Schoolgirl Ray characters comparison -
The first collumn is the very first image of the character - along with the date of the creation. The second one is a character in his/her normal look. And the last one is, of course, Schoolgirl Ray chibi style.
~~~If you have more time to kill you can read on~~~
Dear Schoolgirl Ray readers, thanks for all of your constant support (even if some of you are in read-only reply-never mode). It's a great joy for me to hear what you think of the latest strip every day. So here I give you some background story and trivias of these characters. Veda
For the first image of hers, I drew the lines in Microsoft Paint with curve tool and mouse. It was one of the first CGs I've ever done.
Back then she was a rebelious witch studying at a magic school. Sounds familiar? Yeah I was a Harry Potter fan.
I dropped her story after realizing I was copying JK Rowling. But I liked this name. Thus I revived her in a different identity later.Ray
She was created originally by my ex-friend. Ray was part of this friend's name. I drew a lot of this kitty back then. Then our relationship/friendship/contact-ship ended in a very sour way.
Around that time, I got a chance to publish 4-panel comics on newspaper. It was very sudden, and I couldn't think of any characters to draw other than this kitty. So I changed it a little, and Ray the Kitty series was born in a rush.
I kept the name Ray to give a nod to the original creator - The person who, in the very last email to me, said that "Ray the Kitty" series was "a constipation-like comic that makes people not knowing whether to laugh or to feel lame".
I never replied, but I mind this sentence A LOT. Sometimes I just feel I should draw better to prove it's wrong. But a good thing is, I'm able to see Ray differently from the person I hated with a passion. Ray always makes me happy when I draw her smile Quino
The first picture was screaming "Tsubasa". I know, I know... I was easily influenced back then. Even the name was not original - Quino was a famous Agentina cartoon artist. I respect him a lot, but I like the name even more
Anyway I tried to give Quino an original backstory to make him less copycat-ish. He was a cursed man whose reflection in the mirror/glass was always a demon, not himself. And his constant smile was actually fake. [If you want to read more, see here [link]
He was created together with Orinca. He worked as Orinca's technician and partner.Orinca
My online ID is Ocarina. This Orinca name was actually a typo from an online friend who was not very familiar with me and not good at English. I thought it sounds pretty neat, and decide to use it.
She was originally a cyborg assassin. She was sold to the government's secret organization by her parents when she's young, because her parents were in need of money. In the organization she was modified and trained to be a killer.
Btw, eventually later I realized I knew nothing about being a killer, so I reseted the plot setup and started something new.Shone
Shone was created to be Orinca's rival-turned-friend. In one of Orinca's missions, she needs to kill Shone's father, the mafia boss. That's how they met each other. Yawn, so hollywood.
Shone was originally a cold-blooded girl who rarely smiles. She had a snake tattoo on her left arm, as "snake" was her father's symbol. She could summon ghosts, and had two guardian ghosts protecting her.
Once she saw a photo of Quino and some other guys, on her father's desk. She asked her father and he lied that Quino was her older brother (The truth was that her father was trying to trace down and kill Quino/Orinca before they kill him). Later when Quino/Orinca came to assassinate her family, she was really confused.
Though I planned she and Orinca to be friends, somehow in the story I wrote, she's killed by Orinca in the end. Guess it would be a better way out for her too...Toto
He was created solely for Ray the Kitty comic. Not much change for him comparing to the others. Though in Ray the Kitty comic, he doesn't have special feelings to Ray.
I had a hard time trying to make his hairstyle constant.Rolin
These two were created together as rivals. They were from different countries, but were schoolmates during university. At first they didn't like each other, but slowly became friends.
After graduating, they went their seperate ways. Zeto returned to his own country to serve the army. Rolin was good at technology, and eventually worked for the government's science department. Years later, the two countries started war. Rolin and Zeto met again, friends no more, but just trying to outwit / use one another.
The trouble was, Zeto loved Rolin back in school days (I...I thought that at least I should try one YAOI story......). Rolin didn't know it, until they met again as enemies. He's straight, but he planned to make use of this yaoi thingy.
What he did was: he requested a private negotiation with Zeto, so they met in a bar one evening. During drinks, Rolin pretended that he was half-drunk and began to mention the good old school days. When Zeto was in a yesterday-once-more mood, Rolin leaned over and kissed him.
Wait, let me vomit some blood first. Couldn't help it... Everytime I thought of this plot and I wanna kill myself.
Then, cough cough, then Rolin hinted that Zeto to go to his house. As soon as Zeto stepped into the door, Rolin's troops ambushed and captured him.Lukki
Her original name was "Rokki", as she was initially Rolin's sister. She was a harmless girl, and loved Zeto quietly in all those years.
Some papparazzi took the photo of Rolin kissing Zeto in that bar, and published it on the front page. When Lukki saw it, she was totally shattered.
Whew. Okay, end of my confession. Kudos to anyone who reads everything. Seemed that all my old stories were quite sad. I definitely felt much happier drawing Schoolgirl Ray.