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Welcome to HELL… City! – Hellbound

Ahmara Smith is from Atlanta Georgia and makes the Webcomic Hellbound!

Synopsis: WELCOME TO HELL …CITY! When Mike’s brother, Sean, gets sucked into a portal to Hell by an evil demon king, Mike must brave the underworld to bring him back, or die trying! But that’s easier said than done, Hell City is a lawless town run by organized criminals and populated with demons who’ll do anything to take what’s yours and kill you too! It doesn’t matter what goes down, Mike isn’t leaving without his brother, no negotiations, even if that means teaming up with an actual demon to do it!

Did you go to school for either art or writing? If so, what school?
Scad for comic art

What genre(s) apply to Hellbound?
Fantasy, romance

What was the inspiration behind the story?
Action movies and shoujo manga

How long does it take you to complete one comic page?
4 hours usually

What is your process like for creating comic pages? What tools do you use?
I use clip studio! Um I just do thumbnail, pencils, inks, colors, lettering. Every time!

Do you have any favorite artists who influenced your style?
More like general styles. I think spiderman comics glossy realistic style and shounen manga because they have lots of good expressions and dialogue.

How long did it take you to plan the comic before even beginning to physically create it?
Probably like…a year….I was really taking my time. Its personal project so its casual.

What was the biggest hurdle you faced during the course of making Hellbound? 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?
I’m still making it! But so far…the biggest challenge was finding the courage to post it online and ask people about it. It’s really a work of what I love so naturally its embarrassing to admit.

What is your favorite part about working on Hellbound?
Looking at the pages improve over time. Makes me feel nostalgic.

What is your LEAST favorite part about working on Hellbound?
Advertising! Managing online presence is a whole job! It’s a lot of hours at the end of the day.

Do you have a favorite character to write for? If so, why? Tell us more about them!
Yes! Of course my two main characters. I love writing them and their interactions. Haha. They’re spunky.

Which character gives you the most difficulty to write for?
Probably the angels. I want to convey lots of things with their characters and also give them their own set of goals its hard…

Do you have a favorite character to draw?
Hmmm probably Ollie. Their head is like a chicken butt. I love it.

Which characters gives you the most difficulty to draw?
I’ve been drawing them all for a while now but probably the hardest literally is Volac. They change sizes and I want it to be clear…I guess by the end of this I will be great at drawing proportionally! Haha!

Where can we find you?
My website is ahmarasmithart.com and all my social media is under @ahmarasmithart.

Anything else you want the people to know about yourself or your comic?
Please have fun reading my comic!

 

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