Soft Peach… What is it, Exactly?

Soft Peach… sounds pretty delicious. If you like peaches that is.

What is Soft Peach? Other then a nice sounding summer snack.

Well, let’s back up a little bit. I have a quick story.

You see, I have a love for storytelling. As a kid I was inspired by a lot of the greats: Avatar The Last Airbender, Castle in the Sky, Sailor Moon, to name a few. In my opinion, those series had a knack for wonderful storytelling. A young boy with a great power discovered after 100 years is forced to face the task of ending a century-long war and bring peace back to the world. A boy with an admiration for the legendary sky castle goes on a journey to find this place under the following of the military and with the help of thieving pirates. A young girl who is the reincarnation of the moon princess faces against many galactic enemies after her silver crystal, who fights with the power of friendship.

All these summaries sound epic, right? At least to me they do. And telling an epic story was something I wanted to do since I was young. I would create these characters with powers and personalities and place then in these little worlds with all my favorite things; winged angels, mermaids, witches and elves who wielded bows and arrows and could talk to animals. I created a team of magical girls based on my love of Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura who would protect a legendary queen who lost her memories. I wrote over and over again their stories and plotted out what would happen, who would learn something, who would die, who that would fall in love with.

I love imagining. Now that I am in my mid twenties, you would think my passions would fade, but the exact opposite thing came to fruition as my artistic skills improved.

Let me tell you what Soft Peach Comics is.

It is a place where a girl can discover her true powers and learn from her mistakes while growing stronger than her enemies. A place where a journey begins with a tragedy and discovery of an ancient, hidden power that leads someone across the world to encounter people like her. A place with a witch on the inside who falls in love with another on the outside. A place where a new, wonderful paradise can lead to depression and self-discovery. A place where a giant, forest dwelling beast makes friends with a tiny fairy.

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My dream is to make Soft Peach Comics a successful comics publishing company with many titles under the name. Comics that experiment with different mediums, formats and formulas, as well as telling all kinds of unique, interesting stories. I want it to possibly expand into animated form with shorts based on the comics it produces. I want it to be a headquarters of lovely, feel-good comics that I write, design and create myself and with my friends.

So, where is Soft Peach now? Well, it’s only getting started. My very first comic, Jazz, is releasing chapter two soon. Remember that sentence a few paragraphs ago about a girl discovering her true powers? Well, that’s what it’s about pretty much.

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It’s magical girl based, with a not-so-hard-to-figure-out twist at the end. Chapter two is set to come out March 14, if I play my cards right and work efficiently. After that, while Jazz takes a break, onto the next story. What’s that next story, you ask? It’s my secret for now, but if you follow along with this blog for a while, you may just find out soon.

If you enjoyed this post about Soft Peach Comics, feel free to stick around Alla’s Art Story for more info about Soft Peach, my life, and other things going on. I’ll be sure to update when the next chapter of Jazz is ready for eyes other than mine and a few choice people to see. If you’re really into this Soft Peach thing, it has it’s own instagram, @soft_peach_comics, where I post works in progress, cover shots, progress videos, and anything else about the comics I’m making. So feel free to follow if you’re interested, and tell a friend too!

I really appreciate you taking the time to read, and see you with a new post very soon!

Something Special: Back to Blogging!

Getting back into the swing of things…

Welcome to my blog, a little place for sharing advice, art, and snippets of my life! I would like to show you all the things I am working on, and planning to work on for the future, and everyday stuff I am interested in.

So who am I, you ask? My name is Allison Richmond-Leeth, or Alla for short. I am an Illustrator, Comics Artist, and Writer in my early 20’s, raised in a little town called Columbus, Ohio. If you had been so nice as to have peaked around at my website allasart.me, you can tell that I love to create anything cute and girly (and apparently love the color pink). Well, my love of creating is slowly forming into my career.

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It me!!

Here’s a little back story: After growing up in northern downtown Columbus, I attended Columbus College of Art and Design. I finished off my schooling with a BFA in Illustration and Creative Writing. Throughout my life, I fantasized around with the idea of creating my own stories in the form of comics and writing. As a kid I would draw my own characters and worlds on printer paper and sift through how to draw books in my free time. My childhood dreams have only expanded, as I am planning my very own publishing company lovingly called Soft Peach Comics. It will be a place where I make and self-publish my own stories.

Day-to-day, I pay the bills working part-time at the American Girl Store, then come home to spend the rest of the day building my arts career. My life has just begun, and success and failure await me in the world.

As I write, create, and play with dolls in my spare time, I hope my readers out there can gain a little something from my creations. Whether it’s advice, a helpful word, or even some inspiration, then I’m happy with it. Consider joining me on my life adventures! I have many ideas clouding my mind, and I would appreciate an ear to listen. Or in this case, eyes to read.

Welcome, and thank you for reading!