Grim Answers: Shen & I work together. I asked her to make a comic for the annual Junior Library magazine but she had zero ideas. We made this really silly story about a spy, a cowgirl and a renegade superhero.
Shen answers: This question has been split into 2 parts! This is first of a 2-paged comic done back in 2011 that started the whole idea. Yes, the art was terrible (I have no excuse for that…)
Kanna-Maru asked: What’s your inspiration for the Smileys?
Actually… I came up with the concept but Shen fixed it… If you know what I mean. Hohoho.
She handed this to me and proceeded to describe its appearance accompanied with a series of gestures and sound effects and I’m happy to say that we managed to get the look for the Smileys afterwards pretty smoothly!