Chapter 3! Thank you to everyone that has been keeping up with the video comic 'Astralfinch'! Getting closer to the release of my Webcomic and I encourage you to check that out too! Make sure you follow Wilbur Comics on instagram click here.
This is honestly one of my favorite chapters! You get the gist of our main character, Erika, and our main villain, Mr. Vanish. So now we can focus more on the story arc and development of characters. Originally the festival was suppose to be a trip to the mall, but we just saw that a while back ago in the anime. Also, what is more Japanese than a good ol' fashion festival? Some scenes got cut, like Erika asking Iida to go into a dish shop and look for a set of dishes. She would have her wings out at this point, and wouldn't be able to go into the small store without possibly breaking something. I wanted this to be a good time to show what some of the struggles she faces with having wings. It was also suppose to demonstrate how uncomfortable she feels about having her wings out, because people have a tendency to stare.
This ended up being kind of a soap box for myself, because many times when I was a kid I too stood out. I have Auburn hair and eyes, and growing up I had people starring at me, or asking if I died my hair. The school I went to in my elementary and early middle school years didn't have many red heads. I got a lot of attention because people thought I was pretty, but I still didn't like it. I feel like Erika has the same crutch. Her white big and beautiful wings are admirable, but she also stands out in a crowd. It's well known that not many people in Horikoshi's world have wings. We establish she isn't really attractive looks wise, and actually is suppose to be average. Here wings though is what separates her from a crowd, and back in California, it gets her constantly recognized. So she bought a jacket that could hide her wings, and help her blend in.
This character in some ways is a personification of myself, but mostly a vehicle to address some troubles and issues I think characters may have in Horikoshi's world. This was a fun chapter, and I think some may notice the nod I made to the My Hero Academia: Vigilantes series and characters found in the manga.
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Every one has that skill they let drift away in the background. It didn't pan out, or you thought you were not good enough. So you let it go, and tried to be more realistic. Maybe your like me and you got a second chance, even if it looks like a complete failure.
I had been drawing since I could get my hands on a pencil. I plaster notebooks and loose paper with my little drawings. At a young age, everyone draws cartoons and little comics of observations. Many artists start this way and graduate to more of a realism approach, or dive into abstract style. I, for some reason, was always facinated with animation and cartooning methods. I had a hard time training myself to draw more realistic artwork, but I did because I saw the benefits. I was in art class through most of middle school and high school (I skipped one semester to broaden my courses). I had always been one of the best artist in class, but I felt like I fell short. Mostly because I was more interested in cartooning and a 'messy' style of art. I always thought it was because I was lazy, but the better reason was it didn't resonate with my soul.
In senior year of high school, I decided to pursue a film degree. Objectively, I assumed I wasn't cut out to be an animator, and I always was enamored with the process of filmmaking. I was also an active thespian in high school, so it made sense to move into the movie realm. I spent four years investing in learning about filmmaking and how to craft a story. I even took classes outside of my major to make sure I had a rounded education. When I graduated I tried a basic nine-to-five job, and quit about a month in. Then I was an independent video contractor for years, until I again needed a more stable income. This lead me to work for a church for about three months, till I was fired.
I spiraled; hard. Overeating, and constantly too depressed to even leave my own room. I would only leave to get enough food to last me for a while, and I was afraid of running into my friends. The only thing that made me feel even an ounce better was drawing on my iPad (which I purchased before losing my job). It gave me joy to create stories again, ones I assumed were not good enough to share.
After a while, I moved back home to Colorado for multiple reasons. There, I was determined to do something with my life. I was given a chance to basically do a six-month personal study on cartooning and minimal animation. I worked on character development, and lunged myself into making a comics, even if they were just sketches. It was the only thing that was making me happy. I spent a lot of time trying to even wrap my brain around where I was at in my life. It was a hard time, and yet also a very educational one.
So now, here I am, making comics like I dreamed of doing as a kid. Not really making any money from it yet, and I have a long road ahead. I'm the type of person who has great ideas, and never finishes them. Maybe it will be like that again, but I'm gonna work on that. I want to make stories that change people's mindset and makes them happy. Something, when they read or watch it, forget what was stressing them out and can laugh a bit. Storytelling has always been my goal, and I'm gonna see what stories I produce this time.
Work to make the world you imagine.
Hello! If you have been keeping up, then you know Erika Richardson's hero name has changed to 'Astralfinch'. I made the decision because I only uploaded the trailer and first chapter, so there was still time to make such a drastic change. I'm sure some of you liked the name 'Arkangel' but X-Men already featured a hero like that, and apparently there is another My Hero Academia fan video called 'Archangel'? So we needed something new to make this comic stand out more. It doesn't change the story, or character at all, and actually the name is more unique. I feel like it fits in Horikoshi's hero society better. So sorry for this change, but I think it was the right move.
Now, let's talk abut our villain, Mr. Vanish. His real name? I don't even know. It really is best for his current profession to be nameless, since he is the guy you hire to take care of everything. Assassin, private investigator, arms dealer, black market distributor... the list goes on. His unique quirk allows him to go anywhere without being detected, and can easily kill anyone that gets in his way. Erika and Mr. Vanish share a similar trait of having super versatile quirks. Erika can make multiple air weapons out of air currents and Mr. Vanish can not only vanish whenever, he is quick about it too. You do notice his time interval extends a bit, and that is from his quirk tiring him out. The 'vanish quirk' does remind you of Kurogiri, but Mr. Vanish can't use his quirk on other people like Kurogiri does. Mr. Vanish can only move other people if he is touching them and even that is tricky for him, so he doesn't do it often. We do know that Mr. Vanish (for the most part) has to see where he is going to activate his quirk. Kurogiri can warp people anywhere without seeing where he is gonna put them. I'm not worried about my characters having similar powers to other characters in Horikoshi's world, because Horikoshi establishes that people do have quirks that resemble other quirks. Which makes sense if we consider quirks work like basic genetics, in that people have similar hair color or noses to one another, but share no clear blood relation.
