Started: February 2008
Completed: June 2012
Total Page Count: 280
Tomi, the all around girly-girl who is into fashion and pop idols, is used to floating from one boyfriend to another, and when things get difficult she asks her "older brother" to save her. In truth, her "older brother" is reluctantly played by her twin sister Tori, an athletic tomboy. Though she disagrees with her sister's fickle nature, she continues to play along. Up until now, boys were just Tomi's problem.
This year, with Valentine's Day and Graduation just around the corner, Tomi wants nothing more than a new boyfriend and a happy ending. The only thing standing in her way is Tori's sudden rebellion when the new guy gets under her skin. Tomi thinks there's more to to Tori's feelings than she's letting on to, but does she still know her sister as well as she thinks?
When starting XYZ I was still very much in the mind of a boyish-girl character (in fact Tori's character was inspired by the proposed main character for Angelwing, a possible hermaphrodite-fallen-angel kinda person (but he only made it into the practice pages as a baby)), however at the same time I wanted to work with a girly-type as well. I was already working with Kira in WACOT, who is a sort of balance between the two, but I wanted to go a step further. This was also my chance to delve into the shoujo-romance realm, a seemingly bubbly "love always wins" and dramatic genre.
Like with most of the stories that I started writing in high school, initially this story was going to be quite long- a series of eight books. As time went on and I grasped the characters better there was less and less reason to create "filler" for eight books worth. Eventually it became four and then two books, eight chapters total. As you can see, however, the finished version is six chapters long, but it includes everything that I wanted to say and needed to do with this series. At this point, I couldn't force the story to change just to extend its livelihood.
Prior to XYZ, I had only finished one comic story, and that was the Silencer (88 pages, 2005-2009*). It was a silent comic, so I think there was enough wiggle-room for interpretation, but the ending was relatively straight forward. As I approached the last 20 pages of the comic my brain took a pause. I had an idea of how people might want it to end, and a couple alternative ideas myself, but when the pencil touched the paper the true ending revealed itself. In a way, it's sort of open-ended; though the letter might be a little cliche, sometimes that's how things are. Consciously, I did not force feed the "end of the end"- when using life as an example, how can one define an ending? This, of course, hindered me for days until I accepted the story I had and laced in the final tones. I can say this about most of my stories: "There really wasn't another way to do it".
For now, I can say this story is complete, but who knows if its really "finished"...
To those who took the time to read this comic, I am very grateful. I hope you enjoyed it. I would love to hear your opinions, no matter what they are, in the comments below. Also, feel free to ask any questions you might have, I am more than willing to answer them! :)
And to those who haven't had the chance to read XYZ, here are some links~
It is also part of DREAM's Online Manga Magazine