Please welcome to the blog ChrossxXxRodes, the writer who adapted Clean Sweep to comic book format with Tapas. Clean Sweep comic is not available for preorder but early content will be release on Tapas on 08/19 with the full release on 08/23.
ChrossxXxRodes has done an amazing job on the series. You can follow her work on Twitter at @chrossxxxrodes.
- What would you say your experience overall has been like adapting Clean Sweep from a novel into this comic?
In a word: Unbelievable. As a small-time fanfiction writer on Twitter and AO3, getting the chance to work on a project as big and exciting as this is something I’m still wrapping my head around. I’m so incredibly grateful to have been given the opportunity to help take such a fantastic novel and adapt it into another format. It’s been a blast.
- Do you have a favorite character to write? Who is it and why?
Honestly, all of them are fun in their own ways. I really enjoyed writing Sean though—with him I felt I could take a bit more of a comedic spin to things, have him make jokes in serious situations and fall back on sarcasm. His interactions with Arland were probably some of my favorites to write. I also really enjoyed writing Allivar—as a new character I created, I could be a bit freer with his characterization. [Allivar is a werecat – Ilona]
- Is there anything that you found challenging in adapting this story into a comic?
I wanted to do the novel justice—it’s a big responsibility, taking another person’s characters and managing to stay true to their origin, especially when we were adding bonus content. I stressed a lot over whether or not I was keeping the cast in character, whether my added content was fun or interesting, am I being funny enough, will the readers enjoy my take on things? It was challenging, but in a good way.
- Looking back to the early development stages, what would you say your process or approach was to adapt the comic in the early stages? Did you have a vision you wanted to bring to the adaptation?
My entire goal with this series was to keep the integrity of the original source material while adding my own Chross BrandTM flair to it. I wanted the series to be able to draw in faithful readers and new ones alike, by bridging the gap between comforting and fresh material. I don’t know if I accomplished it, but it was such a rush to try.
- Is there anything else you want to say about writing or working on this story?
This has honestly been a dream come true. I had so much fun with this world and its characters, and I’m very thankful to have been given an amazing opportunity like this one. I have so much respect for the IA Team and Tapas, and while I’m sad to be done with my part, I’m excited to see this project out there and getting the love it deserves. This may be good bye for now, but the Inn’s doors will always be open for those who need sanctuary—and I know I plan to return often.
- What was it like writing Arland?
Arland was very interesting to write—in the novel he’s very serious and has a sort of aristocratic air. I wanted to emulate that and add a sort of. . . carefree vibe to it. I always loved the serious, withdrawn, and cold characters in manga who later turn out to be a bit softer and warmer than you expect, so I wanted to give him that sort of feeling.
- What was it like wring Dina?
My favorite thing about Dina is how much of a strong, confident, magical badass she is! As a feminist myself, I love novels with strong female leads and Dina definitely fits that criteria. Dina is spunky, sassy, and not afraid to give Sean and Arland the business—taking those traits and indulging them was really fun. She’s an Innkeeper with a strong moral compass and a need for justice regardless of the rules—It was important to me to stay true to her character and I hope I accomplished that.
1. What would you say your experience overall has been like drawing this Clean Sweep comic?
It’s been a fun and challenging experience. Sci-fi and fantasy stories are my favorite, and I learned a lot from making this comic.
2. What do you like most about drawing Clean Sweep?
The settings! It’s really fun to imagine how magic works in this universe.
4. Do you have a favorite character to draw? Who is it and why?
Arland! He’s a nice combination of a fiercely devoted knight and a mature gentleman ^^
Thank you so much to ChrossxXxRoads for turning out book into a script. 🙂 We had a lot of oversight on the script, meaning that we would suggest revisions, and ChrossxXxRoads was always very gracious with implementing our suggestions. While ChrossxXxRoads is being very humble in the interview, their addition of the werecat was really well done and the episodes that deal with Allivar’s background are completely original. They had excellent pacing and compelling characterization and we are very fortunate to have such a talent adapt out work.
We will be posting more this week with answers to some of your questions regarding Tapas, adaptation, and future direction of the series. (There will always be books. We are not switching to only comic book format, no worries.) Clean Sweep comic will be available on August 23, 2022.