Welcome back to the Awesome People Portfolio! project!
The first series of interviews for FfK: APP consists of introductory interviews with 10 webcomic creators. From July 5 to September 6, there will be a new interview each Wednesday at 9AM PST; be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out!
And now, Series 1, Interview 4: Terrana Cliff!
B.E. patrons: get your printable PDF of the interview here.
Tell us a bit about your comic 🙂
My comic is Nwain: The Knight Who Wandered Dream. It’s about a knight who gets very lost in a weird fantasy world. Before she can find her way home, she has to deal with various problems (i.e. giant owls, robots, political machinations, time travel, and so on).
Also, it’s animated! Every panel has animation that plays when you click it.
What inspired you to start your comic?
Over a few years, doodles in class and a vague storyline developed in my head. I wasn’t sure whether to make it a comic or a novel or what. Then I worked for a company that made animated ebooks for kids. I learned how to build interactive animations, and figured I could do something like that for my story.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve overcome (or are overcoming) in creating your comic? What strategies have worked well in your experience?
The biggest challenge with my comic is workload. Animating takes days! Weeks, even! I can mitigate that by having a longer release schedule than other webcomics. I release two pages a month. And I can only go that fast because I have the support of my family and patrons! Even so, I still have to balance working on my comic with working as a freelance artist.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of creating a story and putting it out there (online or elsewhere in the world)?
The internet is fickle. Even nice sites that respect your IP rights can disappear in a puff of smoke. If you can get your own site, it’s a good way to make sure you control your work. Keep backups, too.
Which of your characters do you most identify with and why?
I identify with a bunch of them in different ways. Nwain is a quiet weirdo, the Magician is annoyingly precise, Margravine Paradzul just wants everyone to be happy, and Princess Joza leaves a trail of unfinished projects behind her.
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Up Next on Awesome People Portfolio:
Series 1, Interview 5: G. Pike