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 :)