Questions & Answers
Q. Where did you get the idea for Reiko?
A. Reiko was inspired by a combination of sources. The main one would probably be the painting”Portraitof Reiko” by Japanese artist Ryusei Kishida. I encountered the painting while working as an assistant English teacher in Japan.
A. Reiko means “ghost child”. I changed it from the traditional meaning of “beautiful child” by switching a kanji character.
A. Reiko is one of many Japanese spirits called “youkai” or “yuurei”. I also consider her to be a type of demon or “akuma”. An oni is more of an ogre, like Reiko’s Uncle Kenzo.
A. No. She lives in the United States.
A. Reiko goes to Elizabeth Andrew Borden Elementary School. Or Lizzie Borden Elementary School for short.
A. I don’t intend for that to be the case. If that’s the way it works out it’s a coincidence. For visual clarity I think I just try to draw someone whose looks contrast Reiko’s.
A. I think it looks creepy. Anyway, the real question is why do humans have such short, stubby arms?
A. Of course!
A. Uh, the same way a shark does, I guess.
A. I just like the way it sounds. “Shihoka, Shirabe, Shinobu, and little Reiko”. I createdReiko years ahead of her sisters, but I designed her older sisters allat about the same time. They are all named after people I have known in real life. The number 4, or shi, is also very unlucky in Japanese culture and relates to death.
A. Reiko has horns, too. They’re just under her bangs.
A. Arrgh! That is not Reiko. It is her older sister, Shinobu. *sob*
A. She is only ten!
A. It is just a scowling demon face. It is Shinobu’s trademark.
A. She cut herself on broken glass. I’ll tell the story someday.
A. No, she has two.
A. It’s an heirloom.
A. Like many blondes, Shirabe’s hair color comes in a bottle.
A. Shirabe is not wiccan. She just likes pentacles.
A. I guess Shihoka just takes after a different branch of the family tree.
A. I was inspired by a type of Japanese female spirit called Rokurokubi with a very long snake-like neck.
A. She’s near-sighted.
A. Er, a crocodile, I guess. I just like the way “crocodile” sounds.
A. He is a boy.
A. He was a birthday present.
A. It is not one girl. It is two girls. They are twin sisters who are conjoined from birth.
A. No. They’re “conjoined” twins.
A. Not intentionally.
A. That’s just the way he was born. He comes from a long line of proud headless men.
Q.Will we ever see Irving’s parents?
A. He is a trend-setter. This look will be all the rage soon!
A. See? It’s starting!
A. He’s not sad. He’s just carved that way.
A. There are many, many artists with a variety of styles and media whose work I greatly admire. However, some cartoonists I really like are David Wenzel, Carl Barks, Sergio Aragones, Gary Larson, Chaz Addams, and Eiichiro Oda. Tim Burton‘s work is excellent, too.
A. I sacrifice baby kittens to Colonel Sanders in exchange for inspiration.
A. Reiko used to only be drawn in sketchbooks, the old-fashioned way. But now I often draw the comics directly into Photoshop using a Wacom tablet. I think I like paper better though.
A. Sort of. I went to a New York liberal arts college called Pace University and majored in Studio Art. Later I briefly attended the Art Student’s League of New York, and the Reilly League of Artists.
A. Old enough.
A. How many women are named “Vincent”?
A. No. I’m American.
A. Currently, yes.
A. Yes, I can speak some Japanese, though far from perfect.
A. My father was born in Italy. My mother was born in Puerto Rico.
A. The Bronx, New York.
Q. How many people does it take to maintain this site?
A.There is only me. I do all. Comics, cartoons, web design, newsletter, etc..
A.It’s a fairy puking into an ink bottle.
A. I had one but it was a pain to keep updated. Plus, Reiko can be read in any order and doesn’t require an archive in my opinion. Just browse!
A. Sure. I love fan art! E-mail it to me!
A. Yes, you may. If youwant to be extra nice you can add “TaintedInk.com” or “Tainted-Ink.com” or “ContemplatingReiko.com” in there somewhere. And send t to me. I love to see Reiko fan art type stuff!
A. If you don’t see what you want, don’t hesitate to e-mail me about it and let me know what you want!
A. Thanks for the offer, but I rather stick to using my own ideas.
A. Sure, if you have a suggestion to improve this site please e-mail me!
A. Tell your friends about it. Donate. Visit often. And buy a DVD.
A. E-mail your question to me, of course!