Five Questions with Forsaken Ground


Forsaken Ground is a pair of JRPG-obsessed lady artists who have been flying their proud BL colors for over three years now. I first met them while collecting circles to participate in 2008 Lights Out, and they have become great friends since. Composed of Inami and Meru, together they have released a number of sold-out doujinshi covering titles from Macross Frontier to Persona to Final Fantasy Dissidia. FG are taking a breather after their successful back-to-back releases at Summer Komikon and Lights Out to talk with us.

Forsaken Ground Inami Meru Final Fantasy

What was the inspiration for FG? How did all of this get started?

Nami: Well, it all started three years ago. We didn’t even know each other very well, but we met at a convention as a normal convention goer and a marshall. We decided to meet through LJ, though we didn’t even know each other then. But she was asking if anyone else was going, and then we exchanged phone numbers then met up. But as for the formation of the group itself…

Meru: IT’S SO EPIIIIC…that we can’t remember it.

Nami: It wasn’t only until recently that we thought about it and found a large blank at the time. I faintly remember enthusiastically asking her to make a comic with me, though. She (recently) told me that she remembers that she said yes because it seemed like an interesting idea. *laughs*

Meru: Hey, it was! Though We did start out releasing a mini-artbook first before we moved on to comics. As for our circle name, FG actually stands for Forsaken Ground. We were mostly delving with BL works at the time when we started and we considered them somewhat scarce in the indie circles scene at that time, a “forsaken ground” if you will. And we kinda stuck with that. πŸ™‚

Nami: Our output varies between original and fanworks, with emphasis on Final Fantasy VII/Kingdom Hearts/Just about Square Enix. We’re trying to put to reality our original works, though, both individual and collective.

For you, what is the best thing about being a doujinshi circle?

Nami: Well, for me, it was because it was easier to work in a group. She can inspire me to draw and kick my ass when I’m not and vice-versa. It’s also fun to share interests and collaborate with someone else like this.

Meru: Working as a group, being able to draw the comics and share the stories and then getting feedback from them, that’s what I love in being a doujinshi circle.

Forsaken Ground Inami Meru Final Fantasy

Which comic was your favorite? What were your most unusual stories/pairings?

Meru: Personally, I can’t pick a favorite but STRADE(an original-story comic) has a special place since it was our very first comics as a circle that we released.

Nami: Seconded! We have a lot so it’s rather hard to decide which ones we like. *laughs* It helps that even after making STRADE, we were already thinking about AUs. Like “what if their ages were reversed” and suddenly pairings and ship dynamics changed from the original to really weird and fascinating pairings.

What is the hardest part about being in a circle? Have you dealt with any problems?

Meru: I don’t think we’ve encountered any major problems ourselves. It was hard at first trying to figure out how to print/sell/generally work out at being a circle but thankfully we quickly got the hang of it. Beating deadlines when were both busy is quite a challenge and at the same time a rush. When we do manage to finish it and turn over the comics, it’s quite fulfilling for us.

Nami: Shh! Not true. Meru goes on and on about money and capital. I agree, though. It’s hard to find the money to publish our works. Since we work with copybon, the margins and stuff becomes hard to guess and feel for. Oh! And also time. We’re non-pros and generally can’t live on this, we work/study, so we have to juggle.

Meru: Ah, indeed. As a doujin circle, there is always the concern about the funding but we’ve managed!

What advice would you give to other artists to start their own circles?>

Nami: I think that it all starts on a burst of confidence and temporary insanity. A simple “Let’s make a doujin together!” can start the ball rolling, but it takes effort and hard work to keep it up. You can’t draw but can write and vice versa? Buddy up. Be confident in what you can do as an artist/writer, but be humble — it’s not just talent and skill but also luck.

Meru: It may seem hard at times(and yes, it will be) but if you love what you’re doing you can find the dedication and passion to work it through. And rememeber to have fun!

It’s an honor to be here. Our many thanks (and love!) to Rotch for choosing to feature us in her site!

You can see more of FG’s works, plus get event schedules and commission custom art, at Forsaken Ground @ DeviantArt.

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