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Here you go, from our local writer :iconshadow-hoshi: herself!

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ALRIGHT EVERYONE! It is answer time!


How did you come up with Scarlette?
Inspiration from Jersey Shore would be the best answer. Arielle dabbled in the show to have something to talk about with her catty co-workers. She wanted to design a character who had that mentality. No limits, just a dumb teenager who would just go home with any guy. And you need to have that mentality to be dumb enough to go home with sexy but totally dangerous guy like Thrax. But you have to put into account that she's the Mayor's daughter. Arielle is a fan of "princess" type characters. She was raised better than to act like a Jersey Shore kid... therefore Scarlette is a wannabe. To Scarlette's credit, she knows she makes a lot of stupid decisions. But she wants the excitement, and unfortunately like most teenagers, she deals with peer pressure. All she wants is to be "cool" and fit in with her germ friends, and bad choices lead her to fall into this life with Thrax. Moral of the story: don't be Scarlette.

What does Tim look like, and what does he do?
I'm about 90% sure that Tim is a white man in his 30's. Beyond that, I honestly don't know. We didn't focus on him very much.

What's Daddy's phone number cuz he's a hottie!
I'm sorry but the Mayor does not give out his personal number to strangers.

How long do you plan to go on with the plot and what can we expect to see happen in later chapters?
The story itself is about 21-22 chapters long total. We plan on going with it to the very end. And Awesomeness.

How did you come up with the idea of the story and it's characters?
Arielle and I roleplay the story out and we are very much discovery writers, meaning our best work comes from "winging it" or not planning things out all the way. This started as Arielle really liking this movie and going "hey let's play with some Osmosis Jones stuff!" and I said "Okay" and we go from there. Once we really find a good flow, we build off what we've done, make things work and after it's all finished we go back and fix things like poor dialogue and plot holes. Characters write themselves.

Why is Timmy so healthy?
That's what happens when you eat right and exercises frequently.

Is the original movie going to effect the comic in anyway or are you going to ignore Thrax's death?
No, the comic takes place long before the movie, and Thrax's death. This story is very much a prequel and there is no relation to the movie aside from the style and the character of Thrax.

How to you two collaborate together with the writing and drawing?
The writing is already done, which is "written" through roleplaying over instant messanger. Arielle plans and works on all of the pages herself, and I'm there to help in the editing process.

Is there going to be a flashback soon?
Since it's already been mentioned, yes. Chapter 9 is a flashback chapter and one I'm really looking forward to.

What ever happened to Scarlette's mom?
I don't know. We did absolutely nothing with Scarlette's mom. She's just not there for one reason or another.

What's your favorite way to portray Scarlette? Angry, angsty, flaming, etc
I personally like it when she smiles. And her virus form is my favorite between that and her cell form. Arielle likes when she's fashionable. Designing her outfits is her favorite part (and she is quite sad her outfit won't be changing much after this next chapter).

How much of this story do you have planned out?
All of it. The script is finished.

What was Timmy feeling (if anything) when Thrax and Scarlette burned down their neighborhood?
Probably nothing. It seemed really intense, but given the microscopic size and the quick response time from the fire department, I doubt Tim even knew something was happening.

What is the actual process of how one of your comic pages is made?
Arielle does 99% of the work. She storyboards the chapter out to make sure everything flows right and to brainstorm how she wants it to look, keeping in mind of different angles and view points. Arielle makes alot of youtube videos so she has a good "camera sense" that she puts into the pages. She then draws it all out with paper and pencil, getting the cleanest lines she can and makes notes for photoshop tweaking like making someone larger or smaller. Then it's scanned in, NOT inked, and colored right in photoshop. The whole process takes about 2 days, maybe less or maybe more depending on the difficulty of the page.

I don't really like Scarlette's personality. Will it change over the course of the story?
Probably not. It takes a very long time for a person to change, and Scarlette is purposely flawed to prevent her from being the perfectionist Mary-Sue stereotype of your typical fan-comic. We wanted to make her believable, make her real, in a sense. Scarlette has her good points. She is very booksmart, but you'll never see it. As mentioned, she knows what she's doing is stupid and wrong, but she does it anyway. She makes all the mistakes and poor choices but she also knows better than to try and blame anyone else for her decisions. That's why she bounces back so quickly.

Will we ever see Repib again?
Yes. :)

How much time did the artist need to get this point of fidelity with the original O.J. art style?
Assuming that means, how much time she needed to be able to draw the style: Not long. Arielle's pretty good at catching onto different styles and really, all you need to do (at least for cells) is draw a regular person, take off the nose and give them a line for the membrane and that's it. Tadaa!

I like the story but it's hard to get into it one page at a time. Are there any other formats you could try to do to give us more of the story?
We were actually dicussing trying to do a more Lackadaisy www.lackadaisycats.com/ format and giving you one big piece of multiple pages every update. We may test that out for the next chapter and see how everyone likes it. We'll see.


And that's it! Thank you to everyone who left me questions to answer! I had alot of fun doing this and I hope we can do it again sometime later down the story :)
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Into-Oblivion97 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually liked Scarlette's personality, because let's be honest, 80% of teenagers are like that, some more than others. Sometimes you just wanted to slap her for being so dumb, though e_e ... Yep, getting into the car of a stranger that you know to be a dangerous criminal who happens to recognize you as the mayor's daughter is a great idea and couldn't possibly lead to anything bad. :iconfacepalmplz:
Still, her naive nature is quite lovable, because you end up feeling sorry for her. The poor thing just wanted to be cool and popular, and look what that ended with.
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AQUARules Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012   Traditional Artist
Sooooo, in a nutshell: <a href="[link]">
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SkyChamber Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
"The characters write themselves." THAT IS SO PERFECT!!!!
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Sada-Pazaki Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whohoo! Thanks for the great answers :) I myself kinda get annoyed with Scarlette as well but the reasons I had suspected for how she is ended up being exactly what was explained above lol So great! I wouldn't really want her as a friend but she certainly is believable so that's always a plus :XD:
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R2ninjaturtle Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
She's not the type of girl most of us would wanna be friends with ;) She's got lots of growing up to do.
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Sada-Pazaki Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She most certainly does...I wish she would lol It would take a good long while but a few good slaps from reality should help her out in that area ;)

BTW, thanks for doing this Q&A's thing! It was a good idea :)
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DaMushroom Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I'm up for a dumb broad any day because Scarlett feels real and Thrax does get stuck with WAY to many Mary sues
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TeblynLedrios Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So excited to see Repib again!!
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liliepanda Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^_^ I like this! Makes it feel like the artist and writer actually cares <3
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Shadow-Hoshi Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
That's because we do :)
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