They say that two people who are meant to be together are tied at birth by an invisible red thread of fate, but what if destiny was tied up in knots? Red String tells the tales of three high school girls, each searching to find that promised love. In doing so, they find much more than that awaiting them. The series went live online on May 1, 2003 and is currently updates on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The first three collected volumes of the series are published by Dark Horse Comics and may be found and/or ordered in any large chain bookstore. Volume four through the current books are all self-published by the creator.
Gina Biggs is a freelance artist and has been creating comics for over fifteen years. At a tender age so young even she cannot recall, Gina started drawing. She is told her first drawings were of sharks, but cannot back that up with paperwork. With no formal training from school (save for a year's worth of figure drawing classes back in 2008-09 at Gaijin Studios), she developed her skills on her own and decided she could no longer deny that her life was that of a comic artist. She is now a freelance artist and author currently raising a happy, healthy family.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I contact you?
You may email me at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you want to trade links?
No, I’m sorry, not right now. I just don’t have time to add links right now. However, I post links to websites as part of the credits in the fan art section.
How long will this story be? Does it have an ending?
It does indeed have an ending planned. The comic is set for 54 chapters including the two side stories. It will be eight graphic novels total when it is completed.
Do you have another story in mind when Red String ends?
Yes, so please don’t worry. When Red String ends I have a new story I will be working on as a webcomic. Any further details will be posted closer to the end of Red String.
Your comic isn’t manga!! Why do you draw “manga-style”? Why did you set it in Japan? Why don’t the characters LOOK Japanese?
These questions seem to always come as a combination of at least two, so I am covering them all in one section. Nope, you’re right, it’s not manga. It’s a comic book series. As an American I create comics, not manga. Red String does not claim to be anything else. My art is influenced by many different artists and writers, both American and Japanese. My work reflects those influences. Since my style is influenced by anime and manga, my characters tend to reflect those traits rather than all the characters looking specifically Japanese. As for why I set my story in Japan, as an author, I find that if something interests me, I want to write about it. I am interested in Japanese culture. I have tried my best to write a tale as accurate as possible to the traditions and nuances of the culture. However, this story was primarily written for an American audience by an American author, so pacing and style will obviously be different from Japanese manga.
Do you have a timeline for the story world?
Yes, if you have been wondering how much time passes for the characters, I have created a timeline for the story. It can offer some insight on how much time has passed between events.
Why do you have homosexual themes in your story? What about sex before marriage? Don’t you have any morals?
This comic’s main theme is LOVE. It is not confined to just heterosexual love. It deals with all forms of love; romantic, parental, platonic, heterosexual, homosexual, unrequited, etc. I believe if you have love, you are a very lucky person. I believe in not discriminating against people who have love in their hearts no matter what their sexual orientation. Love is better than hate or prejudice any day of the week.
In the same respect, Red String does not stick to the unrealistic idea that everyone waits until marriage to have sex. I do not treat sex as a throwaway part of the story. My characters are finding their footing in their journey of life and sex happens. It helps the characters grow for better or worse. It is the experiences in life that will define them.
Also, some people have brought up the religious aspect. I am writing a story set in Japan and most Japanese are Buddhist or Shintoist. Less than 2.5% of Japanese are Christian. It would be grossly inaccurate to push Christian beliefs on characters that obviously were not raised in that religion.
Will you attend __insert name__ convention? You would you like be a guest at our convention?
Things have changed in the past year. I have a new baby now. I have to be a lot pickier about which conventions I attend because driving is a lot harder with a little one in tow. If you would like for me to attend a convention (within the United States) as a guest, I will need the following provided: a table to sell my books, a hotel room that can accommodate myself and my table assistant, and travel expenses. If you are a fan who is interested in having me attend a convention in your area please inform that convention that you’ll like to see me there as a guest.
I want to start a (web)comic / become a full time artist. Can you give me advice?
I have actually written up some articles that cover most questions I receive for this as well as some advice. Check out the Webcomic Creation FAQ and the Pitfalls of the first-time comic creator. Also check out Amy’s article, Where Do Ideas Come From?.
Can I review your comic for my zine/magazine/online site?
Yes you can. The more exposure for the comic, the better! Just let me know where I can read it.
Can I send you fan art?
YES! ABSOLUTELY! I absolutely LOVE fan art! It is definitely very flattering and always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Can I link to your site?
Yes you can! I even have some banners made up that you can download and use. Your support is appreciated!
PRINT BOOK INFORMATION
Is there a print version of Red String available?
YES! Print versions of volumes one through three are published through Dark Horse Comics. They can be found in any big-chain bookstores or your local comic shops. OR you can order them directly from our online store!
Volumes four, five, and six are self-published which means it is not as widely available as the other three books. You will have much better luck purchasing these volumes in my online store.
|Red String Volume 1
Release date: January 28, 2007
Red String Volume 2
Red String Volume 3
Red String Volume 4
Red String Volume 5
Red String Volume 6
Red String Volume 7
Red String Volume 8
When will volume eight be printed?
Volume Eight is the last volume of the series and will be printed when the series is completed sometime in 2013.
How did you get your comic picked up by Dark Horse Comics?
Everyone seems to think I had some special trick or there was a magic combination of tasks I performed, but the truth is they came to me out of the blue. I didn’t submit anything to them or show them my work. They read Red String online and asked me for permission to be published by their company.