During last Holiday season I stopped by the magical land of pork and pyre, but not to eat of course! Lucy is a webcomic by Dylan Durmeier and her adventures as the ultimate mercenary bounty hunter. There’re pigs, there’re goblins, and if you look hard enough, a couple of humans too!
Nicole Ntim-Addae: Hey Dylan, ready to go?
Dylan Durmeier: Sure am. Good afternoon!
NNA: I stumbled onto Lucy completely by accident. I think it was on an ad on Electric Bunny Comics. It struck me as something new. Currently you have two comics on Comic Break: Lucy and The Veleno Sisters. I’m curious, why are all of your protagonists female animals or whatever Glenda is?
DD: It really just comes down to preference, I suppose. I’ve always just had a tendency to draw females since I was young and I feel like making them animals gives me something broader to work with. Also, to clarify, Glenda is a goblin.
NNA: How did you find inspiration for Glenda and Lucy? Glenda reminds me of someone I’ve met, but Lucy seems a little crazy!
DD: My initial idea for Lucy was simple but how she came to be what she is now is pretty convoluted. I had first thought to draw her when I saw a pig enemy in a video game I was playing. I liked what I drew and I decided I wanted to build on her character more. That was about seven years ago.
NNA: Wow! That explains that for an artist that has been drawing for close to four years, you act like an artist with the experience of 15. When did you feel confident enough about Lucy and your comics to create a Patreon and merchandise?
DD: About a year after I launched the site, I felt like it was time to try my hand with merchandise. In a sense, I’m still not totally confident with it as I feel like I don’t have a good idea about what my audience wants, especially considering I sometimes hear fans tell me they don’t want people to know they read the comic, which is saddening. As for Patreon, it wasn’t really a matter of being confident due to how simple it was to sign up. I always figured it would just be there in case someone wanted to donate.
NNA: I can imagine how hard that is, especially with an action comic. How do you think making action webcomics is different than being published by comic company as a regular issue?
DD: Well story flow is definitely something that will be different. When you’re updating on a page-by-page basis, like me, you have to consider that fight and action scenes shouldn’t drag on for TOO long, as it might bore the reader. Not really an issue when it’s all contained in a single package.
NNA: Action stories are extremely difficult to pull off because of contorted fight scenes, even for big companies like Marvel and DC. How did you learn to make the action scenes so fluid and believable?
DD: Lots of practice. I always feel that I have to push my art forward a bit more with every fight scene. It can get pretty tedious but I can at least feel confident with the final product.
NNA: How would you describe your art style and how did you develop it, other than with practice?
DD: I get told that my art style is “cute, but cool” which I like. I’ve mostly been self-taught, so a lot of my style comes from picking up cues from the art that I enjoy, as well as some of the artists that I associate with. They’ve been a big help, I think.
NNA: Can you explain why such a diverse mix of animals, elves, and human(s) beings live in one place? Is it part of your comic’s lore?
DD: The place that the comic is currently set in is sort of a melting pot of different races, like the U.S. Many of the races, save for the pigs, all have their different homelands, but some chose to come and live in Demonhead City.
NNA: Could you explain what Demonhead City expys? Like what do you think it stands for?
DD: Demonhead City has roots in my home area. I look at the buildings that I pass by every day and just sort of interpret it through a different lens.
NNA: That sounds really cool. One last question. What question did you want me to ask you?
DD: That’s a good question, though I didn’t necessarily come into the interview waiting for one. I was just ready for anything, I guess.
NNA: Haha, well there must be something you really wanted to share about Lucy. What would that be?
DD: Ah, well now that you mentioned it, when you mentioned that Glenda felt familiar while Lucy was too crazy, I wanted to say that a lot of Glenda is influenced from people that I know. Before I had thought of a sidekick for Lucy, I realized that she would be a little too out there for readers, so Glenda was made to react to her, in a sense. She’s kind of like a representation of the reader.
NNA: That explains a lot! Thank you for your time Dylan! All the best with Lucy and The Velano Sisters!
DD: Thank you!