Frequently Asked Questions:
Do you do all your work yourself?
Yes, all my ongoing comics are done by me from the ground up. I do all my own writing, art and post-production work. I even have done some of my own printing before. It's a lot of work!
What inspired you to become a comic artist?
Originally I was going to be a marine biologist. It was something I wanted to do since I was a little kid, but in high school I reached a breaking point when I realized I was unable to do dissection. So with my lifelong dream out of the picture I came to realize my second true love in life: comics. I'd always loved comics but after becoming an anime fan it became an obsession. That's when I realized what I'm really supposed to do in life.
How do you create your work?
Different comics are done differently. Sorcerer's Apprentice is done with a dip pen on comic paper, and then later screentoned in Manga Studio. With Midnight Menagerie it's almost entirely digital except the initial pencils, which I do on 11” x 17” paper. My art prints are done with everything from Illustrator to watercolor paints. I think it's important to be versatile and I like challenging myself with each new series.
What's up with the fish?
Icthyus Ignatius Bonaparte Fisherton III, or 'Fishy' to his friends was a little squirty toy I found on clearance in Branson, Missouri. During a vacation to England I took him along to make my vacation photos more interesting, and ended up taking him to my first con, the MCM Expo in London. After that it has become a tradition for me to make cosplayers pose with him whenever I go to a convention
What was the inspiration behind The Sorcerer's Apprentice?
Growing up in the '90s I was lucky and had access to all these great animes on network TV including Sailor Moon and Cardcaptors. And they were these amazing stories with girls just like me who were heroes, instead of the spandex wearing heroines I admired, but couldn't relate to, in American comic books. Between network television demands about content and anime fans wanting their series uncensored, you really don't have that anymore. The Sorcerer's Apprentice is about the kind of girl I grew up with and emulated, but won't have to be censored and changed because it's already set in America. No 'donut' rice balls needed!