The Code Crimson combines all of my favourite aspects of comic books together: cuteness (by the barrel-full in this case) intrigue, sci-fi and just a covering of romance. Just entering issue #2, this webcomic is full of inspiration, geeky references, cutesy art and has an incredibly interesting story coming up over the next year, which combines space-octopi, split, digital personalities and the friendship of a lifetime between Serena, a young librarian plagued by mysterious voices in her head and one red eye, and Fitz, her male best friend. It looks like the new world they’re in will be their (super-cute) oyster!
I recently had the chance to interview Elizabeth and Lisa about The Code Crimson, cuteness and comics in general!
A: What's the influence behind creating The Code Crimson?
E & L: After bonding over some serious Doctor Who marathon sessions, my partner Lisa and I began chatting about a vision she had for a cyborg with a glowing red eye. We realized how much we wanted to collaborate on something and envisioned a fierce female antihero in an epic scifi story involving time travel, alien conspiracies, assassins, and friendship. I write the script for each issue ahead of time and we work on the art and layout together.
A: What has influenced you the most in creating the world and characters of The Code Crimson?
Lisa has always been obsessed with making the cutest art possible, and I've been obsessed with comics and scifi for as long as I can remember. My favorite writers include Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Frank Miller, Grant Morrison, Philip K. Dick, and Ursula Le Guin. When we get together, our different influences can lead to some crazy combinations, which can be both hilarious and dramatic.
A: Where do you want to take The Code Crimson in the future?
E& L:We have a firm plot and many issues outlined. In the next year, we're hoping to publish a collected volume of 4 comics.
A: Why did you decide to do it in a webcomic format?
E & L: It's a great way to reach a lot of people, and just an awesome community to get involved in. Everybody has been really supportive.
A: What are the benefits of doing an Indie comic?
E & L: We love having the freedom to do what we like artistically, and the ability to develop the story at our own pace.
A: What are the drawbacks of doing an Indie comic?
E & L: The biggest problem for us is finding time. We update every Wednesday, and each page can take more than 20 hours between the both of us.
A: Describe The Code Crimson in 3 Words!
E & L: Adorable scifi espionage!
A: How did you first get into comic books?
E & L: Lisa has been a successful visual artist for years, but she's not read many comics. I'm pretty much the opposite, as I only started drawing this year, but honestly can't recall a time before comics. One of my earliest memories is sitting on the floor of a comic book shop reading the reprint of Amazing Fantasy #15. Marvel was my big obsession during early childhood, and by high school I discovered Vertigo and Image. In the past few years I've also gone on some tremendous Batman binges.
A: What comic books do you read now?
E & L: Lately I have been rereading classics like Sandman and Alan Moore's run of Swamp Thing. Started reading Hellblazer as well, and have become a huge fan. I made it a point to read every single first issue in DC's new 52, but have only kept up with a handful of titles. More often than not, I find myself reading webcomics these days. Some of the most interesting stories out there right now are coming from webcomics and self publishers. I think we're actually in a bit of a golden age, and we're quite excited about it!
You can check out The Code Crimson on Elizabeth and Lisa's website here and follow them on Twitter at @TheCodeCrimson.
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