I've been meaning to write an Indie creators series of articles that spotlight the many talented creators that are out there making comics against all odds and I feel deserve our attention. A few people have asked me "why would you give another artist a spotlight on your website? They're gonna take your readers!" My short answer is No they won't, my long answer is it ain't about me, it never was about me and it never will be about me; we're all in this together. Hopefully creators see me writing about them and their books and we'll get to know each other, hopefully become friends and hopefully help each other out. There's room for everyone. With that said, let's talk to the mega talented comic book artist and teacher Kristin Mehaffey!
When did you came up with the idea for “Girl of Smoke”?
Noticed that the smoke from cigarettes was like a little ghost. Like it was your soul leaving your body. The rest blossomed from there.
What is the creative team behind your comic?
What's the premise behind “Girl of Smoke”?
A girl made a deal with the devil, not for the powers, but because she is ready for her soul to be taken. Ten years later we pick up where she is now.
How many issues do you have planned to produce?
It would probably be best as one whole graphic novel, around 150-200 pages.
Is “Girl of Smoke” going to be a long running series or a mini-series?
Just a self contained story, but lord knows I already am thinking of a sequel it doesn’t need haha.
DIY lets you have more control over the story, and then can serve as a portfolio for any more future work.
How do you separate yourself from the thousands who self publish their books every year?
Been in the culture for a while now, so I feel I have a good grasp on what are tired concepts/tropes and what should feel fresh.
So where can fans read or get their very own copy of “Girl of Smoke”?
It’s still in development but I should be releasing it on the internet by 2020!
What's next for “Girl of Smoke”?
Just making it happen, you know.
Are you working on any other projects at the moment?
I’m the comics teacher at the Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, VA. I teach workshops and classes there. Check out www.The-Muse.org for details! Otherwise I table at events. Find me at Comic Arts Richmond and Richmond Indie Comics Expo in November!
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