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    Amusements: Svetlana Chmakova

    By Tim Leong

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    With the hit OEL manga Dramacon (TokyoPop) under her belt, Svetlana Chmakova is considered one of the next big creators in the field. Educated at Canada’s Sheridan College with a degree in classical animation, Chmakova has also drawn for How-to-draw-manga books, RPG manuals and online comics. Chmakova was able to take a break from the freelance life to reveal her inspirations and amusements.

    RECENT MOVIES SHE’S SEEN:
    The Fugitive three weeks ago and Aeon Flux a few weeks before that. I don’t really have time to watch TV or movies, unfortunately. The Fugitive was a re-watch and I love that movie. Aeon Flux was new and I very much enjoyed it, also, though I thought it was a bit slow.

    NON-COMICS BOOKS SHE’S READ:
    I tend to have several books on the go and am slowly making my way though Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman, BONO in conversation with Michka Assayas, and A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. And by slow” I mean last time I picked up either one of these was a couple of weeks ago and it’s been even longer before then.

    IN HER NETFLIX QUEUE:
    I don’t use that. Movies that are on my shelf and waiting to be watched, though:
    Garage (Russian movie)
    Sacrifice (Russian movie)
    China Rises (not really a movie, I guess — a documentary)
    Monty Python’s Life of Brian
    Teen Titans first season (cartoons count, right?)
    An Awfully Big Adventure (I bought it because is has Alan Rickman in it)

    TOP 10 SONGS ON HER PLAYLIST:
    (which is composed mainly of good work-music right now):
    Shivaree, Goodnight Moon
    Linkin Park, Numb
    Mike Mutantoff,& the Killektiv, Dead Prezidents
    Death in Vegas, Hands Around My Throat
    Holly Cole Trio, Neon Blue
    Yoko Kanno, Lithium Flower
    O-Zone, Dragostea Din Tei (a year later and I still love this song. SEND HELP PLEASE…)
    Arrogant Worms, Canada is Really Big
    Dublin Fair, California
    Dido, Hunter
    Favourite cd of the moment (meaning I don’t skip a single song on it) is Tom Waits’ Real Gone. Everyone should own that.

    VIDEO GAMES SHE PLAYS:
    I’m not a gamer (though I would be, if I had the time!). I play Dance Dance Revolution Extreme and In The Groove for fun/exercise but that’s about it. Unless Tetris and Freecell count.

    WEB SITES SHE FREQUENTS:
    www.penny-arcade.com
    www.girlamatic.com
    www.wirepop.com
    www.dominic-deegan.com
    www.megatokyo.com
    It used to be 5 times this number, back when I wasn’t chained to the drawing
    desk. *cries*

    For more information on Chmakova, check out her Web site

    Posted by Tim Leong on June 5th, 2006 filed in Story Archive |

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