The Hidden Elephant has always been interested in fantasy since a young age; they read the Enchanted Forest series and the Song of the Lioness when they were in elementary. They carried that with them as they grew up, but their artistic interests began with giant monsters, where they drew simply because they didn’t have the space to articulate the concepts floating inside my head. Flash-forward yea many years, and they’ve fallen into doing a fantasy webcomic. They are the creator of The Wide Ocean.
Synopsis: A princess, lost at sea, is rescued by a shark-woman. Together on a tropical deserted island, they learn more about each other and their worlds. They must survive against the mistakes of the past, and, hopefully, create a bright future.
Did you go to school for either art or writing? If so, what school?
Yes I did! University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
What is the main genre of your comic? What appeals to you about that genre?
High Fantasy; you really can do anything with it, and even if you go on the tried and true classics, you can still make it your own and do your own thing.
What was your inspiration for the story?
My fascination with the ocean and my love of Fantasy.
Do you have any favorite artists or writers who influenced your style?
Tamorra Pierce (she wrote Song of the Lioness and other Tortall books), as well as Sir Terry Pratchet.
How long does it take you to complete one page?
Longer than I would like.
What is your process like for creating comic pages from start to finish? What tools do you use?
I got my script (that I’ve written out beforehand), then I sketch and letter it, draw it, color it, apply any special effects, and give it a good once-over. Note: Music is a must.
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 not; I’m guessing it’ll be maybe 600 pages when finished? I’ve got a poor idea on the length, but it will definitively end. (I may need an epilogue)
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 overall size of it; I’ve bitten off quite a lot here, and kind of wish I did much shorter stories to begin with.
What is your favorite part about working on your comic?
It may very well be the conceptualization, but I do enjoy the coloring process even if I’m no good at it.
What is the most difficult part about working on your comic? How do you overcome it?
My own propensity to procrastinate.
Do you have a favorite character to write for? If so, why? Tell us more about them!
Many people like Puarani, but I like Zahrah. She’s smart but not wise, snippy, and has more courage (or bravery) than is healthy. She’ll do things with very little provocation, which is helpful when writing.
Which character gives you the most difficulty to write for?
It’s not characters that are hard to write (provided I can remember who knows what); it’s moments of downtime as I go from big plot point to big plot point.
Do you have a favorite character to draw?
Zahrah; I’d like to add in Puarani, but the Sharkfolk are too similar too often.
Which character gives you the most difficulty to draw?
Anybody with extensive amount of tattooos; I make them complicated.
Where can we find you?
Anything else you want the people to know about yourself or your comic
It’s got sharks and zombies, and it will also have pirates and ifrit.
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