Interview With League of Super Heroines Creator Kimberly Jesicka
Kimberly has been dedicated to comics since 2005. She has created something unique in comics. Black women mastering the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. She took the time to sit with us and tell us about her inspirations and whats next for her career!
AC: Where are you from originally?
Kimberly: Hi! I am from Panama originally.
AC: When did you decide that writing is your passion?
Kimberly: I would say 2012, I always had stories going on in my head all my life, but never sat down to put them on paper.
AC: How long have you been involved in comics?
Kimberly: I did my first comic girl in 2005 she was of me. Then continue making comics and graphics from then on. I used it in my business branding. Other people started seeing my work and wanted to hire me. I then started making them and creating graphic novels. From then on, I kept expanding until I created my own animated film company, Dollfaceanimatedfilms. I started writing scripts around my comics and then comic books with panels. It has been a journey.
AC: Can you give a brief synopsis of League of Super Heroines?
Kimberly: The League of Super-Heroines, are a group of girls that make you think of Super Heroines like Storm, Wonder Woman, but they are women of color. They are made of the 4 elements. Water, Earth, Wind, Fire . They were originally called Sisters of the Elements. I then decided to change the name to garner the attention of Girls in Color that are Super – Heroines.
AC: What was the inspiration for League of Super Heroines?
Kimberly: I always loved comic books as a little girl and Super Heroines, like Charlie’s Angels, Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman, ect. However there was nothing of the sort that looked like me. Unless you had the 70’s exploitation stuff, which was often riddled in drugs and sex and not necessarily appropriate for girls at that time. So I wanted to create comic book Super Heroines that were comparable to what Marvel or DC had, but of Brown Girls.
AC: What was the inspiration for the main character(s)?
Kimberly: Each character is a representative of a defending a part of the atmosphere. They each have their nemesis that wants to destroy them as well. You can’t have a good guy without a bad guy involved.
AC: How did you and the featured artist decide on the particulars of the artwork? How did it help shape the story’s vision?
Kimberly: If you ever notice how nice and realistic Storm looks, I wanted my girls to have that appeal but with a cause these girls on a mission to save mankind. I have my own version of my Sea Girls/Ocean Superheroines, my own version of wind like Tornado Windstorm or Hurricane Palmer, or Hellyn Brimstone VS. Blaze Marie Sun, but in some episodes they have to help each other from unforeseen circumstances.
AC: What were some of the difficulties, or, challenges you experienced while creating this comic?
Kimberly: I am noticing the lack of support in the news to market such characters. There was really no challenge in creating them though.
AC: Where do you hope to see the success of, League of Super Heroines a year from now?
Kimberly: I would like to see this on a Saturday morning cartoon, in the movies or in comic book stores across the world.
AC: Can you provide any advice for those looking to write for independent comic book companies or self publishing?
Kimberly: Draw from your favorite while being original, and allowing your creativity to go forward.