How do you pronounce “Garanos?”

There are two correct ways.  In IPA notation:

  • gær·ə·noʊs

    “Gara-” sounds like the beginning of “marathon”.  “-nos” rhymes with “close” as in “close by.”  This is how I say it in casual conversation.

  • ga·ra·noʊs

    “Gara-” rhymes with “bara,” the Japanese word for rose, with the emphasis on the first syllable.  “-nos” sounds exactly as it does in method #1.  This is how I imagine Garanos herself and the characters in-comic pronounce it.

How often do you update?

Garanos is a completed webcomic, so… never!  Not anymore. ^_^

What??? It’s over?

Yup.  The last page was posted on April 14, 2010.

Are you going to continue the story/will there be a sequel?

Not in the immediate future.  I might return to Garanos one day to continue the story of the Caywien civil war, but there are other comics and other ideas I want to tackle, so I’m going to do some of them first.  Nonetheless, I’m glad to hear that people want more!

What are you doing next?

This is my new webcomic:

The easiest way to keep up with my current work is to subscribe to my blog, or follow me on Twitter.

Is Garanos available in print?

Garanos is self-published and can be purchased on IndyPlanet!  Volume I, Volume II, Volume III.  Signed editions are not available, unfortunately.

Who are you?

See About Alex Heberling, below.

How do you do your art/is your art vector?

My art is all raster graphics in Photoshop.  It’s often mistaken for vector because of the lack of inked lines.  The style emerged from a dislike of inking in general;  I’m not very good at it, digitally or otherwise, and inked things tend to lose the character of the original sketch.  I’ve drawn techniques of many artists into how I color my comics, including but not limited to Hawk, Sarah Ellerton, and Brian Haberlin, which has resulted in a very unique style that’s become my signature.  A breakdown of my coloring process can be seen here, and you can watch many live recordings of my process on my Livestream Channel.

History of Garanos

Garanos was created in the summer of 2003 as part of a group story project.  For various reasons, the people involved in the group moved off in their various directions, but I kept Garanos in my mind and in my doodles for several more years, since I thought she was a really cool character.  When I was a senior in high school,  my Senior Composition class required me to write a short story utilizing elements of the Gothic style, as we were reading Dracula at the time.  Since I’d been thinking of something of a backstory for Garanos, I decided to write about her, and about 37 pages later, I had the written version of what would eventually be Volume I.

In 2005, I sat in on a panel by Dave Merrill at Ohayocon about self-publishing your own comics.  I got so excited that I went home and sketched out all of Garanos in about two weeks, and I even got so far as inking and toning some of the pages digitally until some roommate trouble rendered me without a computer of my own.  Since I was already doing Jigworthy, I didn’t do anything more with the pages until the next fall for a final project in a Photoshop class, in which I did three two-page spreads in full color.

Seeing the pages in that form rekindled my desire to make Garanos into a comic, but by that point my art style had progressed quite a bit, and I’d transitioned into my signature lineless coloring style.  I decided that if I wanted to bring Garanos to fruition, and realize her to her full potential, I needed to do it in color, and I needed to update the artwork.

I finally started Garanos in June of 2006 with completely redone artwork and a more tightened and polished plot.  I finished Volume One, which spans the first 172 pages, in August of 2007.  After debating with myself for that entire year about whether I wanted to continue Garanos’ story with a sequel, I decided that Garanos hadn’t yet built enough steam for me to give up on her yet.  After a month’s hiatus, I began Volume Two in October of 2007, and I hope to completely finish it in late 2009 or early 2010.

Garanos was originally a member of the Rated-Arr comic collective, but I struck out on my own in 2007 with my own domain name.  In late 2008 I installed ComicPress, and have never looked back.  PHP is magic!  In early 2009, I joined the Rampage Network webcomic collective.

Garanos was completed on April 14, 2010.

About Alex Heberling

I’m 26 years old, and currently living and working in Columbus, Ohio.   I received my BFA in Art & Technology from Ohio State University, where I produced a total of 6 short-form comic stories, four of them being 24 Hour Comics completed during my last ten weeks of study.  Like everyone and their mother, I’ve been drawing all my life, but I didn’t start drawing people until around ten years ago, at age twelve, when I got into anime and manga.

I began reading webcomics in 2001 (my first was 8-bit Theater) and gradually figured out that this was the best way to do the two things I like the most: writing and drawing.  My first webcomic was Jigworthy, which ran in 2005 and 2006, after which I began Garanos.  All of my other comics can be read via my website.  I’m also an avid geek and I enjoy reading blogs, going to conventions, and of course, reading other webcomics.  My list of recommended reading can be found on the Links page.

I have a sweet hat.


Contact Alex

I’m pretty easy to get ahold of.  You can email me at alexheberling@[REMOVE]gmail.com, or give me a shout on Twitter.