Frequently Asked Questions
Who are you?
I am a comic artist, illustrator and web designer based in Markham, Ontario.
Can I see your resume?
Click here to view my resume.
What media do you work with?
I have worked with both digital and traditional media. I tend to work with the former frequently, and I tend to work with Manga Studio EX4, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. I am capable of working with the latter, and I have worked with acrylic, ink and watercolour based media.
How much do you charge for an illustration or comic page?
This question is pending a detailed answer. For the time being, I have a journal entry on my deviantART for basic commissioned work guidelines, see here. Alternatively, you can fill out this commission form and e-mail it to me for a more accurate quote.
How can I pay you?
You can pay me by cash in person, via PayPal or you can mail a money order or cheque. Contact me via e-mail for more details.
Why can't I find your address on your resume or commission form?
For security reasons, I don't wish to publicly disclose my address. If you would like to see a copy of my resume or business card with my address on it, please contact me directly.
Your e-mail link does not work.
Replace the text "NOSPAM" in my e-mail address with the "@" symbol (minus quotations).
Who is Noel Shourai?
Noel, real name Megumi Tsukuda, is an original character of mine who serves as the site mascot for my website and of my art portfolio. She is meant to be a stylish Japanese high school girl who is also into martial arts. "Noel Shourai" is the first name I gave the character, and it stuck even though it does not actually fit for a character of Japanese ethnicity--which is why I also gave her the name Megumi.
Geopelia is another original character. She is featured as one of the three main protagonists in my comic, but outside of the work she is just a support character for Noel and was originally intended to be her younger sister.
Do you have a comic series of your own? What is it about?
I write and illustrate the comic Andromeda System, a graphic novel series about mercenary fighter pilots who are in pursuit of a top secret superweapon. You can view more information about it here.
What inspired you to do a comic?
As a fan of military-themed soap opera I have always wanted to tell a similar story through a graphic narrative. I draw much inspiration from such works as Yoshiyuki Tomino's Mobile Suit Gundam, Kaoru Shintani's Area 88, Chris Roberts' Wing Commander series of videogames, Kazutoki Kono's Ace Combat series, and Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid. If you are a fan of any one of these titles, you may most likely enjoy the work I'm producing.
What audience does your comic target?
My comic is targeted towards older audiences, particularly fans of military aviation, science fiction and war drama; and contains significant objectionable content, including graphic violence as well as strong political and religious themes.
Why doesn't your comic feature Noel?
Noel will be featured as one of the main characters of Andromeda System but is not the main protagonist--White Raven is better suited to the genre that Andromeda System is set in. If there is enough demand, I may make a separate spin-off series with Noel as the main heroine, perhaps set in a more age appropriate storyline.
Are you proficient at website development?
I can design websites in HTML, CSS and WordPress.
Where did you go to college for art?
I studied in a specialist program at the University of Toronto at Scarborough in the studio field of Visual Arts and Culture and graduated in November 2011. I am currently studying Independent Illustration at Seneca College at York, and am expecting to graduate in April 2015.
How can I contact you?
I participate in social networking sites such as twitter and tumblr, you can view them under the contact dropdown at the top of this site. Alternatively, if you would rather e-mail me directly, please click here.