Creator Spotlight Series: Robin Dempsey

I have long been a fan of Robins work: LeyLines Comic, as you may remember from my review. As such, I am excited to reveal Robin’s deepest, darkest secrets (OK, not really) in my latest creator spotlight series installment.

When an irresponsible prince, his head-in-the-clouds sister, and their adopted brother are given a mission by a voiceless goddess, they will be forced to choose between saving their family and their own future.

LeyLines Comic

Q: What prompted you to start a web comic?

I had stories I wanted to tell and share.  The internet provided the easiest way to connect an audience with my work.  My first webcomic project began in 2002, inspired in large part by creators like Faith Erin Hicks (Demonology 101, at that time, although she’s gone on to do lots of other fantastic work), Joe England (Zebra Girl), and Scott Kurtz (PVP).  I loved how free these creators were to deliver a tale and grow a readership without depending on any big company.  That independence really appealed to me, and still does.

Q: Which strip is your favorite?

I’d say my favorite pages is probably the very start of Chapter 6, with Kali looming over Tama with her gun, when he wakes up stranded in the desert.  I’m so happy with how the lighting and perspective came out, and I love the strong first impression it creates for Tama and Kali’s eventual friendship.  She’s so no-nonsense and he’s…well…almost completely nonsense.  I knew from that page on that I’d always have fun writing for the two of them.

Q: Plans for the future?

I like to tell people “I’m on the five year plan,” because the goal is to slowly transition into doing this full-time.  Hopefully, if all goes according to my plan, that will happen within five years.  Cory and I are working on the second title to publish under our company, Moko Press LLC, and hope to release that in 2014 or 2015.  As for my current story, Book Two of LeyLines is on its way as we speak (I got word from the printers that they were packing things up just last week!) and I’m hard at work for Book Three.  I’m also gradually expanding my convention list and hope to become a solid presence in that circuit in the years to come.  Beyond that, I’m also very excited to do more presentations at local schools, particularly for 4th grade and up, because I love being able to connect with kids.  They’re so creative, and I hope to help inspire them to cultivate those talents!  Whew!  That seems like a lot when I say it all.  Did I miss something?  Oh!  We’re also running storytelling competitions every year in the form of Original Character Tournaments.  We’re in the middle of our third and looking forward to our fourth next year.  Finally, I have “get some sleep” on my To Do list, but I’m not sure when I’ll have time for that.

Q: What other web comics do you read regularly and think others should too?

Right now my absolute favorite is probably Space Trawler ( by Chris Baldwin.  It’s inventive, hilarious, rueful, and has sharp pointy teeth that the creator’s not afraid to rip your heart out with.  You’re always at the edge of your seat, and sometimes it’s because you’re laughing so hard you’re about to fall out of your chair, and the rest of the time it’s because you’re not sure you can bear to wait until the next update.  Chris is also an absolute joy to interact with on social media.  He’s dynamic, helpful, and encouraging!

I’m quite fond of Shadowbinders ( by Thom and Kambrea Pratt, Adrastus ( by Liz Staley, Tamuran ( by Chezhnian Angelus and Erin Fitzgerald, and Snow By Night ( by Eric Menge.  They all have a very different focus, ranging from a steam-punk-dimension-hopping teen to classic fantasy to giant robots, but what’s common for all of them is great energy driven by passionate creators!

About Jack

I love webcomics from the perspective of both a fan and a writer. I wanted to create a site that served both groups equally, and functioned as a central hub for anything and everything relating to webcomics!