All the amazing stories we want to listen to and all the astounding live performances of life that we truly appreciate becomes a permanent part of our memories. The beautiful emotions of our lives so well literally described and drawn into art, portrayed by mysterious characters is another great art. The artists and illustrators always feel the sensitivity of every emotion of their characters and beautifully capture it in to their work.
My dear cold blooded King is one of the most amazing and exquisite comic with an astonishing story and discriminating art work by Lifelight.
We recently, got a chance to interview Mrs. Justin (Lifelight) she is so humble and a very nice person.
Glamour Infusion: First tell us where were you born and bred?
Lifelight: I was born in California, but I wasn’t raised there. I moved all over the country from coast to coast because my daddy was a navy sailor, and we had to keep up with each duty station our family was sent to.
Glamour Infusion: You’re most memorial childhood memory?
Lifelight: Well, that’s a tough one! Ha! Hard to pick just one out of so many good memories. But, I guess my favourite memories of childhood was when my Dad was in port, and Mom and my brother Joey and I would get to drive to the naval base and board the aircraft carrier. I can still remember the smell and the steam of the engines as we made our way to the “mess hall” (cafeteria) and we all ate lunch together with other sailors and their families.
Glamour Infusion: People who inspires you the most in your life are?
Lifelight: My parents, my husband, and my friends. My parents (Joey and Penny) first, because they didn’t squash my love for creating stories and drawings at a young age! They were so supportive and always encouraged me. My husband Justin, because without him I just wouldn’t be the adult I am today. He inspires me to work harder than I ever thought imaginable, with not only his motivating words, but also the hard life he lived. And I am inspired by my friends, but especially one friend in particular, a fellow artist. He goes by the penname Beouf-de-Kobe, and without him badgering me (and encouraging me!) in early 2016 to “share my comic with the world”, My Dear Cold-Blooded King would still be a passion project hidden on my hard drive, unknown to anyone.
Glamour Infusion: Tell us something about your family background. Which family/friends member is always there to support you?
Lifelight: Again, hard to pick just one! Haha! I love my whole family so much. As a navy brat (the term of endearment for the child of a sailor) who had to move every 2 years, I learned that the people I could rely on the most was my family. Friends would come and go, but family was forever. My older brother Joey was my best friend (and mortal enemy haha!) growing up because all we had was each other every time we moved to a new state. I’m closer to my family members than most traditional families because of how we had to stick together to make it through the hard times.
Glamour Infusion: When you first realized that you should start drawing your own comic and what are your inspirations behind (My Cold Blooded King) story?
Lifelight: Well, it’s a pretty lame origin story, but I started writing and sketching out MDCBK (My Dear Cold-Blooded King) in 2013, I believe. I woke up from one of the coolest dreams ever and then started basing a story around it. The dream was basically a healer woman who was caught in the middle of a fight between a white haired man and a black haired man. Everyone had super powers! Haha! Needless to say, the story has come a long way from that insignificant excerpt. Aside from dreams, though, I was inspired by my favoritemangas/manhwas/anime shows and also people in real life.
Glamour Infusion: You have mentioned earlier your story has an impression of real life as well how’s that?
Lifelight: There are people in my life that I have had the pleasure (and misfortune, for some) of meeting and getting to know. I think this is common for many writers, but a lot of my character’s personalities are inspired by real life people that I know. This is good for immortalizing those people who mean the most to me. But, it’s also good for exacting literary vengeance on those characters who represent people who have wronged me. Not that I am especially vindictive, haha! But, haven’t you ever wanted to get a few good verbal jabs in on a micromanaging, demeaning boss? It’s like that!
Glamour Infusion: People usually say I mean female writers/young ladies usually prefer using word my prince as fascinated by their fantasy why you choose the word My King in your title?
Lifelight: Well, I never thought of that! But if I had to take a guess at it, I’d say it’s because of a difference in power. To me a “prince” in fiction is just a young boy without any political power or significant status. I look for strength and prowess in a mate, so for me, a “King” is much more appealing. He is already established in his station. Being King implies he holds vastly more power and is already capable of great political feats. I’m attracted to a man that can change the world with one hand, but still uses that hand for the greater good.
Glamour Infusion: Where have you learnt this amazing skill of drawing? What makes a person draw exceptional drawings is it also passion?
