Author Archive: photinakis

Maria Photinakis is a Boston-based comic book artist and illustrator. Very geeky and proudly Greeky, in between her long-term autobiographical, fantasy or historical fiction comic projects, she's working on a few webcomics, including Furtive Nerd and Between Sleeps. She also co-hosts a podcast and studies ikebana (Japanese flower arranging). You can find out more about her work on her website:

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#3 Sable

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments


Interdimensional crime never stops – nor does Sable.

A reject of a late-night brainstorm of silver-age Marvel writers, Sable still proudly wears his Marvel boots, even though he’s been totally forgotten. To this day he still totes his calligraphy brush, ink stick and water pouch, though his back complains more and more. Sable can summon an interdimensional portal with just the swash of his oversized brush, allowing him to travel where and whenever he likes so he can practice his Chinese character drills in peace.

Please note that he hates it when people mistake his expensive, giant calligraphy brush for an everyday mop. It is NOT a mop.

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#2 Rose Plumeria

| November 4, 2013 | 0 Comments


After moving to Japan to teach English, Rose soon discovered that she could command the lifeforce of flowers at will—thrive or die, blossom or wilt, all a the blink of an eye. Her talents made her a huge celebrity in Japan and her presence has rocked the world of competitive ikebana to its very core. But, as a wise poet once sang, every rose has its thorn, and our Rose harbors her own terrible secrets…

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#1 Scribe

| November 4, 2013 | 0 Comments



Scribe is a clairvoyant who controls fate, life and death, with the stroke of a quill. She can pull as many quills as she needs from the back of her cloak or her headpiece, and in lieu of parchment, she spins her words on an unending, magical scroll.  Her own fate is marked on her hands and body, but she’s too afraid to read it – hence she covers her hands and body in a loose, flowing cloak to conceal it. But sometimes even she can’t resist taking a peek at what’s in store for her future.

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2013 Challenger: Maria Photinakis

| October 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hi everyone,

I’m Maria Photinakis, and this is my first year participating in the 30 Characters Challenge! (I found out about it the month after it happened last year — blast my bad timing!)  Glad I finally get to get in at the starting line on 2013.

I’ve been drawing comics most of my life but only started getting really serious about it recently. Character and costume design is something I love doing for fun, I have reams of paper with speculative designs, so this challenge is totally up my alley.

My techniques are usually old-school, as I prefer traditional ink-slinging over working digitally. (For example, my ongoing Between Sleeps comic is purely ink and paper.) Likely I’ll be working mainly in ink, but it’ll be fun to try out different things within the challenge. Who knows where I’ll end up? I’d love to bring more color into my work especially.

November’s always a challenging month for me — my birthday falls smack dab in the middle of it, and this year’s kind of a big milestone year. But I’m excited to give this a shot and can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Maria Photinakis says hello!

Maria Photinakis says hello!