0becomingX is the online identity for Michelle Silva, a drawing fanatic born in 1986. Silva is a professional comic troll who lives in Arizona, USA. She is the creator of Click Track Lolita.
Synopsis: *Updates Fridays* Click Track Lolita is Arcadia’s local girl band whose quest to obtain fame leads to a discovery of an ancient secret. Follow Click Track Lolita as they try to navigate building a career, finding romance, and fight to be heard.
Did you go to school for either art or writing? If so, what school?
Yes, I have a degree from the University of Minnesota. Although, I really feel like a degree isn’t necessary for making comics! You can learn so much online these days!
What is the main genre of your comic? What appeals to you about that genre?
I would say fantasy, this comic was my desire to mix fairy tales with a modern twist of punk.
Are there any other genres that apply to your comic?
Romance and horror!
What was your inspiration for the story?
This comic is something I’ve been toying with for a long time. I created the characters and initial concept in 2004 and have kinda been obsessing over them ever since. It’s taken me way too long to get around to actually illustrating the story.
How long does it take you to complete one page?
The comic is actually completed, at least the first volume. I did the whole book in stages: first script, then I did all the thumbnails for the book in 6 months, then I inked each page, which took about day a page, scanning, toning, and finally lettering. It’s really hard to say, since it was broken up but IT TOOK A LOT OF TIME! Comix are hard work.
What is your process like for creating comic pages from start to finish? What tools do you use?
For this comic in particular, I wanted it to have the punk rock, gritty look, with manga tones, and India ink. I made textures and patterns with stamps that I fit into the comic digitally, with Photoshop. After the artwork was completed, I put everything together in Indesign and lettered it.
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?
This comic is finished but not fully uploaded. If the comic is successful and has enough readers, I might consider making a second volume at a later date. I still love drawing the characters so much and have LOTS of fun ideas for more pages but I tried to leave the story in a good resting spot at about 250 pages.
How long did it take you to plan the comic before even beginning to physically create it?
10 years?! XD Time slips away quickly when you keep putting things off!
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?
So many hurdles. This comic originally was posted in 2006-2007 and some guy named Len Wallace found my comic at the time, called Once Upon A Time (this was before the TV show). Wallace asked me to make a graphic novel with him and Oni Press, and of course I said, “Yes!” So I stopped making the comic to draw Love Buzz. After working on Love Buzz, I was exhausted. I drew Love Buzz while attending my last two years of college, which was hard and wasn’t the best idea. After I finished school it took me a long time to get the steam to make another big comic. In the following years I spent a lot of time making mini comics and doing short stories for anthologies. When my kid was born, I felt like it was now or never!
What is your favorite part about working on your comic?
What is the most difficult part about working on your comic? How do you overcome it?
The most difficult part of working on this comic is PROMOTION. BAH! I love working on comics and making stories but I have a hard time getting out of my bubble. I have to keep telling myself my comic is good enough to bother people with it! Promotion is a necessary evil that every artist has to do or else you’re just having a conversation with your art! XD
Do you have a favorite character to write for? If so, why? Tell us more about them!
Honestly I love each and every one of them!! Each character in this story has a unique feature and story that I had so much fun creating! But, I think the main character Isabell was my baby who kept me feeling inspired.
Which character gives you the most difficulty to write for?
The villain. :/ The more I wrote the villain in the story, the more I loved them and didn’t want to do them any injustice.
Do you have a favorite character to draw?
Which character gives you the most difficulty to draw?
THE BACKGROUNDS; the city of Arcadia! I read somewhere that the backgrounds are characters in your comic, and it’s true. They should be treated with as much love as the human characters!
Where can we find you?
I have a blog with an About the Creator section which includes a link to everywhere I am on the internet!
I also have other comics! A completed comic called Stakeout on Webtoons, which is a college drama about lost love and a collection of mini comics, all available for free! I also have some exclusive PDF comics on my Gumroad Shop available for purchase.
Also, the graphic novel, Love Buzz, written by Len Wallace with art by me and Davey Tuney, has been pirated so that is also free to read too! lol
Anything else you want the people to know about yourself or your comic?
I also write a blog. I know blogs are old-fashioned these days, but I’m a dinosaur!! RAWRRR!!! In my blog I write poetry, do sketchbook tours, photograph thrift store finds, keep a dream diary, review web comics and comic books, discuss inspiration, share music, and lots of other fun stuff!
Shoutout to ShadowBestie for formatting this interview <3