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Schoolgirls and Succubi! The Devil of Angel Classroom

GeeTee is a computer technician from Massachuesetts, USA. He’s been making amateur comics using 3d programs since 2015 and is the creator of The Devil of Angel Classroom.

Synopsis: In a small school in a small town there is a classroom unlike any other. Shiroi Hane Girls Academy. Classroom 2-1. The students nicknamed this classroom “Second Heaven” of “Angel Classroom” because all of the students are angelic, beautiful, and talented. That is all of them except for Natsume, who just blends in with the background, and is as normal as you can get. Because of this, she has been given the nicknames “Normal Natsume” and “The Devil of Angel Classroom”.

One day, she finds a red ribbon, and decides to put it on, in the hopes of making herself stand out a bit more. What she didn’t know was that the ribbon was enchanted to summon an impulsive succubus name Amaranthe, who, through the power of the ribbon, is stuck on earth until she helps Natsume become more popular. With Natsume’s former best friend Masami’s help, the three of them are now on a romance-filled quest to win the hearts of their fellow classmates, complete with devious bullies, angels, succubi, and a robot maid.

This won’t be easy for either of them.

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

What is the main genre of your comic? What appeals to you about that genre?
The main genre would be a supernatural yuri(lesbian) school drama. School Dramas are nice because its fun to think about when you were in high school, and the only real worries you had were tests, and your friends and blooming love life. The supernatural elements come from the world of succubi and angels that our main character is involved in. She kind of becomes a boundary between those two worlds. The yuri element is that a vast majority of the cast are girls who like girls (duh). There is something warm and fuzzy about yuri in manga and anime I like. Note, however, this is a story about girls who are lesbians, this is NOT a story about BEING lesbians, if that makes sense. I am not qualified to write a story like that.

Are there any other genres that apply to your comic?
Yes, there are comedy, romance, slice-of-life and some mystery beats to go along with it.

What was your inspiration for the story?
Oh there are many. The main inspirations being shoujo manga from the early 2000s. Stuff like Fruits Basket, Peach Girl, Mars, X-Day, and Boys over Flowers. There is also some huge Shounen manga inspirations, like Urusei Yatsura, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

Do you have any favorite artists or writers who influenced your style?
Hirohiko Araki’s character design process is a massive influence to how I design my characters, and Rumiko Takahashi is a big inspiration when it comes to writing romance.

How long does it take you to complete one page?
If I’m just making comics, without any breaks, it usually takes me from 2-5 hours per page depending on various things, mostly related to page layout, and dialogue.

What is your process like for creating comic pages from start to finish? What tools do you use?
From conception, I use Koikatu Chara Studio for images. Its a posing program for the game Koikatu. After some time posing, and taking screenshots, I import them into Adobe Photoshop CC, where I do page layout, and other comic things. I also use a Gaomon PD1560 tablet for things like brush stroking, patching clipping issues, and other fine tuning things.

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?
Its not finished. I do have an ending planned, but I’m thinking I will be working on this comic for at least a few more years before we get to it. Honestly, I think we’re about halfway done.

How long did it take you to plan the comic before even beginning to physically create it?
The concept of my comic was something I thought about for about a month before making my first page. The first thing was creating the classroom students, which, admittedly, most of them were carry overs from my first ever comic. Next, was Amaranthe, and their teacher, who was also a carry over. After that, I everything just came to fruition when I started making my first few pages.

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 have right now is the limitations to the first program I used. There were story points I really wanted to use that I thought were impossible in that first program. If someone started my comic from the beginning, they would notice a drastic art style change between chapters 2 and 3. That is because I switched programs from the extremely limited Harem Studio to the much more open ended Koikatu.

If I could go back in time, and talk to myself, I would say “WAIT A YEAR, AND PLAN THIS OUT! We get a much better program down the road!”

What is your favorite part about working on your comic?
By far, it’s creating characters, with strong personalities, and exploring how they interact with each other and their environments. Character design is some of my favorite things to think about.

What is the most difficult part about working on your comic? How do you overcome it?
I tend to get huge amounts of writers block, and that combined with the fact that its hard to find time to work on my comic, with all of my other hobbies, sometimes I go a few days to a few weeks without creating.

Do you have a favorite character to write for? If so, why? Tell us more about them!
Probably my favorite character to write for is Masami. She fills the role of the main character’s best friend/love interest/tsundere, but I wanted to do more with her character, so I gave her a deeply written tragic backstory, that we haven’t even scratched the surface of yet. Part of writing her is understanding why she is how she is. She has a nasty attitude, and is rather stuck up, and though most would see it as a side of effect to her rich upbringing, there is much more to her than that. I can’t say much more without spoiling anything, to be honest.

Which character gives you the most difficulty to write for?
Honestly, that would be Natsume. Trying to think about how she, a girl with her heart in the right place, determined to help as many people as she can, would handle certain situations, and solve problems has been a bit of a challenge for me. Eventually she will come to face the reality that she can’t help everyone. Some people are beyond help, and it will be a challenge to write how she reacts to that.

Do you have a favorite character to draw?
This probably doesn’t apply to me, but I will answer in the terms of posing. That would be Amaranthe, because her general disposition is to try to be sexy, while also being kind of lazy. When I am posing her manually, I try to keep to that rule, so I tend to have fun creating poses for her.

Which character gives you the most difficulty to draw?
I’ll answer with posing again. EVERY CHARACTER WITH A SKIRT IS SUPER HARD TO POSE! I’ll explain. This story takes place in a Japanese all-girls school with sailor type uniforms, so most characters where skirts. Clipping(where 3d polygons intersect with each other) is a huge issue when it comes to posing characters, and skirts clipping through legs are a major issue, especially when characters are sitting down. I have to manually move every moveable node on a skirt to make it look right when characters are sitting, and that is probably the most difficult thing I have to do when it comes to posing.

Where can we find you?
The comic page is here: http://angelclassroom.thecomicseries.com/comics/
My Twitter is here: https://twitter.com/ComicsGeetee
My patreon is here: https://www.patreon.com/geeteecomics

Anything else you want the people to know about yourself or your comic?
Yep one more thing! The layout of this is traditional manga form, meaning panels are read from right to left.