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
Designing the aliens is one of the most challenging tasks for this comic. I put the task in the hands of Jenny Gates who is very talented at drawing unusual creators. Below is her work in progress. You can really see her exploration and though process.
Look for the drawing with the lion-mane to become one of the final designs!
Click on the drawing to see it larger
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.