Spotlight

Action! Adventure! Ingenimia Aus!

Dimbingo Flimbingo is a self-taught artist from the USA. He’s quite new to making webcomics, and is still in his first year of doing so. Other than making comics, he is busy with schooling and making sure he has all his ducks in order. It’s quite a lot, but he’s always doing his best! He is the creator of Ingenimia Aus (IA).

Synopsis: Ingenimia Aus is an action/adventure webcomic about Aus, one of the many aliens–named cees–that live in their secluded town in the redwood forests. Join him as he garners friends, foes, and learns about the world both inside and outside the huge trees he’s lived with all his life.

Did you go to school for either art or writing? If so, what school?
I did not go to an art school to learn, rather learning from individual and sparse art classes.

What is the main genre of your comic? What appeals to you about that genre?
The main genre of Ingenimia Aus is adventure. I’m simply a big fan of seeing characters go to big places and do big things in them before moving onto the next set, although that does simplify my appreciation of the genre.

Are there any other genres that apply to your comic?
Action is another large portion of the comic. I strive to have a good and healthy amount of action in my comic, as it keeps things interesting and fresh to me when I read comics myself.

What was your inspiration for the story?
Surprisingly, stick figures! I always liked how stick figures wer a good way of showing strong movement with the least lines possible, so I wished to create a story with characters of similar construction as stick figures. Obviously though, my art style has developed since then to allow for more complex designs.

Do you have any favorite artists or writers who influenced your style?
Zack Morrison, with his webcomic Paranatural, always influenced me with the interesting panel construction and action scenes of his pages, and Studio Trigger’s very strong, to-the-point art style is something I aspire to. My writing is inspired by Eiichiro Oda, with his manga One Piece, although there are plenty of other inspirations I have as well.

How long does it take you to complete one page?
Usually about 2-3 days to ink and color, although for full page spreads it’s usually 4-5 days. Planning takes a very long time since I plan the entire chapter out rather than individually with each page.

What is your process like for creating comic pages from start to finish? What tools do you use?
I plan out the chapter traditionally using pencil and paper, creating small thumbnails (very small page pictures) to plan things all out. Once I am satisfied, I begin sketching out the pages on a larger sheet of paper to work out details, which I then scan and ink digitally, proceeding to coloring, shading, etc. For digital I currently use Clip Studio Paint, although I used Paint Tool SAI for the first chapter and prologue.

Is your comic a finished work? If not, how long do you think it’s going to be when it’s complete? Is there a definitive ending or will you just keep going for as long as possible?
IA is absolutely not a complete work! There will be a definitive ending of course, but the length of my comic will be quite long; I expect it to last for a very long time, especially with the pace I am going currently. If I truly had to guess, I’d say about 20-25 years, at least!

How long did it take you to plan the comic before even beginning to physically create it?
I’ve been planning IA for at least 5 years before I began physical work in 2019.

What was the biggest hurdle you faced during the course of making your comic? If you could go back in time to the point where you just started making it and give yourself a pep talk, what would you say?
Truthfully, I haven’t been making my webcomic for too long; only a year or so. My biggest hurdle so far is figuring out my own schedule and being gentle with myself. I’m quite hard on making sure I keep things on schedule, so in all honestly, I just hope I don’t have to have that pep talk with my future self!

What is your favorite part about working on your comic?
Development wise, my favorite part is inking. Seeing sketches turn into developed lines making it all feel real, rather than just a pipe dream. Overall though, my favorite must be seeing feedback and comments. I’m sure that’s quite the common answer to such a question, though!

What is the most difficult part about working on your comic? How do you overcome it?
The most difficult part is planning the comic. So many ideas need to be hardened and ironed out to make sure the comic is an enjoyable experience with the least amount of snags and such as possible. I’m not perfect at it yet, but I’m sure I’ll be great at it in the future.

Do you have a favorite character to write for? If so, why? Tell us more about them!
My favorite character to write for currently is quite hard to say! I never make a character that I don’t like to write for, because if I do then I’d just throw them away. If I have to pick a favorite, I would say Aus. He’s a kind young man with a good head on his shoulders that I believe anyone could look up to, even if he’s still rather young.

Which character gives you the most difficulty to write for?
No character is too difficult for me to write, although I would say writing Eradin is the hardest. I believe saying why might spoil a few things though!

Do you have a favorite character to draw?
My favorite character to draw is currently Anna. She’s the simplest to sketch, although she does have a few extra parts to her design compared to the other characters at the moment.

Which character gives you the most difficulty to draw?
Eradin. He’s the tallest character, and since every other character is so short, it’s hard to figure out a way to fit them in the same panel!

Where can we find you?
Tumblr: https://ingenimiaauscomic.tumblr.com/
webtoons: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/ingenimia-aus/list?title_no=361070
Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/IngenimiaAus/info
Comicfury: http://iacomic.thecomicseries.com/
The Duck Webcomics: https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Ingenimia_Aus/
Deviantart: https://www.deviantart.com/dflimbingo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ingenimia_aus
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ia_comic/

Anything else you want the people to know about yourself or your comic?
Nope!!

Shout out to ShadowBestie for helping me edit/format this interview!