Here’s a little YouTube video about me and the comic.
•••About the Artist•••
My name is Michelle Van Zandt. I’m 32 years old and live in Florida in the United States of America. I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. As I got older the frequency dropped drastically and I was like a kid again, relearning everything. Ginpu.us is a website originally created to host forums for the group of guys I player MMOs with.
After immersing myself in the world of webcomics, I decided I wanted to give a try at this magic. On September 6th, 2006 I posted my first comic. Updates were a bit sporadic at first, but eventually I set myself up on a schedule of every Friday. There has always been something up on the scheduled date without fail. I feel it’s important to stick to the schedule even if what you put up isn’t the comic. To me, having my comic up on time is a huge priority. There is always something up on the scheduled date. Rarely the comic is late on that date, so I’d say I have a 99% on time rate. Something I am proud of.
Now, why is the artwork so crappy and constantly changing you ask? Well that is because this is a work in progress. It’s growing with me as I re-master my drawing skills and learn new techniques. You should notice an improvement overall comparing the old comics to the new. I will never redraw the old comics because I want people to see my growth. I want them to see that I used to suck once upon a time. That I too was a beginner. Like any skill, if you don’t practice it, you soon lose it.
There have been several comments and questions out there so I would like to make an attempt to answer them here.
Q: What does Ginpu mean?
A: Quite simply, it a combination of nicknames given to my late 19 year old kitty cat. She was with me since she was 4 weeks old and I was 13 years old. Her name was Virginia. Gin was a shortened version of that. My friend would call her Missy Pooh. I shortened Pooh to Pu. And voila! You now have Ginpu. RIP Ginny, June 24, 2009
Q: How do you pronounce Ginpu?
A: Ginpu is said Gin, like the alcohol (jin) poo.
Q: What made you want to start Ginpu?
A: What made me want to start it… life long dream backed by a supportive boyfriend. Supportive friends. Lots of things. When I was little I used to draw Sunday comics and give them to my parents. I recall one was about an ant and a bat. Feling and Antus. I can’t recall the content though.
Q: Are all the names Japanese or of that origin?
A: No. Contrary to my better half’s words, not all these names are Japanese. Taka may be, but it just popped into my head when I drew him. Kit, it’s short for Kitriana. Morgan…its a name I love. It can be male or female. I made an ermine anthro in DnD and she is from that adventure.
Q: Where’s the Hentai?
A: It’s not here. But if you would like, I most likely will have no problem finding a site with Hentai of Yiffing in it. I am planning to keep this rated PG-13 to R. If things change, I’ll let you know.
Q: I like the canvas effect, but a canvas is usually bigger then a scanner. How’d ya get it onto the site?
A: I can’t take credit for the idea, I got it from another artist’s DA site. It’s actually a crumpled up and stained with various teas & spices piece of charcoal paper. I cut the sheet into 4 pieces after it dried and then scanner each one individually until I had one I liked. I then place it over the comic using different settings to give it that look. Booker of Skin Deep posted the how to. I did it a little differently, but the result it similar.