FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
❓ Where can I get NewsPrints?
Anywhere that sells books, including your local Barnes & Noble and independent book stores. :D (In fact, please ask them to order more if they’re sold out.) You can also order both paperbacks and hardcovers from Amazon and other online establishments!
❓ Is there a sequel?
❓ How did you get NewsPrints published?
In my last year at SCAD, I went on a school trip to NYC, where I met my editor at Scholastic. She reviewed my portfolio and liked a concept I had been working on since freshman year.
We stayed in contact for about a year, and I developed the concept into a full pitch. Then, she helped me revise the pitch for Scholastic’s Graphix imprint. They also liked it and sent me a formal offer to publish NewsPrints!
SAINT FOR RENT
❓ Is Saint for Rent going to be in book form?
Yes, I’m glad you asked! I’m still working on putting together Book One for print.
❓ I have a theory about time travel / a character / plot.
Nice! I can’t comment on it, though!
❓ Will Armand and Saint get together? / Will this ship be canon?
Only if I like the ship name. Just kidding. If I haven’t made a ship clear in the story, I can’t comment on it.
❓ Where did you get the idea to animate parts of SfR in GIF form?
SfR was conceived in 2010 back when Homestuck and cinemagraphs were super popular. I also found that incorporating GIFs in the backgrounds gave SfR a cool ambiance that made the environments seem more immersive, so I shifted the animation more toward that in later chapters.
❓ How do I book you for an event or class visit?
Please contact my trusty manager, George Rohac:
❓ Where should my class send fan mail?
c/o Scholastic Inc.
New York, NY 10012
Thank you, I love receiving letters! <3 I will not be able to respond to them all, but I read every single one!
❓ Will you sign my book?
There are three ways to get a signed book from me!
Find me at a convention or event that I'm attending!
Check to see if a signed copy is available in my online shop!
Contact Bedrock City Comics for a copy I signed during Free Comic Book Day!
❓ Can I ship your characters?
❓ Can I make fanart / write fanfic / create original characters for your stories?
Yes! Do the fandom thing!
❓ Are you doing [ this convention ]?
My 2020 schedule is here.
Be sure to check back to see if there are any updates or changes! :)
❓ What programs do you use to make comics?
Clip Studio for thumbnails, drawing, inking, and word bubbles. Photoshop for coloring, lettering, and .gif animation. I also use a Wacom Intuos5, since we’re talking shop. ;D
❓ Do you have tutorials? What advice do you have for a new artist?
Occasionally, I post some WIP, but I usually forget to save my process as I go along! It’s why I made a Patreon for my readers! There, patrons can access my WIP gifs for comic pages, sketchbooks where I explain my process, and layered PSD files with my notes. For those who follow my Twitter, I collect informative threads by other artists here.
❓ How do you choose colors?
I use limited palettes because it’s just easier for me to animate gifs with them, so every color I choose has to be harmonious the scene.
Since beginning Saint for Rent, I literally have a set palette I pick the majority of my colors from. It makes for an easier starting point! From there, I pick new colors that I feel look good with whatever color I choose. I tend to start with analogous and split complementary color schemes and adjust accordingly.
Also, I always think in terms of print when it comes to colors, so I try not to use colors that are too high in K levels in the CMYK scale.
❓ Should I go to art school / SCAD?
That’s a personal decision. As with all higher education, you have to consider the costs. Also, you have to really decide if art is what you want to do as a career. Artist burnout is a real thing, and the comics/illustration industries can often inspire self-loathing because it’s so easy to compare yourself to other artists around you.
With all that said, I received a really great scholarship from SCAD, which ultimately influenced my decision to attend. I had a wonderful time in the Sequential Art department, and I’ve made most of my best friends through art.
I will also add academics are still important in art. I speak as someone who loves the humanities and sciences, but also because I got my scholarship through my grades. I had a ton of AP credits and was preparing to zip through college so I could go to law school. If I hadn’t gone to SCAD, well… I still think about the other path, to be honest. :’D
❓ Where do you get your inspiration from?
Everything! I've always been one of those people who reads books and watches media and thinks, "Well, I wouldn't have done it that way." Since I was young, I've channeled that indignation into making fanart and fanfiction, and the combination of the two: fan comics! To this day, if a particular character or plot stays in my head for more than a few months, I make something about them. Often, the more I develop the thing, the more it becomes my own thing until it does become an original piece.
❓ I can't find the answer to my question!
I’ve done some interviews over the past few years! :) Try looking here: