We put 5 Questions to Tara and Nadia from Tanra Studios...
Who are you and what do you do?
We are Tanra Studios, comprising of Tara Washington and Nadia Williams. We are freelance digital (and occasionally traditional) artists, mainly specializing in comic illustration with a Manga-style influence. We're a new publishing group founded in July 2015, though individually, we've been creating comics and art for far longer.
What can people expect to find at your table at True Believers?
Manga-style comics that were written, drawn and inked by ourselves, such as comics based on fantasy or on mythological myths and legends, and also some of our earlier works, along with additional art and merchandise that are linked to our work. We'll also be revealing several previews of our current projects, and will also offer commissions.
What’s your favorite thing about what you do?
For both of us, it's creating new worlds and story ideas, and watching them come to life on paper, seeing how the characters we've created grow and deal with various situations, and expanding on the worlds that we've created. Its a satisfying feeling to see people enjoying what we've created, and getting involved with the characters that we have given life to. But at the same time, its also just fun to be able to work at something we love.
What was the first comic you collected?
Nadia: I can't remember the comic for me. It was either 'The Dreaming', or 'YU-GI-OH,'
Tara: As for me, it really depends on if you're thinking Manga or Western comics. For western comics, I believe it was either Spiderman or Batman, something I shared with my dad, while for Manga, I distinctly remember that as being Rurouni Kenshin, which was what got me interested in Manga in the first place. I've always enjoyed action based comics.
If you had to recommend one comic (or story arc) to people, which would it be?
Nadia: Black Butler, no doubt. It has amazing visuals a great story line and characters that you get invested in straight away from the first chapter. It ticks all the boxes for a stand alone comic and a great series. What more do you need?
Tara: Hm....That's kind of difficult for me, cause I've read so many that its difficult to pick just a single comic or story arc. However, if I had to pick one, I guess that it would have to be Rurouni Kenshin - and not just because of nostalgia. Rurouni Kenshin not only has a great story with characters you really want to succeed in their struggles, and worry about when the danger really starts, but its also great on a historical level, with information on actual events that occurred during the Japanese Meiji Revolution. So not only is the story interesting, but if you're into Japanese culture, language and history, it is an all around great story.
Thank you Tara & Nadia.
Be sure to check out the Tanra Studios Twitter and stop by their table at #TBCF2016 and say "Hello"