“I Promise”: A Collab Comic With Poku

Happy Tuesday everyone! To be honest, it’s been pretty boring here stuck in my house. I have huge urge to go swimming at the beach or at a water park. I actually bought a few swimsuits for myself for when it’s safe to go swimming again. I’m still trying to exercise and eat better. While I have given into some bad cravings lately, I have been working out pretty well. I can tell that my body is getting stronger, which is awesome! I haven’t seen too many physical changes, but it’s not gonna stop me from trying on my new bikinis!

Anyways, I have a great project that I have been working on with my friend Jerry, aka “Poku”. I mentioned it a little bit in my post about Jazz, but my passion for Jazz has moved on to this new comic. If you’re interested in learning about “I Promise”, please read on!

Back in college, around 3 years ago, me and my good friend Jerry wanted to work on something together. We both majored in illustration and had a lot of the same classes together. He is big into manga, leaning more towards “shounen” themed manga and anime. Some of the big ones like “Soul Eater”, “Naruto”, and “My Hero Academia” are some of his inspirations. It’s all about action, thick, dark lines, and strong male characters.

I, on the other hand, lean more towards “shoujo” style of manga and anime. Stories like “Sailor Moon”, “Cardcaptor Sakura”, and “Wedding Peach” are some of my biggest inspirations. Over there it’s all about sparkly eyes, thin lines, and beautiful girls and boys in love. While our styles oppose each other, we both compliment each other very well in terms of working together on a story.

One day after classes, Jerry pitched a story to me about a slice of life, high school love story between two hopeful characters. The girl being an academic nerd obsessed with bugs, and the boy being moody with an affinity for playing the guitar. The story would follow these two falling in love, surviving high school, and making life-long friends along the way. I fell in love with the idea, and we ended up talking about the story all night, mostly him talking and me writing everything down. It was a pretty inspirational night.

Fast forward to now in 2020. Over the years of graduating college and moving around, Jerry and I couldn’t really find a time and place to work on the story, only mentioning it here and there every now and then. But now, it’s really starting to become a reality. As of right now, we have developed the characters more, named the town they live in, and a lot of the overarching themes and plot points that we want to happen. So here goes nothing:

“Meet Teo, a 15 year old boy new to Cicada Valley, a small town hours away from the big city. He moved here with his mom after a life-changing event split the family up. Soon Teo encounters a girl, an intelligent, bug loving girl with fiery red hair and falls for her. Hard. In chapter 1, Teo works with his new friend Luke to try and discover what her name is, only going off of her lost bug journal. This is the start of ‘I Promise'”.

I love this story so much, and Jerry and I have been having a great time working on it together. Our styles are very different; our biggest hurdle is going to be meshing our two styles together, but we want this comic to become real. One of the things I love most about “I Promise” is that it takes place in the early 2010’s when we were in high school, so we’re drawing from our own experiences with teenage life and applying it to the story. Everything about cringe-y first romances, old cellphones with actual keyboards, and a young social media. It’s been heart-warming listening to Jerry’s high school experiences, and sharing my own with him. It’s a story that we can really relate to, and we hope that others our age can relate as well.

If you want to hear more about the progress of “I Promise”, please follow me and Jerry on Instagram. We will be posting some sketches here and there, and I’ll be sure to update the blog about progress we make along the way. We don’t have a deadline for this comic, so don’t expect daily posts!

Thanks for reading our passion project, I hope you are looking forward to the birth of a new story like we are. See you soon with a new post! <3

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