“Word is Bird” Interview with MK_Wizard – Tapas Comics

Interview with MK_Wizard creator of “Word is Bird” – All Ages of Geek Tapas Reviews

Hello, All Ages of Geek community! Welcome to another episode of the Creator Spotlight series, where we shine a light on some of the most talented and creative minds in the world of webcomics. Today, we have a special treat for you as we are joined by the multi-talented Mary, also known as MK_Wizard. She’s a housewife, a mother, and most importantly, a webcomic author with three amazing works to her name. So, sit back, relax, and let’s dive into the world of MK_Wizard’s webcomics!

Note from the Creator

I am MK_Wizard though you may call me Mary. I am a housewife, a mother, and most relevantly, a webcomic author. I have three works to my name.

What initially sparked your passion for creating comics, and how did that desire evolve into the work you produce today?

I have always loved creating comics since I was a girl, but I started posting a webcomic online upon finally getting the courage to show my adaptation of Jekyll & Hyde to the world. Now, I write comics as a career and I want show everyone EVERYTHING I can imagine.

Can you walk us through your journey as a comic creator, starting from the moment you first decided to explore this medium?

As I said before, I officially started writing comics ‘professionally’ when I decided to post Jekyll & Hyde online. I didn’t even expect it to be that popular because there were multiple Jekyll & Hyde webcomics going on with some being especially popular at the time, but it wound up being a big hit. Originally, I intended it to be a one time thing, but the webcomic became a three book series, I then started writing my gag a day comic Word is the Bird, and near the end of Jekyll & Hyde, I already knew what I wanted to write next and it was even in the works (Cupcake War Machine). After that, I realized, I was living my dream of writing comics, so I have been running with it since and I intend to create comics for as long as I live.

Your work touches on various themes and subjects. How do you choose which stories to tell, and what do you hope your readers take away from them?

All art acts as a vehicle for a message, but my main focus is to always tell a good story that anyone can enjoy. I have a long list of stories in mind, but the ones that wind coming to fruition are the ones I can come up with a story for, the story is enjoyable to read and I actually enjoy writing it. I hope that my readers find joy in what I create and that I left with some positive food for thought.

What led you to choose Tapas as the platform for sharing your comics, and what aspects of the site do you find most appealing for your work?

I use Tapas as my main go to mirror for mobile devices because I am no good at building my own websites, so Tapas is a book to people like me. I also love that they treat all creators with respect and the community is very kind. What I really like is that Tapas is open to diverse genres which is great because I like to explore all kinds of genres, so I am sure that everything I create will be liked by the Tapas fans.

Tapas has its own unique features and community. Are there any aspects of the platform that you feel could be improved, or perhaps have been challenging to navigate?

For a UI point of view, I would like it if there was a “dark mode” because it would be easier on the eyes. I would also think it would be to the site’s benefit if it added “supernatural”, “fan fiction” and “adventure” to the main genre list and “food” to the secondary genre list.

In your opinion, what distinguishes independent comics from mainstream comics, and why do you think the indie scene is important for the overall comic industry?

The main thing, and best thing about independent comics in my opinion, is that they are not concerned with current trends or politics. The author has complete and total creative freedom to write how they want and thanks to that, we wind up with a higher chance at getting good quality comics rather than just making products to consume. Also, with independent comics, the author is more likely to be genuine, so they tend to get important details like inclusions and represent right.

As a comic creator, what are some unique storytelling techniques you’ve developed to set your work apart from others in the genre?

I only write what I enjoy writing. If I don’t like what I am writing and/or cannot finish what I start, I stop and move onto the next project onto the list. I truly believe great art can only be made with love. Also, I confess that I make my stories weird on purpose because I don’t like doing what has been done. In my experience, weirndess is an asset not a flaw. It is what draws in attention and it makes people want to see how a story is going to be played out. It is what got me into a lot of the comics and cartoons that shaped my childhood and standards in storytelling.

Apart from your comics, what other avenues do you explore to engage with your audience, such as social media, live events, or merchandise?

I am very active on Twitter and Instagram. I also do blogs on Tumblr where I review medias, analyze characters and give my two cents about other medias. I also do commissions, sell art, sell my comics in PDF and print format in the Storenvy. I also run a Patreon and a Ko-fi account.

Creating comics can be both rewarding and challenging. Can you share some of the struggles you’ve faced along the way, and how you’ve overcome them?

My biggest hurdle to jump was finally getting my first comic in print format because I lacked funds and always failed to reach the monetary goal. I failed three Kickstarters before finally having a success on my fourth try. It was because I was still new at webcomics and running a crowdfund, but once I gained enough experience and really listened to all the advice I was given, I finally reached my goal.

