Yep, that’s right. It’s once again time for us to publish a brand-new interview in our art and comics interview series! (don’t miss out on our previous interviews with Rodrigo Ybañez, Team RAGS, Pablo Romero and Kukuruyo!)
Anyways, I think you get the idea. So who did we get a hold of this time then? Well, that someone would be no one less than Larry Higgins from NYOBI COMICS (Larry is the writer and creator of the “Nyobi” comic book series).
And during our interview we ended up talking about everything from the Nyobi comic series, Comicsgate, censorship, cancel culture, the current year’s SJW/PC madness to Larry’s plans for the future.
Right off the bat, thank you so much for taking some time off talking to us, because I know that you’re very busy with your comics and much more. So with that said, please go right ahead and introduce yourself to our readers =)
I am Larry Higgins, writer and creator of the comic book known as Nyobi, and thank you very much for the invite.
How did everything start for you in terms of reading, creating and drawing comics and pictures?
LOL! How much time do you got? I will keep it short. Got into comics around age 12 starting with Spiderman and the X-men. I always loved drawing but really was horrible at it.
I wanted to be a comic book artist and when I realized that was never going to happen I turn my direction into writing and started Nyobi back in 2014.
I’m pretty curious to hear the story behind how NYOBI COMICS came to be? And was it something that you’ve always wanted to do? (when, where, why and how)
Nyobi was created in 1990 for a tabletop RPG called Heroes Unlimited, I was a whole 16 years of age. And I would draw this character throughout the years, long story short when I was 39 I decided that since I cannot draw very well, I would write comics instead and in 2015 we put out Nyobi #1.
How did your Nyobi comic come to be? I mean, have you had the idea for that comic and characters for a long time? Or did everything come to you (the ideas and everything) not so long ago?
Lol, see my answer to your previous question.
For those who don’t know what your Nyobi comic is all about, could you perhaps give us some insight on what the comic is all about?
Nyobi is a half American / Japanese female who is a pop star in the making, plus she has the ability to teleport. However, she learns the more she uses her power the more harm and stress she is placing on her body and is warned that one day it can kill her.
Personally, I am very impressed by the quality and beautiful art style of your comics (in my opinion, the visuals look like a mix of some of the best mangas and Western comics from the 80s and 90s).
Furthermore, unlike most of the woke stuff that Marvel and DC comics create, you do know how to draw some very beautiful and attractive females.
So my question to you would be this, have you always had this great taste and passion for creating stunning females as an art form?
Ok let’s start first with the art is not mine, I am just the creator and writer, the great art you see is from much more talented people then I haha. I did the initial designs and these great artists all took her to the next level. I am influenced by 90’s badgirl comics and 90’s anime.
I got a follow-up question on the same topic. Why do you think that so many people and big-name companies in the comic industry are so afraid of the female form nowadays?
I for one have always thought that the female body should be praised and loved instead of being shamed (let’s be honest, the female body is with no doubt God’s best creation ever).
They are afraid of being attacked and labeled a sexist. It is censorship of art, which you will never find with Nyobi.
What could you tell us about the main character of your Nyobi comic? (Nyobi Lee)
She is a bad girl on the outside, good girl on the inside. She is very passionate about doing the right thing but feels she can never measure up to the levels that other people hold for her.
If I’m not wrong now, there are three issues of the Nyobi comic at the moment right? Well, how has the response been from the comic community since the release of the first Nyobi comic?
There are four Nyobi comics and one spin-off called Avani Origins #1. The response has been fairly good, we keep growing but it is all in baby steps (it’s the kind of work that never ends).
What would you say that you’re the proudest of so far with your comics and why?
Issue #1 by far is what we are the most proud of, it still stands out after five years, by far my best work up until now. It is the book that brought me into the dance.
I just found out that you’re launching a Kickstarter campaign for “Nyobi Birthright”. So, what is that one about? And is it correct that the comic will be released this Fall?
Well, a lot of it is a secret, but it is all about your right as a human being to a choice, and with that choice having it contested on a moral high ground.
Since you’re very much a part of the comics industry as a comics creator, I simply have to ask about your opinion on comicsgate and what’s it been like to be an indie comics artists/creator in today’s comics industry?
Comicsgate is a label used by others to identify themselves to be different than the mainstream industry. For me personally, I do not label myself, I find labels to be very tribalism. My thought process is there is room on the shelf for everything, if you do not like it do not buy it.
I couldn’t help to notice that the Free Hong Kong movement is something that has touched your heart via social media. So do you intend to use your comic and art skills as a way to show your support to the people of Hong Kong? Or perhaps that’s something that you’ve already done?
Touch my heart may be going a little far, but it does have my attention. The world is in a state of protests all over the globe for various reasons. The people of Hong Kong fight to not be oppressed by China, and to keep the freedom that the city currently benefits from.
What’s your take on censorship, SJW/PC and cancel culture in general? And what do you think we could do about it?
Hate it, 100% hate it. We need to agree to disagree would be a start. Also, we need laws to protect the innocent from slanderous attacks that occur every day on social media.
Now, for the grand finale question. What are your plans, hopes and expectations for the rest of the year? And is there anything else that you would like to say to our readers?
Umm well, the year is almost over, but I like to have Birthright out there in the early next year, long terms goals is to get a publishing deal. And to the readers, thank you for checking this out and hopefully, you will be on the lookout for the next Kickstarter coming soon.
Robin “V-Act” Ek
Editor in chief
The Gaming Ground
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