Mr. Vanish is an interesting character and has a lot going on in his brain. You already get the sense this guy is a little crazy, but you don't know to what extent. His response to Erika is very playful, much like a cat with a bird in their clutches. He likes seeing it try to fly away before catching it again. She tries to be inventive, but facing against a guy with that quirk and speed would be hard for any seasoned pro. Mr. Vanish gets a lot more intense as the chapter progress, and it makes for some exciting fights.
His look hasn't really change from the original design either. Mr. Vanish needed a more 'Japanese' feel to him than Erika, so I tried to make his outfit stylish. I used the same type of jacket and t-shirt for another original character of mine. Also the hairstyle is a common one I use for men with longer hair, which is kind of a signature. The star on his left cheek was a last minute decision when getting his final look down, and its a nod to another original graphic novel I have been working on since I was in eighth grade. I'm excited for you to know more about this guy, cause he has a rather unique point of view on hero society.
Thanks again, and remember to make the world you imagine!
Hello! If you are reading this, thank you for checking out my MHA Fan Fiction Comic: Arkangel. If you are reading this and have no idea what I'm talking about let me give you a quick explanation. Those who don't need an explanation can scroll down.
MHA = My Hero Academia a manga done by Kohei Horikoshi, which is wildly popular among many anime and manga enthusiasts. Anime and Manga are a form of Japanese media. I made a fan fiction comic basically about original characters I have made, put into Horikoshi's world and those characters interacts with Horikoshi's characters too. I'm making a storyline in his world that I thought up of, but the storyline is not canon. That means my storyline it is not recognized by Horikoshi as truth in his story. Therefore, what I write may follow a lot of the rules and regulations Horikoshi has made in his world and I may get some facts right about his world, but my story is not part of his original story plot. It's like an alternate universe to his world with people I would like to exist. That's how most fan fiction works, and as long as Horikoshi is cool with me doing this fan fiction comic and I legally don't make any money from it, I'm am okay to do this. If Horikoshi does not find my work flattering (which I'm trying to convey I love his world and just want to put my own nerdy twist on it), he can ask me to take it down. Which I will do with no hesitation. I'm not trying to steal his work.
Alright now that we have covered that, let's get into some 'behind the scenes' of the creation of this fan fiction.
First off, I love super heroes and have always dreamed of being one. If I could only have one power, it would be flight. Ideally flying would be mixed in with super strength or some other cool power set. When I watched MHA the anime, I was immediately hooked. I already was a big fan of anime and mixing that with super heroes made MHA my new addiction. I've watched all the seasons about three times now, and am reading the manga so I can get all the details and character biographies you don't get in the anime. I can't wait for season 4 (nerd scream).
If you read the character page above, Erika was originally created to be a third party so I could comment about the MHA world in comic form. I was already doing these kind of comics with Digimon on my Tumblr. I got a little carried away with creating a back story, and it was consuming my thoughts so I had to make a graphic novel out of it. That too was originally done for fun, but then I thought "This would be a great opportunity for me to learn how to draw action shots better for my own personal stories." That lead me to re-draw my comic and make it more of a sharable fan fiction comic. Her wings and quirk was decided before I ever knew about Horikoshi's character Hawks, and Yoarashi. I kept both, because her quirk works differently than Yoarashi, and Horikoshi has already explained that some people in his world have similar quirks and develop similar mutations.
I already know a lot about editing videos, so making it into a YouTube video was an easy next step for me. I also thought this was the best way to get it out to other fans of MHA since fan fiction comics are not as easy to share as traditional written fan fiction.
As you can see in the photos above, Erika went through a few changes, but the original look pretty much stayed the same. Even her original hero costume didn't go through many fixes. Her hero costume was to seem a little lame, and bland. I wanted her to have a mask to show she is a private person, and not make her suit sexy because that also speaks to her personality. She is a young a new hero trying to figure things out, so there had to be something incomplete about her look. She does have a different costume on the graphic novel cover. You'll see her in action with that costume soon enough.
Now, where in the MHA story does Erika come in? She is in an alternative timeline after the Komino Attack, but before the Pro Hero Testing Arc. As if there was a magical two months between those events. I didn't want people who watch the anime to have spoilers about what is to come, except there is a character you meet later that is only in the MHA manga so far. They play a little role, but not enough to give spoilers.
She does look like a cartoon version of me, but honestly we are not that much a like. When I draw her, I don't feel like I'm drawing me. Erika is like drawing any of the other characters and she has strong opinions about who she is.
I hope you enjoy the comic as it continues and I'm excited for you to see how my artwork grows as you read on. Feel free to comment here, or on my videos, or any of my social media outlet. If you want to aggressively troll me and treat me like crap, I won't stand for that. I welcome constructive critique, but this is a comic for fun, not somewhere you can shove your opinions down someone's throat.
Thanks again and always work to create the world you imagine :)