Out of phase tomboy: Multiple Muse Disorder is a fictional web comic about me and my two muses, Risa and Resu. I draw it for fun and because they make me do it. There's no schedule and very little consistency, but there occasionally are goblins.
I'm retired from regular employment. I have repetitive stress injury (carpal tunnel) from working as a computer programmer in pre-ergonomic times. I also have very poor eyesight, which is deteriorating with age. So, I'm slow.
I draw with pencil and mostly ink, tone and color using Manga Studio. Below are early character designs. Things have changed a bit, so I should re-do them, but... I won't.
I like to write. I like to draw. Here, I do both.
The original idea was to draw a comic about me and my life. I drew scenes from early childhood, middle school, high school and later life. It was kind of boring, actually, until...
My two muses, Risa and Resu*, demanded to be included. That's when I began the "Multiple Muse Disorder" arc (a play on Gender Identity Disorder) which has now taken over the comic.
Risa and Resu are perhaps not 'real' in the same sense I am, but quite a few people believe that I'm not real in some ways, either. This question of what is real and who gets to say what is real has always been a big concern of mine, and is a common theme in the anime, comics, fiction and video games I like.
* I've been studying Japanese since 2007. One way my name could be transliterated into Japanese is: レスリサ (resu risa, last name first) which is where their names come from.
<— Photo of me at my drawing table, summer 2010.
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art copyright © by Lisa Lees.