Azami has always been attracted only to boys, especially the handsome Gwyn. Intelligent, sporty, attractive and just a little older than Azami, she's sure he would be an ideal boyfriend. But then, everything she believes is suddenly called into question when she finds out that Gwyn is actually a girl!
Despite her initial shock at learning Gwyn’s secret, Azami quickly realizes that love transcends gender, putting her feelings for Gwyn before her previous prejudices. But it turns out Azami isn’t the only girl who’s got her eye on Gwyn!
Caly started drawing in kindergarten, and started creating her own manga at the age of only twelve years old! With qualifications in Applied Arts and Visual Communication, this young French artist completed the final version of her series MaHo-Megumi in 2007, and began self-publishing the following year.
Dubbed a "Fanzine Star" by Animeland magazine, Breath of Flowers is her first fully published work.
Title: Breath of Flowers
Trim size: 5"W x 7.5"H
Interior: B&W (some color)
Print volumes: 2
Digital volumes: 2
Q&A WITH CALY
Have you always been a fan of anime and manga? What series did you grow up with, and what are you into now?
I have been a fan of manga for a long time (since the early 2000s), and I grew up with cartoons like Magical Doremi, Card Captor Sakura and Shaman King! Magical Doremi remains one of my favorites. And I love the work of the character designer who worked on this anime, Yoshihiko Umakoshi. He is currently working on My Hero Academia, which I really like.
What artists and writers influence you?
There are many artists who influence me and whose work I love. With regards to manga it would have to be Ryoko Fukuyama (Anonymous Noise), Kozue Amano (Aria), and Yuhki Kamatani (Nabari no Ô). I also read comics and I love the work of Jorge Jimenez (Super Sons), Dustin Nguyen (Descender) and Skottie Young (I Hate Fairyland). One of my idols is Rebecca Sugar, cartoonist and animator/creator of Steven Universe. I also love the work of many online illustrators like Heikala and Meyoko.
Did you teach yourself to write/draw or did you attend classes?
I’ve been drawing since kindergarten, even when I was very small I drew scenes with characters who interacted with each other. I started writing comics at the end of college, learning by analyzing the mangas I loved. I took some drawing classes here and there and I studied painting in Belgium for two years; it has nothing to do with comics, but it helped me to create the illustrations.
What's your creative process? Do you have a routine you follow, or can you work anywhere?
I am very organized, I have a bullet journal to plan each step of the creation of my comic strip. Every week, I write my goals for each day, be it sketching, inking or screening. I have two desks, one for everything that is pencil and inking (all by hand) and my computer desk for all the lettering and screening.
If you weren't a manga creator, what would be your ideal career?
I would like to be a screenwriter of a movie or series, or work in the dubbing world (for animated films). It's pretty close to what I already do: write scripts and play characters.
Do you have any advice for aspiring creators?
A tip that helped me a lot is "Don’t look for perfection! A comic book is appreciated as a whole, not as a sum of parts, and small errors on a page will not detract from its style".