Lifelight: Firstly, thank you for the compliment! And secondly, I don’t consider myself to be good. I practice daily and am always chasing after those I perceive as better artists and trying to improve my skills as much as I humanly can. I’m mostly self-taught, but I did take one drawing class in college. I don’t know if I learned much from the class, but it at least made me a slightly faster artist.
Glamour Infusion: What is your dream?
Lifelight: Well, I always used to say my dream was to become a comic artist. Then, I’d laugh and shake my head and say “Never gonna’ happen”. But, then, one day LINE Webtoon gave me an email and asked me if I wanted to be one of their Featured artists! Literally a dream come true. So, I guess my current dream is to not mess this up! Haha! Although the job can be very stressful and time-consuming at times (works of passion are often this way), I hope to be a comic artist for as long as possible. I’d say “forever”, but I doubt I’ll get so lucky!
Glamour Infusion: Hard work or luck?
Lifelight: Hm. I’d say it’s a mix of both. I definitely worked hard to improve my skills and it was a considerable risk to put myself into the fray of the Discover section on LINE Webtoon (I’ve always been thin-skinned and afraid of critique). But, I definitely think it’s luck that I became Featured. I don’t feel like I am a good enough artist to have been granted this opportunity, so it inspires me to work even harder to become better so that one day I can feel like I’ve properly earned that honor to be called a “professional comic artist”.
Glamour Infusion: As a comic artist and a writer what’s your aiming at?
Lifelight: Do you mean in general or who is my target audience? Because, in either instance, I don’t know! Haha! I just write and draw because it makes me happy. I get so many ideas in my head and I have to write them all down. And I see so many beautiful images and I so I try to draw them. I’m still not at the level I want to be at yet, but I am enjoying the journey.
Glamour Infusion: This is your very first comic where you see yourself in 5 years?
Lifelight: Ideally, I want to still be a professional comic artist. Will I be so lucky? Only time will tell. Until then, I’m going to work hard and perform the best I can.
Glamour Infusion: While writing and drawing have you ever thought of breaking the cage of thoughts? Like The Alice who wants to run after the rabbit into the hole.
Lifelight: Haha! I feel like my writing process is that exactly. I write whatever comes into my mind first. Sometimes that first draft makes it into the final script, but most of the time it’s re-written over and over. If I were to keep with your analogy, then I’d say I live in the rabbit hole most days and resurface just to make everything make better sense. Sometimes that works out for me. But most days I’m inclined to say it doesn’t!
Glamour Infusion: If there any welfare work you wish to do to help deserving people a hope you want to give to this world what that could be ?
Lifelight: My parents raised me under the motto of “Doing something for somebody else and expecting nothing in return makes you a well-rounded person”. They dragged me to volunteer at libraries, at schools, and at church reach-outs (like soup kitchens, etc.), until one day I finally seemed to understand that motto and live by it. Everyone needs compassion, but not everyone is willing to give it. So, if I do nothing else in this life, I hope that I can be a light that shines in dark places and spread life, happiness, and love to as many people as possible. I’m a far cry from being perfect, though, so I have to improve myself daily in order to be more helpful to others.
Glamour Infusion: Tell us something about your upcoming projects?
Lifelight: Ha! Too many projects to even talk about. I have files upon files of stories, and sketchbooks bursting with drawings. All I can say is that I have so many ideas for future projects, and I need only pick the best of the best and be given another chance to pursue them.
Glamour Infusion: What advice would you like to give to the struggling young people?
Lifelight: Work hard, keep dreaming, and never be fully satisfied with your current skill level. Always be willing to improve and search for new ways to improve. You can never reach ultimate paragon levels of skill if you never seek every day to be better than yesterday. Keep your head up, because you just never known when it’s going to be your turn to shine.
Glamour Infusion: When reading in some parts there is difficult English used. Not everyone can understand those words good for natives but not all. Why is that?
Lifelight: That surprises me a bit! The language I use in my comics is the same language I use in everyday conversations. Maybe it seems like I have a wider vocabulary than most due to my interest in writing novels. Without my thesaurus for crafting those early books as a young teen, I’d never have gotten the word base I have today, I suppose.
Glamour Infusion: Thank you for your time and we really enjoyed interviewing you and we wish you all the very best in your upcoming projects. Hope to interview you again soon. Keep us updated!
Lifelight: I’m flattered you chose to interview a small fry like me. Thank you very much for the opportunity!