Welcome everyone! It's great to have a different kind of visitor once in a while - though I love interviewing fellow authors and those in the publishing industry. I'd like you to meet a pair of women who enjoy writing but also enjoy bringing their own characters to life through the medium of drawing. I love to draw myself and maybe some day I'll post a little of my artwork. Thanks for joining me Raven & Sabrina!
1. Who and/or what are SupernovaDreams? Tell us about yourselves.
SupernovaDreams is the combined name of SupernovaDobe and AntiquityDreams, otherwise known as Sabrina and Raven Winter. We're both longtime artists and writers who have individually been honing on our own skills from a very young age. Since our lives are so intricately intertwined it only seemed natural that our art and storytelling should equally be so, hence the SupernovaDreams projects.
2. How did you meet? And what prompted your collaboration?
We met at a Japanese anime convention in October of 2007 and subsequently got married at the same anime convention exactly one year later. Over the course of our marriage we have, on and off, worked on smaller projects with each other but have been always considered doing something on a much grander scale. When the opportunity arose to work on a comic, we figured it was about time to flex our abilities to do so and just go for it.
3. Where and/or how do you both find the greatest inspiration?
Raven tends to read a lot which is an avenue for inspiration but, honestly, inspiration (for her) comes on a complete whim. It's something that just sort of comes up and slaps you in the face one day and there isn't really any way to call upon it (like it's something that involuntarily happens to you and you have little free will over it). For Sabrina, she finds her inspiration by venturing out into the world to find an isolated corner to concentrate, like a park or a library. Once she has her isolated corner she can focus on her work and really get a surprising amount of work done in a short amount of time.
4. What made you chose to draw manga style in particular? Can you explain what Japanese manga is?
Since our adolescent years, our lives have seemingly revolved around Japanese animation in one way or another. Even our wedding had a Japanese anime/manga theme and took place at a Japanese anime convention where everyone who participated in the wedding (and most of the wedding attendees) were all in anime costumes (cosplay). So, it seems all but natural to want to emulate the style which has had such a great influence in our lives. After all, it is highly doubtful that without anime either of us would have ever immersed ourselves in art in the way that we did.
Japanese manga (or more simply Manga) is merely a Japanese styled form of comic art. This does not mean you have to be Japanese to make it, you just have to understand the art style enough to replicate it.
5. Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?
More often than not the characters will appear first, as characters are often designed after pre-existing Muses for us. Specifically with this comic we had the characters in mind for a while and then we considered a story to go with them. For Raven, she often creates the characters first with the story in mind but won't create the whole story until after the characters have been fully developed first.
For Sabrina, she envisions a world first and what would be appropriate and unique in that world, which includes characters and laws of physics etc. She enjoys making things of less commonplace like fantasy and science fiction, so it's actually pretty uncommon for her to work on a storyline that just revolves around normal people.
For both Raven and Sabrina, the title is almost always an afterthought.
6. What’s the hardest part of a manga for you to create: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
The middle. With the beginning you can start anywhere, throwing characters here and there enough to make the story interesting, and with the ending you just have to think up a good punchline but the middle…? The middle is particularly hard because you have to find ways to keep the reader interested enough to get to the punchline, and with the attention span Americans have today that is not an easy task. It's like constantly having to throw up new and shiny things without seeming gaudy or unrelatable with overdramatics. As Sabrina puts it, it's challenging to keep characters fresh and interesting for the readers especially after you've already introduced them.
7. Has your own life influenced your creativity? And if so, how?
As mentioned before our own lives have seemed to revolve around Japanese animation in one way or another since we were very young. As an artist, it's hard not to be influenced by your life when your life is constantly surrounded by art. After all, nothing is better for getting your creative juices flowing than other creative works.
8. Writing/drawing sex scenes can be a challenge for some authors/artists. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you find your inspiration?
Oh my sex! We should probably explain how the art process takes place first. See, Sabrina does a great deal of the line art first then the raw line art gets passed off to Raven who does any additional corrections and/or additions that need to be done when she does the digital renditions which include (but are not limited to): inking, shading, text layout, etc. Now, Sabrina has no qualms when it comes to sexuality on paper so the sex just kind that comes right out (no pun intended) and that leaves Raven to just sort of muddle through it with a permanent blush stamped on her face and her giggling wife in the background.
Raven compensates by relying on the fact that her wife is so confident in the art and Sabrina's inspiration is… Evidently a secret. Hah.
9. Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left the to imagination?
We use lots of close-ups on the faces to share the emotion of the moment because we realize that the hulk of our readers are female and most females are looking for an emotional connection as well as a physical one. Raven prefers all sexual encounters to be left a bit to the imagination because she finds that the imagination is a more powerful tool than anything that can be displayed, however, Sabrina is all about candid encounters. After all if you're going to pay that much money you might as well get your money's worth, right?
10. What are you favourite yaoi/manga/anime?
Sabrina's favorites are Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, View Finder, X 1999, Record of Loddoss War and anything by Takeshi Obata (Death Note, Bakuman etc) but her biggest inspiration for doing a comic is a comic called Drama Con.
Raven's favorites are Naruto, Kuroshitsuji, View Finder, Gravitation, Demon Diary, Othelo, Clover, Legal Drug, Let Dai, Wild Rock and the Grim Peddler.
11. Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?
Regarding this comic, I would have to say the characters are completely fictitious. Although there are elements of people we know in each of the characters and we have been known to occasionally throw in a side character or two which are entirely based on a friend, so who knows... maybe one of those will pop up later?
12. Who is your favourite character, which you’ve created? And why?
Sabrina's favorite character Eli, she thinks he's just the sweetest thing ever which is mostly true. He's her favorite character arch type which is the genuinely good "I'm gonna save the world someday because it needs saving" type. Ironically, her need to create characters like him is born from a purely cynical distrust of humanity and the want to give the world hope that good people still exist.
Raven's favorite character is 110% Eros. From the red hair to the terrible attitude to his completely ridiculous nature, everything about him is endearing to her… we still aren't entirely sure why yet because it makes no sense. No seriously, it makes no sense because if he were real, she probably couldn't stand to even be in the same room as him.
13. Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis. Where can we purchase it?
14. What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?
Our latest release IS our WiP: Love Descending.
Eros, otherwise known as a “cupid”, has been match making for thousands of years but still doesn’t understand anything about the emotion he induces. Because of his cynicism and outright prejudice against humanity his superiors force him into a year-long exile to Earth. Stabbed with one of his own arrows, he falls down into the mortal world, into the arms of a human man named Eli.
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15. Where do you see your career in the next five to ten years?
What a fantastic question! Admittedly, I don't think either of us have any idea but I'm pretty sure we would love to be collectively working full-time on comics and just having a good time doing what we love. What more could you ask for, right?
Thanks again for joining me, SND! It was great to have you! You can find SND via the link above or by hitting my Deviantart account. They're listed under my friends slot.
I've got a great post for Monday February 7th - getting back into my sex groove! LOL And I'm trying to think of something special to post for Valentines Day - yes it isn't that far off sweeties! Where does the time go? I swear we were just celebrating Christmas and New Years then poof! Here it is the beginning of February. Anyway, I was thinking something hot, something that would make you ooh and ahh! ^_^!!
In March all of us at RLJ will be posting @ Cocktails Magazine! This is really going to be an unreal spread of articles, posts, rants and too many other things to list! Over at RLJ we're hyped and can't wait - what an awesome month ahead! Until my next post have a great weekend!
Happy Yaoi Hunting!!