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What’s Black and White and Grey All Over? MK’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


Marika Kapogeorgakis (aka: Mary) is from Montreal, Quebec and is also proudly Canadian though she is also of Greek descent. She is a full-time housewife/mom/aspiring webcomic creator. Life, its lessons and those she loves inspires her writing and art. Her style is inspired by Looney Toons, 90s noir cartoons and Bruce Timm’s style. She is the creator of MK’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Synopsis: It is an adaptation of the famous tale by Robert Louis Steven, but it is done my way. It is much more lighthearted and unlike most versions, Mr. Hyde is an anti-hero who is not actually evil. With that said, the story is completely unique and the style is a mix of noir and black and white with some splashes of colour. It does have action and off screen deaths, but overall, it is for everyone.

Did you go to school for either art or writing? If so, what school?
No. I am completely self taught.

What is the main genre of your comic? What appeals to you about that genre?
The main genre would be fantasy and this genre has always appealed to me because I love fictional races, magic and fictional cultures as well as mythologies and fairy tales.

Are there any other genres that apply to your comic?
I would say the subgenres are comedy and superhero considering that Jekyll and Hyde kind of word as a tag team for facing bad guys.

What was your inspiration for the story?
The inspiration was a free online slot machine that was Jekyll and Hyde themed and it was also inspired by how our perception of good and evil has evolved with time. Sometimes, being opposites doesn’t mean someone has to be good and the other evil. We are all gray beings and there are different kinds of good and bad people as well as different levels of good and bad.

Do you have any favorite artists or writers who influenced your style?
Stan Lee, Noelle Stevenson, Rebecca Sugar and the Looney Toons

How long does it take you to complete one page?
It takes me about half a day though I don’t do one page all in one shot.

What is your process like for creating comic pages from start to finish? What tools do you use?
I sketch out the entire chapter, then I ink and scan it, then I colour it. It takes me about a month to do one chapter. I use white printing paper, red or pink sketch pens, 0.1 Staedtler ink pens, and for colouring and clean up, I use GIMP.

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?
It’s about halfway done. I predict that it will be done in the span of two more years latest.

How long did it take you to plan the comic before even beginning to physically create it?
It took me about a few months and in the beginning, it was going to end at book 1, but I felt it deserved to be expanded on more.

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?
Sharing it online was a huge step for me because I was afraid of how people would react to it. If I could do it all over again, I would have done this sooner because getting back into writing was the best thing I ever did for my soul.

What is your favorite part about working on your comic?
I like colouring it and writing the dialogue because it makes me feel like I accomplished something.

What is the most difficult part about working on your comic? How do you overcome it?
Making backgrounds was very hard because making them for every little panel was a challenge so, in the beginning, there were no backgrounds. By book 2, I got the hang of making them and they are now included in every part of the comic.

Do you have a favorite character to write for? If so, why? Tell us more about them!
I like writing Jekyll and Hyde especially when they are together because they make me laugh. When you see them interact, they are like two brothers with two very opposing personalities who ultimately have each other’s back.

Which character gives you the most difficulty to write for?
I find that writing Nellie (Governor Carew’s daughter) was more challenging than I thought it would be. I don’t want to give away too much, but writing her is challenging because of how she developed and how her role grew in the story.

Do you have a favorite character to draw?
I love drawing Lucy Harris because she is like a Barbie doll that I love to dress up. I also love drawing Hyde and Jekyll because their facial expressions make me laugh.

Which character gives you the most difficulty to draw?
As weird as it sounds, I find that governor Carew can be hard to draw because his clothes have a lot of details since he wears a lot of gold and accessories.

Where can we find you?
My webcomic: http://mksjekyllandhyde.thecomicseries.com/
My other webcomic which is a Sunday Funny: http://wordisthebird.thecomicseries.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MKJekyllAndHyde
Tumblr: https://mk-wizard.tumblr.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mk_wizard/?hl=en

Anything else you want the people to know about yourself or your comic?
While I would like to do a comic aimed for grown ups later on, I am an easy going person who doesn’t go for things like shock value or fanservice just to tell a story. What you see is what you get and I am all for explaining things, but I don’t give away what happens next in a story. I can tell you this though that I try to promote positivity and hope through my story telling.

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