Well about a week ago I had a meeting with my artist. Since then she had to drop the project for family reasons. I feel sorry for her personal issues as she is a dear friend of mine. However it has set back the schedule for production. I asked another artist friend of mine if she would illustrate the manga, however she turned me down, saying that she doesn't work for free - but hourly and for minimum wage. Also she has school and work to focus on. She did note how she felt that the manga was a great idea and she wishes me the best of luck.
For now I will continue writing the script while I keep an eye out for a new artist or if my original artist becomes available in the future.