Interview: Rukis on her comic ‘Red Lantern’

Apr 13, 2012 No Comments by

Author: Isiah Jacobs

I had the pleasure of interviewing Rukis (creator of Cruelty and co-creator of Red Lantern) on her latest publication. My questions and comments are not to be taken seriously.

[Isiah is the creator of furry video blog FurReview; his latest episode covers Communist import foxes and responses to the prior episode about the Ursa Major’s ‘Best Website’ award.]

Me: Good evening, Rukis! Thank you so much for joining me tonight! It’s a pleasure to have you on the show!

Rukis: Evenin’. Pleasure to be here.Red Lantern

Me: Now, you’ve recently come out with your second ever publication, Red Lantern: The Crimson Divine. Came in the mail today and I just finished reading it a few hours ago. I know you get this a lot, but if you could please just briefly explain what Red Lantern is about for those who don’t know.

Rukis: Put simply, it’s a drama/adventure/romance set in a quasi-Indian setting in the 1700s. If the world had been populated by anthro animals, and wasn’t really the real world, at all. The story follows a prostitute in a brothel, his young trainee, and a group of naval soldiers fleeing a bunch of angry lizard folk.

Me: Yeah, all of that can rot in hell for all I care. The story itself is set in the backdrop of a war, with the natives of a certain land rebelling against having their land colonized, is that correct?

Rukis: Yep. The draconic ‘villains’ in the story are in actuality a defensive force, chasing the mammalian colonists and their navy off their land. The naval men are mostly pawns of a far vaster Empire, so I can’t really say there are actual ‘villains’ in the war. The Hyenas who own the ‘indentured servants’ are the closest things to villains in the story.

Me: Now the whole war thing is what I love about this story. People fighting off the colonials in the 1700s. It’s like America. I can’t help but approve of that.

Rukis: That puts you in the minority, but hey, glad to know someone enjoys that portion of it. Yeah, the story is vaguely, and I do mean vaguely, meant to echo real historical events. With just enough of a margin so no one’s feelings get hurt.

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