15:23 - 4th April 2013, by NEO Staff


We love Sweatdrop Studios, the band of artists who have joined forces to publish their work and promote UK manga to the public at large. One of the group's signature titles are their anthologies, and so we interviewed an artist featured in Telling Tales, in which the artists collaborated to bring their unique slant to fairy stories. We caught up with Marubelle Sinclaire, who worked on Little Red Riding Hood.

We asked Sinclaire what it was like to work on an established fairy tale to create her short story. "Normally I write my own stories and don't enjoy working with writers as much, but for Little Red Riding Hood, I liked how the story has a plot, but no set script. This meant there was a lot of freedom for the dialogue and character quirks!" she told us. "At first I was a bit dubious on which Little Red Riding Hood ending to go with, as there were a couple of endings to choose from. Actually, in the original Little Red Riding Hood, Red actually gets eaten by the wolf and no one saves her! I think if I had gone with that ending it would have been a bit too sad and dark, even for me..."

With all the countless fairy stories the world has to offer, we wondered what made Sinclaire pick this particular tale as her contribution to the Sweatdrop anthology. "The concept of a young girl wandering into the woods and encountering a sinister creature that tricks her, I thought would be quite a fun, quirky tale to draw. Also, the characters for Little Red Riding Hood are very original and iconic. I exaggerated the features of them, so they are a bit different from the original stories, but still very recognisable. The whole idea for Red was that I wanted her to look very innocent and naive, therefore the things she sometimes says can be quite stupid, but charmingly so. I made her reactions very exaggerated and extra moe!"

Sinclaire has also worked on a number of other Sweatdrop anthologies, as well as her own titles, Papillon Underground and Killer Cake. "Drawing Little Red Riding Hood made me realize how fun it was to draw girls again (most of the characters in my comics are male)," Sinclaire added, "so I think I'll probably have a heroine as the main character in my next story I'm planning."

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