Are there any comic creators, artists, or writers who have been particularly influential or inspiring to you? How have they shaped your creative journey?

My biggest influences are Stan Lee and Rebecca Sugar who were big on writing on their terms and only bringing the finest of their work. Stan Lee’s Marvel heroes were my introduction to comics that had deep plots, complex characters and heroes who were heroic because they wanted to be. Rebecca Sugar’s work is something I enjoy in my adult life because it has a lot of positivity behind it while also still being deep and intelligent.

For aspiring comic creators, what are some practical tips and advice you would give to help them find their own voice and style?

Only create what you want to write not what is “cool” or might be popular. People want to see YOUR work not a copycat of someone else’s. Also, be open to learning new artistic techniques that will make your art cleaner and better like shading, proper backgrounds, proper perspective and proportions. Also, practice drawing things beforehand.

Can you tell us about your creative process, from brainstorming ideas to the final execution of your comics? How do you stay motivated and consistent throughout?

Once I decided upon a story, I take note of the beginning and the end first, then I bounce between the two on how I’m going to get there while writing the manuscript. Once the manucript is done, only then do I move onto making comics. If the webcomics series is more than one book long, I finish the manuscript of book 1 first, then I start making comics while writing manuscript of the next book. In the comic phase, I complete a chapter at a time to make sure I have filler in between chapters. If I am near the end of a series, that is when I get to work on my next big project.

How do you balance the creative and business aspects of being an independent comic creator, such as promoting your work and managing finances?

I am a full time housewife so I have a lot of time on my hands. Usually, I treat it like a 9 to 5 job though on some days where I have important things to do IRL, I make a schedule and follow it as best as I can.

Funding creative projects can be challenging for many artists. What strategies have you employed to fund your comics, and are there any resources you’d recommend to other creators?

I mentioned how crowdfunding went for me in my experience, so the best advice I can give is to not give up and give rewards you can actually deliver for your Patreon and crowdfunds. See what successful creators do and even talk to them for advice. Most importantly, start off small and be positive about every bit of support you get because even the minimum amount adds up. And do NOT resort to badgering people for money. Have links available and clearly displayed on your sites, and people will see them.

How do you stay updated on the latest trends and developments in the comic industry, and how do you integrate this knowledge into your work?

I usually keep politics and such out of my work because I like my webcomics to be a “neutral zone” where people can be at peace and have fun. I stick to things based on my own experiences or ideas that come to me naturally. As for comic and media news, I keep up with various sources though my main source tends to be Twitter and other comic sites.

In what ways do you believe the comic industry is evolving, and what opportunities do you see for independent creators in the future?

In short, I think the independent creators are the future because they’re the ones making the comics we really want to read right now. And as I said before, they are getting with the times the right way without doing lazy shortcuts and without compromising the quality of the comics. Independent creators also have all of the genuinely freshest and newest ideas.

Collaboration can be an essential part of the creative process. Have you worked with other creators or artists on projects, and if so, how have those experiences shaped your work?

I have not done any collabs yet, but I intend to in the future.

What are some personal or professional goals you have for your comic career, and how do you plan to achieve them in the coming years?

My goal is to make print copies of my work regularly by continuing to save up all the support I get and by selling commissions. My other goal far beyond that is to look into getting my work on TV!

As a creator, how do you measure success, and what achievements are you most proud of so far?

Success is when you actually manage to finish a series while knowing it had a good impact and the readers got the point of your story. A lot of amazing webcomics out there are still on hiatus to this day and that’s a waste. It isn’t enough to make something great. You need to care about your work enough to complete it just as much as your fans are willing to stay around until the end. 

Lastly, could you share an anecdote or experience from your comic-creating journey that has had a profound impact on you, and what did you learn from it?

The most profound thing I did in my experience was just gathering up my courage and just starting it. Once you start building your site and putting your work on the Internet, everything else will come. It all comes down to starting. When I did, it changed my life for the better not just for comics, but for myself as a person. I am finally doing what I really want to do and I feel like I’m really adding something to this world because of it. And for that, I’m happy.

And that wraps up our Creator Spotlight on the amazing MK_Wizard! We hope you enjoyed exploring her fantastic webcomics, including “MK’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde,” “Cupcake War Machine,” and “Word is the Bird.” Don’t forget to check out and support her work by visiting the links provided. Thanks for joining us, and as always, stay tuned for more exciting content from All Ages of Geek. Until next time, keep celebrating the magic of creativity!

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