Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Web Artist Wednesday: The Pride of Life interview

From adolescence to untold power! Creator Rhandi Fisher makes us wise to  The Pride of Life!

1. For the poor souls not already reading, please give a brief synopsis of your comic.

The Pride of Life is mostly a coming-of-age adventure story in a low-fantasy setting. It follows the misadventures of Kedamono--a scrawny, somewhat eccentric teen who belongs to a race of dog-like people--who, after eating a legendary fruit, gains a powerful new body along with superpowers. He ends up discovering that his new abilities are more of a hindrance than a help, and end up causing him more problems than he ever bargained for.

2. What materials and/or software do you use?

In the beginning, PoL was strictly pen and paper, but these days, it is digitally created in its entirety, drawn in Photoshop CS5 using a Wacom Cintiq. I personally care more about being able to produce work more quickly without sacrificing quality, and don't like having a ton of drawings hanging around, so the latter method suites me just fine.

3. Are there any books, movies, toys, artists, or authors that have inspired or continue to inspire your comic?

Early on, PoL was pretty heavily influenced by anime and shonen manga (particularly Dragon Ball Z), It's pretty apparent in the first two books, but the tone has since shifted away from that. If I had to name inspiration, it would probably come from the adventure stylings of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics (Archie Adventure run) and Jeff Smith's "Bone".

4. Are any of your characters based on real people in your life?

None in particular, but Kedamono is the most like my goofier myself.

5. Are there any actors you know you would want to play or voice certain characters in a movie of your comic?

The only ones that really stands out are Johnny Yong Bosch (Vash the Stampede in "Trigun") for the role of Kedamono, and David Brimmer (Sunshine in "Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman Legacy") for the role of "Daddy" Valdez.

6. What songs would you like in a soundtrack of your comic?

If it could actually work, I wouldn't mind some funk/jazz fusion for some general overworld themes, and classical for the darker scenes.

7. What is your overall goal for your comic?

Mainly just to finish it!

8. How has managing a comic impacted your life?

Well, since the comic began, it's given me the opportunity to meet many individuals that have become good friends and peers. Some have even gone as far as supplying equipment and pointing me toward job opportunities (one of which leading to my current job as an artist at a Disney-owned social media company). Sometimes its a pain to have to keep up with, but I genuinely enjoy it.

9. What do you do to advertise your work?

I mainly advertise via Project Wonderful, but because this comic features anthropomorphic animals, I also advertise on platforms where such is the focus, FurAffinity being one such place.

10. Web comics can be very time consuming and sometimes expensive to keep up. Often there is little reward in regards to money and sometimes public attention. Why do you do it?

Really, I just wanted to tell a story, and invite others to have fun with me as it unfolded. That's pretty much it. I'm not really interested in being internet/regular famous, so if only a handful of people get enjoyment out of reading it, then that's enough for me. If we can have fun together, great! If people find the comic isn't to their taste, that's fine, too.

11. Got any other projects we should know about?

Nothing worth mentioning.

12. What advice would you give to aspiring creators?

Just remember to have fun with your work! If you aren't particularly interested in your own comic, why should you expect anyone else to be? When you enjoy what you do, it shows. Also, if you're going to put your work on a public forum, just be prepared for criticism--both good and bad--and understand that not everyone is going to like what you do. It's perfectly all right, so don't let it bother you. Just keep doing what you do and have a good time!  

Awesome thanks Rhandi! Many people have listed Bone as an inspirational comic. I never got around to reading it but I think I'll have to check it out!

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1 comment:

  1. I just caught upto this series 4 days back & I gotta say it's Amazing.