludovicus, whose fate hangs by the slender thread of, not the Emperor's decision by whim, but by the people's complacent approval.
Commodus has become nothing more than a puppet controlled by the people's base appetites.
If he cannot satiate their hunger for "free bread and circuses", (including in maintaining their favorite gladiators, now almost akin to celebrities) then his disposal is at hand.

I cannot help but imagine what difficulty Commodus is having by restraining his hand from trembling in that awful silent terror that has now sank its fangs fully into him as he gazes through Ludovicus and onto the roaring mob.

The final image of Ludovicus' composure delineated his clear conscience- he as battled with honor, and has committed no great evil. Now his actions serve as a protection for the mob favors him and acts as his shield against any coup de grace Commodus schemes to deliver as insult to injury.

Peace and security are assigned to Ludovicus, and his gratitude is shown on his weary but calm mien.
But terror and humiliation contort the once proud features of Commodus's face and frame.

P.S. Please forgive me this had taken so long!:forgiveme:
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prodigalshepherd Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know if there is a graphic novel of Gladiator, but if there is I would still take this without a second thought. Both your effort and product are insanely admirable.
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Knoire Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much!! I really appreciate your comment! QuQ
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KatKsudinami303 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
I love the comic but I especially love the last frame. The design and artwork were both stunning, and the positioning of the characters made the scene.


Overall very good work!!!!
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!!! I put about 4 hours in that last panel so im pretty happy with it too! :'D
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Cloudwilk Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student Filmographer
This is intence. Is that Italy and Germany or Italy and Greece?
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Knoire Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Italy and Germany! <3
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:iconcloudwilk:
Cloudwilk Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student Filmographer
I win!
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tttooohappy Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Italy what did Germany do...
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KunoichiH29 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm in love with the last panel!! 
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Knoire Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahh, thank you very much! I worked the hardest on that panel so I'm glad it paid off! :)
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Kaybug2K Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Panel 8- grumpy cat<<:icongrumpycatplz:
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Knoire Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW. THATS STRANGELY ACCURATE xD
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Kaybug2K Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
>< he's so grumpy:D love the comic and all ur art bye. Do u like courage the cowardly dog???
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Knoire Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do! though I havent done fanart in some time, i really love the show <3
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Kaybug2K Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:D:D:D:D:D freaky freds my fave^^
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DestructionCreeping Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh my gerd... ... I wish I could hug you from here because this is freaking awesome. Eheheh, excuse me if I sound weird also I just get excited. I will just go die now... good job.
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Knoire Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dawwww thanks :) DONT DIE THERES STILL MORE TO THE COMIC YOU CAN DIE AFTERWARDS OK <3
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DestructionCreeping Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I will stall my demise a little further then!! I can't wait! Just take your time though... I don't want you to feel pressured. OWO
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AwesomeLiet Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Why did I only find this comic now? This is really very well done. It's interesting to see this kind of relation between them for once. Also in this part I like how you use different perspectives. Can't wait for February 15th! :)
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Knoire Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! I promise I'm working hard on the next part xD Thanks for the kind words! <3
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CatItalian92 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
My God, I think I love you!!! Really! 
Everything is so fucking perfect and detailed. Even the perspective is beautiful. The attention to detail of the clothes, the light and the colors were very well distributed. I loved the expressions of the characters, all so real. And then the last panel, God, I imagined being on my knees too. You are very good, congratulations. I think you're becoming my favorite. 
Saluti da CatItalian92

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Knoire Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dawwww thank you!!! QuQ These are some of the nicest words I've ever received, I'm glad you like my comic so far! I won't let you down :)
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EmjayxD Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love Your way of drawing emotions! Its really well done :D And colors are so live! Masterpiece :D
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh dziekuje! my polish is pretty rusty (parents moved to america), but thanks for the nice words! QuQ
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EmjayxD Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)

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Classically-DePunk Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
JOY! OH! JOY!
You have continued this sublime work!
Please forgive me for the tardy comment, this week, I promise to post a critique for this masterwork!

