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June 2016

Comics, Not So Super

Jacques Nyemb Discusses Not So Super.

June 13, 2016 • By
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What is Not So Super?

It’s the story of Daniel an average guy. He goes to work,  eats bad Chinese food… and sometimes wakes up with a random, terribly inconvenient, super powers.

Where did the inspiration for Not So Super come from?

At the time I wrote the story, I was freelancing and expecting my first child. Many of my friends were constantly telling me how much they hated their jobs. Those conversations reminded me of the job I left behind. I kept hearing the same theme; People not deriving any fulfilment in their jobs.

But as a freelancer, I was unlocking so many things about myself. I learned I can take some pretty nice photography, that I could write some decent stories and that I still had abilities even though my past job didn’t provide me the platform to discover them.

Also as a new father I never wanted to have any regrets. I wanted to be an example to my child, that it’s possible to pursue a dream while still being there for their friends and loved ones.

The idea kept growing and I wanted to write a story that was a commentary on that. That we all have powers within us, but it’s up to us to hone them and then decide whether or not we deem them “Super.”

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The lead character in Not So Super (Dan) works as a computer technician for a faceless, cold corporation. Although he tries to make the most of his job, he still feels like an outsider. As an Technical professional yourself, can you relate to Dan?

Being a technical person and creative in a non-technical/creative organization makes for a lot of those “outsider” moments. In some ways Dan is a snapshot of me at various stages in my career.

Dan also suffers from bad dreams. Are the bad dreams a correlation to something bigger in the series?

Those dreams are VERY important and will get clearer 🙂

What was it like working with illustrator Joe Hunter and letterer Frank Cvetkovic?

It’s a surreal experience. Joe Hunter is the first artist I worked with, on the first professional comic I made. I learned a lot working with him and was constantly floored by him bringing new life to my script. Same with Frank. I’m a graphic designer by trade, so bad type annoys me. Frank being a professional letterer, made everything look top notch. They are true professionals and I enjoy working with them.

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What is the future of Not So Super?

Fans of the story will be treated to a full one shot book that will explain everything. I’m nearly done with the script and will be getting it edited in the next few months. Fans of the comic are in for a whirlwind of emotions.


Comics, Motherless Creatures

An Interview With Tressina Bowling of Motherless Creatures.

June 6, 2016 • By

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Give a brief rundown of what Motherless Creatures is all about.

It’s about 3 women who have a very strong sisterly bond. They ride across the country hunting down the scum of the underworld by using their magic.

Of the main characters in Motherless Creatures who do you like the most, Sol, Jelani, or Khu?

Oh gosh…I feel like I haven’t truly spent enough time with the characters yet to have a definite favorite. Maybe for now I’d say Sol…her and I share a similar temperament.

Who is Bisley, and what makes him so special to Khu?

Bisley is Khu’s pet ferret. I like to think of him as her familiar. They both are pretty goofy and fun loving. He’s special to her because he’s the one thing she can nurture and care for. Khu is never without Bisley.

Not only are you a creator on Motherless Creatures, but you have also have done sketch cards for Topps and other companies over the years. What’s the world of sketch cards like?

Ever since I started making sketch cards I always wanted to be involved with a licensed set. My first was the Star Wars Chrome Series and it was HARD. So many cards in such a little time (I came into the project late). Since then I’ve done a Marvel set with Upper Deck and a Mars Attacks Judge Dredd set for a Topps Kickstarter. Each one so different and challenging.

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What is your artistic/creative routine on a daily basis?

I come home from work and sit down at the drafting table. Whether I’m making new work to sell at conventions or client work, I spend several hours each night at the table. Then, of course, on the weekends I put in the bulk of my time working on new pieces. I’m constantly trying out new tools and picking up art books. An artist truly never stops learning. If you think you’re done learning then you’ll never grow.

What tools do you use to create comics, and which do you prefer most?

Bristol 11×17 paper, non-photo blue pencil and Copic multiliners. Then scan and work through Photoshop on colors and the dreaded lettering. I still really prefer traditional methods than digital.

What’s the one thing that you love most about making Motherless Creatures?

Bringing these character designs to life.

Tell us where people who enjoy your work can find you on the Internet.

You can find me through my Twitter & Instagram @tressabowling, My Facebook page Tressina Bowling ART, www.dracullama.com and my site www.tressinaart.blogspot.com