The Heroine’s Journey of Kotopopi

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

That it’s a childhood dream that came true! Also, that allows me to express myself freely.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

The acceptance of the fact that perfection is a construct and it doesn’t exist.

What is my greatest fear?

My greatest fear is to become too sick to work and to lose my independence.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I complain too much.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

I admire all artists that have been doing this profession for a very long time and kept doing it through all sorts of ups and downs.

What is my greatest extravagance?

I don’t like chocolate.

On what occasion would I lie?

To save a life. To keep the people that I love from hurting themselves.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

There are actually two: coloring and backgrounds!

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

The day that I’ve received an e-mail saying that one of my series had been picked up by a publisher.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I wouldn’t change a thing. If you take the process out, you take out all the fun.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

The one that I haven’t obtained yet.

Where would I most like to live?

In a loft with a view on the sea.

What is my most treasured possession?

I don’t care about things. At all

What is my most marked characteristic?

That I complain a lot. Did I say that already?

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

My most inspirational location is the whole city of Paris, but I don’t live there anymore.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

A Japanese café kept by an amazing middle-age french/japanese couple.

What books influenced my life and how?

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima and Goethe’s Faust.

The first is more about the way I conceptualize beauty and the way human beings relate to that. The second is connected to a fascination I’ve always had for the myth of Faust.

Who are my favorite writers?

Too many..!!! Okay, only one: Bulgakov.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Mozart’s requiem.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Lady Oscar (from the Japanese manga ‘Versailles no bara’).

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

People who struggle every single day with a psychological or a physical handicap.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Too many..!!!! Okay only one: “Amadeus”.

What role plays art in my life and work?

It releases a lot of pressure. Since it’s also my work, it also creates a lot of pressure. Different types of pressure, so it’s a good dynamic

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

Me, myself and I. I’m always the one who laughs the hardest at my own jokes. If you think that it is sad then you’re just jealous 😛

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?

I’ve already work with most of the people that I wanted to work with. I’m a lucky girl.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019?

Riad Sattouf, the creator of ‘The arab of the future’.

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?

My next long form comic: “My kingdom sucks”. The story of a feminist princess and her struggles in pushing the #metoo agenda in a fictional medieval world.

Where can you see me or my work in 2019?

Me: https://kotopopi.com/ or https://www.instagram.com/kotopopi/

My work: https://www.webtoonfactory.com/en/webtoons/33-la-vie-en-grey-saison-1/

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

Passion can retire. If you don’t want it to retire make sure to keep it alive by learning how to recognize stagnation and testing new things regularly so you always find new energy in what you do. Prevent exhaustion at all cost by taking breaks. It’s really important not only for your mental health but also for the quality of your work.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Any of the girls at Tomato comics (https://www.instagram.com/tomatowebcomics/) or Croque BD (https://www.instagram.com/croquebd/). They’re some of the most awesome comics ladies out there.

How can you contact me?

kotopopiwebcomics@gmail.com

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