Trying to finish a comic book in two weeks is tough.

Trying to finish a comic book in two weeks is tough.

Doodling…

Doodling…

Was it hard to think of the storyline etc , was it hard not to compare it to other graphic novel stories?
Anonymous

Incredibly difficult. The story does get complicated and finding effective ways of telling the story without a character just blurting exposition at you has proven most difficult. However, approaching the storytelling like this has allowed me to draw some pretty neat panels.

As for comparing, I think it’s safe to there are certainly influences from other books/video games/films in there. Nothing is ever completely original. It’s how you connect with the reader that is just as important as providing them with a new reading experience.

Have you done all the work in Sleekem yourself?

Yes, everything in this book has been entirely my input. Not usually how I do things but it felt like the best approach for now.

You going to MCM with this graphic novel?
Anonymous

The release date is the Friday of MCM in October :)

Did you base Sleekem's character on yourself or anyone that you know?

I must admit the protagonist, Oradow, feels a little bit like myself when I write it. It’s odd.

Also a lot of the characters are influenced by people I know. For example, the Trueman twins both have characters that are based on them.

How do you feel finishing a graphic novel? You know, the one that'll "probably never get finished", I mean ;)
Anonymous

Absolutely terrified.

I find it really interesting that the novel is named after the antagonist and not the protagonist, since it's usually the other way round. Was that something you consciously chose to do or was it just a case of the name fitting better with the concept?
Anonymous

Thank you! Yes, it was a conscious decision. Without giving away too much, Sleekem is incredibly important to the story and I want to really push how integral he is. I want the readers to really pay attention to everything to do with him. I’m very proud of his character.

Doodle of one of the antagonists, Discerpo.

Doodle of one of the antagonists, Discerpo.

More ‘Sleekem’ drafts and doodles.