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The creator behind the story SailorM, Meagen

Kamipress: What do you think about when making a Kamishibai story?
Meagen: To make it as funny as possible. I try to make good jokes and not to put in too many of them. I really want someone to have a good laugh when they read it.

Kamipress: What is the hardest part (for you) about making a Kamishibai story?
Meagen: Pictures and animation. I use the paper-and-scan method, which takes time and work, and the result isn't always very good. And animations are always the last thing to fall into place as I make the story, most often because I just don't have the technology to make them look right.

Kamipress: What's your favorite part of making a Kamishibai story?
Meagen: When I get inspired and suddenly see a whole chapter of the story happening, and then type up the script. It's the easiest part, I already have my series scripted up to Volume 5. And of course, I like the bit when it's done and uploaded and the fanmail (or posts) and fanart start rolling in. But hey, don't we all?

Kamipress: How did get into Kamishibai?
Meagen: Through KiSS. Before I even got Internet access, I bought this shareware CD with a lot of dolls on it. My first time online I asked for good KiSS souces in an IRC chatroom. Someone recomended OtakuWorld and the rest, as they say, is history. ;)

SailorM came from another storyline you wrote, right? What was that about?
Meagen: Not exactly... it's actually quite a long story. You see, about six years ago I invented Sailor Andromeda, my first fanfic Senshi. I didn't know anything about the Net or fanfics at the time. Sailor Andromeda branched out into three different stories: the first was that of a Senshi from the future who arrived in our time in pursuit of a villain named Pandora (I tried at least five times to write that story, the last time using Kami, but eventually dumped it).

The second story was something I created along with my friend Magnesse, and which I even wanted to turn into a Net comic some time ago (under the title "Poorando-no Senshi", or Senshi of Poland). It concerns the two of us as Sailors, Tsunami, Washuu, and a talking hamster.

The third storyline was The Funniest Adventures Of SA, also featuring Andromeda's partner, Sailor Moonie. This was going to be a comedy series making fun of various movies and whatever else attracted my attention. Somehow, it got more serious, turning into the Sailor Senshi United universe (which you can read about on my website [shameless plug]).

Now, SailorM was my first online nickname. Somehow, during the long pseudo-rp threads at Shael's Kamishibai Korner, she aquired a personality of her own (this is closely tied to Lucas, see next question) and a story of her own. Since then I've also written her into the SSU universe, where she's Andromeda's clone.

What is it about Lucas that inspired his half of the story?
Meagen: His blue hair. ^_^ Actually, his blue hair's the reason I liked him (that and he's straight). Of course, being Meg-chan's creation he had a dark story behind him. This inspired a short Kami about Lucas being dark & mysterious and SailorM suddenly appearing to glomp him. This got a positive feedback from the forum, so the story snowballed from there.

Meagen: I think the C:SM universe is becoming a lot like what the Funniest Adventures was supposed to be.

Kamipress: Who are some of your favorite Kamishibai artists?
Meagen: Meg-chan (for art), Firefly & Ribby (for story), Shael & Karthokrinden (for rendering and humor), Kaze Neko (for sprites), Alex-chan (for Sparkle Star), Tenchi, Christiana:), ...

Kamipress: So what are some of the Kamishibai you're considering for the future?
Meagen: Nothing at the moment, although I keep getting ideas that never get anywhere. I just want to finish C:SailorM first, and then we'll see.

Kamipress: So do you have any additional comments, concerns, or thoughts for us?
Meagen: Authors, please don't forget to tell me where you're taking your stories! You can see on my site how I made an "Available at:" link next to the SailorM and "The Legend of Mitar". That's how I'd like to organise it. Meagen's Webspace - click here

 Meagen is SailorM of
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Thanks for your time Meagen.



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