Sumiko

01/ 11/2020

Below is one possible design for the character Sumiko. In the upcoming story Sumiko is Zara’s best friend and helps balance out Zara’s, lets say, more animated nature.

I love anime. Comics is now coming of age and telling a larger variety of stories but anime has been telling a wide variety of stories for a while now. And yes, anime has some stories it tells over and over, but others are amazing and different.

In anime and manga, it sometimes feels like if a character got a haircut and some hair dye it would be the equivalent of them drinking Polyjuice Potion, to use a Harry Potter reference. This comes from anime having a high level of abstraction. If on one end of the spectrum you have a fully rendered drawing of a person that could be mistakable for a photograph and on the other end a smiley face, anime is closer to the smiley face. Now, this helps us identify with the characters and put ourselves in their place, in fact, we often use a smiley face to show our own emotions:-).

Right now I’m exploring how much of an anime/manga influence I want in the project. I definitely want some.

I worked with the very talented Fi to produce a design option for one of my characters, Sumiko

Sumiko Design

01/ 11/2020

I’ve also finished the outline of the whole plot and I’m happy with how things are coming. The story will be what’s driving the comic and the SAT math lessons will be there, but not the main focus. Basically this comic will help you review some important topics but its not designed to be a complete SAT course.