I’m an author and artist with a straightforward philosophy: people are people.
We’re all capable of great bravery and great cowardice, of strength and courage and goodness but also of weakness, darkness, and fear.
The world is neither good nor evil, but the things within it can be either; the challenge my characters face is to be their best selves, and to do what’s necessary to combat evil, regardless of the personal consequence or sacrifice.
I choose to present the characters and their stories with minimal physical description. What difference does it make what they’re wearing when they battle the forces of evil? If the clouds are puffy, do they behave differently? If they’re fat or thin or black or white, does this affect how much they love their friends and family, or how fiercely they protect the world from its enemies? What matters are their words and deeds, the only things that they or any of us can really give.
My stories illustrate how a group of regular people can kick in and become extraordinary when the occasion calls for it; they show how unsung heroes stand daily between the world and the darkness that threatens it. If my characters can handle strange and difficult circumstances with bravery and humour, then maybe we can do the same.