Starcrossed is a story about a closet lesbian high school student named Quinn Morrigan who prefers to ditch school and play guitar rather than the norm. She aspires to be a musician and may or may not have delusions of grandeur. No one knows for sure because she’s always daydreaming. All in all Quinn was just an average high school student who’s just plain bored, that is, until a meteor shower changes her life.
About the Artist/Writer:
Real Name: Erica Batton
Birthday: April 14
Site: My Deviantart Page
My name’s Erica. I am the artist/ writer/ creator for Starcrossed. I subject my artwork on others from my evil lair somewhere around Kansas City, Missouri (hey if it’s an evil lair, why would I be more specific?). I work a miserable job as a “pastry attendant” at a casino. While it is not the pinnacle of my career aspirations, it pays the bills (sorta). I would like to eventually make a living doing what I love, which is writing and illustrating my own comics.
I’ve been a comic nerd my entire life. . . scratch that . . . an art nerd my entire life. I once almost minored in art history at my old college for fun. And I woulda done it, too. If it wasn’t for them meddling financial aid . . . people! (shakes fist)
I am an intelligent and thoughtful individual (I think) who loves art, music, literature, philosophical discussion . . . and also happens to think dick and fart jokes are hilarious. Hey, we all need our quirks.
About the Comic:
Starcrossed started out as my personal project back in 2008. I had kicked around the idea of doing a yuri webcomic for a long time. The initial idea was something harem anime inspired (like Tenchi Muyo or Love Hina) only with a lesbian main character. The idea has elaborated and evolved since then.
I liked the idea of Quinn being an average high school girl. I think women in comics tend to have the sex appeal market cornered. While Quinn isn’t unattractive, her looks are fairly unremarkable. I wanted to focus more on her personality.
There’s also an autobiographical quality as well. Quinn is by no means a representation of me. Being fairly new to writing, I wanted to stick to something familiar so I decided to draw upon some of my experiences growing up.
Starcrossed also started off as a sort of learning exercise/ experiment. I had never done a comic with a full story before. I had a comic called Value=Dead prior to Starcrossed that was fairly popular. It went on an indefinite hiatus because of creative problems with others involved. The urge to do Starcrossed was that it was something all mine. I also wanted to use it as a springboard for some bigger projects I have in mind for the future.
What happened to Starcrossed?
Having never written a story that spanned longer than a couple of comic strips, I pretty much wrote myself into a corner a little into chapter 2. I learned winging a comic strip completely was a bad thing. Plus I wasn’t happy with the artwork so I took some time off to rethink what I wanted to do for Starcrossed.
What is up with chapter 2? Why does it change around so much?
After the first chapter I realized the screen tones weren’t working and decided to try something different by using flat gray tones. I then realized it would take me the same amount of time to do the pages in color so I switched to that for a few pages. I then went on a long hiatus and then picked up where I left off, with everything in full color.
Basically the short answer is: I was in the middle of figuring out how I wanted to carry out the rest of the comic in chapter 2.
What textures do you use?
Textures are taken from here.