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The creator behind the story Kichou na Shounin Kagami, by Rikki Hyperion

Kamipress: What the hardest part (for you) about making a Kamishibai story?
Ooh, that's a tough one! ...Nope, unlike what everyone is thinking, right now it is not images or animations (n_n) It's a combination of two things, really. One of them is knowing when to STOP re-writing because it's not exactly perfect. I have a bit of a perfectionistic-scholarly streak [all my mother's fault!] so as time passes and my skill increases I slowly become ashamed of my earlier work, and force myself to re-do ...and cetera (n_n)*** The other is when the writing is done, I can never get the gumption to start drawing images! I'm 99.9% slacker (n_n)** The other .1% is the aformentioned streak... So when I finish, it just sort of sits on my HD and I go off and do something else. Work on another project, maybe. And then, the vicious scholarly streak starts nagging, and I look at it again and say, "That's horrible! How could I have written this stuff?!" and start doing it over.

Lather...rinse...repeat... (n_n)***

Kamipress: What's your favorite part of making a Kamishibai story?
Actually, it's a tie between writing the plot out and drawing images. Drawing--yay!

Kamipress: What were some of the things that influenced Kichou na Shounin Kagami?
Let me see... Well, would you believe a fighting game called Battle Arena Toshinden? In the earliest revision of the plot, this was a fighting tournament-ish story.

Then I glanced at Otakuworld and saw how many magical girl kamis there were. (n_n)*** After that, I read the book Seraphim Rising and became fascinated with angels...After all that changing, it basically evolved to what it is today.

Minor elements of the plot, situations, names, etc. are a goulash of things. One character in KSK is inspired almost directly from a videogame that my little brother and I love. You name it, it probably played a part.<

Kamipress: Other than yourself who are some of your favorite Kamishibai artists?
Too many to count! I love 'em all! They're probably the nicest bunch of ill-begotten misfits I've ever had the pleasure of meeting up with (n____n) *grins widely*

No, I'm kidding. But very seriously, there's a whole lot out there...I guess I'll just have to put down my absolute absolute favorites, so not to offend... J-chan [ODDASS-C]; Deanna [A New World]; Kusukusu [Time and Space]; Lisa Liideman/Princess Quova [Agile Heroes]; Lianu [Ming and Dracoa]; Onlyima [Amy's Kitchen]; Toni [Dracula and Magical Madness]; Karthokrinden [Dark Meteor]; Viper [Nanotech Project]; Rebo Valence [LoveQuest]...See, even in my favorite favorites I had to stop myself at 10 (n_n)***

Kamipress: If you could change one thing about Kamishibai what would it be? And why?
I'd shrink the font, and enlarge the image size. I'm pretty resilient when it comes to small image sizes...but it's just a little cramped in there!

Kamipress: So what are some of the Kamishibai you're considering for the future?
Oh, my! *takes deep breath* I have about four other main projects--maybe you shouldn't have asked (n_n)***

Well, I'm planning on finishing Kichou na Shounin Kagami, no matter what the cost... (n_n) The others, well, save for the very last, which was quickly created to gain access to Otakuworld, I may decided to make into a comic or a written story.

Other projects:

Kamipress: So do you have any additional comments, concerns, or thoughts for us?
Don't let me write so much next time! (n____n) No, I'm kidding again. Love to the forums, my fanclub, my family [by this I mean Alex-kouhai, Shael-niichan and real immediate family does nothing but provide distractions! (n_-)] *blows kisses* And especially to Becky-san for tolerating my late response [I was under punishment, concerning my grades... But that's a long story!]

Thanks for your time Rikki.

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