Company: Unlazy Studio
Job Title & Description: Freelance Comic Artist
Jamie: How long have you been working in the industry and how long have you been involved in your current project?
Savannah: I’ve been posting my daily comic strip since May 2006. I was in college and also had a comic strip in the student paper. Unlazy is an on going project.
Jamie: Describe why you chose the webcomics industry and the path you took to get there (education, internships, etc.)?
Savannah: Doing webcomics is flexible. Yes you need to be consistent and stick to a strict schedule but you get to set the rules on that. Work in your pjs or bikini if you want. My daily comic isn’t a pain or burden. It’s more like a journal for me. Some days I don’t have much to write about or feel under the weather. It’s ok. I don’t take it very seriously. Once I settle on an idea/story for a new webcomic, I’m 100% sure I’ll treat it differently. Unlazy is my happy place.
Jamie: You have worked on the webcomic Unlazy since 2006. Can you tell us what the story is about and what inspired you to create it?
Savannah: At SCAD my Introduction to Comic professor, David Allan Duncan, brought in some mini comics. One of them really inspired me. I can’t remember the name now but the man had started doing a daily comic and printed them into a book. Watching his progress through the mini comics I thought, “I can do this!” and unlazy started there. A practice to work on something every day. I fall off the boat a bit but I always get back on. I was also inspired by many webcomics that weren’t daily back then. Demonology 101, Flipside, Rice Boy, Gunnerkrigg Court, and Sinfest to name a few. There are SO many webcomics I read.
Jamie: Any lessons learned you like to share about your time as a web comic creator so far?
Savannah: Yes! Be brave and work hard. Oh and prepare!!! Tell the stories you want to hear. I had another webcomic a few years ago. You can look at it here:
There are so many things I did wrong with that comic! Mainly, I did not prepare enough. Before starting a webcomic I recommend having MINIMUM 3 months of content. Having a buffer and being ahead will save you. Life likes to throw you curve balls but readers are your customers. Last thing they want to hear is “That update you wanted is not in stock. Would you like me to call you when it’s available?” Nope. You lose readers, you lose support. Yes, I still have a few loyal readers from my LC days and unlazy but once you develop that bad reputation it is very hard to win people back. Don’t believe me? Check the internet for the many comics on “hiatus”. The elephant graveyard of webcomics.
Jamie: What kind of tools would one need to start a web comic? Is it easy or challenging?
Savannah: I started unlazy with a pencil and an idea. It is as easy or hard as you want it to be. The more you work on something, the better you get at it. I like to work with all mediums. When I work on unlazy these days, it is digital because of time and ease. Cutting out the scanner was perfect for me. Some people prefer to do their comics traditionally and scan them in. That’s great too.
Jamie: Any links to past/upcoming projects or a portfolio you’d like to share?
Savannah: I could always use a few more followers in my social media things.
Twitter https://twitter.com/Nenaluna and
Upcoming projects are for SPX & Nekocon. I’ll have tables at both events and will have some new things there.
Jamie: Since this series does revolve around comics, can you list your Top 5 favorite comics of all time?
Savannah: I already listed 5 of my favorite webcomics in a previous question here are 5 of my favorite printed comics. This is so hard. I also like a lot of the new stuff coming out now! Squirrel Girl, Harley Quinn, Giant Days, Buffy, Island, and JEM.
All time faves are below:
Meridian by Barbara Kesel/Crossgen Comics
Clover by Clamp
Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido
Alone in my King’s Harem by Lily Hoshino
Sushi Girl by Stu Levy & Tavicat
Jamie: Any advice you’d like to pass along to someone interested in the comics industry?
Savannah: Do things. A lot of things. Travel, eat new foods, be nice to people, and live your life. Then draw it. All the time. Fill millions of pages with doodles. Don’t give up. You know why? A lot of people will turn you down, not like your stuff, or even read you work. That’s ok because a few people will and like what you did. That’s the best part. Like any media the comics industry is a popularity contest. The artist & writers who are big now weren’t always known. You bet they worked long hours and drew all the time. They still do. If you’re going to do it, you in it for yourself. To make yourself happy. Trust me, it’ll make other people happy too.
Jamie: Are you attending any events or participating in any panels in Spring/Summer 2016?
Savannah: Sure! I dunno which ones yet but I’ll post unlazy.com or my Facebook when I know. I should get on that…
Jamie: Any last notes or information you’d like to include?
Savannah: Thank you for reading my interview! It was fun and I hope it was helpful. If you’re on Patreon feel free to follow my page! https://www.patreon.com/savannahz?ty=h It’s kinda sitting there right now but I’ve been building up content for it. 3 months worth of stuff! Taking my own advice. That way the updates will be consistent once I finally start. Really exciting stuff. Be unlazy!
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