May 22, 2006


This weekend I have been mostly– Drawing th cover for chapter 5, which is gorgeous! (If I say so myself!)
–Joining Facebook (I know, I caved!)
–Washing fabric–type things
–Pretending I'm on target for school /_\
–And, in doing no. 1 and showing the result to some people, discovering that two of my housemates aren't actually that familiar with this little obsession of mine…although I do tend to work on it closeted away in my tower at the far end of the corridor…

But, I have something a little different today!


Yeah, this was gonna be a "free–talk" style page, only I decided against handwriting the whole thing (hence only the greeting!) then thought you could type over pics in here, but you can't, so it's in the normal, Matt Manion advised format.

A "free–talk" is a section in a comic, usually when put into a volume and often it just appears as a thin strip down one page about half way through. In it, the author talks about her/himself, what they've been doing, extra info on the comic, where it's heading, how they feel about it and thanks to people who have sent/said nice things or helped them out.

So I thought I'd do a little free–talk FAQ, as this weekend raised a few questions!

Q; Are those boys or girls?

A; Due to the Shojo (girly) nature of the comic, and my own personal liking for bishounen (pretty boys), this question can sometimes cause confusion in my work, and it's becoming more prominant as we progress! The above shows the three boys of My Imaginary Life, from right to left (Japanese sstyle!) Isaac Matthews, Carwyn Silver and Ricky Spears. Yes, it's indulgent. Yes, Carwyn looks decidedly "boy meets boy", I can almost hear him say "shibby!", but I think it displays some of their differing personalities, and who's to say they're totally straight anyway? Well, Ricky might be…

Q; How the hell am I supposed to read this thing! It's way too small!

A; the pictures appear here as thumbnails–if you click on them they get bigger and the words are just about readable!

Q; What's the point of all this anyway?!

A; This comic is composed with anime/manga fans in mind as it uses a few shojo staples, with tongue firmly in cheeck, although as with a lot of these things it will get more serious as it goes on. This is also why Ricky's "Otaku moment"'s exist; Christine is obsessed with manga and makes references to it a lot, so for anyone who hasn't read/watched that much they are there to make things more relevant.

And a couple I wish people would ask;

Q; is there anything special about the character names?

A; Only that they sounded nice and give a bit of a hint about the character's type–sometimes. The stereotyping comes mostly from comics, i.e. slightly down–beaten lead (although mostly by herself) female friend who to the main character is more attractive/successful, male friend who fancies her but she doesn't realise, "dark, mysterious" love interest and "cute, intellengent, vaguely more realistic" love interest.

What I did put thought into were the star signs and blood types as the Japanese put a lot of importance into bloodtypes in direct relation to personality. Similar for the subject likes, but I haven't gone as far as some others and come up with fav foods/songs etc…yet…

Q; are the characters based on anyone?

A; Of course they are! But they are combination real people/existing comic types.

Q; What's in store for MIL?

A; More new and confusing characters, desire, jealousy, romance and a bit more for the boys…and of course that awesome new cover!

Of course, if anyone has any genuine questions, please do post them below! It's always lovely when someone I know says "I've been reading the comic1" or I get email from someone who has, it all feeds my big–eyed ego! Actually that's not going to encourage you is it…

Go on, ask me something, I dare you!

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