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Webcomic FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Elan Meets Rafa Webcomic

How often do you update the story?

I try to update with two pages every Wednesday.

Are you going to make a book of the story?

Volumes 1 and 2 are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions. Contact me for ePub, PDF, or signed copies.

I started this comic as a way for me to combine my love for creating stories and the desire to improve my drawing skills. I never intended to publish them as books, and if I did I wanted to redraw the whole thing. After much discussion I decided to publish them as is, so you will see the progression of skill as well as the storyline. So, yeah, I know, you see a difference.

How did you come up with the story? Are you Elan? Are you Rafa?

Many of the characters are loosely based on people I have met growing up, in school, and traveling (e.g. The Governor is someone I met many years ago who was just ‘the guvnah’ of a southern gay bar, but I changed his nice, flamboyant character and kept the suit; Murakami was an my sister’s unworldly [female] Siamese cat of a different name; and there is someone walking around Ecuador who just looks like Rafa). The story is shaped from my experiences in the American Latino community as well as some ties to other communities and cultures. I did grow up poor and was introduced to the life of the rich by relationships and schooling. However, I consider this a work of fiction rather than creative nonfiction.

When will the story end? What will you do after it ends?

I still have a way to go until the end, but it is getting closer. I’ll never leave these characters and they will live on in vignettes.

I have illustrated a children’s book and published creative nonfiction – two jobs I want to continue to do.  However, I love creating bl webcomics and I am already planning another big series to jump into after EMR finishes.

Can I create fanart or fanfiction? Can I use your artwork for … ?

I wholeheartedly encourage noncommercial fan fiction and fan art — you can practice with it by tracing, you can color them in, etc. I’m generally fine with use of my drawings as long as they are not being sold or plagiarized and credit or a link to this site is given. It might behoove you to use an artist better at anatomy/perspective, but they might object whereas I’ll just trust you.

Any advice on how to start a webcomic?

I’ve been wanting to write a page titled “How doing a webcomic wrong can be right for you”.  I don’t intentionally ignore all the standard rules for comics, it is just I don’t know how to do it any other way. So what if you think your art skills “aren’t there yet” or you can’t do anime or find those boxes restrictive or you don’t own a tablet? If you have a good idea for a story and a strong desire to tell it in art – just DO IT. I may not attract a lot of purists, but I’ve gained a lot of followers who are not married to the standard rules either. Your niche will probably appreciate more comics!

Desire is important because drawing everyday is hard and posting regularly is important. But I can 100% guarantee you will become a better artist by drawing every day. You may go a little coo-coo, but you WILL get better.

Who are you?

I’m pathologically secretive about myself but I will say I’m a first-generation immigrant living in California, USA, who lives by the golden rule as much as possible. I tend toward the shy and misanthropic side I do love animals –all of them: spiders, snakes, dogs, cats, birds, etc.

That about covers it. If you have any other questions you can email me at elanmeetsrafa@gmail.com or comment below. I love talking about this project so don’t be shy. Actually I love emailing fans about random things, not necessarily this story. I have a filter only for spam, so far everyone has been very nice and I have had nothing but complete pleasure in all my interactions.

Mature Readers

Warning: This comic has not been confirmed suitable for young and sensitive audiences by people out there and therefore appropriate for only mature readers. I would rate it PG-13 right now, will be R later.

Spanning this story is adult language, sexual content (not too explicit – partial nudity or implied sex) and love between men depicted as normal with their usual conflicts, desires, and search for happiness. Since I am unlikely to get approval by Westboro Baptist or perhaps your parents, you must be 18 or over to read this comic.

But I can’t really tell how old you are.

