Cody Jaey is a comic writer from New Jersey, currently living in Tucson, Arizona. He is mainly focused on writing comics, but has also written a children’s book, folk album and two collections of poetry. He is the writer of Meep & Poot.
Synopsis: Meep & Poot follows the adventures of a girl and her faithful dog as they travel the dangerous and exciting wasteland. Spurred on by a mysterious broadcast they set out in search of the source. Along their journey they run into a varied cast of interesting, and unlikely, characters who will help and hinder them on their way.
Did you go to school for either art or writing? If so, what school?
I did not go to school for writing, unless half a semester of liberal arts school counts.
What is the main genre of your comic? What appeals to you about that genre?
Meep & Poot falls into the fantasy genre. It is certainly a child friendly book, but I think it appeals to a wide age group. I enjoy the fantasy genre because it gives you a bigger sandbox to play in where the rules are far more relaxed and anything can happen.
Are there any other genres that apply to your comic?
I would also classify it as a comedy.
What was your inspiration for the story?
The story was spurred on by a random drawing of a girl and her dog that my long time friend and collaborator Gabby Vee did in art school. I fell in love with the characters and held onto them in my brain for years until I finally had a story for them. Gabby gave me the go ahead to run with the characters and even illustrated two of the issues before Tyler Majo took over the project.
How long does it take you to complete one page?
I usually take about 3 to 4 days to come up with a fully finalized script for an issue of Meep and Poot. From there Tyler takes it and will usually spend about one to two days per page depending on the detail required.
What is your process like for creating comic pages from start to finish? What tools do you use?
I’ll usually spend 3-4 days working on a scripts, once I’m satisfied with it I will pass it along to Tyler. She’ll draft up the panel sketches and we’ll usually meet up for coffee and go over the comic sketches before she takes to the tablet for the final lines and color.
Is your comic a finished work? If no, how long do you think 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?
Meep & Poot is an ongoing series. We plan to have the first story arc be seven 12-page issues. The story will probably continue after the initial story arc, but at the end of the arc there will definitely be a satisfying conclusion.
How long did it take you to plan the comic before even beginning to physically create it?
Once I finally got an idea for the world of the characters it took me about a year to fully realize where I wanted the story to go.
What was the biggest hurdle you faced during the course of making of 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?
The biggest hurdle I found was finding a home for the comic. We started with some rough zines that we passed around at conventions before finally finding a home on webcomics.com
What is your favorite part about working on your comic?
My absolute favorite part of working on my comic is how lovable and fun the characters are. It’s become my a palette cleanser of sorts between other more loaded or emotional projects to just sit down with Meep & Poot and have fun.
What is the most difficult part about working on your comic? How do you overcome it?
I think the most difficult part of working on any comic is getting passed self doubt, luckily as a comic writer I get to work with a partner. It’s always easier to accomplish a project when there’s two of you to cheer each other on through the process.
Do you have a favorite character to write for? If so, why? Tell us more about them!
My favorite character to write for is Poot the dog, mostly because he is an adorable goof, but also because I find the challenge of figuring out how to emote through the limited supply of barking onomatopoeia.
Which character gives you the most difficulty to write for?
All of the characters tend to flow pretty naturally. Meep would be the most difficult just because sometimes her dialogue lands a little stiff on the first draft.
Do you have a favorite character to draw?
Tyler really enjoys drawing Meep.
Which character gives you the most difficulty to draw?
Tyler finds Poot most difficult
Where can we find you?
Meep & Poot is currently on Webtoons. I also have a silent comic called “Oneiri” that I worked on with Gabby Vee, and I’ve recently started a collection of mini comics with a variety of different artists that I’m currently uploading called “A Little of Your Time.”
Anything else you want the people to know about yourself or your comic?
We currently have two issues out now done by the amazing Gabby Vee, and the Tyler Majo first issue actually debuts in early May and it will be entirely her artwork going forward.
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