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-What’s the name you go by on your published work? (For those of us who only know your DeviantArt username.)
My full name is Leah Powell.
-When did you start liking comics? What made you want to draw comics?
I started reading and drawing comics when I was around 12, when I was required to make a comic book for a school assignment. I'd always loved drawing and writing, and comics were the perfect combination. Once I started I was hooked, and I kept making them.
-Do you do make a living off your comic book work, or do you just do it for fun?
Right now it's just for fun. I'm in college now, so making comics is more of a hobby for me. A hobby I take very seriously, lol.
-How long have you been doing comic books?
I originally started 'My Guardian Demon' when I was 15, as a webcomic on Deviantart and as a small self-published book. It was the first serious comic I ever made. I took a long hiatus when I started college, and I rebooted it in 2011. So not counting the hiatus, it's probably about four years.
-What tools/art supplies/programs do you use in your work?
I use micron pens and prismacolour markers on bristol board for the pages, and those plus pencil crayons, glitter pens and whatever else I can use on regular paper for the covers. I do the lettering in photoshop.
-Do you prefer to work digitally or traditionally? Why?
Traditionally, definitely. I'm really awful with computers! At least when it comes to drawing. I like to have stuff in my hands, even if it makes a mess.
-How long does it take you to do a page?
Depending on the page, about 5 hours. Not counting lettering, which I usually do when all the pages are finished and scanned.
-You also write your own stories. As an artist and writer, do you plot out an entire script for yourself, just write the dialogue, or have another method?
I write scripts. I also do a lot of notebook plotting, so I have everything outlined before I begin a script. When I write the script I write everything, dialogue and action and scenery, everything you see on the page. MGD is a story with a lot of stuff I have to remember, and even then there's still continuity errors. I'd die if I had to do it page-to-page!
-What work are you most proud of so far? Why?
Oh jeeze. I'm pretty proud of 'Ogopogo,' the mini-comic I made before rebooting MGD. It was the first comic I'd made after years of nothing, so I was expecting it to be awful. I told myself if I hated it I wouldn't re-start MGD, and I didn't hate it, and I still don't!
-Your latest work is My Guardian Demon. Can you give us 50 words or less about that?
My Guardian Demon is an urban fantasy adventure comic about a young girl who releases a friendly demon from a magic seal, and he becomes her personal bodyguard. That's my one-sentence summary, lol.
-What inspired you to make My Guardian Demon?
I wanted to write a young-adult fantasy story that reflected the world I grew up in. I just never really saw myself or any of my friends or the people I knew in the stories I loved in high-school. So basically I wanted more punk-rock in my fantasy.
-Your comic has a different look than most others. It’s more cartoonish than, say, anime or traditional American comics, but the subject matter can be a bit dark at times? What influences your fluid style?
I love cartoons and anime, and I'm inspired by both so I think my drawing style kind of developed from mixing them. It's still got a lot of development ahead of it. The subject matter comes from my writing, I think. When I write I don't think about my style, so I've never felt limited by the cartoonishness.
-Any words of advice for the wanna-be comic artists (or writers) out there?
It's ok to not be perfect! A lot of the time I find people make stuff but they're afraid it isn't good enough so they hide it away, or just end up 'working on it' forever. You never stop learning or getting better, so you might as well get out there!
-What is the best way for people to view your work?
Right now all my comics are available for free. I think the best site for viewing them is at [link] , but you can also read them on my Deviantart, or on tumblr at myguardiandemon.tumblr.com.
-What are your personal goals with My Guardian Demon?
Right now I'm just doing it as a hobby, since I'm still in college and I can get pretty busy with that. I have all my stories planned out, and divided into different story arcs, so right now I'm just taking things chapter by chapter. I always appreciate anyone who reads my stuff, I'm grateful for any support I can get!
-So now we've heard about your work. Would you post three thumbnail codes for pages that you're really proud of so we can all see it?