'Explorious isn't a proper word' said the school teacher to his pupil. 'This misnomer is nothing more than a made up pronoun that has no relevance within the confines of decent civilized society' he continued. But he was wrong you know. The teacher was very-very wrong. According to the 'creative dictionary for very nice people' explorious is a word devised by my creative mate, Kata Kane, when she told me about her creative webcomic only the other day, whilst beating up a teacher with his own ego.
1) What are your own origins, Kata? Plus what path did you take in life to get to where you are today? Since the second grade when I wrote and illustrated my own book called “My Explorious Bathtub” -- for a school project -- I just knew storytelling was what I wanted to do. When my teacher told me “explorious” wasn't a word, I was indignant, and refused to change the title. From then on in I told everyone I wanted to be an author and illustrator when I “grew up”.
I also watched the 'Sailor Moon' anime religiously every morning at 6 AM before school started. When I discovered that the TV show was actually based on a comic, I went out and found a few of the single issues and entered the amazing world of manga -- never to return.
3) In your own words how would you describe this story? Catholic school-girl, Ashley Altars, has a major crush on one of the most popular boys in school. She also unwittingly holds one of the two keys to Heaven and Earth. To make matters worse, the owner of the other key is a guy who has been dead since the late 1920s. But not to worry: Seth Charming has been brought to the present day by the twin angels, Sera and Cherry, so he can use his second chance at life to help Ashley with her unrequited love. Angels and demons are fighting for both of their keys, but Ashley's got to deal with bullies, exams, and trying to get the handsome Adam Evenine to actually notice her.
“Heaven is a Place on Earth” by Belinda Carlisle is a good one. I’ll be using that for a title in the future!
6) Your style of art is pure manga, Kata. And I really like it a lot. But what inspired you to draw in this manner? Plus why do you think this style melds so well with your story? Well thanks! When I started reading manga like Sailor Moon, Fushigi Yuugi, Tenchi Muyo, Slayers, and Ranma ½, in middle and high school, they really influenced me, so I wanted to learn to draw like that. All of those different manga styles were just really brilliant to me. I would use tracing paper to copy panels I liked from Sailor Moon, then try to draw the same thing again but without tracing it.
Wow! Lovely motto, Kata. And a lovely webcomic too. So you know what you have to do when you have the time, don't you dear reader? Check out Altar-Girl, plus do the face-face / tumble-tumble thing as well. Go on. You'll fall in love with it at a click of a button.