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Star Spirit – The Story of Spirit-Powered Magical Girls!

Sonisis is a Chicana artist living in Washington State. She creates a webcomic called Star Spirit which is a magical girl/ supernatural comic.

Synopsis: Throughout the history of time, powerful spirits known as Suitors have existed and fought against the evil that lurked among the living called the Disturbance. Many Suitors have fought, won, and lost against these Disturbances, but today, it is Kyla’s turn to save the world of the living. Problem is… she’s not motivated… will we be able to rely on her?

Did you go to school for either art or writing? If so, what school?
I started self taught but whenever I had opportunities for art or literature classes I would take them in high school and college.

What genre(s) apply to Star Spirit?
Magical girl and Supernatural.

What was your inspiration behind the story?
My inspiration for this story was just how cool it would be to use spirits as a superpower.

How long does it take for you to complete one episode?
2-4 days depending on my schedule

What is your process like for creating comic pages? What tools do you use?
I keep a bullet point journal for all the main plot points and I sketch out the story to try and get to each main point.

Do you have any favorite artists who influenced your style?
Kanoko Sakurakoji, she has made lots of Shoujo manga but I loved the way she drew eyes, bodies and hair. Miyuki Kobayashi inspired my writing as she adds lots of comedic tones when possible.

How long did it take you to plan the comic before even beginning to physically create it?
8 years. The beginning of the story is similar to it is now but in between it used to be very different and so much has changed and revised.

How long is Star Spirit going to be once it’s complete? Do you have a set ending in mind or are you just going to keep going as long as you have ideas?
At the rate I’m going maybe 5 years. I have a set ending and some key points sketched out already but I need to work on all the in between stories to lead up to them.

What was the biggest hurdle you faced during the course of making Star Spirit? 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?
Honestly being a people pleaser, it’s the reason it took the story 8 years to develop. Before, a lot of different friends wanted their characters in the story and would tell me how they would be introduced and how they would be involved with the plot and that this one story line would happen, and being the young kid I was I would try and map out and make these plots and characters happen but it ended up making the main character an emotionless robot and that devastated me. If I could go back I would tell myself to just focus on what I wanted to create, this is my story that I wanted to write about the main character and it’s ok to keep it that way.

What is your favorite part about working on Star Spirit?
Working on the key bullet points, when I can finally start sketching out and inking and completing these key pages it’s so satisfying because I can finally share to the world my excitement.

What is your LEAST favorite part about working on Star Spirit?
Working on in between key points. I need to make sure the audience knows how or why key points should matter, I know why because in my head I’ve already discussed why this is so important but the audience doesn’t know. So i’m stuck in this temporary limbo of working on the story and excited for that next big point.

Do you have a favorite character to write for? If so, why? Tell us more about them!
Lady Mariposa, the bad guy. She’s a character i’ve rewritten so many times but her end goal and methods have always remained the same, her design is so fun and her methods of achieving her goals is a bit unorthodox for the normal villain.

Which character gives you the most difficulty to write for?
Kyla Espiritu, the main character. Unlike the bad guy she doesn’t know what she wants but she’s forced to do something she doesn’t want to do, there’s no motivation in her character so the difficulty is trying to give her that motivation to keep going on. It’s the point of the story but that’s how I feel.

Do you have a favorite character to draw?
Lady Mariposa, her design is based on a butterfly, hence the name. Everything about her is drawn in a way of elegance and sophistication, which means I just get to draw her looking pretty, which is fun.

Which character gives you the most difficulty to draw?
Edisone Funk, he has a cane but the real difficulty is just the cane. I have to be careful with how he moves because his mobility is restricted, but also there aren’t a lot of good reference angles for walking canes so when I’m not drawing in a standard angle I have to figure out how this cane is going to look which can get pretty taxing.

Where can we find you?
You can always find me on twitter https://twitter.com/sonisis_
Tapas https://tapas.io/oniimanga/series
Webtoon https://www.webtoons.com/search?searchMode=AUTHOR&keyword=Sonisis

Anything else you want the people to know about yourself or your comic?
I’m always open to critiques so if you ever find yourself confused please let me know, your opinion is most valuable to me! Also I hope you can enjoy Star Spirit and all my future projects.

 

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