Meowwithme! 5 Questions!

Husband to Bride Cover by meowwithme

You know how sometimes you stumble upon an amazing artist, and you can’t believe you didn’t know about them the whole time they were working!  It blew my mind when I saw the first panel of Meowwithme’s Husband To Bride, and I am so thrilled to bring you five questions with this amazing artist.  Please consider supporting Meowwith me on Patreon, and be sure to check out their Gallery on DeviantArt.  It’s all sooooooo good!

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1.What are your top five favorite pieces of TG media? (Comcis, books, movies… any form!)

If I have to pick top five then it’s animation, manga/comic, movies, gif, and then writing.

2. Which artists do you admire the most, TG or otherwise?

I admire a lot of tg artists such as milda7, kannelart, Heavysnow [artist for Mashiro castle], but the number one person that I admire is this Japanese tg artist call Aji Pontarou. His tg art is very intense and detail, to the point where sometime you can feel what the character is feeling through the changes. My favorite piece from Pontarou is His Class Change to Girlfriend [direct Japanese translated], and I hope to produce a fantasy tg comic just like it one day.

3. Talk about your current works, Husband to Bride and All Princes Shall Be Mine. What excited you about these stories?

I have three current works going on, Husband to Bride, All Princes Shall be Mine, and My Little Sister Amy Part 6. Husband to Bride was actually very stressful. At first, I wasn’t going to color it at all. Imitating someone else’s style was challenging, to the point where I was going to call off the series. But because of the respond from fans on deviantart, patreon, and milda7 herself was so encouraging, I thought I should just draw like my own comic and run with it. All Princes Shall be Mine 2 is a story about the 9 gods that punished a vampire race because they find vampires dangerous. One lone survivor happens to be this talented Lord Nux, this powerful vampire that can genderswap people but he bites them on the neck. Along with his sidekick, Macaron the Succubus, they seek to basically genderswap all the gods and make them yield to Nux haha [it’s a silly story]

I’m usually very happy to draw this story because it has comedy mixes in with a little bit of NSFW element to it. Finally, My Little Sister Amy part 6, is the one I have the hardest time to draw. The only reason it’s coming out so slow is because I try to raise the bar for every new chapter I draw. I tell myself ‘it has to look more beautiful than the last chapter’ so I sometime redraw the page a couple of times before I am satisfied. What excites me about this story is that there’s a new character coming and I hope everyone will like her!
*I also would like to add that I’m not working alone anymore. I have this amazing editor name Charoset by my side, who has been an AMAZING aid in my comic. He oversees all the writings and suggest ideas. Although he is very mean sometimes Lol theres a discord channel dedicated to him call ‘Charoset is mean to me.’

4. Talk about your experience putting your work out there for the world to see. What was it like when you posted your first work? How has the journey been for you?

My experience putting the work for the world to see, oh god haha lol okay ah…it was around before I had to leave the US for good. I just finished my college and it was basically free time for months. I follow TG works regularly and there’s this website that never get updated call Mashiro’s Castle. The website’s main series is called Okashina Futari and it’s about this siblings that can transform each other’s gender at will. It went on a hiatus for a longggg time and I was still dying to read more. One day, I was so bored with my free time I decided to draw a story call my little sister Amy. As I finish one panel, another would follow and before I know it, I drew 23 panels in one sitting. I didn’t know where to post then, so I started on this website call G E hentai. It was this site where I can read a lot of gender bender doujin for free. The respond I got there was…very surprisingly. All responds were positive, and despite how bad the drawing was, people were so excited to read more. And for the first time in my life, I feel like someone out there is waiting to read another work. I got so excited that the next day, I finished My Little sister Amy Part 2 in one sitting as well. The respond was insane, people were hungry for more and in the mail box, there was a message that says ‘where can I find more of your work? On deviantart?’ since then, I made a deviantart account and a lot of people started following. It’s been one year since then, but I think I’ve improved abit and I would love to improve even further. It has been very fun, there were a lot of ups and downs. My end goal is making an animated TG or a TG game in metal slug style.

5. You talk about how you feel your work should be free to everyone to see and enjoy, which is so awesome. Talk a little bit about that for our readers.

Yes, even till today I still firmly believe that my work should be free for everyone to see and enjoy. The reason is because stories are meant to be shared. Stories are what make people come together. They would sit, listen and enjoy. There’s no cost for it. That is why even though I have Patreon, I make it like a donation system. People on Deviantart and other site will still get to read it, but just a bit later, although there’s one thing I get very upset about is people taking my work and posting it as their own. I hiss about that haha.

I hiss about that, too!  Thanks again, and please consider supporting this awesome and talented artist!!!!!

Meowwithme

Futaba-kun change! (Spoilers)

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Has any scene in any TG media ever so perfectly captured the core of gender fluidity like the transformation scene in Issue 1 of Futaba-kun change?  Futaba, a young man who has just noticed girls and become “fascinated” with their bodies, sneaks into a bathroom stall at school with a porno magazine.

For the first time, he looks at a beautiful woman’s naked body, and his brain lights up.  He imagines the naked body of the girl he has a crush on, and gets more and more excited until– he suddenly passes out!  When he wakes up, he feels strange, pulls open his shift and stares in the mirror at his breasts, and the pretty face of the girl he has become, shouting, “What the hell?”

Three boys enter the bathroom.  They see Futaba standing there, nearly naked, and immediately they charge toward the shy new female in an aggressive, threatening manner.   He can’t believe it.  He is a woman, and men want his body!

Futaba.  Oh, Futaba!

That scene, where Futaba looks at the beautiful woman, wants her and then becomes her, perfectly captured my own murky dreams and fantasies.  From the time I started to awaken, I always wanted both.  I would look at pictures of beautiful girls, fascinated by the shapes of their bodies, and I would desire them and desire to be them.  So often my dreams went that way, oftentimes starting off fairly mundane, thinking about some cheerleader in her little pleated skirt, and then somehow we would switch places, and I would be her, and then we’d switch back, or we wouldn’t.

A woman in a writer’s group critiqued one of my stories– this was an attempt at a mainstream, non-TG story– she said my male character wasn’t realistic.  “Men fantasize about bodies,” she said.  “Women narratives.”  She explained the theory, which I have since seen elsewhere, suggesting that men catalog and dissect- check out those legs, that ass, those tits.

Women fantasize in terms of narratives, that is meeting some guy who sweeps them off their feet and takes them to Italy for a whirlwind romance.

Well, guess what?  I always fantasized about both, and I think more men do than the theory realizes.   Back in the day, Playboy used to feature little interviews with the girls with questions about their hobbies.  What was that but back story to go with the body?

In any case, I always fantasized about both.  I thought about bodies, and I thought about those bodies in stories, about people in stories, and always and forever my characters were always switching, changing, morphing, turning into each other or into versions of their own fantasy women and men.  For me, what Futaba experienced is perfectly normal, at least in terms of psychology.   To both desire the female body and to want to experience what it would be like to be desired always merged in my mind.

I think Freud said somewhere that we long to become the things we desire, which in turn inspired Roth’s novel in which a college professor is transformed into a giant female breast.  That can talk.

If you don’t know Futaba-Kun, check it out.  It’s a TG comic for grown-ups and deals with a lot more adult issues than, say, Ranma 1/2.   Some of the book certainly falls into the “let’s see a guy deal with the crap girls deal with everyday” world, but much more the book explores and challenges the notion that male or female is inherently better, and follows a character along as he explores life as both a female and a male and comes to understand himself in the process.

English ebook here!