Artist & Author – Marie Tary aka ShadowsMyst
I am a geeky girl residing in British Columbia, Canada in and about the Lower Mainland. I am a graphic designer by profession and am currently gainfully employed at a university producing all manner of things, such as posters, brochures, calendars and such. I also teach photoshop in the evenings for at the same place. I am in a long term, happy relationship with my significant other. We’ll call him Ben. Ben is a very big and very protective guy who loves me very much and is a huge support in my life.I also have two cats who are my babies, and the inspiration for my company, Evil Space Cat productions.
My hobbies include videogames, anime (and lots of it), art (duh), watching movies, reading comics (online or off. I have an extensive collection.), collecting anime figures, hiking, and annoying my two kitties. I have had a long history of interest in mythology, folklore, and fairytales. I also have an avid interest in transformations (of all sorts), roleplaying, roleplaying games (of the tabletop variety), and anthromorphics.
I started Shifters initially as a way to improve my art and storywriting skills ( which I have.. a lot), and to share a story with friends who enjoyed similar sorts of stories as me. Particularly those with vampires, werewolves and all manner of other beasty, lurking just under our noses.
A lot of my ideas came from Cyberpunk: Night’s Edge as I was really into it at the time I created the Shifters ‘mythology’. A few old characters from that game even snuck their way into the comic. My other influences included North American Shamanism, european werewolf fables, Final Fantasy, Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology, and a liberal smattering of my own twists and giggles.
Its been a tough labour of love for this comic. I’ve been bashed, smashed, reviewed, kicked in the teeth, and generally abused by critic types (with a few notable exceptions). This has resulted in the eventual decision to re-do the comic from scratch, as well as for the purposes of publication into dead tree (book) format.
I personally never expected this comic to become popular (even as popular as it is!). So I think its pretty successful for what it is. The subject matter is kind of far from the mainstream and the story is complex. In the Redux, the story will be a lot clearer and the artwork substantially improved, hopefully resulting in a better experience.
I know a lot of people were waiting with rapt anticipation of the revival of this comic, and I am glad that it is finally on its way to recapturing some of its former glory. Please feel free to join the forums or leave comments letting me know what you, the reader think of the new format/redux.
Colorist – Che/Mysti
The colorist for Shifters is known online as Che, and is an aspiring animator who is a very good artist in her own right. She does an amazing job and you should check out her work.