Kicking off her comic book career as a colorist at Milestone Comics, the super talented Micheline Hess went on to oversee her creator owned series titled Malice in Ovenland.
Malice follows the adventures of Lilly Brown, a young girl from Queens, New York. Lilly totally hates doing chores and cleaning but she ends up discovering that there's a magical land hidden beneath her greasy kitchen oven which is populated by creatures called Oven-Frites.
Hess stopped by SYFY WIRE to bring some of her fantastical characters to life (including our heroine) in our latest edition of Artists Alley, where she revealed that she usually works in a "digital space" on her iPad. Armed with a blue pencil, lines quickly flowed on the white paper as she compared the way she works on her iPad vs. paper.
The artist recounted how she decided to take the plunge back in 2010 to create her own comic and the reasons why she chose to aim the story predominantly at children of color. She also told us that she partly modeled the character of Lilly a "little off" herself, adding: "I wanted her to be very approachable in terms of the way she appeared, that kids could look at her and find something about the character that they feel resembles themselves."
Hess named the King's Field video game series as one of the biggest influences behind the creation of Malice in Ovenland. Dive into our exclusive video to see Micheline Hess hard at work and let us know what you think.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.