FIVE FOR CREATING WITH MELISSA CAPRIGLIONE
Welcome to Five for Creating! A new interview series here at ComixCentral where we focus on getting to know Indie Creators and what they are working on through a series of five questions. This week we chat with Melissa Capriglione the creator of Falconhyrste a web-comic which is currently available in collected form through her active Kickstarter campaign.
1. Tell us about Falconhyrste.
Falconhyrste is an on-going web comic about a boy who accidentally awakens a demon on the first day at his new school! And to top that, he also has to deal with a pair of school bullies, a rambunctious school reporter, and a seedy student council organization.
2. There is a ton of representation in this series and I think you do a great job of making it prominent. How important is it to you to showcase all types of race, religion and sexual orientation?
Our point is to have Falconhyrste reflect the real world. We’re not looking for Brownie Points in Representation, but we want everyone who is interested in this comic to feel represented accurately and not feel left out. Both me and Clara identify as lesbians, and we just want to see stories of queer characters going on adventures and doing magic, rather than being defined by our gender identities or sexual orientation. And I feel like that applies to a lot of web comic readers these days.
3. You and Clara seem to be the ultimate team, a real mix of responsibilities on the project. Whats your team dynamic like? Is there a set structure to it or is it a more fluid, depending on how you feel that day type of situation?
We’ve been working together on this project for almost four years, so we’ve had a lot of experience in streamlining our processes. This is a full collaborative project, meaning we write together, come up with ideas together, and sketch together. With our busy schedules, it’s hard to keep up with editing script and constantly doing pages, but we still manage to find time. Our process starts with writing a first-draft script (which is usually really bad), and we edit it over the course of a few weeks. Once the script is finalized, I do the thumbnails and layouts, then send it to her for pencils and lettering. I then finish the pages with line work, colors, painting, and effects.
4. This collection just seems to be the tip of the iceberg for Cei and the crew, is the web-comic ahead of this timeline or do we have to impatiently wait for more?
Our story has been going on for almost four years now, and we just only hit page 200! We’re a bit further behind than we wanted to be, but we started this story while we were both in school. Now that I’m a full-time freelancer and Falconhyrste is getting bigger, it’s easier to spend more time on it. We’re currently in chapter six, and there’s eight chapters plus a prologue in this arc, with a sum of three arcs, so there’s still a long ways to go in this story! We’re confident, however, that our story will develop quickly, and there is much danger ahead for Cei and the crew! Web comics are a slow medium to begin with, but we’ll be getting into the thick of the plot very soon!
5. Here at ComixCentral we are all about promoting all things Indie. Besides your own work, who is an Indie creator or property you think everyone needs to run and go check out?
Here are some of my favorite webcomics that I keep up-to-date with:
Admiral by Matt H. Taylor
XII: Of Magic and Muses by Kristen Kiomall-Evans
APOC by H. Spikings
The Blue Valkyrie by Emily Riesbeck
O Sarilho by Shizamura
Blank Eyes by Marsh Kaleido