Hey everyone! It's our fourth letters column! This is where we round up the questions we received from Patreon backers and respond. In case you're confused, here's the deal: patrons can ask us questions by hitting this link. Please send us questions! If you'd like to become a patron, head over to our patreon!
Do you guys prefer to work on autobio comics or longer fiction stories?
The short answer is long. Longer fiction stories.
The long answer is that we enjoy doing the autobio comics, but there’s no room for us to write about conflict, or hardship, or any kind of narrative at all. There’s no way for us to translate many of our personal experiences into a palatable one-page “story”. Some stories are too complicated for that. And ironically, as we talk about investigating those more personal experiences, we have less of a desire to be the “characters” in the story.
I really like what we’ve been doing with the autobio comics-- I love when people come up to us at a show and say, “This is just like my friends!” I like when people can relate to us. We want to explore that in new ways.
Hey everyone! It's our third letters column (Sorry it's a little late, Yuko's birthday was this weekend and we got caught up)! This is where we round up the questions we received from Patreon backers and respond. In case you're confused, here's the deal: patrons can ask us questions by hitting this link. If you'd like to become a patron, head over to our patreon!
Hope that was a good answer! On to the next one:
Hi guys! I'm a big fan of you both and I have every book of yours I can find and love your style. I got one question for the both of you.
Ananth, what are your influences? What do you like more about writing, character or story?
And Yuko, I love the sense of style your characters have. Where do you get the reference for clothes and poses?
That's it, love your work guys, I hope your Patreon keeps getting supporters!
- Glenn L.
Comments have been off for a while now because the time we spent managing the comments was cutting into the time we were getting work done. We were having difficulty keeping up, and frankly there's no defeating spam bots. Some of the old issues recurred on older posts recently (spam, NSFW links, etc.) and while we were trying to clean them up, a few benign comments got caught in the net. The situation is unfortunately at a point where we want to delete all comments and lock the old posts down. If you have any old comments or conversations you'd like to preserve, you should definitely back them up. We'll lock posts down by the end of the week so that should give you enough time. Thanks for your understanding! It's not my favorite thing, but given the choice between monitoring comments and making more comics, comics wins out (and is a win for everyone, I think). As always, if you have comments or thoughts you'd like to share with us, hit up on twitter or email! Thanks!
Hey everyone! It's our second letters column! This is where we round up the questions we received from Patreon backers and respond. In case you're confused, here's the deal: patrons can ask us questions by hitting this link. If you'd like to become a patron, head over to our patreon!
This time we're only answering one question because we give a reaaaaally thorough answer:
Oh geez. Oh man. Hello. I've been reading since Johnny Wander started back when Applegeeks was still updating and Yuko did some guest strips and god I must have been in the middle of high school then and I had never seen anything as lovely and genuine and fun as Johnny Wander before. It was a bright spot in the teenagery gloom and continues to be an upshot in my day. Thank you.
SO HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS
How come Death turned Ceclia's hand all neat and supernatural, but since they've been together, none of the rest of Cecilia has turned supernatural?
Could you maybe talk a little more about the non-Johnny-Wander stuff in Cuttings? There are notes in the back of the book explaining a lot of the unfamiliar content, but I sort of want to hear more about these scrapped (if they were in fact scrapped) projects. What's Walking Gods? Who's the lone girl with dark hair and neat clothes? (I want to ask more about Cuttings, but left my copy at home and won't be back for a few weeks. D: Maybe next time?) <3
Wow-- you've been with us for a long time, thanks for sticking around. I'm gonna try to run through all your questions:
Hey everyone! Welcome to our first installment of the Letters Column (that we still need a good name for). This is where we round up the questions we received from Patreon backers and respond. In case you're confused, here's the deal: patrons can ask us questions by hitting this link. If you'd like to become a patron, head over to our patreon!
How is Yuko's wrist/arm doing these days? Is she ok?
- Kim N.
Hi Yuko and Ananth,
I wanted to ask about what you guys were planning in the near future now that you've finished Lucky Penny (which was awesome btw!). Will you be returning to the previous format for the duration, or can we look forward to something different altogether (also sorry in advance if literally everyone is asking this)? I have to admit, as much as I enjoyed LP, I've always adored your autobio comics, but I'd really be excited for anything - your work is hugely inspiring.
Anyway, thanks for doing what you guys do, and I'm looking forward to whatever comes next!
Sorry if this isn't the type of question you wanted, or if it's off limits for being personal. But I've been curious since the campaign kicked off: Why did Ananth change his name?
- Jason F.
Hey! I've gotten this a few times so I just wanted to address it. It's not off-limits to ask, but my answer is that I've been thinking about it for a long time, there are a lot of reasons, and it's personal so I don't really want to get into it. Sorry! It won't change anything major as far as Johnny Wander is concerned.
Yuko: "When I was in middle school my mom gave me a book of Audubon paintings and I copied them diligently (to be honest, I did it to help me draw better and more realistic dragons). My first major comics influence was definitely Jen Wang. I was in high school- I saw that she had an ongoing webcomic and she was roughly my age and her art really appealed to me. Terryl Whitlatch's creature designs helped inform my own at an early age. I first became interested in fashion and drawing clothing because of the Tite Kubo's chapter breaks in Bleach. Studying Kali Ciesemier's art made me pay attention to design and layout. My current favorites are Florent Maudoux, Aki Irie, Ivan Bilibin, and Charley Harper."