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FAQ (Updated: 9/13/13)

What is NLMO?
NLMO is short for Nine Lives Minus One, which is a manga-webcomic produced by Firefly-Raye/Raye/Rachel (whatever you'd like to call me, those are all of my names).

How do you do your pages?
I first sketch out the pages. Then I ink it with some non-smearing black pen-thing. I then scan it in and tone it in Photoshop CS6, using many layers.

Can you teach me how to draw/tone/etc.?
Yes. Email me at and I'll help you anyway I can.

Why do your characters have four ears? Is it intentional?
Is it really that uncommon for a character to have catears and human ears? I know of a few characters that have four sets of ears (such as Meroko from Full Moon wo Sagashite, or Dejiko and Puchiko from Di Gi Charat). Yes, it is intentional that they have human ears and cat ears. Please don't be so nit-picky!

Why can't you update faster?!?!
Because, I have school, and school=tons of homework so I can't have a life. It's really hard for me to find the time to work on the pages (especially since they're so time consuming). But don't worry, I will update when time presents itself!

Why are there so many animal-characters?
The animal-people are the central part of the story. There's not many of them, actually, but they band together, and this includes Maemi. There are many humans in the story too, such as Leiko, Nami, Maemi's teacher, all the kids at Maemi's school, etc. The story just isn't focused on humans.

Will we ever find out why (character name) has animal ears and tail?
Yes. Yes you will. Not until MUCH later though. This story is long. It's a three book long story, and I'm still on the second book. And you won't find out until the last couple chapters of the last book. I just need to pick up pace. ^^;

Does this story have a plot at all?
Yes, it's just very slow. This manga is meant to be a long-term project, so the plot spans over three books (five chapters per book). If you want something more fast paced, this is not the manga for you. But I'd be disappointed to lose you as a reader. :(

Are (insert character 1) and (insert character 2) going to end up together?
Well... this is partially a romance manga, so the possibility is great. :3 I haven't quite got all of the ideas out yet, but it's safe to say that two pairs of people will get together. <3

I get that this is a romance and humor manga, but you said there would be angst... where's the angst?
Trust me, by the the end of the second book, you'll understand why it's marked as angst as well.

I see that you're on "book two" right now. How many books are there?
There are three books total with five chapters in each book.

Do you have any other mangas?
Yes I do. I have one other online manga called Graph Paper, which can be found by clicking this link. It's in COLOR! D:

What's with all the grammer/spelling mistakes?
Okay, I admit it, I suck with spelling/grammar. @__@ If you kindly point it out to me (and I mean kindly!) I'll fix it... if I remember to. XD

This manga reminds me of (insert manga)/This character reminds me of (insert character). Copycat!
Eep! Don't accuse me! I'm innocent! >__<;; But seriously, I understand a character may resemble another one you know. I've read MUCH manga, so of course I'm going to incorporate characteristics I like into this! But I'm really trying hard to NOT copy. So please don't say I am!

Where can I send you fanart of your manga?
Ooo! Fanart? For me? You can email it to me at I can't wait to see it! *o* *loves fanart to death*

This manga is sooo cool! Will you ever publish it?
It's very doubtful that I'll ever publish this particular series. First of all, it took me THREE years to complete the first book of THREE. That means that if I did publish, it would be slooowww. Plus, the first several chapters of this manga are kind of gross-looking, so I'd have to redo those too. Such a hassle! I would LOVE to have this as a published series but... probably not. Too much work, too much of a hassle. Thank you for the compliment though!

If you have any other questions, just ask me!!

Welcome to Nine Lives Minus One

This is a story about a catgirl named Maemi who woke up one
day in a cardboard box. She doesn't know anything about
her existance and tries to uncover the secrets of her past and
future, before Project NLMO commences.


Latest Comic:

Ch 9 Page 29

June 15th, 2008, 12:48 pm

Redo Pages!

The first chapter title page has been redone with a MUCH better page.
Check it out!

(It's the Chapter One: Know Your Surroundings)

July 15th, 2007, 10:07 am

Summer Vacation!

Hello loyal fans! XD lol

Anyways, I'm going on a beach trip in just a couple of minutes and won't be back until next Sunday/Monday. Therefore, I will not be able to post any new comics until I get back. D:

Sooooo sorry! =>___<=

I will try to draw/ink some new ones though, so that they'll be ready to color when I get back. D:

So sorry for the inconvenience/short hiatus!

I'll be back soon and I'll post new stuff! DX

July 1st, 2007, 6:49 pm

Link Trade!

I am willing to do link trades if any one wants to trade with me!

Just contact me by posting here, or emailing me at if you want to trade!

June 21st, 2007, 3:30 pm

Mailing List

I just created a mailing list on the main page of the NLMO site:

Join the list, and you'll get automatic updates emailed to you!

January 7th, 2007, 6:22 pm

A Much Needed Update

I updated again! And so quickly!

But don't get used to it, it's only because I was on winter break. :P I'm going back to school tomorrow, so it's gonna be slow again. :\
Sorries! But enjoy the pages! =^__^=

December 12th, 2005, 5:30 pm

Sorta on Hiatus

I'm in the middle of exams so I'm not able to update until they're over. So... I won't be starting up again until after December 15-16.

Thanks for being patient! =^__^=

November 12th, 2005, 1:08 am

What's the Deal?

I noticed that for some reason some of the pages have gotten unusally low ratings (I'm not trying to sound arrogant, but I don't think the pages were THAT bad. =x__X= ). So please, could you all at least consider how much work it takes to make one of these pages and give it a fair rating? ^^;

Sorry that I sounded arrogant and complainy. :\ I'm just kinda upset that people would just go and give me bad ratings for who knows what reasons. (and if you do have reasons, please tell me!)

November 4th, 2005, 10:37 pm

Finally! :D Less Work!

I finally found a comichost!! XD ROCK ON!!!

I really didn't want to deal with the hassle of making my own pages and whatnot-whatnot. Now all I have to do is post the pages! NOTHING ELSE!!! ROCK ON!!!

So off I go to post up the pages!

I hope you all enjoy! =^__^=