But if you will allow me an initial praise of this work, the building crescendo to the climax decision is rising with the intense pressure of the mob upon the now-compromised mantle of power Commodus now realizes with silent terror he is losing his hold on.

Ludovicus calmly observes the rise of the mob and the gradual descent and deflation of Commodus' true power. For what is power when one becomes the puppet for the mob's fancies?
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha yes! Obviously since you've seen Gladiator you know what happens (even to people who haven't seen it knows what has to happen), but from then on I plan to make the comic more of my own. It's still heavily influenced by Gladiator but I decided I didn't want to completely copy the movie :)
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Classically-DePunk Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah! That does elicit intrigue and interest!
As we who have already seen the film and knows its outcome, the comic taking its own course  is a brilliant move!
Not to elicit spoilers or such, but are there hints you might be allowed to give of what direction the plot will be taking in future installments?

I applaud you for choosing a deviation from the film- many artists chose to adhere to a film's plot when creating a work of this nature. However, a work of its own accord and plot advancement foments not only a demonstration of that artist's own creative abilities, but also rewards the audience with a fresh plot, idea, and of course, a new climax to be amazed with.
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Blackenednights Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I read part one and I thought that one was amazing, but this one is even better(is that possible??). I can't wait for the next one.
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, I can't even look at the first one now, my style changed so much in only one part OTL Thanks for your comment! 
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heart-of-oyster Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Ohhhh!!! I like this plot!!!

I LOVE the third panel!
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!! :)
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CountrySketches Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
LIVE!
(because otherwise it would be over, and that would be sad. )

The last panel, the perspective is really cool.

I like how you work with light too, it's so dramatic.
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much! :iconhappytearsplz: It's mostly practice with perspective, so I'm glad it's paying off! :)
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CountrySketches Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
you're welcome. :aww:  I like this series, but that panel, I need to figure out how to get it so I can see the whole thing on the screen at one time. 
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmmm, I know what you mean. Maybe you can save the picture to your computer and open it in a picture viewer or art program so you can zoom in and out? Sorry, dA has these stupid preset sizes and it kind of messes up the comic :icontearplz:
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CountrySketches Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Tried that, rotating the image sideways, and then turning the screen.  It worked well.

And yest the comic can withstand the messing-up and still be wonderful. :aww:
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yay, glad it worked! :)
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EmoOtakuTDCT Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is fantastic, your drawings are beautiful! :)
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! :)
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EmoOtakuTDCT Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! :)
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OrangeRinRin Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
HDQHWEFHGGDWAQWFEWFQ FEB 15TH?! *Crys deeply* D8
The art~ The way Italy's cape flows in the wind, His expression as he realises he can't kill him~ EVERYTHING~ <333 Even the way Germany looks solemnly yet triumphantly to the ground! >< *Squeal*
I'd have to say Italy's design is my favourite though~ His eyes look crimson and he's cocky in a very sexy way~ <3
I really like your representations of these characters XD
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!! I know it's a long wait but these things take time and I want it to be not lame :iconlazycryplz: I'll post other stuff in the meantime, lots of yaoi waiting to be posted ;D
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OrangeRinRin Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
:iconcannotevenplz: *Internal Squealing* I SHALL WAIT *Builds nest of pillows and restocks Yaoi* 
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wifefu Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Absolutely stunning!
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :D
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Lapulta Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oo, I thought The Emperor and the Gladiator was cool enough. *shrug* This is so intense though; I love your colors and the way you make Italy stronger than he's often portrayed. You do great work! Please, third panels quickly!! :D
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm going as fast as I can!! xD If you like, you can try to catch my livestreams; I usually work on the next pages there :D
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Lapulta Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, I'll definitely try to check them out then. :) I usually don't just because they hint spoilers, but Auuugh, it's so good. I'm torn! ^^
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, then don't! If you want surprises THEN STAY AWAY!!!! xDD <3
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