Today we’re joined by Kika. Kika is a phenomenal writer and visual artist who is best known for their webcomics. They currently have two webcomics posted: Adventure Inc. (a story about a shapeshifter and their employee) and Toss of Fate (a romantic coming-of-age story). Their webcomics have a lot of LGBTQ+ subject matter and they put a lot of themself in their work (through character, situation, or story). It’s clear they’re a talented and dedicated artist who loves what they do, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
Well, I work as a self-publishing webcomic artist. I’m only a couple years into it, but I currently have two ongoing webcomics free to read online. The first is Anything Inc. — an odd business with a shapeshifting owner and an employee who was dragged into this crazy random job. It’s humorous, but does reveal its dark side. The other, and probably more well known, is Toss of Fate — a romantic coming of age comic of two boys in their high school color guard. If you like color guard, cinnamon roll characters, deep sad stories, and dorks in love- you’ll enjoy this.
I hope to eventually break into more comics, zines, and animation/storyboarding whether it be with a company or building it up on my own.
What inspires you?
I think my drive to get myself out there. I want to entertain one way or another and I live to please honestly. So I work hard for the readers of my comics and my friends who support me. Not only that, but my story and characters. I grow close to them and I get excited with every new page I can put out because I see them grow, my art style grow, and the story continue further. It’s very fulfilling.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I love cartoons and comics. I always wanted to make my own cartoons and stories since I was little. I made horribly drawn comics of my friends and I in high school doing stupid random things and would draw stupid things to make others laugh. I love to make other laugh. Thank goodness for webcomics and for enjoying them once I got to college. It gave me a starting point and a way to work on growing as an artist.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
I wish. I should have like something hidden within each page. Only thing I put on each piece of art is my signature in the corner. And I don’t know if it counts but my style. That stands out in itself. It’s very….derpy? LOL, but I love it.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Never give up and keep drawing. I wasn’t able to draw a decent looking character/figure until AFTER college. But with practicing more and more I’m now able to be proud of the characters I draw and they seem relatively proportional. Not everything happens at once, so be patient and give it time. Also, references are your best friend! They really make things look SOOO much better.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as a Non-binary Demisexual.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I recently went to our city’s pride parade and was kind of bummed of lack of not only Ace/ Non-binary People represented, but lack of mercy vendors were sending. I was with my Pan friends and they were over joyed they had pansexual things and they were all selling out and it was Pan city. But I’d ask vendors if they had anything Ace/Demi/Non-binary and luckily ONE vendor had a Demi flag. And thus I was super Demi, wearing that flag as a cape to represent.
Other than that light thing, nothing really thank fully.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Growing up I never had interest in dating or anything sexually. However, literally everyone would be like “Oh, well someday you will.” And that was very toxic to say because once I did get into a relationship, I was so scared for people to know and to be like “I told you so!” Even though it’s not like that at all. Not everything is about sex or things that typical relationships entitle.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Don’t be ashamed of yourself. Especially if you are Ace. It’s scary having everyone around growing up talking about relationships, sex, and being really into it, but then it’s you in the corner not into it and suddenly you’re “Peter Pan”. You don’t have to be into anything. Just be you and enjoy/love who you are because only you can make yourself happy. ❤
And if you ever do end up in a relationship, it’s okay. Don’t be ashamed. Things happen sometimes. That’s how I knew I was Demi.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
To find the main source of link to my work, you can go here: https://kikaescoolio.wordpress.com/
There I have all sorts of art that I do as well as links to my webcomics and social media. My comics can also be found on SmackJeeves, Tapas, and Webtoons. Just look for Anything Inc., Toss of Fate, or the author name- Kikaescoolio.
Thank you, Kika, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.