Begin Reading


Start Here – Chapter One / Page One

 

Begin Reading - Clasped lovers hands

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“Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting.” — Haruki Murakami.
“A true friend is the one who holds your hand and touches your heart” ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

To Whom It May Concern – The Civil Wars


Chapters

Part One Part Two Part Three

Chapter One – Disowned
Chapter Two – Queenies
Chapter Three – The Governor
Chapter Break
Chapter Four – Diner Gossip
Chapter Break
Chapter Five – Mr. Jones
Chapter Six – First Day
Chapter Seven – The Corner Hole
Chapter Eight – The Argument
Chapter Nine – Looming
Chapter Ten – You Love Love Love
Chapter Eleven – The Promise

Chapter Twelve – Rumors, Truths & Lies
Chapter Thirteen – That Day
Chapter Fourteen – Mr. Singer
Chapter Fifteen – Apart

Chapter Sixteen – Gabriel García Márquez
Chapter Seventeen – The Decision
Chapter Eighteen – Jake’s Payback
Chapter Nineteen – Uncle Felipe
Chapter Twenty – Father & Son

Chapter Twenty-one – Back
Chapter Twenty-two – First Contact
Chapter Twenty-three – Scott & Hudson
Chapter Twenty-four – Unlike William Tell
Chapter Twenty-five – The Corner Hole Part Deux
Chapter Twenty-six – Carlos
Chapter Twenty-seven – Tabula Rasa
Chapter Twenty-eight – Promise
Chapter Twenty-nine – Good Morning
Chapter Thirty – A Normal Day
Chapter Thirty-one – Say It Out Loud


 

About the Webcomic

This is a very different kind of webcomic. Elan Meets Rafa isn’t fantasy, superhero, or yaoi/anime, and the pages are drawn mostly traditionally in a soft American style with a musical track included. It is a simple story about two boys finding love amidst cultural and class differences.

Quick Synopsis: To free himself from his wealthy father’s demands Elan leaves everything behind to start a new life. He quickly finds that he is ill-prepared for the real world. He meets Rafa–a strong and resilient boy from a poor family, who provides protection for him. With Rafa and many new friends, Elan starts to find a place for himself in the dangerous urban neighborhood they live in. Then things turn horribly wrong and love is tested against deception, crushing guilt, and the demands of two different worlds.

Intended for Mature Readers.

Character Profiles

ELAN SINGER: The son of a successful Jewish father and wealthy Irish/Mexican mother, Elan received good education and led a secluded life. When he refused to follow the life his father wanted for him Elan’s life was turned upside down.

Elan’s mother was intelligent and loving. She preferred to home-school and privately tutor Elan until her untimely death. After his mother died, Elan said he “was in a fog for years” and did exactly as his father dictated–sequestered study, private college, and little social activity.  It was that one moment of rebellion that changed his life.

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RAFA SALTOS: Dark-eyed Rafa is the son of immigrants. Handsome and charming, he has had little educational opportunities, but is wise and street smart.

His older brothers were hard and cruel and Rafa learned how to fight and defend himself from them and their friends at an young age.  Now in his early twenties, Rafa’s wild temper and ability to fight are a neighborhood legend. Rafa, who was in and out of Juvenile Hall for petty crimes, stepped up to take care of his large family when his two brothers were incarcerated. Rafa lives in an often mean and cruel world. He is continually disappointed by the male role models in his family and his neighborhood.

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 Other Characters – more to be added!

Murakami the cat MURAKAMI THE CAT: Elan’s Siamese cat named after his favorite author Haruki Murakami. And much like his namesake’s penchant for mystical cats, Murakami helps shape the lives of his favorite humans.Murakami, or “Big Boy” as Rafa calls him, is the catalyst that brings Elan and Rafa together, and maybe helps bring them back together? He is one of the many animals that weave their way into this story.
JAKE: Rafa’s friend and former boyfriend. Jake is involved in some nefarious drug business and dealings, and also is none too happy to meet Elan–the first big threat to his and Rafa’s on and off relationship. Jake has known Rafa since childhood and was one to defend him against Rafa’s older and meaner brothers. Their bond his strong but doesn’t allow Rafa to grow into the man he wants to be, the man he sees in Elan.
CARLISE: The clever waitress at Queenies – an old friend of Rafa’s who becomes a friend and ally to Elan. She never is scared to tell anyone what she thinks. Rafa and she fight a lot, but trust each other like siblings.
CARLOS: The sarcastic shortorder cook at Queenies who Rafa trusts for advice.
THE GOVERNOR: Local sleazeball pimp and drug dealer. Friend or foe? We don’t know.
cyclops MUJERCITA/CYCLOPS: Rafa’s mean kitten.
gabriel GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ: Elan’s canary.
gerard GÉRARD: Elan’s butler.